Prepare the implementation plan of the project.
- Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
- Experience Level: Mid level
- Experience Length: 2 years
DUTY STATION: Nairobi
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant – Shenzhen Project Assistant
DURATION: 4.5 months
CLOSING DATE: 7th August 2018
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 Urban Economy and Finance Branch of UN-Habitat has the mandate to promote local capabilities of local governments to develop financial instruments to keep pace with the demands of rapid urbanization. Globally, there exists a disconnection between spatial and economic planning. This has resulted in a failure to leverage emerging economic geography for competitiveness and development, at both the local and national scales. This is particularly true in the case of rapidly urbanizing countries, which are at a critical point in their history. They will either be able to leverage their growing cities to transform their economies or succumb to the transfer of poverty from rural to urban areas. The history of Shenzhen is one success story of the urban transition going hand-in-hand with a transition to industry, and then to a knowledge and technology-based economy. Shenzhen’s story presents lessons for growing cities, special economic zones and new cities worldwide.
UN-Habitat and Shenzhen Association for International Culture Exchanges share common visions and objectives for the sustainable urban development in the urbanizing China and are committed to wrap up the experience and lessons with regard to the development of Shenzhen Municipality over last 40 years. As they recognize the benefits of genuine, substantive cooperation according to Shenzhen’s development experience and UN-Habitat’s principle for building sustainable cities. In order to build an effective and close collaborative platform based on the above, they have agreed to collaborate together in the preparation of a publication titled, “Rapid transformation of Shenzhen, China: the role of economic, spatial planning and environmental policies”. The projects main objective is to provide a balanced review of the Shenzhen city’s development with emphasis on the role economic, financial and spatial planning policies/strategies have played in its economic achievements as well as to better understand current issues related to its role in the global economy and its status as a global scientific and technological powerhouse. The goal of this project is to document the story of Shenzhen’s development. It will closely look into the role of spatial planning in its economic achievements, as well as current issues related to its role in the global economy and status as a global scientific and technological powerhouse.
Under the supervision of the Branch Coordinator, Urban Economy and Finance Branch, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks and outputs:
- Prepare the implementation plan of the project
- Assist in contacting the selected authors
- Assist the project team with the coordination of upcoming missions to Shenzhen
- Plan for the two project workshops in Shenzhen and Nairobi
- Organizing the draft and final version of the Shenzhen publication
- Assist in the launching of the Shenzhen publication in New York
- Perform other duties as requested by the supervisor
Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively in English or Chinese; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailor’s language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
The consultant must have an advanced degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, engineering, management, environment or related field.
The consultant should have experience in the following areas:
- Minimum of 2 years work experience in project implementation and development
- Previous working experience in international development agencies or the United Nations is desirable and will be an added advantage
- Demonstrated experience in working with local governments and in developing countries
- Previous working experience in the areas of urban economic development and municipal finance.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English and Chinese is required.
Payments will be based on deliverables over the consultancy period. There are set remuneration rates for consultancies. The rate is determined by functions performed and experience of the consultant. The fees will be paid as per agreement.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applications should include:
· Cover memo or motivation letter (maximum 1 page)
· Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
- Educational Background (incl. dates)
- Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
- Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
- Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
- Expectations regarding remuneration
· UN Personal History Form (please use the United Nations standard personal history form available upon request or via: http://www.unhabitat.org/content.asp?typeid=24&catid=435&id=3867) · Proof of relevant work (at least two)
Please be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the UN-HABITAT e-Roster in order for their application to be considered. You can reach the e-Roster through the following link: http://e-roster.unhabitat.org
All applications should be submitted to:
Ms. Joyce David
P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Deadline for applications: 7th August 2018**
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