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Full time, Fixed termQualifications/special skills
Academic Qualifications: A minimum of a master’s degree in urban planning or development, social science or related field is required. A PhD in related fields will be an added advantage.
Experience: a. Five years of demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and proven track record as author or researcher of international publications and reports is required.
b. Knowledge of urban development and related fields and knowledge and practical application of theories and concepts related to urban development and informal settlements is preferred.
c. Very good knowledge of region or country of assignment, including the political, economic and social dimensions, and the ability to relate socio-economic issues, trends and perspectives, including gender issues, to urban development initiatives/programmes in affected country/region is required.
d. Knowledge of research methodologies, data collection and maintenance. Ability to identify, extract, analyse and format data from a wide variety of standard and non-standard sources. Ability to identify, extract and analyse statistical data is desirable.
e. Strong analytical capacity and the ability to identify, analyse and articulate difficult issues/problems is preferred.
f. Proven ability to independently provide effective research in an efficient and timely manner and present findings in organised, accurate way, accomplished with use of initiative and with only general guidance from higher level staff is required.
g. Ability to work under pressure, with availability for overtime and on-call assignments, depending on the needs of the service is desirable.Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Publication Coordinator of the Participatory Slum and Upgrading Programme (PSUP), the Researcher (Consultant) will be responsible for the following duties:
1) Develop indicators and methodologies for review and evaluation of specific topics related to informal settlements and related issues (e.g. urban development, housing, economic development, demographic and social indicators, etc.) at global, regional and national levels; assess implications in terms of policies, regulatory framework and institutional set-up and identify best practices in terms to policy development and interventions.
2) Select and evaluate a variety of documents and existent data. Compile, systematise, process and manipulate data sets derived from a variety of sources. Assemble and examine original statistical material to ensure accuracy, clarity and validity; make appropriate adjustments.
3) Design substantive quantitative or qualitative research on selected aspects of critical areas of concern. Organise consultations with key experts and informants from diverse technical backgrounds. Co-operate with research institutes and organisations in the collection of data. Assist in liaising with United Nations system organizations to obtain necessary statistical and other relevant information.
4) Summarise pertinent material and prepare charts, graphs and other outputs for reporting and presentation of various data. Prepare a variety of reports, presentations, tables, lists, charts, data sets, diagrams and other background materials/notes for information in order to facilitate the in-depth analysis of the retrieved information by the supervisor and other users.
Full time, Fixed term
a. Excellent research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources using standard methodologies and analytical techniques, conduct conceptual and strategic analyses, draw conclusions and assess impact on urban development and policy issues.
b. Sound analytical skills and ability to quickly read documents to familiarise with content.
c. Excellent drafting and conceptual writing skills
d. Facility in communication with a wide range of stakeholders
e. Knowledge of the institutions of the UN system.f. Ability to work under pressure, with availability for overtime and on-call assignments, depending on the needs of the service.Academic Qualifications:
A master’s degree in urban planning or development, social science or related field is a requirement.. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: Five years of demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and proven track record as author and technical content developer of international publications and reports is required.
Knowledge of urban development and informal settlements is required. Ability to relate to socio-economic issues, trends and perspectives, including gender issues, to urban development initiatives and programmes is desirableResponsibilities
2.1 Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Publication Coordinator of the Participatory Slum and Upgrading Programme (PSUP), the Technical Writer (Consultant) will be responsible for the following duties:
1) Summarise pertinent material and prepare background materials.
2) Systematically follow through and retrieve, highlight and compile information from a wide variety of information sources; prepare technical input for the publication
3) Provide reliable results and sound analysis of issues and developments affecting assigned sectoral areas. Deliver high quality empirical research results in thorough, well reasoned written reports, records and/or data contributions.
4) Edit complex or politically sensitive material, normally without revision, to ensure accuracy, clarity, cohesion and conformity with United Nations standards, policy and practice.
5) Co-ordinate the input of other departments in the Secretariat, as well as the UN agencies and programmes and other organizations, in the collection of data.
2.2 Timeline and work location
The Technical Writer (Consultant) is expected to work from 01. February 2021 to 04. April 2022 (9 weeks). The work location will be home based.
Junior Finance Consultant
Full time, Fixed termQualifications/special skills
Business development, engagement and strategizingExcellent writing skills in English. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.Research and analytical skills combined with good manipulation of data and ability to synthetize complex concepts and information is required.
Minimum first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in sustainable urban planning, urban governance, or related field development studies, geography, management, economics that is relevant for sustainable urban development and advising on urban planning frameworks and institutions is required.
2-year relevant experience in sustainability, finance or commercial investment, with a proven track record in sustainability analysis is required. It would be preferable if the candidate demonstrates relevant knowledge of project finance at the urban and regional level.Responsibilities
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements.
This position is located at the Cities Investment Facility (CIF), in the Office of the Executive Director. The Junior Finance Consultant will report to the Acting Chief, Office of the Executive Director. This role involves overall coordination, programme management and substantive integration of UN-Habitat operational and normative activities, with the work of external private and commercial investors.
Within delegated authority, the Junior Finance Consultant will be responsible for the following duties:
• Works with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc. with an eye towards the Cities Investment Facility.
• Develop a business engagement, financial advisory and Cities Investment Facility.
• Develop relevant sustainable finance and investment documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.
•Provide outputs relating to business strategy and engagement, private sector investment and financing strategies.
•Establish long-term partnerships between UN-Habitat and key sustainable finance advisors, investors and financiers.
• Draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications in preparation of various written outputs.
•Undertake outreach activities; participate in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participate in and make presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Participate in field missions, including provision of substantive input, data collection, etc.
•Prepare budget funding (programme/project and submission of progress reports etc.). Prepare related documents/reports (work programme, programme budget, etc.).
•Integrate across outputs, and quality control, in collaboration with all activity coordinators.