Job Opening

Posting Title: Urban Law Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 05 October 2021 - 14 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-165274-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

a) Legal mapping and analysis of public space related regulations in Khorog linked with the requirement of planning colleagues.
b) Identification and comparative analysis of public space and urban planning guidelines in both Central Asian cities and mountainous cities in other regions with further excerpting of information relevant to Tajikistan.

Work Location

Home-Based

Expected duration

The contract will be for two (2) months duration.

Duties and Responsibilities

Background and Organizational Setting

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the 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. UN-Habitat is also the lead agency within the United Nations system for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The Policy, Legislation and Governance Section, within the Urban Practices Branch, coordinates the Agency’s substantive, normative and operational work on various dimensions of Policy, Legislation and Governance, fostering high impact initiatives, programmes and projects to deliver timely, fit-for-purpose and targeted solutions in these areas.

In the past six years, UN-Habitat has been active in over 90 countries around the world helping Member States and development partners to transform cities into safer, resilient and healthier places with better opportunities. The Policy, Legislation and Governance Section is currently supporting several countries, for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the implementation of the New Urban Agenda by improving the overall policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks of urban development. Key areas of work include policy, legal and governance analysis of support to countries in their reforms.

UN-Habitat together with Aga Khan Agency for Habitat and the government of Tajikistan, through the Aga Khan Development Network, has completed the 1st phase of the “Integrated Spatial Plan for Environmental and Socio-Economic Resilience” in Khorog, Tajikistan. UN-Habitat’s Urban Lab, in a collaborative process with other units, branches and sections, including PLGS, produced the following outputs:
• City Profile. Part 1 “Discovery report” discloses the context and the framework of the project covering a general understanding of Tajikistan and specifically about Khorog;
• City Profile. Part 2 “Diagnosis report”opens on the challenges faced by Tajikistan in areas related to urban planning;
• City Profile. Part 3 “Recommendations report”is dedicated to addressing the challenges identified in Part 2;
• Capacity Development Report aims to assess the capacity of key stakeholders in Khorog;
• Participation & Community Engagement Reporttogether with Part 3 addresses identified challenges through gathering of information from site visits and communication with Khorog dwellers;
• Legal Assessment and recommendations report developed by PLGS addresses national and local regulations of urban planning through climate change prism;
• Inception report finalizes key findings from the 1st Phase of the project.

This project is the result of an assessment of resiliency that was undertaken for Khorog in 2017 and 2018 by Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), with partnership from the international community for the Khorog Resilience Investment Programme that include the European Union for resilient infrastructure, the Government of Japan, the IFC and World Bank. The project is also in line with the “challenges and opportunities of present and future sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth” of the New Urban Agenda. Its specific objective includes strengthening environmental, legal, economic, spatial and infrastructure policies and projections to conduct transformative planning and technical capacity building projects for stakeholders.

As a result of the field missions to Tajikistan conduction and establishing strong relations with relevant stakeholders (national and local government bodies, Governor of GBAO Mayor of Khorog, etc), as well as UN-Habitat – Aga Khan Agency for Habitat partnership, there is an intention to continue the project in terms of the 2nd Phase. Its overall objective consists in improving socio-economic and environmental resilience through transformative design projects and tools for implementation while the specific one, related to legislation component, is aimed to improve resilience through design guidelines and building codes for climate policy compliance and consideration.


Duties and Responsibilities

The main objective of this consultancy is to provide the Policy, Legislation and Governance Section with an expanded legal research and analysis of public space and urban planning guidelines and regulations as well as building codes of Tajikistan, CIS, Central Asia and mountainous cities and countries.

The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the Leader, Policy, Legislation and Governance Section and under the direct supervision of the Human Settlements Officer (HSO) to provide:
1. Legal mapping and analysis of public space related regulations in Khorog, Tajikistan.
2. Identification and comparative analysis of public space and urban planning guidelines in both Central Asian cities and mountainous cities in other regions with further excerpting of information relevant to Tajikistan.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency:

Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to land-use planning, land management, development control, urban governance as well as the impact of climate change on urban planning. Ability to develop sound substantive reports; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professionalism rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with challenges; remain calm in stressful situations.

Communication: Excellent written and oral presentation skills in English and Russian. Listen to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; ask questions to clarify and exhibit interest in having two-way communication; tailor’s language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Teamwork: Works collaboratively to achieve organisational goals; solicit impact by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; places team agenda above personal agenda; shows credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team's shortcoming.

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.

Skills:
Professional Legal Knowledge Skills:

• Knowledge of, and ability to apply legal principles, concepts and procedures and terminology for review, examination, and processing of a range of legal documents.
• Knowledge of various legal research sources, including electronic, and ability to conduct research and analyse information on a wide range of legal issues.
• Ability to interpret and apply legislative instruments, develop and present results, recommendations, and opinions clearly and concisely.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law is required. A first level degree with additional two years of qualifying experience maybe accepted in lieu of Advanced degree.

Experience:
• Two year of professional experience in the field of urban law issues including planning laws, land laws, housing laws, human rights-based approaches to development, basic services, building and construction, urban governance, influence of climate change to urban planning etc. is required.
• Previous experience working with urban planning, land management and development control activity is desirable.
• Previous experience working with the United Nations will be an added advantage.

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

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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