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Urban Mobility Expert – National Transportation, Cairo, Egypt

Urban Mobility Expert – National Transportation, Cairo, Egypt Posting Title: Urban Mobility Expert - National Transportation Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme Duty Station: CAIRO Posting Period: 29 July 2020 - 12 August 2020 Job Opening Number: 20-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-138884-Consultant United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Result of Service The ultimate result of this service is to provide technical consultation and align UN Habitat Egypt's projects and vision with governmental interventions in order to achieve the overall goal of having an integrated transportation system. Upon completion of the consultancy there will be direction on how to better service plan for high quality public transportation modes in different cities. This service will provide the necessary technical consultation to UN Habitat in order to tender for BRT construction and operation and advocate for a new high quality and sustainable mode of transportation. Work Location Cairo, Egypt Expected duration The Consultancy will be for a duration of 12 months from August 2020 to August 2021 Duties and Responsibilities Organizational Setting and Reporting The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) is the United Nations agency for human settlements which is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable communities, towns, and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN Habitat is implementing the New Urban Agenda (NUA) which seeks to promote sustainable development and a new urbanization model that is universal and adaptable to different national circumstances. Being universal in scope, people-centric and participatory, the NUA sets out priorities and actions in five main areas: national urban policies, urban legislation, rules and regulations, urban planning and design, urban economy and finance and local implementation. UN Habitat Egypt is continuing to address the ever-growing needs of Egypt's urban cities. In this light, UN Habitat is launching a number of projects and initiatives in the mobility sector with the aim of promoting sustainable transportation practices and policies. Reductions on reliance of personal motor vehicle use through promotion of public transport and non-motorized modes of travel (NMT) is key if cities are to be engines for economic development. The portfolio has been divided into two sections: High quality and sustainable public transportation, through the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, and Non- motorized Transport (NMT) solutions, through the Bike Sharing Project. The BRT will be explored as a tool for alleviating congestion in Greater Cairo. The development of the BRT has shown that cities can greatly enhance the movement of people and, at the same time, alleviate problems associated with reduced accessibility due to congestion. The development of the BRT can also help transform cities to be more liveable with cleaner environments which promote the use of public transportation rather than Single Operating Vehicles (SOVs)- which take up most street space and increase pollution. On the other hand, the Bike Sharing project is a tool to promote NMT solutions and to address the first and last mile connectivity issue. The bike share project aims to improve access to opportunities for Cairo residents, especially youth, by introducing an alternative mobility tool that can transcend some of these barriers and integrate with other transportation modes. To complement the bike share system, bike lanes are also under construction to ensure fast and safe travel for all those who cycle. The transportation expert will be responsible for closely coordinating to ensure that the above projects are being implemented according to an agreed upon work plan and timeline. Reporting line Transportation expert will report directly to UN Habitat's Mobility Program Officer and will work in close cooperation with the mobility portfolio. Duties and Responsibilities The Transportation expert is expected to undertake the following responsibilities related to the programme: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project Review and provide technical feedback on deliverables submitted by the project's international and local consultants including detailed designs of BRT corridor, bus feeder plan for 6th of October, and BOQs. Provide technical consultation during BRT construction tender, BRT bus operations tender, and BRT trust fund tender. Engage in the negotiations with different governmental and local entities on the BRT project- including but not limited to Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Housing, NUCA, GCTRA, Giza and Cairo Governorates. Draft the necessary correspondence and prepare presentations to update and align project stakeholders. Meet regularly with the project manager of the New Urban Communities Authority Transport Unit to ensure the delivery of the Unit's outputs, including BRT feeder plan surveys, TUMI project, and Swedfund project. Liaise with project stakeholders and partners to ensure alignment with latest project advancements and possible pipeline project integration. Organize and participate in the BRT Steering Committee meeting. Provide regular updates to the Minister of Housing on BRT progress. Promote the BRT as a high-quality public transportation mode by giving it higher visibility and publicity. Bike Sharing Project Provide technical consultation in the construction stage of the bike lanes in Downtown Cairo. Participate and attend all meetings of the established bike lanes committee with Cairo Governorate. Participate in the selection of the bike share operator. Engage in expanding the bike lane and bike share projects in Greater Cairo. Review the operations of the bike and station prototypes. Participate in the launch of the bike share system. Other related tasks (as assigned by UN Habitat's Mobility Program Officer) Lead on obtaining information on relevant transportation projects in national and local pipelines; Ensure projects are aligned with national vision for transportation and integration with all other relevant projects; Identify local partners as necessary for various tasks; Draft relevant TORs and RFPs for consultancy contracts related to the mobility portfolio. Qualifications/special skills Academic Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in urban planning, engineering, or architecture is required. Experience: A minimum of 10 or more years of practical work experience in transportation or other related areas such as urban planning, engineering, architecture, or international development is required. Working with local governorates and authorities is desirable. Strong knowledge and use of Google Earth and AutoCad other transportation modeling software is desirable. Previous work experience with international organizations and/or Governmental entities is desirable. Language: Fluency in oral and written Arabic and English languages is required. Ability to read government documents and interpret them is desirable. No Fee THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS' BANK ACCOUNTS.

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