Human Settlements Officer - Urban Information and Analysis, Syria
Human Settlements Officer - Urban Information and Analysis, Syria

Job description

Organization:UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
Category:Urban development planning and design
Grade: P-3
Duration: 12 months
Deadline: 30 January 2017


UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world's most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners' expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.

UNOPS mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need. Working in some of the world's most challenging environments, UNOPS vision is to always satisfy partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost effectiveness.

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN Habitat, is the United Nations agency for cities and human settlements. UN-Habitat's humanitarian work is guided by its Strategic Policy on Human Settlements in Crisis and the agency is a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). At the core of UN Habitat's work is UN Habitat People's Process and New Urban Agenda which places participatory urban analysis, and planning as a central pillar of humanitarian response, recovery, and the rehabilitation of fragile cities.

UN Habitat's Syria Programme focuses on the following areas: emergency shelter and housing, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), solid waste management, and urban infrastructure rehabilitation. UN-Habitat works closely with UN agencies, Governorates and local NGO partners to implementation its programmes at national, Governorate and municipal levels. In addition, UN-Habitat is expanding its information and analysis work to other conflict contexts in the region, working through the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Arab States.

One Human Settlements Officer will be recruited to support urban Information and analysis. This post requires extended knowledge of the Syria context and the condition of its urban areas. The duties of the position require specialized urban analysis and planning expertise; partner liaison and coordination capacity; and some representation and outreach skills. The position will also support the replication and adaptation of the Syria approach to other conflict contexts, including initially Yemen and Libya.

Duties and Responsibilities

Urban analysis and planning: to be optimized for better urban response, specifically for durable solutions. The analysis should inform specific sectoral investments, as well as programme designs, and should serve the diverse communities of the urban setting for improved social cohesion through extensive consultations. The urban analysis should be developed in coordination with local institutions and service providers, and should define urban functionality factors and levels and attempt to propose feasible solutions.

Housing, land, and property analysis and legal frameworks: analysis of legal frameworks, specifically pertaining urban planning in Syria, as well as HLP issues. This work stream also includes the development of relevant assessment tools, as well as reviews and summaries of state laws and regulations.

Regional analysis: to identify trends and dynamics in networks of cities, and their interconnectivities with the respectful rural catchment areas. The regional analysis should be coordinated with a number of stakeholders responding to needs both in urban and rural settings.

Neighbourhood planning approach: support national institutions and partners to develop neighbourhood action plans in affected Syrian cities, mainly to support the safe return to decent living conditions, by ensuring adequate access to housing, markets and supplies, basic services, and livelihoods opportunities.

Support the urban community profiling Consortium: Provide urban advise to the consortium in the following areas: urban indicators selection for key sectors (eg. housing, water supply, sanitation, solid waste, etc); developing an urban functionality index to help prioritize humanitarian and recovery investments; technical advice on urban systems analysis.


Bachelor's Degree in urban planning, architecture, or other relevant discipline

Work Experiance

At least 7 years of relevant working experience, with at least 3 years in a crisis context

Experience with EU grants and working with other UN and international organizations is preferred

Proven understanding of the historical dynamics of urbanization in Syria and the impact of the crisis on Syrian cities

Excellent analytical and communication capacity

Ability to conceptualize or produce simple tables, graphs and other info-graphics

Proven ability to coordinate humanitarian and development stakeholders

Excellent skills in MS Excel for data

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.


Respect for Diversity



Client Orientation


Excellent oral and written Arabic and English

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