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Individual Consultant - Policy Expert on Urban Resilience through Local Economic development
|Location :||Harare, ZIMBABWE|
|Application Deadline :||22-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Two months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Two months|
UNDP and UNICEF, together with the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, initiated an innovative programme called “Partnership for Building Urban Resilience in Zimbabwe” in 2018. The overall goal of the programme is to improve urban resilience and strengthen the provision of basic social services and Local Economic Development (LED) targeting unemployed youths, women, and vulnerable groups in urban and peri-urban areas. The Programme is piloted in a few selected local authorities, targeting Gwanda, Chipinge and Harare (Glenview and Budiriro). It focuses on evidence generation and knowledge building as well as setting up a model for sustainable WASH and LED interventions. This is a joint initiative of UNDP, UNICEF and Local Government that builds on the experiences of UNICEF from the Small Towns WASH programme and UNDP’s Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF) and the Strengthening Local Government Service Delivery Capacity project.
The Programme approach recognizes the synergistic relationship between WASH, LED and Basic Social Services Sectors. The initial programme focuses on two outcome areas:
At the moment, the Programme is in the pilot stage of knowledge and evidence generation, which in its turn will inform broader long-term programming for urban areas of Zimbabwe. In particular, the nation-wide study was initiated to understand drivers of urban resilience building and to identify the most critical gaps to address through interventions; WASH-focused social enterprises are being piloted in high-density pilot areas; as well urban by-laws are being reviewed to create a more enabling environment for local economic development.
There is a strong need identified from benefitting urban local authorities to advance their local economic development strategies, especially in such areas as youth and women empowerment through employment and entrepreneurship, and sustainable energy solutions to address WASH, health and livelihoods challenges arising from limited energy access due to power outages.
These urban challenges are further exacerbated by acute power shortages. The latter significantly cripple medium, small and micro enterprises, as well as have a negative effect on individual households. The power cuts have cost manufacturers more than $200 million in lost production since June, according to the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries and Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce.
Creating decent and productive livelihoods, employment and job opportunities, especially for the country’s relatively well-educated youth is crucial if Zimbabwe is to achieve a demographic dividend for development in the next generation and reduce poverty. Inculcating a skills-based entrepreneurship culture, promoting a local economic development perspective (LED) which is linked to a strong SMEs enabling environment, thus ensuring income security, remains the key to poverty reduction and social cohesion in the cities. Investment in entrepreneurship and private sector development coupled with sustainable energy solutions (i.e. solar, bio-gas, cooking stoves) will address the short-term recovery and foster the transition to longer-term local economic development and inclusive growth. In order to address urban energy challenges, alternative energy solutions are essential for sustainable livelihoods of the highly vulnerable and poor urban and peri-urban populations, while at the same time addressing power load-shedding challenges in the country.
This Consultancy is expected to strengthen policy dialogue component of the Programme through LED (local economic development) and related aspects, such as employment generation, identification of possible immediate interventions towards sustainable energy solutions for resilient cities agenda. The consultant shall support urban local authorities to develop LED strategies/plan and design appropriate products and interventions. Through policy dialogues and LED approach, the consultancy is envisaged to help the Programme to respond to current acute energy crisis that substantially exacerbates the livelihoods of urban dwellers and puts additional pressure on WASH infrastructure.
The consultancy will respond to the Outcome 1 of the AWP “Immediate improvements in urban environment to build practical evidence – Access to basic public services, employment, livelihoods opportunities for youth in unserved and underserved urban areas improved”, in particular, Activity 1.1.2.: “Provide institutional capacity support to Local Authorities for effective basic service delivery: Basic Services for WASH-led Local Economic development” and Activity 1.3.1.: “Conduct policy dialogues for Public, Private and CSOs partnership to address immediate needs for water and sanitation service delivery and WASH infrastructure to promote enterprise development in the selected local urban and peri-urban areas”.
The consultant shall help the Urban Resilience Programme to identify gaps and further sustainable solutions for local economic development through identification and development of LED strategies, incorporating sustainable energy solutions for urban areas and pathways for scaling up programme interventions in these areas. S/he will help to identify synergies with governmental counterparts and private sector in the areas of LED and support scaling up of the Urban Resilience programme. Based on these findings and feedback from governmental counterparts, S/he will lead formulation the broader Urban Resilience programme (with LED and green jobs focus).
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant is expected to undertake the following duties:
High Level of Professionalism:
Strong Planning & Organizing Capacity:
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants are requested to upload copies of:
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:
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.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.