Technical Advisor For project South East Europe Urban Resilience Building Action Network

Location: Home-based with missions within the Balkan region

Deadline: 06-Dec-17 (Midnight New York, USA)


UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We support countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. 

Severe floods (2014-2015) that struck South East European (SEE) countries have once again confirmed that disasters do not know of any borders and that disasters are often “shared”.  However, even though that similar disaster risks are present in all the project partner countries and territories (1) and that there are some institutional similarities their respective Disaster Risk Management (DRM) policies are all somewhat different. The experience learned from the last regional flooding goes to show that connectivity/cooperation weaknesses were twofold: first one concerning institutionalization of municipality level cooperation of DRR stakeholders (urban level of cities/municipalities/counties) and the second one concerning their operative interconnectivity at regional/cross-border level i.e. replication modality of  best practice examples and regional know-how sharing at the level of municipality DRR specifically in the area of local DRR prevention initiatives.

A year after the flooding, this problem of more formalized/institutionalized DRR cooperation model between relevant DRR stakeholders both nationally (at the urban level) and cross-border within SEE countries still remain unresolved. Furthermore, bearing in mind that the DRR system of the participating countries is based upon the bottom-up approach calls for a well-coordinated approach at the local level so that in the case when the emergency exceeds local capacities national Civil Protection agencies are engaged and subsequently civil protection mechanism triggered. Moreover, civil protection system is getting more decentralized in the SEE countries meaning that municipalities are increasingly becoming the first responders, therefore the peer-to-peer experience exchange and support is increasingly critical. This project will also support further decentralization of the governance mechanisms and make them more transparent and accessible at local level. Additionally, as institutional interventions are always inevitably calling for improving/strengthening capacity building and awareness raising this segment will also be taken into consideration and adequately addressed.

(1) - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo  *This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

Duties and Responsibilities

The main objective of the assignment is to serve as the main technical advisor to IRH and Balkan region COs in the second year of “South East Europe Urban Resilience Building Action Network” project implementation. The consultant will also provide technical and project implementation support to the DRR team leader in UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub.

There are two specific objectives for this consultancy:

  • Support to IRH for “South East Europe Urban Resilience Building Action Network” project implementation, coordination and reporting.
  • Advisory support to Balkan region COs with implementation of the South East Europe Urban Resilience Building Action Network” project.