Data Management and Geographic Information System (GIS) Consultant
Job Opening ID: 224708
Job Network : Public Information and Conference Management
Job Family : IMA
Category and Level : Consultants, CON
Duty Station : NAIROBI
Department/Office : United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Date Posted : Jan 11, 2024
Deadline : Jan 21, 2024
Result of Service
The ultimate service of the consultancy is to strengthen the agency’s programmatic approach for climate resilience for the most vulnerable urban poor.
Duties and Responsibilities
Background to UN-Habitat
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. For over forty-five years UN-Habitat has been working in human settlements throughout the world, focusing on building a brighter future for cities and towns of all sizes. One of the four focus area under the new Strategic Plan 2020-2023 is Strengthened Climate Action and Improved Urban Environment.
UN-Habitat’s Global Solutions Division (GSD) is overseeing the Agency’s operational work as well as the institutional and programmatic relationship with climate and biodiversity initiatives, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. The Global Solutions Division is responsible for providing programmatic direction to UN-Habitat and accountable for the programmatic delivery of its Strategic Plan. The division leads tools and methodology production and the integration of substantive competencies towards effective delivery.
Within GSD, the Programme Development Branch (PDB) is responsible for the overall coordination of programme development. It brings together normative and operational expertise supporting high-quality integrated programmes that maximize results across the outcomes and the domains of change in UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan, of which one is Strengthened climate action and improved urban environment. The Domain of Change focuses on three outcomes:
1. Reduced greenhouse emissions and improved air quality
2. Improved resource efficiency and protection of ecological assets
3. Effective adaptation of communities and infrastructure to climate change
Delivery of the three outcomes under the Domain of Change to strengthen climate action and improve the urban environment is supported by UN-Habitat’s flagship programme on Resilient Settlements for the Urban Poor – RISE UP. This flagship programme is aimed at increasing the resilience and socio-economic prosperity of urban poor communities in the Global South by 2030. It will achieve this by reducing climate change risk-related disruption to livelihoods and improving basic service provision for a significant proportion of the more than 3.3 – 3.6 billion people living in vulnerable climate hotspots and the more than one billion urban dwellers who live in informal settlements today.
Background to Consultancy
Cities in Bolivia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Jordan and Tunisia are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Rising global temperatures are causing sea levels to rise and increasing the number, frequency and severity of extreme weather events, exposing urban populations to climate related hazards such as floods, droughts and storms. These trends have costly impacts on cities’ basic services, infrastructure, housing, livelihoods, health, biodiversity and ecosystems. Such adverse impacts are most pronounced for marginalized, urban poor communities where people live without basic access to services, shelter, security, and infrastructure.
Across the five countries there is a lack of comprehensive understanding of the nexus of vulnerability between climate change, urbanization, and biodiversity at municipal and local levels. These interrelated dimensions are often addressed in silos in both policy and praxis. There is a critical need to enhance the capacities of municipal and local governments to better understand multidimensional vulnerabilities and to better plan, design and implement evidence-based urban climate adaptation actions.
The project called Accelerating the Implementation of the Paris Agreement by Building the Climate Resilience of the Urban Poor in Bolivia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Jordan, and Tunisia aims to enhance understanding of multilayered and interconnected climate, urban, spatial, socio-economic and biodiversity risks and vulnerabilities of the most vulnerable communities in secondary and tertiary cities. Through a rigorous, spatial vulnerability assessment methodology, the project identifies hotspots of multilayered vulnerabilities. These hotspots will help to identify climate resilience and adaptation actions at municipal and local levels with the greatest benefit for the most vulnerable urban poor. It further aids to appraise and prioritize feasible and bankable pipeline projects that reduce vulnerabilities in hotspots through participatory urban planning and decision-making processes with local stakeholders and urban poor communities.
A bottom-up approach to climate resilient development and inclusive urban resilient planning will be applied, in alignment with the global RISE UP programme approach. As a result, urban climate action in project cities will be accelerated through a multilevel governance approach. The project will voice the adaptation needs of the most vulnerable and redirect large-scale finance for urban adaptation.
Building on the efforts of establishing a RISE UP Secretariat, the overall objective of the project is to build the capacity towards climate resilience of urban poor communities in Bolivia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Tunisia, and Jordan, achieving global climate and development goals. Long-term, the project will support the integration of urban climate issues into NDCs, NAPs and municipal and national climate policy as well as investment planning.
The project will be divided in two phases, which outcomes are:
1. Phase I Outcome: Improved engagement of communities in participatory and gender-inclusive climate resilience planning towards the development of “bankable” projects
2. Phase II Outcome: Increased institutional capacities of national and local authorities to address the climate impacts of urban poor communities
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultancy is located in the Climate Change and Urban Environment Team of the Programme Development Branch. Under the overall guidance of the RISE Coordinator and the Global Programme Manager, the consultancy will involve the following typical main duties leading to the ultimate requested outputs:
For the local and community-level data collection and management
• designing survey template to collect local and community-level data and information on past adverse climate impacts, socio-economic urban and biodiversity issues as well as urbanization and spatial expansion trends, climate change projections, and biodiversity loss applicable across the 5 countries.
• technical backstopping of in-country survey roll out and implementation
• identifying proxy-data sets to accomodate for data scarcity across the 3 dimensions
For the city-wide multilayered vulnerability assessment
• collecting urban, climate and biodiversity baseline data per city
• identifying proxy-data sets to accomodate for data scarcity per city
A Masters Degree in urban planning, environmental science, environmental policies, climate change, GIS and data management or related field is required.
• Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in climate resilience are required
• Experience in sustainable development, sustainability management and working with the United Nations is desirable.
• Experience in data collection, management, assessment and analysis reporting as well as excellent GIS skills are required.
• Strong communications skills are highly desirable.
• Experience on projects in the developing world is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this
consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in other UN languages is an advantage.