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Posting Title: Women’s Housing, Land and Property Rights – National Consultant (Somalia)

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Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Duty Station: NAIROBI

Posting Period: 2 July 2020-30 July 2020

Job Opening number: 20--UN-HABITAT-137882-C-NAIROBI

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

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

Result of Service

Final clean report on women’s housing, land and property rights in the Somali Region.

Work Location

Somalia - Home based

Expected duration

6 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.

The Land, Shelter and Housing Section at UN-Habitat hosts the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) Secretariat. GLTN is mandated to develop, test and disseminate pro-poor and gender responsive land tools and approaches within the continuum of land rights framework. Established in 2006, GLTN is a coalition of 80 international partners concerned with rural and urban land issues, working together to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through promoting secure land and property rights for all, demonstrated through country-level interventions.

In the past years, GLTN has been expanding its work on advancing women housing, land and property rights in conflict-affected countries where women face multiple obstacles in accessing land: practical, legal, political, economic and cultural. Enchaining equal access to land and tenure security of women is crucial for poverty reduction, as well as for triggering broader social and economic development, and for their enjoyment of human rights, peace and stability. Although progressive legal measures regarding women’s rights exist in certain countries, there’s no adequate capacity to overcome the male-biased customary systems and the discriminative practices that still persist.

The key aspects of the GLTN work in this context comprise good land governance, capacity development and awareness-raising on the correlation between women’s land tenure security and empowerment, supporting land-related project implementation, disseminating gender responsive land tools, and land sector coordination. The aim of this consultancy is to deliver specific technical outputs contributing to the implementation of the UN-Habitat portfolio on Women Housing, Land and Property Rights, focusing on Somalia, using context and culture specific approaches.

Under the overall leadership of the Land, Shelter and Housing Section of UN-Habitat and the oversight of the Somalia country office, the consultant will report to the Human Settlements Officer who is leading the land and conflict portfolio.


The aim of this consultancy is to implement activities related to the promotion of women’s land rights in Somalia. This involves the planning and implementation of women’s land rights related activities such as undertaking capacity development and training events and workshops, developing and adapting training materials, develop documents and papers, conduct research assignments and analysis, prepare concept notes and programme documents, and implement other specific activities within the women HLP Rights portfolio.

The consultant will be expected to deliver the following outputs:

  1. Awareness raising on women’s land rights. This includes organizing national and state level debates on women’s land rights and supporting religious, traditional and women leaders regarding women’s access to land and inheritance rights.
  2. Women’s land rights related documents. This includes developing, reviewing and providing inputs on documents and processes related to land from the gender perspective.
  3. Capacity development on women’s land rights and for improved dispute resolution. This includes developing and adapting existing training materials, writing concept notes, developing programs and organizing capacity development and training events with minimum supervision and technical support for land dispute committees and formal justice mechanism and other relevant stakeholders.
  4. Preparing visibility and promotional materials.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates autonomously in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the team, where applicable.

Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of principles and approaches relevant to land, HLP rights, project management and coordination; strong capacity to work independently and autonomously in the field; ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to collect data using various methods. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.  Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Communication:  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in English; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning & Organizing:  Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Skills: Proficient in use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Ability to work to schedule and within set deadlines and flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and timelines.

Ability to understand complex assignments, undertake them with precision in line with the guidance given.

Capacity to plan and prioritize conflicting priorities.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in : sociology, public policy, law, urban development, international development, land administration and management, urban planning or related social sciences with a strong background on gender topics. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience: A minimum of 6 years of working experience in the land sector, human rights, gender, international development, humanitarian assistance or related areas is required.

The person must have proven experience and an understanding of land governance concepts; gender related land-issues; initiatives on improving women’s land rights and land governance and Islamic law.

Solid field experience and capacity to work independently

Working experience with national or international development agencies is an asset.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, fluency in in oral and written English and Somali is required.

Additional Information

No Fee


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