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  • Consultant VA: Python Developer (3 posts)

    Application Deadline: 28 June 2016

    ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UNOPS
    DUTY STATION: Nairobi (or home-based)
    FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Part-Time Consultant: Python Developer to support the customization and implementation of the Social Tenure Domain Model framework. (Three Posts)
    DURATION: 6 months (spread across 12 months)

    BACKGROUND

    UN-Habitat through the Global Land Tool Network and its partners is developing and implementing the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM). STDM, as it stands, has the capacity to broaden the scope of land administration by providing a land information management framework that would integrate formal, informal and customary land systems and administrative and spatial components. STDM makes this possible through tools that facilitates recording all forms of land rights, all types of rights holders and all kinds of land and property objects/spatial units regardless of the level of formality.

    With the increased growth in the use and application of STDM in multiple contexts as well as open-sourcing the tool’s source codes, a top priority is to continue supporting partners in adopting and integrating the STDM tool into their business processes that comprise the recordation of land rights. For this purpose, the scope of work will focus on assessing the requirements for the specific context it is implemented in and subsequently, extending the core framework and where applicable, integrating the tool with the existing systems in order to meet these requirements. All code developed by the consultant will be released by UN-Habitat under the GNU General Public License.

    RESPONSIBILITES

    Under the overall supervision of the Unit Leader of Land and GLTN Unit under the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch of UN-Habitat or authorised staff, the consultant will perform the following tasks and responsibilities:

    1. Design, develop and implement customized QGIS-based desktop applications and enterprise solutions for GLTN partners using PyQGIS and STDM core framework.
    2. Active and effective engagement with GLTN key staff and partners in ensuring quality of the tool.
    3. Assist with application development estimating, planning and progress tracking.
    4. Write comprehensive technical specifications and support documentation.
    5. Propose and implement relevant STDM core framework enhancements based on his/her expertise and creativity.
    6. Provide the necessary training and capacity development in creating awareness, rolling out and maintaining the tool.
    7. Perform other related tasks as necessary.

    COMPETENCIES

    • Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. He/she is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations.
    • Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
    • Technological Awareness:Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.
    • Communication:Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor’s or master’s in Geography, GIS, Computer Science, or a related field.

    QUALIFICATION

    1. At least three years of Python and SQL development experience.
    2. Strong object-oriented and programming skills.
    3. Experience with PostgreSQL, SpatiaLite or other RDBMS.
    4. Familiarity with the STDM core framework is highly desirable.
    5. Knowledge of geospatial and mapping concepts such as spatial analysis, map projections, etc. is highly recommended.
    6. Ability to solve any number of problems from code bugs to database connectivity to host system or operating system failures.
    7. Ability to clearly communicate technical ideas, whether to technical or non-technical GLTN staff and partners.
    8. Strong organizational skills & ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines is essential.
    9. Ability to write technical documentation.
    10. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

    LANGUAGE SKILLS

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, excellent proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language is an advantage.

     

    HOW TO APPLY

    Applications should include:

    •  Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
    • CV in the PHP format, accessible through the INSPIRA website (inspira.un.org) Please note, if using INSPIRA for the first time, you need to register in order to activate your account, which will allow you to log in and create a personal History Profile.
    • The PHP should be attached to the application as a PDF file.
    • Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
      • Educational Background (incl. dates)
      • Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
      • Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
      • Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
      • Expectations regarding remuneration
      • Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

    Please also be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the UN-HABITAT e-Roster in order for their application to be considered. You can reach the e-Roster through the following link: http://e-roster.unhabitat.orgAll applications should be submitted to:

    Ms. Josephine Ruria     

    UN-HABITAT

    P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

    Deadline for applications: 28 June 2016

    UN-HABITAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or  companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Consultant VA: Support to GLTN's Phase 3 Strategy Development

     

    ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT
    DUTY STATION: Home-based, with mission as required
    FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Support for the GLTN Phase 3 Strategy Development
    DURATION: 60 days spread over 6 months
    LEVEL P5 Level equivalent
    CLOSING DATE: 15 December 2016

    BACKGROUND

    GLTN is a network of over seventy international institutions that was established in 2006. The Network, since then, has been working to promote secure land and property rights for all, through the development of pro-poor and gender appropriate land tools within the continuum of land rights framework.  The GLTN programme seeks to implement the “Resolution on sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access to land, housing, basic services and infrastructure”, GC23-17, passed by the 23rd Governing Council in April 2011 and Resolution HSP/GC/25/L.6 on the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for 2014-2019, passed by the 25th Governing Council in April 2015 and contributes to the implementation of SDGs, Habitat III, the VGGTs and the Framework and Guidelines (F&G) on Land Policy in Africa 

     The GLTN Phase 2 Programme’s objective is to ensure that “International organisations, UN-Habitat staff and related land programmes/projects and targeted national and local governments are better able to improve tenure security of the urban and rural poor.” Phase 1 of the GLTN implementation programme (2008-2011) focused on normative work and development of pro-poor and gender responsive land tools. Phase 2 of the GLTN implementation programme (2012-2017), builds on the success of the first phase and places emphasis on improving capacity and land tool development towards the achievement of tenure security for all in both urban and rural settings. The Phase 2 programme has secured a budget of USD 30 million, which was planned for consolidating the work on the development of pro-poor and gender responsive tools, further piloting of tools and scaling up implementation at country level.

    Both of the GLTN implementation programme phases have been externally reviewed – Phase 1 in 2011 and Phase 2 in 2016. The latter (mid-term) review has just been concluded, and a number of recommendations were made (see the GLTN Phase 2 Mid-Term Report).  In this context, the GLTN Secretariat is recruiting a consultant to support the Global Land Tool Network support the development of a strategy for the GLTN Phase 3 and prepare a draft programme document for its implementation within the 2018-2023 timeframe. The work will be led by the GLTN International Advisory Board and Steering Committee, with coordination and substantive support from the Secretariat and extensive consultations and inputs from other GLTN Partners including from implementing partners at country level. 

