Partnerships and Advocacy Expert, Barcelona, Spain At United Nations Human Settlements Programme


Closing date: Monday, 10 July 2023
Result of ServiceThe 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.

Work LocationHomebased

Expected durationSix(6) Months

Duties andResponsibilities

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, multi-hazard, 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. 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 DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Under the direct supervision of Head of the City Resilience Global Programme (CRGP), the consultant will provide substantive and strategic support to the Programme and will undertake the following task: Task 1: Provide communication and advocacy advisory services to the CRGP on city operations, strategic partnerships and communication activities. – Prepare inputs and content for communication and advocacy products, tools and resources in support of the Programme’s objective. – Gather CRGP technical inputs to propose ways to generate strong visual and written communication products. – Collaborate with CRGP technical team to elaborate and edit final substantive documents and outputs to strengthen the communication component. Task 2: Provide deliverables to position and strengthen the CRGP in global networks of cities and resilience actors. – Participate and report on events and meetings with networks of global resilience actors with a focus on strategically positioning the CRGP. – Provide advisory services to expand the positioning of CRGP within relevant global networks and platforms to identify and build strategic partnerships and synergies. – Make recommendations to increase the efficiency and impact of CRGP approach in terms of process, approach and outputs. Task 3: Develop proposals to engage new cities and partners in resilience building activities using the CRGP methodology. – Conceptualise, draft and edit project proposals in partnership with the CRGP technical team and office management to help secure funding. Task 4: Deliver donor reports and propose strategic approaches to positioning CRGP in partner-led events, networks and coalitions, to strengthen the presence of the CRGP. – Gather inputs from technical leads and beneficiaries to draft annual reports for donors and capture impact and outputs from projects. – Provide inputs to other reporting mechanisms related to CRGP, including UN-Habitat agency-wide reporting. The expected results are:- 1. Increased commitments to build local-level resilience from cities, territories and development partners. 2. Local resilience and investments measured in beneficiary cities. 3. Key issues and challenges identified in linking early interventions in crisis-prone cities to long-term sustainable development inputs. 4. Capacity is built in cities and local governments to develop and implement integrated local climate and disaster resilience action plans. 5. Crisis-prone cities have enhanced capacity to develop and implement plans to increase their resiliency.

Qualifications/special skillsA 1st level university degree in Social Studies, International Studies, Urban or Regional Planning, Architecture, Development Studies, or similar fields is required. An advanced university degree is desirable. A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is required. Ability to work with minimal supervision and with good sense of initiative to keep the supervisor regularly informed of progress is required. Ability to work effectively under pressure is required. Good communications, reporting and representation skills is required. Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office, spreadsheets and other software packages is required. Good teamwork and drive for results is desirable. Ability to work co-operatively with other staff and share experience is desirable.

Languages– Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish is required. – Knowledge of other languages (French) would be an asset.

No FeeTHE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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