Consultant, (New Delhi, India) Deadline: 18 May 2018




New Delhi, India




01 June 2018 – 30 October 2018 (5 months)



The Global Network for Sustainable Housing (GNSH)

 The GNSH is an international partnership linking practitioners, academics and organizations that are leading the policy development, research and design for environmentally, economically, socially and culturally sustainable housing. Through the partnership, GNSH members share experience and expertise, and develop strategies that promote affordable and sustainable housing practices in developing and transitional countries and cities.

Established through the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), GNSH encourages this work through the use of local and traditional building materials and vernacular architecture, integrated neighbourhood design and urban planning, and supporting social processes towards the realization of the right to adequate housing. GNSH is also an ever-expanding group that welcomes new partners with similar values and objectives.

UN Habitat functions as the Secretariat of the GNSH. It coordinates GNSH activities and compiles partners’ inputs into strategic or project documents. All partners have equal voting rights and voluntarily contribute to the agreed activities within their respective areas of expertise. The network is a democratic organisation which welcomes all opinions and is committed to fostering a spirit of friendly collaboration. Partners will meet as often as feasible to formulate and monitor the strategic direction of the network and identify suitable projects or collaborations.

Mainstreaming Sustainable Social Housing in India Project (MaS-SHIP)

The project aims to enable the mainstreaming sustainable construction practices in social housing in urban India. The primary focus of the project is to enhance sustainability in the construction of social housing through adoption of suitable construction as well as operations & management practices. The primary objectives of the project are to:

  1. Facilitate sustainability in social housing projects through the adoption of sustainable building materials and construction technologies by social housing providers (such as govt. bodies, private developers, building material manufacturers, architects).
  2. Development of a policy framework for sustainable social housing with focus on operational energy use, judicious use of material and natural resources in construction, financial practices promoting sustainability and socio-economic considerations.

Problem description:

In urban India, there currently exists a wide gap between the demand and supply of housing (both in terms of quantity and quality). According to estimates of the Technical Group-12 constituted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MHUPA), the urban housing shortage in the country at the end of the 12thFive-Year Plan was estimated to be 18.78 million. It was estimated that more than 95% of this shortage pertains to houses for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Lower-Income Groups (LIG). If the shortage in housing sector continues to increase (KPMG & NAREDCO 2014), it would mean that nearly 110 million houses need to be constructed with an investment of over USD 2 trillion by 2022.

Housing is primarily an energy and resource intensive sector (i.e. given the building materials required, water consumption, energy consumption in construction and operation etc.). It contributes to about 24% of total CO2 emissions in India (Parikh, 2009).  Even though energy efficiency in buildings has been the focus of attention in many countries, it has been limited to commercial and high-end residential buildings only. Use of efficient electrical appliances and lighting systems are the most commonly adopted measures to achieve energy efficiency in the residential buildings. There is an urgent growing demand to find sustainable housing solutions that will not lead to a disproportionate increase in carbon emissions and resource use due to the production, transport, use and disposal of materials or products and the operational energy of the building. There is a huge gap in terms of integration of various elements pertaining to affordable or high-end solutions supported by public or private sector which are the driving force for sustainability in all large scale housing projects.

Strategies to solve the problem:

The emergent need identified above for social housing and the anticipated urban housing boom is an opportunity to address energy and resource efficiency and devise means to embrace a greener development trajectory. Some of the distinct advantages that an approach could provide are:  longer life of projects at reduced maintenance, enhanced quality of life for the inhabitants, market opportunities through promotion of local products/materials which are also often more climate-responsive, reduced environmental impact over the life-cycle, several urban planning and social integration opportunities.

Given the fact that, living in a sustainable habitat is one of the basic premises for healthier living, it is imperative that the sustainable construction practices are given immediate attention. The project attempts to promote sustainability in terms of environmental performance, affordability and social inclusion as integrated part of social housing. The project will lead to development of a decision support tool that will provide guidance at design (conceptual stage) stage to improve the performance of housing project. The applicability of the tool will be tested in two selected social housing projects to ensure that the environment, social and economic aspects in social housing are addressed and the proposed sustainable construction practices are implemented in these projects. As part of the project activities, the project team will actively engage with policy-makers and practitioners [Government officials (housing dept.), developers, architects, building professionals etc.] through policy and practice-relevant briefings and regional workshops that address key issues on the barriers to mainstreaming sustainable social housing in India.


