Job Opening

Posting Title: Cities Network Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: RIO DE JANEIRO
Posting Period: 13 January 2022 - 19 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-172420-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

He/she will provide technical advice and support the execution of activities related to the implementation of the project with UNDP and SUDENE. The Cities Network Consultant will work in close collaboration with the operational, technical and communications teams of UN-Habitat in Rio de Janeiro and local project teams, staff of other UN Agencies, Government officials, media, multilateral and bilateral donors and civil society.

Work Location

Rio de Janeiro (initially, home based)

Expected duration

Two months upon the signature of the contract, with the possibility of renewal.

Duties and Responsibilities

Background

The main mandate of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is to promote sustainable development of human settlements and policies conducive to adequate housing for all. Within this framework, UN-Habitat supports central and state governments, as well as local authorities and other partners for the implementation of the Habitat Agenda, the 2030 Agenda with the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

UN-Habitat helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer, more inclusive, compact, integrated, resilient and connected places with better opportunities where everyone can live with dignity. It works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector to help build, manage, plan and finance sustainable urban development.

The Regional Office for Latin American and the Caribbean – ROLAC – is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Agency puts emphasis in developing and managing activities in the host country. Indeed, for the past years, UN-Habitat has expanded its portfolio in Brazil by working with the three tiers of government in order to support the formulation and implementation of more effective, sustainable, participative and socially fairer urban economic, social and environmental policies.

UN-Habitat is starting a new project with UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) that aims to improve integrated urban and territorial planning among the intermediary cities prioritized by SUDENE (Superintendence for the Development of the Northeast) based on the principles of the New Urban Agenda. The project has a central focus on the need to meet the territorial strategy of the Regional Development Plan for the Northeast (PRDNE) by strengthening the network of 51 hub cities in the area of activity of the SUDENE and its respective intermediate regions.
In order to support the implementation and communication of this Project and UN-Habitat's mandate in Brazil, we are looking for a Cities Network Consultant.


Report to UN-Habitat Manager

The Cities Network Consultant reports to the National Officer for Brazil, who will evaluate him/her.


Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the National Officer for Brazil, the Cities Network Consultant will work in the following areas:

a) Provide appropriate technical support to implement activities related to the following areas: cities networks, public consortium of cities, open government, knowledge co-creation, learning and innovation, partnerships, public policy, and effective advocacy.
b) Perform technical, administrative and management activities to ensure that the indicated project meets the objectives in terms of deadlines, budget and quality.
c) Provide support to project alignment to global agendas such as 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda.
d) Provide information for the systematization and exchange of successful practices and experiences with other offices in the region and with headquarters divisions.
e) Support office’s communication with counterparts and local partners, such as SUDENE, local governments, civil society organisations, Universities, private sector etc.
f) Provide inputs for the identification and mitigation of project risks, including relevant challenges or omissions and other situations that may affect the development and implementation of projects.
g) Prepare reports to partners, internal reports, etc. at various stages of the project.
h) Document expert group meetings, forums, consultations, training events and other activities related to the planning, development and project’s implementation.
i) Attend meetings and events promoted by UN-Habitat partners in order to strengthen Project’s position and presence in the Northeast of Brazil.
j) Articulate and align project implementation activities with the initiatives, programmes and normative frameworks collaborating/liaising with UN-Habitat HQ.
k) Be responsible for maintaining an organised and accessible information file.
l) Participate in missions as requested.

The consultant will be responsible for completing all courses or training activities that are indicated to him/her by his/her supervisor. The security course BSAFE is required to be accredited during the first month of employment.

The consultant will be responsible for his/her own security, so the person should get familiarized with United Nations security mechanisms and comply with them according to the Framework of Accountability for the United Nations Security Management System.


Outputs/Work Assignment

The Cities Network Consultant shall support and advise the implementation of projects activities according to the responsibilities indicated below.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills:

● Good computer skills in Windows and Office packages and Web search engines is required.
● Good handling of technological tools and use of software and online platforms is desirable.
● Good handling of online event and conference tools is desirable.
● Good knowledge on project management methodologies is desirable.


Academic Qualifications:

Required:
● Postgraduate Degree (Lato Sensu or Stricto Sensu) in Social Sciences, Architecture and Urbanism, Urban Studies, Geography, Law, Economics, International Relations or related fields, or additional 4 (four) years of relevant experience to the post, beyond the requirement.
● Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Architecture and Urbanism, Urban Studies, Geography, Law, Economics, International Relations or related fields


Experience:

● A minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in project/programme management on development or urban related themes.
● Professional and academic experience on themes related to urban policy and development, public policy and cities networks in Brazil is required.
● Previous experience within the UN System is desired.


Language:

● English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, and Spanish is the working language of the Regional Office. For the post advertised, fluency in Portuguese and English is required.


Knowledge Management

● The person must know the processes, procedures and norms of UN-Habitat, in order to guarantee an adequate quality of the activities described above, following the standards of the organization.
● The person will propose formats and procedures that allow the efficient implementation of the activities related to the project development.
● The person must know the file of the Office, work with it and ensure its proper maintenance, accessibility for all staff and due updating.
● The person will prepare databases related to the project running.
● The person will make sure that all relevant technical information will be adequately shared with the correspondent staff.
● The person will ensure that all produced material will be fit-for-purpose and delivered, in an organized way, for posterior consultation and use of the Agency.


Competencies

● Professionalism: Experience working in inter-institutional environment, project management, monitoring-evaluation; approaches and strategies with regard to good urban governance and local and regional development.
● Planning and organization: Professional approach to work, strong sense of responsibility, operate with minimal supervision; proven organizational skills and ability to manage a workload efficiently and within set deadlines.
● Communication: Ability to write clearly and effectively; listen to others, interpret messages correctly and respond appropriately; show openness in information sharing and keep everyone informed; solid abstract reasoning skills together with a proven capacity to write documents for diverse audiences.
● Teamwork: Ability to work with teams, demonstrate leadership, conflict management and consensus facilitation skills; ability to work in a multicultural and multi-ethnic environment, and to respect diversity; sensitivity to the main streaming of vulnerability; willingness and ability to work in difficult environments.

Additional Information

Remuneration (SB-4/1): BRL 7.994,08.


Notes

Appointment against this post is on local basis and only nationals from Brazil or external candidates who hold a permanent visa in Brazil may apply.

It is required for all the curricular information to be inserted in the system, which may take a few hours. Only complete applications in English will be considered.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Due to the volume of applications received, receipt of applications cannot be acknowledged individually. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


Travel details

The consultant must be available to travel to the places related to the activities in the country, if requested by the National Officer for Brazil and/or the International Officer. Travels will be coordinated and financed by UN-Habitat, according to the United Nations travel rules and guidelines.
Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine, travel is not advised.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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