Job Opening

Posting Title: GIS Expert
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 27 March 2023 - 04 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-204915-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The ultimate result of the consultancy services includes: follow activities conducted by the UPIMC Cameroon project team to deliver the technical outputs as required to support Douala IV and III to: 1) have a comprehensive spatial understanding of the existing situation in their city and in urban settlements hosting displaced populations to inform decision making, 2) identify priority areas and investment opportunities to support linking displaced and hosting communities to infrastructure financing; and 4) have increased capacity to collect and analyze data and information and use it to prioritize interventions.

Work Location

Douala Cameroon

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.

Urban Planning and Infrastructure for Migration Contexts Programme
UN-Habitat is partnering with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) to improve access to reliable services and socio-economic opportunities for migrants and refugees in urban settlements. The Urban Planning and Infrastructure in Migration Contexts (UPIMC) programme will focus on activities that develop a common understanding of the issues affecting cities, towns and neighbourhoods, mapping provisions and gaps in public infrastructure services in coordination with humanitarian interventions.

The preparation of urban profiles for the selected vulnerable neighbourhoods will enable the development of shared visions and prioritised interventions that improve living conditions to be identified, agreed upon and potentially funded. The programme will support municipalities hosting displaced populations in Jordan, Egypt and Cameroon. Cities in these three countries have been selected through full consultation with both SECO and UN-Habitat country representatives. In the selected cities, the programme will foster multi-sectoral collaboration between UN-Habitat, national and local governments, humanitarian actors, development banks and local communities including displaced populations. The scope of work will also ensure significant contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by supporting the selected cities and neighbourhoods to become increasingly inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

This Programme will address the critical challenges in supporting displaced populations in urban areas, through integrating them into overall urban development processes, considering the Humanitarian- Development and Peace/Triple Nexus. The Overall Programme aims include:

1. Support municipalities to mainstream migration challenges into spatial urban analytics and urban infrastructure investment planning.
2. Conduct activities that will go beyond a pure planning stage, by supporting the prioritization of

infrastructure investments and their linkage to financing.
3. Benefit migrant communities and urban dwellers in general with better quality of life and better access to economic opportunities.


Cameroon has been hosting IDPs and refugees for more than a decade, whose numbers have increased in the last five years due to internal (Anglophone crisis, Boko Haram) and external (instability in Central African Republic) conflicts fuelled by religious and political grievances. Cameroon currently hosts 1,787,420 people of concern, including 274,520 Central African Republic refugees, 113,861 Nigerian refugees, 36,357 urban refugees and asylum seekers of various nationalities, 1,001,279 IDPs and 360,838 returnees (former IDPs). In order to support local municipalities in alleviating the pressure that population influxes can create on the provision of basic services and infrastructure and socio- economic conditions, the first phase of the UPIMC project in Cameroon has been launched in Douala.

UN-Habitat's UPIMC team now seeks to strengthen its capability in the delivery of the programme by engaging an urban planner with experience in contexts where spatial data is limited and urban field wok is required. The contract period is for 12 months to support the project until the end of June 2024.

The consultant will be hired and work under the overall supervision of Programme Management Officer at the UN-Habitat HQ. The consultant will work closely with the Technical Backstopping Team in UN-Habitat HQ and the UPIMC Cameroon team, and in partnership with the UN- Habitat Cameroon Team in Yaoundé. The entire UPIMC Programme Team also includes a network of Country Project Teams spread across the three countries of the Programme.

The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

1. Work with UPIMC Programme Management Team (UN-Habitat HQ) and UPIMC Cameroon Project Team
a. Work with UPIMC Coordinator in Cameroon align UPIMC team activities and outputs in Cameroon with programme standards
b. Consolidate and share an organized database to get thematic maps
c. Remain abreast of migration-related projects and programming in Cameroon, participating in UN Migration Network;
d. Participation in meetings with Esri to ensure the viability of the partnership and the technical feasibility of the GIS portal following the standards

2. Provide technical advice and analysis to UPIMC Cameroon Project team in the preparation of multi-sectoral spatial profiles providing a city/neighbourhood-wide overview and multi-scalar assessment of displaced communities
a. Desk review and socio-economic data collection
b. Preparation of the collection and compilation of information and data related to spatialization, including mapping of infrastructure and geolocated data.
c. Cartography of information data for the development and projection of community and social infrastructure
d. Contribute to urban analyses with the teams and propose urban orientations and actions
e. Create maps linked to the scenarios part and develop statistic models for the identified future urban trends
f. Produce a data catalogue and analysis report on the data produced with the GIS to assist in the decision support

3. Identification of suitable pilot areas within the supported cities with all relevant stakeholders and priorities agreed in line with Sustainable Development Goals
a. Development of strategic spatial recommendations and localized priority areas
b. Utilization of mapping tools to refine local priorities with key stakeholders

4. Carry out preparation and facilitation of trainings, events, exchanges for local authorities and other stakeholders
a. Coordinate engagement of local authorities
b. Capacity Building Sessions with local authorities

5. Work with UN-Habitat HQ to roll out of Data management systems, knowledge, and lessons learnt reports

Qualifications/special skills

Advanced university degree (master's degree or equivalent) in cartography, geography, geographic information systems (GIS) and/or urban planning with a GIS-related field of study is required. A first-level university degree in combination with (4) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
• At least 2 years of relevant work experience in the field of urban development and planning (and/or related fields) is required;
• Working knowledge and understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (and their monitoring/evaluation) and of the New Urban Agenda is desirable;
• Direct proven experience of urban infrastructure development projects/processes is considered an asset;
• Understanding of and experience from managing urban data is an asset;
• Facilitating, designing and managing capacity building processes is an asset;


• Fluency in English and French, written and verbal, is required. Knowledge of any other language of the Programme is an asset.

No Fee


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