Closing date: Monday, 10 April 2023

Posting Title: Project Urban Planner (Roster all areas), F

Job Code Title: Project Urban Planner

Department/Office: United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)

Duty Station: LEB – Other cities

Posting Period: 28 March 2023 – 10 April 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Engineering-UNRWA-202540-R- (R)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingThe incumbent reports to Chief Field Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Programme


(A) Conduct stakeholder mapping and assessment, spatial data collection; (B) Prepare and facilitate community engagement events and activities related to the Camp Improvement Plan (CIP); (C) Conduct cross-sectoral spatial analysis and key trend identification. (D) Identification of short-, medium- and long-term priorities of the camp residents based on the physical and socio-economic assessment, and assist in developing camp improvement proposals for fund raising; (E) Develop a strategic vision and action plan for the targeted camp; (F) undertake the preparation of the Camp Improvement Plan document; (G) Develop technical conclusions and strategic spatial recommendations and validate them with community representatives and partners; (H) Finalize and disseminate of the CIP to key community focal points (I) Formulation of pre-feasibility studies and Camp Improvement Plans to improve the urban and built environment of the camp addressing the refugee needs in an integrated, participatory and developmental approach; in line with the strategies and policies of the Camp Improvement Unit; (J) Implement camp improvement initiatives in line with UNRWA’s strategies, policies and guidelines, while involving the community in the planning process to improve physical and socio-economic well-being of refugees; (K) Supervise physical and socio-economic assessments of shelters and living conditions in the camp for the compilation of detailed data-bases: (L) Develop a participatory Management Structure and maintain coordination with Field Departments concerned, camp community and other stakeholders to ensure the implementation of an integrated planning process and implementation of a community driven participatory approach; (M) Supervise the preparations for a training and capacity building plans for all staff concerned with the Camp Improvement Program including housing/shelter at the Field and Camp level; (N) Coordinate the participatory design processes; Coordinates the production of detailed designs, drawings, BOQs, and tender documents providing quality control and guidance; (0) Contribute to writing project proposals by UNRWA; helps the community in writing project proposals; (P) Establish a work plan for the implementation of the Camp Improvement Plans: (Q) Supervise of the preparation of detailed project documents for the implementation of pilot interventions; (R): Supporting the process design of the Shelter Rehabilitation Project in all phases through: 1. evaluating and upgrading eligibility criteria, upgrading methodology of scoring shelter visits, 2. integrating the participatory planning component into the process, 3. Revisiting design process for eligible shelters and supervising architectural documentation; 4. Compiling a document of lessons learned starting from previous similar project in Rashidieh and Beddawi camps. (S): Building and preparing needed steps and documents for a partnership strategy with local committees and communication strategy with community (T): Carrying out induction, training sessions and regular follow-up for site office staff on communication strategy, team-building values and general participatory mindset. (U) Performs such other duties as may be assigned

CompetenciesAbility to conduct surveys, collect and organize information and produce relevant recommendations; Ability to work well in multi-cultural contexts; Creativity and ability to take initiative; Ability to work under pressure; Ability to coordinate with community sector and be convincing.

EducationUniversity degree in architecture or urban planning (and/or related fields) from a university recognized by UNRWA Good working knowledge in the use of standard office software and specialized computer applications related to construction industry in general, including GIS and Auto CAD

Work ExperienceAt least 5 years of relevant work experience in the field of urban planning and community participation (and/or related fields) with direct proven experience. (Or, 4 years of relevant experience in case you hold master’s degree), is required. Applicants are required to mention if they have close relative(s) in UNRWA (mother, father, daughter, son, sister brother), please provide full name(s) and relationship. If applicable, please provide further details below. Applicants are required to mention if they are a Palestine refugee. If yes, please provide you Ration Card Number

LanguagesExcellent command of English and Arabic

AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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