The consultant, under supervision of the project manager, and in direct coordination with the Habitat Programme Manager in India, and the Housing Unit Leader, will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. To conduct research and analysis towards the drafting of 3 Policy and Practice Briefs for policy-makers and practitioners based on the key findings of the project with respect to mechanisms for mainstreaming sustainability aspects in affordable urban housing at national and sub-national levels. The three Policy and Practice Briefs will have the following themes:
  • Policy Briefing 1: Policy measures for mainstreaming sustainable social housing
  • Policy Briefing 2: Decision making using the Sustainability Index- parameter, attributes and aspects
  • Policy Briefing 3: Institutional mechanisms for adopting Sustainability Index
  1. Support the coordination of activities from the Global Network for Sustainable Housing and MaS-SHIP, including reporting activity, media outreach, coordination of fundraising activities and dissemination of network internal and external information relevant to partners.
  2. Knowledge-sharing by way of the network’s online platform. This includes external knowledge-sharing by uploading publications to the library, sharing details on past and on-going projects as well as news, events, or calls for proposals. Internal knowledge sharing with Network partners of relevant articles, planned projects or possible sources of funding;
  3. Participate in teleconferences or in-person meetings as deemed relevant by the GNSH and the MaS-SHIP consortium. Additionally, these events will provide a forum for network partners and members to share experiences and new sustainable housing technologies and designs, and network and develop stronger partnerships for future collaborative work; and
  4. Participate in side-events, workshops, and India based meetings on MaS-SHIP and related thematic areas at relevant conferences.


  1. Provide technical support and contribute to the implementation to the Global Housing Strategy and the Housing at the Centre Approach within UN-Habitat’s India Country Programme Activities, including through assessing what is lacking in terms of institutional, regulatory and financial frameworks, facilitating and assisting in the process of capacity building of government to develop strategies for implementing policies directives, action plans and specific programmes to address country priorities in terms of housing, especially for the most poor;
  2. Provide general support to the Housing Unit team in work planning and coordination with the project manager and the Housing Unit, including research/normative papers and reports in best-practice tools and principles related to sustainable and affordable housing; publications and technical notes on sustainable affordable housing;



The assignment will be undertaken for a total of 5 months, during the period mentioned above. 




  • Thorough understanding of the dynamics of the human settlements sector in developing countries, including the constraints posed to housing delivery and institutional requirements best applicable to the given context; knowledge of concepts and approaches relevant to housing policy and sustainability related policy development, specifically in the areas of low-income housing and related, as well as good understanding of practice in the housing policy sector in developing countries.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, and ability to articulate complex ideas in a clear and accurate manner including the ability to present the content of the thematic area in a clear and concise manner.
  • Planning and management skills: ability to co-ordinate programme delivery, establish priorities and plan, coordinate own work plan and projects, use time efficiently and apply judgment in the context of competing deadlines.
  • Adaptability, flexibility and resourcefulness in terms of working in a complex and dynamic environment, which may be faced with resource constraints at times; flexibility and ability to think “outside the box”, and offer new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs.


  • Advanced university degree (masters or similar) in a field relevant to public administration, urban management, public policy, social sciences, political science, governance, or similar.


  • Demonstrated level experience in housing and or government sector in India or previous consultancies in these areas.
  • At least 3 years professional experience in research and policy development related to sustainable urban development, housing, policy design preferably in developing country contexts and within international organizations.
  • Expert knowledge of sustainable housing solutions, sustainable housing policy formulation


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the consultancies advertised, excellent proficiency in spoken and written English is required.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of housing institutional and regulatory frameworks in India will be considered an advantage
  • Experience in the formulation of strategic plans at the organizational and sector levels and giving policy advice and capacity-building recommendations to human settlements institutions in developing countries
  • Demonstrated ability in housing sector development and facilitation of capacity development processes involving individuals, groups and institutions, in particular in multi-cultural environments
  • Specific experience in supporting local or national governments or private sector in developing countries in developing policies/programmes and implementation strategies



A monthly fee rate will be determined by functions performed and experience of the consultant


Applications should include:

•    Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

•    CV in the PHP format, accessible through the INSPIRA website ( Please note, if using INSPIRA for the first time, you need to register in order to activate your account, which will allow you to log in and create a personal History Profile.

•    The PHP should be attached to the application as a PDF file.

•    Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:

1.  Educational Background (incl. dates)

2.  Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)

3.  Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)

4.  Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments

5.  Expectations regarding remuneration

•    Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

Please also be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the

UN-HABITAT e-Roster in order for their application to be considered. You can reach the e-Roster

through the following link:

All applications should be submitted in electronic format (using MS Word) specify the Country (ies) of interest by email to jesus.salcedo@un.orgUN-HABITAT

P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

Deadline for applications: 18 May 2018

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Deadline/closing date: 
Friday, May 18, 2018