Cities Alliance Hiring Urban Economic Development Specialist

Apply by 2 June 2019.

To apply:

Vacancy code: VA/2019/B5117/17972
Level: ICS-10
Duty station: Brussels, Belgium
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Contract level: TA - P3
Duration: 1 year (364 days)
Application period: 20 May 2019 to 2 June 2019

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on 2 June 2019.


Functional Responsibilities:

Project Management

  • Establish and facilitate the delivery of agreed annual work plans of the JWP between DFID, other donors as appropriate, and the Cities Alliance, within tolerances. Collaboration with head of unit/supervisor to review the operational and strategic aspects of the proposed work packages;
  • Strategic oversight and effective monitoring of JWP progress and implementation, development and delivery of the required products, taking corrective action as required;
  • Prepare regular highlight reports to the director to monitor progress and flag emerging issues and risks;
  • Monitor and evaluate performance of service providers;
  • Contribute to current and future growth plans for the Cities Alliance, ensuring alignment with the Strategic Plan, and exploring funding opportunities for continuation of and follow-up to work on economic development in cities;
  • Plan and manage all programme and project closure processes, in close cooperation with the Portfolio Management and Operations Unit.

Partnership, networking and advocacy

  • Maintain a solid working relationship with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), other donors and key stakeholders of the JWP;
  • Manage the information flows between the JWP Group, DFID, and country stakeholders;
  • Actively seek out and follow up on business development opportunities related to economic development in cities and the themes of the JWP, including opportunities for subsequent JWP phases;
  • Represent, as delegated by the Director or supervisor, the Cities Alliance in external meetings/bodies;
  • Constitute the focal point of Cities Alliance members as designated by the Head of Unit/Supervisor.

Service delivery and quality assurance

  • Ensure compliance with quality assurance mechanism for all processes and product delivery mechanisms including grants, procurements and deployment of consultants;
  • Ensure that all expenditure comply with UNOPS/Cities Alliance Financial Rules and Regulations (FRR);
  • Manage the JWP budget, cash flow and expenditures, in consultation with head of unit/supervisor, to ensure that deliverables are met and payments to contractors and consultants are issued on time.

Team Building and Personnel Management:

  • Supervision of the work of support staff under the JWP project management team and related work packages;
  • Manage, in coordination with head of unit/supervisor the use of a global roster of senior economists available for the deployment within the JWP and beyond.
  • Keep abreast of and incorporate latest/best practices, approaches and technology to enhance the project delivery and results.  


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