Job Opening

Posting Title: Gender and Land Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 27 September 2022 - 05 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-191527-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

To conduct a gender and land analysis in customary land setting in Uganda.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

4 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. It is the focal point for urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. The Agency also contributes to national and local governments in laying the foundation for sustainable urban development. UN-Habitat envisions well-planned, well-governed, and efficient cities and other human settlements, with adequate housing, infrastructure, universal access to employment and essential services such as water, energy, and sanitation. To achieve these goals, UN-Habitat has adopted the Strategic Plan (2020–2023) which repositions UN-Habitat as a major global entity and a centre of excellence and innovation. In this respect, the organization is refocusing its niche position as the “thought leader” and the go-to programme for issues pertaining to its work, setting the global discourse and agenda on sustainable urban development.

The Urban Practices Branch is the Agency’s skills centre for production of tools and methodologies. It develops normative guidance and cutting-edge tools through the following communities of urban practices: (i) policy, legislation, and governance; (ii) urban planning, finance, and economic development; (iii) urban basic services; and (iv) land, housing, and shelter.

The Land, Housing and Shelter Section has the mandate to provide professional skills and to develop normative knowledge and products that support a) the equitable supply of serviced land at scale; b) efficient and effective land management systems; c) freedom from arbitrary or forced eviction and the protection of security of tenure for all; d) the progressive achievement of universal access to housing meeting the requirements for an adequate standard of living; e) participatory urban regeneration and slum upgrading initiatives. It focuses on research and tool development also to backstop the Global Campaign on Sustainable Urbanization of the agency, to supply technical advice to Member States and backstop the Regional offices and other sections of UN-Habitat.

The Land, Housing and Shelter Section (LHSS), hosts the secretariat of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) which is a network of over 80 international institutions that was established in 2006 and since then, has been working to promote secure land and property rights for all, through the development of pro-poor fit-for-purpose and gender-responsive land tools within the continuum of land rights approach. Since 2012, GLTN has been working at the country level to test and implement developed land tools and approaches, contribute to land policy development and implementation, undertake capacity development initiatives and awareness and knowledge building initiatives in collaboration with government authorities and partners. In 2019, Phase 3 of the GLTN programme started, with an overall goal of improving tenure security for women, youth, and vulnerable groups.

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) as facilitated by UN-Habitat is currently implementing the “Scaling up community-based land registration and land use planning on customary land in Uganda” Project funded by the Netherlands government through the Netherlands Enterprise and Development Agency (RVO). The project aims to contribute to the development of a structured and scalable approach towards improved tenure security and sustainable land use for men, women and youth, which is obtained using inclusive, gender-responsive, fit-for-purpose and participatory tools and approaches. The four (4) year project started in September 2021 and has three (3) primary outcomes:
1. Improved tenure security for men, women, and youth
2. Inclusive, climate-smart, and sustainable land use plan
3. Improved capacity and awareness of crucial land stakeholders on customary land registration and land use planning.

This project is aligned and contributes to the implementation of GLTN gender strategy (2019-2030) that aims at providing a framework for designing land tenure and governance interventions around women's and girls' land and property rights. It also contributes to the Government of Uganda’s “Gender Strategy for National Land Policy Implementation” of 2019.

In the customary land right system of Uganda, women are mostly disadvantaged as they are unable to own or inherit land mainly due to restrictive practices under customary land tenure. Customary practices in some areas of the country continue to override statutory law in recognition and enforcement of women’s land rights. The project “Scaling up community-based land registration and land use planning on customary land in Uganda” is to undertake gender evaluation assessment in customary land setting that will inform actions to ensure that project activities during “scaling-up phase” are gender responsive and benefit both men and women equally.

The consultant “Gender and Land Expert” shall report to the Chief, Land, Housing and Shelter Section (LHSS) under the Urban Practices Branch or any authorized staff. The consultant will work together with the LHSS of UN-Habitat and/or GLTN Secretariat and implementing partners of the Land at Scale project in Uganda at the national and local levels to conduct the study. Aspects that the consultant needs to investigate include but are not limited to:

1. Desktop review of the legal and policy framework and existing literature, including traditional and customary norms to identify gaps affecting women and vulnerable groups’ land rights in Uganda.
2. Identify social/ cultural norms and practices that lead to gender inclusion (progressive) and exclusion in land ownership and land administration/management on customary tenure, specifically on polygamous marriages.
3. Review of the legal and institutional framework (both formal and informal): to assess gender responsiveness of land administration/management institutions, including participation and representation of both men and women
4. Assess the perception of different social groups and communities towards fair access and control over land.
5. Conduct field visits, interviews and data gathering to achieve the objectives of the assignment.
6. Identify barriers hindering and opportunities available for women, youth, men, and vulnerable groups to have access and control over land and natural resources for agricultural production, access to finance and economic empowerment.
7. Assess decision-making processes among gender groups, mainly women and men at household, clan and community levels regarding access, control and use of land and natural resources.
8. Assess the impact of customary land registration on women’s tenure security, including women’s participation in CCO issuance processes, including strengths and weaknesses.
9. Document approaches, tools and best practices used by MLHUD, development partners, including CSOs, to mainstream gender in land tenure and land governance in Uganda, including identification of strengths, weaknesses/gaps and existing capacity needs.
10. Examine the gender responsiveness of existing land dispute resolution mechanisms both formal and informal, including participation representation of women and other vulnerable groups.
11. Recommend possible measures, including policy, legal and institutional reforms necessary to ensure equal access and control to land and natural resources and active participation in land governance.
12. Recommend approaches and tools which can be used to scale up the best practices in addressing gender issues regarding access and control over land and natural resources. Where applicable highlight region-specific recommendations.

Qualifications/special skills

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in gender development studies, sociology, anthropology, business or public administration, international development, project development, land management, natural resource management or relevant field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in undertaking projects or assignments related to land and gender on customary tenure is required.
Experience in gender analysis/assessments design and review of programmes focused on gender equality, equity and mainstreaming in land governance is required.
Knowledge of customary land tenure and its related challenges and opportunities in Uganda is desirable.
Previous experience with UN and/or international organization and government bodies is desirable


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other UN languages is an added advantage.

Additional Information

Kindly post for seven (7) days, and note that we are looking for national consultants.

No Fee


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