UNITAC is looking for a an Information Systems Officer (P3) to oversee the development of technology and digital solutions. 

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Management Officer (UNITAC Manager) within the Knowledge and Innovation Branch and additional supervision of the Senior Information Systems Officer in the Policy, Strategy and Governance Division in the Office of Information and Communications Technology and within limits of delegated authority, the Information Systems Officer will, among other responsibilities: 

Call for papers!

We are looking for contributions for the thematic issue: “Urban Technology & Collaboration in Informal Settlements in African Cities.”

Deadline to submit: Jan 19 2024
Call details here:


UNITAC is recruiting a Project Management Officer (P4) to be based in Hamburg, Germany, to act as the UN-Habitat - UNITAC Hamburg liaison focal point. 

Under the direct supervision of the UNITAC-Hamburg Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for:

- developing, implementing and evaluating assigned programmes/projects, in the areas of urban development, digital and frontier technologies, challenge-driven innovation and data governance; 

- monitor and analyze programme/project development and implementation;

UNITAC-Hamburg is looking for a communications expert to lead communications at the UN Innovation Technology Accelerator for Cities.

Apply now to the Research Associate positions at UNITAC Hamburg. Applications open until January 12, 2023.

UNITAC Hamburg has officially launched “Just transitions in vulnerable places – digital solutions for more climate resilient informal areas and climate smart urban recovery of communities affected by crisis”.

Apply now to the Urban Expert positions at UNITAC Hamburg. Applications open until January 2, 2023.

In the framework of Urban October 2022, UNITAC Hamburg hosted "Building Smart Tools for Sustainable Cities", a webinar to learn about the successes and challenges in the process of developing digital tools to support cities in their digital transformation journeys.

A new UNITAC project aims to create a "Smart City Strategy Toolbox" to support governments develop in an easy way smart city strategies with a people-centred approach.

The coalition agreement has been signed between the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and UN-Habitat to close the gap in sustainable urban development.

Held every two years, The World Urban Forum (WUF) is the premier global conference on sustainable urbanization. From June 26 to June 30, the 11th WUF (WUF11) received participants representing 155 countries who attended the event in person or virtually. 

A year ago, on 16 March 2021, UNITAC Hamburg was officially launched during a live event.

On 21 October, UNITAC Hamburg organized a virtual event as part of Urban October 2021. The session explored three of the most impactful developments of our times: Climate change, urbanization and digital innovation. Cities of all sizes are growing rapidly and urban areas are responsible for around 70 per cent of global carbon emissions.

eThekwini has the largest number of informal settlements of any municipality in South Africa. Currently, it houses over 580 urban informal settlements encompassing 314,000 households, which comprises over a quarter of the city’s population. Continued urbanization and a swingling supply of well-located land have resulted in a multitude of vulnerabilities experienced by its population.

UN-Habitat, the United Nations agency for sustainable cities, with support from the UN Office for Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT), and in collaboration with HafenCity University Hamburg, are implementing the United Nations Innovation Technology Accelerator for Cities (UNITAC Hamburg) which will be located at the HafenCity University in Hamburg, Germany.

It is a great honour for Germany, for my home town Hamburg and for me to host the United Nations Innovation Technology Accelerator for Cities (UNITAC).

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the UN Office for ICT (UN-OICT), HafenCity University and the Federal Republic of Germany are organising a virtual event to officially launch the United Nations Innovation Technology Accelerator for Cities (UNITAC-Hamburg). The UN Innovation Technology Accelerator, led by UN-Habitat in collaboration with UN-OICT and HafenCity University, will be based in Hamburg and is funded by the Government of Germany.