Job Opening

Posting Title: National Consultant on Baseline Study and Situational Analysis
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 11 October 2021 - 19 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-165910-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The project has three (3) main outcomes:

a) Improved tenure security for men, women and youth
b) Inclusive, climate-smart and sustainable land use plan
c) Improved capacity and awareness of key land stakeholders on customary land registration and land use planning


The consultant will complete the following deliverables:

Output 1: Inception report detailing the tasks, schedule, consultation process, methodology and approach for conducting the study to be agreed upon with UN-Habitat/GLTN within 10 days of the commencement of the assignment.

Output 2: Detailed draft of the baseline and situational analyses report (including as annexes a compilation of relevant data related to existing policies, plans and strategies, tables, maps, GIS data, database analysis, interviews results and relevant documents in a digitalized format).The draft shall be disseminated to UN-Habitat/GLTN, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and other key partners for comments and inputs. The consultant will also present key findings of the baseline survey at the project’s inception workshop.

Output 3: Final report and a PowerPoint presentation incorporating comments received from UN-Habitat/GLTN and other key partners (including as annexes a compilation of relevant data related to existing policies, plans and strategies, tables, maps, GIS data, database analysis, interview results and relevant documents in a digitalized format).

Work Location


Expected duration

3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Background

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. It is the focal point for urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. The Agency also supports national and local governments in laying the foundation for sustainable urban development. UN-Habitat envisions well-planned, well-governed, and efficient cities and other human settlements, with adequate housing, infrastructure, universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy and sanitation. To achieve these goals, UN-Habitat has adopted the Strategic Plan (2020–2023) which repositions UN-Habitat as a major global entity and a centre of excellence and innovation.

The Land, Housing and Shelter Section (LHSS), within the Urban Practices Branch of UN-Habitat, hosts the secretariat of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), GLTN is a network of over 80 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 fit-for-purpose and gender-responsive land tools within the continuum of land rights approach. Since 2012, GLTN has started working at the country level to test and implement developed land tools and approaches, support land policy development and implementation, undertake capacity development initiatives and awareness and knowledge building initiatives in collaboration with government authorities and partners. In 2019, Phase 3 of the GLTN programme has started which has an overall goal of improving tenure security for women, youth and vulnerable groups.

Under the GLTN Umbrella Programme, a project called “Scaling up Community-based Land Registration and Land Use Planning in Customary Land in Uganda”, supported by Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), is being implemented starting September 2021. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the development of a structured and scalable approach towards improved tenure security and sustainable land use for men, women and youth on customary land, in a participatory way.

The expected outcomes shall be achieved through planned activities and outputs described in the project document. The project interventions are contributing to the efforts of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda to improving food security conditions and also to their Land-at-Scale Programme. The project is also scaling up a successful pilot project on “Securing Land Tenure for Improved Food Security in Select Areas in Uganda” as funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

2. Purpose of the Consultancy

The overall objective of the assignment is to undertake a detailed baseline study and situational analysis to inform further planning and implementation of the project. The consultant will assess the current situation in two project areas i.e. South Western Uganda (Kabale district) and Kyoga Plain (Butaleja district), to reassess and establish the existing project indicators and make a situational analysis of the sites in relation to planned project interventions.

3. Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

The consultant will report to the Chief, Land, Housing and Shelter Section (LHSS) under the Urban Practices Branch or any authorized staff.

In coordination with LHSS and GLTN Secretariat, other UN-Habitat units and country partners, the consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks and responsibilities:

3.1 Work together with the UN-Habitat/GLTN Secretariat and Netherlands Embassy food security program- implementing partners of the pilot project and other partners at the national and local level in refining indicators and in collecting project baseline data to strengthen project objectives and results. The consultant will collect and analyze benchmark data (qualitative and quantitative) for all project indicators, as underscored in the project document and logical framework.

3.2 Make the necessary data collection and situational analysis of the current situation: general and regional assessments of the land tenure and wetland/land-use situation and dynamics in the targeted areas, including a section briefly describing the historical elements leading to the current situation and which affect access to land, land use and tenure security of the target groups within the two project sites (i.e. Butaleja and Kabale districts). Specifically, the assessment and related information should include, but not limited to, the following:
• Overview of the related policy, legal and regulatory frameworks and institutional arrangements affecting land tenure and land/wetlands use within the project sites
• Status of the application and/or implementation of the policy, legal, regulatory and institutional arrangements within the project sites.
• The policy, legal and regulatory frameworks, including traditional and customary norms affecting land tenure and land/wetland use within the project sites.
• Various roles of land-related central, local governmental, customary, religious and private sector institutions in the provision of benefits, services and opportunities in the two project sites.
• General socio-economic profiles of project sites particularly those related to project interventions (e.g. population, agriculture, livelihoods, poverty levels, etc.).
• Inventory of related projects and interventions (past and present or those in the pipeline) including the nature and description of projects, objectives and target beneficiaries, key challenges and outcomes and opportunities for linkages, partnership and cooperation with the project
• Stakeholder mapping and analysis and advise on power dynamics both at national level, local and for each project site in relation to land tenure, land dispute resolution and land/wetland use
• Conduct capacity needs assessment related to land actors for each project site. Assess existing capacity and capacity needs of key land institutions/actors related to the subject matter (i.e. Area Land Committees, District Land Boards, Recorders, District Environmental Officer, CSOs, Sub-county Planning Committee etc.) to support the proposed interventions including existing knowledge of pro-poor and innovative tools and approaches.
• The general land tenure and land use situation including on disputes and specific challenges in the target sites including on wetlands, with special emphasis on the more vulnerable, i.e. women, indigenous peoples, youth, children and orphans, widows etc. (highlighting their land access status, lack of opportunities and other challenges).
• Analysis of the political economy within the project areas highlighting key risks and issues that could affect the delivery of project results and measures to mitigate related and other risks.
• Existence of related projects including basic project information, objectives and key interventions, involved organizations and stakeholders, project documents, maps and related reports to inform both project planning and implementation (e.g. orthophotos, cadastral maps, participatory community maps, land use plans, project reports, research etc.).
• Highlight any other issues of relevance to the project such as related to urban-rural linkages, land tenure and land use disputes, local and community capacities and climate change etc.
3.3 The consultant should carry out an assessment of possible and potential synergies with other land-related initiatives (particularly those not mentioned in the Project Document and those specifically have operations in similar sites) as promoted at the national, regional and local levels to be taken into account by the project.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of programme design and evaluation, project management, results framework and land governance issues in Uganda and the potential innovative solutions or strategies to address them including on fit-for-purpose land administration. Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to collect data using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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.
Team Work: 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 a 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
Skills: Team working ability and flexibility.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in land administration, project management, project monitoring and evaluation, development economics, agriculture, natural resource management, international development, public administration, sociology or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: 7 years related experience in programme development, monitoring and evaluation particularly in areas of land administration, agriculture, food security and natural resource management is requirement; Experience working on land issues, preferably but not limited to land management, tenure formalisation, cadastre creation and management, land dispute resolution, land information systems, land-based revenue collection, land pooling, land conservation, watershed management, and urban/rural/regional planning is desirable; Knowledge on issues and challenges in the land sector and on-going land reforms in Uganda is desirable; Knowledge of good practice in legal and regulatory frameworks, and policies is desirable; Knowledge of the principles of sustainable development including related international frameworks (like SDG, New Urban Agenda, etc.) is desirable; Previous experience with UN and/or international organization is desirable
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 the other UN languages is desirable

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