Urban Resilience and Climate Change Consultant (Antigua and Barbuda), Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Job ID 1007506
  • Career Level Officer
  • Experience 5 Years
  • Industry Development
  • Qualifications Master’s Degree

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

Background to UN-Habitat The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. For over forty-five years UN-Habitat has been working in human settlements throughout the world, focusing on building a brighter future for cities and towns of all sizes. One of the four focus area under the new Strategic Plan 2020-2023 is Strengthened Climate Action and Improved Urban Environment. UN-Habitat’s Global Solutions Division is overseeing the Agency’s operational work as well as the institutional and programmatic relationship with climate and biodiversity initiatives, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. The Global Solutions Division (GSD) is responsible for providing programmatic direction to UN-Habitat and accountable for the programmatic delivery of its Strategic Plan. The division leads tools and methodology production and the integration of substantive competencies towards effective delivery. Within GSD, the Programme Development Branch (PDB) is responsible for the overall coordination of programme development. It brings together normative and operational expertise supporting high-quality integrated programmes that maximize results across the outcomes and the domains of change in UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan, of which one is Strengthened climate action and improved urban environment. Background to Consultancy The worsening impacts of climate change are putting increased pressure on governments to safeguard their citizens, and to increase their participation in global commitments towards urgent climate action. Those particularly vulnerable, are the one billion urban poor that reside in informal settlements and slums. Despite a number of targeted programmes over decades, urban informality in many parts of the world continues to be both a driver of unplanned urbanization and a defining characteristic of the urban fabric. Informal settlements are disproportionally vulnerable to climatic impacts, which the 5th Assessment Report by the IPCC states is due to the socioeconomic characteristics of the residents, and the absence of risk-reducing urban infrastructures. Alongside the threat of climate change to those

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