Job Description Technical advisor for climate readiness in cities


Salary band: 4

Technical advisor for climate readiness in cities

Cities Fit for Climate Change

Salary Band Title 4T

Reports to GSP Programme Manager

Start Date (earliest): 01 June 2017

Duration of Contract: from start date to 31.10.2018

1. Context of assignment

Cities are responsible for a resilient and low carbon urban development. On the one hand cities contribute significantly to climate change; on the other hand they are especially prone to the impacts of climate change. Through suitable measures they can foster climate protection and protect themselves against shocks caused by climate change. Therefore, it is necessary that existing integrated urban instruments and strategies (for example urban land use plans, master plans, town plans, city development strategies, urban designs), will be adapted to the new challenges of climate change. This includes appropriate guidelines and possibilities of financing. Consequently, cities will look different in the future than they do today.

The project Cities Fit for Climate Change aims to strengthen cities as actors of sustainable development in terms of creating integrated, resilient and low carbon urban development instruments. In the process these instruments will facilitate a Climate Proof Urban Development Model, which promotes a new urban design. With this model, the project supports innovative approaches for urban planning and makes cities “fit for climate change”. Thus, dealing with climate change should become an integrated and strategic part of urban development. Plans, programmes, strategies, as well as combined investments will be more resilient and adaptable to climate change and aim at preparing the ground for future low carbon plans, programmes and strategies.

Lessons learnt from existing concepts of resilient and low carbon urban development will be analysed during the project. The selected cities Chennai in India, Santiago in Chile and Durban (eThekwini) in South Africa will be supported in the improvement of their climate proofed strategies and their own financing possibilities. Furthermore, the experiences will be shared at international meetings and conferences. The cities in the respective countries were selected in agreement with ministries and agencies responsible for urban development by predefined criteria (for example commitment of mayors, state of vulnerability, etc.).

The project supports the realization of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and contributes to the implementation of the "New Urban Agenda", the international agreement of the Habitat III process. The project is guided by the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities as well as by the Memorandum of Urban Energies.

Against this background, the project offers the position of an experienced Technical Advisor on climate readiness in cities for the implementation of the South African component who is based in Durban with frequent local and on-demand regional and international travels.

2. Responsibilities and Tasks:

The advisor will support the achievement of the project objectives and indicators as stipulated in the project offer with specific focus on output 1 and output 2, namely:

  1. Compilation of best practices and products of knowledge in cooperation with partners in South Africa.
  2. Advisory Service for the partner city in South Africa (eThekwini).

Among other activities the Advisor will concentrate on the preparation and practical realization of the following tasks and advisory services:

Output 1: Global project activities (25%)

  • Analysing and compiling the experiences gained in the partner city for sharing with other cities on national and international level, e.g. through elaboration of power point presentations, showing the challenges and ongoing activities as well as results.
  • Contributions to the sourcebook, which will be developed by the global project, e.g. through systematizing and compiling the experiences of the partner city.
  • Ensuring implementation in South Africa is aligned with the overall (global) project direction.
  • Assisting national and international exchange of experience as part of the project.

Output 2: Advisory Services to the city (75%)

  • Support the city to implement specific interventions with regards to concrete activities on climate adaptation and mitigation.
  • Coordinate the steering committee meetings for the project and a municipal exchange platform on climate change.
  • Refine and implement instruments for climate adaptation and mitigation as part of existing integrated urban development instruments (such as land use plans, Master plans, city development strategies etc.) and the overall urban development objectives of the partner city.
  • Develop urban planning guidelines for climate-proofing of the partner city.
  • Improve knowledge sharing on resilient cities in the partner organisations as well as across other South African municipalities.
  • Advisory support to meet specific environmental improvements (e.g. emission reductions, area of ecosystems saved etc.).
  • Implementation of the South African contribution to the Global Project, e.g. organisation of workshops including moderation, management of consultants, coordination with other GIZ assisted projects and programmes in South Africa.
  • Advisory support to the national level and city networks, in cooperation with the city of Durban and upon request.

The Advisor will work closely together with the partner city, South African governmental and non-governmental partners and the project coordinators based in Germany as well as colleagues in other partner countries (i.e. Chile and India). He/she will furthermore cooperate with other GIZ assisted programmes in South Africa to ensure synergies.

In the fulfilment of all tasks and duties, the corporate principles, rules and orientations and standards of GIZ’s understanding and mandate regarding international-cooperation must be upheld. 

The advisor will report directly to the Governance Support Programme (GSP) Manager or a person designated by the programme manager. He/she will maintain close working relationship with the program coordinator in GIZ head office. The annual objectives of the advisor will be elaborated with the consent of the program coordinator.

3. Required qualifications, competences and experiences

  • Post graduate education in a relevant field of study to urban development such as town planning, urban management or related field. Additional education in the field of climate change and public finance is an advantage.
  • Proven practical work experience (5 – 10 years) in the areas of urban development in local government as well as other spheres of government or non-governmental organisation is required. Specific experience with climate change adaptation and mitigation in cities as well as local government financing instruments is an added advantage.
  • Proven work experience in management and project implementation will be an additional asset.
  • Work or cooperation experience with GIZ and/or eThekwini municipality is a further advantage
  • Good knowledge of the South African governance and political-administrative systems as well as local government and climate policy.
  • Soft skills and additional competencies: Professional and cooperative working style; excellent analytic, conceptual, problem solving and process management skills; ability to work without much guidance; ability to motivate and lead; proactive; willingness to communicate and work with colleagues in other countries; proven intercultural communication competency; good writing and presentation skills; very good command of MS office.
  • Experiences in advisory services and change management would be desirable.
  • The advisor must be able to work independently, and to undertake occasional long distance travel by road and by air.