Background & Description

The Project Assistant will work on 1) Coordination with national and local governments for the project implementation, 2) Providing technical inputs and research for supporting feasibility studies from LH and EWP, and 3) Supporting to organize coordination meetings, technical and dialogue workshops in effective manner and timely.

The Project Assistant will work under the direct supervision of the Project Manager (PM) in consultation with the Habitat Programme Manager (HPM) Pakistan, and the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA).


  • Work closely with the HPM, CTA and Project Manager in all aspects of project implementation.
  • Support project team and assist to PM, HPM and CTA in daily managing all project activities
  • Support technical research in the activities and national and local data and information collection
  • Collect, enter, and organize data and other information to support the projects; carry out basic analytic tasks; provide draft inputs to written products such as project documentation, progress reports, research reports, and briefings
  • Facilitate logistical and administrative support for organizing meetings and workshops, local and international travels and missions of UN-Habitat personnel under the projects, including schedule planning, transport requests, security clearance, DSA processing and travel reimbursements
  • Perform other tasks as may be necessary to ensure success of the project implementation


  • Professionalism:  Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches    relevant to urban planning and design. Strong analysis of urban form, urban systems, underlying social, legal and financial mechanisms and the political context. Ability to develop strong graphic materials (concept plans, diagrams, street sections) as well as substantive reports. Knowledge of urban development issues. Ability to observe deadlines and achieve set goals. Ability to work and deliver under pressure.
  • Communication: Excellent written and oral presentation skills in English. Excellent capacity to produce and manipulate graphic documents and drawings. Good presentation skills. Ability to communicate complex interventions in a clear language and convincing narratives. Sketching capabilities to effectively communicate in workshop settings and teams.
  • Teamwork:  Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve agreed goals.
  • Planning and Organizing: Ability to prioritize activities and assignments and to easily switch between different projects.
  • Creativity: Strong conceptual thinking. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches, takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”, and offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Can easily develop clear plans in contexts with limited information and datasets. Finds ways to extract and combine data and information to create base maps. Is both able to reduce complexity as well as sensitive to specific urban form and the landscape.
  • Management: Ability to manage smaller project teams, divide workload and sustain efficiency
Requirements and Skills


Minimum university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in Environment and Climate change mitigation, Urban Planning and Design, Social Science, Economics or related field that is relevant for urban planning for low emission development and climate change mitigation in developing countries. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience:

Minimum 4 year of experience for research project and climate change mitigation in developing countries, especially Pakistan; in urban planning for low emission development and NDCs development; participatory and community-based activities. A combination of academic and public sector experience would be considered an asset.

Technical Knowledge:

  • Project management and knowledge about quantitative and qualitative research
  • Knowledge about Global Climate Change Trend and National Climate Change mitigation policy and plan for low emission development
  • Working on national NDCs development and its experience will be asset (Not mandatory)
  • Research and analytical skills combined with good communication skills, including drafting skills and writing skills, in English and possibly another UN language;
  • Profession in using Geographic Information System (GIS) and mapping
  • Knowledge about urban planning for low emission development and climate change mitigation;
  • Able to work independently and as part of team and deliver on time under pressure.

Language Skills

For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English and in Pakistani is required. Although not a requirement, knowledge of French, Spanish, or Arabic will be an advantage.

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About Organization

UN-Habitat is closely working with its counterpart agency, Climate Change Division (CCD) and with the support of the core group is carving out a vision for cities in the country. The CCD has already notified a National Habitat Committee and its first meeting will be held soon. UN-Habitat has undertaken slum studies in Peshawar, Kohat and Islamabad. These studies are aimed at facilitating the government in upgrading urban slums/informal settlements and developing urban policies, including land use planning and governance.

UN-Habitat’s WASH community-based programming in Pakistan has significantly contributed to national and provincial drinking water, sanitation and Behaviour Change Communication policies aimed at improving urban health, water and hygienic sanitation through strengthened urban communication networks within communities and service providers.

The Government of Pakistan was facilitated in the drafting of National Sanitation Action Plan (NSAP 2010-2015), derived from the National Sanitation Policy, which provided a roadmap for national and sub-national governments in achieving the MDGs.