Job Opening

Posting Title: National Consultant: Urban Planner (Damietta)
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: CAIRO
Posting Period: 04 May 2023 - 23 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-208279-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The service will ultimately result in applying UN-Habitat PILaR tool to prepare and implement the detailed plan in AlShoaraa site in Damietta city.

Work Location

Damietta, Egypt

Expected duration

10 months

Duties and Responsibilities

UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. It is the focal point for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system.

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 Policy, Legislation and Governance 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. Damietta, as the second pilot governorate will follow benefiting from the lessons learned from the first pilot. 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.

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. A map showing the selected site in Damietta City is available in Annex 1.

The consultant will work closely with the Urban Governance, Policies and Legislation Programme and under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager to fulfill the following tasks:

Duties and responsibilities
Phase 1: Revision and analysis of all project reports and formulation of the strategic vision for the intervention area
1.1. Review the Preliminary Physical Assessment Report, Socioeconomic Profiling Report and all project reports to identify potentials, challenges and constraints of the intervention area and its surroundings.
1.2. Review and finalize land survey maps and land tenure data, to produce land tenure database map based on the Egyptian Survey Authority data and the submitted landowners’ documents.
1.3. Formulation of the intervention area’s preliminary – desk based - future vision and strategic goals based on the project studies and reports
1.4. Identify socioeconomic needs and gaps, in relation to the expected future population number and the required residential and non-residential activities, public services…etc. following the urban planning standards and regulations.
1.5. Prepare and conduct technical presentation(s) on the proposed future vision and discuss it with the landowners
1.6. Prepare capacity building assessment report including all relevant project partners/stakeholders

Phase 2: Preparation of detailed and land readjustment plans for the intervention area
2.1. Finalize the future vision for the intervention area including strategic goals and indicators based on all project studies/reports while ensuring the engagement and participation of all relevant stakeholders (landowners - local community members…etc.)
2.2. Setting the planning principles to guide the preparation of detailed and land readjustment alternatives and to develop the selection, assessment and prioritization indicators
2.3. Prepare, discuss and develop the detailed planning alternatives with the participation of landowners in addition to developing the land use program and percentages of services.
2.4. Lead and conduct public meetings to present the proposed alternatives to the landowners to reach a consensus on the preferred alternative
2.5. Prepare the final land readjustment and detailed plan and all technical drawings

Phase 3: Certification of the finalized detailed plan and preparation of plots descriptive cards
3.1. Prepare final land readjustment and detailed plan and all technical drawings.
3.2. Present the final design to the landowners and secure their consensus and agreement.
3.3. Prepare descriptive cards for each plot in the site/detailed plan, while including all the required information and data required to issue building permits.
3.4. Prepare a report on the technical, legal and financial frameworks of land readjustment
3.5. Support the preparation of the land readjustment manual
3.6. Conduct and participate in various project meetings, missions, committees at UN-Habitat’s request
3.7. Report on overall mission status and any conducted activities at UN-Habitat’s request
3.8. Prepare a full documentation report including but not limited to: all mission milestones, challenges, best practices, success stories, raw data, contact lists, photos and video documentation, etc.

Qualifications/special skills

- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Architecture or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

- 5 years of proven work experience in the fields of urban planning, urban development or a related field is required

- Experience in detailed planning is required

- Familiarity in working with local administration units and local communities is highly desirable

- Previous work experience related to land survey and land tenure is preferable


Fluency in both oral and written Arabic is required. Knowledge of English is required.

No Fee


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