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    The Global Land Tool Network Partners UN-Habitat, GIZ, World Bank, FAO, ILC and the Urban Training and Studies Institute will host a group of land governance experts on the 26-28 September in Amman, Jordan to develop a joint vision and key recommendations for improving land governance in the Arab region.

    The meeting gathers participants from different land governance-related disciplines and backgrounds, such as land professionals and practitioners, civil society, government representatives, development experts and the academia. Several Middle East and North African countries will be represented in the discussions on how capacity development, knowledge management, geospatial innovations and regional dialogue can contribute to improved land governance.

    Issues related to land and conflict, fit for purpose land administration, women access to land, the environment and climate change and responsible large scale land based investments will be some of the key topics steering the discussions, through which a joint vision and joint way forward will be developed, including establishing a group of champions with a common land governance agenda.

    The Concept Note (including draft programme) are available here.


  • , Deadline:15 February 2017


    DUTY STATION: Home-based
    FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Senior Consultant Strategy Development and Resource Mobilisation in the Arab States
    DURATION 45 days over a period of 6 months (with possibility of extension)
    LEVEL P5 equivalent



    The Land and GLTN Unit, located within the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance (ULLG) Branch of UN-Habitat, 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, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), is a growing coalition of 75 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 two years, GLTN has been expanding its work in the Arab States. The key aspects of the GLTN work in the Arab region include land governance, capacity development, knowledge management, regional cooperation, support to land projects implementation at country level and land sector coordination. In the context of the above, short, medium and long term activities are to be implemented in the region. In the short term, GLTN intends to: (1) establish a land governance network in the region; (2) Establish an e-platform to share information and knowledge among land governance stakeholders; (3) Organize an Arab Land Governance Conference; (4) Carry out land policy assessments in selected countries (5) Put in place a Framework for monitoring land and conflict. In the medium and long term actions, priority areas of intervention are, among others; capacity development, knowledge creation and sharing, advocacy, monitoring and the establishment of a regional land center. Land and conflict issues in the region are also a GLTN priority to be addressed.



    The consultant will work under the overall leadership of the Land and GLTN Unit Leader and report to the Arab States focal point in the GLTN Secretariat, located in the Land and GLTN Unit of UN-Habitat. The consultant will closely collaborate with the UN-Habitat Regional Office for the Arab States, the country offices in the region and relevant partner organisations. The consultant will have the following responsibilities:

    1. Support the preparation of for the Arab States round table taking place at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2017, in collaboration with GLTN and the WB. This will include the Development of a concept note, the identification and briefing of key speakers and partners attending the event, facilitating the discussions and briefing key partners and donors and the definition of follow up activities with the organisers of the event.
    2. Mobilise resources to implement land governance initiatives in the Arab States. This includes the development of a project proposal on land governance for the region, the identification of possible funding streams (donor mapping) and holding discussions with relevant donors and funding organisations;
    3. Provide inputs in the discussion around land governance in the Arab region, including the meeting of the core group of experts established in Amman in September 2016, the Arab Land Conference, and the writeshop on land tools implementation;
    4. Provide inputs for the development of a road map for capacity development and knowledge management in the Arab Region, in collaboration with the GLTN team and relevant partners;
    5. Support GLTN in the consolidation of data bases of organisations, experts, capacity development materials and other relevant resources for advancing the land governance agenda in the Arab region;



    • Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of principles and approaches relevant to land, partnership and coordination.  Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to assist with data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis and summarize salient features including  familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 
    • Communication:  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in both English and Arabic; 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.
    • Teamwork:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.



    Advanced education or degree in one of the following fields is required: urban development, international development, land administration and management, or urban planning. Relevant work experience in the above mentioned fields can be accepted in lieu of a degree.



    • A minimum of 25 years of work experience in international development, land governance and land administration.
    • Previous working experience with international development agencies at director level.
    • Previous working experience in designing and managing large land related project in developing countries
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the Arab region.



