Job Opening

Posting Title: Sustainable Urban Mobility Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 16 February 2023 - 27 February 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-201336-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

To support efforts of UN-Habitat under the above mentioned projects to promote sustainable mobility, resulting in improved policies and investment decisions by partner cities.

Work Location

Home Based

Expected duration

12 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, 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. UN-Habitat works with varied partners including cities, central governments, local authorities, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector in the implementation of the Habitat Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in particular, Goal 11 of “Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

As cities around the world rapidly urbanizing, they are increasingly facing urban mobility challenges key among them traffic congestion, pollution and road traffic crashes. The transport sector also significantly contributes to global energy related carbon emissions. Public transport comprising efficient bus systems, trams, metros and non-motorised mobility such as walking, and cycling are emerging an ideal mix to curb the growing urban transport challenges and meet the transport needs of citizens. UN-Habitat collaborates with governments at city, regional and national levels on development and implementation of policy, guides and tools for sustainable urban mobility; provides technical support for development of effective transport systems and supports knowledge, advocacy and capacity building.

The consultancy position is in the Urban Mobility team under the Urban Basic Services Section of UN-Habitat. The consultant will provide technical advice and policy support to cities on sustainable and innovative mobility; undertake research on emerging urban mobility issues, and support the development of project proposals to expand the portfolio.

Under the UN Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) supported project “Reclaiming Streets for Pedestrians and Cyclists”, UN-Habitat is supporting Kenyan cities, among others, in their transition towards safer infrastructure for active mobility through the provision of technical advice, policy support and advocacy. As a follow-up, the mobility team is embarking on a new project titled “Global Alliance of Cities for Road Safety (ACROS)”, which aims to establish to provide capacity building and technical assistance on all five pillars of the Safe Systems approach.

The EU supported SOLUTIONSplus project brings together highly committed cities, industry, research, implementing organisations and finance partners and establishes a global platform for innovative, shared, public and commercial e-mobility solutions to kick start the transition towards low-carbon urban mobility. The project encompasses city level demonstrations to test different types of innovative and integrated e-mobility solutions, complemented by a comprehensive toolbox, capacity development and replication activities. Demonstration actions will be launched in Hanoi (Vietnam), Pasig (Philippines), Lalitpur/Kathmandu (Nepal), Kigali (Rwanda), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Quito (Ecuador), Montevideo (Uruguay), Madrid (Spain), Nanjing (China) and Hamburg (Germany). Replication activities are foreseen for Kenya among other countries. UN-Habitat contributes to capacity building, pilot projects through engagement with startups, as well as policy support.

UN-Habitat is also embarking on a new project called “ACCESS – Accelerating Access to Low Carbon Urban Mobility Solutions through digitalization” with the aim to measurably reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector in urban areas in six Latin American countries.

The consultant will assist the work of the Urban Mobility Team in the Urban Basic Services Section by providing the following:

Under the UNRSF projects:
• Activity 1.1: Support project management and implementation of the UNRSF projects “Reclaiming Streets” and “ACROS” and coordinate with partners on the delivery of outputs;
• Activity 1.2: Support capacity building activities and city exchanges under the “ACROS” project on road safety;
• Activity 1.3: Support the preparation of the Innovation Challenge on road safety under the ACROS project;
• Activity 1.4: Support the development of investment and funding proposals on road safety in ACROS partner cities.

Under the SOLUTIONSplus project:
• Activity 1.5: Support the development of National Urban Mobility Plans and Policies in SOLUTIONSplus partner cities;
• Activity 1.6: Support dissemination of SOLUTIONSplus project results in international conferences;

Under the ACCESS project:
• Activity 1.7: Support the implementation of pilot projects with a particular focus on Ecuador and Argentina;
• Activity 1.8: Support the review and development of sub-national policies and plans in the ACCESS partner countries and cities;
Activity 1.9: Support the development of national policy frameworks that promote sustainable urban mobility planning and evidence-based public policy using digital platforms and data collection.

Qualifications/special skills

First-Level University degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent) in Urban Planning, Transport Planning, Engineering, Geography, or a related field is required.
2 years working experience in Urban or Transport Planning is required.
A good understanding of transport planning, urban planning, urban development, urban policy and legislation and sustainable urbanisation is an asset and is required.
Excellent analytical and communication skills.

Good interpersonal skills, previous exposure to cross cultural environments is advantageous.
Ability to work well in a team whilst also having the capacity and initiative to work independently is desired.
Knowledge of International Organisations, including working experience in urban projects is an asset;


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Spanish language skills are an asset.

No Fee


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