Apply: UNOPS Urban Development Specialist

Urban Development

Deadline: 20 November, 2023

Location: Kampala, Uganda

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Urban Development Specialist.

UNOPS’ mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure, and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.


  • Lead the innovation programme and its various projects focused on providing grants for innovators and community organisations in cities
  • Under the guidance and supervision of the head of global programmes, manage all technical and institutional aspects such as proposal appraisal, partnership, analysis and research, business development, communication as well as operational aspects such as call for proposals, award, monitoring and management of grantees
  • Ensure regular reporting to the board and donors, as well as overall compliance with UNOPS policies and rules
  • Promote the programme and initiatives
  • Provide a knowledge management and learning plan for the programme, drawing key substantive and process lessons from projects
  • Provide technical and managerial support for cities alliance advocacy and programmatic work on informality and other key themes of the strategic plan and co-leads initiatives on climate adaptation in informal settlements, with a focus on people-public partnerships
  • Conduct research and analysis in sustainable urban development and poverty reduction to support advocacy and business development efforts
  • Contribute to current and future growth plans for the cities alliance, ensuring alignment with the strategic plan 2022 to 2025
  • Supervise the work of consultants and technical specialists


  • Master’s degree in Urban Studies, Development Studies, Social and Political Science or a related field
  • Bachelor’s degree in any of the above disciplines, combined with an additional two years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of a master’s degree
  • Five years, minimum, of experience in the design, implementation and monitoring of urban development projects and programmes
  • Experience working in developing countries (Global South)
  • Proven experience working in urban informal settlement contexts, strengthening civil society/grassroots movements and fostering dialogue with local and national authorities is an asset
  • Proven experience in drafting project and programme proposals and acquiring funding is an asset
  • Demonstrated partnership skills, specifically with multilateral and bilateral development partners is an asset
  • Experience with UNOPS grant-making modalities and procedures is a strong asset

To apply and for more information, click here.

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