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 policy and planning, Urban Climate Data, Research, Knowledge Management
Urban Planning, Climate Resilience, Research, Knowledge management, Knowledge products, Multi-sector engagement
SCOPE OF WORK
Lead, Research and Knowledge Management will be the anchor person for conceptualizing and implementing all research activities of the Centre. She/ He will be responsible for development of various knowledge products for dissemination to cities, urban practitioners and institutions. The will include, and not be limited to, toolkits; case studies/ good practices; research papers and policy briefs; standards, guidelines and advisories for cities improve on CSCAF indicators, etc.
Lead, Research and Knowledge Management will support development of a ‘Data Wall’ at C-Cube for monitoring of KPIs on urban climate action in Indian cities. She/He will provide technical support to cities for need assessment on climate action.
She/ He will develop and implement innovation challenges for incubation of ideas and fostering local solutions towards climate action in cities.
Lead, Research and Knowledge Management 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.
She/ He 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 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 research and knowledge management activities of C-Cube
• To develop a repertoire of knowledge products and publications on urban climate action for cities, urban practitioners and Alliance partners
• To facilitate knowledge sharing among cities, states, national and global platforms
• To support implementation of national level activities, monitor state/city activities and provide technical support to them wherever needed
• To monitor and report project activities as well as provide quality assurance
• To manage and work as a team and other alliance partners
• Any other related responsibilities, as assigned.
• Lead and implementing all research activities of the Centre in the area of climate resilience
• Knowledge management and advocacy for improved policies, business and sector performance. This will include preparing a range of knowledge products for cities, various stakeholders and partners including but not limited to research papers, documentation reports, case studies, tool kits, etc.
• Promote incubation of new ideas; testing, replication, scaling and sustainability of solutions
• Support in setting up state/city innovation hubs and teams and coordinate with them
• 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
• Organizing workshops/meetings, and conferences on the project.
• Support in advocacy and communication, including development of branding and communication material, etc.
• Provide technical support to selected states and cities in implementing climate actions and improving their scores with respect to the CSCAF. Participate in 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
• Regularly interact with the government officials and other stakeholders; and sharing progress through presentation and case studies, seeking feedback and involvement, etc.
• 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 (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 leading key research assignments and programs for multilateral/ bilateral agencies, international donors, Line Ministries of Govt of India;
• Should have published research papers in peer reviewed publications;
• Experience of drafting knowledge products such as books, articles, research papers, toolkits, guides, policy papers and notes, baseline studies and/or comparative studies;
• Experience working with Indian national, state level and municipal governments in projects related to resilience, climate adaptation, mitigation will be given additional weightage.
• 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;
• Good analytical and knowledge management skills including writing and presentation skills;
• Ability to communicate ideas clearly, strategically and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders;
• Experience of managing teams and budgets.
Wednesday, 20 May 2020