Senior Interagency and Strategic Alliances Liaison Officer

Partner UN - HABITAT
Job categories Project Management, Leadership
Vacancy code VA/2018/B5408/15666
Level ICS-11
Department/office LCR, PAPC, Panama
Duty station La Paz, Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level P4
Duration 12 (extensions based on good performance and budget availability)
Application period 30-May-2018 to 04-Jul-2018


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In the last few years, Bolivia has become a predominantly urban country. According to UN-Habitat data, 67,5% of Bolivia's population lives in cities and human settlements. This is a relevant fact that has direct implications on the “rural” country image that persisted and has changed within the last decade. This urban population remains lower than the average population (compared to the South American average 80%) and this fact gives Bolivia the opportunity to take advantage regarding of the urbanization process in order to create better life conditions for its citizens.

The urbanization process in Bolivia is based on three metropolitan agglomerations that surround the areas of La Paz-El Alto, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra. The well designed planning processes create excellent trends and help in the development of small and intermediate sized cities.

The Bolivian plurinational state has already designed and owned a Social and Economic Development Plan (PDES 2016 – 2020), guided by the concept of the Integral development for the improvement of life quality (Desarrollo integral para vivir bien). This plan works as a strategic framework to prioritize the government actions. The PDES articulates the Patriotic Agenda 2025, and based on its 13 pillars, defines: Eradicating extreme poverty, Universal access to basic and public healthcare services, Guarantee access to education and sports, among others. Both instruments allow the road map with which Bolivia will reach the Bicentennial as a transformed country, great in happiness and harmony, in complementarity and solidarity, in spiritual and social wealth, without exclusions and with equality, as predicted by the Plan.

Recently, the Vice Ministry of Housing of Bolivia participated in the XXVI Assembly of Ministers and High Authorities of Urban Development and Housing in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Buenos Aires in June 2017. In a bilateral meeting, Vice Minister Javier Delgadillo presented a formal request to UN-Habitat to support the actions of the New Urban Agenda of Bolivia and, within this process, the formulation and implementation of the National Policy for the Integral Development of Cities, based on the UN-Habitat methodology for the national urban policies and habitat.

On the other hand, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has called and requested UN-Habitat, as a specialized entity of the United Nations in urban affairs, to exchange with the Government of Bolivia and local actors and provide global experience related with the New Urban Agenda. The articulation with SIDA is crucial for the Government of Bolivia, and not only from the perspective of the financial viability of the program. SIDA has been a world leader in the promotion of a particular vision of development that promoted and achieved profound impacts in reducing poverty. Sweden's cooperation has adopted a multidimensional approach to poverty that not only addresses basic and material needs, but also the lack of voice and power that affects the most vulnerable, focusing on the human rights-based approach, access to Opportunities and human security.

Taking into account the above, SIDA and UN-Habitat signed an international cooperation agreement which objective is to advise and guide the Government of Bolivia in the formulation and implementation of a National Urban Policy for the Integrated Development of Cities, within the framework of an urban agenda that contributes to the sustainable development of human settlements in Bolivia, applying the methodologies and experience developed by UN-Habitat and the United Nations System, with the aim of contributing to the achievement of the great purposes of Living Well of the Patriotic Agenda of the Government of Bolivia, including the fight against poverty.

This agreement will be implemented through three work packages: i) Formulation of the National Urban Policy for the integrated development of cities; ii) Strategy for local implementation through Integrated Urban Projects and Operations; and iii) Action plans for urban empowerment and inclusion.

For the development of the aforementioned agenda, UN-Habitat requires the hiring of a specialized professional with extensive knowledge in urban issues and international cooperation, to serve as Liaison Officer with the Office of the National Coordinator of United Nations in Bolivia.



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