Issued on: 18 April 2017
Urban Sports Coordinator
25 April 2017
Sport has historically played an important role in all societies, be it in the form of competitive sport, physical activity or play. Sport and play are human rights that must be respected and enforced worldwide. Sport has been increasingly recognized and used as a low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development and peace-building efforts, not only by the UN system but also by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments, development agencies, sports federations, armed forces as well as the media.
It stands for human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness, all of which are principles which are also contained in the Charter of the United Nations. Sport is not a cure-all for development problems. As a cultural phenomenon, it is a mirror of society and is just as complex and contradictory. As such, sport can also have negative side effects such as violence, corruption, discrimination, hooliganism, nationalism, doping and fraud. It is thus absolutely essential to place an emphasis on effective monitoring and guiding of sport activities to unleash sport’s full positive potential.
The positive potential of sport does not develop automatically. It requires a professional and socially responsible intervention which is tailored to the respective social and cultural context.
Successful Sport for Development programmes work to realize the right of all members of society to participate in sport and leisure activities.
Effective Sport for Development programmes combine sport and play with other non-sport components to enhance their effectiveness. Such programmes embody the best values of sport while upholding the quality and integrity of the sport experience. They are delivered in an integrated manner with other local, regional and national development and peace initiatives so that they are mutually reinforcing. Programmes seek to empower participants and communities by engaging them in the design and delivery of activities, building local capacity, adhering to generally accepted principles of transparency and accountability, and pursuing sustainability through collaboration, partnerships and coordinated action.
With this in mind, UN-Habitat is working on developing Urban Sports Programme, under the Youth & Livelihoods Unit, Urban Economy Branch. Its main purpose is to use sport as a tool to advocate for more access for young people to safe public spaces and promote sustainable and adequate sports infrastructure and facilities in urban settings. Furthermore, we use sport to address various urban challenges, from tackling crime and violence to building a better social cohesion in marginalized communities. A great deal of work is also focused on peacebuilding and conflict resolution activities in conflict and post-conflict territories.
Under the supervision of the Unit Leader, Youth and Livelihoods Unit, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks and outputs:
- Develops support mechanisms for strengthening youth participation, technical leadership and coordination of the Urban Sports Programme, with a view to ensuring the long term sustainability of programme activities and its harmonization with the New Urban Agenda
- Drafts project concepts, project documents and agreements relevant to Youth & Sports
- Provides advice in development of content: publications and discussion papers
- Supports in designing a framework for effective monitoring and evaluation of all youth and sport related activities
- Supports in developing progress reports
- Supports design and organization of conferences and workshops
- Provides inputs on cross-cutting issues, Gender, Youth and Human Rights
- Provides direct support to the Unit/Branch coordinator on other tasks required to meet the branch objectives
- Mobilize new and communicate with existing partners, donors and youth groups to engage them in relevant activities relating to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda
- Prepare content for Unit’s social media as well as other materials (website, brochures, exhibitions) designed for public
- Facilitates the preparation and organization of international and national meetings and workshops
The Consultant is required to prepare a final report and outputs on the status of the Urban Sports Programme, partners and donors engagement and the units communication material.
- Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
- Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise.
- Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work.
- Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards.
University degree in Sustainable Peace through Sport, Development Studies or equivalent is required.
Additionally, the consultant should have substantial experience in the following areas:
English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language is an advantage.
Payments will be based on deliverables over the consultancy period. There are set remuneration rates for consultancies. The rate is determined by functions performed and experience of the consultant. The fees will be paid as per agreement.
Applications should include:
All applications should be submitted via email to:
Deadline for applications: 25 April 2017
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