Job Opening

Posting Title: Research, Monitoring and Reporting Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 29 July 2022 - 06 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-186636-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The expected results include:
- A first draft of the PLGS Annual Report 2022
- A published 3rd edition of the COP newsletter
- Up to date COP folders on PLGS Teams folders
- Published 5th edition of the URL newsletter
- Adequate and timely contributions to ad hoc reports requested at Branch, Division, or Organization level.
- Completed review and editing of country reports and technical materials on urban rural linkages
- Written inputs to the global state of NUP, URL, and Metropolis reports.

Work Location

Nairobi, Kenya

Expected duration

The contract is for a duration of six (6) 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 supports governments and local authorities with tested approaches, guidelines, and tools to plan the growth of cities in an inclusive, sustainable, and future-proof way, in tune with social, cultural, economic, and environmental concerns and particularities. The Branch has five areas of work which are closely related: (1) Policy, Legislation and Governance, (2) Urban Basic 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) focuses on a broader framework through different scales (metropolitan, regional, national, and trans-national). The Section plays a critical role in implementing the Agency’s Strategic Plan, flagship programmes, the relevant Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. The Section works with and in collaboration with other parts of the agency (both at Headquarters and in the field) to support national and local governments and partners. The Section fosters high impact initiatives, programmes and projects that draw from its world-class expertise and knowledge to deliver timely, fit-for-purpose and targeted solutions. The Section serves as the Agency’s focal point and global solutions center of excellence on Urban Policy, Legislation, Governance, Metropolitan Management and Urban-rural Linkages. The Section conducts activities in knowledge management, tools and frameworks development, capacity building, policy dialogue, and advisory services.


II. RESPONSIBILITIES

The consultant will coordinate all ad hoc reports requested, in line with the reporting requirements and organizational policies, as well as develop newsletters on the PLGS community of practice and on urban rural linkages. The consultant will also begin the process of developing the PLGS annual report 2022, and contribute to other global reports including the 3rd edition of the global state of national urban policy report, the global state of urban rural linkages report, and the Global State of Metropolis Report.

Working directly under the supervision of the Chief of the Policy Legislation and Governance Section (PLGS), the incumbent’s tasks shall include the following:

i. Prepare concept note, outline and update survey for the preparation of Global State of National Urban Policy Report
ii. Review, editing and synthesis of project and country reports and other technical materials on urban rural linkages
iii. Update concept note, outline, case studies and survey for the Global state of urban rural linkages report
iv. Consolidate the documents for the Global State of Metropolis Report.
v. Prepare PLGS inputs into UN-Habitat ad hoc reports in line with the reporting requirements and organizational policies(e.g. SDG reporting).
vi. Review submissions and develop a first draft of the PLGS 2022 Annual Report.
vii. Update PLGS COP Teams folders and develop the COP newsletter.
viii. Prepare concept note and project documents for fundraising.
ix. Prepare the 5th edition of urban rural linkages newsletter.
x. Prepare for the thematic webinars leading up to ICNUP
xi. Review and edit other PLGS documents including web stories, technical papers, proposals, policy documents, reports etc.

III. SUPERVISION
The Research, Monitoring and Reporting Consultant shall report to the Chief of the Policy Legislation and Governance Section (PLGS) and the Urban Practices Branch (UPB) Chief. Any collaboration with Member States or donor entities, should always be conducted in coordination with PLGS.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: COMPETENCIES AND VALUES:

Professionalism. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed, Excellent drafting ability and communications skills, both oral and written; proven ability to communicate complex concepts orally; ability to prepare written reports that are clear, concise and meaningful.

Teamwork. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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

Skills:
• Knowledge and application of results-based Management.
• Demonstrable good communications skills including the ability to prepare reports, proposals, policies and procedures for diverse set of clients (e.g. private sector multinational corporations, NGOs, community organizations).
• Knowledge of office software such as Microsoft Office. Other software for carrying out research, analysis and reporting is an advantage.

Academic Qualifications: A University degree in development, project management, business administration or related field is required.

Experience:
• At least 2 years’ experience in programme planning, results-based management, monitoring and reporting, sustainable urban development, or related fields is required.
• Experience in application of data processing/analysis software is an asset.
• Demonstrable experience in researching urban issues is desirable.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of additional UN languages would be an advantage but not mandatory.

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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