Urban Planner

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    3 days ago
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    Infrastructure, Urban and Rural Development
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Result of Service

The ultimate result of the consultancy services includes: Support activities conducted by the UPIMC Cameroon project team to deliver the technical outputs as required to support Douala III to: 1) have a comprehensive spatial understanding of the existing situation in their city and in urban settlements hosting displaced populations to inform decision making, 2) identify investment opportunities to support linking displaced and hosting communities to infrastructure financing; and 3) have increased capacity to collect and analyze data and information and use it to prioritize interventions and establish the action plan, 4) continue the partnership with the CUD to implement the geoportal

Work Location


Expected duration

4 months, with the possibility to extend based on performance and subject to an available funding resource

Duties and Responsibilities

About UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable and resilient towns and cities. It is the focal point agency for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. UN-Habitat envisions well-planned, well-governed and efficient cities and towns, with adequate housing, infrastructure and universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy, and sanitation.

Urban Planning and Infrastructure for Migration Contexts Programme
UN-Habitat is partnering with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) to improve access to reliable services and socio-economic opportunities for migrants and refugees in urban settlements. The Urban Planning and Infrastructure in Migration Contexts (UPIMC) programme will focus on activities that develop a common understanding of the issues affecting cities, towns and neighbourhoods, mapping provisions and gaps in public infrastructure services in coordination with humanitarian interventions.
The preparation of urban profiles for the selected vulnerable neighbourhoods will enable the development of shared visions and prioritised interventions that improve living conditions to be identified, agreed upon and potentially funded. The programme will support municipalities hosting displaced populations in Jordan, Egypt and Cameroon. Cities in these three countries have been selected through full consultation with both SECO and UN-Habitat country representatives. In the selected cities, the programme will foster multi-sectoral collaboration between UN-Habitat, national and local governments, humanitarian actors, development banks and local communities including displaced populations. The scope of work will also ensure significant contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by supporting the selected cities and neighbourhoods to become increasingly inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
This Programme will address the critical challenges in supporting displaced populations in urban areas, through integrating them into overall urban development processes, considering the Humanitarian Development and Peace – Triple Nexus. The Overall Programme aims include:
1. Support municipalities to mainstream migration challenges into spatial urban analytics and urban infrastructure investment planning.
2. Conduct activities that will go beyond a pure planning stage, by supporting the prioritization of infrastructure investments and their linkage to financing.
3. Benefit migrant communities and urban dwellers in general with better quality of life and better access to economic opportunities.

Cameroon has been hosting IDPs and refugees for more than a decade, whose numbers have increased in the last five years due to internal (Anglophone crisis, Boko Haram) and external (instability in Central African Republic) conflicts fueled by religious and political grievances. Cameroon currently hosts 1,787,420 people of concern, including 274,520 Central African Republic refugees, 113,861 Nigerian refugees, 36,357 urban refugees and asylum seekers of various nationalities, 1,001,279 IDPs and 360,838 returnees (former IDPs). In order to support local municipalities in alleviating the pressure that population influxes can create on the provision of basic services and infrastructure and socioeconomic conditions, the UPIMC project in Cameroon has been launched in Douala.
UN-Habitat’s UPIMC team now seeks to strengthen its capability in the delivery of the programme by engaging an Urban Planner to support the preparation of written and spatial data and analysis and to support field work where require. The contract period is for 4 months, with a possibility to extend, to support the project until the end of June 2024.

The consultant will be hired and work under the overall supervision of the UPIMC Cameroon Coordinator, and the Programme Management Officer at UN-Habitat HQ. The consultant will work closely with the Technical Backstopping Team in UN-Habitat HQ, in close coordination with the UPIMC National Urban Planner, National Institutional Assistant and National Municipal Finance Consultant in Cameroon, and in partnership with the UN-Habitat Cameroon Team in Yaoundé. The entire UPIMC Programme Team also includes a network of Country Project Teams spread across the three countries of the Programme.

The Consultant will support the UPIMC Cameroon coordinator and will interact with stakeholders of the Programme, therefore they will be appointed based on securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.
The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:
1. Work with the UPIMC Programme Management Team (UN-Habitat HQ) and the UPIMC Cameroon Project Team
• Remain abreast of projects conducted by the UN-Habitat Cameroon Country Programme, seeking opportunities to align UPIMC with other UN-Habitat activities in Cameroon
2. Work with the UPIMC Cameroon team technically in the finalization of multi-sectoral spatial profiles providing a city/neighbourhood-wide overview and multi-scalar assessment of displaced communities
• Proofread and edit outputs, ensuring Spatial Settlement Profiling and UN-Habitat standards are met
3. Work with the UPIMC Cameroon team in the identification of suitable pilot areas within the supported cities with all relevant stakeholders and priorities agreed in line with Sustainable Development Goals
• Development of technical conclusions and recommendations
• Utilization of tools to present the priority projects to the donors
• Stakeholder validation of conclusions and recommendations for pilot areas
4. Work with the UPIMC Cameroon team to carry out preparation and reporting of trainings, events, exchanges for local authorities and other stakeholders
• Prepare briefing notes, presentations, and technical materials for trainings and events
• Prepare minutes and reports from trainings and events carried, to be synthesized
5. Work with the UPIMC Cameroon team to roll out data management systems, knowledge, and lessons learnt reports as well as assist with project evaluation and reporting.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications:
A first-level university degree in Architecture, Urban Development, and Urban Planning, or a related field is required.

Work Experience:
• At least 2 years of relevant work experience in the field of urban development and planning (and/or related fields) is required;
• Experience working on issues related to migration and displacement is desirable;
• Working knowledge and understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (and their monitoring/evaluation) and of the New Urban Agenda is desirable;
• Knowledge in GIS is an asset.


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

No Fee