Urban Resilience Junior Consultant

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Urban Resilience Junior Consultant 2

Position description

Result of Service

The overall objective of this project is to build more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient cities, by strengthening the capacity of key public, private and civil society stakeholders to measure, make decisions, plan and develop actions for building resilience to ensure that public and private investments are risk-informed and that early interventions in crisis-prone cities are linked to longer-term development goals in line with the actions of the New Urban Agenda. This joint initiative aims at improving local government and stakeholder understanding of, and capacity for, developing and implementing resilience action plans.

Duties and Responsibilities

BACKGROUND

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the agency for human settlements mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. UN-Habitat helps the urban poor by transforming cities into safer and healthier places with better opportunities. It works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector. As the main UN Agency responsible for ensuring the sustainable development of cities, towns, and other human settlements, UN-Habitat is strategically placed to coordinate the humanitarian and development efforts of multiple actors and policy makers at all levels in the common pursuit of urban resilience. UN-Habitat’s approach to strengthening urban resilience as a key determinant for ensuring the effectiveness of response interventions during times of crises, and subsequent sustainable development, is embodied in its City Resilience Global Programme (CRGP). The CRGP goes beyond conventional approaches to ‘risk reduction’, delivering a forward-looking, multi- sectoral, multihazard, multi-stakeholder model for building resilience that recognizes the complexities and unique value of cities, and the inherent interdependencies of each part of an urban system. Fast growing cities and urban areas of the world are engines of growth and wealth accumulation. This growth can have positive social, cultural and educational impacts. On the other hand, evidence demonstrates that fast economic growth, combined with rapid sprawling population expansion in urban areas, also increases disaster vulnerability and exposure. The level of urbanization is far higher in the developed world; however, the annual ‘urbanization rate ’ is much faster in the developing world. The primary urban agglomerations with the highest concentrations of people and economic activity mostly overlap with the areas of extreme or high risk related to disasters such as coastal areas, along rivers and in flood plains. This joint initiative with UNDRR (UN Office on Disaster Risk Reduction), UN-Habitat and the European Commission aims at improving understanding of, and capacity to, address disaster risk at the local level in crisis-prone cities. UN-Habitat will focus on supporting local capacities from crisis-prone cities, and humanitarian partners, in measuring their resilience status and have an action plan in order to build resilience. The action builds on the achievements of the Hyogo Framework for Action – Building the Resilience of Nations 2005-2015 and paves the way toward the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) 2015-2030 at the local level and the New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador October 2016. The Action will also contribute to the European Commission’s Action Plan for Resilience in Crisis Prone Countries 2013-2020 and The EU Approach to Resilience: Learning from Food Security Crises. The project will work with local government institutions, to plan, coordinate, implement and support the various outlined activities. The primary and most direct beneficiaries will be local stakeholders, city authorities and civil society. Women, children and other at-risk groups, often disproportionately affected by crises situations, will be engaged and receive additional attention.

MAIN OBJECTIVE

The overall objective of this project is to build more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient cities, by strengthening the capacity of key public, private and civil society stakeholders to measure, make decisions, plan and develop actions for building resilience to ensure that public and private investments are risk-informed and that early interventions in crisis-prone cities are linked to longer-term development goals in line with the actions of the New Urban Agenda. This joint initiative aims at improving local government and stakeholder understanding of, and capacity for, developing and implementing resilience action plans. The expected results are:

  • Increased commitments to build local and regional level resilience;
  • Local and Regional Resilience assessments are conducted;
  • Key issues and challenges identified in linking early interventions in crisis-prone cities and regions to long-term sustainable development inputs;
  • Capacity is built in cities, territories, local and regional governments to develop and implement integrated local climate and disaster resilience action plans;
  • Crisis-prone cities and territories have enhanced capacity to develop and implement plans to increase their resiliency.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE URBAN RESILIENCE CONSULTANT

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the City Resilience Global Programme (CRGP), the consultant will contribute with substantive professional knowledge to the Programme and will undertake the following tasks:

  • Task 1: Provide technical support for the urban economic resilience for inclusive responses and recovery from crisis project:
    • Collaborate in the development, design, translation, delivery and administration of e-learning content and materials;
    • Collaborate in research and writing on topics related to urban economic resilience towards the creation of learning materials and reports;
    • Collaborate in the preparation and conduct of training and capacity-building events on urban economic resilience together with partner institutions.
  • Task 2: Provide technical support for CRGP operations with partner institutions, cities and regions in collaboration with technical experts and focal points:
    • Collaborate in the preparation of reports, including desk research, data analysis, writing, preparation of maps and diagrams, and support report editing;
    • Collaborate in the preparation and conduct of capacity-building events and workshops, jointly with partner institutions, as well as in the production of outputs and reports derived from such activities;
    • Collaborate in the calibration of implementation process and methodology based on experiences and learnings from partner cities and regions.
  • Task 3: Provide technical support in publications and in organising events, sessions and other advocacy and knowledge-sharing activities.

Qualifications/special skills

  • Advanced university degree is required in Urban or Regional Planning, Development Studies, Engineering or similar fields;
  • A 1st level university degree with two qualified years of experience will be accepted in lieu of the advance degree;
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience is required in developing strategies, guidelines, toolkits or policies for effective urban environments, in liaising with private and governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and NGOs, and in working within diverse urban environments;
  • Ability to work co-operatively with other staff and share experience;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and with good sense of initiative to keep the supervisor regularly informed of progress;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure;
  • Good communications, reporting and representation skills;
  • Good teamwork and drive for results;
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office, spreadsheets and other software packages required;
  • Familiar with and committed to the goals of international organizations;
  • Willing to take responsibility, act professionally at all times, and make sure tasks are fully completed;
  • Sensitive to gender issues and issues of concern to vulnerable groups;
  • Express enthusiasm and willingness to continue learning new skills and share experiences with other members of the team.

Languages

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish is required;
  • Knowledge of other languages (Catalan and/or Arabic) would be an additional asset.

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