Job Opening

Posting Title: Lead Writer
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 31 December 2021 - 18 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-171615-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The specific objectives are to contribute to advocacy, demonstrate the impacts of sustainable transformation in slums and informal settlements, and accelerate the implementation of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) based on new knowledge, know-how and data trends.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

4 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

INTRODUCTION
In 2003, UN-Habitat published The Challenge of Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements, the results of the first global assessment of slums by the United Nations since the adoption of the Millennium Declaration. The report proposed a newly accepted operational definition of slums, and with the first global estimates of the numbers of slum dwellers, painted a dire picture of the situation in slums, which are predominantly a physical and spatial manifestation of urban poverty.
The report, which remains one of UN-Habitat’s most read publications and a relevant resource for many global stakeholders, discusses the challenge of slums and the factors underlying their formation. In view of the developments and innovative solutions that have been successfully applied in addressing the challenge of slums, and the importance of slums and informal settlements on the global development agenda, the time is ripe to publish the Solutions to Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements 2020.

The proposed publication, whose provisional title is Solutions to Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements 2020, will provide the direction needed by key development stakeholders to step up in their commitment to reducing urban poverty and inequalities, leaving no one behind. UN-Habitat is committed to assisting member states to meet the challenge of slums and enable countries to transform the lives of the urban poor strategically and at scale, incrementally putting the people at the centre of the interventions.
The Report will assess the impacts of the slum upgrading and prevention solutions and developments (including policies) adopted by governments, civil society groups and international organizations over the past 20 years. In addition, it will demonstrate how large-scale transformations have and can be actioned in a way that allows for physical improvements, socioeconomic development, cultural identity, wellbeing and belonging without resorting to forced evictions.
The topic of slums and informal settlements has been high in global debates for 20 years. As a result, many countries have abandoned slum demolitions and forced evictions – a gross violation of human rights – in favour of inclusive policies, legislation and people-centered investments. In contribution, UN-Habitat alone reviewed more than 50 policy frameworks over the past 10 years and leveraged more than one billion USD in several countries including Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Fiji, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Niger and Papua New Guinea.
Essentially, this publication will examine the developments and innovative solutions that have been successfully applied by the United Nations and development partners to address the challenge of slums. Furthermore, it will assess the impact of the slum upgrading and prevention solutions and policies adopted by governments, civil society groups and international organizations since the inception of the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP).
With the recognition of the challenge of slums in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG #11.1 and elevation of sustainable urbanization and development to an “Urban Goal”, this is the opportune moment to strengthen the call to the global community to redouble their efforts if related goals and targets are to be realized by 2030. Therefore, the purpose of the publication will be to refocus global discussions around upscaling slum upgrading interventions to meet the challenge of slums in less than a decade.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the guidance of the Publication Coordinator of the Participatory Slum and Upgrading Programme (PSUP), the Lead Writer will be responsible for the following duties:
1) Revise the publication schedule, key milestones and timeframe until the date of launch
2) Provide technical leadership in the conduct of research through external researcher, data analysis and case study compilation
3) Organize consultations with key experts and informants from diverse technical backgrounds.
4) Perform consultations with authors and carrying out research to clarify ambiguities and rectify substantive errors.
5) Edit complex or politically sensitive material, normally without revision, to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with United Nations standards, policy and practice.
6) Carry out more extensive editing where required, including rewriting, abridging and restructuring texts for greater readability and better logical sequence.
7) Elaborate drafts of chapters and the final publication of the Solutions to Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements 2020

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: A minimum of a master’s degree in urban planning and development or related areas is required. A PhD in related fields will be an added advantage.
Experience: a. Proven track record as lead author, researcher and technical coordinator of major international publications and reports is required.
b. Experience of producing reports and publications based on multiagency or multiauthor inputs is required.
c. At least 10 years’ experience in providing services for similar assignments is desirable.
d. At least 10 years of solid experience, technical specialization and proven experience working on urban development issues, specifically slum upgrading, with expert knowledge and experience of urban contexts, policies is required.
e. A good understanding and knowledge of UN-Habitat and its flagship programmes including the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme is desirable.
f. Proven, excellent writing and communication skills in English are required.
g. Knowledge of research techniques are preferred.
h. Proven analytical skills and ability to synthesize findings from diverse materials and sources, with sensitivity to nuance is preferable.
i. Ability to work flexibly, with availability for overtime and on-call assignments, depending on the needs of the service is desirable.
Language: Perfect command of oral and written English is required, which must be the candidate’s primary language. French proficiency will be an added advantage.

No Fee

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