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    The consultant will directly report to the GLTN Secretariat, located in the Land and GLTN Unit of UN-Habitat. The GLTN Secretariat will have the oversight role and report / coordinate with the GLTN IAB and Steering Committee. The GLTN Unit/ GLTN Secretariat will also be responsible for providing and coordinating logistical support for the whole process. The Coordinator will be responsible for carrying out the following tasks;

    1. GLTN Strategy Development

    1. Develop the necessary high level understanding of the GLTN’s work and the challenges and opportunities faced by the Network in its Phase 3; this will be achieved through discussions with key informants, reading of key documents, and analysis or the global / regional / national land sector dynamics.
    2.  Develop the necessary high level understanding on the GLTN’s work, role, challenges and opportunities in regards to global and regional frameworks like SDGs, VGGTs, Habitat III; identify the  GLTN  comparative advantages and added value with regards to addressing global land challenges and opportunities.
    3. Design a consultative process for the development of the new GLTN 6-year strategy in collaboration with the GLTN IAB, Steering Committee, Partners and Secretariat and in line with the Road Map agreed upon by GLTN. The design of the process, to be outlined in a document, will also indicate the analysis tools to be used and the timeline;
    4. Carry out a desk study of the key GLTN documents needed to undertake the assignment (e.g. GLTN Phase 2 project documents, GLTN mid-term reviews, reports from IAB meetings and Partners’ meetings, Country Implementation Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy, Capacity Development Strategy, Handling Land, etc.);
    5. Undertake a land sector stakeholder mapping and analysis (global and regional levels);
    6. Land donor mapping, including key possible donors for Phase 3 and key areas of interest;
    7. Develop and administer a questionnaire for GLTN Partners that will help designing the key elements of the Strategy;
    8. Hold discussions with key partners and informants and establish a forum for collection of ideas in coordination with the Secretariat;
    9. Facilitate at least three stakeholders’ meetings and focus group discussions around key themes and incorporate outcomes of the discussions in the strategy development;
    10. Develop an annotated outline of the strategy in consultations with IAB, Secretariat, Steering Committee and partners;
    11. Propose a draft the new strategy, which will identify the key elements of the GLTN work, include the definition of thematic and geographic  focus areas, and define  strategic objectives and key results to be achieved by the Network;
    12. Incorporate comments received from the presentation of the draft strategy at selected events and consolidate a final Strategy document.

    2. Development of the GLTN Phase 3 Programme Document (30 days)

    On the basis of the work done on the Strategy development described above, develop a draft GLTN Phase 3 programme document. The drafting of the programme document will capitalize on the relevant recommendations emerging from the MTR report and on lessons learnt from the Phase2 implementation. The format to be used will be identified in collaboration with the Secretariat. The document will include:

    • Project objectives, outcomes, outputs and activities;
    • Theory of change;
    • Well-articulated result framework;
    • Description of background and key streams of work based on the GLTN Phase 3 strategy implementation strategy, emerging issues in the land sector and comparative advantages of GLTN as a Network (e.g. tool development, capacity development, monitoring, etc.).
    • Risk analysis;
    • Stakeholders’ roles;
    • Budget presented in accordance to the format provided by the GLTN Secretariat

    The process of developing the programme document will be conducted under the guidance of the GLTN Secretariat. Consultations will be conducted with Steering Committee, IAB and resource persons, interested donors as required. Comments received will be incorporated into the final draft programme document for the GLTN Phase 3.

    OUTPUTS

    1. Inception report describing the process leading to the development of the new GLTN Strategy and programme document including specific deliverables;
    2. GLTN 2018-2023 Strategy;
    3. Final draft of the GLTN Phase 3 programme (2018-2023)

    COMPETENCIES

    • Professionalism: Must be result-oriented, a team player, exhibiting high levels of enthusiasm, tact, diplomacy and integrity; Demonstrates excellent interpersonal and professional skills in interacting with development partners. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations.
    • Communication:Ability to read and process large quantity information received in written / oral / online form; High level written and oral communications skills in English and ability to write in a clear and succinct manner complex and highly technical content. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
    • Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Skills in facilitation of stakeholder engagements; Committed and able to deliver within the set deadlines; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required.  Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

    EDUCATION

    At least a master’s degree in a relevant field in the area of management, planning, development studies, public policy, land management, or related disciplines

    EXPERIENCE

    • At least15 years of experience in strategic planning, programme management, result-based management and monitoring and reporting is required;
    • Extensive experience and understanding of issues, concepts, actors, and overall dynamics in the land sector at the global and/or country level is required;
    • At least five years of experience in working at international level; 
    • Experience in working with global networks is preferred;
    • Experience in working with UN and other international organisations is desirable;
    • Demonstrated experience in working with complex and dynamic stakeholders and partnerships in development programmes especially in the area of land and capacity development.
    • Good knowledge of the work of GLTN or other related Networks would be an asset.
    • Evidence of having undertaken similar assignments.

    LANGUAGE SKILLS

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, excellent proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language is an advantage.

    REMUNERATION

    Payments will be based on deliverables over the consultancy period. There are set remuneration rates for consultancies. The rate is determined by functions performed and experience of the consultant. The fees will be paid as per agreement.

    Applications should include:

    1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
    2. CV in the PHP format, accessible through the INSPIRA website (inspira.un.org) Please note, if using INSPIRA for the first time, you need to register in order to activate your account, which will allow you to log in and create a personal History Profile.
    3. The PHP should be attached to the application as a PDF file.
    4. Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
      1. Educational Background (incl. dates)
      2. Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
      3. Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
      4. Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
      5. Expectations regarding remuneration
      6. Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

    Please also be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the UN-HABITAT e-Roster in order for their application to be considered. You can reach the e-Roster through the following link: http://e-roster.unhabitat.org

    All applications should be submitted to:

    Mr./ Ms. Josephine Ruria     

    UN-HABITAT

    P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

    Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                                      

    Deadline for applications: 06 December 2016

    UN-HABITAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or  companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Consultant VA: To summarize the role of land in the new development agenda and make recommendations on the potential responses and key interventions of UN-Habitat and GLTN in the coming six (6) years.

    ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Land and GLTN Unit, UN-Habitat
    DUTY STATION: Home Based with the possibility of travel
    FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant: To summarize the role of land in the new development agenda and make recommendations on the potential responses and key interventions of UN-Habitat and GLTN in the coming six (6) years.
    DURATION: 01 December  2016 – 31 May 2017 (35 working days spread over 6 months)
    CLOSING DATE: 18 November 2016

    BACKGROUND

    The Land and GLTN Unit, located within the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance (ULLG) Branch of UN-Habitat, has the task to develop, test and disseminate pro-poor and gender responsive land tools and approaches within the continuum of land rights framework. While there has been extensive global discussion around land policies that work for the poor, there has been insufficient attention paid to the development of methods for developing and implementing these pro-poor land policies. Consequently what are required are land tools that are affordable and accessible for all sections of the population in countries around the world. This is essential for creating societies with sustainable, equal access and use of land. Work has already started on these approaches, both for developing and post-conflict situations and countries. Incremental expansion of this work over time, as capacity is developed, is taking place in partnership with the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), the Secretariat of which is located at UN-Habitat (see www.gltn.net). Established in 2006, GLTN is a growing coalition of more than 70 international partners concerned with rural and urban land issues, working together to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through promoting secure land and property rights for all, demonstrated through country-level interventions.

