Senior Environmentalist

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 🇪🇹

Result of Service

regional development spatial plans for the regional states of Tigray, Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, Benishangul Gumuz, Southern Nations, Nationalities and People (SNNP), Gambella, Harari and Sidama developed to enable them define and achieve their own development goals in line with the national development goals.

Work Location

Addis Ababa

Expected duration

9 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations 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.

Through its Regional Office for Africa (ROAf), located in Nairobi, Kenya, UN-Habitat has been supporting African governments to take early action to position themselves for predominately urban populations to achieve sustainable urbanization and the right to adequate housing for all, within the framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda – particularly Sustainable Development Goal 11 to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” – and the New Urban Agenda.
Since 1998, the UN-Habitat has implemented several projects in Ethiopia. Key areas of partnership include: Capacity Building for Sustainable Urban Development, Implementation of the Habitat Agenda, Integrating Local Development Planning and Slum Upgrading in Urban Policy, Cities without Slums, Water for African Cities Programme – Phases I and II, Promoting Sustainable Transport Solutions for East Africa (SUSTRAN), Support to the improvement of Public Spaces in Addis Ababa, Support in rehabilitation of Solid waste dump sites in a number of cities, Support in development of Structural plans, Supporting the Ethiopian Cities Sustainable prosperity Goals (ECSPGs), and Development of the State of Addis Ababa Reports.
Together with the Ethiopian Ministry of Urban Development and Construction (MUDCo), UN Habitat’s latest endeavor is the preparation of Regional Development Spatial Plans to strengthen coordination and cooperation among spatial development plans at all levels (federal, regional, local) and to identify unique opportunities and comparative advantages to support regional economic development, complementarity for growth and also to attract investments.

The main objective of the project is to prepare regional development spatial plans for the regional states of Tigray, Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, Benishangul Gumuz, Southern Nations, Nationalities and People (SNNP), Gambella, Harari and Sidama that can enable them define and achieve their own development goals in line with the national development goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Africa, with the support of a team of experts including the UN-Habitat Programme Manager (HPM) for Ethiopia and key staffs, the consultant will have to fulfil the following duties and responsibilities:

• Lead the review of relevant literature related to environmental planning and its elements (Social & economic development, Urban development, Regional development, Natural resource management & integrated land use, Infrastructure systems, Governance frameworks etc )
• Lead the review of legislations and policies related to the environment and natural resource management
• Contribute to the development of the inception report for the project by focusing on the environmental planning and management theme, comprising general principles behind environment planning and management; appropriate study approaches, techniques and methodologies; tailored checklists and data collection instruments; review and analysis of environmental policy documents and legislation, and dveelopment plans; data analysis and synthesis techniques and tools with applicable indices; detail work breakdown structure of the environmental asessment component; and project governance and scheduling
• Guide field data collection, analysis, and interpretation
• Lead the assessment of existing situation focusing on the existing topographic, environmental (including hazards and climate change) and natural resources
• Assessment and analysis of the National and Regional legal and policy frameworks related to environment and natural resource management
• Assessment of the national development strategies and plans related to environment and natural resource management
• Analysis of key challenges and opportunities and identification of key emerging regional development spatial issues in the sector of environment protection and natural resource”
• Undertake trend analysis of development potentials including natural resources and ecological assets. Identify resources as development potentials of cities across the region/s
• Lead SWOT analysis: This should reveal potentials of the regions based on its strength and opportunities. The analysis should also reveal the weaker side which tends to pose threat to the future development of the region.
• Give recommendations on how to improve intra-region urban and rural cluster development and connectivity while ensuring sustainable development and protecting ecological assets. This will be incorporated in the regional development spatial plan.
• Propose strategies for a climate change resilient spatial plan for regional urban and rural cluster development.
• Provide technical support for project staff throughout the project lifecycle
• Review and assure quality of regional study outputs by focusing on the environment themes
• Lead the preparation of complete Existing Situation Assessment Reports for all regions

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in environment/environmental geography or related field.. Formal training in project management is an asset.
Experience: A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in on environment/environmental geography related projects and programmes at national level and at least five (5) years of similar experience at international level is required. Experience in coordinating teams, organizing participatory planning activities and conducting capacity development activities, in interacting, collaborating, working and effectively managing partnerships with high level government officials/institutions and development partners.
Knowledge of African institutional landscape is desirable. Proven experience with the UN or other international agencies is desirable. Experience with relevant software and UN or similar organization’s applications, e.g. internal databases is desirable.
Language: fluency in English (both oral and written) is required

No Fee