Associate Expert,

  • Nairobi County, Kenya
  • Dec 14, 2017 - Dec 18, 2017
Consultancy International Development

Job Description

The consultant, in collaboration with the unit coordinator and the unit team will be responsible for the following tasks:

            Global Network for Sustainable Housing

  • Function as the Secretariat of the Global Network for Sustainable Housing, with the purpose of accurately representing Network Partner’s positions and activities within the context of the Network both to an internal and external audience;
  • Support the coordination of activities from the Global Network for Sustainable Housing, including reporting activity, media outreach, coordination of fundraising activities and dissemination of network internal and external information relevant to partners.
  • 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;
  • Participate in teleconferences or in-person gatherings organised by the Secretariat. 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
  • Support side-events, special sessions, and/or roundtables on this thematic area at relevant conferences held by partner organisations.
  • Participate in in-person meetings or through teleconferences as it is deemed necessary and opportune, to formulate and monitor the strategic direction of the network and guide programme implementation

Global Housing Strategy

  • Provide technical support and contribute to the implementation to the Global Housing Strategy and the Housing at the Centre Approach, 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;
  • Provide general support to the team in work planning and coordination of the Housing Policy portfolio, 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;
  • Provide general support to the development of the Housing at the Centre Approach
  • Contribute to reviewing current good practices and innovations in the housing policy sector, developing/managing new projects, and exploring ways forward for UN-Habitat to enhance the impact of the Global Housing Strategy and the country and regional levels;
  • Review national housing policies, national housing sector profiles, partners’ and UN-Habitat project proposals/publication drafts with a focus on the sustainability of the housing sector.


  • 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 development, mainstreaming human rights with a focus on The Right to Adequate Housing, 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 French, 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.
  • Partnership management and liaison: ability to coordinate work flow, programme activities, and project deliverables with external project partners and local governments in various languages including EnglishFrench and Spanish.


  • Advanced university degree (masters or similar) in a field relevant to housing, urban management, public policy, social sciences, international development, political science, or similar.
  • Demonstrated level experience in housing sector or previous consultancies in this area.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the consultancies advertised, excellent proficiency in spoken and written English and French is required. Strong working knowledge in spoken and/or Spanish will be regarded as a considerable 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
  • Ability to leverage funds and present the projects among international conferences, with diverse audiences and settings, ranging from National and Local Governments, to NGOs and implementing agencies. 
  • Project management skills