Social Development Planner Consultant, Nairobi

Social Development Planner Consultant, (Nairobi), Deadline: 25 June 2018


Issued on: 14 June 2018



FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Social Development Planner Consultant


10 months

CLOSING DATE: 25 June 2018


UN-Habitat, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is the agency for human settlements in the United Nations system. 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.

As part of its work, UN-Habitat seeks to promote sustainable and resilient cities and towns through provision of urban basic services infrastructure through technical support and integrated sectoral and regional development approaches in water and sanitation sector at national, regional and local levels of government as one of its priorities. Due to urbanisation process, African cities in general and developing countries globally need more than ever before to be resilient, sustainable and should offer the kind of quality of life and opportunity that make people want to live in them and make businesses want to invest through matching urban population growth to economic growth. UN-Habitat is working globally to ensure a future characterised by resilient, sustainable, healthy, attractive and vibrant towns and cities for future generations. It has ambitions to create more competitive, sustainable and inclusive cities and human settlements in an increasingly globalizing and urbanising world. Financed by European Investment Bank (EIB), Agence Française de Développement (AFD); UN-Habitat is executing and leading the implementation of ‘Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation' (LVWATSAN-Mwanza). UN-Habitat' role is mainly Mobilization and Institutional Facilitation of Sanitation in Mwanza City; Mwanza City informal areas; and satellite Towns of Magu, Lamadi and Musoma, secondary and or medium sized cities of Bukoba and Musoma around the Lake Region. The overall goal of the LVWATSAN-Mwanza project is to protect the environment of Lake Victoria and wellbeing of the population in the Lake Basin with the aim of improvement of sewerage, sanitation and wastewater treatment, with the specific objectives of not only improving living conditions but also improving urban basic services delivery and cities sustainability.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan is financing Integrated Provision of Access to Basic Services (Transport, Waste and Drainage) to Bethlehem City and Refugee Camp which targets at establishing the status of basic services. The Department for international Development Corporation (DFID) is financing the technical support to the sustainable development of Hawassa City Cluster to develop a regional development plan.

Specifically, this role entails Programme development and planning; Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results; Technical and operational support for programme implementation; Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus developemnt and response when need arises; Regional development strategic plan development, Networking and partnership building; Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building; promoting and supporting gender-responsive planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of projects; and mainstreaming gender equality fostering economic growth through growth poles development.

In addition, the consultant must ensure due diligence of UN-Habitat projects and programmes in accordance with UN social policies and standards especially in cooperating cross cutting issues such as vulnerable groups, gender equality, human rights, poverty, youths, climate change, environment, sustainability, urban poverty, inequality, informality and good governance among others.

The Social Development Planner consultant position entails promoting sustainable social, economic and environmental development in cities through regional development programmes and projects. This entails supporting further advancement of the UN-Habitat' sustainable development approach through recognizing the socio-economic impacts of spatially planned human settlements according to functions and regionalisation.

Through capacity building, the consultant will be responsible for promoting the broader capacity strengthening of all stakeholders on national, regional and local development plans; documenting assessment reports on the status of urban basic services in selected regions and cities and providing technical support and coordination of partners for regional development plan development.

Additionally, the Consultant will participate in the relevant stages of the project cycle of selected projects and programmes, including the review of the quality of documents required under UN project progress reporting and documenting lessons learnt in projects, Institutional and Community Stakeholders' engagement, trainings on urban basic services governance to utilities and local, regional and national governments.

Furthermore, the consultant will participate as resource person in technical capacity building initiatives to enhance the technical competencies of project beneficiaries as well as assist in the preparation of learning/knowledge products, covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH sector development at all levels of government.

Networking and partnership building entails building and sustaining close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve project outputs and results.


This consultancy will support project management and the steering of the project implementation to successfully deliver the Expected Accomplishments as in accordance with the Project Documents and the Agreement with the financiers. This includes assisting in: (1) situation analysis on waste management in Hawassa, (2) building local capacity for housing and waste management in Hawassa City, (3) action plan for improving waste management in Hawassa, (4) integrated rapid assessment report on current status of basic services provision in the area of Bethlehem (5) sustainable strategies for improved provision of drainage, water and sanitation, waste, transport endorsed by stakeholders in Bethlehem (6) Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) community/stakeholder engagement and cooperation mechanisms – LVWATSAN-Mwanza programme, (7) mainstreaming gender equality through WASH in LVWATSAN-Mwanza programme (8) Technical and operational support for LVWATSAN programme implementation, (9) Technical capacity building on WASH in communities, utilities and local government in LVWATSAN-Mwanza programme, (10) carry out rapid assessment on the status of WASH in 7 scale-up informal areas – LVWATSAN programme, (11) preparation and review of the two quarter reports for September and November 2018 LVWATSAN-Mwanza Project, (12) organise symposium ‘urban sanitation in informal areas – LVWATSAN-Mwanza, (13) document International best practices and lessons learnt – LVWATSAN-Mwanza project


