Director, Cities Alliance

Job categories Leadership, Urban Development, Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2020/B5115/20303
Level ICS-14
Department/office ECR, GVA, Cities Alliance
Duty station Brussels, Belgium
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level D2
Duration 2 years initially, renewable
Application period 01-Sep-2020 to 18-Oct-2020

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

This vacancy is closed.

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The Cities Alliance is a global partnership promoting the role of cities in poverty reduction and sustainable development, and  is located within the UN system: while it was originally based at the World Bank in Washington DC,  since 2013 it has been based in Brussels where it is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). 

The Cities Alliance has established an international reputation for its role in promoting coherence of effort in international development, identifying critical policy and knowledge gaps, convening members and partners, and delivering high-quality programmes. The context of its work is that of rapidly urbanising economies, the growth of cities of all sizes, and promoting the interests  of the urban poor in general, and women in particular. Adopting a long-term and programmatic approach that recognises the catalytic nature of development assistance, the Cities Alliance seeks to work with and support local expertise and institutions, ensure citywide and nationwide approaches to development, and facilitate follow-up investments and impacts. 

The Cities Alliance undertakes regular independent evaluations, as well as programme and financial audits. The Secretariat has recently completed a comprehensive restructuring and re-staffing, with an empowered and effective management team.

The Management Board (on which UNOPS is represented ex officio) is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction, priorities and budget of the Cities Alliance. The Secretariat is responsible for the implementation of the work programme and related activities, and shall report to the Management Board on these, through the Director.

The Director of the Cities Alliance is a UNOPS Director, subject to UNOPS policies and procedures.

Background Information - Job-specific

The Director  leads the Cities Alliance Secretariat, and is  responsible for ensuring the formulation, adoption,  financing and implementation of the Strategic Plan (currently 2018-2021), and its Annual Work Plans. This requires clear and consistent leadership, and strategic/diplomatic collaboration management to work with Cities Alliance members, partners and country stakeholders to fulfil the vision and mission of Cities Alliance. To fulfil this function, the Director maintains regular contact with the Chair of the Management Board on matters of strategy and substance and, where appropriate, with the President of the Assembly.

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