Job Opening

Posting Title: Local Field Coordinator
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: EGY - Other cities
Posting Period: 08 May 2023 - 21 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-207400-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The main result of this consultancy is to provide field level technical support to the program team, partners and consultants, in the implementation of the Hayenna project activities, missions…etc at the defined Governorate(s). This covers, but not limited to: Provide guidance during the inception phase, identifying partners and stakeholders, logistically support the project missions, submission of progress reports.

Work Location


Expected duration

12 months

Duties and Responsibilities

UN-Habitat and the New Urban Agenda (NUA)
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. Mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1978 to address the issues of urban growth, it is a knowledgeable institution on urban development processes, and understands the aspirations of cities and their residents. For forty years, UN-Habitat has been working in human settlements throughout the world, focusing on building a brighter future for villages, towns, and cities of all sizes. Because of these four decades of extensive experience, from the highest levels of policy to a range of specific technical issues, UN-Habitat has gained a unique and a universally acknowledged expertise in all things urban. This has placed UN-Habitat in the best position to provide answers and achievable solutions to the current challenges faced by our cities. UN-Habitat is capitalizing on its experience and position to work with partners to formulate the urban vision of tomorrow. It works to ensure that cities become inclusive and affordable drivers of economic growth and social development.
In October 2016, at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III – member states signed the New Urban Agenda. This is an action-oriented document which sets global standards of achievement in sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities. Through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors, including at all levels of government as well as the private sector, UN-Habitat is applying its technical expertise, normative work and capacity development to implement the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11 – to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Urbanization is a key driver of development. Hence, sustainable planning and governance of urbanization is crucial to accommodate the rapid population growth, empower cities to optimize the value of urbanization and ensure even development, inclusion and equality. Rapid urbanization presents a unique opportunity to lift millions out of poverty when managed sustainably. However, inadequate urbanization management, doubled with rapid population growth has adversely affected quality of life leading to lack of adequate housing, and increasing inequality. These conditions contribute to diseconomies (e.g. congestion, pollution, displacement) that overtime negatively affects the overall city prosperity, efficiency, productivity and competitiveness.
UN Habitat in Egypt
Established in 2005, UN-Habitat Egypt Programme has been providing technical support to national counterparts on a wide range of urban issues. Adopting an integrated approach, UN-Habitat Egypt has supported reforming and improving urban planning and management through three main sub-programmes, namely; urban planning and design; urban policies, legislation and governance; and urban basic services and mobility.
Urban Governance, Policies and Legislation Programme
The Urban Governance, Policies and Legislation Programme in Egypt works towards to tackling the multi-dimensional urbanization context with a special attention to urban management, urban planning, urban economy where all stakeholders are empowered and enabled to engage and play their expected role(s).The programme is working with all stakeholders and on different levels to find new appropriate, realistic and context driven ways of making sure that the urbanization processes are providing acceptable spatial standards and services. The programme is also working towards enhancing the capacity of relevant actors in reforming the legal and institutional framework governing urban development; promoting the empowerment of local government; enhancing land tenure security; establishing processes for participating and inclusive planning process; enhancing local economic development and social entrepreneurs. The programme provides legislation enhancement and policies development support on the national level in order to replicate and scale up all of its successful interventions.
Hayenna – Integrated Urban Development Project
In 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, Urban Communities (MoHUUC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the General Organization for Physical Planning (GOPP), the UN-Habitat and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Cooperation (SECO) signed three different agreements (the project agreement, the separate agreement, and the contract) governing the Hayenna- Integrated Urban Development Project. The project aims at developing a more transparent land management, as well as implementing better-planned and financially sustainable basic infrastructure services that offer an attractive and inclusive alternative to informal settlements and promoting local economic facilities in two pilot Governorates. Qena was selected as the first pilot Governorate, whereas Damietta was selected as the second governorate. The project thereby intervenes in three dimensions: urban planning and design, public finance management and land-based financing, and support to urban legislation and regulation. Project’ interventions take place in one site in Damietta City which is Al-Shoara area.
Damietta City
Damietta city is the capital of Damietta governorate with a total area of 6025.9 feddans and 281,493 inhabitants (72983 families with an average of 3.85 persons/family, 52% male and 48% female). The average population density of the city is 47 person/feddan. 13.6% of the population has a university degree, while 67.9% has attended school, and 18.5% has not gotten formal education. According to the 2017 national census, the considerable population is working in transformative industries (42%) and wholesale and retail trade (31%). While the percentage of the population working in services/ administrative positions and agriculture has declined. Damietta City is considered as the business and investment capital of the governorate.
According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS)’s 2017 national census, total population of Damietta governorate is 1.5 million, representing 7%, of the Delta region’s total Population. While Damietta City, accounts for the equivalent of (45.4%) of the total urban population of the governorate with total population 281493 inhabitants, and (19%) of the total population of Damietta Governorate.
Under the supervision of the Urban Governance, Policies and Legislation Programme Manager the local field coordinator shall play the role of facilitating and coordinating the project activities in addition to facilitating a leading role for community members to in the planning process. By focusing on relevant participation techniques, approaches and tools, the local field coordinator shall liaise between the local community, the local government, UN Habitat team and other stakeholders.

The consultant will fulfil the following tasks:

1. Propose and define relevant stakeholders based on a clear analysis of the local context, community and power dynamics in the selected areas.
2. Coordinate and define entry points within the community and with the agreed upon stakeholders.
3. Organize orientation sessions for respective officials and governmental counterparts mainly local
executive councils to ensure common understanding of planning city extensions and inner-city areas.
4. Promote the inclusion of CSOs, private sector and community members, (particularly women and
youth) and conduct briefings on the project goal and objective.
5. Ensure local media coverage regarding the process of undertaking planning and the importance of citizen participation in them.
6. Link local actors with other local and national experts on issues related to city extensions/inner city areas planning and budgeting.
7. Coordinate with other consultants in identifying technical needs and appropriate points of intervention.
8. Coordinate all logistics related to organizing and executing the workshops at local level.
9. Document and share case studies, anecdotes and lessons learned that are related to project experiences.
10. Provide progress reports on current activities; documenting and analyzing successes and shortfalls.
11. Maintain an updated contact list of relevant project partners, stakeholders, beneficiaries.
12. Conducting and moderating the landowners and stakeholders’ meetings.
13. Conducting and preparation of capacity building activities and coordination meeting with the local government.

Qualifications/special skills

A first-level university degree in social studies, development related field, business administration is required.
A minimum of two (2) years of previous experience in development projects planning and implementation is required.
Previous work experience in capacity building/institutional strengthening schemes in the context of development programmes is an asset.
Familiarity in working with local administration units and local communities is highly desirable.


Fluency in oral and written Arabic is required. Basic English is required.

No Fee


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