Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Urban Planning and Design Expert - International
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: IRBIL
Posting Period: 10 July 2018 - 20 July 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-99863-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

UN-Habitat’s City Profile of Mosul analysed that the lack of sound, updated masterplan in Mosul has resulted in the growth of informal settlements without adequate infrastructure and social services, and increasing inequality in ability to access to land and housing – which exacerbated the grievance among people in Mosul and contributed to the rise of violent extremists.

Since the announcement of liberation of Eastern Mosul in January 2017 and Western Mosul in July 2017, humanitarian actors have been providing emergency assistance to rehabilitate infrastructure and public facilities in Mosul. Ninewa Governorate has expressed its concern that reconstruction without an overarching and holistic plan may be counterproductive to long-term sustainable development of the city. International experience demonstrates that to ‘build back better’ conflict-affected cities and support sustainable development and peacebuilding, recovery and reconstruction activities should be guided by framework for reconstruction that take into account new emerging needs and the fast pace of change occurring in urban areas.

Furthermore, the damage inflicted to the cultural heritage during the military efforts to oust ISIL/Daesh from Mosul and the surrounding areas is unprecedented in modern times. The damage and losses inflicted to the Old City of Mosul in the last phase of liberation are exceptionally severe. Several months of armed conflict for the retake of the city left behind a wasted urban landscape, punctuated by destroyed monuments, demolished houses, damaged buildings, destroyed infrastructure, immense piles of rubble and debris, and an unprecedented level of contamination from unexploded ordnances and human bodies. It is estimated that approximately 60 percent of the historic urban fabric has been severely affected, with a significant loss of integrity within the historic core, especially along the Tigris River, in the Al-Madain district. More than 550 buildings are destroyed, while about 5,000 structures are damaged.

UN-Habitat intends to scale up its support to Mosul Municipalities in developing options for the reconstruction and recovery of Mosul. In the light of this endeavour, this assignment will cover an intense 3-months consultation process during which the Senior Urban Planning Expert will guide a small mixed urban planning team engaged in the analysis of urban issues and challenges in identified priority areas of the city of Mosul, and formulating area plans in consultation with counterparts, in view of the drafting of an Initial Recovery Plan for the Reconstruction of Mosul. The team will closely collaborate with conservation planners from UNESCO on the section of the Old City of Mosul.

Work Location

Erbil, with frequent travels to Mosul

Expected duration

3 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Org. Setting and Reporting Relationships:
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. The assignment is located in UNHABITAT Iraq Office at Erbil duty station and will report to Head of Kurdistan Region of Iraq Office.

Under the supervision of the Country Director, and with support of the Programme Manager of the Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Data Platform, the Senior Urban Planning Expert, will be responsible for the following tasks:

- Develop inception report with inputs from supervisor (1-2 pages) detailing the work plan.
- Formulating an overall planning strategy to be followed in the three-months process.
- Carrying out basic research, data gathering from different stakeholders, and analysis.
- Organising planning workshops with relevant stakeholders and government counterparts in Mosul.
- Organising technical consultation meetings with government staff.
- Developing scenario’s for Mosul’s reconstruction and development in the medium term.
- Developing Proposals for the development of strategic urban projects for the recovery and reconstruction of Mosul.
- Developing schematic plans for the reconstruction of the Old City, including defining minimum interventions.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: - Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, and/or related field of studies is required.
Experience: - Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience after receipt of the required academic qualification in the relevant field.
- Proven experience in spatial planning.
- Strong graphic skills and familiarity with graphic design packages are required.
- Experience in working in areas with heritage will be an advantage.
- Experience in working with government institutions at national and local level is an advantage.
- Capable of working in a team and undertaking initiative to ensure smooth relations and open communication within the team and with partners is required.
- Experience within the United Nations common system will be an advantage.
- Proficiency in design and illustration software.
Language: - Excellent command of English both oral and written is required.
- Command of Arabic is an advantage.

Additional Information

Other Entitlements:

- The incumbent will not be entitled of annual leave, health and life insurance.


Professionalism: Sound analytical and problem solving skills, plus ability to handle a range of equipment used in communication.

Teamwork: Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Planning & Organizing: Ability to work with minimal supervision, under the pressure of frequent and tight deadlines often in difficult and demanding conditions.

Communication: Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills and demonstrated ability to explain UN security policies and procedures.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

Client orientation: Professional and courteous attitude and demonstrated ability to work effectively in a stressful environment. Receptive towards client needs. Understands that those provided services are clients and seek to see things from a client perspective. Maintains tact and diplomacy at all times.

No Fee


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