    Recently, the endorsement of various global and regional frameworks has provided an impetus for the global land sector community as new opportunities emerged through these frameworks. For example, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which has specific land indicators provides a momentum to address land governance issues at various levels. The New Urban Agenda (Habitat III) endorsed by Member States in October 2016 also clearly highlights the need for tenure security for all and the need for sustainable use and management of land and natural resources. Before these frameworks, there are other global instruments that were put in place to guide the sector towards a holistic approach in addressing the land governance and land tenure issues. Specifically, we have the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGTs) and at regional level; we have the agreed Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G). In other international instruments and resolutions, the importance of land is also well embedded.

    With these new opportunities, other new emerging concerns of relevance to the land debate and with the recently concluded Mid-Term Review of the Global Land Tool Network Phase 2 Programme, UN-Habitat see the opportunity to re-align its priorities and key interventions on land. Specifically, GLTN will initiate its strategic framework preparation including the Phase 3 programme development. Meanwhile, the Land and GLTN Unit of UN-Habitat will need to develop its own strategic framework taking note of the new mandates presented by the New Urban Agenda and other frameworks. At the end, these separate but related plans of actions need to be complementary with one another and should support each other.

    With the above context, there is a need to initiate the preparation of strategic plans for GLTN and for the Land and GLTN Unit through this consultancy work. The outputs of the consultancy will be used by UN-Habitat to inform the preparation for the Strategy Paper for GLTN and for the strategic response of UN-Habitat’s Land and GLTN Unit to the New Urban Agenda (Habitat III).

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    The consultant, under the direction of the designated Task Coordinator, will have the following responsibilities:

    Output 1 - Review the most relevant and recent global and regional frameworks and summarize the provisions, principles and indicators related to land (and natural resources) or the role of land in achieving the specific development objectives with brief annotations or descriptions (35%).

    • At the minimum, these frameworks include the SDGs, VGGTs, Habitat III, Frameworks and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa, Paris Convention (COP), Universal Declaration of Human Rights, related UN-GA resolutions, international conventions and agreements and UN-Habitat resolutions.
    • Aside from the direct provisions on land, the summary should include a description on the role of land (land governance, land use, land tenure, land administration, etc.) on other cross-cutting issues like gender, youth, capacity development, governance, human rights, environment, climate change, etc. and key thematic areas like food security, housing, urban and rural development, post-disaster/conflict and other key themes/issues.
    • The summary should then be categorised in two parts: 1. Primary provisions on land and 2. Supporting provisions.
    • The summary should contain some analysis through brief annotations, descriptions and highlights as maybe applicable including some distinctions in terms of the potential global, regional, country or local applications.  It should also contain potential and future opportunities, priorities, partnerships and innovative actions needed.
    • Prior to preparation of a draft Report, an annotated outline should be agreed with Task Coordinator.
    • The consultant should then prepare a draft Report and seek comments from the GLTN Secretariat as guided by the Task Coordinator.
    • After considerations of the comments and inputs received, the consultant should then finalize the report and prepare a generic power point highlighting the key features of the final report.

     Expected Delivery of the Output: 22 December 2016

    OUTPUT 2: Review the current work, plans and priorities of the UN-Habitat's Land and GLTN Unit and the Global Land Tool Network. Given the reviewed frameworks and building from the current work, identify key areas for interventions and priorities in the coming six (6) years of the Unit and of the Global Land Tool Network (35%).

    • This include the review Land and GLTN Unit and GLTN key documents and reports including recent annual progress reports, project documents, evaluation reports,  MTR, website, etc.
    • As necessary, conduct interviews with key Unit staff and UN-Habitat staff to gather more information, more reference documents, suggestions, views and opinions.
    • Undertake analysis and draw some connections with the reviewed frameworks and current work and priorities.
    • Prepare a summary report highlighting the match between key mandates and critical areas (from the various frameworks) and current work, future thinking and priorities of the Unit and GLTN.
    • The summary report should highlight the consultant's thinking and suggestions on priority opportunities and the key strategic areas for interventions and priorities in the coming 5-7 years by the Unit and GLTN and to briefly describe the identified gaps, challenges and key opportunities.
    • The report should have a distinction between the Land and GLTN Unit within the UN-Habitat (with greater emphasis on the New Urban Agenda and SDG Goal 11) and the Global Land Tool Network as an alliance of international land partners (including UN-Habitat). The specific roles of the GLTN Secretariat should also be clearly articulated.
    • The summary report should also identify roles and responsibilities, needed institutional arrangements, management support and facilitating factors to properly implement the suggested key strategic interventions or priorities.

     Expected Delivery of the Output: 31 January 2017

    Output 3 - Given the identified key areas for interventions and priorities for the Unit and for GLTN, conduct a quick validation and consultations and firm up and finalize the summary report on Output 2 (30%).

    • At the minimum, the consultations will involve further interviews with key UN-Habitat and GLTN Secretariat staff, soliciting specific comments and inputs on the draft Report (output 2) and if applicable, administering a survey (e.g. monkey survey) for select staff and individuals.
    • The consultant  will further connect and consult some key GLTN partners (as suggested by GLTN Secretariat) like those with the International Advisory Board and Steering Committee
    • As necessary, the consultant may be asked to contribute in the preparation of GLTN Strategy Document, updated GLTN Gender Strategy and GLTN Phase 3 Programme Document in relation to the above terms of reference and outputs.
    • At the minimum, the consultant will be asked a presentation of the draft Report virtually, but it may also be possible to have a “physical” presentation in Nairobi.
    • After consultations, the consultant should then finalize the Output 2 report and develop a generic powerpoint presentation highlighting the key features of the final report.

     Expected Delivery of the Output: 24 February 2017

    RENUMERATION AND TIMEFRAMES

    Payments will be done in three stages, based on deliverables over the consultancy period

    • 35% of the total is payable upon satisfactory completion of  Output 1deliverables
    • 35% of the total is payable upon satisfactory completion of Output 2 deliverables
    • 30% of the total is payable upon satisfactory completion of Output 3 deliverables

     COMPETENCIES

    Professionalism:  Knowledge and understanding of principles and approaches relevant to effectively carry analysis around land, land governance, land tenure and global frameworks and urban and rural development.  Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis and summarize salient features including  familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.  Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.  Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

    Communication:  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

    Teamwork:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

    Planning & Organizing:  Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

    EDUCATION

    Advanced education or degree in land administration and management, land use, urban development and planning, international relations or related social sciences is required.

    WORK EXPERIENCE

    • A minimum of 15 years of experience working in the field of land management, land rights and innovative land tools is required.
    • Working experience in both urban and rural sector in the developing countries particularly in Africa and Asia is an advantage.
    • Previous working experience with international development agencies is required.
    • Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research into land and tenure issues in the global context.
    • Demonstrated skill in both conceptual and practical analysis of complex issues, and in producing clear arguments and constructive recommendations for future action.
    • Extensive knowledge on global land governance issues and existing global land-related frameworks and instruments.
    • Previous experience in undertaking similar land related research is preferred.

