Consultant to support the localization of the SDGs in order to promote peaceful and inclusive cities in Iberoamerica

Location: Brussels, BELGIUM
Application Deadline: 16-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left: 2d 15h 10m
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: International Consultant
Languages Required: English Spanish
Starting Date (date when the selected candidate is expected to start): 26-Feb-2018
Duration of Initial Contract: 12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment: 12 months

Background

The UNDP ART Initiative is a UNDP’s global project officially launched in 2005 and hosted since 2014 by UNDP Brussels. This global project is geared at harnessing the potential of territorial partnerships through a variety of modalities, such as Decentralized Cooperation, South-South and triangular cooperation. ART is therefore an entry point for international cooperation actors interested in harmonizing their respective actions in support of national and sub-national policies for sustainable and local human development. ART aims at strengthening and expanding the existing alliance between UNDP and Decentralized Cooperation partners in support of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local level. ART also seeks to strengthen the potential and role of Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) as development partners and to promote the principles of development cooperation effectiveness and in support of the localization of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs.

Since the adoption of the 2030 agenda, UNDP has been actively supporting its implementation, in coordination with the UN system. To this end, a series of actions aimed at assisting governments in designing their efforts to achieve the SDGs have been carried out, such as MAPS missions, advocacy and capacity building actions, the strengthening of national statistical systems and the development of quality tools for integrated policy analysis. Furthermore, UNDP, through ART, has been promoting and supporting the localization of the SDGs, ensuring that the richness of partnerships and experiences effectively contributes to UNDP’s overall corporate commitment on supporting the implementation of the SDGs. For this purpose, UNDP ART has been partnering with diverse actors, including LRGs and their associations and other UN agencies.

In this global panorama marked by common challenges that require partnerships and innovative and complex solutions to achieve sustainable development “without leaving no one behind”, UNDP ART and the City of Madrid have launched the joint project “Localizing the SDGs: promoting peaceful and inclusive cities in Iberoamerica”. The main objective of the project is to promote innovative initiatives of local governance and local development that foster sustainable urban development, peaceful societies, and social and economic inclusion, while contributing to the localization of the 2030 Agenda

It will be initially piloted in the cities of Madrid (Spain), Praia (Cabo Verde), Montevideo (Uruguay), and Sucre and La Paz (Bolivia); cities that have expressed keen interest in being involved in the project due to their commitment in promoting urban resilience, fight against inequalities and the different forms of violence in urban areas. The project will have an initial duration of 1 year, starting in 2018. It will be implemented in full coordination with the respective UNDP Country Offices (especially those of Bolivia, Cabo Verde and Uruguay), and in collaboration with the respective UNDP Regional Hubs and BPPS/RAI team in UNDP New York.

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