    English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For the post advertised, excellent proficiency in spoken and written English is required.



    • Proficient in use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    • Ability to work to schedule, but where requested to be flexible with changes in timelines.



    Payments will be based on deliverables over the consultancy period. There are set remuneration rates for consultancies. The rate is determined by functions performed and experience of the consultant. The fees will be paid as per agreement. Where applicable, travel costs of the consultant (airplane ticket economy class), transfers, and daily allowance as per the UN rate is payable in addition to the daily fee.


    Applications should include:

    1. Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
    2. CV in the PHP format, accessible through the INSPIRA website ( Please note, if using INSPIRA for the first time, you need to register in order to activate your account, which will allow you to log in and create a personal History Profile. The PHP should be attached to the application as a PDF file.
    3. Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
      • Educational Background (incl. dates)
      • Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
      • Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
      • Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
      • Expectations regarding remuneration
      • Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

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    Deadline for applications:  15 February 2017

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  • Land experts from 10 Arab countries are now in agreement that increased coordinated efforts, shared knowledge and capacity are needed to tackle land governance effectively. This conclusion was arrived at when 35 experts from different land governance-related disciplines and backgrounds met at the Expert Group Meeting on Fostering Good Land Governance in the Arab States that took place on the 26-28 September 2016 in Amman, Jordan.

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    The meeting co-hosted by the Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat, World Bank, GIZ, FAO, ILC, the Urban Training and Studies Institute and the Swiss Development Cooperation sought to develop a joint vision and key recommendations for improving land governance in the Arab region. The expert meeting enjoyed the support of the Jordanian Ministry of Municipal Affairs and included in its itinerary a study tour to the Jordanian Department of Land and Survey.

    Participants articulated a joint vision: “All the people in the Arab countries enjoy equal and affordable access to land, peace, stability and economic growth, to be achieved with good land policies and transparent, efficient and affordable land administration systems”.A road map for the way forwardwas also developed, including some milestones to be delivered in the short term and a declared focus on important priority themes, such as land and conflict, fit-for-purpose land administration, women access to land, management of public land, land based investments, environment and climate change.

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    Participants of the Expert Group Meeting on Fostering Good Land Governance in the Arab States

  • GLTN and UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for the Arab States sign agreement. 

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    Dyfed Aubrey, Acting Director of the UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for the Arab States (left) and Oumar Sylla, Unit Leader, Land and Global Land Tool Network after signing the collaboration agreement Photo ©UNHABITAT/Ombretta Tempra

    UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) and the Global Land Tool Network have entered into an agreement that will further strengthen and streamline the way UN-Habitat and GLTN address land issues in the Arab region. Formalized on 16th June 2016 in Nairobi, by UN-Habitat Acting Director of the Cairo-based ROAS office, Dyfed Aubrey and GLTN Leader, Oumar Sylla, the agreement builds on an ongoing, well established collaboration between the two offices. The agreement commits USD 275,000 towards six areas of focus over the next eighteen months.

    With land underpinning all the key aspects of urban development such as housing, economic development, education and transport, responsible land governance is central to prevention, mitigation and resolution of violent conflicts and social unrest. It’s on the basis of the above considerations that these funds were committed by the two UN-Habitat offices.

    Priority areas of focus during this period will be improving access to land and tenure security in the Arab States with particular emphasis on conflict, displacement, migration, returns and cross cutting issues such as gender responsive interventions in these countries.

    Specifically, the catalytic activities that will be implemented under this partnership are capacity development of partners and UN-Habitat personnel in the region in addressing land issues; development and expansion of the streams of work related to land and conflict, housing, and land and property rights in the region; development, adaptation and piloting of conflict-sensitive land tools in select countries such as Iraq; strengthening women’s access to land(with the finalization of a set of context specific guidelines and the establishment of broad and cross-sectoral partnerships); joint resource mobilization; and undertaking priority research on land.


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Location: Gigiri, UN Complex
Office: NOF South Wing Block 3
Telephone: +254 207623858
Email: gltn[at]

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