    LANGUAGE SKILLS

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, excellent proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of a second UN language is an advantage.

    OTHER SKILLS

    • Proficient in use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    • Ability to work to schedule, but where requested to be flexible with changes in timelines.

    REMUNERATION

    The rate is determined by functions performed. The fees will be paid upon satisfactory delivery of outputs as per agreement. Where applicable, travel costs of the consultant (airplane ticket economy class), transfers, and daily allowance as per the UN rate is payable in addition to the daily fee

    Applications should include:

    • Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
    • Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
    • Educational Background (incl. dates)
    • Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years / months)
    • Expectations regarding remuneration (daily rate for period of up to 25 days)
    • List of referees

    Optional: Applicants are encouraged to include a document that describes or demonstrates her / his ability to perform the tasks given above.         

    All applications should be submitted to:

    Ms. Josephine Ruria     

    UN-HABITAT

    P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., copy to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Deadline for applications:18 November 2016

     

    UN-HABITAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or  companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • Deadline extended! GLTN VA: Consultant to develop a guide for the practical application of the continuum of land rights.

    ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Land and GLTN Unit, UN-Habitat
    DUTY STATION: Home Based with the possibility of travel
    FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant: Consultant to develop a guide for the practical application of the continuum of land rights.
    DURATION: 15 September 2016 – 14 March 2017 (25 working days spread over 6 months)
    DEADLINE EXTENDED 21 OCTOBER 2016

    BACKGROUND

    The Land and GLTN Unit, located within the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance (ULLG) Branch of UN-Habitat, has the mandate to develop, test and disseminate pro-poor and gender responsive approaches in regard to urban land, innovative residential tenures, affordable land management/administration systems, and land related regulatory/legal frameworks and tools. The Unit hence focuses on research and tool development also to supply technical advice to Member States and backstop the Regional offices and other sections of UN-Habitat. Land tools provide a resource for enabling action. While there has been extensive global discussion around land policies that work for the poor, there has been insufficient attention paid to the development of methods for developing and implementing these pro-poor land policies. Consequently what are required are land tools that are affordable and accessible for all sections of the population in countries around the world. This is essential for creating societies with sustainable, equal access and use of land. Work has already started on these approaches, both for developing and post-conflict situations and countries. Incremental expansion of this work over time, as capacity is developed, is taking place in partnership with the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), the Secretariat of which is located at UN-Habitat (see www.gltn.net). Established in 2006, GLTN is a growing coalition of more than 70 international partners concerned with rural and urban land issues, working together to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through promoting secure land and property rights for all, demonstrated through country-level interventions.

    One of the key GLTN instruments is the continuum of land rights. Land tenure is frequently understood in binary terms: formal/informal, legal/extra-legal, secure/insecure, de facto/de jure. However in practice a wide and complex spectrum of appropriate, legitimate tenure arrangements exists between these extremities. These can be documented as well as undocumented, formal as well as informal, for individuals as well as groups, including pastoralists, and residents of slums and other settlements, which may be legal or extra-legal. The extent of the actual security of such arrangements depends on local regulatory, institutional and governance contexts. The continuum of land rights is a concept or metaphor for understanding and administering this rich complexity of land rights on the ground. It offers a powerful alternative approach to simply focusing on the titling of individually held private property. Tenure types that best suit both the social, cultural and economic needs of local communities and the needs of responsible land administration authorities at a particular time are advocated. The continuum promotes recognition and increase of security across the spectrum, with opportunity for movement between numerous tenure forms. This offers land actors and governments an innovative approach to the realisation of tenure security, through recognising, recording and administering a variety of appropriate and legitimate land tenure forms. This approach is increasingly being followed by a variety of land actors around the world in initiatives aimed at achieving tenure security for all. From an operational perspective, a continuum of land rights can be said to exist when the whole spectrum of formal, informal and customary rights are catered for within a land information management system; and when a range of rights in a country constitutes legally enforceable claims which can be asserted and defended in a forum such as a court.

    Growing acceptance through the work of GLTN partners of the continuum of land rights concept and approach is part of a fundamental paradigm shift taking place in the global understanding of and approach to land. Ongoing debates have emphasised that the continuum concept is evolving, and needs to be reviewed, debated, improved and refined over time. To this end the GLTN Secretariat undertook to prioritise intensive work in this area from 2013. Since then, five complementary projects were completed and a number of papers and publications produced, consolidating and reporting on progress made.

    The projects were:

    1. A review of the continuum concept and on that basis research into the continuum of land rights in practice in a five Southern African countries;
    2. A survey to establish the nature and extent of the application of the continuum of land rights in the work of key land actors world-wide, working as part of the Global Land Tool Network;
    3. An investigation of the theoretical underpinnings of the continuum concept, in order to help answer a number of questions and challenges that had emerged during the early development of the concept, including: what exactly it is, how it can be applied, and perceptions and challenges around its graphical representation;
    4. Development of a strategic framework for the in-country operationalisation of the continuum approach, in response to questions such as: What are the key steps to be taken? What systems need to be put in place? What tools can and should be used in the process?
    5. Development of an evaluation framework for the continuum of land rights, to clarify how different tenure types on a continuum should be evaluated in terms of social and economic costs and benefits.

    Complementary to and informed by this work, GLTN has been expanding its activities in a selection of targeted countries and cities/municipalities through intensified support for the testing and implementation of pro-poor and gender-responsive tools in the land sector. GLTN’s key focus countries presently are Uganda, DRC, Kenya, Zambia, Namibia and Nepal. This work is being done according to specific country plans aimed at improving land governance for increased tenure security, through fit-for-purpose land administration following the continuum of land rights approach. Programmes are implemented in conjunction with government and other in-country partners; regional and country offices in UN-Habitat; and international partner organizations with their national networks.

    Building upon the above, the Land and GLTN Unit has identified a need to develop a practical ‘how-to’ guide for application of the continuum of land rights concept and approach to promote tenure security for all at country and local levels. This guide will incorporate existing research, framework and tool development work done on the continuum; include illustrative case studies and scenarios; and refer to usage of GLTN land tools and fit-for-purpose land administration, as well as other relevant land instruments and tools.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    The consultant, under the direction of the designated Project Coordinator, will have the following responsibilities:

    1. Consult with relevant parties and produce an inception report for the project
    2. Produce a draft outline, line of argument, table of contents and specifications (length, style, illustrations, presentation etc.) for a practical ‘how-to’ GLTN guide for application of the continuum of land rights concept and approach to promote tenure security for all at country and local levels (“the Guide”), and finalise after feedback
    3. Review and analyse key source materials, including GLTN and other documents, and consult with a selection of key experts and GLTN partners, on the substance of the Guide
    4. Develop and draft the Guide
    5. Consult with and receive feedback on the draft from a selection of key experts and GLTN partners (including a presentation to the Land and GLTN Unit for inputs), and finalise the Guide
    6. Produce a two-page summary suitable for use during the launch of the Guide.

