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Job Opening: Sustainable Urban Expert

By on January 14, 2019

UN-Habitat is looking for a Sustainable Urban Expert to work on the development of the report “The New Urban Agenda Illustrated” and corresponding training toolkit. Apply today via this link!

The Research and Capacity Development Branch at UN-Habitat Headquarters is responsible for UN-Habitat’s urban research and capacity development activities. It aims to strengthen monitoring of the state of urbanization globally and the dissemination of knowledge on sustainable urbanization issues, building on the lessons learned from the implementation of the UN-Habitat portfolio. It aims to ensure a coherent, adequate and integrated implementation of the UN-Habitat capacity development strategy at the international, national and local levels to improve the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes on sustainable urbanization that are aligned with the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly the SDG11.

The adoption of the NUA in 2016 following the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) was a major milestone in global urban policy. The NUA charts the course and provides an action-oriented roadmap to guide sustainable urban development globally over the next 20 years. The NUA together with the Sustainable Development Goals, which include an urban goal — SDG 11 to make cities and human settlements safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable — firmly place urbanization at the forefront of the international development policy. The NUA is the accelerator of the SDGs in cities. UN-Habitat in close collaboration with other relevant entities of the United Nations system will, every four years, submit a report on the progress of the implementation of the NUA to the General Assembly. The first Quadrennial Report was published in 2018 and the second Quadrennial Report on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda will be published in 2022.

Within the Research and Capacity Development Branch, the Capacity Development Unit (CDU) transforms knowledge into capacity building products, including practical and problem-solving tools that respond to the needs of governments, cities, partners, technical cadres, urban practitioners and policy makers alike. CDU undertakes capacity building needs assessments and delivers a wide range of strategies, trainings and technical support for the implementation of the NUA and SDG11. The Unit also contributes to the Quadrennial Reports and coordinates the Secretariat of UN-Habitat Global University Partnership, HABITAT UNI, a platform that aims to bridge the arena of research and academia to that of practitioners, urban governance and policies.

The “New Urban Agenda Illustrated”

The NUA Illustrated shall translate the propositions and commitments contained in NUA into an action-oriented publication and training companion. The publication shall be accompanied by graphic illustrations and practical guides and case studies for their realization on the ground. It will serve as a basis for the development of a full training toolkit suitable for different contextual realities.
By providing a systematic empirical evidence and documentation of experiences through case study analyses which demonstrate progress in the achievement of the NUA and the SDG 11, the NUA Illustrated will support the capacity building efforts in the implementation of the two global agendas, as well as provide information for the forthcoming Quadrennial reports.