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Individual Consultant – Policy Expert on Urban Resilience through Local Economic development
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant is expected to undertake the following duties:
Facilitate engagements with policy decision makers and provide support in conducting policy dialogues with government stakeholders on LED and sustainable energy solution for urban resilience;
Facilitate engagements/ identify linkages with private sector (especially in green energy sector) to foster urban resilience agenda through youth entrepreneurship development, green jobs and LED;
Support development of strategies on public-private and CSOs partnerships on LED, youth employment around LED, youth entrepreneurship development and green solutions;
Conduct rapid assessment to identify gaps and opportunities and develop a strategy to address the LED primarily through sustainable energy solutions and to create green jobs and employment for women and youth in urban and peri -urban areas of Zimbabwe (with linkages to LED, green jobs, entrepreneurship, and strengthened market linkages, energy solutions for Urban WASH); the strategy should utilize findings from ongoing urban resilience study and strategy and feedback obtained through policy dialogues with government counterparts and private sector actors.
Stakeholder mapping and proper consultations with the stakeholders (policy makers, senior private sectors, UN Agencies, and other stakeholders) are expected from this assignment;
Rapid assessment of gaps and practical strategy for urban local authorities (Harare, Gwanda, Chipinge) to improve immediate situation around LED through youth employment with focusing on energy solutions in WASH sector (e.g. Solar for jobs, bio-gas, improved cooking stoves, etc.) in partnership with appropriate private sector players
Strategy and concept notes on LED, youth entrepreneurship development, with strong focus towards green solutions and women empowerment through green solutions;
Best practices and innovations are identified and incorporated in the strategy and programme document .
Inception report, which will be in a format of a schedule of planned policy engagements for sensitization of urban resilience programme, as well as stakeholder mapping by 10 November 2019;
Rapid assessment of gaps and practical strategy for urban local authorities on LED polices, plan, and strategy, by 30 November 2019;
Strategy and concept notes on LED, youth entrepreneurship development, with strong focus towards green solutions and women empowerment, by 15 December 2019;
Final report on policy dialogues conducted and feedback obtained from various stakeholder, by 20 December 2019.
High Level of Professionalism:
Strong analytical, quantitative and problem-solving skills;
Ability to provide clear messages on complex information;
Ability to seek and synthesize information from a variety of sources and draw solid conclusion based on in depth analysis;
Accuracy and attention to detail;
Good communication skills, including the ability to write high quality reports, conduct studies and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise style;
Excellent interpersonal skills, teamwork and adept at working with people of diverse cultural and social backgrounds;
An understanding of and ability to abide by the core values of the United Nations.
Strong Planning & Organizing Capacity:
Organizes and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources and multiple reporting relationships;
Plans, coordinates and organizes workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines;
Demonstrates ability to quickly shift from one task to another to meet multiple support needs.
Works collaboratively with partners to achieve organizational goals;
Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
Facilitates the development of individual and multi-cultural/team competencies;
Ability to provide substantive training and mentoring, and manage teams.
Required Skills and Experience
At least a master’s degree in: political and /or social science, economics, management. PhD will be an added advantage.
Project/Programme Management experience. Current/previous PRINCE2® Foundation Certification is required; PRINCE2® Practitioner Certification is an asset; MSP® or P3O® Foundation Certification is an asset;
Proven experience in research and analytical skills;
Proven experience in quantitative and qualitative research skills;
Strong analytical writing skills;
Editing skills an advantage;
Familiarity with Urban Resilience and Policy contexts;
Familiarity with resilience concept;
At least 10 years proven experience in the spheres of local economic development, market linkages development, green jobs, entrepreneurship, employment and governance;
In-depth knowledge of Zimbabwean economic and political context;
Understanding of policy processes and knowledge of key governmental stakeholders in relation to urban resilience, green jobs, and LED.
Fluency in written and spoken English.
Applicants are requested to upload copies of:
Latest CV highlighting the relevant experience;
Updated P11 Form template of which can be downloaded from this website – http://www.sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc.
A detailed technical proposal on undertaking the tasks and evidence of previous work;
Please group all your documents (CV, P11, Technical Proposal and certificates) into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document. Incomplete applications will not be given consideration. Applicants must reply to the mandatory questions asked by the system when submitting the application. Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.
The Consultants will be evaluated based on qualifications and the years of experience, as outlined in the qualifications/requirements section of the ToR. In addition, the Consultant will also be evaluated on the following methodology:
Technical Criteria weight: 70%;
Financial Criteria weight: 30%;
The award of the contract shall be made to the Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the Terms of Reference.
UNDP is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff, and equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Well qualified candidates, particularly women and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.UNDP has zero tolerance on bullying, harassment and sexual exploitation and abuse.
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