Consultant: Focal Point – Cobija: “Accelerating the implementation of the Paris Agreement by Building for Climate Resilience of the Urban Poor” Project

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
    CONTRACTOR
  • Posted:
    3 months ago
  • Category:
    Climate and Disaster Resilience, Environment and Natural Resources
  • Deadline:
    01/02/2024

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Opening
Job Opening ID: 226791
Job Network : –
Job Family : HST
Category and Level : Consultants, CON
Duty Station : BOGOTA
Department/Office : United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Date Posted : Jan 25, 2024
Deadline : Feb 1, 2024

Result of Service
The consultancy consists of the following outputs being these non-limitative:
• Monthly activity reports
This deliverable must be presented in PDF and Word format, up to 5 pages.
Work Location
Bogotá, Colombia
Expected duration
4-month contract
Duties and Responsibilities
a.) Information and validation:

• The consultant will be responsible for keeping the HUB Coordinator informed and having to obtain validation of his/her activities in the full project cycle.

b.) Development:

• Lead the implementation of the project “Accelerating the implementation of the Paris Agreement by Building for Climate Resilience of the Urban Poor ” in Cobija, Bolivia; with the aim of achieving its objectives and results, ensuring the articulation and coherence of inter-agency activities.
• Serve as the local liaison of the initiative in the city. This represents the official relationship with identified local stakeholders, mapping of local actors, roadmap, etc. This person will work under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, the Senior Advisor, the Program Specialist and the Coordinator of HUB Andean Countries, Roi Chiti.
• Produce technical inputs necessary for the implementation of the initiative in the expected results and taking into account the framework of the responsibilities established.
• Coordinate the project’s work plan in the territory, monitor its implementation and ensure compliance with the expected results, as well as alert any related developments.
• Support, together with the Project Coordination and local governments, the identification of poor urban communities highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.
• Support the technical team of the project in the information-collecting process of local and community level data and information on urban, socio-economic, climate and biodiversity issues, as well as urbanization and spatial expansion trends, climate change projections and biodiversity loss.
• Support the process of conducting a multi-layered climate vulnerability and risk based on the SP3 Vulnerability Atlas.
• Support logistically and technically the implementation of local workshops.
• Support the processes of socialization and presentation of the results of the multilevel vulnerability and risk assessment to poor urban communities and at the national level.
• Support project coordination in the development, coordination and confirmation of mission agendas of the technical team and its accompaniment, as appropriate.
• Prepare technical reports and other inputs required for Project Coordination, national and/or local authorities, participating United Nations agencies and the United Nations Coordination Office as required.
• Lead the convening of the specific bodies of the governance structure of the project at the city level, attend the steering, technical and management committees, as well as the working meetings that are determined for the proper follow-up, reporting and presentation of the initiative. He/She should also express in a timely manner to the relevant authorities any deviations, variations, unforeseen events and/or difficulties of the project in the territory.
• Support the systematization of good project practices and ensure proper knowledge management.
• Support the corresponding administrative processes related to the fulfilment of the project’s activities in the territory, ensuring compliance with UN-Habitat’s procurement policy.
• Support the project’s communications strategy, through the production of content to make the implementation of the project’s activities visible.
• Identify other international cooperation and/or fundraising activities complementary to the Project aimed at other international cooperation agencies, the public sector, the private sector, and other partners identified during implementation.

c.) Approval:

• The consultant will be responsible for supporting compliance with project approval processes, as well as monitoring the development and implementation of programs and projects.
• Support the Hub Coordinator in the development of inputs for conceptual notes, project documents, implementation plans and budgets, and in general all the documentation necessary for internal approval of projects, following the provisions of the various manuals of procedures, internal regulations, and regular channels established by the Agency.

d.) Implementation:

• When it is necessary to provide accompaniment to the UN-Habitat Coordinator and/or team in the establishment of communication with counterparties.
• Provide inputs for the development of technical and economic proposals related to the formulation of new projects, as well as the implementation of existing ones, specifically with the drafting of conceptual notes, project documents, implementation plans, budgets, terms of reference, memorandums of understanding, agreements and other cooperation mechanisms defined by the UN-Habitat Coordinator.
• Participate, upon request, in interagency groups of the United Nations System, project meetings, official missions and/or events related to the projects in which you participate.
• Provide inputs for the systematization and exchange of successful practices and experiences with other HUBs in the region, with headquarters branches, counterparties and with whom to designate the UN-Habitat Andean Countries HUB Coordinator.
• Support other activities requested and by mutual agreement with the Project Coordinator and the UN-Habitat HUB Coordinator for Andean countries, within the framework of this consultancy and without prejudice to the achievement of their responsibilities.

e.) Knowledge Management:

• The consultant must know the processes, procedures, and standards of the organization, to ensure an adequate quality of the activities described above according to the standards of the organization.
• Propose formats and procedures that allow the efficient implementation of the Agency’s projects.
• The consultant must know the file system of the projects and ensure their proper maintenance, accessibility for all officials and the proper updating.
• Design methodologies for the systematization of good practices and knowledge, related to the implementation of the projects and cooperation activities of the Andean Countries Office.
• Support the formulation of substantive documents linked to the thematic lines of action of Andean Countries Office.
• Prepare reports and other documents related to meetings, missions and activities developed by the Andean Countries Office.
• The consultant will carry out research activities to facilitate the exchange of information, knowledge and best practices on the sustainable urban development issues set out in the Agency’s mandate.
• Collect information on the urban status in the Andean Countries that serves as an input both for the identification of new project opportunities and for the implementation of the subscribed projects.
• Support monitoring of UN-Habitat’s implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDP) Target 11 dealing with sustainable cities and communities.
• Identify strategic allies for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Andean countries.
• Manage knowledge networks for the dissemination of the methodologies and documents generated by the agency and for the construction with strategic allies of new knowledge on topics related to sustainable urban development.

f.) Others:

• Other activities requested and by mutual agreement with the HUB Coordinator of The Andean Countries of UN-Habitat, within the framework of this consultancy and without prejudice to the achievement of its responsibilities.
• The consultant will participate in work and follow-up meetings, both with other consultants, as well as with the Coordinator and team of the Andean Countries HUB of UN-Habitat and with the staff of the projects.
• The consultant shall be responsible for ensuring that all activities comply with the principles of United Nations integrity.
Qualifications/special skills
Education
Postgraduate studies in Urban Planning, Sustainable Development, Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change, Economic Development and/or Urban Management is required. A first degree in areas related to Architecture, Engineering, Urban Development, Social Sciences, Government and International Relations, Economics and/or related with an additional four (4) years of experience relevant to the position would be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.
Good handling of technological tools, commercial packages e.g., Microsoft Windows, Office and data-base processing programs. Managing ERP and GIS systems will increase the score.

Professional Experience
Minimum four (4) years of work experience in projects related to human settlements, urban planning, territorial planning, urban development management, climate resilience solutions, Climate Risk Management, social inclusion and/or related. Previous experience in the United Nations System and/or climate change projects implemented in Bolivian Amazon region will increase the score.
Languages
The language of the consultancy is Spanish and English, other official languages of the United Nations will increase score

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