National Project Officer-Urban & Regional Planner (Addis Ababa)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 20 February 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 06 March 2019

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UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future with a mission of promoting socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. It is present in Ethiopia since 1998.

While providing its support to sustainable urban development in Ethiopia, UN-Habitat has developed a guiding document called UN-Habitat Country programme for Ethiopia (2016-2020). Building on global frameworks such as SDG 11, the New Urban Agenda and Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II), the country programme is organized around four pillars:  Urban Regional Planning, Urban Resilience, Housing and Urban Basic Services, Urban Monitoring and Research Advocacy. It also considers cross cutting issues such as Awareness Raising - Participatory Approach Capacity Development - Technical Advice - Policy Support. Subsequently, UN-Habitat and the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDHo) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding in February 2018 which provides a legal framework to implement the UN-Habitat Country programme.

The Ethiopian Urban Planning Law, in its Article 7, stipulates three hierarchies of urban plans: (i) National Urban Development Spatial Plan” (NUDSP); (ii) the Regional Urban Development Spatial Plan (RUDSP), which should be prepared by each regional state; and (iii) the city/town level urban plans. The Ministry of Urban Development and Construction has developed the NUDSP.  Meanwhile the Urban Planning Law grants power to the Regional States to initiate and develop their respective Regional Urban Development Spatial Plan RUDSP, which aims to provide a coherent, integrated, balanced and efficient spatial regional framework for enhancing urbanisation, in conformity with the NUDP.

Considering the lack of capacity at local levels to develop Regional Urban Development Spatial Plan, UN-Habitat in collaboration with the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction and with a financial support of the embassy of Sweden is planning to provide a technical support to regions and cities to develop their respective Regional and urban/metropolitan spatial plans. The aim of this support is to strengthen local capacities by deploying capable urban and regional planners, in the ministry of Urban Development and Construction and selected cities (Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Dire Dawa, and Mekelle), sharing international experiences and providing trainings.

The objective of this assignment is to provide technical and on-job capacity development on urban and regional planning, particularly to support regions and cities on the development of regional and cluster/metropolitan spatial plans.  



Under the overall supervision of the UN-Habitat Programme Manager for Ethiopia and the direct supervision of the senior Urban Planner based in Addis Ababa, with the support from the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Africa (ROAf) and in close collaboration with UN-Habitat thematic branches, national and local counterparts, the incumbent of the post will have to fulfil the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Support the development of regional plan (of his/her respective region), which will be guided by the urban and regional planning rules and regulations of the country and the NUDSP,
  • Support the preparation of metropolitan/structure plan of his/her respective cluster/city
  • Support UN-Habitat’s team and the structure plan team to collect, compile, spatialize, analyse and interpret spatial data;
  • Organize and support training and capacity development activities related to urban and regional planning, GIS, cartography and data analysis;
  • Collaborate with UN-Habitat’s experts from thematic branches and report to the urban Planner and the UN-Habitat Programme Manager for Ethiopia;
  • Support the senior urban planner on the preparation of progress reports regarding the implementation of the project, especially related to urban and regional planning, cartography and GIS issues;
  • Support communication and liaising with donors, government partners and other key stakeholders related to the project;
  • Attend meetings and networking activities related to his/her respective government counter parts such as the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction, regions and cities
  • Perform any other tasks requested by the senior urban planner and UN-Habitat’s Programme Manager for Ethiopia.


  • Strong command in GIS software such as ArcGIS, Quantum GIS, etc;
  • Ability on geo-processing, geo-referencing, land use classification, orto-rectification and other GIS techniques;
  • Ability to conduct interviews, surveys and other data collection techniques;
  • Capacity to analyse, interpret, spatialize and synthesize information;
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of responsibility, in a flexible manner and often under pressure;
  • Good communication and writing skills

Educational Qualification

  • Master’s degree in urban planning, Regional planning or engineering.



  • Minimum of 5 years of working experience at national and international levels, with relevant previous experiences related to Urban and Regional planning and related issues;
  • Working experience in the planning sector or related to urban and regional planning activities and projects;
  • Working experience in the African continent, particularly in Ethiopia, is an asset;
  • Previous experience in the UN system is an asset.


Language:-  Proficiency in both oral and written English

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Contract Duration: 1 year with possibility of extension

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