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ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-Habitat
DUTY STATION: Home-based
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant: Web Developer for providing technical support and maintaining GLTN’s web portals.
SUPERVISOR Unit Leader, Land and GLTN Unit , ULLG Branch
DURATION 5 months (spread across 12 months)
CLOSING DATE 5 March 2017

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 the upcoming release of the tool’s source codes, there is an anticipated increase in public engagement through information discovery, development support, access of STDM documentation and publications, exploration of collaboration opportunities, etc.; these resources are accessible through the STDM website. The STDM website has become the central platform through which GLTN can reach and maintain the determined audience and advertise the impacts specifically related to STDM.

The Consultant will also provide back-end technical support for the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) website www.gltn.net with a focus on cyber-security and the promotion of best practices in website usability, optimization and security. The success of this task will result in maximized website availability and innovations in the introduction and maintenance of cutting edge tools that promote information sharing, involvement, connecting and mobilization of GLTN partners and members.

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:

  • Manage and provide support to the set-up, maintenance, and server security for GLTN website and its subdomains (STDM, Arab States, e-Learning, etc.) with a focus on enhancing user experience and usability.
  • Support the secure and seamless transition of the existing GLTN website from Joomla to WordPress.
  • Update the website backend framework across all subdomains (modify web templates, install and update plugins and modules as required) while preserving all current website content and functionality;
  • Track and present data on website usage statistics, usability and performance metrics; undertake periodic tests and perform periodic back-ups across all subdomains.
  • Develop a comprehensive and user-friendly database of GLTN and partner publications.
  • Provide technical support in the deployment of learning modules integrations, SEO, optimisation for low bandwidth users, linking with partners’ websites, among others.
  • Propose and implement relevant website enhancements based on his/her expertise and creativity.
  • Provide the necessary training and capacity development in maintaining and updating the website
  • Develop an end-user manual for routine website security management.
  • Act as a helpdesk for GLTN staff for resolving all issues related to the website while keeping a log of all changes.
  • Perform other related tasks as necessary.

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.
  • 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

At least Bachelors in IT/Computer Science, or other related field.

QUALIFICATION

  1. At least three years of experience web development and maintenance.
  2. Extensive experience with HTML5 and CSS3 is required
  3. Knowledge of modern web technologies with strong emphasis on design aesthetics is preferred.
  4. Experience with usability – usability principles, wireframes, screen layout design, etc. is required.
  5. Strong organizational skills & ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines is essential.
  6. Ability to write technical documentation.
  7. 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.

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:

Ms. Josephine Ruria    

UN-HABITAT

P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

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Deadline for applications:  5 March 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.

Contact Info:

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

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