Senior Urban Planner

Location : Myanmar
Application Deadline :08-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :6 month
Expected Duration of Assignment :December 2020

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, 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 main documents outlining the mandate of the organization are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, the Habitat Agenda, the Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and UN General Assembly Resolution A/56/206. The Urban Practices Branch (UPB) of UN-Habitat supports countries in developing urban planning methods and systems that address current urbanization challenges. It promotes urban planning approaches to address urban expansion and transformation. Urban Planning for Humanitarian Development Practices (UPHDP) aims to identify the strategic challenges and opportunities which will inform planning strategies for settlement affected by the conflict induced migration. The significant part of the initiative is focused on the promoting sustainable urban planning for the refugee settlements, supporting local governments and humanitarian partners to develop the "New Way of Working" which aims at better coordination between humanitarian and development actors in pursuit of "enhancing the protection of persons of concern and building measurable progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals."

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the leader of the Planning, Finance and Economy Section as manager of the planning programme on Humanitarian and Development Practice Programme. She/he will manage projects related on Spatial Profiling analysis and conceptual design. She/he will also contribute to the implementation of the section activities by performing the following tasks:


  1. Ensure all planning advisory work under the Humanitarian and Development Practice Programme is in line with the Global Compact on Migration, the Global Compact on Refugees as well as Comprehensive Refugee Response Frameworks, the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.
  2. Supervise junior consultant and coordinate GIS data collection, and draft mapping and spatial analysis for various settlements in Myanmar and others depending on project requirements;
  3. Coordinate various expertise especially with UNHCR and IOM as well as local authorities to produce spatial analysis for Refugee Settlements especially near the border of Myanmar, as well as other relevant towns and cities using GIS data;
  4. Develop narrative urban profiling & urban planning reports;
  5. Facilitate stakeholder engagement sessions in Myanmar and other Programme Countries, as well as prepare analysis of key findings;
  6. Provide Technical advice to local authorities on sustainable urban development in relation to humanitarian and development nexus in fragile context.
  7. Develop and maintain relationships with partners and other institutions in relation to the theme of Humanitarian-Development Nexus especially in Myanmar;


Ultimate result of service

The consultancy will focus on 1) helping cities develop practical, feasible approaches to implementing Urban planning interventions through direct planning support; 2) developing tools and guidelines for development of city-wide public space strategies, and 3) advocating UN-Habitat work in urban planning under the theme of humanitarian and development nexus.


Outputs/Work Assignment

Output production will be documented regularly through monthly reports covering the tasks above and one final report, summarising the work done and presenting all outputs in electronic and hard copy format.


The main outputs that are expected are:



Required Days

Tentative timeline

Deliverable 1: Prepare work and programme planning reports for overall Urban Planning and Migration Programme

preparation in coordination with UN-Habitat HQ

20 Days

Dec 2020

Deliverable-2: Coordinate with HQ and lead inception report for Yangon city

20 Days

Jan 2021

Deliverable-3: Draft Rapid Spatial Assessment of Migration Affected areas for Yangon City

20 Days

Feb 2021

Deliverable-4: Coordinate and facilitate workshop with stakeholders to kick off “urban planning for forced migration”

20 Days

Mar 2021





Deliverable-5: Carry out local institutional assessment and prepare report for Yangon city

20 Days

Apr 2021

Deliverable-6: Coordinate the collection and alignment of GIS and socio-economic data for Yangon with Urban Planning and Migration programme countries for knowledge management and monitoring purposes

20 Days

May 2021


Expected Duration

6 months




Lump sum contracts:


The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount and all inclusive, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in instalments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).


Individual Consultant will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:


  • Technical Criteria weight; 70%


  • Financial Criteria weight; 30%


Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% point in technical criteria would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.




Max Points




  • University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Architecture, Urban Planning and Design or sustainable urban development


10 points

  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in Urban Planning and Design, working experience in both humanitarian and development contexts, and in forced migration context from planning perspective.


20 points

  • Knowledge and working experience dealing with SDGs and other global framework in relation to forced migration such as Global Compact for Refugee / Migration and Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework.
  • Knowledge in Humanitarian Development and Peace Nexus
  • Knowledge and experience in issue of forced migration (refugees and IDPs)


40 points

  • Fluency in oral and written English








Financial Evaluation: (Total obtainable score – 30)


All technically qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals receive points according to the following formula:

p = y (µ/z) Where:

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal µ = price of the lowest priced proposal

z = price of the proposal being evaluated


Cumulative analysis


When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: responsive/compliant/acceptable, and having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.



Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards and acts in accordance with the Standards of
  • Conduct for international civil servants;
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism.

Functional Competencies:

  • Good knowledge of the natural resource management particularly lake and watershed management, the concept of sustainability and sustainable development in the region and developing countries;
  • Ability to quickly grasp and synthesize inputs from a range of disciplines related to sustainable financial mechanism for environmental conservation;
  • Ability to advocate and provide technical advice on the relevant sector/theme;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision;
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
  • Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners, respectful and helpful relations with all UN/UNDP staff;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage.

Required Skills and Experience

Education: University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Architecture, Urban Planning and Design or sustainable urban development is a requirement. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience: At least 7 years of relevant experience in Urban Planning and Design. Working experience in both humanitarian and development contexts is essential. Experience in forced migration context from planning perspective is an advantage.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of Chinese is an advantage.

Competency: Technical Knowledge:

  • Knowledge and working experience dealing with SDGs and other global framework in relation to forced migration such as Global Compact for Refugee / Migration and Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework is an advantage
  • Knowledge in Humanitarian Development and Peace Nexus is required.
  • Knowledge and experience in issue of forced migration ( refugees and IDPs) is required
  • Knowledge in GIS and other graphic materials is an advantage
  • Good writing skills in English are required.
  • Knowledge of Chinese is an advantage.
  • Experience of urban and regional spatial analysis in humanitarian and development contexts is an advantage
  • Knowledge and Working experience in relevant UN-System is an advantage.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and deliver on time under pressure.


Interested Individual Consultant must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;(Please see Template attached)
  2. Personal CV/P11, indicating the past experience relevant to the assignment, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;(Please see Template attached)
  3. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how he/she will approach and complete the assignment;
  4. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.

Proposal should be submitted to (either or UNDP Jobs site no later than 8 December 2020 05:00 pm Yangon TIme. Email submission should state procurement notice number (2020/UNDP-MMR/PN/140) in the subject line.

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