Advisor on Resettlement and Land Tenure

UNOPS, Niamey, Niger

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st January, 2020

Job Description

General information on UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to assist the poor through strengthening the capacity of the United Nations, governments and other partners to carry out infrastructure, procurement and project management activities in a sustainable and efficient manner .

Within these three main areas of expertise, the organization provides its partners with transactional services, advice and implementation, for projects ranging from the construction of schools and hospitals to the purchase of goods. and services, including training of local workers. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the projects the organization supports, with a particular interest in building national capacities.

UNOPS operates in some of the most difficult contexts in the world, and its vision is to improve sustainable implementation practices in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and peacebuilding, while meeting or exceeding systematically the expectations of its partners.
Diversity: With more than 7,000 staff in more than 80 countries, UNOPS provides its partners with the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, no matter where they need it. Its flexible structure and international reach allow the organization to respond quickly to the needs of its partners while generating economies of scale.

Harmonization of professional life: UNOPS values ​​its employees and recognizes the importance of finding a balance between professional and personal requirements. We have a progressive policy of harmonization between work and personal life, and offer several flexible work options. This policy applies to UNOPS staff for all types of contracts and at all levels

Background Information - Senegal

Located in Dakar, the UNOPS office in Senegal has established over the years a solid professional relationship with the governments of West Africa and international partners. It provides them with technical support for their strategic development activities such as elections, purchasing and capacity building in purchasing, environmental protection and the construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Niger Compact project, funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), was recently signed. The Government of Niger (GdN) has created the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA-Niger) and needs support services in program management and infrastructure project management, in order to plan and implement the Niger Compact, which includes two projects:

  •  the “irrigation and market access” project; and
  •  the “Communities resilient to climate change” project.
  • UNOPS will deploy teams of specialists to work alongside MCA-Niger in Niamey. The staff will be integrated into the administrative body which provides technical and administrative support to senior management and the executive of Compact. In addition to the program management support unit, the central teams will work in the irrigation and road infrastructure units continuously during the development of the Compact phase and during the entry into force period. .
  • UNOPS will support MCA-Niger in the development and possible implementation of land inventories and resettlement action plans for each infrastructure project.
  • Under the direct responsibility of the PMO chief, the main function of the resettlement / land tenure adviser will be to assist MCA-Niger in developing the necessary resettlement action plans.
  • In this context, the UNOPS office based in Niamey, Niger is recruiting a "Resettlement / Land Tenure Advisor".

Functional Responsibilities

  • Under the direct supervision of the PMO Roads and Irrigation Head, the main functions of the Resettlement / Tenure Advisor will be:
  • Support for the development of resettlement action plans
  • Support procurement, management and monitoring of third party surveys and studies, mitigation measures and resettlement activities
  • Support monitoring and evaluation activities

Support for the development of resettlement action plans

For each infrastructure project:

  • Identify the impacts of the project and the affected population: mapping, census, inventory of affected land and assets, analysis of surveys and studies, consultation of affected people, etc. Develop socio-economic surveys, manage contributions from third parties and review the results.
  • Review of existing legal and policy frameworks on compensation and resettlement
  • Manage the stakeholder consultation process.
  • Compensation framework development, including compensation proposal, eligibility, schedule, etc.
  • Proposal for resettlement assistance and livelihoods, including budget and timetable.
  • Inform all project managers and staff who will interact regularly with those affected by the project regarding the expected effects of the project and the measures to mitigate its impact.

Conduct field visits as needed

  • Support procurement, management and monitoring of third party surveys and studies, mitigation measures and resettlement activities
  • Examine and prepare TOR and tender documentation for third party contracting parties
  • Support the supply of consultants and third-party contractors.
  • Manage and advise the selected third party in the conduct of the investigation, studies, mitigation measures and resettlement activities.
  • Support MCA-Niger in approving activities

Support monitoring and evaluation activities

  • Provide technical assistance to MCA-Niger and the project team to contribute to impact assessment studies and the development of impact monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Advise MCA-Niger and the Project Team on the development of new monitoring and reporting mechanisms on contributions to the objectives;
  • Ensure that all relevant documents are integrated into the Document Management System (DMS)
  • Coordinate the implementation of field and office audits

Education / Experience / Language requirements

  • To hold a university degree at BAC + 5 level in environment, or in social work, or in emergency management, or in geography, or in social science, or in a relevant field is required
  • A university degree at BAC + level 3 in environment, or in social work, or in emergency management, or in geography, or in social science associated with two (2) additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in place of the BAC + 5.


  • At least 5 years of proven experience in the field of land or resettlement is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing resettlement action plans is required.
  • Have solid experience in rural infrastructure development projects and be familiar with the specific challenges of irrigation or road construction are important assets.
  • Having a good understanding of the economic, sociological, institutional, cultural and political factors related to land and resettlement as well as a knowledge of the land policies and practices of neighboring countries in Africa will be an asset.
  • Having demonstrated experience in implementing training and capacity building activities would be an asset.
  • Experience working in collaboration / coordination with multidisciplinary teams and institutions, including technical experts, government representatives, populations affected by the project (PAP) and other stakeholders would be an asset.


  • A perfect command of French is required.
  • Knowledge of English would be an asset.


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