Arctic Resilient Cities Network Advisor

Organization: UN Human Settlements Program
Closing date: 13 Aug 2017

i. Project:

Arctic Resilient Cities Network Advisor

ii. Duty station of assignment:

Home office (with missions to Reykjavik and Barcelona)

iii. Functional Title:

ARCN Project Advisor

iv. Contract type:

Individual Contract (Consultancy Assignment)

v. Duration:

10 working days within a period of 4 months with two missions

vi. Closing date for applications:

13 August , 2017


Nearly four million people live in the Arctic. Human settlements are at risk by direct impacts of climate change, earthquakes and tsunamis, hurricanes and tidal surges, sea-level rise and coastal erosion, melting permafrost, bio-diversity reduction, and as sea ice extent in both Polar Regions is expected to decline by a quarter by 2100 with the Arctic largely ice-free in the summer by the same date, a completely new environment to adapt to.

Models indicate that continued climate change might change the timing and magnitude of spring melting affecting spring “ice jam” flooding in communities; impact on fish and other biodiversity, and links between transport and indigenous peoples affecting remote communities use of frozen lakes and rivers as routes to traditional hunting, fishing and trapping areas or for accessing larger human settlements.

The Northern Sea Route along the Siberian coast is currently navigable for 30 days but this could increase to 120 days during the century, offering new economic opportunities for the region. The necessary infrastructure to service increased sea-trade/transport is extremely limited, and major investments will emerge to meet this demand with new ports, emergency systems, and navigation route management capacities will provide new economic drivers for many settlements. These developments will change the living environment, the economic basis, values and mindsets of arctic populations including traditional indigenous groups dramatically.

As historical livelihood economies change many young people are moving to larger urban settlements; and as new natural resource opportunities emerge many others are driving new urbanization in these cities throughout the region. The City of Yakutsk in the Russian Federation is planning for a 30% population increase in the coming 15 years for example. However, the impact of ex- and in- migration issues; including those of forced displacement are likely and the distribution of people, access to land, establishment of secure rights of use and occupancy are already affecting villages and towns throughout the region.

Notwithstanding the imminent impact of changing climate conditions, today the sustainability of arctic region settlements remains dependent on primary resource energy requirements for heating, water and basic service provision; limited access and egress to isolated cities, towns and indigenous communities; and eroding economies.

Whilst the effect of a changing climate remains a primary factor in the future vulnerability and opportunity for cities and other human settlements in northern extreme cold climates, the resilience of these settlements depends on a transformative approach to planning, development and governance.

This Terms of Reference based on the ARCN Concept Note suggests the best possible means of ensuring the future resilience of arctic settlements is through the collaboration between cities, their local governments, and their cultural heritage leaders, sharing knowledge, exchanging information, and lobbying their national governments to ensure the equity, safety resilience and sustainability of their villages, towns and cities throughout the region.

UN Habitat’s Urban Resilience Programme is prepared to ‘host’ the Arctic Resilient Cities Network (ARCN), building on existing city platforms, providing impartial advocacy, convening, and knowledge management support, and where requested, access to tools, guidelines, and methodologies for measuring, developing and monitoring the resilience of the settlements, towns and cities comprising the members of the network.

New urban partners are being approached with a request for expressions of interest to form the ARCN and to work directly in partnership with UN Habitat’s Urban Resilience Programme to initiate the first Arctic Cities Summit on Resilience, and subsequently launch the ARCN.

This consultancy is intended to support and facilitate a series of meetings, workshops, and dialogue with Arctic leaders to define the terms of reference for the ARCN, to agree on an organizational structure and indicative budget, and to launch the ARCN during the upcoming Smart Cities Expo and World Congress scheduled for mid-November, 2017.


UN-Habitat’s approach to strengthening urban resilience as a key determinant for ensuring the effectiveness of response interventions during times of crises, and subsequent sustainable development, is embodied in its City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP). The CRPP goes beyond conventional approaches to ‘risk reduction’, delivering a forward-looking, multi-sectorial, multi-hazard, multi-stakeholder model for building resilience that recognizes the complexities and unique value of cities, and the inherent interdependencies of each part of an urban system.

The objective of this consultancy is to complete a range of networking, reporting, and negotiations to secure commitment by Arctic Leaders to the ARCN and it’s aims and goals.


Under the substantive supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor, City Resilience Profiling Programme, Urban Risk Reduction Unit; the candidate will provide substantive professional support to the Programme and will undertake the following tasks:

• Participate and contribute to the project development activities outlined in the ARCN concept note, including the development of a formal project document, and securing support from Arctic leaders for a funding strategy to activate the network;

• Represent the ARCN leaders in ongoing project development meetings;

• Ensure key leaders from Mayors, state and cultural communities are active contributors to the ARCN;

• Prepare a concept note and secure a session for dialogue with Arctic stakeholders during the upcoming Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland in October 2017;

• Prepare nomination of one local government and one cultural leader to attend and present during the upcoming Smart Cities Expo and World Congress in mid-November 2017;

• Present during the SCEWC Session on “Challenges and opportunities in cities in extreme climates” in November, 2017;

• Other general tasks related to the operations and programming of CRPP/ARCN.