    COMPETENCIES

    1. Professionalism: Knowledge of laws, concepts and practical approaches relevant to security of tenure, land administration and land rights.
    2. Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to articulate ideas in a clear and accurate manner including the ability to present the content of the thematic area in a clear and concise manner.
    3. Planning and organizing: ability to work under pressure, establish priorities and plan, coordinate own work plan, use time efficiently and apply judgment in the context of competing deadlines.
    4. Creativity: Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches, takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”, and offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs.

    EDUCATION

    Advanced University degree (masters or similar) in a field deemed relevant to the subject areas covered by these Terms of Reference such as land administration, political science, international development, or similar.

    WORK EXPERIENCE

    1. A minimum of 10 years of practical country-level experience working in the field of land management, land rights and innovative land tools, or a directly related field, is required
    2. Previous working experience with international development assistance agencies is required
    3. Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research into and write about land and tenure issues in a developing context is required
    4. Demonstrated skill in conceptual and practical analysis of complex issues, and in producing clear arguments and constructive recommendations and guidelines for future action and implementation, are required
    5. Previous experience in working with the continuum of land rights concept is recommended.

    LANGUAGE SKILLS

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, excellent proficiency in spoken and written English is required

    OTHER SKILLS

    1. Proficient in use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    2. Ability to work to schedule, but where requested to be flexible with changes in timelines

    REMUNERATION

    The rate is determined by functions performed. The fees will be paid upon satisfactory delivery of outputs as per agreement. Where applicable, travel costs of the consultant (airplane ticket economy class), transfers, and daily allowance as per the UN rate is payable in addition to the daily fee.

    Applications should include:

    1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
    2. Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
      • Educational Background (incl. dates)
      • Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years / months)
      • Other Relevant Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
      • Expectations regarding remuneration (daily rate for period of up to 25 days)
      • List of referees
      • Optional: Applicants are encouraged to include a document that describes or demonstrates her / his ability to perform the tasks given above.     

    Please also be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the UN-HABITAT e-Roster in order for their application to be considered. You can reach the e-Roster through the following link: http://e-roster.unhabitat.org. All applications should be submitted to:

    Ms. Josephine Ruria     

    UN-HABITAT

    P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

                   

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  • GLTN VA: Communications Consultant

    Deadline: 15 February 2017

     

    ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat
    DUTY STATION: Nairobi
    FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Communications Consultant
    DURATION 6 months with possibility of extension

     

    BACKGROUND

    The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The Land and GLTN Unit, located within the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch of UN-Habitat has the mandate to develop, test and disseminate pro-poor and gender responsive approaches in regard to urban land, innovative residential tenures, affordable land management/administration systems, and land related regulatory/legal frameworks and tools. The Unit hence focuses on research and tool development also to supply technical advice to Member States and backstop the Regional offices and other sections of UN-Habitat. Land tools provide a resource for enabling action. While there has been extensive global discussion around land policies that work for the poor, there has been insufficient attention paid to the development of methods for developing and implementing these pro-poor land policies. Consequently what are required are land tools that are affordable and accessible for all sections of the population in countries around the world. This is essential for creating societies with sustainable, equal access and use of land. Work has already started on these approaches, both for developing and post-conflict societies. Incremental expansion of this work over time, as capacity is developed, will take place through the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN, the Network), the Secretariat of which is located at UN-Habitat.

    Given the complexity of the issues being addressed by GLTN and the huge number of stakeholders and partners of various interests, GLTN has come up with an Information and Communications Strategy. The strategy however is not yet fully implemented and will require some updating, focused management and serious monitoring. In this context, that the need for a lead person to implement the strategy, alongside with GLTN team and partners, if needed, is imperative and with utmost importance. It is also expected that the lead person will also contribute to the over-all objectives of GLTN particularly on advocacy, partnership building, tool development, capacity building and institutional strengthening activities. The Communications Consultant will focus on implementing the GLTN information and communications strategy which serves as a vehicle to get the GLTN messages across different stakeholders and partners, including within UN-HABITAT and related units. Moreover, she/he will be responsible in ensuring that right messages are incorporated to all GLTN publications, research and other related-documents using the right language for target audiences and disseminated in the right medium. She/he will work closely with the GLTN team and related offices within the UN system to efficiently and effectively carry out his/her responsibilities. The Communications Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Partnerships and Networking Coordinator in the implementation of the GLTN communication implementation plan, which forms part of the GLTN Partnership and Communication Strategy.

     

    RESPONSIBILITES

    The Communications Consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Land and GLTN Unit Leader and direct supervision of the Partnerships and Networking Coordinator in the implementation of the GLTN communication implementation plan, which forms part of the GLTN Partnership and Communication Strategy.

    More specifically, the Communications Consultant will perform the following duties: 

    1. Manage the GLTN website and social media platforms

    1. Source and develop website content
    2. Supervise and enforce implementation of online policies (subscriptions, security, backups, copyright, host relations)
    3. Promote GLTN website and Social Media content on Partners’ platforms, including UN-Habitat
    4. Provide media liaison with international media 

    2. GLTN visibility and information products

    • Carry out graphic design work and production of video materials for printed and online information products
    • Support Substantive Officers in conceptualizing and formulating communication solutions under their work streams
    • Prepare and disseminate GLTN newsletters and other regular information products
    • Oversee the services provided by off-site contractors (translators, editors and graphic designers)
    • Support the procurement function of communication materials 

    3. Network communication

    • Provide the Partnerships and Networking Coordinator with communication solutions that support smooth network management
    • Support the GLTN advocacy and resource mobilization initiatives championed by the management 

    4. GLTN information database

    • Develop and maintain GLTN contacts and mailing lists (partners, members and other land sector actors)
    • Develop and maintain an image database (photos, logos, diagrams, illustrations) 

    5. GLTN Events

    • Provide communication solutions for missions, meetings and events 

    6. Perform any additional tasks as required to deliver on the shared goals of the unit 

    *Occasional travel, in-country and international, will be required.

     

    COMPETENCIES

    • Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations
    • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 
    • Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
    • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

    EDUCATION

    A University degree in communications, journalism, public relations, information technology or other related fields; A Master’s degree in a related field is an advantage. 

    WORK EXPERIENCE

    • At least two years of progressively responsible in journalism, advocacy, communications, public relations or related fields: international experience desirable;
    • Experience in information, public awareness, advocacy and communications or in any related discipline;
    • Understanding of multi-stakeholder partnership arrangements, operations management and dynamics in a highly complex environment such as land is preferred;
    • Theoretical background and good understanding of approaches, tools, methodologies relating to planning, executing and monitoring public communications campaigns, e.g. campaign management, message targeting, impact evaluation, etc. 
    • Competence in web management, desktop publishing, video editing, graphic software is highly preferred;
    • Good communications research and analytical skills;
    • Excellent drafting and editing skills;
    • Excellent in English writing skills is required; Knowledge of French would be an advantage;
    • Previous work experience for the UN systems is desirable

    LANGUAGE SKILLS

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, the incumbent must have a perfect command of English, which should be the native / mother tongue language or principal language of education. Knowledge of French would be an added advantage.

