Job Opening

Posting Title: Urban Economist and Portfolio Developer
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 18 July 2022 - 15 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-184833-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

This consultancy is to undertake technical work to support with the development of the Urban Economy portfolio of PFES and to deliver a key knowledge product in regard to local economic development.

Work Location

Nairobi

Expected duration

6 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 water, energy, and sanitation.

The Urban Practices Branch (UPB) is the tools and methodology production center of the UN-Habitat that develops normative guidance and cutting-edge tools through communities of urban practices and is the operational level responsible to undertake technical cooperation projects, such as the construction of water and sanitation facilities, shelter and other work.

The Planning, Finance & Economy Section (PFES) is responsible to support urban and territorial planning at all scales including through the development of planning policy, norms and guidelines, urban design and public space design, urban finance (municipal finance and urban development/projects finance), and local economic development.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall the overall supervision of the Chief of the Planning, Finance and Economy Section and the day-to-day supervision of the Programme Lead on Municipal Finance and Economy, the consultant will be responsible for the following duties:

• Providing technical input on economic matters to various ongoing projects within the section and UN-Habitat as a whole
• Provide input on urban economy related issues within the agency
• Support and ensure the integration of economic and finance aspects in the existing PFES methodologies and tools, such as Spatial Development Framework, Our City Plans, Public Space tools
• Drafting working papers to support mayors and city-level decision makers on matters of economic development.
• Researching Urban Economy trends to better understand donor trends as well as local government and private sector needs
• Providing inputs to the conceptualization of UN-Habitat’s role in development of its Urban Economy portfolio
• Drafting progress reports, including documentation such as donor reports, knowledge products, advocacy and outreach;
• Facilitating the delivery of technical support to capacity development trainings at national and local scales;
• Representing UN-Habitat and the PFES, in meetings with external partners
• Preparing and delivering presentations about the work of UN-Habitat in the space of the Urban Economy
• Good to add duties on communications and visibility (advocacy)

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Economics, Public Finance, Public Policy or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Experience: At least 5 years of relevant work experience in the field of urban economics and/or local economic development is required;
Experience of working on issues of public finance is an asset;
Direct proven experience of urban infrastructure development projects/processes is considered as asset;
Understanding of and experience from managing urban data is an asset;
Experience working in/for the public sector in developing countries, e.g. local governments is considered an asset;

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in oral and written English is required

No Fee

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