Job Opening

Posting Title: Climate change and environmental consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 10 June 2022 - 22 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-182327-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Provide full-time support to the Planning, Finance and Economy Section and the Urban Lab Mexico in UN-Habitat Mexico and Cuba Office, and substantive technical support for the development of climate change and urban resilience project proposals for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region.

Work Location

Home-based during local restrictions / Mexico City / Nairobi after the office reopens. Full-time.

Expected duration

6 months with the possibility of extension.

Duties and Responsibilities

About UN-Habitat
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The main documents outlining the mandate of the organization are the Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements, the Habitat Agenda, the Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements, the Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium, and UN General Assembly Resolution A/56/206.

Urban Practices Branch
The Urban Practices Branch (UPB) is the thematic department at UN-Habitat with a mandate to support national and local government in urban planning, design and management related areas of work, such as national urban policies, metropolitan planning, strategic and detailed planning, urban-rural linkages, urban regeneration, public space, urban planning and innovation and urban planning and climate change.

Planning, Finance and Economy Section
The Planning, Finance and Economy Section (PFES) is responsible for coordinating the Agency's substantive, normative and operational work on various dimensions of planning, finance and economy. The Section aims to develop, document, pilot/test and disseminate planning policies, norms, standards, tools, methodologies, regulatory frameworks, operating procedures and practices at global, regional, national and sub-national levels in support of (a) urban and territorial planning at all scales including urban design and public space design; (b) urban finance (municipal finance and urban development/projects finance); and (c) local economic development.

Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) and Mexico and Cuba Country Office
The Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean – ROLAC is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UN-Habitat Mexico and Cuba country office leads the operational work of UN-Habitat in both countries. Additionally, the UN-Habitat Urban Lab Mexico, part of the Mexico and Cuba country office, collaborates with governments and local partners to develop project proposals in territorial and urban planning, finance, innovation and its links with climate change and urban resilience.


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant(s) will work under the coordination of the Director of the Mexico and Cuba Country Office and the UN-Habitat Chief Planning Finance and Economy Section and the direct supervision of the Urban Lab Coordinator for Mexico and Cuba, as well as the Program Specialist (hereinafter the Specialist) in achieving the objectives of the consultancy.


Specific activities:

1. Develop at least 3 policies, programs, and projects in the topics of territorial and urban planning and their linkages with climate change adaptation and mitigation globally and for Mexico and Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean.
2. Plan and implement at least 5 participatory processes and technical workshops and prepare reports for stakeholder engagement in the scope of the Urban Lab projects in Mexico and Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean.
3. Mobilise resources and develop at least 2 project proposals for vertical climate funds.
4. Elaborate at least 1 normative and technical documents for the Enhanced energy efficiency and climate resilience in neighbourhoods and communities project in Cuba.
5. Develop the municipal strategy for climate action in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico.
6. Elaborate activities and tools to incorporate the climate action component into Our City Plans toolbox.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency:
Leadership: Is able to effectively coordinate and organize multidisciplinary work teams, fostering an adequate work environment; guides others to motivate and induce them to reach the expected goals and objectives; sets an example of ethics and commitment through his/her compliance; contributes to ideas, decisions and activities; takes the initiative, expresses creative ideas and gives everyone the opportunity to express themselves taking into consideration their points of view; offers facilities to his/her collaborators so they know what to do and how to do it and provides effective feedback to help them learn new procedures.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, interprets their messages correctly and responds appropriately; asks questions for clarification and exhibits interest in two-way communication; adapts language, tone, style and format to the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits contributions and values the ideas and expertise of others; is willing to learn from others; puts the interests of his/her team before personal interests; supports and acts in accordance with the group's final decision, even when such decisions do not fully reflect his/her own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Professionalism: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures in general and in particular those related to program/project management, implementation and evaluation; ability to conduct independent research and analysis, formulate options and present conclusions and recommendations; takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments, supports his/her work team, supervises and assumes responsibility for delegated tasks; works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational objectives; possesses ability to apply good judgment in the context of assigned tasks; demonstrates pride in work and accomplishments; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, respecting deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence in the face of difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; ability to mediate and negotiate.

Academic Qualifications: A bachelor's degree in environmental engineering, geography, urban planning, climate change or similar is required. A postgraduate degree is desirable.

Experience: tAt least 2 years of professional experience in the development and implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation and urban resilience projects, in collaboration with multidisciplinary work teams is required. Knowledge of the 2030 Agenda, the New Urban Agenda, Global Public Space Agenda and/or UN-Habitat language is desirable. International experience particularly in the field of international cooperation for territorial and urban development will be considered an advantage.

Language: Fluency in oral and written Spanish and English is required.

Additional Information

- Do you have at least 2 years of experience in the development of climate change and
urban resilience projects?

- Do you have the time availability to work 8 hours a day during office hours, as well as to carry out field missions as requested?

- Are you a Mexican citizen in full exercise of your rights, or a foreigner whose immigration status allows you to work in Mexico?

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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