Job Opening

Posting Title: Web Developer - World Urban Forum
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 17 January 2022 - 26 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-172287-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

World Urban Forum website that will foster continuity from session to another and create a strong online brand.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

6 months

Duties and Responsibilities

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. The World Urban Forum Coordination Office is located within the External Relations Strategy Knowledge and Innovation Division (ERSKI) of UN-Habitat. One of the Division’s key mandate is to promote strategic alliances to support achievement of the goals of adequate shelter for all, and sustainable urbanization and human settlements development. The World Urban Forum (WUF) is UN-Habitat’s key stakeholder flagship platform.

The WUF is a non-legislative technical forum convened by the UN-Habitat biannually since 2002. The forum gathers a wide range of experts from every walk of life. Participants of the forum include but are not limited to national, regional and local governments, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, professional, research institutions and academia, professional, private sector, development finance institutions, foundations, media, United Nations organizations and other international agencies. The WUF is recognized as the foremost global arena for interaction among policymakers, local government leaders, non-governmental organizations and expert practitioners in the field of sustainable urban development and human settlements. The WUF has been identified as a key platform to support implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) adopted at the HabitatIII conference. The WUF provides opportunities for stakeholder organizations of all kinds to come together to share the latest in innovative advances in sustainable urban development and projects showcasing the implementation of the NUA.

Objective of the Consultancy

UN-Habitat is working to strengthen its engagement with its partners in recognition of the rapid urbanization process and the strategic political relevance and potential for unique and important contributions to the regional and global debate on urban issues. One of the key steps being taken to increase partner engagement is to revamp its communication with partners for greater impact on agreed outcomes, to increase cohesion among existing partners and to engage with a wider range of non-traditional partners by creating a long-term WUF website that will foster continuity from session to session and create a strong online brand.

To achieve the above, the WUF Coordination Office seeks a Web Development Consultant to create a dynamic, functional and user-friendly website that reflects the ambitions of the agency vis-à-vis the mandate of the World Urban Forum, including the National Urban Forums.


Under the overall supervision of the WUF Coordinator and with technical oversight from the Head of the Production Unit, the incumbent will be required to perform the following functions:

• Design mock-ups of the website (wireframes) and final prototypes/screen designs of the website, including new subsections as required.
• Develop website specifications based on functional requirements and an implementation plan.
• Write code for both the backend and frontend of the new WUF website, primarily in Drupal.
• Collaborate with team members on development of web applications and new features for various event management services.
• Work closely with the WUF Coordination Office in site planning, technical layout, selection, and integration of web applications.
• Monitor and implement security patches on the WUF website.
• Develop website specifications based on functional requirements and an implementation plan
• Take part in the technical reviews and testing processes.
• Incorporate inclusive web design standards to make the WUF website accessible to people with disabilities.
• Assist in migration of contents from previous and current WUF websites to the new WUF website; carry out needs’ assessment for new web projects.
• Take part in the technical reviews and testing processes.
• Create and update documentation for the WUF website and related applications.

Qualifications/special skills

Knowledge of brand and graphic design processes and procedures for the creation and maintenance of high-quality visual standards and graphic material for varied media projects; knowledge of standard industry production processes, including multimedia, web, social media, and printing and digital publishing; creativity and ability to oversee and develop design that will advance the image and priorities of the UN; shows pride in work and in achievements; 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; establish effective collaboration and partnerships with officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.

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.

Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

• Self-motivated, critical thinker and the ability to thrive in a team environment is required
• Strong client-services orientation with excellent communication skills to non-technical staff is desirable
• Ability to work with minimal supervision and a high level of resilience is required.
• Excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity is highly desirable.

A first-level university degree in computer science, engineering, or equivalent is required.

• At least 5 years of experience in web development , User Experience (UX) design, web best practices, responsive design and digital strategy is required.
• Technical experience in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, and PHP; Figma, Adobe XD or other prototyping tools, working experience in Git version control and the command line is required;
• Proven experience in Drupal is highly desirable.

LANGUAGE: English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.

No Fee


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