Job opportunity: The Ecological Sequestration Trust Technical Lead

Accra, Ghana

Deadline: 27 September 2015 - 11:00pm


Where: Accra, Ghana

Conveners: Global Portfolio Services Office

The Cities Alliance (CA) is a global partnership for urban poverty reduction and the promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development. Based in Brussels, the secretariat is hosted by The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The Alliance aims at supporting cities, local and national governments and their partners to capture the gains of urbanization and taking advantage of its opportunities for the benefit of their citizens and the urban poor.

Within this context the Cities Alliance will manage a programme Future Cities Africa (FCA) to support at least 8 cities in Africa to become better future proofed to climate, environment and natural resource challenges, so that they are inclusive and resilient, and have growing economies. It will help make cities work for the urban poor. It will conduct an in depth feasibility and scoping study and develop innovative tools to enable rapidly growing African cities to realise their potential as centres of growth and job creation; use research and evidence to develop targeted urban action plans; and will deliver new research to fill data and evidence gaps to maximise sustainable economic growth.

The programme will involve in-depth consultation with urban local authorities, other donors and development actors and research institutions and will deliver outcomes for cities in four African countries. The tools and knowledge generated in this project could also be used more widely, to develop and design a scaled up intervention to provide comprehensive support and targeted investment in a greater number of African cities.

The Ecological Sequestration Trust (TEST) is one of the tools of the FCA programme and works globally, to demonstrate how an integrated systems approach can be developed to define pathways to sustainable and resilient development. The aim is to improve local planning and decision-making by taking into account ecological, social and economic needs, through the use of an open-source, cloud-based and completely scalable regional systems platform called, currently being built in the UK.

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the model, TEST is working in several regions globally, including the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area in Ghana, and will be progressing innovative work with the water, sanitation and hygiene sector (WASH). This activity is part of the UK government DFID Future Cities Africa (FCA) programme which is being implemented by Cities Alliance.

Functional Responsibilities:

  • Report to the Cities Alliance FCA Country Team Leader on general employment and work plan matters, time records and FCA Country Programme integration;
  • Technical Reporting to the Designated TEST Project Manager;
  • Regular engagement and joint working with the FCA WASH data specialist;
  • Select, lead and manage the volunteer in-country TEST Technical Team comprised of a wide range of cross-sector organisations including government ministries, agents, academia, private and third sectors in consultation with TEST for the duration of the project;
  • Help build momentum, reach and engagement beyond the TEST Technical Team including influencing policy makers to top level;
  • Provide technical assistance to the Cities Alliance FCA and TEST team working on specific activities to do with the development and demonstration of the prototype model;
  • Peer-review and support to the FCA team in elaborating the section on WASH/Public Services of the Rapid City Resilient Assessment Report for Accra, Tema and GAMA;
  • Provide in-country expert representation of the TEST approach including cross-sector collaboration, systems thinking, resilience and finance for the SDGs;
  • Monthly Reporting on activities, results and outcomes achieved based on the FCA Results Framework – pro forma to be provided.


  • Advanced understanding of the WASH sector with links to relevant experts;
  • Excellent analytical and synthesis skills especially with regard to the translation of information from academic to government sectors;
  • Exceptional organization skills and methods and ability to manage people;
  • Highly developed sense of responsibility and commitment to results;
  • Excellent team leadership and interpersonal skills;
  • Sense of initiative, wish to learn;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.


Advanced degree in relevant area of study – preferably one of the following: Geography, Economics, Urban Planning, Engineering or Sciences.

At least 7 years post graduate working experience with at least three of the following subjects – reflected in employment or academic record:

  • Urban Service Delivery: Foundational knowledge of urban services delivery especially with regard to WASH and issues around informal settlements / slums;
  • Urban/Rural resilience and climate science: Familiarity with key theories, policies and practices and Computational decision-making tools and Resilience Modelling;
  • Urban Policy, Strategy, and Institutions: Familiarity with urban policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations especially with regard to WASH; the candidate must have experience in stakeholder engagement processes, policy advocacy and agenda setting;
  • Urban and Spatial Economics: Familiarity with key concepts and diagnostics from the fields of urban and spatial economics with strong ability to support analytical work;
  • Systems and complexity: Working knowledge of appropriate tools and techniques to achieve practical solutions.


Fluency in English (both writing and speaking) is required.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.


It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
Position title: TEST Technical Lead
Department/office: ECR, GVA, Cities Alliance
Duty station: Accra, Ghana
Contract type: Local ICA Specialist
Contract level: LICA Specialist-11
Duration: up to 100 working days through 31 May 2016
Application period: 15-Sep-2015 to 27-Sep-2015

Source: UNOPS

Photo Credit: jbdodane

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