Urban Law and Governance Consultant
Result of Service
The ultimate result of the service is to strengthen the legal and institutional framework and capacity that can facilitate sustainable urban development to reduce the negative effects of rapid urbanization. This can be achieved by providing a thorough assessment of the legal and institutional framework related to urban planning with a view to catalyze a discussion that will lead to proposals for an urban law and governance reform in given countries.Work Location
3 monthsDuties and Responsibilities
Background and Organizational Setting
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. UN-Habitat is also the lead agency within the United Nations system for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The Policy, Legislation and Governance Section, within the Urban Practices Branch, coordinates the Agency’s substantive, normative and operational work on various dimensions of Policy, Legislation and Governance, fostering high impact initiatives, programmes, and projects to deliver timely, fit-for-purpose and targeted solutions in these areas.
In the past six years, UN-Habitat has been active in over 90 countries around the world helping Member States and development partners to transform cities into safer, resilient, and healthier places with better opportunities. The Policy, Legislation and Governance Section is currently supporting several countries, for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the implementation of the New Urban Agenda by improving the overall policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks of urban development. Key areas of work include policy, legal and governance analysis of and support to countries in their reforms.
Duties and Responsibilities
In the light of the context described, UN-Habitat is seeking a part-time urban law and governance consultant to support the several country projects focusing on strengthening urban legal frameworks. The consultant will be responsible for producing normative outputs in this area by providing ongoing support and input to country legal projects in Comoros, Oman, Malawi, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Under the direct supervision of the Legal Specialist, Policy, Legislation and Governance Section and overall supervision of the Chief of the Policy, Legislation and Governance Section, the Consultant will have the following responsibilities:
1. Conduct legal and governance review and analyses on UN-Habitat thematic issues such as related to urban planning and design, housing, land and property rights (HLP), and environment and climate action. Legal and governance frameworks will be reviewed to assess their effectiveness in supporting urban processes specifically in the areas of resilient and low carbon urban development and access to adequate housing.
2. Draft project reports based on UN-Habitat template detailing project achievements, as well as bottlenecks and lessons learnt that will assist with project rating and evaluation.
3. Undertake reviews of projects and documents to strengthen legislation and governance dimensions(3).
4. Support the drafting of the capacity development training packages for Oman and DRC.
Academic Qualifications: A first-level university degree with 2 years of experience is required.
Minimum 2 years of experience in the legal field is required, preferably dealing with urban law, urban planning, environmental and climate change law and urban governance.
Experience in conducting legal and governance research from various sources and the ability to interpret frameworks, develop and present recommendations clearly and concisely is desirable.
Previous experience working with the United Nations will be an added advantage.
English and French are the official working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in spoken and written English is required. Fluency in another UN language is desirable.
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