United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
Component 1: Sustainable Urban Planning and Management
UN-Habitat Technical Support for the implementation of GEF-UNIDO Project: Sustainable Cities, Integrated Approach Pilot in India
Resilience Specialist (Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction)
New Delhi, India
TYPE OF CONTRACT:
Individual Contractor Contract through UNOPS LICA (Open for all Nationals, eligible to work in India)
UN-Habitat in cooperation with UNIDO is implementing a Global Environment Fund (GEF-6) supported project on sustainable cities to be piloted in five cities (Bhopal, Jaipur, Mysore, Vijayawada, Guntur). The overall objective of the GEF project is to integrate sustainability strategies into urban planning and management with the end view of achieving the goals of ongoing city-related government projects hoping to achieve livable, workable and sustainable cities. The components of the project include:
Under the overall supervision of the Country Manager, Resilience Specialist (Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction) will work under overall guidance of the Programme Manager, UN-Habitat in India and will be responsible to undertake the following activities in close collaboration with country office team (Country Office, Regional Office and HQ thematic focal points):
Education: Master’s degree in urban planning/management, civil and/or environmental engineering, architecture or equivalent, urban regional economics or other related fields, or a first-level university degree in combination with additional two (2) years of relevant qualifying experience is required.
Work Experience: At minimum of seven (07) years progressively responsible experience in directly related to the development agenda, in particular on competitiveness and private sector policy/development issues at sub-national level (regional/local/urban). Experience in working with government institutions at national and local level is an advantage. Capable of working in a team and undertaking initiative to ensure smooth relations and open communication within the team and with partners is required. Experience within the United Nations common system will be an advantage.
Professionalism: Sound analytical and problem-solving skills, plus ability to handle a range of equipment used in communication. Strong analytical, conceptualization, reporting skills required. Should have advanced writing, research and analytical skills. Expertise in development of strategic documents, policy documents, local action plans as well as preparing and planning of various trainings/ workshops for different stakeholders. Ability to use latest software such as ArcGIS, Excel, Stata, SPSS and similar others for analysis will be an added advantage.
Teamwork: Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Able to work both independently and as part of a team in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
Planning, Organizing and Communication: Ability to work with minimal supervision, under the pressure of frequent and tight deadlines often in difficult and demanding conditions. Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills and demonstrated ability to explain UN security policies and procedures.
Client orientation: Professional and courteous attitude and demonstrated ability to work effectively in a stressful environment. Receptive towards client needs. Understands that those provided services are clients and seek to see things from a client perspective. Maintains tact and diplomacy at all times.
Language: Fluency in English is required for this position. Knowledge of another local language or UN official language would be an advantage.
Due to a large number of applications expected, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8).
Interested and qualified candidates are requested to please indicate their immediate availability to undertake the assignment as per terms of reference above. The application must be accompanied with a completed UN Personal History Form (P11).
Please download the form (MS-Word) from UN-Habitat ROAP website www.fukuoka.unhabitat.org/vacancy/index_en.html
The application should comprise of:
Please note that applications received after the closing date stated above will not be given consideration. Only short-listed candidates whose applications respond to the above criteria will be contacted for interview. For non-Indian applicants, please note that UN-Habitat is not in a position to support in obtaining work permit for this position. Residence/ work permit in India is, therefore, a prerequisite. In line with UN-Habitat policy on gender equity, applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged.