Senior Urban Specialist, Slum Upgrading and Basic Services

Hosted Entities Cities Alliance
Job categories Project Management, Urban Development
Vacancy code VA/2024/B5007/28038
Level ICS-11
Department/office GPO, GVA, Geneva
Duty station Brussels, Belgium
Contract type Fixed Term
Contract level P4
Duration One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability
Application period 26-Apr-2024 to 31-Jul-2024

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

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

This vacancy has been cancelled.

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The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

Cities Alliance, which is hosted by UNOPS, is the global partnership promoting the role of cities in poverty reduction and sustainable development. Headquartered in Brussels and supported by a Secretariat, it is a unique partnership with a diverse membership which has come together to strengthen both impacts and coherence in urban development. Cities Alliance is a global leader, with a strong track record in grant-making to support strategic citywide planning, slum upgrading strategies and national policies designed to make cities more inclusive and sustainable. Through UNOPS, the Cities Alliance operates a Multi-Donor Fund supported by an efficient, flexible grant-making mechanism with global reach.

The senior urban specialist, slum upgrading and basic service reports to the Director, who provides direction and general supervision. S/he is responsible for achieving the ambition as set out in the Cities Alliance Strategic Plan 2022-25 to advocate and mainstream new thinking on key urban poverty issues. 

The incumbent is responsible for the substantive oversight, quality assurance and the day-to-day operations of programmes and projects focusing on social housing and slum upgrading, basic services provision in informal settlements, and urban poverty in fragility contexts. The incumbent also serves as a thematic focal point within the secretariat on Housing and Slum Upgrading issues and represents the secretariat externally in global dialogues on the subject matter to proactively grow funding opportunities and the range of strategic partners for the Cities Alliance.

S/he also contributes to the development and implementation of strategies to enhance the competencies and position of the Cities Alliance sustainable project management and services to partners, stakeholders and UN system partners.

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