Overview

National Consultant

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

The consultant “National Land Use Planning Expert” shall report to the Chief, Land, Housing and Shelter Section (LHSS) and shall implement the following tasks and deliver the outputs below:

Review physical planning processes. The consultant shall review the existing processes followed in preparing Physical Development Plans, including the institutional framework, to identify key aspects that need to be customized for tenure-responsive land use planning on customary land and other land tenures.
Strategic and technical review of draft documents and reports. The consultant shall review the Uganda National Land Policy, Tenure Responsive Planning- A Guide for Country Implementation, Rapid Physical Planning Appraisals (RAPPA) guidelines, draft National guidelines for the preparation and implementation of physical development plans, Physical planning standards, National Physical Planning Act 2010 and as Amended 2020, and related regulations, reports and research documents on customary land and customary land registration.
Study and document existing land use planning interventions in the context of customary land. The consultant shall visit selected project sites where land use planning interventions in the context of customary land and another land tenure, document, study and analyse land use planning practices, land tenure and resource patterns with the view to identifying best practise to inform processes and approaches that can be used to guide tenure responsive-land use planning the guidelines and highlighting what works well (or not) in different settings.
Provide policy, strategic and practical recommendations for conducting tenure-responsive land use planning in the context of customary land registration. The consultant shall make concrete recommendations on the required changes, amendments, and actions considering internationally and nationally recognized frameworks and practices, including providing the justifications for such recommendations for tenure-responsive land use planning during customary, other land tenure registration
Provide high-level and strategic inputs into the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Customary land registration guidelines under development or existing guidelines. The consultant shall liaise and engage with experts developing the customary land registrations and ADR guidelines and advice on what and how to assess the current land use planning on customary land and other land tenures in Uganda considering the policy/legal, institutional, and spatial components and requirements of the tenure responsive land use planning in the context of customary land and other tenure land registration.
Develop tenure-responsive land use planning guidelines for customary land, other land tenure registration and Physical Development Plan preparation. The consultant shall develop the tenure-responsive land use planning guidelines during customary land, other tenure land registration and Physical Development Plan preparation following a consultative process to ensure that the plans are holistic focusing on social, economic, tenure and environmental aspects.
Undertake the development of an implementation plan for the guidelines. The consultant shall provide advice and input in developing an implementation plan for Tenure Responsive Land Use Guidelines.
Provide strategic and technical contributions in the advocacy, promotions and approval of the Tenure Responsive Land Use Planning guidelines. The consultant shall promote the Tenure Responsive Land Use Guidelines in the context of customary land, other land tenure registration and Physical Development Plan preparation and in advocating for its approval by the top management of MLHUD and government authorities and their adoption by all key stakeholders.
Provide technical inputs to the consultative and validation workshop. The consultant shall provide technical inputs to the consultative and validation workshop for the developed Tenure Responsive Land Use Guidelines and incorporate stakeholders’ input.
Develop the final guidelines and support dissemination of the Tenure Responsive Land Use guidelines. The consultant shall review the final draft guidelines and provide final inputs, additional write-ups and edits and provide other recommendations as may apply to the guidelines.

Qualifications/special skills

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in physical or regional planning, land management, or another field relevant to this assignment is required.
A minimum of five (5) years’ experience undertaking projects or assignments related to land use planning or physical planning on customary tenure is required.
Proven expertise and knowledge of physical/land use planning, policy formulation and analysis in Uganda is required.
Knowledge in land use planning, sociology, environmental management, land management-related tools, good practices and innovations is desirable.
Previous experience with UN and/or international organization and government bodies is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other UN languages is an added advantage.

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The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the UN 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 Urban Economy Branch of UN-Habitat has the mandate to promote local capabilities of local governments to develop financial instruments to keep pace with the demands of rapid urbanization. The Urban Economy Branch has the mandate to promote plans and provide support for more efficient, socially inclusive, better integrated and connected cities that foster sustainable urban development.