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Consulting Services for preparation of the Habitat III National Habitat Report for Sierra Leone

 

SIERRA LEONE GOVERNMENT

Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment

 

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Consulting Services: Preparation of the Habitat III National Habitat Report for Sierra Leone

Date of Issue: 18th June 2014

Closing Date: 30th June 2014

ORGANIZATION LOCATION: Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment
DUTY STATION: Freetown, Sierra Leone
FUNCTIONAL TITLE: National Consultant – Preparation of Sierra Leone’s Habitat III National Report and Mobilization of Partners
RESPONSIBLE OFFICER: Alphajoh Cham – Habitat III Focal Point, Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment
POST DURATION 2 months over 4 months
STARTING DATE 15th July 2014

 

This assignment is funded by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and is located in the Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment (MLCPE). The assignment aims to assist the national government to prepare a Habitat III National Report in an inclusive manner, with effective participation of Habitat Agenda Partners. It is expected that this assignment will contribute towards strengthening partnerships between state and non-state actors in the quest for development of a New Urban Agenda for the next 20 years and beyond.

1. ASSIGNMENT

Under the supervision of the Director of Country Planning in the MLCPE, the consultant is required to assist the Government, in collaboration with Habitat Agenda Partners, to prepare a Habitat III National Report on assessment of the implementation of the Habitat Agenda, highlighting policies, legislation, practical measures undertaken, achievements, challenges, emerging issues and priority areas for action in the New Urban Agenda. In line with the UN-Habitat guidelines on the preparation of Habitat III national reports (copy to be provided), the Habitat III National Report should focus on demographic issues, national urban policies, urban planning and design, housing, land and security of tenure, urban economy and employment, disasters and resilience, environment and climate change, and any other key issues deemed important within the national context.

A combined bottom-up and top-down approach is recommended to create room for citizens, especially urban dwellers, and non-state actors, individually and collectively, to engage constructively with cities and local authorities, government and UN agencies to determine key issues that affect their lives and should be considered in the ‘New Urban Agenda’, the Habitat III outcome document. It is important that the ‘New Urban Agenda’ truly reflect the choices of the people and organisations working in the area of housing and urban development based on their lived experiences. To this end, the consultant is also required to administer an urban dwellers survey (Copy to be provided) and facilitate dialogues between state and non-state actors at the national and local level. It is envisaged that national associations of local governments will facilitate the local level consultations.

2. OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The objectives of this assignment are:

  1.          i.            To conduct national consultations in order to validate the framework and outline of the Habitat III National Report;
  2.         ii.            To conduct an urban dwellers survey and identify citizens priorities for an urban future for incorporation in the Habitat III National Report;
  3.       iii.            To undertake a national assessment and draft a Habitat III National Report on implementation of the Habitat Agenda since 1996, identifying achievements, challenges, gaps, emerging issues and priorities for a ‘New Urban Agenda’, in time to feed preliminary results into the first meeting of the Habitat III Preparatory Committee in September 2014.

3. MAJOR OUTPUTS

The National Consultant will produce the following four (4) outputs:

  1.          i.            One background report, based on national and sub-national consultations, on implementation of the Habitat Agenda and other relevant internationally agreed goals and targets including the Declaration on Cities and Human Settlements, assessing achievements, challenges, gaps, emerging issues and priorities for a ‘New Urban Agenda’, following the structure indicated in the guidelines for preparation of Habitat III National Reports provided by UN-Habitat.
  2.         ii.            Twenty-five to thirty (25-30) questionnaires completed by Experts and participants attending the Habitat Agenda Partners Consultation and 300 questionnaires per country using the questionnaires provided by UN-Habitat. Completed questionnaires will be submitted to UN-Habitat.
  3.       iii.            A first draft of the Habitat III National Report incorporating comments from Habitat Agenda Partners consultations held to validate findings of the assessment of the implementation of the Habitat Agenda at the national and local levels.
  4.       iv.            A second and final approved Habitat III National Report addressing comments and integrating additional information from Habitat Agenda Partners, UN-Habitat, the National Habitat Committee and the national ministry responsible for housing and urban development.

4. MAJOR OUTCOMES:

(i) Empowered stakeholders, notably Habitat Agenda Partners, able to participate and influence policy dialogues, especially in the processes leading up to Habitat III, including the conduct of national assessments, preparation of national reports, and representation at all Habitat III Preparatory Committee meetings, including as members of government delegations.

(ii) Strengthened partnerships between state and non-state actors in the pursuit of a ‘New Urban Agenda’ at local and national levels.

(iii) A ‘New Urban Agenda’ for the country which truly takes into account government policies as well as the priorities and recommendations of citizens and Habitat Agenda Partners.

5. DURATION OF THE CONSULTANCY:

The consultancy is for a period of 2 months to be completed over 4 months.

6. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Education: The consultant should have an advanced university degree in urban or regional planning, human geography, economics, sociology, urban studies, urban development, political science, architecture, or other related fields with sound knowledge of urban economic development, city planning and strategic development, urban inclusion, and urban institutional development, as well as proven working experience in the organizing and documentation of public consultative processes and campaigns.

Experience: A minimum of 10 years working experience in housing, urban planning and design, participatory human settlements planning or management of human settlements advocacy campaigns at national level is required.

Language/communication: The candidate should be fluent in English, with proven ability to prepare excellent written reports for publication.

7. TIMEFRAME AND REMUNERATION

The level of remuneration of the national consultant will be based on experience and qualifications. The completed survey questionnaires should be submitted by 15th August 2014. The background paper should be submitted by 30 August 2014 for review and comments to the MLCPE, the National Habitat Committee and UN-Habitat (deadline for provision of comments to be provided). The first draft of the report should be submitted by 15th October 2014. Based on comments and feedback from the Habitat Agenda Partners, the MLCPE, the National Habitat Committee and UN-Habitat (deadline 30 October 2014), the National Consultant will revise the report and submit the second and final draft electronically by 15 December 2014.

8. HOW TO APPLY

Please send your CV (hard copy) in sealed envelop marked

“National Consultancy for Sierra Leone’s Habitat national Report” to:

Alphajoh Cham

Habitat III Focal Point

Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment

Third Floor, Youyi Building, Brookfields

Freetown

 

Or send electronic copy (in PDF format) with subject line “National Consultancy for Sierra Leone’s Habitat national Report” to the following email address: alphajohcham@yahoo.com

 

9. Contact

For further information and to request for the full Terms of Reference or other related documents, please contact:

Alphajoh Cham

Phone: 076-772662/033995109

Email: alphajohcham@yahoo.com

 

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