• Consultant - Associate Director Market Systems at UN-Habitat

  • Posted on: 12 July, 2017 Deadline: 17 July, 2017
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    The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the UN 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 Urban Economy Branch of UN-Habitat has the mandate to promote local capabilities of local governments to develop financial instruments to keep pace with the demands of rapid urbanization. The Urban Economy Branch has the mandate to promote plans and provide support for more efficient, socially inclusive, better integrated and connected cities that foster sustainable urban development.

    Consultant - Associate Director Market Systems



    • Coordinating, developing and instituting strategies to maximize outcomes in the regional market, focusing on consumer demand and regional trends, as well as demand-side and sourcing goods and services.

    • Actively identify the challenges and opportunities present within the affordable housing sector to support low and very low income populations in EMEA.

    • Seek out and pursue new business opportunities to intervene in different components of the housing market system through direct contacts, and prepare project proposals, including establishing project teams and consortia.

    • Lead the design of a portfolio of projects related to housing market development regionally and in support of Habitat for Humanity organizations in EMEA, including: analyze housing market systems, identify and facilitate contacts with key private sector firms and identify any gap currently existing in low-income housing services provision.

    • Examine public sector organizations, including the regulatory and policy framework that affects the affordable housing market.

    • Analyze qualitative data and write up results for program design.

    • Develop and maintain networks of local housing consultants and associates with skills in housing, private sector development, and monitoring and evaluation; build partnerships with like-minded organizations with complementary skills and interests.

    • Facilitate the development of products or services that exploit a particular niche in the market, and participate and lead product development, pricing, and distribution strategies.

    • Support national organizations in all of the above activities, as well as build their market development capacities.

    • Engage with other internal market systems practitioners and mentors through webinars, peer to peer networking events, learning forums, e-discussions, delivery of case studies; and develop and maintain online tools for potential collaboration.

    • Research and identify opportunities for events, when requested, including topics, attendees and collaborations, and assist with the organization and follow-through.

    • Coordinate regional work with entrepreneur accelerator programs as needed to bring innovation to the affordable housing market.

    • Collaborate with other Habitat for Humanity practitioners and other disciplines to create opportunities to amplify the work of the Center and the private-sector solutions resulting from this initiative.

    • In coordination with the director, support specific programs such as the Ron Terwilliger Fellows, the Market Development Showcase projects, and the Shelter Venture Lab Fund Advisory Services.

    • Collaborate with EMEA Market Systems and RD Department, as well as HQ TCIS, to identify new funds to support market system initiatives and projects.

    • Identify, prioritize, establish and maintain relationships with Funding Partners (Investors, Donors, Corporations, and Banks).

    • Manage a team of subject matter specialists (ECA, AME);

    • Carry out additional responsibilities and projects as assigned by EMEA TCIS Director.

    Suitable candidates will need to satisfy the following requirements:

    • 10 or more years of work experience in international development, preferably with an INGO, experience in developing countries is a plus.

    • 5 or more years of professional experience applying development approaches for developing businesses, partnerships and relationship.

    • Experience working as a consultant to the private sector and managing engagements and consulting project teams.

    • Demonstrated private sector experience and knowledge of the role of private sector actors, the functioning of markets and the opportunities for inclusive economic growth for the region of operations.

    • Experience in selecting and coordinating consultant base.

    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required. Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred in international development, business administration, or related discipline.

    • Working in the international development field.

    • Working experience in housing value chain analysis or market systems development.

    • Strong commercial, business planning & modelling skills.

    • Strong Excel & MS office skills.

    • Strong evaluation skills.

    • Fluency in English.

    • Strategic planning.

    • Organization and planning.

    • Cross-cultural communication skills.

    • Negotiation and partnership development skills.

    • Process facilitation and organizational development skills.

    • Decision making and problem solving.

    • Demonstrated ability to work within a team.

    Method of Application

    To apply, submit your CV and letter of motivation to emeahr@habitat.org

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - ReliefWeb

    If you have not had any response within a week after the closing date, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

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