UN-Habitat – Global Future Cities Programme Urban Planning Expert

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Following duties and responsibilities:

  •  Provide technical expertise in the implementation of urban planning and design initiatives;
  •  Technical development of country proposals and development frameworks;
  •  Provide technical backstopping to the Urban Lab team on urban development interventions
  •  Advise and work with the Urban Lab team to analyze, collect, compile and interpret data to guide the development of strategies, projects and interventions
  •  Extract lessons learnt from projects and initiatives to help inform the further development of the SDG Projects Assessment Tool
  •  Draft concept papers and progress reports on implementation of projects, for documentation, knowledge management, advocacy and outreach

Qualifications/special skills

  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Architecture, Urban Development and Planning, or a related field is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in the field of urban development and planning and design (and/or related fields) with direct proven experience of programme/project management is required;
  • Direct proven experience of urban planning projects/processes, in combination with e.g. urban resilience, mobility, project finance, and/or data systems is required;
  • Proven experience in GIS software use, data analysis and maps production is required;
  • Good hand drawing/sketching is required;
  • Understanding of and experience from managing urban data is an asset;
  • Experience working in the public sector, e.g. local governments is considered an asset;
  • Experience in any of the countries of the projects is an asset;
  • Experience working on social change projects is an asset;
  • Leading, designing and managing capacity building processes is an asset;
  • Working knowledge and understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (and their monitoring/evaluation) and of the New Urban Agenda is an asset;
  • Working experience with international development agencies and in particular the United Nations is an asset.


  •  Fluency in English, written and verbal, is required.





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