Urban Planner

الوصف الوظيفي
I.  Position Information
Job Code Title: Urban Planner
Department: UN-Habitat Palestine Country Office
Reports to: Senior National Urban Programme Officer
Position Level: SB4/1
Duty Station: Ramallah
Expected Duration of Assignment:1 year (Renewal is based on performance and availability of funds)

II. Organizational Context

Governments at the 19th Session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council, adopted by consensus resolution 19/18 calling on UN-Habitat to establish a Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People (SHSPPP) and a Technical Cooperation Trust Fund (TCTF). The long-term development objective of the SHSPPP is to improve the human settlements conditions of the Palestinian People and in so doing contribute in a modest way to reaching peace, security and stability in the region. During the recent 23rd Governing Council, a new resolution was adopted, requesting UN-Habitat "to further focus its operations on planning, land and housing issues in view of improving the housing and human settlement conditions of Palestinians, addressing the urbanization challenges, supporting the building of a Palestinian State, humanitarian action and peace-building, in the areas where there are acute humanitarian and development needs, identified through technical assessments by UN-Habitat in coordination with all concerned parties".

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the agency for human settlements. 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. The post is located in the Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People. 

Within this context, UN-Habitat Palestine Country Office will be implementing a joint programme with UN Women, UNFPA, and UNODC with the generous funding of the Government of Canada. The Joint Programme “Ending Violence Against Women” aims at ending violence against women, which has an ultimate outcome to reduce vulnerability of women and girls in West Bank and Gaza to all forms of violence against women and from the threat of such violence. This will be achieved through progress against three intermediate outcomes focusing on: 

1. Decreased harmful practices and attitudes that perpetuate and validate violence against women and girls within targeted households and communities; and

2. Increased access by women and girls of gender-responsive ending violence against women services (economic, medical, psychosocial, security, shelter) free of discrimination; 

3. Strengthened institutional capacity to develop and implement legal and policy frameworks that promote and protect women’s and girls’ rights with regards to ending violence against women.

The Urban Planner will be part of a team working on achieving the objectives of the joint programme with a special focus on following on the implementation of UN-Habitat’s components within the joint programme. He/she will build up and maintain a close coordination with local organizations and professionals working on planning related matters, liaise with relevant counterparts with the Palestinian Authority, sister agencies and project partners on project activities, as requested by the Senior National Urban Programme Officer.

III. Functions / Key Results Expected

The key expected results are:

  • Supporting the Project Manager in effective and timely execution of the UN-Habitat components in the joint programme by providing appropriate technical support through periodic field visits, and following up on the implementation of the project activities;
  • Follow up on the implementation of the programme activities and help achieve the programme's goals and expected results according to the programme’s workplan.
  • As per the programme’s document, review the findings of the Safety Audits and organize meetings and workshop with relevant counterparts to verify the findings and the identified interventions.
  • Support the organization and coordination of the capacity building trainings on designing safe and inclusive public spaces for the targeted municipal staff.
  • Support the programme’s team to develop detailed workplan for the design and implementation of the safe and inclusive public space and community mobilization activities, and follow up on the implementation with the local authorities and the relevant counterparts;
  • Support the organization of community activities in identified public spaces in partnership with the local communities, municipalities and local organizations, and ensure gender mainstreaming in all planned activities.
  • Conduct regular site visits and meetings to the selected municipalities to coordinate and oversee the implementation of the programme activities. 
  • Prepare monthly summaries to brief the project manager and the project’s team on the progress made and, on any delays, or issues that might appear during the implementation.
  • Building up and maintaining a network of local organisations and professionals working on related matters. Liaise with relevant counterparts with the Palestinian Authority, sister agencies and project partners on project activities, as requested by the Project Manager; 
  • Support the office in developing new programmes and drafting concept notes and project proposals. 
  • Support the Project Manager in proper knowledge management with regard to urban development and the design of safe and inclusive public spaces issues in the occupied Palestinian territory, strengthen information flow between UN-Habitat Regional Office and HQ, and local UN-Habitat office and partners through representation, liaison, networking, and attendance at meetings, workshops and conferences.

IV. Impact of Results

The Urban Planner will play a key role in quality assurance of programme results, in relation to his/her field of expertise and help to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the programme activities.

V. Competencies

Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps informed of new professional developments; actively seek to develop oneself professionally and personally; contribute to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; show willingness to learn from others; seek feedback to learn and improve;

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others; tailors language tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; contribute to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; show willingness to learn from others; seek feedback to learn and improve; 

Accountability: Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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متطلبات الوظيفة

VI. Recruitment Qualifications


Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) preferably in urban planning, project management, development studies or related field.


Minimum of three (3) years working experience on urban planning and development issues.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in spoken and written English and Arabic;

Other Requirements:

  • Proven reports writing skills in English and Arabic;
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office-Word, Excel, Power Point; 
  • Proven understanding of critical urban and development issues in the occupied Palestinian territory including East Jerusalem; 
  • Familiarity with UN procedures will be an advantage; 
  • Sound judgment, excellent analytical skills, strong networking and interpersonal skills, ability to plan, organize and coordinate work and to cope with a demanding workload is expected.
تفاصيل الوظيفة
المسمى الوظيفي Urban Planner
آخر موعد للتقديم 18 - Oct - 2019
المكان رام الله والبيرة
نوع الوظيفة العقود والاستشارات
المستوى المهني إدارة
الراتب N/A
الدرجة العلمية الماجستير
الخبرة 3 Years
آلية التقديم

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