Physical Site Planner Profile

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Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 31 Oct 2015

For Junior (P2), Mid (P3) and Senior (P4) Level Positions

The Physical Site Planner provides specialised support to emergency operations in designing and developing sustainable settlements to host people of concern to UNHCR. Within the context of UNHCR’s Global Strategy for Settlement and Shelter (2014-18)1, a settlement should take into consideration the spatial allocation of functions while addressing the needs of the population, the availability of resources, the amelioration of living conditions, the provision of services, enhancing transportation networks as well as recreational spaces. In the past, the functions of the physical site planner were largely limited to designing new and isolated settlements in rural environments. Nevertheless, largely due to the global megatrend of increasing urbanization, the majority of the world’s refugees now live outside of camps. Consequently, many refugees share accommodation, live in non-functional public buildings, collective centres, in slums and informal types of settlements. The incumbent will therefore be expected to analyse the variety of settlement options available to accommodate the population of concern, be it in a rural or urban context. Settlement solutions may range from the development of a planned settlement, hosting arrangements, collective centres or rental accommodation. Taking into account factors such as the population size/profile, local context, culture, available resources, absorption capacity and skills, the physical site planner will advise and subsequently support the implementation of the most suitable settlement option. The incumbent for this position should possess a strong academic qualification in architecture or civil engineering, demonstrated professional experience of physical site planning and knowledge of the variety of settlement options available within the specific context.

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Typical functions will vary according to settlement solutions, however these will include:

  • Conduct technical feasibility studies for identification of adequate sites in close coordination with Local Authorities at Provincial, District and Divisional levels, as well as with the concerned line Ministries and implementing partners.
  • Ensure that basic technical criteria of land availability/property, accessibility, security, topography, water resources, absorption capacity, and adequate terrain for proper sanitation facilities are taken into consideration while selecting potential sites. Other factors such as national reserves, migration corridor, and flooding, possible conflict with local population have also to be taken into consideration when identifying potential settlement solutions.
  • Within an urban context, assess the structural safety of public buildings, measure the absorption capacity within a community for host arrangements while ensuring that humanitarian standards are met to ensure dignified living conditions.
  • Develop, in close coordination with implementing partners and other concerned parties, settlement plans and their implementation modalities, including construction/rehabilitation of communal infrastructures (latrines, water points, etc.), taking into account the overall needs of target groups, their cultural preferences and the concerns of the local communities.
  • Ensure that settlement designs take into consideration protection oriented issues such as sexual and gender based violence and the specific needs of women, men, girls and boys. The security and privacy of all people of concern, the adequate location of sanitary/health/education facilities, communal services and distribution areas should also be addressed.
  • Coordinate with the affected committees, Local Authorities and other partners the identification of potential needs related to shelter and NFIs and ensure that NFI identification/distribution is coordinated among all the actors.
  • Advise on matters related to the procurement of sector related materials or equipment, including the development of technical specifications for bid documents, technical evaluation of bids, review/inspection of the quality of products/works.
  • Assist Programme colleagues in analysing budgetary implications of technical components, as well as ensuring the technical integrity of all sectoral interventions.
  • Work in close coordination with all functional Units in UNHCR (Protection, Programme, Community Services, Field, Administration, and Supply) for all issues related to protection, population of concern figures and assistance.

Maintain regular contact with the Shelter and Settlement Section in Geneva regarding all technical matters.

Minimum qualifications and professional experience required:

For positions at the P2 level

Education: University degree in Architecture or Civil-Engineering

Job Experience: Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience with a Master’s Degree – Minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience with a Bachelor’s Degree

Languages: Excellent knowledge of English and good working knowledge of another UN language. French is particularly desirable

For positions at the P3 level

Education: University degree in Architecture or Civil-Engineering.

Job Experience: – Minimum of 6 years of relevant experience with a Master’s Degree of which a minimum of 2 years of international field experience – Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor’s Degree of which a minimum of 2 years of international field experience

Languages: Excellent knowledge of English and good working knowledge of another UN language. French is particularly desirable.

For positions at the P4 level

Education: University degree in Architecture or Civil-Engineering.

Job experience: – Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience with a Master’s Degree of which a minimum of 4 years of international field experience – Minimum of 12 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor’s Degree of which a minimum of 4 years of international field experience

Languages: Excellent knowledge of English and good working knowledge of another UN language. French is particularly desirable.

How to apply:

http://bit.ly/Emergency_deployment

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