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To provide advisory support to the Aga Khan Foundation Kyrgyzstan (AKF, part of the Aga Khan Development Network, AKDN) and related Aga Khan (AK) agencies and Narynâs government in strengthening resilient urban planning and development capacities in Naryn city, Naryn oblast and at the national level as a basis for sustainable economic development.

Work Location

Nairobi

Expected duration

6 months

Duties and Responsibilities

About UN-Habitat
UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable and resilient towns and cities. It is the focal point agency for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system. UN-Habitat envisions well-planned, well-governed and efficient cities and towns, with adequate housing, infrastructure and universal access to employment and basic services such as water, energy, and sanitation.

UN-Habitat Urban Planning Lab
The Urban Planning and Design Lab (Urban Lab) is an initiative from UN-Habitat to promptly respond to the requests of national and local governments to support sustainable urban development. The Urban Lab is the integrative facility of the Agency where innovative processes and partnerships are translated into tangible and transformative solutions to complex urban challenges. Throughout, the Urban Lab acts as a neutral broker, managing knowledge in complex stakeholder settings to resolve multi-sectoral, multi-scalar and multi-stakeholder challenges.
The Lab brings together a multidisciplinary team of urban planners, environmental, data-science, mobility, legal and financial experts, providing a holistic and proactive approach to sustainable urbanization. Hence, the Lab captures the necessary thematic disciplines, experts, actors and stakeholders.
In this context, the Urban Lab applies an integrated approach to systemic and strategic planning to deliver transformative change for sustainable urbanization and to achieve the Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda.
The Urban Lab falls under the Planning, Finance and Economy Section, which is part of the Urban Practices Branch and Global Solutions Division

Resilience Informed Urban Planning support to the Naryn Urban Resilience Programme (NURP), Kyrgyzstan
The Kyrgyz Republic is a land-locked, lower-middle-income country located in Central Asia. Most of Kyrgyzstanâs borders run along mountain crests. Kyrgyzstanâs great distance from the oceans and the sharp change of elevation from adjacent plains strongly influence the countryâs climate. Deserts and plains surround Kyrgyzstan on the north, west, and southeast, making the contrast with the climate and landscape of its mountainous interior all the more striking. The challenges indicate that resilience strategies need to consider the increasing unpredictability of natural hazards. Impacts from natural hazards are both physical and infrastructural impacts as well as impacts to individual investments into social and economic development measures.
Naryn is the capital of Naryn oblast and nowadays the main functional and territorial entities inherent in cultural, educational, administrative, business, trade and industrial oblast centers are developing here. The landscape of the area with the elongated narrow strip of urban neighborhoods is the slight slopes of the coastal terraces of the mountain river Naryn, the channel of which runs along the bottom of a deep floodplain. The national initiatives contributes to the effective development, increasing the growth rate of the economy of Naryn and the region through attracting direct international investment in the economy, which will enhance the role of Naryn Oblast in the nationwide differentiation of labor. Thus, in the medium and long term, the city of Naryn has a huge potential to become an important âgrowth pointâ of the socio-economic development of Naryn Oblast.
Despite the socio economic, spatial, and environmental challenges, there are opportunities for the country to shape urban development to increase resiliency and foster economic opportunities. As such, the major focus should be on achieving an adequate standard of infrastructure to ensure adequate living conditions and to support local economic development. To address the challenges and trends of urbanisation, UN-Habitat in partnership with AKAH will support and contribute to long term national and regional strategies in achieving the SDGs through improving urban, socio-economic, and environmental resiliency in Nary. The proposed targeted interventions and city-wide strategies will propose spatial recommendations which can be scaled up to address broader challenges at the regional level.
The objective of UN-Habitatâs assignment is to provide advisory support to the Aga Khan Foundation Kyrgyzstan (AKF, part of the Aga Khan Development Network, AKDN) and related Aga Khan (AK) agencies and Narynâs government in strengthening resilient urban planning and development capacities in Naryn city, Naryn oblast and at the national level as a basis for sustainable economic development.

2.DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Planning, Finance and Economy Section, the Urban Lab manager, in coordination with the UN-Habitat Regional Offices and in close collaboration with UN- Habitat thematic Sections, the incumbent of the post will have to fulfill the following duties and responsibilities:

-Advise and work with the Urban LAB team to analyze, collect, compile and interpret data to guide and inform Naryn project.
-Support and contribute to the development of methodologies and guidelines on evidence-based spatial analysis to be tested and implemented in the Urban Lab projects.
-Develop planning analytic and diagnostic maps, drawings and related reports for Naryn and other partner cities.
-Develop clear planning proposals, drawings and related reports for Naryn and other partner cities.
-Develop critical analysis of existing planning documents and instruments with GIS support.
-Develop training materials for GIS, remote sensing, data analysis, visualization and deliver workshops / training events.
-Develop and organize participatory, multi-stakeholder processes tailor made for the projects in a specific context.
-Provide input to Urban Lab documents and publications.
-Contribute to the development of the Lab and Section project portfolio on technology and innovation.
-Develop papers and methodologies for open-source data platforms for UN-Habitat and Partners.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualification:
Advanced university degree (masterâs degree or equivalent) in Architecture, Urban Development and Planning, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience:
â¢At least 2 years of relevant work experience in the field of sustainable development and spatial analysis (and/or related fields) with direct proven experience of drawing and preparing plan graphical material using computer assisted design tools, with special attention to data management and processing with GIS software is required;
â¢Direct proven experience of urban planning projects/processes, in combination with e.g. urban resilience, mobility, project finance, and/or data systems is required;
â¢Proven experience in GIS software use, data analysis and maps production is required;
â¢Understanding of and experience from managing urban data is an asset;
â¢Experience working in the public sector, e.g. local governments is considered an asset;
â¢Experience in any of the countries of the projects is an asset;
â¢Experience working on social change projects is an asset;
â¢Leading, designing and managing capacity building processes is an asset;
â¢Working knowledge and understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (and their monitoring/evaluation) and of the New Urban Agenda is an asset;
â¢Working experience with international development agencies and in particular the United Nations is an asset.

Languages

Fluency in English, written and verbal, is required

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