Issued on 29 May 2018






Participatory slum upgrading Consultant


1 July 2018 – 31 December 2018 (6 months)


The Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch develops strategies, policies, and programmes to provide access to adequate housing for all, improve the living conditions in existing slums, and curb the growth of new slums. It focuses on improving the supply and affordability of serviced land and new housing opportunities, while also implementing city-wide and national slum upgrading programmes to improve housing and quality of living conditions of the poor.

The Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch has two Units: the (a) Housing, and (b) Slum Upgrading which are handling in a cross-cutting manner the following programmatic areas: (i) housing policy including housing delivery systems and finance mechanisms, (ii) housing rights, (iii) urban poverty reduction and slum upgrading and prevention, (iv) sustainable building materials and construction technologies and (v) community development.

The Slum Upgrading  Unit also manages the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), which is a joint effort of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, the European Commission (EC) and UN-Habitat. The PSUP was launched in 2008 and this consultancy will contribute to the implementation of the Third Implementation Cycle of the PSUP (PSUP III 2017-2021) that is expected to be launched by the beginning of February 2018.  

To date, the programme has reached out to 35 ACP countries and 160 cities, and has provided the necessary enabling framework for improving the lives of slum dwellers. The PSUP’s approach is grounded on its emphasis on integrating slum dwellers into the broader urban fabric and adopting a positive stance towards slum dwellers and in-situ slum upgrading, using city-wide participatory planning methods. ACP Member States have joined the programme with the aim of addressing the challenge of slums and improving living standards of urban poor by adopting the integrated strategies and systemic change fronted by the PSUP as well as benefit from inter-regional technical exchange achieved in each other’s efforts.

The PSUP Phase III is designed to cover at least 40 ACP Countries. PSUP lies at the heart of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) philosophy and directly contributes to the five areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet by 2030: People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace and Partnership. The PSUP, as a global programme, acts as a unique vehicle to deliver on the concept of “Leaving no one behind of the 2030 Agenda”. It is tailored to specifically deliver on SDG 11.1 “By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums”, as well as SDG 1, SDG 5, SDG 6, SDG 7, SDG 10, SDG 16, and SDG 17.  The programme further responds to the framework established under New Urban Agenda (NUA) demonstrating through actions on the ground, that indeed it is possible to transform the lives of the people living in slums, thus motivating countries to further dedicate efforts and resources to upgrade slums and prevent their formation, aiming at solving this dire problem over the period covered by the 2030 Agenda.

The programme provides a unique opportunity for a participant country to access global best practices by participating in regional and global training, global conferences, expert groups, access to global experience sharing through the MyPSUP platform. PSUP aims to leveraging seed funds for unlocking sustainable financial resources, country specific financial models for slum upgrading, global advocacy with the aid of the Global Urban Campaign "Up for Slum Dwellers" to change mind sets and policy priority at all level of governance, and finally, technical support for community managed funds and execution of transformative pilot projects implemented by local actors, community, women and youth groups. The programme will leverage its sources to create enabling environment for partnership by engaging diverse strategic partners at national, local and community levels to aim for grater impacts and transformation of slum areas for a better urban future.


This consultancy is envisaged as support to the implementation of the new phase of the PSUP goal; to programmatically launch the PSUP III in 2018. This is informed by the requirements to deliver training to the countries and communities participating in the next phase of the programme. Further, the consultancy is informed by a need to come up with a guide on youth and livelihood as well as a guide on Community Managed Funds based on challenges and experiences gained during the implementation of PSUP II. The consultancy will also provide requisite support to the compilation of country implementation reports to the ACP and EC as instructed by country/regional focal persons responsible for all the implementation countries.

The consultant will also coordinate the production of a report on Enhancing the Informal Economy through Participatory Slum Upgrading, based on the impacts of livelihood creation through the community managed funds projects and other relevant case studies. The report is commissioned by UN-Habitat’s flagship Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), under the Slum Upgrading Unit Leader, and in close collaboration with Cardiff University and will be launched in February 2018.

The consultant will be the focal point for Community Development in the Unit and will coordinate with colleagues from regional offices in creating new partnerships geared towards Community Development Activities in Slum Upgrading programmes.


 The consultant, in collaboration with the unit coordinator and the team will be expected to deliver on:

  • Finalise a quick guide for urban managers on youth and livelihoods.
  1. Output: A guide on the role of youth in slum upgrading and the importance of livelihood creation to economically empower slum dwellers, providing analysis of the approach, the focus, beneficiaries, location and the impacts.
  • Using the compilation of CMF from implementing countries and through evaluation of other community based project implementation for slum upgrading in other cases as documented in other literature, assist in the development of a Community Managed Funds Guide that will detail the key considerations for successful implementation of CMF, the institutional requirements as well as mechanisms for community mobilisation and empowerment.
  1. Output: Compiling a first draft of the Community Managed Funds Implementation Guide based on PSUP II which can be reviewed by other team members and partners
  2. Output: A report on Enhancing the Informal Economy through Participatory Slum Upgrading.
  • Support to the PSUP “up for slum dwellers campaign” by linking partners to different communities benefitting from the programme through managing a CMF component, communication and information dissemination by supporting team members in posting, updating and generation of content for and other social media platforms throughout the consultancy and during global events (WUF, GC) and any other event as requested.
  1. Outcome: Updated information on PSUP activities on world urban campaign website, social media (Facebook, twitter etc.) throughout the consultancy period.
  • Provide technical support to PSUP Countries during the launching period of the new phase. The activity will involve supporting Focal persons with finalisation of inception reports per the approved templates and online file sharing platform.
  1. Output: Inception reports meeting publication standards and layout as requested by Country Focal persons
  • Assist in organising events, workshops and meetings including for Kenya – in view of opening the new PSUP programme.
  1. Outputs: workshop reports, logistics, cost estimates etc. and whatever needed.
  • Assist in coordinating the partnership with UN-Habitat’s Youth programmes and focal person for Progamme Advisory Group (PAG)
  1. Quick guide on youth in slums
  2. PAG meeting reports

7)      Focal point for Slum Upgrading Interns

a)       Assist the Unit leader in selection, hiring and induction of new interns to support the SU Unit

b)      Intern’s hiring reports


 The assignment will be undertaken for a total of 6 months, during the period of 1st July 2018 to 31 December 2018. 



  • Good written and verbal communication skills and ability to articulate complex ideas in a clear and accurate manner including the ability to present the content of the thematic area in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to prioritise activities within a team to support a range of activities. This includes ability to use time efficiently in the context of competing deadlines.
  • Good organisational skills to liaise with stakeholders of different capacities towards a common goal


  • University degree in a field relevant to development and urban planning, public policy, social sciences, international development, political science, or similar.
  • Demonstrated level experience in slum upgrading sector or previous consultancies in this area.


  • UN experience in country operations especially in programmes dealing with poverty alleviation
  • General knowledge and experience stakeholder engagement (especially slum resident communities) for slum upgrading and;
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience of working in the field of slum upgrading projects or programme.


  • For the consultancy advertised, excellent proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Kiswahili will be an advantage for Kenyan projects.


  • High motivation to support the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP).
  • Social media communication experience
  • Ability to train government officials and community members


As discussed with the consultant

Applications should include:

•     Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

•     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.

•     Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:

1.   Educational Background (incl. dates)

2.   Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)

3.   Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)

4.   Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments

5.   Expectations regarding remuneration

•     Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

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Deadline for applications: 08 June 2018 

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