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Title of Assignment: ComHabit Advocacy and Information Coordinator


1. The dealine for submission of proposal in Friday, 18th September 2009

2. Short-listing will take place from Monday 21st September, with a view to undertaking selection, appointment and commencing the assignment by mid October 2009 for a period of six months

3. Consultants must demonstrate their knowledge of the subject by clearly interpreting the terms of reference attached and providing a methodology and approach that they will adopt in undertaking the assignment.

4. Consultants must provide a clear work plan that they will use in undertaking the assignment.

5. Consultants must provide the names and nationalities of all the consultants who will involved in the project, their respective levels of effort and their CVs.

6. Consulting companies should also attach their company profile/capacity statement to the proposal.

7. Proposals should be submitted to Junaid Habib by email: [email protected] int
8. Independent consultants who are interested are also encouraged and must also provide the level of competence(s) and expertise required as set out in the Terms of Reference (TOR).

Only consulting firms(registered in any Commonwealth country) or independent consultant(s) who are national(s) of a Commonwealth member country and who possess the required expertise are invited to submit their proposal which should include a covering statement of your organization/company’s relevant, if applicable, and its experience of similar project and services carried out in developing countries.

Kindly submit proposals electronically to the attention of Mr. Junaid Habib at j.habib @commonwealth.int or by fax at 44 20 7839 815

ComHabitat is a Commonwealth partnership of the ministerial-level Commonwealth Consultative Group on Human Settlements (CCGHS) and agencies from the spheres of government, local government and civil society.

ComHabitat aims to promote and monitor the implementation of the Habitat Agenda, and the Commonwealth Goal of “Demonstrated progress towards adequate shelter for all with secure tenure and access to essential services in every community by 2015”

It focuses on networking and sharing practical examples of progress in three strategic areas:

To improve financial investment to ensure adequate shelter for all, including access to essentials services

To strengthen leadership and governance by Habitat Agenda partner in approach to sustainable and equitable human settlements development.

To reduce risks and build community resilience in an urbanizing world.

The partners of ComHabitat are seeking the services of a consultant or consultancy to maintain ComHabita’s profile through its website, newsletters and contacts. This includes the drafting of documents and articles based on own research and that of partners.

Description of key outputs:

Review the ComHabitat website and produce a plan to update it.

Research and produce draft input for six articles, one per month, from within the partner organizations. The Consultant will be required to provide a context for the articles reflecting current issues in human settlements. Articles will be approved by members of the partnership.

Collate and issue two quarterly e – newsletters on ConHabitat activities and major developments within the sector using inputs from members of the partnership and from other material produced during the assignment.

Updating of website as agreed with the project managers; and liaise with the technical support staff to ensure the website is updated regularly; and the E – Newsletter is created and distributed.

Work with the Grants Team at the Foundation to developing stories (where possible) on the role of civil society in dealing with the issues of sustainable and equitable human settlements development.

Address all queries received by Comhabitat either through use of own knowledge or by directing the query to the appropriate stakeholder.

Produce three progress reports – and inception, midyear and final report – to the ComHabitat management group.

Person Specification
Minimum of 3 years experience in the field of sustainable human settlement/habitat issues in developing countries.

Excellent written skills and ability to draft text for submission in a number of different media formats.

Excellent research skills and ability to and conceptualise Commonwealth concerns on human settlement. A good understanding of the habitat agenda and a developing country perspective is important.

The candidate will have a mix communications/media and development skills.

Good understanding of the roles and perspectives of all partner and stakeholders.

Ability to engage proactively with ComHabitat management team members, UN Habitat and other relevant organisations. You will be expected to work principally via email contacts, by phone and may be required to attend management team meeting in London.

Further Information

Ability to engage proactively with ComHabitat management team members, UN Habitat and other relevant organisations. You will be expected to work principally via email contacts, by phone and may be required to attend management team meeting in London.

The successful applicant will report to the Chair partners of the ComHabitat Management Group.

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