Coordinator - Uraia Platform

Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 28 November 2017 - 30 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-87818-Consultant
Staffing Exercise


Result of Service

Under the guidance and supervision of the Programme Officer, Local Government and Decentralization Unit, and in constant coordination with the Executive Director of the FMDV; the consultant will contribute to the following objectives a) to support exchange and communication between existing partners b) to increase membership in the Platform c) generate knowledge, easy to use by local governments, about the positive impact of technology in city management, with specific focus on innovative and transparent municipal management and finance.

Work Location: Paris, France

Expected duration: January 15th 2018 – July 15th 2018 (six months, with possibility of extension)

Duties and Responsibilities

Organisational settings

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. Based in Nairobi (Kenya), 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. Established on 2002, through General Assembly Resolution A/56/206, UN-Habitat is the lead agency within the UN system for coordinating activities in the field of human settlement development. In 2007, its Governing Council approved Resolution 21/3, which contains the Guidelines for decentralization and strengthening of local authorities, which guides the work of the organisation in the field of local governance.

This particular post is located in the Urban legislation, land and governance Branch of UN-Habitat and, specifically, under its Local Government and Decentralization Unit. UN-Habitat’s Local Government and Decentralization Unit supports local governments to do their job and to achieve better quality of live for all their citizens. The Unit addresses local government needs in the fields of municipal management innovation, models and experiences for new urban governance, transparency in urban development and metropolitan service delivery, among others.

The Unit works closely with both central and territorial governments to establish mechanisms of institutional dialogue and exchange of best practices to support the empowerment of local and regional governments through a fair distribution of responsibilities and resources. Focusing on the needs of local governments, the Unit addresses the challenges of local management through the development of normative and operational frameworks, methodologies and tools to share experiences and disseminate best practices on local governance and access to basic services. 

The Unit also advocates for the essential role of local governments on a global level. Strong and capable local governments are necessary to achieve sustainable development and the role of local governments as a key player for international development has also been recognised by the latest UN global agendas such as the 2030 Global Agenda, the SDGs, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, COP 21 and the new urban agenda.

Duties and responsibilities

The consultant’s main responsibility will be to coordinate the Uraía Platform. Uraía is a joint project by UN-Habitat and FMDV, the Global Fund for the development of cities. The platform counts now with more than 100 partners and its main objective of supporting local government around the world to increase transparency and efficiency in urban management thanks to the use of SMART technologies. More information can be found at

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced University Degree in Political Science, Social Sciences, Urban Studies Social Sciences, Communications, Development Studies or other relevant area.
Experience: A minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience undertaking research or projects development on subjects such as development cooperation, communication for development, local governance, urban development and public management. Knowledge and experience with UN-Habitat rules, procedures and reporting formats will be valued as an asset. Working experience with local or regional governments (including their networks) will be highly valued.
Language: Fluency in English, French and Spanish (written and oral) is mandatory for this specific consultancy. Strong presentation and writing skills in English are required.

No Fee


Source: UN Careers

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Deadline/closing date: 
Saturday, December 30, 2017