Job Opening

Posting Title: National Urban Policy (NUP) Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 09 December 2021 - 18 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-169958-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The final goal of the consultancy is to set the field for a National Urban Policy in Mali and also to better understand the complexity of the urban rural linkages (URL) around the Greater Bamako and in the post-conflict and migrations areas.

Work Location

Bamako, Mali

Expected duration

The contract is for a duration of 8 months

Duties and Responsibilities

I. ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

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.

Within UN Habitat, the Urban Practices Branch (UPB) supports governments and local authorities with tested approaches, guidelines and tools to plan city growth in an inclusive, sustainable and future-proof way in tune with social, cultural, economic, and environmental concerns and particularities. The Branch has five closely related areas of work: (1) Policy, Legislation and Governance, (2) Basic Urban Services, (3) Land, Housing and Shelter, (4) Planning, Finance and Economic Development, and (5) Human rights and social inclusion.

The work of the Policy, Legislation and Governance Section (PLGS) is done in a broader framework at different scales (metropolitan, regional, national and infranational). The Section plays a key role in the implementation of the Agency's strategic plan with flagship programs, relevant sustainable development goals and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). The Section works in collaboration with other units, sections and branches of the Agency both at Headquarters and in the field to support national and local governments and partners. The Section encourages high impact initiatives, programs and projects that leverage its world-class expertise and knowledge to deliver timely, responsive and targeted solutions. The Section serves as the Agency’s focal point and center of excellence for global solutions in urban policy, legislation and governance. The Section carries out capacity building, tool and framework development, policy dialogue and advisory services.


II. OBJECTIVE OF THE CONSULTATION

The objective of this consultancy is to lead the activities relating to the 2012 Town Policy of Mali review (recommendations), and to specify the state of Urban rural linkages around Greater Bamako while producing a case study on URL in conflict / post-conflict zones. The consultant will support the development and implementation of activities related to the Policy, Legislation and Governance Section of UN-Habitat in close collaboration with the Regional Office for Africa of UN-Habitat.


III. RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES

1) Production, review of the various deliverables including documents, reports etc. relating to the project:
• Framework / strategy document for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the 2030 Agenda;
• Assessment and implementation of urban rural linkages around Bamako with Greater Bamako;
• Production of a Mali case study for the urban-rural linkages guiding principles in post-conflict / conflict / migration zones.

2) Planning of project activities:
• Planning with Greater Bamako in the organization of a Provincial Urban Forum (FUN), including a training on Urban Policy and the integration of URLs, land tenure and natural resources;
• Planning the organization of workshops on the awareness on URL, the New Urban Agenda and Urban Policy;
• Mapping of technical and general activities.

3) Monitoring of UN-Habitat activities in Mali:
• Review with local NGO (GRADE) for the reporting of the implementation of the COVID-19 component activities;
• Report of site activities (e.g. discussion with the United Nations system, participation in UNCT meetings, discussions with government stakeholders, etc.);


IV. SUPERVISION

The activities of the consultant will be the responsibility of the Head of the Policy, Legislation and Governance Section (PLGS) and the Urban Practices Branch chief in collaboration with the Regional Office for Africa (ROAF).

Qualifications/special skills

Competency:

Professionalism Shows pride in work and achievement; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges and remains calm in stressful situations.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; ask questions to clarify and exhibit interest in having two-way communication; be open-minded in sharing information and keeping people informed. Have excellent communication skills, both oral and written; have ability to communicate complex concepts orally; able to prepare clear, concise and meaningful written reports.

Team work: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; be ready to learn from others; place the team's agenda before the personal agenda; support and act in accordance with the group's final decision, even when those decisions do not fully reflect one's own position; share credit for team accomplishments and accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and organizing: Able to develop clear goals that are consistent with the agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; allocates an appropriate amount of time and resources for contingencies in planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as needed; use time efficiently.

Skills:
Communication Skills:
• Demonstrated good communication skills including the ability to prepare reports, proposals, policies and procedures for a diverse set of clients (e.g. multinational private sector companies, NGOs, community organizations, etc.) .

Computer Skills:
Good knowledge of office software, eg. Microsoft Office; other similar research and analysis software is an advantage.

Academic Qualifications: Advance University degree (Masters) in engineering, urban planning, urban governance, urban geography, architecture, policies development and analysis, social sciences or any other related fields is required.

Experience: PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
• A minimum of five years of experience with high responsibility position in policy and program management, administration or related field is required.

Language: English and French are the official languages of the United Nations. Fluency in spoken and written French is required. Knowledge of other UN languages (especially English) would be an advantage.

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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