     

    RENUMERATION: 

    Remuneration shall be computed based on tasks assigned and results delivered 

    Applications should include:

    1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
    2. CV in the PHP format, accessible through the INSPIRA website (inspira.un.org) Please note, if using INSPIRA for the first time, you need to register in order to activate your account, which will allow you to log in and create a personal History Profile. The PHP should be attached to the application as a PDF file.
    3. Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
      • Educational Background (incl. dates)
      • Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
      • Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
      • Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
      • Expectations regarding remuneration
      • Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

     Please also be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the UN-HABITAT e-Roster in order for their application to be considered. You can reach the e-Roster through the following link: http://e-roster.unhabitat.org

    All applications should be submitted to:

    M/s. Josephine Ruria

    UN-HABITAT

    P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

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    Deadline for applications:  15 February 2017

     UN-HABITAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or  companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • GLTN VA: Land Expert - Kismayo

     

    ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat
    DUTY STATION: Kismayo
    FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant: Land Expert
    SUPERVISOR Unit Leader, Land and GLTN Unit , ULLG Branch
    CONTRACT TYPE & DURATION 4 months with possibility of extension
    EQUIVALENT LEVEL P3
    VACANCY CLOSING DATE 21 February 2017

     

     

    BACKGROUND

    The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The Land and GLTN Unit, located within the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch of UN-Habitat has the mandate to develop, test and disseminate pro-poor and gender responsive approaches in regard to urban land, innovative residential tenures, affordable land management/administration systems, and land related regulatory/legal frameworks and tools. The Unit hence focuses on research and tool development also to supply technical advice to Member States and backstop the Regional offices and other sections of UN-Habitat. Land tools provide a resource for enabling action.

    While there has been extensive global discussion around land policies that work for the poor, there has been insufficient attention paid to the development of methods for developing and implementing these pro-poor land policies. Consequently what are required are land tools that are affordable and accessible for all sections of the population in countries around the world. This is essential for creating societies with sustainable, equal access and use of land. Work has already started on these approaches, both for developing and post-conflict societies. Incremental expansion of this work over time, as capacity is developed, will take place through the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN, the Network), the Secretariat of which is located at UN-Habitat.

    Land disputes and land tenure/ownership problems occupy a central position in the protracted conflict in present-day Somalia. Endowed with vast rangelands and hence the dominance of pastoralism, Somalia also has pockets of cultivated agricultural land and growing urban areas, a case in point being the Lower Juba region, which is endowed with fertile soils, rich grazing grounds, and abundant marine resources. Yet, conflict has kept Jubbaland chronically unstable for over two decades. Driving the conflict in Somalia has been clan-dynamics and warlordism, both of which have only served to reinforce one another (Deherez 2009 ). Jubbaland, the proposed case study for this proposal, is seen as another emerging federal state in Somalia, a key factor with implications on how the conflict-situation manifests itself in the region. As a country, Somalia has a long history of population movement, both voluntary and involuntary.

    The dominance of pastoralism entrenches migration as a key feature of the country’s subsistence economy. Environmental pressures, especially droughts and other climate-change induced challenges, has fueled population movements. Yet, involuntary movements caused by war, forced the intense migration of people, giving rise to monumental refugee and IDP-related problems. This resulted in multiple and widespread problems in the area of housing, land and property rights issues. In brief, the land conflict situation in Somalia is complex and context-specific, with many dimensions to it. Such a complexity dictates that any intervention in Jubbaland and Kismayo be guided by an informed analysis of the local situation, and hence this proposed study on the land conflicts situation in Somalia 's Kismayo and Jubbaland region. 

    This proposed study is a joint initiative between UN-Habitat (Land and GLTN Unit) and the DPA/UNSOM.

    The Land and GLTN Unit, located within the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance (ULLG) Branch of UN-Habitat, is mandated to develop, test and disseminate pro-poor and gender responsive land tools and approaches within the continuum of land rights framework. Established in 2006, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), is a growing coalition of more than 70 international partners concerned with rural and urban land issues, working together to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through promoting secure land and property rights for all, demonstrated through country-level interventions.

    The objective of the study is to investigate the land conflict situation in Somalia’s Kismayo and Juba lands for purposes of guiding the work of the UN system in Somalia in peace building and land-conflicts management. Further to this, the findings will contribute to policy making in Somalia’s land governance sector. The specific objectives of the study are to:

    1. Assess land governance systems, land tenure rights and their implications for development.
    2. Document and map land claims of pastoral communities in Jubbaland, and
    3. Investigate land ownership and land use patterns in Kismayo

    RESPONSIBILITES

    The consultant, under the direction of the designated Task Coordinator, will have the following responsibilities:

    1. Putting in place all logistical arrangements required for undertaking the study.

    This includes, among other things; introducing and explaining the study to all relevant central and local government authorities in Kismayo and seeking all relevant permission required for undertaking the study, establishing a list of key contacts and organizing logistical support for fieldwork.

    Main Outputs

    The key outputs for this task are:

    • List of key government (local & central) contacts to be contacted during the study
    • Secured permission for undertaking the study
    • Logistical support required for undertaking the study
    • Identification of key non-state actors working in the land governance sector in Kismayo.

    The targeted organizations include NGOs, community based organizations, UN agencies and all relevant private sector actors, Resources Persons.

    Main Output

    • The main output for the task is a list of all key non-state actors working in the land governance sector.
    • Identification and collection of existing literature on land in Somalia.

    The information to be collected includes key government documents on land including land policies, land legislation, workshop reports covering land, research reports on land etc. The information collected will be in both electronic format and hard copy.

    Main Outputs

    • Literature on land, in both hard copy or electronic format, for review analysis by GLTN 
    • Undertake field data collection for the study

    The National Consultant is responsible for undertaking field data collection. Field data collection will be collected using key informant interviews and focus group discussions. The National Consultant will provide inputs in the development of research instruments as led by the Task Coordinator.

    Main Outputs

    • Detailed field notes as per the implemented research instruments
    • A complete list of people interviewed.
    • Organize consultation and feed-back workshops as advised by the Task Coordinator

    This includes mobilizing government and non-state actors to participate in workshop proceedings, organizing the workshops and writing of key notes from workshop proceedings.

