Job Opening

Posting Title: SDG Localization and Local Governments Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 18 June 2022 - 26 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-184100-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Under the guidance and supervision of Human Settlements Officer (SDG localization and local government ) and the Chief, Urban Practices Branch, the consultant will contribute to the following objectives: i) consolidate partnerships with local, national and global actors; ii) provide technical advice on SDG localization and Voluntary Local Reviews; iii) facilitate the engagement of UN-Habitat in global advocacy processes; iv) strengthen the team’s knowledge development capacities and research on VLRs and SDG Localization.

Work Location

Nairobi

Expected duration

6 months
August 16, 2022 - February 16, 2023

Duties and Responsibilities

Organisational settings:

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. Based in Nairobi (Kenya), it 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. UN-Habitat is the lead agency within the UN system for coordinating activities in the field of human settlement development and the UN leading the collaboration with local and regional governments and their networks.

During the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2015, 193 Member States, convened at the Global Summit on Sustainable Development to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are universal and relevant to all Member States, from both the global north and global south. As demonstrated in the past years of implementation, it is widely acknowledged that the local level and local action are critical for the overall success of the 2030 Agenda – the SDGs need to be localized. This particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that highlighted the critical role of local governments in responding to the immediate health emergency and in planning the long-term recovery. In this context, to complement national SDG review processes including the Voluntary National Reviews, cities have been developing and increasingly using Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) as the main tool to monitor and report on their own SDG progress. The VLR global movement has grown exponentially and VLRs are emerging as critical instruments to accelerate the SDG localization process and to amplify the voice of local governments within international and UN-led fora.

As the UN Agency focal point to work with local and regional governments, UN-Habitat has supported VLRs through different workstreams and by intervening at different levels - local, national, and global: i) UN-Habitat has established strategic partnerships with the main UN and international partners working on VLRs and SDG localization, such as UNDESA, UN Regional Economic Commissions, as well as member states and local and regional governments globally; ii) UN-Habitat technically supports local governments across diverse regions to develop their VLRs; iii) as of knowledge development, UN-Habitat works alongside partners to provide local and regional governments with cutting-edge knowledge and learning opportunities on VLRs and SDG localization; iv) UN-Habitat advocates and builds capacities on sustainable local development and VLRs by organizing international events and peer learning opportunities. Finally, Voluntary Local Reviews are the cornerstone of UN-Habitat's comprehensive approach to SDG localization, anchored on three intertwined pillars on: the Global Urban Monitoring Framework; Voluntary Local Reviews; and SDG Cities Flagship Programme.

Reporting lines:

This post is located in the SDG Localization and local governments Team within the Urban Practices Branch of UN-Habitat, under the supervision Human Settlements Officer (SDG localization and local government relations) and the overall guidance of the senior institutional focal point for local governments and SDG localization. Activities will be performed in close collaboration with other agency’s units.

Main duties:

The consultant’s main responsibility will be to contribute to the activities of UN-Habitat’s SDG localization and local governments team, specifically in terms of (i) partnerships development, (ii) project implementation on SDG localization and VLRs, (iii) global advocacy and capacity building, (iv) knowledge management.

The consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

Partnership building with local, national and global stakeholders
Responsibilities include:
• Consolidate and advance partnerships with key stakeholders, and specifically with local and regional governments and their associations.
• Facilitate the mobilization of partners towards UN-Habitat's work on SDG localization and identify opportunities for collaboration, specifically within advocacy and capacity building processes.
• Liaise with UN-Habitat regional offices and country teams to mobilize local partners towards UN-led and international processes.

Project implementation on SDG localization and Voluntary Local Reviews.
Responsibilities include:
• Contribute to the implementation of global projects on SDG localization and VLRs, including UNDA Tranche 14 and 2030 Agenda sub-fund projects.
• Develop and implement bilateral cooperation projects with cities and local and regional governments and decentralized cooperation actors.
• Coordinate capacity building activities of the team in the context of the global projects and specifically the SDG localization trainings of trainers.
• Draft relevant preparatory project documents and support to the development of knowledge material.

Global advocacy and capacity building
Responsibilities include:
• Identify strategic advocacy opportunities on SDG localization and local governance and facilitate UN-Habitat’s participation.
• Oversee the organization and planning of events/workshops, including the mobilize partners and participants.
• Prepare events' background material, including concept notes and agendas.
• Facilitate UN-Habitat’s senior management participation in events and advocacy processes.

Knowledge development and research
Responsibilities include:
• Revise knowledge products and facilitate alignment with the team’s narrative on SDG localization.
• Oversee the compilation of disaggregated data on Voluntary Local Reviews published and archived.
• Ensure correct maintenance, management and update of UN-Habitat’s Voluntary Local Reviews online platform https://unhabitat.org/topics/voluntary-local-reviews
• Coordinate the setting up of an SDG localization web portal on UN-Habitat’s website up and ensure its maintenance

In addition, the selected candidate will be dealing with administrative support activities of the SDG localization team, as needed.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency:
• Planning and organization: Ability to work independently with a high degree of responsibility, in a flexible manner and under pressure.
• Communication: Excellent inter-personal communication and networking skills.
• Professionalism: Strong programme management, monitoring skills. Good coordination skills, with ability to handle multiple activities concurrently, work under pressure and to tight deadlines. Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Ability to undertake complex research independently.
• Teamwork: Ability to participate effectively in teams of various expertise as well as organizations. The candidate should share credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings and should have a positive approach to work with consistent energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced University Degree in Political Science, Social Sciences, Urban Studies Social Sciences, Communications, Development Studies or other relevant area.

Experience: A minimum of one (2) years of relevant experience on working on issues related to sustainable development, urban planning and local development. Working experience on Agenda 2030 and the local implementation of the SDGs will be highly valued.

Language: Fluency in English is mandatory for this specific consultancy. Knowledge of Spanish (written and oral) is an asset

No Fee

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