Job Opening

Posting Title: Land Data and Knowledge Management Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 09 December 2022 - 19 December 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-196642-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The objective of this consultancy is to contribute to the advancement of the work of GLTN and GLII on land governance monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

6 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Human Settlements programme (UN-Habitat)
UN-Habitat is the United Nations 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. It works towards the long-term goal of ensuring sustainable cities and communities as mandated by the Sustainable Development Goals framework (SDG 11). As such, there are targets and indicators developed to this effect as short term guidance to enable monitoring of progress towards the attainment of SDG11, while linking and contributing to other SDG goals such as Poverty Eradication SDG1 with custodian mandate for access to basic services (SDG indicator 1.4.1) and land tenure security (SDG indicator 1.4.2) among others.
The Land, Housing and Shelter (LHS) Section
The LHS Section is located in the Urban Practices Branch of the Global Solutions Division of UN-Habitat. LHS aims to develop, document, pilot/test and disseminate norms, standards, tools, methodologies, regulatory frameworks, operating procedures and practices at global, regional, national and sub-national levels in support of 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.

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN)
UN-Habitat hosts the secretariat of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) – a network of over seventy international partners established in 2006. The Network promotes secure land and property rights for all, through the development of pro-poor, fit for purpose and gender appropriate land tools and approaches for responsible land governance with a focus on tenure security. It has a particular emphasis on vulnerable groups in urban and rural areas including women and youth. GLTN's work also promotes many of the components in both the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. GLTN works towards improved tenure security within the global frameworks (SDGs, NUA, VGGTs, F&G-AU) with a new strategy (2018-30) aiming at scaling up land tools, data protocols and to provide a solid monitoring approach to support evidence-based policy decisions at all levels.

The Global Land Indicator Initiative (GLII)
Under the auspices of GLTN, the Global Land Indicators Initiative (GLII) was established in 2012 by
UN-Habitat, the World Bank and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The platform is hosted and facilitated by GLTN and is a collaborative and inclusive process for development of globally comparable and nationally applicable land indicators, with the overarching goal of making global-scale monitoring of land governance a reality. GLII's work is founded on the need for evidence-based land governance monitoring for planning and policy decisions linking local, national, regional and global efforts through comparable land indicators for comparable data. The initiative has now grown to over 50 platform members including CSOs, INGOs, NGOs, research and academia, private sector, grassroots organizations, National Statistical Organisations and UN agencies.

GLTN is seeking a consultant to drive land governance monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management efforts of GLTN and GLII. The Consultant will report to the Global Land Indicators Initiative, under the guidance of the GLTN Project Manager.


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Management Officer in the Land, Housing and Shelter Section, the consultant will carry out the following tasks to implement the GLII and GLTN projects:
1. Report on fast-tracking collection, analysis and reporting of gender and tenure disaggregated data on land governance and tenure security within the SDGs framework at national and regional level in order to move SDG land indicator 1.4.2 and related SDG indicators to Tier 1.
2. Coordinate data efforts of the custodian agencies of SDG indicator 1.4.2 (World Bank and UN-Habitat) for timely annual reporting of data on the indicator to the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD).
3. Report on strengthened capacity of the global land and data communities to collect data on comparable land indicators not included in the SDGs, bridge data gaps and monitor key trends.
4. Report on coordinated and convened land and data communities for continuous dialogue and share best practices on the monitoring of land governance issues and impact evaluation of land tenure and governance interventions, including approaches to land data collection, promotion of gender responsiveness and other outcomes.
5. Report on the facilitated global process for development of a joint global reporting mechanism on land governance issues in line with the SDGs process.
6. Knowledge management and coordination of partners and stakeholders within the Global Land Indicators Initiative (GLII).
7. Report on integration of monitoring of SDG land indicators within projects implemented by GLTN including the NORAD-funded project on land-based financing
8. Coordinate the development of knowledge products including tools, position papers, blogs and publications for sharing and influencing best practices in data generation and land governance monitoring

Qualifications/special skills

A Bachelor's degree in data and statistics is required; Professional certification in monitoring and evaluation and political economy of land governance is desirable.
2 years of experience in data and statistics collection and analysis for monitoring, evaluation and impact measurement on land, agriculture, and national policy processes is required.
Knowledge on land governance and tenure security issues at national, regional and international level is desirable.
Experience in coordinating and enhancing the capacity of land and data entities within national governments to generate comparable land data & statistics for policy information; and coordination and management of partners is desirable.


Fluency in oral and written English is required.

No Fee


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