Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Consultant for Technical Support,(Madrid, Spain)

Issued on: 16 October 2015
Consultant for Technical SupportDURATION:
4 months (15 November 2015-15 March 2016)CLOSING DATE:
13 November 2015
The project J094 “Towards a New Urban Agenda” aims to promote knowledge management and sharing information for policies and strategies for more compact, socially inclusive, better-integrated and connected cities that foster sustainable urban development in the context of the strategic UN-Habitat’s orientations and discussions over the New Urban Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals and the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III ) that will take place in Quito, Ecuador in 2016.
This project, with the support of the Barcelona City Council and the Andalusian Agency for Cooperation for Development (AACID), aims to support the implementation of UN-Habitat's mandate by means of effective advocacy, knowledge management, exchange of best practices, and promotion of partnerships and networks. Based on lessons learnt from the phase I of the project, the strategy include actions of promotion and partnership building, development and monitoring of operational activities, and technical assistance and policy advice at all levels on issues related to the impact of urbanization on development. Based on the Strategic Plan 2014-2019, the project has two specific strategies:
  • Promoting knowledge management and sharing of information and best practices on sustainable urban development issues in the context of the Post 2015 Development Agenda and the process towards the New Urban Agenda.
  • Effective advocacy, strengthen partnerships and networks and support fundraising efforts in order to meet UN-Habitat targetspromoting UN-Habitat knowledge management and sharing information initiatives, such as experts groups meetings, training, innovation support and solutions facilitation, on issues related to urban planning and sustainable urban development,
The consultant will provide support for the implementation of activities within the J094 Annual Work Plan. Specifically, the consultant will provide support to the coordination, organization and implementation of 3 Expert Group Meetings (EGMs) that will be held in Barcelona.
For the terms of this project, the incumbent will be under the direct supervision of the Head of Office of the UN-Habitat Office in Spain and will work in close collaboration with the Urban Planning and Design Branch and other related Branches involved in each EGM. Under the general supervision of the Project Coordinator, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks:
  • Support to the technical organization of the EGM “New Legal Framework for Urban Development”, to be held in Barcelona in December 2015.
  • Support to the technical organization of the EGM “Achieving Sustainable Urban Development form a gender perspective”, to be held in Barcelona in January 2016.
  • Support to the technical organization of the EGM “Global Network of Planning and Design LABs”, to be held in Barcelona in February2016.
  • Support to the elaboration of the EGM’s outcome reports.
  • Professionalism:Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter.
  • Planning and organizing:Ability to work under pressure, establish priorities and plan, coordinate own work plan, use time efficiently and apply judgment in the context of competing deadlines.
  • Team work:Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
  • Degree in architecture, urbanism, social sciences, business administration or law.
  • 7 years of work experience in program /project formulation and management and/or policy advice in the areas of governance and urban planning required.
  • Experience working in an international environment, previous experience working with the United Nations System is an asset.
  • Experience in organizing seminars, workshops or activities at international level.
  • High level of Spanish and English. Knowledge in other languages will be considered as an asset
  • Professional user level of the Windows Office environment.
  • Ability to cope with short deadlines.
  • Organization skills and attitude to work with different cultural contexts.
The Consultant will start on November 15, 2015 and will end on March 15, 2016 (4 months), and the following timeline (level of effort may be adjusted between tasks):
Reporting toA
Support the coordination/organization of the Global Expert Group (EGM) “New Legal Framework for Urban Development”
Carmen Sánchez-Miranda Gallego, UN-HabitatB
Support the coordination/organization of the Global Expert Group (EGM) “Gender and Post Disaster Situations”, to be held in Barcelona in January 2016.
Carmen Sánchez-Miranda Gallego, UN-HabitatC
Support the coordination/organization of the Global Expert Group (EGM) “Global Network of Planning and Design LABs”, to be held in Barcelona in February2016.
Carmen Sánchez-Miranda Gallego, UN-HabitatD
Support the communication between the UN Habitat Office in Spain and Branches involved + EGMs experts and participants
Carmen Sánchez-Miranda Gallego, UN-HabitatE
Contribute to EGMs final reports / support logistical arrangements
Carmen Sánchez-Miranda Gallego, UN-Habitat
Months 2015
Months 2016Task
Support the organization +coordination of the organization of the Global Expert Group (EGM) “New Legal Framework for Urban Development”B
Support the organization +coordination of the Global Expert Group (EGM) “Gender and Post Disaster”, to be held in Barcelona in January 2016.C
Support the organization +coordination of the the Global Expert Group (EGM) “Global Network of Planning and Design LABs”, to be held in Barcelona in February2016.D
Support the communication between the UN Habitat Office in Spain and Branches involved + EGMs experts and participantsE
Contribute to EGMs final reports / support logistical arrangements
A total of 10200 US$ units are to be paid to the consultant as follows:
Activities/outputs + Progress Reports
Completion date/Submission date
Payment date
Payment schedule
Amount (units)
Percent (%)1. Start of Contract (15 November 2015) upon submission of first progress report.
15th January 2016
15th January 2016
First Payment
  1. Submission of second progress report, indicating full/partial completion of components
15th February 2016
15th February 2016
Second Payment
  1. Submission of final progress report, indicating full/partial completion of components
15th March 2016
15th March 2016
Third Payment
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.

Applications should include:
• Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
• CV in the PHP format, accessible through the INSPIRA website (inspira.un.org) Please note, if using INSPIRA for the first time, you need to register in order to activate your account, which will allow you to log in and create a personal History Profile.
• The PHP should be attached to the application as a PDF file.
• Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
  1. Educational Background (incl. dates)
  2. Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
  3. Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
  4. Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
  5. Expectations regarding remuneration
• Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
Please also 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. Carmen Sánchez Miranda
UN-HABITAT Office in Spain
Paseo de la Castellana 67 - 28071 Madrid
Deadline for applications: 13 November 2015
UN-HABITAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact: recruitment@unon.org

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