The Consultant will support the work of the Water and Sanitation Unit in the Urban Basic Services Branch with focus on the following tasks:

  1. Carry out a rapid assessment and document a report on status of Integrated basic services provision in Bethlehem City;
  2. Develop Sustainable strategies for improved provision of basic services endorsed by stakeholders in Bethlehem City;
  3. Building local capacity for housing and waste management in Hawassa City
  4. Situation analysis on waste management in Hawassa and development of Action plan for the improvement of waste management in Hawassa City
  5. Community WASH training for MSFs, Local Government institutions and National government authorities in LVWATSAN-Mwanza programme;
  6. Prepare technical reports and inputs for LVWATSAN programme implementation ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevance of information;
  7. Provide technical and operational support throughout LVWATSAN-Mwanza project implementation;
  8. Prepare and review of quarter reports for LVWATSAN Project;
  9. Organise a symposium 'Urban Sanitation in Informal Areas' for LVWATSAN-Mwanza programme
  10. Document international best practices and lessons learnt from LVWATSAN-Mwanza project
  11. Work collaboratively with field-based colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/ share information on implementation issues, provide solutions on routine programme implementation and alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decisions;
  12. Dissemination of International Best Practices and Lessons Learned from LVWATSAN-Mwanza pitching sanitation solutions in informal settlements.
  13. Assist in the implementation of other on-going WASH projects by supporting contracting, research, coordination with partners, project review, programme updates and reporting;

Key Outcome

The key outcome is the successful delivery of the project's Expected Accomplishments so that the overall project goal is accomplished.

Key outputs/milestones include: Key outputs/milestones include objectives and tasks/responsibilities mentioned under section 2 and 3 above



Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations.


Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Planning and Organising

Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Regional Development Planning and Management; Social or Political Sciences; Social Development or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted instead of the advanced university degree.


A minimum of four to five (4-5) years of progressive experience in project management and development especially providing technical and operational support to governments at national and local levels on issues of decentralised governance, regional/cluster development planning, local economic development, institutional stakeholder relations in WASH with a focus on sustainable urban basic services provision. Workshop facilitation, policy dialogues in areas related to urban basic services focusing on integrated water resources management, gender equality in water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is required. Furthermore, expertise with the following is a pre-requisite:

  • Broad experience in regional development planning and management in developing countries
  • Extensive capability in designing action plans and strategies for urban basic service provision
  • Sound knowledge of social processes, applicable tools and their application thereof in a spatial development project/programme implementation and management
  • Solid experience with the main social standards and social development policies and practices of UN system and UN-Habitat work
  • Experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders, including governments, civil society, and local communities would be an asset
  • Familiarity with current approaches to and debates on sustainable urban development (SDGs) and new urban agenda (NUA) including leveraging tenants of sustainable cities and ICT in regional and local level development plans. A more specialized expertise in urban basic service and spatial planning research in developing countries is an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge and experience in leveraging cross cutting issues such as vulnerable groups, human rights, poverty, youths, climate change, environment, sustainability, urban poverty, inequality, informality and good governance among others is an asset.
  • Proven work experience in Africa and developing countries with UN agencies and any other development organizations especially is necessary experience.
  • Experience in working with and supporting national, regional and local government institutions, city administrations, academia, NGOs is versatile.
  • Strong writing, inter-personal and networking skills are resourceful.
  • Excellent command of English and any other UN official languages would be an advantage.


English is the working language of the United Nations Secretariat. For this assignment, fluency in oral and written English is required and other UN languages such as Spanish and French are a significant asset.


Payments will be done monthly upon receipt of monthly progress reports (covering all activities undertaken during the reporting period) over the consultancy period. The rate will be paid as per UN salary scale.

Supervision and Reporting

The consultant will prepare a proposed work schedule for the consultancy period. The Consultant will work under the the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the Urban Basic Services Branch, reporting to the Team Leader of Water and Sanitation Unit, Urban Basic Services Branch, UN-Habitat and will work in close collaboration with project team members and field officers.

Duration of the Consultancy: Ten (10) months: The Consultant will be contracted for a period of 10 months starting from 1 July 2018 and ending 30 April 2019.

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 to: Rose Mureithi


Urban Basic Services Branch

P.O. Box 30030-00100



Deadline for applications: 25 June 2018

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Lunes, June 25, 2018