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National Housing, Land and Property Rights Advisor


About UN-Habitat

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 communities, towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-Habitat is headquartered in Nairobi, Africa and has four regional offices for Africa, Arab States, Latin America, and Asia.

UN-Habitat Afghanistan
UN-Habitat, has been active in Afghanistan since 1992 through the national resettlement programme which later evolved into an Urban Reconstruction Programmme. Over the past two decades UN-Habitat has supported government counterparts with technical assistance in policy, planning and urban management, the provision or upgrading of services and infrastructure and the reintegration of returnees. The overarching vision of UN-Habitat’s work in Afghanistan is for prosperous, inclusive and equitable human settlements that reduce poverty and contribute to national stability and development. In the context of a global mandate, the mission of the UN-Habitat Afghanistan’s Country Programme is ‘to transform lives through enhancing access to urban land, housing and services, while making systems and institutions responsive to people’s views and needs.’

UN-Habitat’s Country Programme Strategy 2016-2019 is focused on three thematic focus areas:
. Planned and Well-Governed Settlements to enhance the government’s capacity to guide the development of human settlements in a participatory, equitable and accountable manner while ensuring access to basic services;
. Inclusive Settlements to improve access to affordable land and housing, services and infrastructure for all residents of human settlements with a focus on poor and female-headed households, including IDPs and returnees.; and
. Prosperous Settlements to contribute to towns and cities being hubs of economic activity that generate sustainable employment and enable residents ─ particularly the young ─ to acquire productive skills.
Integral to each of these Focus Areas are cross-cutting issues of gender, youth, development of national capacity, environmental protection and disaster risk reduction.

UN-Habitat has presence in 11 provinces of the country, including five major cities and works in implementing its strategy through six programmes: Afghanistan Urban Peace building Programme (AUPP), Clean and Green Cities (CGC), City for All (K-SMNP and MGSP), Local Integration of Vulnerable Excluded & Uprooted People (LIVE-UP), Project for City Resilience (PCR) and the Promoting Early Recovery and Durable Solutions in Informal Settlements of Protracted Displacement and Regional Returns (PERDS- HLP-TF).

Housing, Land and Property Task Force
UN-Habitat chairs the National Housing, Land and Property Task Force (HLP-TF) together with UNHCR and NRC within the humanitarian coordination system in Afghanistan. The HLP-TF as a part of the Afghanistan Protection Cluster brings together humanitarian, development, human rights NGOs, UN agencies and government counterparts at national and regional levels working on HLP issues to facilitate a systematic approach to housing, land and property rights protection of displaced population, and other persons at risk of HLP rights violations- this includes landlessness and homeless persons.

The HLP-TF aims to achieve its objective by a) improving access to land, b) strengthening security of tenure and adequate housing c) addressing HLP disputes and strengthening access to civil documentation and d) ultimately the durable solutions of the displaced population.

Job Summary

UN-Habitat is looking for an experienced Housing, Land and Property Rights experts to work as the National Housing, Land and Property Advisor to support the management of the National Housing, Land and Property Task Force (HLP-TF) and coordination of the Regional Housing, Land and Property Task Forces (HLP-TF). Under the overall supervision of the UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager based in Kabul, the Senior Human Settlements Officer based on Regional Office in Fukuoka and under the direct supervision of the International HLP Rights Advisors, the National Housing, Land and Property Advisor will undertake the following tasks and activities:

Job Details

Date Posted: 21 Feb 2018 Reference: 141
Closing Date: 02 Apr 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Law Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Contractor Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 3 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Coordination of the National and Regional HLP-TF
. Support HLP Chairs (UN-Habitat, UNHCR and NRC) in the coordination of the National and Regional HLP-TFs in accordance with IASC guidelines on cluster leadership and accountability;
. Based on assessed HLP needs and gaps, protection vulnerabilities, support the Regional HLP-TF to develop agreed upon HLP and durable solutions response strategies and action plans to meet the needs of the displaced population.
. Participate in the OCHA-lead processes including the production of the HNO, HRP, CHF/CERF allocations; ICCT and other national coordination mechanisms/working groups set up in Afghanistan.

2. Advocacy, Policy and Reporting
. Contribute to the development of HLP-TF policy position papers/ briefs and advocacy messaging on HLP and protection issues;
. Ensure that HLP members and partners are aware of relevant HLP and durable solutions policy guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments under international humanitarian and human rights law;
. Support country level analysis and compilation of monthly and quarterly HLP reports and other reporting as requested.

3. Training and Capacity-Building
. Undertake HLP capacity assessment review and prepare tools, develop methodology and HLP and durable solutions training manuals.
. Promote and support training of HLP-TF partners, other cluster members and government counterparts to improve mainstreaming of HLP issues into sectorial responses;
. Support and build the capacity of the Government to uphold its obligation and responsibilities to protect the HLP rights of the displaced population in adherence with international and national law;
. Monitoring, reporting and analysis.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces


. Core Competencies: Professionalism, leadership, teamwork, communication, a strong commitment to human rights, gender sensitivity and pro-poor development work; consultative and empowering working style and willingness to learn from others;
. Computer Skills: Advanced computer skills, especially in Word, Excel and project management applications;
. Language: Fluency in spoken and written English, and local language (Dari and Pashto) required;
. Travel: Willingness and ability to travel independently and regularly to the field is essential.


. Education: A university degree in one or more of the following disciplines: law, social or political sciences, an advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) preferred.
. Experience: At least five years of progressive experience in advocacy and coordination, previous experience working within the cluster system with protection monitoring background an asset;
. At least three years of proven expertise in Housing, Land and Property Rights with strong knowledge on HLP laws, procedures and practices in Afghanistan, and provision of technical, policy and protection advice to field teams.
. Extensive experience of working with community groups in particular IDP and returnees; and government agencies.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)
AF AF 12


Bachelors Degree, General

Submission Guideline

Afghan Nationals meeting the essential qualifications of the position are invited to apply by submitting the following documents to:

1. Letter of interest with clearly indicates the VA number (2017-08-141);
2. Updated and signed UN Personal History Form P.11 for Individual Contractor (IC) attached to the VA and also (available on is must.

Failure to comply with the above requirements not signed P11 forms, no indication of VA number (2017-08-141) will result in not considering your application.

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