Democratic Republic of the Congo: International consultant for “Land and Natural Resources Management Specialist

Organization: UN Development Programme
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 10 Aug 2017

Background :

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. The Land and GLTN Unit, located within the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch of UN-Habitat has the mandate to develop, test and disseminate pro-poor and gender responsive approaches in regard to urban land, innovative residential tenures, affordable land management/administration systems, and land related regulatory/legal frameworks and tools.

This international consultancy post for “Land and Natural Resources Management Specialist” to coordinate land-related work in DRC and other Francophone Countries is created to reach the objectives of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) in supporting the implementation of pro-poor and gender-responsive land reforms at country level particularly in DRC. Specifically, the post is created to support the implementation of land-related programmes in DRC in relation to supporting land policy reforms, tenure security improvement, land administration and land information and land use planning. This is undertaken in close partners with UN-Habitat DRC Office, government authorities, civil society organizations, academic institutions and other UN agencies and development partners.

The “Land and Natural Resources Management Specialist” directly reports to the Unit Leader, Land and GLTN Unit or any authorized staff. The focus of this post is lead the support and coordination of the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the land related initiatives in DRC and to provide support to initiatives within West African region as maybe appropriate.

(Please follow the link for more details on the mission – http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=39828)

Responsibilities :

Under the overall supervision of the Unit Leader of Land and GLTN Unit under the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch of UN-Habitat, the “Land and Natural Resources Management Specialist” will perform the following tasks and responsibilities:

On Land Policy Reform Processes in DRC:

  • Work in close collaboration with the DRC government to improve the functioning of the CONAREF (institution put in place by the government to implement the land reform process in DRC)
  • Put in place related procedures and manuals and setup thematic groups within the CONAREF
  • Provide technical support in organizing and coordinating related workshops and meetings and in operationalizing provincial land reform coordination in select provinces. (Ituri and Mai-Ndoumbe).
  • Work with UN-Habitat Regional Office for Africa, country team in DRC, civil society organizations and other key partners to facilitate the planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the land policy reform processes in DRC.
  • Undertake reviews and analyses of the land reform related program documents and reports and recommend corrective actions and solutions.
  • Provide substantive inputs for policy coordination and evaluation functions, including the review of the draft land policy document, develop complementary legal texts and produce and validate the methodological guides for multi stakeholder consultations.
  • Provides administrative and substantive support to all consultative meetings and workshops and related capacity development work.

On Community Participatory Land Use Planning Processes:

  • Supervise and coordinate the development of the CLUP training guide and its field testing.
  • Work closely with UN-Habitat Regional Office for Africa, country team in DRC, government and other key partners to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of the Land Use Planning related projects and activities.
  • Coordinate activities related to planning, budget allocation, monitoring and reporting including in the preparation and submission of progress reports, financial statements and work plan preparation.
  • Provide administrative and substantive support to all multi-stakeholder related meetings, consultations and conferences and capacity development initiatives.
  • Establish fit-for-purpose land administration and information systems in collaboration with government authorities and partners.

On Knowledge Management and Partnership Building:

  • Liaise with government authorities, UN-Habitat Country Office, key partners and institutions towards strengthening partnerships and collaboration.
  • Develop knowledge management and information materials as by-products of the land related initiatives for dissemination at local, national and international audience.
  • Document good practices, lessons learned and key processes aimed at informing future planning and decision making processes.
  • Provide substantive inputs and technical support in knowledge management, communications and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Prepare substantive reports, summaries and presentations highlighting activities related to awareness building, communications, knowledge management and partnership building.

Other Related Tasks and Functions:

  • Supervise implementation of pro-poor, fit-for-purpose and gender responsive land policies, tools and approaches.
  • Make presentations on behalf of the project in DRC and at international level.
  • Prepare ad hoc reports in relation to project implementation updates, challenges and opportunities.
  • Provide substantive support in resource mobilization activities.
  • Initiate and supervise consultancy contracts and partnership agreements.
  • Undertake field missions as maybe necessary.
  • Provide technical support to other Francophone countries as may be necessary.
  • Perform other tasks as appropriate.

Qualifications :

Education:

  • At least a first-level university degree in land administration and management, social sciences, or related fields. Advanced related education or degree is an advantage.

Work Experience:

  • At least five (5) years’ experience in addressing land tenure and administration issues in developing countries particularly in DRC or other Francophone countries is required;
  • Experience on research, coordination, knowledge management and documentation on land tenure and other related issues is highly preferred;
  • Knowledge on land and land tenure tools, good practices and innovations is desirable;
  • Experience in coordination of multi stakeholder projects and complex partnerships is desirable;
  • Team working ability and flexibility;
  • Previous UN working experience is preferred;

Language skills:

  • Fluency in French and English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other local languages in DRC is an added advantage.

How to apply:

Important Note :

  • Proposal should be submitted at the following email address ic.soumission.cd@undp.org no later than August 10, 2017.
  • Any request for clarification must be sent in writing by standard electronic communication to the email address soumission.info@undp.org. The Office will respond by standard electronic mail.
  • Please follow the link for all others documents to be uploaded (TORs, cost table, P11 form for IC,..) – http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=39828

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals (Technical and Financial Proposals).

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

Part 1. Technical Proposal:

  • Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work
  • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work
  • Personal CV/P11 Form including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 reference**s (See annex 5) :** http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=39828
  • Offeror’s Letter to UNDP (See annex 2)

Part 2. Financial proposal:

  • Fill in the cost table (see Annex 3)
  • Specify the Monthly rate of your fee including all fees in USD

Incomplete proposals will be rejected.

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