ONU Carrière recrute 01 Data Specialist

ONU Carrière recrute 01 Data Specialist

ONU Carrière

Nairobi, Kenya

Data Specialist

Vacance de poste

Référence de l’avis de vacance: 224375

Réseau d’emplois : –

Famille d’emplois : –

Catégorie et classe : Consultants, CON

Lieu d’affectation : NAIROBI

Département/Bureau : Programme des Nations Unies pour les établissements humains

Date de publication : Dec 28, 2023

Date limite de candidature : Jan 8, 2024

Résultat de la prestation

Under the guidance and supervision of the Human Settlements Officer (SDG localization and local government) and the Chief of the Urban Practices Branch, the consultant will contribute to the following objectives: (i) VLR methodology and tools development; (ii) project development and design; (iii) technical support to project implementation.

Lieu de travail


Durée prévue

6 months (part time)

Fonctions et responsabilités


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. Based in Nairobi (Kenya), 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. UN-Habitat is the lead agency within the UN system for coordinating activities in the field of human settlement development and the UN leading the collaboration with local and regional governments and their networks.

During the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2015, 193 Member States, convened at the Global Summit on Sustainable Development to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are universal and relevant to all Member States, from both the Global North and Global South. As demonstrated in the past years of implementation, it is widely acknowledged that the local level and local action are critical for the overall success of the 2030 Agenda – the SDGs need to be localized. In addition, during the second session of the United Nations Habitat Assembly, the Brazil-promoted Resolution on Localizing the SDGs received wide consensus and was co-sponsored by 12 other countries: Argentina, Botswana, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, Italy, Malaysia, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. Through the resolution, Member States further mandated UN-Habitat to strengthen the capacities of local and national governments on SDG data, reporting and integrated planning as well as on multilevel governance approaches for SDG localization. 

UN-Habitat is the UN focal point for work with local and regional governments and the custodian of the New Urban Agenda, and it has been at the forefront of SDG localization since the very endorsement of the 2030 Agenda. This has been achieved through extensive political and institutional partnership efforts, especially in the context of the main UN-led fora, and through a demonstrated capacity to deliver innovative and impactful technical support at the country level. Throughout the past few years, the agency developed the most integrated and complete approach to localizing the SDGs in the UN system, anchored around five main components: the Global Urban Monitoring Framework (UMF); Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs); the SDG Cities Flagship Initiative; Multilevel Governance for SDG localization (MLG); and the Local2030 Coalition. UN-Habitat’s global footprint on SDG localization exceeds 20 countries, and new teams of experts are being consolidated at headquarters and across UN-Habitat regional and country offices. Additionally, UN-Habitat has established strategic partnerships with the main UN and international partners working on VLRs and SDG localization, such as UNDESA, UN Regional Economic Commissions, as well as Member States and local and regional governments globally. As a result, UN-Habitat has been mandated to lead the two key UN mechanisms on SDG localization and local governments: the Local2030 Coalition and the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on Local and Regional Governments. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant’s main responsibility will be to support the activities of UN-Habitat’s SDG Localization and Local Governments Team, specifically in terms of (i) VLR methodology and tools development; (ii) project development and design; (iii) technical support to project implementation.

The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

• Providing technical expertise for the implementation of projects, including mainly engagement with local consultants/teams and review of deliverables they submit, such as reports on data and stakeholder consultations.

• Providing technical expertise in developing and reviewing VLRs supported by the SDG Localization and Local Governments Team UN-Habitat offices, or developed by relevant partners.

• Providing technical expertise for the finalization and update of the Action-oriented VLR Methodology.

• Supporting the development and finalization of practical tools related to the Action-oriented VLR Methodology.

• Assisting in the review of research and policy documents linked to SDG localization, local governance and multilevel governance for the SDGs developed by UN-Habitat or its partners.

• Providing technical expertise to develop and review project proposals developed by the SDG Localization and Local Governments Team or other UN-Habitat colleagues.

• Engaging in partner meetings, events and workshops, including support to the development of preparatory and background material.

• Engaging in the team’s capacity-building activities targeting national, regional and local governments, including review of training material and support to delivering to beneficiaries.

• Conducting regular research on innovative tools and platforms for data analysis and management, including through attendance of relevant training sessions.

• Identifying and establishing opportunities for collaboration with other UN-Habitat teams working on SDG localization, local governments and multilevel governance as well as with UN-Habitat regional and country offices.

Reporting Line

This post is located in the Urban Practices Branch of UN-Habitat and specifically within its SDG Localization and Local Governments Team. The incumbent will be supervised by the Human Settlements Officer coordinating the work of the team, and under direct supervision of the Chief of the Urban Practices Branch. The expert will work in proximity to the other members of the team as well as other units, sections and offices across the agency.


University Degree in Political Science, Social Sciences, Urban Studies, Architecture, Data and Statistics, Development Studies or other relevant area. Required.

A minimum of five (5) years of relevant working experience on issues related to sustainable development, urban planning, project management, and data and statistics.

Working experience on the Agenda 2030 and the local implementation of the SDGs will be highly valued.


Fluency in English is mandatory for this specific consultancy. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.

Informations supplémentaires

Evaluation Criteria

• Planning and organization: Ability to work independently with a high degree of responsibility, in a flexible manner and under pressure.

• Communication: Excellent interpersonal communication and networking skills.

• Professionalism: Strong programme management and monitoring skills. Good coordination skills, with ability to handle multiple activities concurrently, work under pressure and within tight deadlines. Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Ability to undertake complex research independently.

• Teamwork: Ability to participate effectively in teams of various expertise as well as organizations. The candidate should share credit for team accomplishments and accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings and should have a positive approach to work with consistent energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

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