UNHCR Senior Settlement Planning Associate Jobs in Kenya

UNHCR Senior Settlement Planning Associate Jobs in Kenya

  • The Senior Settlement Planning Associate works under the overall supervision of a more senior settlement planning colleague, Technical Coordinator, Programme Officer or the Head of Office and normally supervises some support staff. S/he works in coordination with other colleagues in the field, in particular working in protection, health, community services, water and sanitation. In addition to settlement planning, the incumbent may also assist with the functions in the areas of shelter, infrastructure, site selection and construction management support.

  • The incumbent acts as focal point for maintaining effective coordination with any established settlement / shelter sector working group at her / his particular level. In addition, s/he is responsible for monitoring the implementation of settlement planning activities, and for collaboration with Administration, Finance and Programme on all programmatic issues within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).

  • The Senior Settlement Planning Associate provides support to the more senior settlement planning colleagues in emergency and protracted operations in designing and developing sustainable settlements to host people of concern (POC) to UNHCR. A settlement should take into consideration the risks associated with settlement locations, spatial allocation of functions while addressing the needs of the population, the availability of resources, the amelioration of living conditions, the provision of services, enhancing transportation networks as well as recreational spaces.

  • The incumbent will therefore be expected to provide support to the more senior settlement planning colleagues in analysing the variety of settlement options urban, rural, formal or informal and ensure that spatial allocation of lands is decided in support of the protection, access to basic services, livelihoods and socio-cultural life of displaced people and the host community. The incumbent will also assist in negotiations with national and local government authorities regarding land acquisition and site development works.

  • The Senior Settlement Planning Associate provides support in co-ordination and construction related activities within the AoR in accordance with UNHCR policies and priorities and maintains contacts with the local officials and implementing partners to discuss and share information on the assessment of infrastructure conditions in refugee-hosting areas.

  • All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


    Technical Guidance

  • Assist in conducting assessments and selection of potential sites in accordance with the Master Plan approach to settlement planning taking into consideration protection concerns, promoting the integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues (e.g. age, environment, gender, and human rights), national legislation, environmental considerations and access to basic services.

  • Provide support and work with all functional units in UNHCR and relevant technical actors in carrying out needs assessments, analysis and joint inter-sector needs assessment exercises as appropriate, prioritize results accordingly and feed them into the Master Planning Process and Settlement Planning Strategy.

  • Assist in the development of settlement layouts that respond to natural topography and drainage patterns of the site to reduce construction and maintenance costs.

  • Coordinate and assist in scheduling and follow
    up of plot demarcation, allocation for potential shelters (RHUs, family tents and other shelter solutions), and other infrastructure according to the settlement plans.

  • Directly follow up and support the implementation of the settlement masterplan. Prepare bid documents, drawings, BOQs, Work Schedules and Technical Specifications for settlement planning activities.

  • Monitor regularly the settlement and infrastructure works so these are implemented according to plans and completed within designated timelines and budget. Ensure that technical components reflect local government and UNHCR minimum standards focussing on quality and output.

  • Prepare regular reports as necessary to be shared with the supervisor.


  • Provide support in ensuring that UNHCR’s operation within the AoR is technically sound in the field of settlement planning to best meet the needs of POC.

  • Work with relevant authorities and government counterparts to support strong coordination of settlement planning activities within the AoR.

  • Assist the supervisor in developing settlement plans that are aligned with regional, national land use plans and planned developments.

  • Assist the supervisor in the process of site selection and land negotiations with the local government, local community leaders and the landlords for the settlements within the AOR.

  • Provide inputs for periodic updates on the Masterplan taking note of the changes, new developments and expansion in the settlement.

  • Provide support to implementing and operational partners to ensure the use of common standards and tools for information collection and data management.


  • In coordination with relevant focal persons and technical colleagues, provide support in carrying out appropriate assessments and mapping exercises such as environmental impact assessment, useable land area assessment, mapping of services, mapping of host communities, livelihood assessments, etc.

  • Perform other related duties as required.

    Certificates and/or Licenses

  • Architecture; Surveying; Urban Planning,

    Relevant Job Experience


  • Prior experience of implementing settlement projects in humanitarian context and emergencies, assisting in liaison with operational partner’s and governmental technical departments. Previous involvement in implementation processes (including the development of bills of quantities, analysis of local capacity and local markets, cost estimations etc.).

  • Knowledge of shelter technical guidelines and rules for adequate orientation, ventilation, flood and natural disaster prone areas. Knowledge of policy on alternatives to camps and master plan concept, including project life cycle analysis approach.

  • Knowledge of a range of physical planning assistance options, including sensitivity to cultural and gender specific needs to ensure that the social and cultural background of the refugees is taken into account while designing and developing camps/shelter options.


  • Work experience with local contractors.

    Functional Skills

  • SP-AutoCAD Software.

  • IT-MS Office Applications.

  • DM-ArcGIS (Geographic Information System).

  • PG-Experience with coordinating with Implementing Partners (Government/INGO/NGO/Corporate).

  • SP-Site/Physical Planning.

  • SP-Shelter and Site Planning Technical Guidelines and Standards.

  • SP-Design tools such as Global Positioning System (GPS).

  • IT-Microsoft Visio.

  • MS-Knowledge of geo-political realities and their socio-cultural implications.

  • SP-Experience with Physical Planning/Shelter design-related software.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR Senior Settlement Planning Associate Jobs in Kenya

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