Job Opening

Posting Title: Slums and Programme Management Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 06 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-164280-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Property rights

Once the outputs are accepted by UN-Habitat, it will be the property of the United Nations, which shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights, and trademarks with regard to all material which bears a direct relation to, or is made in consequence of, the services provided to UN-Habitat by the Consultant.

UN-Habitat will refer to and acknowledge, the contribution made by the consultant in preparation of the materials produced.

Work Location


Expected duration

3 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.

The Urban Practices Branch (UPB) is the tools and methodology production and skills center of the UN-Habitat, that develops normative guidance and cutting-edge tools through communities of urban practice. It provides technical and policy advice approaches and methodologies to MCOs/CO, government and partners and mainstreams them throughout the programmed portfolio. It also ensures that the cross-cutting area of safety and the social inclusion issues of human rights; gender; children, youth, and older persons; and disability are developed and mainstreamed across the Agency.

The overall aim of the assignment is to support the successful implementation of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) in 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and more than 160 cities, initiated by ACP Group of States and financed by the European Commission (EC). PSUP aims to triggering change to make a real difference in the lives of slum dwellers in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions and contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG Target 11.1 as well as the implementation of the New Urban Agenda for inclusive and sustainable urbanization. PSUP seeks to tackle urban poverty through adaptive and pro-active measures and to enhance management of urbanization through assessment studies and strategic planning approaches for participatory and inclusive decision-making processes and up-scaled participatory slum upgrading.

The PSUP is acknowledged for its approach aligned with the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs and tested in many ACP countries with many success stories, lessons to be learnt and opportunities for up-scaling. In the past, globally often slum upgrading has been approached through a project-to-project basis and experience has shown that this approach is ineffective, because it rarely gained scale and/or replication. For making slum upgrading sustainable there is a current shift towards strategic and inclusive city-wide slum upgrading with pro-active measures which PSUP is implementing.


The Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) consists of six general programme criteria:

1. Quality of the project design: the appropriateness of the suggested project objectives and underlying problems, the needs and priorities of the intended target groups and beneficiaries that the project is supposed to address and the adaptation to the physical and policy environment within it operates. This shall include the quality of the project preparation and design – the logic and completeness of the project planning process, and the internal logic and coherence of the project design.
2. Achievement of the main objectives and effectiveness in the implementation of participatory slum upgrading projects: the assessment of expected results and impacts, including unintended ones, and then the comparison of intended and unintended consequences. The consequences shall be evaluated in relation to the overall goal and the objectives of the PSUP, and the respect countries’/cities’ objectives.
3. Efficiency of the implementation to date: to what extent funding, human, financial resources, regulatory, and/or administrative resources contributed to, or hindered, the achievement of the objectives and results. This also includes the ownership of the national and local governments to contribute to the programme implementation in line with national priorities and budgets.
4. Sustainability of the effects: an analysis of the extent to which the results and impact are being, or are likely to be maintained over time, considering the multiplier effect of the planned slum upgrading activities and the extent to which the projects identified in PSUP are being or are likely to be financed and implemented (based also on the developed resource mobilisation strategy).
5. Key cross-cutting areas of interventions: for example, land, environment, gender, human rights, housing, basic urban services, urban planning, legislation, livelihoods and local economic development, inclusive governance etc. are combined and are taken care off in the programme design which leads to a strong project with multiplier effects.
6. Coordination, complementation and coherence: the degree that the proposed pilot projects are coherent with national priorities and current efforts of the key local and national partners, with donors and EU policies and Member States, with the UN Country Teams, UNDAF and Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers as well as UN-Habitat’s Country Programme Documents (if in place). This shall include an assessment of the positioning of UN-Habitat within the overall context of donors in the field of urban development.


To achieve the above objectives, this assignment consists of the following areas of engagement in the PSUP:

1. Research and documentation:
• Carry out research of data and analysis
• Compile country briefing pages and reporting formats
• Providing background information to administrative and contract documents

2. PSUP implementation in ACP countries:
• Provide contracts, monitoring, reporting and review of projects with Focal Points
• Produce certificates, reports and status quo of implementation
• Report on national and regional workshops in countries of implementation
• Contribute to the design of partnership agreements
• Report on programme coordination
• Report on tracking of contribution, cooperation and other partnership agreements
• Analysis of produced PSUP outputs


The consultant will be directly supervised by the PSUP Project Manager, and country focal points in line with the assigned tasks.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Good written and verbal communication skills and ability to articulate complex ideas in a clear and accurate manner including the ability to present the content of the thematic area in a clear and concise manner.
Ability to prioritise activities within a team to support a range of activities. This includes ability to use time efficiently in the context of competing deadlines.
Good organisational skills to liaise with stakeholders of different capacities towards a common goal

Skills: High motivation to support the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP).
Social media communication experience
Graphics and design skills
Academic Qualifications: University degree in a field relevant to development and urban planning, public policy, social sciences, international development, political science, or similar is required.
Experience: Three years of working experience in urban development, preferable in the area of slum upgrading is required. General knowledge and experience stakeholder engagement, participatory approaches or similar is required. Demonstrated level experience in urban development or slum upgrading in previous assignments is desirable.
Language: Excellent spoken and written English is required. French and Portuguese language skills is desirable.

No Fee


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