Urban Resilience Specialist

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Human Settlements Officer (HSO) in the Regional Office for Africa, and in close collaboration with the Technical Leading Team (TLT) of the project and the National Project Manager in Comoros, the Urban Resilience Specialist will be responsible of providing substantive and administrative contribution to regional work on the Central Sahel and in the framework of country programmes in Comoros. Within the Regional Office for Africa, he/she will carry out the following;

Review of documents and meeting participation for the Spatial Development Framework for the Sahel project (under Outcome 1 of the Sahel project);
Provide technical inputs and prepare the work package for the CityRAP tool implementation in the framework of the Sahel project (under Outcome 2 of Sahel project);
Collect and gather field evidence and data from the CityRAP Tool implementation that can inform the Regional Assessment of Cities in the Sahel Region (under Outcome 1 of the Sahel project);
Provide technical inputs and prepare the work package for the implementation of all activities of the CityRAP tool in the framework of the SEA Urban Resilience Project in Comoros;
Prepare the work package for delivery of capacity building activities for the Post-Kenneth Project in Comoros.

Qualifications/special skills


Capacity to analyze and synthesize information.
Ability to work in team and individually to achieve organizational goals with a high degree of responsibility, often under pressure.
Excellent communication and writing skills.

Academic Qualifications:

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Urban Planning/Design, Architecture, Environmental Studies, Sustainable Development or Development Studies, International Relations and/ or other relevant discipline with a focus on human settlements equivalent is required.


Minimum of 3 years of working experience in Urban Planning, Architecture, Graphic Design, Project Management, or related fields at international level is required.
Familiarity with the concepts of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and urban resilience, and a demonstrable understanding of urban development processes, urban planning, urban social issues, urban policy analysis.
Good understanding and knowledge of urbanization issues in the Sahel region is required.
Experience within multi-cultural international institutions would be considered an asset.


Fluency in oral and written French and English is required.



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About UN-Habitat

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.