Youth Specialist at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

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  • Aba, Abia, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) View on Map
  • Post Date : July 21, 2023
  • Apply Before : August 4, 2023
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  • Job ID 29228
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Job Description

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 main documents outlining the mandate of the organization are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, Habitat Agenda, Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and Resolution 56/206. Its activities contribute to the overall objective of the United Nations to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development within the context and the challenges of a rapidly urbanising world.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Youth Specialist

Location: Aba City, Abia
Department / Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Starting Date: September 2023
Duration: Four Work Months over 10 months
Department / Office: UN-Habitat Programme Support Office, Abuja
Full/Part Time: Part-Time


  • The Youth Specialist will work under the overall guidance of the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Africa (ROAf), Nairobi, Kenya, the overall supervision of the Human Settlements Officer responsible for Nigeria, the immediate supervision of the Project Technical Adviser and the Coordination of the Habitat Programme Support Office (HAPSO), Abuja.
  • The duty station shall be in Aba, Abia State and the incumbent, as a member of the Technical Team, will support the Abia State Government in implementation of this project working closely with relevant state ministries especially the Ministry of Lands and Survey, in collaboration with relevant UN-Habitat branches: Urban and Regional Planning Branch (Metropolitan Planning Unit, Urban Planning and Design Lab), Global Urban Observatory/Data and Statistics Unit, Urban Basic Services, and Urban Economy.

Within delegated authority and working in close collaboration with other thematic area Consultants, the project team, appropriate government institutions and other stakeholders, the Youth Specialist will be primarily responsible for the theme Youth Development and Empowerment and is expected to take primary responsibility for and implement the following activities:

  • Conduct a desk study to answer as many questions as possible related to Youth Development and Empowerment by utilizing secondary sources such as existing documentation on laws, policies, statistical data, etc. and forward copies of such documents to the Project Coordinator and other documents in relation to Youth Development and Empowerment.
  • Identify preliminary urban issues based on the desk study and adapt existing questionnaires and tools for Youth Development and Empowerment to the local context. It will be useful to have read the requirements of reporting, defined by the Project Coordinator, by this stage so as to start compiling them from the beginning.
  • Identify local key stakeholders. Introduce the study approach to and liaise with focal persons in key departments in all local governments comprising the city and introduce the study to other relevant local partners and stakeholders including civil society.
  • Assess and highlight main issues of concern, using UN-Habitat’s profile interview guidelines and formats, through meetings, interviews and desk studies the local institutional set-up dealing with urban issues (Municipal council, Municipality, civil society organizations, training institutions etc.); Collaborate with local universities and other appropriate institutions for data collection, train and supervise them during the collection process. In close collaboration with the GIS consultant t0 undertake spatial analysis to the themes if appropriate and develop the section for Youth Development and Empowerment for the city draft profile, which includes an assessment of priority and capacity building needs.
  • In collaboration with the city team, prepare and conduct a City Consultation with key stakeholders interviewed during the city assessment as well as others to agree on a vision for the city’s future development and on priority issues for urban development. Conduct other city investigations, city mini­-consultations and Mayor debriefing. At City Consultation, review profiles on issues, priorities, develop SWOTs translate agreed upon priorities into visions and strategies for the Structure/Spatial Plan.
  • Compile chapters about Youth Development and Empowerment for the city profile summarizing agreed priorities and priority interventions. In collaboration with the team, transform the visions and strategies, developed for these themes at the consultation, into a Structure Plan for the city (including reports and maps).
  • Additional duties of Team Leader (This applies only to the one consultant of each team that is most experienced and therefore will be appointed as Team Leader).

He/ she will have the following additional responsibilities:

  • Regular reporting to and meeting with the Project Coordinator as part of overall responsibility for organization of city consultations, introducing the study approach to and liaise with focal person in key departments in all local governments comprising the city; introducing the study to other relevant local partners and stakeholders including civil society; monitoring progress of team members, timely delivery of defined outputs; attend steering committee meetings; provide information for steering committee for evaluation and monitoring purposes;
  • The Team Leader will coordinate the preparation of consultation report to Project Coordinator including consultation package (Outline, Activity Structure, Talking Points, Invitations, Evaluation form, presentation outlines, notes and slides) and upon request provide regular status reports to the Project Coordinator.
  • Undertake a city consultation, reach agreement on priority issues and development of visions and strategies for the Strategic Plan in collaboration with the city team.
  • Oversee the preparation of the Consultation report (applies only to Team Leader);
  • Oversee the preparation of the Final Structure Plan, ensuring that inputs of stakeholders’ review prepared by the city team are adopted and published.
  • Ensure that the Report produced includes all documentation: completed interview questionnaires, photos and data, inter alias, overall and thematic analysis, recommendations for strategic interventions, city profiles and consultation material as well as Projected Land Use and Transportation proposals (applies only to Team Leader).


  • Demonstrable understanding theories and concepts related to urbanization including social and economic development, urban economics, spatial development, local economic development and planning, urban, and regional and territorial planning.
  • Strong research and writing skills. Ability to carry out research on the social, economic, political, spatial and planning dimensions of cities and human settlements at local levels.
  • Ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources using standard methodologies and analytical techniques and draw conclusions and assess impacts at different levels.
  • Experience in preparing structure plans and write technical reports. Ability to review, edit and summarize the work of others.
  • Strong analytical capacity and the ability to identify, analyze and articulate difficult issues/problems. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


  • The consultant will be an expert in youth development, program and policies with relevant research projects and programs at the national level. as well as have relevant experience in research projects and programmes at the national level and similar experience on planning and development of related projects at national or international level is required.

He/she has also strong conceptual, analytical, technical skills and experience, including:

  • Substantive and relevant experience in developing countries, especially in Nigeria.
  • Advanced degree in related fields (e.g., Sociology, urban planning, housing) and strong background in local economic develpment (at least minor in economics)
  • Facility skills and knowledge of Nigeria’s urban sector and stakeholders as well as Nigeria’s economy, especially local economy in the State of Abia.

Work Experience:

  • At least five years of progressive experience in research and policy analysis at the local, national and international levels is required.
  • Experience of networking; experience of project and programme management; experience of conducting policy reviews and preparation of policy recommendations for decision-makers; demonstrable analytical, drafting, reporting and presentation experience; experience of analyzing, summarizing and presenting large quantities of statistics on urban issues using relevant computer software; experience in the coordination of multiple contributors to major reports is desirable; and experience in coordinating trainings, technical, fundraising and capacity building workshops.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Special Notice:

  • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station or environs.

Application Closing Date
4th August, 2023.

How to Apply
Interested consultants should send soft copies of their cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) to: using ‘Aba Structure Plan Project’ as the subject of the mail

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