Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant, Francophone Africa
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 08 May 2023 - 17 May 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-208494-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Successful implementation, coordination and reporting of key projects and strategic initiatives in Francophone Africa and globally.

Work Location


Expected duration

6 Months

Duties and Responsibilities


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable communities, towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The main documents outlining the mandate of the organization are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, Habitat Agenda, Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and Resolution 56/206. Its activities contribute to the overall objective of the United Nations to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development within the context and the challenges of a rapidly urbanizing world.

The overall aim of the assignment is to support the successful implementation of slums and informal settlements projects in the Francophone Africa region and globally. This will utilize the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) approaches applied in over 40 countries to trigger change and make a real difference in the lives of slum dwellers in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions. These projects contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG Target 11.1 as well as the implementation of the New Urban Agenda for inclusive and sustainable urbanization. The projects which cover Guinea Conakry, Niger, Congo, Madagascar, Senegal, Togo, and Benin will seek to tackle urban poverty through adaptive and pro-active measures that enhance management of urbanization for participatory and inclusive decision-making processes and up-scaled participatory slum upgrading.

With the recognition of the challenge of slums and informal settlements, a proposed publication whose provisional title is Solutions to Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements 2022, is also being developed by UN-Habitat and it’s partners. The report will provide the direction needed by key development stakeholders to step up in their commitment to reducing urban poverty and inequalities, leaving no one behind. UN-Habitat is committed to assisting member states to meet the challenge of slums and enable countries to transform the lives of the urban poor strategically and at scale, incrementally putting the people at the centre of the interventions. The publication will examine the developments and innovative solutions that have been successfully applied by the United Nations and development partners to address the challenge of slums.


The Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) criteria applied will include:

1. Quality of the project design: the appropriateness of the suggested project objectives and underlying problems, the needs and priorities of the intended target groups and beneficiaries that the project is supposed to address and the adaptation to the physical and policy environment within it operates. This shall include the quality of the project preparation and design – the logic and completeness of the project planning process, and the internal logic and coherence of the project design.
2. Achievement of the main objectives and effectiveness in the implementation of participatory slum upgrading projects: the assessment of expected results and impacts, including unintended ones, and then the comparison of intended and unintended consequences. The consequences shall be evaluated in relation to the overall goal and the objectives of the PSUP, and the respect countries'/cities' objectives.
3. Efficiency of the implementation to date: to what extent funding, human, financial resources, regulatory, and/or administrative resources contributed to, or hindered, the achievement of the objectives and results. This also includes the ownership of the national and local governments to contribute to the programme implementation in line with national priorities and budgets.
4. Sustainability of the effects: an analysis of the extent to which the results and impact are being, or are likely to be maintained over time, considering the multiplier effect of the planned slum upgrading activities and the extent to which the projects identified in PSUP are being or are likely to be financed and implemented (based also on the developed resource mobilization strategy).
5. Key cross-cutting areas of interventions: for example, land, environment, gender, human rights, housing, basic urban services, urban planning, legislation, livelihoods and local economic development, inclusive governance etc. are combined and are taken care off in the programme design which leads to a strong project with multiplier effects.
6. Coordination, complementation and coherence: the degree that the proposed pilot projects are coherent with national priorities and current efforts of the key local and national partners, with donors and EU policies and Member States, with the UN Country Teams, UNDAF and Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers as well as UN-Habitat's Country Programme Documents (if in place). This shall include an assessment of the positioning of UN-Habitat within the overall context of donors in the field of urban development.


Under the guidance of the Manager, PSUP/LHSS, the consultant will contribute to project implementation in Francophone Africa, research, knowledge collection, and the global publication, with responsibilities as outlined below :

• Reporting, monitoring, coordination and communication for country implementation progress and case studies in Francophone Africa, Latin America & Arab States as requested.
• Co-lead on community development workstream
• Conduct research interviews of ACP grassroots members and representatives; impact assessment and development knowledge products (case Studies, impact stories, articles, visual content)
• Impact analysis based on knowledge captured and recommendations on ways forward
• Compilation of best practices, research, and gender analysis for resource mobilization in the regions.

Qualifications/special skills

A first level degree in field(s) of architecture, urban development, urban planning, social sciences, international development, political science, economics or similar is required.
2 years of international experience providing support to project implementation, research and/or community engagement, as it relates to land, housing and shelter, slum upgrading and urban regeneration is required


Fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese is desirable.

No Fee


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