Project Support Officer
Mission and objectives
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
The Land, Housing and Shelter Section of UN-Habitat is mandated to develop, test, disseminate and support country-level implementation of pro-poor and gender responsive land tools and approaches. In the past years, the Land, Shelter and Housing Section, through its flagship Global Land Tool Network’s programme (GLTN), has been expanding its work globally, in conflict affected countries and in the Arab region to advance housing, land and property rights for everyone and especially for vulnerable groups, including women, displaced people and migrants. Enchaining access to land and tenure security for vulnerable groups, including women, is crucial for poverty reduction, as well as for triggering broader social and economic development, and for the full realisation of human rights, peace and stability. This UNV assignment will support the implementation of the UN-Habitat land-related projects globally. Under the overall leadership of the Chief of the Land, Shelter and Housing Section and the supervision of the Land Specialist of the Land, Shelter and Housing Section, the International Specialist UN Volunteer will deliver specific components of the projects and coordinate the work of UN-Habitat on advancing housing, land and property rights - with a focus on women's HLP rights; land and conflict; and the Arab land governance portfolio. The responsibilities include developing and adapting training materials; developing documents and papers; reviewing and providing inputs in research assignments and analyses; preparing concept notes and programme documents; undertaking capacity development and training events and workshops; and implementing other specific activities within the UN-Habitat’s land portfolio.The International UNV will also collaborate with UN-Habitat colleagues based in country offices and other Headquarters’ divisions.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Land Specialist, within the Land, Housing and Shelter Section, the International Specialist UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: 1. Organize events, supporting the preparation of knowledge exchange events, expert group meetings, training events undertaken as part of the land-related programmes and within the Housing, Land and Property (HLP) rights area of work. 2. Expand and sustain the engagement of the partners of the Arab Land Initiative and of the Housing, Land and Property Area of Responsibility of the Global Protection Cluster, including sharing information and updates, developing joint materials, continuously update the existing land stakeholders’ database and reach out to new partners and land experts. 3. Develop, review and provide inputs to country-level project and related land and HLP documents. This includes developing, reviewing and providing inputs to research and analysis documents, implementation frameworks, methodology notes and providing inputs and guiding partners in the preparation and finalisation of documents and research papers. 4. Support the implementation of the Housing, Land and Property Rights for women, refugees and displaced people at the global, regional and country level., 5. Coordinate the regional campaign on women and land in the Arab region. 6. Prepare communication, visibility and promotional materials related to the land and HLP portfolio of LHS and GLTN. 7. Develop new programmes and support the implementation of ongoing programmes related to land and HLP rights. Results/expected outputs As an active UN-Habitat team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UN-Habitat and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: • At least ten events on land governance, land tenure security and land in conflict context prepared and delivered; • Two land related report development and two training session co-organised; • Quality partnership developed with at least ten national, local and international partners; • At least two land and HLP-related publications co-authored with other team members; • At least ten communication materials (e.g. articles, press releases, videos, etc.) developed in collaboration with the communication team; • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment; • A report on the number and type of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacity developed in support of volunteerism for peace and development.