Job Opening

Posting Title: Expert on Slums, Informal Settlements & Programme Management - R, Congo
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 17 May 2022 - 25 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-181112-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will contribute to the successful implementation of the PSUP III and the institutionalization of the approach for the scaling up of slum upgrading in Pointe-Noire.

Work Location

Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo

Expected duration

4 Months, part time basis.

Duties and Responsibilities

BACKGROUND

Thanks to the financial support of the European Commission and the political advocacy of the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the implementation of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) is in its third cycle of implementation (2017-2021). The PSUP is designed to improve the living standards of slum dwellers in countries and cities in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Investments, lessons learned, achievements, feedback from ACP countries in previous funding cycles (2008-2011, 2012-2016) have formed the basis for PSUP III (2017-2021). This experience gained in the implementation of the PSUP over the past 10 years has enabled UN-Habitat to continuously adapt its technical support to more than 160 cities in over 40 countries actively participating in the programme.
The first phase of the PSUP in the Republic of Congo focused on urban profiling. Phase 2 focused on the planning of prevention and slum upgrading actions in Pointe Noire slums, including situational analysis, city-wide slum upgrading strategy, resource mobilization strategies and the definition of concept notes for priority neighborhood projects. The PSUP III therefore represents an opportunity to build on the results of the previous phases by strengthening technical support for the scaling up of slum upgrading interventions.
The activities to be implemented in Pointe Noire in the framework of the PSUP III have been identified in line with the priorities and interests of the city. Among the different services and areas of technical assistance available in the PSUP, capacity building, strategy development, communication and advocacy activities, implementation of transformative projects in the neighborhoods as well as the introduction of the Community Managed Funds and Projects mechanism have been selected for implementation in Pointe Noire to support the scaling up of slum upgrading interventions in the country. Slum upgrading requires the full participation of all stakeholders for an inclusive, sustainable and impactful process.
The implementation of the PSUP in the Republic of Congo involves various partners through the following structures:
• The Country Team (CT) at the national level to locate and ensure coherence, coordination and cooperation of the PSUP with other programmes to ensure integration and synergies. The Country Team brings together the main stakeholders for slum upgrading in the Republic of Congo, including the Ministry of Construction, Urban Planning and Housing, the Ministry of Planning, the City Council of Pointe-Noire, representatives of civil society and the community, etc. The Country Team also constitutes the steering committee for the implementation of the PSUP III in Pointe-Noire.

• The technical unit, for the coordination of implementation at the local level, ensuring capacity building at the local level and the institutionalization of approaches. The technical unit will be responsible for the financial management of the project and the general coordination of activities. The technical unit will supervise contractors, other delegated implementing entities, specialists and consultants engaged in the implementation of activities. Terms of Reference detailing the functioning of the Technical Unit are available.

• The community executive committee at the neighborhood level, to ensure community accountability and sustainability of actions. The community should be actively involved in the implementation of activities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the supervision of the Manager, and support of the PSUP team in Nairobi, the consultant shall work on a part -time basis and will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Setting up and monitoring the activities of the technical unit:
a. Produce reports of meetings of the technical unit (every 2 weeks)
b. Create a list of technical unit members as well as their responsibilities
c. Establish a technical unit office
2. Technical follow-up and the commitment of partners for the implementation:
a. Develop a work plan for the different thematic teams within the technical unit detailed and validated by the Country Team
b. Prepare a concept note for the engagement of partners for the implementation of Community Managed Funds (MUCODEC)
c. Prepare a concept note for the commitment of partners for the mobilization of the community NGO’s
d. Populate a terms of reference for the engagement of consultancy firms for the definition of specifications for the implementation of priority projects
3. Institutionalization and exchange:
a. Presentation of the programme to relevant stakeholders for the slum upgrading in Pointe Noire
b. Organization of a PSUP national experience exchange workshop
4. Documentation of the PSUP in the Republic of Congo by doing a case study on the experience of the Republic of Congo in the implementation of the PSUP with lessons learned

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: A master's degree in urban studies or a graduate degree in a related field (project management, urban governance, inter-institutional coordination, etc.) is required. A bachelor's degree with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the master's degree.
Experience: 1. Proven working experience of at least 5 years in urban development in Pointe Noire and/or Republic of Congo is required.
2. Knowledge of governmental institutions and actors and other relevant partners for slum upgrading in Pointe Noire and/or Republic of Congo is required.
3. Experience in project management (preferably in the fields of urban development or governance is desirable.
4. Previous work experience or knowledge of the work of UN-Habitat and PSUP in Republic of Congo will be considered an added value.
5. He/she must also have good oral and written skills in French.
6. Ability to prioritize activities and assignments is an asset.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written French is required.

No Fee

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