Urban Mobility & Public Space Assessment Coordinator (UN Habitat)

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya
Job Title: Urban Mobility and Public Space Assessment Co-ordinator
Duration: 6 months
Closing Date: 31 August 2015

“Public spaces are key element of individual and social well-being, the places of a community’s collective life, expressions of the diversity of their common, natural and cultural richness and a foundation of their identity”. Charter of Public Space, Rome, 2013

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, 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 has the mandate to work with public space, to promote local authorities and governments “to use public space for inclusion, economic improvement, culture, and environmental resilience in cities”, to “facilitate and implement exchange, cooperation and research between partners working in this field”, “to develop a policy approach on the role that public spaces play in meeting the challenges of our rapidly urbanizing world, to disseminate that policy and its results widely and to develop a plan for ensuring its application internationally”. Governing Council Resolution 23/4, April 2011

Public Space Assessment Co-ordinator Job Responsibilities

The consultant will be responsible for providing support to 2 main components, as follows…

Public Space assessment tool (Estimated 80% of total assignment)

The objective of this component is to support the developing and piloting a public space tool for assessing the distribution, quantity, quality and accessibility to public space and also the network of public space. The action includes:

  • Overall management of the public space assessment pilots in Nairobi and Addis Abeba
  • Developing and refining the app for collecting data on public space.
  • Developing the user manual for the app
  • Developing the training module and conducting the training of the data collectors
  • Making the needed logistic arrangements for the trainings, community validation workshops, amongst others.
  • Co-ordinating the data collection teams, providing quality assurance and ensuring the data gathered is of good quality
  • Providing expertise in analyzing the data gathered
  • Liaising with the GIS departments at Local Government (Nairobi, Addis and Johannesburg) in analyzing the data gathered and producing the maps required to start developing the city-wide strategy on safe public spaces
  • Documenting the process, producing the toolkits and reporting as appropriate.


Urban Mobility and public space (20%)

  • The objective under this component is to support the BRT and LRT programmes in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia by enhancing the stations and exchanges as public spaces. This will include:
  • Developing a set of principles to guide the public space interventions around transportation hubs/stations.
    Contributing to and supporting the planned sensitization workshop for City of Addis Abeba on public space in general and integrating public space principles in urban mobility programmes


  • Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Communication: Excellent and effective written and oral skills; ability to persuade people with varying points of view and to present information in a concise and accurate manner, ability to clearly communicate links between the organizations.
  • Planning and Organizing: Proven ability to plan, coordinate and monitor own work and that of others. Ability to work under pressure and uses time efficiently.
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjust priorities as required.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by valuing others ideas and expertise and is willing to learn from others.


  • Advanced University degree (masters Level) in spatial planning, environmental planning, urban design, town planning, architecture, landscape architecture or equivalent academic degree.

Work Experience

  • 5 years of professional practical experience in related field

Language Skills

  • Fluency (reading, writing and speaking) in English is required

Qualifications For Public Space Assessment Co-ordinator Jobs In Kenya

  • Good understanding of public space, sustainable development and the associated responsibilities at municipal and national level;
  • Experience with innovative participatory planning approaches and IT techniques;
  • Good knowledge and understanding of community engagement processes and practices within the field of urban and spatial planning. International experience would be an advantage;
  • Capable of working in a team and undertaking initiative to ensure smooth relations and open communication within the team and with partners, incl. local level, youth groups, business community, etc.;
  • Good analytical, solution oriented and creative skills;
  • Computer skill is a requirement


  • Payments will be based on deliverables over the consultancy period. There are set remuneration rates for consultancies. The rate is determined by functions performed and experience of the consultant. The fees will be paid as per agreement.

Applications should include

  • Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
  • CV in the PHP format, accessible through the INSPIRA website (inspira.un.org) Please note, if using INSPIRA for the first time, you need to register in order to activate your account, which will allow you to log in and create a personal History Profile.
  • The PHP should be attached to the application as a PDF file.
  • Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
  • Educational Background (incl. dates)
  • Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
  • Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
  • Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
  • Expectations regarding remuneration
  • Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

How To Apply
Please also be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the UN-HABITAT e-Roster in order for their application to be considered. You can reach the e-Roster HERE.

All applications should be submitted to:
Mr. Geoffrey Oluoch
P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Email: geoffrey.oluoch@unhabitat.org

Deadline for applications: 31 August 2015


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