Job Opening

Posting Title: Legal Advisor
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 17 June 2021 - 24 June 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-157047-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Regional development spatial plans for the regional states developed

Work Location

Addis Ababa

Expected duration

12 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

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.
Through its Regional Office for Africa (ROAf), located in Nairobi, Kenya, UN-Habitat has been supporting African governments to take early action to position themselves for predominately urban populations to achieve sustainable urbanization and the right to adequate housing for all, within the framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda – particularly Sustainable Development Goal 11 to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” – and the New Urban Agenda.
Since 1998, the UN-Habitat has implemented several projects in Ethiopia. Key areas of partnership include: Capacity Building for Sustainable Urban Development, Implementation of the Habitat Agenda, Integrating Local Development Planning and Slum Upgrading in Urban Policy, Cities without Slums, Water for African Cities Programme - Phases I and II, Promoting Sustainable Transport Solutions for East Africa (SUSTRAN), Support to the improvement of Public Spaces in Addis Ababa, Support in rehabilitation of Solid waste dump sites in a number of cities, Support in development of Structural plans, Supporting the Ethiopian Cities Sustainable prosperity Goals (ECSPGs), and Development of the State of Addis Ababa Reports.
Together with the Ethiopian Ministry of Urban Development and Construction (MUDCo), UN Habitat’s latest endeavour is the preparation of Regional Development Spatial Plans to strengthen coordination and cooperation among spatial development plans at all levels (federal, regional, local) and to identify unique opportunities and comparative advantages to support regional economic development, complementarity for growth and also to attract investments.
The main objective of the project is to prepare regional development spatial plans for the regional states of Tigray, Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, Benishangul Gumuz, Southern Nations, Nationalities and People (SNNP), Gambella, Harari and Sidama that can enable them define and achieve their own development goals in line with the national development goals.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Africa, with the support of a team of experts including the UN-Habitat Programme Manager (HPM) for Ethiopia and key staffs, the consultant will have to fulfil the following duties and responsibilities:

• Examine policy, institutional, legal matters, including assuring compliance with safeguards, and proposing new organizational arrangements.
• Assess and analyse the prevailing institutional set-up, financial and legal frameworks, governance and working procedures at the national, regional and local levels.
• Assess future projections (5, 10, and 15 years) on critical sectors and needs assessment (with financial analysis), where applicable.
• Identify the development of constraints and opportunities and analyse strategies and present through financial analysis.
• Prepare the Regional Development Spatial Plan by spelling out of the vision 2040 of RDSP and articulating agreed and accepted goals for the region and how to monitor the progress and achievements (targets).
• Develop an implementation action plan
• Provide continuous capacity development programs during plan preparation and operationalization.
• Undertake fieldwork/surveys and collect additional information, as needed.
• Organize consultative workshops, focus group discussions and individual interviews with key stakeholders/informants for data collection, discussion of preliminary/intermediate products/plans, exchange of ideas, etc.
• Mainstream participatory planning approaches at the various levels, including through involvement of local groups in the Regions, and building consensus gradually.
• Propose different development options for the intra-regional urban cluster area including catalytic projects and priority investments, highlighting advantages and disadvantages, costs and benefits, etc.
• Organize training workshops on the methods of data collection for data collectors who are filling the questionnaires at Wereda levels.
• Organize consultative workshops at Zonal levels to validate the results and the data gathered regarding the regional profiles.
• Present the study reports for validation workshops with relevant stakeholders at various stages of the process of the work and incorporate the valuable feedbacks before the final submission.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in institutional arrangement and organizational development, public administration, legislation and governance or related fields. with specific work experience in organizational development, institutional and governance aspects of regional and urban planning and analysis of legal policy frameworks is required

Experience: •
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in organizational development, institutional and governance aspects of regional and urban planning and analysis of legal policy frameworks at national level with five (5) years of similar experience on planning and development related international projects or on international level is required.
•Proven experience in policy component and planning projects/ programme design and implementation with the UN or other international agencies is desirable.
•Excellent knowledge of the Ethiopian context and particularly aware of the region she/he wants to work in.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of any of the local languages is an asset.

No Fee


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