Job Opening: Assessment of Uptake of GLII Indicators in Global and Regional Land

Posting Title: Assessment of Uptake of GLII Indicators in Global and Regional Land
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 30 November 2018 - 09 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-107644-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A

Result of Service

An inception report on the GLII indicators review and approach to the consultancy assignment, and structure of the review report. 
A comprehensive report on the uptake of GLII indicators, gaps and new emerging areas for monitoring land governance issues; proposed approaches to data sources including institutional framework, methodology and tools for monitoring and reporting on those indicators linking national to global efforts. The report will include summary findings, conclusions and recommendations on how GLII can fast-track the uptake of pending indicators from its long list, and address any emerging needs geared towards achieving comprehensive monitoring of land governance issues. 
A visual/mind map of GLII indicators and their update in global, regional, sub-regional and national monitoring frameworks for land governance issues with robust methodology, reliable and regular data sources used/potential for use in monitoring and reporting on land governance issues; and their related institutional framework. The visual map will also profile GLII pending indicators, proposed new emerging areas of monitoring for action.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

25 days

Duties and Responsibilities


The UN Habitat, one of the UN agencies, is the United Nations Programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. It works towards the long term goal of ensuring sustainable cities and communities as mandated by the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11.Thus, there are targets and indicators developed to this effect as short term guidance to enable monitoring of progress towards the attainment of SDG11, while linking and contributing to other SDGs goals including Poverty Eradication SDG1 with custodian mandate for access to basic services indicator 1.4.1 and tenure security indicator 1.4.2 among others. 

The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of international partners committed to poverty alleviation through increasing access to land and tenure security for all, with a particular focus on the vulnerable communities, the poor and women. The Network’s partners include civil society organizations, research and training institutions, bilateral and multilateral organizations and international professional bodies. The Networks key areas of work include development of land tools, advocacy and knowledge management, capacity development and implementation of land tools at regional and country level. 

GLTN hosts a platform- Global Land Indicators Initiative (GLII) which was established in 2012 by the joint effort of the UN-Habitat, the World Bank and Millennium Challenge Corporation with the aim of making global-scale monitoring of land governance a reality by 2021. GLII is a collaborative and inclusive process for developing Global Land Indicators which has grown to include over 50 institutions around the world ranging from UN Agencies, Inter-governmental Organizations, International Nongovernmental Organizations, Academia, Private Sectors to Farmer Organizations.

The consultant will work under the supervision of GLII Coordinator. The consultant will also be supported by GLII Data and Statistics Technical Reference Group and partners.


Conduct a thorough review of the GLII background documents including the offset of 15 land indicators for monitoring land governance issues. The GLII indicators are categorized into four key areas of land governance; land tenure security for all, land and conflict, land administration services and sustainable land use management. 

Make a critical analysis of GLII indicators and document their uptake or otherwise in various global, regional and sub-regional land governance monitoring frameworks; while assessing the robustness of methodology and data sources used in producing reliable, quality and regular disaggregated data for monitoring and reporting. To inform learning and showcasing of best practice, related national monitoring efforts may be documented and featured for possible up-scaling. This analysis will show the indicators yet to be taken up with clarity of data sources, methodology and tools needed; and possible institutional framework for their uptake, monitoring and reporting; and further profile global gaps/needs (if any) for new indicators for monitoring land governance issues. 

Develop GLII indicators visual/mind map highlighting the platform contribution to global, regional, sub-regional and national monitoring frameworks for land governance issues; with clear gaps and opportunities to enhance the scope and strength for monitoring of land governance issues linking national and global efforts. 

Develop a comprehensive report on the review including a summary of key findings, conclusions and recommendations for GLII’s action.

Qualifications/special skills

Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations. 
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Skills: Very good writing and computer skills, including Word Processing and PowerPoint. 
Ability to work under pressure and in an ethnically diverse and political setting.
A clear understanding of the link between matters land governance and how effective monitoring leads to the realization of national, regional and global development outcomes including SDGs, the VGGTs, New Urban Agenda, African Union Framework and Guidelines among others
Substantive knowledge and experience related to current policies and practices in the thematic areas of land tenure and governance issues, economic institutions, land management and sustainable development.
Strong knowledge and experience in research and statistics including on land rights; with familiarity with indicators related to land in regional and global frameworks including SDGs, and land rights issues globally preferred. 
Proven analytical and problem-solving skills;

Academic Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, Economics and Statistics, Development Studies Social and/or Environmental Sciences and other related fields.

Experience: A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience working within the fields involving land tenure, land conflict, land administration services and sustainable land use, preferably in relation to economic development, monitoring and evaluation.

Experience in research and development of analytical knowledge products related to data and statistics on land, relevant methodologies and data protocols and information management related to land, agriculture, economics and other development sectors.

A strong mastery of issues related to land governance and administration, with good understanding of the role of various agencies/actors in data production, analysis and reporting, such as the Habitat, FAO, World Bank, civil society, and the private sector.

Familiarity with the roles of custodian agencies in monitoring land related indicators in the SDGs framework. 

A good understanding of the UN system, and of Habitat/ GLTN mandate.
Language: Excellent command of English language; both spoken and written for diverse audiences (demonstrated through publication record)
Excellent conceptual, writing and presentation skills
Knowledge of another official UN language is an added advantage.

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