UN-Habitat CRPP will be responsible for: · Providing all required documentation and briefings to the Consultant; · Facilitating access to key informants, and participation in all project coordination processes;· Providing logistical support, including office, equipment, travel, and administrative support where necessary;· Providing oversight, supervision, and backstopping as necessary.

The Consultant will be responsible for: · Conducting and delivering activities and outputs as outlined above;· Demonstrating professional and ethical standards in conducting the tasks;· Performing the tasks in line with the allocated time-frames;· Informing the CRPP management about progress of the assignment;· Delivering high quality products.

All the activities will be conducted in cooperation with CRPP staff and partner institutions. The work shall be performed from home and in coordination with the UN-Habitat Office in Barcelona


This initial assignment is expected to start on 17th August 2017 and finish not later than 16th December 2017, and missions related to this assignment are noted as above.


Monthly progress report to be submitted at the end of each working month, detailing the outputs, key observations, and work plan for the following months. Work plans will be agreed with the Chief Technical Advisor in advance on a monthly basis subject to the main tasks of the assignment (above) and in consideration of the workload priorities at that time.


The work shall be performed from home office with missions to Reykjavik and Barcelona.


The candidate should provide on the financial proposal a breakdown of a proposed lump sum, including travel and per diems for the two missions to Reykjavik and Barcelona. The mission dates are as follows: 13-15 October 2017 (Reykjavik) and 14-16 November 2017 (Barcelona – SCEWC).


Payments are based on delivery of services. The payment terms include three installments as per the following outline:

20% of total contract value upon signing of contract

30% of total contract value upon securing the Arctic Circle Assembly session;

50% of total contract value upon selection and securing representation to SCEWC 2017; and conclusion and launch of the ARCN:

A time sheet must be submitted by the individual contractor, duly approved by the Chief Technical Advisor, which shall serve as the basis for the payment of fees.


Professionalism: Expert shall demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject areas. Good analytical and problem-solving skills. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

Communication:** Excellent and effective written and oral skills. Ability to convince people through constructive argumentation and to present information in a concise and accurate manner. Negotiating skills and ability to enable good communication and understanding between different interest groups etc.

Planning and Organizing: Proven ability to plan, coordinate and monitor own work and that of others. Ability to work under pressure and use time efficiently. Identifies priority activities and assignments, and adjust priorities as required.

Teamwork:** Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by valuing ideas and expertise of others and is willing to learn from others.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree) in Urban or Regional Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Economics or another field deemed relevant to the subject areas covered by the Programme. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience in urban indicators may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


A minimum of 15 years of experience in:

• Local government policy, practice and management in the Arctic Region;

• Stewardship and advocacy with large scale partner networks;

• Ability to work with minimal supervision and with good sense of initiative to keep the supervisor regularly informed of progress.


• English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is required, and familiarity with Spanish an asset.


The candidate should be:

• Familiar with, and committed to the goals of UN-Habitat

• Willing to take responsibility, act professionally at all times, and make sure tasks are fully completed

• Able to work under pressure in diverse environments with minimum supervision

• Sensitive to gender issues and issues of concern to vulnerable groups

• Able to meet deadlines for reporting and all project work

• Express enthusiasm and willingness to continue learning new skills and share experiences with other members of the team

All consultants are required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under General Conditions of contract for the services of Individual contractor can be downloaded from:

Evaluation criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications, work experience and financial proposal. The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: responsive/compliant/acceptable having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (70%) and financial criteria (30%) specific to the solicitation.

CV Review:

• Educational qualifications as defined in the ToR (15 points);

• Minimum 15 years of relevant work experience as defined in the ToR (25 points);

• Language proficiency in spoken and written English (10 points)

• Competency based interview max points (20 points)

Maximum available technical score points: 70.

Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The fees might be subject for changes and negotiations starting from the proposed fee of the consultant. All consultants are required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under General Conditions of contract for the services of Individual contractor can be downloaded from:

How to apply:

Interested candidates must submit an email quoting the post title and the duty station to the following email address:

with the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

Cover letter explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

Completion of a CV in P11 Form which can be downloaded at

Financial Proposal. The offeror’s letter including form for the financial proposal can be downloaded at

The CV shall include information on the past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references.

Please be advised that since April 15th 2010, applicants for consultancies must be part of the UN-Habitat e-Roster in order for their application to be considered. You can reach the e-Roster through the following link:

All applications should be submitted to:

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

City Resilience Profiling Programme


Deadline for applications: 13 August 2017

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