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UPIMC Egypt Coordinator/ Project Urban Planner


  • Organization: UNHABITAT - United Nations Human Settlements Programme
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Urban Development, planning and design
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Natural Resource Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

Result of Service

The ultimate result of the consultancy services includes: Providing technical expertise to the UPIMC Egypt project team to deliver the technical outputs as required to support a pilot neighborhood to: 1) have a comprehensive spatial understanding of the existing situation in the area and in urban settlements hosting displaced populations to inform decision making, 2) agree on detailed strategic visioning and scenario building for urban development in selected neighbourhood, 3) identify investment opportunities to support linking displaced and hosting communities to infrastructure financing; and 4) have increased capacity to collect and analyze data and information map them, and use it to prioritize interventions.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

5 months, with the possibility to extend based on performance and subject to an available funding resource.

Duties and Responsibilities

About UN-Habitat
UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable and resilient towns and cities. It is the focal point agency for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. UN-Habitat envisions well-planned, well-governed and efficient cities and towns, with adequate housing, infrastructure and universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy, and sanitation.

UN-Habitat in Egypt

Established in 2005, UN-Habitat Egypt Country Programme has provided technical support to national counterparts on a wide range of urban issues. Adopting an integrated approach, UN-Habitat Egypt has supported reforming and improving urban planning and management through three main sub-programs: urban planning and design; urban policies, legislation, and governance; and urban basic services and mobility.

Urban Policy, Legislation and Governance Programme
Egypt's Urban Governance, Policies, and Legislation Programme tackle the multi-dimensional urbanization context with special attention to urban management, urban planning, and urban economy. All stakeholders are empowered to engage and play their expected role(s). The Programme is working with all stakeholders and on different levels to find new appropriate, realistic, and context-driven ways of ensuring that the urbanization processes provide acceptable spatial standards and services. The Programme is also working towards enhancing the capacity of relevant actors in reforming the legal and institutional framework governing urban development, promoting the empowerment of local government, enhancing land tenure security, establishing processes for participating and inclusive planning process, enhancing local economic development social entrepreneurs. The Programme provides legislation enhancement and policy development support on the national level to replicate and scale up all of its successful interventions.

Urban Planning and Infrastructure for Migration Contexts Programme
UN-Habitat is partnering with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) to improve access to reliable services and socio-economic opportunities for migrants and refugees in urban settlements. The Urban Planning and Infrastructure in Migration Contexts (UPIMC) programme will focus on activities that develop a common understanding of the issues affecting cities, towns, and neighborhoods, mapping provisions and gaps in public infrastructure services in coordination with humanitarian interventions.

The Programme will support municipalities hosting displaced populations in Jordan, Egypt, and Cameroon. Cities in these three countries have been selected through full consultation with SECO and UN-Habitat country representatives. The Programme will foster multi-sectoral collaboration between UN- Habitat, national and local governments, humanitarian actors, development banks, and local communities, including displaced populations in the selected cities. Preparing urban profiles for the selected vulnerable neighborhoods will enable the development of shared visions and prioritized interventions that improve living conditions to be identified, agreed upon, and potentially funded. The scope of work will also ensure significant contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by supporting the selected cities and neighborhoods to become increasingly inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

This Programme will address the critical challenges in supporting vulnerable groups, including refugees, in urban areas through integrating them into overall urban development processes, considering the
Humanitarian-Development and Peace/Triple Nexus. The Overall Programme aims include:
• Supporting municipalities to mainstream inclusion challenges into spatial/ urban analytics and urban infrastructure investment planning.
• Conducting activities that will go beyond a pure planning stage by supporting the prioritization of infrastructure investments and their linkage to financing.
• Benefiting migrant communities and urban dwellers in general with better quality of life and better access to economic opportunities.

The programme will consists of four interlinked components:
1. Spatial analytics and urban profiling; 2. Develop strategic vision and scenario building; 3. Define prioritized infrastructure investments and linkage to financing; and 4. Knowledge exchange and capacity sharing. UN-Habitat's UPIMC Project Team seeks to hire an Egypt Coordinator/Urban Planner to support the preparation of written and spatial data and analysis. The contract period is for 5 months, with the possibility to extend, to support the project until the end of June 2024.

The consultant will be hired and work under the overall supervision of the Programme Management Officer at UN-Habitat HQ. The consultant will work closely with the UN-Habitat Egypt Country Office and the UPIMC Team in UN-Habitat HQ and the Country Project Teams spread across the three countries of the Programme.

Duties and responsibilities
The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

1. Work with UPIMC Programme Management Team (UN-Habitat HQ) and UPIMC Egypt Country Office
• Support UPIMC Global Programme Coordinator at UN-Habitat HQ to align UPIMC team activities and
outputs in Egypt with programme standards
• Remain abreast of projects conducted by the UN-Habitat Egypt Country Programme, seeking opportunities to align UPIMC with other UN-Habitat activities in Egypt
• Remain abreast of migration-related projects and programming in Egypt
• Ensure project management and organisation in Egypt is consistent with UN-Habitat and UPIMC standards
2. Provide technical advice and coordinate with activities conducted by the UPIMC Egypt Project team in the preparation of multi-sectoral spatial profiles providing a city/neighbourhood-wide overview and multi-scalar assessment of displaced communities
• Desk review and socio-economic data collection
• Planning & Migration policy analysis & Institutional framework assessment
• Stakeholder mapping and assessment
• Stakeholder Engagement and Visioning workshops
• Spatial data collection, asset and infrastructure mapping
• Mapping of proposed infrastructure investments
• Cross-sectoral spatial analysis and key trend identification
• Profile Preparation, including illustrating maps, drafting text and laying out information
• Proofread and edit outputs, ensuring Spatial Settlement Profiling and UN-Habitat standards are met

3. Identification of suitable pilot areas within the supported cities with all relevant stakeholders and priorities agreed in line with Sustainable Development Goals
• Pilot Area Identification
• Development of technical conclusions and strategic spatial recommendations
• Utilization of tools to refine local priorities with key stakeholders
• Stakeholder validation of conclusions and recommendations for pilot areas
4. Carry out preparation and facilitation of trainings, events, exchanges for local authorities and other stakeholders
• Coordinate engagement of local authorities in global forums
• Capacity Building Sessions with local authorities to continue to monitor and guide infrastructure implementation
5. Work with UN-Habitat HQ to roll out of Data management systems, knowledge, and lessons learnt reports as well as assistance with project evaluation and reporting.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
A first level university degree in Architecture, Urban Development, and Urban Planning, or a related field is required.

Work Experience:
• At least 2 years of relevant work experience in the field of urban development and planning (and/or related fields) is required;
• Experience working on issues related to migration and displacement is desirable;
• Working knowledge and understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (and their monitoring/evaluation) and of the New Urban Agenda is an asset;
• Knowledge in GIS is an asset.


Fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is required

No Fee


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