Purpose of the Assignment
Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission envisage to drive economic growth hand in hand with improving the quality of life of people by enabling local area development and harnessing technology, especially technology that leads to Smart outcomes. However, unprecedented growth may also lead to negative consequences for environment and well- being of its citizens. It is observed that nearly 44% of India’s rapidly growing carbon emissions have urban origins, emanating from transport, industry, buildings and waste contributing towards climate change. This makes our cities vulnerable and imposes huge risks towards increased water stress, heat island effect, increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events such as urban floods/ droughts. India is the sixth most vulnerable country facing extreme weather events as per latest climate index report. Further, curbing air quality deterioration pose serious challenges for city administrators as 43 smart cities in India are already facing poor air quality.
To facilitate cities in understanding these challenges and where cities stands and may improve, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launched ClimateSMART Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF) in 2019 with 30 diverse indicators across five categories namely; (i) Energy and Green Buildings, (ii) Urban Planning, Green Cover & Biodiversity, (iii) Mobility and Air Quality, (iv) Waste Management and (v) Water Resource Management. The CSCAF is a step to adopt, implement and disseminate the best practices adopted by our cities and further to set standards in comparison to the international efforts towards the green, sustainable and urban resilient habitats.
To achieve this goal, a Climate Center for Cities (C-Cube) has been established at NIUA to create synergy across all climate actions which are being undertaken within the cities by various stakeholders. In addition, the center will also help ensure continuity of ongoing initiatives under CSCAF, and capacity building and knowledge retention for mainstreaming climate change action in all 500 Class-I cities of India. The center will focus on strengthening capacities of Cities to understand, implement and monitor and actions needed for addressing climate change impacts in their local context.
The C-CUBE will require to undertake the following tasks:
1. P4 Support (Policy + Planning+ Program + Project) – Develop policy recommendations and planning toolkits for cities to incorporate climate change considerations in land use planning, master planning, housing and urban development, in addition to implementing demonstrative local climate actions and supporting the national program related to climate change.
2. Research and Knowledge Management – Conduct research and develop knowledge products to inform relevant climate intervention in urban development.
3. Technology, Data Solutions and Innovations – Create opportunities for solution providers to innovate, create tools and methods, and to incorporate data analytics to support informed decision making in addressing climate challenges in cities.
4. Capacity Building – Develop capacity amongst urban practitioners and public officials to understand and apply a climate change perspective to projects and decisions aimed at reducing future risks and enhancing urban resilience.
5. Advocacy and Communication – Develop communication materials to inform and influence public and private sector decision-makers at the city, state and national levels.
6. Partnerships – Build national and global partnerships that can complement and support MoHUA and C-Cube in advocacy, knowledge management, capacity building, innovation, and financing to address the increasing climate risks in Indian cities.
Location of position
Based out of the office at NIUA, New Delhi; with travel to cities as required.
Term of position
Fixed position – The initial contract will be for a year with a possibility of extension till the duration of the project (5 years).
Name and contact information of three references
At par with the industry standards, depending on experience and skills. Proof of past remuneration will have to be provided upon offer.
Urban Climate Resilience, Urban Climate Data, Urban Policy and Planning, Capacity Building
Project Management, Urban Planning, Climate Resilience, Data management, Capacity building, Multi-sector engagement, Policy advisory
SCOPE OF WORK
The P4 Lead will be the anchor person for all policy, planning, program and project implementation activities for the Centre. She/ He will be responsible for developing policy recommendations and planning toolkits for cities to incorporate climate change considerations in land use planning, master planning, housing and urban development, in addition to implementing demonstrative local climate actions and supporting the national program related to climate change.
The P4 Lead will develop proposals and concept notes for building on the activities of C-Cube towards mainstreaming climate mitigation and adaptation aspects in urban policy and planning, and implementation of climate action on ground.
The P4 Lead will support the team leader and C-Cube for all activities including mainstreaming of CSCAF and will be responsible for delivery of activities outlined for the center.
The P4 Lead will work with other experts and Urban local bodies (ULBs) / Special purpose vehicle (SPVs) or other relevant government agencies, assisting them with completing the tasks outlined within CSCAF.
The P4 Lead will help in supporting the cities in addressing data gaps (if any) for conducting CSCAF evaluations, and devising solutions for improving their performance and mainstreaming climate action.
The candidate will report to MoHUA and NIUA, and work in accordance with the Government of India policies and requirements.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• To provide strategic operational guidance on P4 activities
• To support implementation of national level activities, monitor state/city activities and provide technical support to them wherever needed
• To support in resource mobilization for project activities
• To support in partnership development and networking with and between public, government (national/state/local), civil society, private sector stakeholders, academia, donors, etc.
• To monitor and report project activities as well as provide quality assurance
• To manage and work as a team with other project partners
• Any other related responsibilities, as assigned.
• Support in the implementation and management of project operations as per the work plan and ensure delivery of all outputs and other tasks for day-to-day management of project
• Support in mobilizing technical resources for the project
• Support the project team and mentor them as and when required
• Stakeholders consultation and mapping (global, national, regional, local) viz. their role and responsibilities and build rapport with them
• Organizing workshops/meetings, and conference where all key stakeholders, key experts and organizations can participate for better understanding and coordination on the project.
• Provide technical support and coordination to state/city project teams, strategic team and project advisory team.
• Assist in monitoring progress, evaluating results and identification and resolution of constraints
• Support in development of research papers, training modules, documentation reports, case studies, tool kits; branding and communication material, etc.
• Assist the selected states and cities in implementing climate actions and improving their scores with respect to the CSCAF
• Regularly interact with the government officials and other stakeholders; and sharing progress through presentation and case studies, seeking feedback and involvement, etc.
• Organizing joint city visits with the identified stakeholders for better understanding of the project and activities; to identify strengths/weaknesses in the program implementation and provide feedback and technical assistance for timely corrections
• Assist in the preparation of monthly/quarterly reports for submission
• Review and guide states and cities in the implementation of the reform
• Review documentation submitted by project partners, teams and consultants.
• Aligning work style with established work culture and leadership, project partners’ team and other key stakeholders
• Any other related responsibilities, as assigned.
QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
• Post-Graduate in Engineering, (urban/regional) Planning/City Planning/Urban Policy/ Governance/Urban Development/ Management or equivalent Social Sciences (relevant to urban development) from reputed institute.
• At least 8 years of overall work experience in Indian cities with at least 3 years of experience in leadership roles working through the lifecycle of projects including design, planning, management, monitoring, capacity building, evaluation and reporting.
• Experience working with Indian national, state level and municipal governments in projects related to resilience, climate adaptation, mitigation, data collection/analysis, information systems and capacity building.
• Extensive conceptual and practical knowledge of government processes both at the national and regional and city level is expected. Experience of working and collaborating with non-governmental stakeholders, international agencies in the urban sector will be an added advantage.
• Should have contributed to the national or state level policy
• Have experience in preparation of strategy documents, policy guidelines and detailed project reports
• Good analytical and knowledge management skills including writing and presentation skills.
• Ability to communicate ideas clearly, strategically and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders. Ability to prepare communication strategy and implement the same.
• Experience of managing teams and budgets.
Wednesday, 20 May 2020