    Main Outputs

    • Key recommendations from the workshops
    • Full lists of workshop participants.
    • Reports from field data collection

     

    COMPETENCIES

    Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of principles and approaches relevant to effectively carry analysis around land, land governance, land tenure and global frameworks and urban and rural development.  Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis and summarize salient features including  familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases.  Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.  Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

    Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

    Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

    Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

     

    EDUCATION

    Advanced degree or degree in land administration and management, urban/regional planning; land use, urban development and planning, international relations or related social sciences is required.

    WORK EXPERIENCE

    • A minimum of 5 years of experience working in the land sector. Key areas of expertise required are land administration, physical planning, land rights and innovative land tools.
    • Working experience in both urban and rural sector.
    • Previous working experience with international development agencies is required.
    • Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research into land and tenure issues in the regional context.
    • Demonstrated skill in both conceptual and practical analysis of complex issues, and in producing clear arguments and constructive recommendations for future action.
    • Previous experience in undertaking similar land related research is preferred.

     

    LANGUAGE SKILLS

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised excellent proficiency in spoken and written English and national Somali languages.

     

    OTHER SKILLS

    • Proficient in use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    • Ability to work to schedule, but where requested to be flexible with changes in timelines.

     

    REMUNERATION:

    The rate is determined by functions performed. The fees will be paid upon satisfactory delivery of outputs as per agreement. Where applicable, travel costs of the consultant (airplane ticket economy class), transfers, and daily allowance as per the UN rate is payable in addition to the daily fee.

     

    Applications should include:

    1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
    2. Summary CV (please use the United Nations standard personal history form available upon request or via http://www.unon.org/docs/P11.doc).
    3. Educational Background (incl. dates)
    4. Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years / months)
    5. Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
    6. Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
    7. Expectations regarding remuneration (daily)
    8. List of referees
    9. Optional: A document developed by the applicant that is able to depict his / her ability to perform the tasks described in these Terms of Reference.    

    All applications should be submitted to:

    Global Land Tools Network Secretariat, UN-Habitat

    P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

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    Subject of the email: Application -  Land Expert, Kismayo

    Deadline for applications: 21 February 2017

    UN-HABITAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or  companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • GLTN VA: Senior Consultant Strategy Development and Resource Mobilization in the Arab States (Home-based)

    , Deadline:15 February 2017

     

    ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat
    DUTY STATION: Home-based
    FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Senior Consultant Strategy Development and Resource Mobilisation in the Arab States
    DURATION 45 days over a period of 6 months (with possibility of extension)
    LEVEL P5 equivalent

     

    BACKGROUND

    The Land and GLTN Unit, located within the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance (ULLG) Branch of UN-Habitat, is mandated to develop, test and disseminate pro-poor and gender responsive land tools and approaches within the continuum of land rights framework. Established in 2006, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), is a growing coalition of 75 international partners concerned with rural and urban land issues, working together to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through promoting secure land and property rights for all, demonstrated through country-level interventions.

    In the past two years, GLTN has been expanding its work in the Arab States. The key aspects of the GLTN work in the Arab region include land governance, capacity development, knowledge management, regional cooperation, support to land projects implementation at country level and land sector coordination. In the context of the above, short, medium and long term activities are to be implemented in the region. In the short term, GLTN intends to: (1) establish a land governance network in the region; (2) Establish an e-platform to share information and knowledge among land governance stakeholders; (3) Organize an Arab Land Governance Conference; (4) Carry out land policy assessments in selected countries (5) Put in place a Framework for monitoring land and conflict. In the medium and long term actions, priority areas of intervention are, among others; capacity development, knowledge creation and sharing, advocacy, monitoring and the establishment of a regional land center. Land and conflict issues in the region are also a GLTN priority to be addressed.

     

     RESPONSIBILITES

    The consultant will work under the overall leadership of the Land and GLTN Unit Leader and report to the Arab States focal point in the GLTN Secretariat, located in the Land and GLTN Unit of UN-Habitat. The consultant will closely collaborate with the UN-Habitat Regional Office for the Arab States, the country offices in the region and relevant partner organisations. The consultant will have the following responsibilities:

    1. Support the preparation of for the Arab States round table taking place at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2017, in collaboration with GLTN and the WB. This will include the Development of a concept note, the identification and briefing of key speakers and partners attending the event, facilitating the discussions and briefing key partners and donors and the definition of follow up activities with the organisers of the event.
    2. Mobilise resources to implement land governance initiatives in the Arab States. This includes the development of a project proposal on land governance for the region, the identification of possible funding streams (donor mapping) and holding discussions with relevant donors and funding organisations;
    3. Provide inputs in the discussion around land governance in the Arab region, including the meeting of the core group of experts established in Amman in September 2016, the Arab Land Conference, and the writeshop on land tools implementation;
    4. Provide inputs for the development of a road map for capacity development and knowledge management in the Arab Region, in collaboration with the GLTN team and relevant partners;
    5. Support GLTN in the consolidation of data bases of organisations, experts, capacity development materials and other relevant resources for advancing the land governance agenda in the Arab region;

     

    COMPETENCIES

    • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of principles and approaches relevant to land, partnership and coordination.  Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis and summarize salient features including  familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 
    • Communication:  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in both English and Arabic; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
    • Teamwork:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.

     

    EDUCATION

    Advanced education or degree in one of the following fields is required: urban development, international development, land administration and management, or urban planning. Relevant work experience in the above mentioned fields can be accepted in lieu of a degree.

     

    QUALIFICATION

    • A minimum of 25 years of work experience in international development, land governance and land administration.
    • Previous working experience with international development agencies at director level.
    • Previous working experience in designing and managing large land related project in developing countries
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the Arab region.

     

    LANGUAGE SKILLS

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, excellent proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

     

    OTHER SKILLS

    • Proficient in use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    • Ability to work to schedule, but where requested to be flexible with changes in timelines.

     

    REMUNERATION

    Payments will be based on deliverables over the consultancy period. There are set remuneration rates for consultancies. The rate is determined by functions performed and experience of the consultant. The fees will be paid as per agreement. Where applicable, travel costs of the consultant (airplane ticket economy class), transfers, and daily allowance as per the UN rate is payable in addition to the daily fee.

