Closing date: 28 May 2018
Background information – Cities AllianceCities Alliance, which is hosted by UNOPS, is a global partnership for the promotion 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 including – global organisations of local authorities, national governments, international non-governmental organisations, foundations, knowledge networks and multilateral organisations – which have 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, that supports strategic city planning, slum upgrading strategies and national policies designed to make cities more inclusive and sustainable. Members promote longer-term and integrated work programmes, while actively promoting gender equality throughout all activities.
Background information – job specific
Cities Alliance’s Country Programmes are designed as longer-term programmes tailored to a country’s context and needs, delivered through financing a series of key urban initiatives in a coherent, sustained manner to achieve impact at scale. Country Programmes are designed in partnership with the national government and operationalised through coordinated grants to members and partner organisations active in the country as well as through direct implementation. The Cities Alliance Secretariat provides the convening and collaborative design, programme oversight, technical coordination, financial support and fiduciary control.
Launched in 2015, the Cities Alliance Tunisia Country Programme has been designed to foster strategic city planning, bring greater coherence among members and partners activities, and demonstrate the value of participatory local governance in Tunisia. It is the Cities Alliance’s first Country Programme engagement in the Middle East-North Africa region. As per Cities Alliance approach, the Tunisia partnership seeks to align urban development at all levels – national, city, and community – with an emphasis on bringing all citizens into the planning and decision-making process.
The two main programme objectives are to:
- Strengthen dialogue and consultation among all stakeholders in support of decentralisation and city development;
- Support full integration of lagging non-coastal cities in the national development agenda.
The Tunisia Country Programme is currently being implemented in 9 Tunisian secondary cities and will be upscaled/extended to further cities within the country.
Cities Alliance is seeking a highly motivated, experienced and skilled professional to lead and manage the implementation of its Tunisia Country Programme and support the development of new Country Programmes in the MENA region, consistent with the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan of the Cities Alliance. This post will require a deep understanding of urban issues across multiple dimensions, particularly in MENA region as well as strong representation, project management, negotiation, and partnerships building skills.The Country Programme Manager will work under the guidance of the Head of Programmes and will be the key regional and in-country focal point for the MENA region and the Tunisia Country Programme. S/he will work in partnership with Cities Alliance members and partners in Tunisia and the MENA region to drive the effective and efficient functioning of the Portfolio.
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