Job Opening

Posting Title: City Exchange Consultant Latin America - Africa
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 23 March 2022 - 07 April 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-176804-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

In close coordination with UN-Habitat’s project manager, the consultant plays a supporting role in the implementation of this project, in particular the organisation of the Latin America – Africa city exchange.

Work Location


Expected duration

3 months

Duties and Responsibilities

About UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable and resilient towns and cities. It is the focal point agency for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. UN-Habitat envisions well-planned, well-governed and efficient cities and towns, with adequate housing, infrastructure and universal access to employment and basic services such as mobility, water, energy, and sanitation.

The Federal Ministry for Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), of the Federal Republic of Germany is supporting implementation of the project: “URBAN PATHWAYS: Supporting Low Carbon Plans for Urban Basic Services in the context of the New Urban Agenda“. Led by UN-Habitat, the project is being implemented by a consortium of partners that includes the Wuppertal Institute of Climate, Energy and Environment and UN Environment.

The Urban Pathways project helps delivering on the Paris Agreement and the NDCs in the context of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The project provides knowledge, capacity and technical assistance to local governments in Kenya, India, Vietnam and Brazil to develop feasible low carbon urban development plans. The plans include an assessment of the political, technological, socio-economic and financial viability. The local implementation concepts are being developed into bankable projects, focusing on the access to urban basic services to create a direct link between climate change mitigation and sustainable development goals. This process is being replicated regionally with policy development and implementation support and advice on stakeholder engagement and financing mechanisms.

The project is achieving its outcomes as follows (work packages):

Inform (WP1):

The first level of engagement aims to reach a large number of local and national policy makers, practitioners, stakeholders and NGOs to raise awareness of the mitigation potential of urban energy efficiency, mobility and waste management strategies and show how an integrated approach to urban development can deliver on the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Inspire (WP2):

This Work Package actively trains local and national policy makers, practitioners, stakeholders and NGOs and involves them in a structured capacity building program on the mitigation potential of sustainable urban basic services measures.

Initiate (WP3):

Building on the “Inform” and “Inspire” work packages, WP3 facilitates the preparation of policy proposals based on the NUA as well as commitments under the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030. This WP also establishes twinning partnerships between cities.
Implement (WP4):

This Work Package focuses on developing feasibility studies and implementation plans for at-least four pilot cities. The aim is to ensure that bankable and implementation-ready projects that demonstrate alignment with the NUA, respective country NDCs and the SDGs are developed in the pilot and replication cities.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief, Urban Basic Services Section and the direct supervision of the Programme Manager, based at UN-Habitat’s Headquarters in Nairobi. The consultant will perform the following duties and responsibilities:

• Develop 4-day Programme for a Latin America – Africa exchange visit and liaise with partners
• Develop workshop material and lectures
• Coordinate participant selection and application process
• Facilitate travel arrangement of at least 15 participants and local logistics
• Conduct the 4-day exchange programme
• Develop communication material and compile outcome report
• Publish an article and Op Ed for a major publication

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Urban, Regional or Transport Planning, International Relations and Affairs or Sustainable Development is required;
Experience: At least four (4) years of relevant experience in organising public events, city exchange visits and workshops in the field of low carbon services is required;

Demonstrated Knowledge in areas of climate change mitigation; sustainable urban mobility; SDGs is required;

Knowledge of UN policies and procedures is an advantage;
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, excellent fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is required.

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