     

    Applications should include:

    1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
    2. CV in the PHP format, accessible through the INSPIRA website (inspira.un.org) Please note, if using INSPIRA for the first time, you need to register in order to activate your account, which will allow you to log in and create a personal History Profile. The PHP should be attached to the application as a PDF file.
    3. Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
      • Educational Background (incl. dates)
      • Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
      • Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
      • Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
      • Expectations regarding remuneration
      • Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

     Please also be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the UN-HABITAT e-Roster in order for their application to be considered. You can reach the e-Roster through the following link: http://e-roster.unhabitat.org

    All applications should be submitted to:

    M/s. Josephine Ruria

    UN-HABITAT

    P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

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    Deadline for applications:  15 February 2017

     UN-HABITAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or  companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • UN-Habitat VA: Consultant: English-Arabic translator

    ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat
    DUTY STATION: Home-based
    FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant: English-Arabic translator
    DURATION 4.5 months
    CLOSING DATE: 4th August 2016

     

    BACKGROUND

    Secure land tenure and property rights are fundamental to shelter and livelihoods, and for the realisation of human rights, poverty reduction, food security, economic prosperity and sustainable development. Yet in many countries around the world, particularly those in the developing south, widespread and pervasive land tenure insecurity scars life and inhibits equitable, sustainable development in both rural and urban areas. This has profound negative consequences for millions of people and creates enormous challenges and opportunities for governments, inhabitants and the many agencies and bodies involved in land, poverty alleviation, food security and development.

    The Global Land Tool Network was launched in 2006 in response to these challenges and opportunities. GLTN is an alliance of global, regional and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure. The Network aims to improve global coordination on land, strengthen existing land networks and improve the level and dissemination of knowledge on land tenure.

    GLTN’s vision is to provide appropriate land tools at global scale to implement pro-poor land policies and land reforms. Its mission is to assist national governments to implement land policies that are pro-poor, responsive to the needs of women, men and the youth, and at scale. The Network advocates a continuum of land rights that acknowledges a spectrum of tenure forms as appropriate and legitimate, rather than focusing on formal land titling as the preferred or best form.

    GLTN’s long-term goal is to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through promoting secure land and property rights for all. During its current phase of operations (2012-2015) GLTN aims to render international partner organizations and related land programmes in countries, cities and municipalities better able to improve tenure security of the urban and rural poor.

    It will do this by promoting and supporting the adoption and implementation of land policies, tools and approaches that are pro-poor, gender appropriate, effective and sustainable.

    GLTN Phase 2 is about maintaining the momentum and building from the successes and lessons from Phase I (2008-2011). The objective is for international partner-organisations, UN-Habitat and related land programmes/projects and targeted countries and/or cities/ municipalities to better able to improve tenure security of the urban and rural poor through the adoption and implementation of land policies, tools and approaches that are pro-poor, gender appropriate, effective and sustainable. The Project will be implemented in six years.

    In order to support the country level interventions envisaged in GLTN Phase 2, UN-Habitat is seeking an English-Arabic translator that would enable a wider audience reach in Arab States.

     

    RESPONSIBILITES

    The incumbent will be responsible to translate from English to Arabic and to carry out editing and proof reading of Arabic text of internal and external documents that will be published in print or electronically.

    Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    1. Translating a wide variety of internal and external documents and publications from English to Arabic, ensuring that all deadlines are met;
    2. Reviewing, proof reading and editing of Arabic texts;
    3. Review the Arabic publications after the layout has been done before publication in print and electronically;
    4. Liaising with colleagues, organizing and coordinating translation work, ensuring good quality translation

    COMPETENCIES

    1. Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations.
    2. Planning and Organising: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.
    3. Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.
    4. Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

    EDUCATION

    University degree in translation and/ or languages. Proven knowledge of land management and administration language will be a distinct advantage.

     

    QUALIFICATION

    At least five years of professional experience in the translation of technical documents from English to Arabic, preferably within the framework of the United Nations Common System.

     

    LANGUAGE SKILLS

    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, the incumbent must have a perfect command of English and Arabic, which should be the native / mother tongue language or principal language of education.

     

    REMUNERATION

    Payments will be based on deliverables over the consultancy period. The deliverables, Arabic language products, will be identified by GLTN and worked on by the consultant on a task by task basis. There are set remuneration rates for consultancies. The rate is determined by functions performed and experience of the consultant. The fees will be paid as per agreement.

    Applications should include:

    • Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
    • CV in the PHP format, accessible through the INSPIRA website (inspira.un.org) Please note, if using INSPIRA for the first time, you need to register in order to activate your account, which will allow you to log in and create a personal History Profile.
    • The PHP should be attached to the application as a PDF file.
    • Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
      • Educational Background (incl. dates)
      • Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
      • Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
      • Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
      • Expectations regarding remuneration
      • Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

    Please also be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the UN-HABITAT e-Roster in order for their application to be considered. You can reach the e-Roster through the following link: http://e-roster.unhabitat.org. All applications should be submitted to:

    Mr. Eric Gachoka

    UN-HABITAT

    P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Deadline for applications:  4th August 2016

    UN-HABITAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or  companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • VA: Knowledge Management Specialist: National UN Volunteer

    Deadline : 14/07/2016

    The Land and GLTN Unit within UN-Habitat hosts the secretariat of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), which is a network of over sixty international institutions that was established in 2006 and since then has been working to promote secure land and property rights for all, through the development of pro-poor and gender appropriate land tools.  The programme seeks to implement the “Resolution on sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access to land, housing, basic services and infrastructure”, GC23-17, passed by the 23rd Governing Council in April 2011.

    The GLTN’s objective is to ensure that “International organisations, UN-Habitat staff and related land programmes/projects and targeted national and local governments are better able to improve tenure security of the urban and rural poor.” Phase 2 of the programme (2012-2017), seeks to build on the success of the first phase that came to an end in 2011. Phase 2 of the GLTN places emphasis on improving capacity and tools development towards the achievement of tenure security for all in both urban and rural settings. The Programme is being implemented in six years with an estimated budget of USD 40 Million where a portion of the budget has been secured from donors.

    UN-Habitat/GLTN and IFAD has entered into a partnership to implement a project called ‘Land and Natural Resources Learning Initiative for eastern and Southern Africa (TSLI–ESA)’. The project aims to improve knowledge management strategies and approaches towards a pro-poor and gender sensitive land and natural resources tenure rights in selected Eastern and Southern African countries. Under Phase 1, the focus is more on improving research and knowledge management approaches through strengthening lessons sharing and exchanges will be targeting IFAD supported projects and programmes in the regions.

    Building from Phase 1 implementation, a second phase project has been approved and will commence in October 2013. The goal of the phase 2 project is to contribute to the development and integration of pro-poor tools and approaches for securing land and natural resource rights into development programmes in selected countries in East and Southern Africa. Specifically the objectives are to:

    • Improve knowledge and awareness on issues and measures for strengthening land and natural resource tenure security of poor women and men.
    • Strengthen the capacity for tool development and implementation including for in country policy dialogue, country strategy development and project/programme design, implementation and evaluation.
    • Strengthen and scale up approaches and tools for securing land and natural resource tenure.

    The UNV is sought to provide knowledge management technical support to the TSLI-ESA project implementation.

    The post will be located in Land and Global Land Tool Network Unit, under the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch of UN-Habitat.

    More information/Apply here

Contact Info:

Location: Gigiri, UN Complex
Office: NOF South Wing Block 3
Telephone: +254 207623858
Email: gltn[at]unhabitat.org

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