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Technical Intern - Connective Cities

Closing: May 23, 2024

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Published: May 9, 2024 (22 days ago)

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A. Background


As a federally owned enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.


The International Cities Platform for Sustainable Development - Connective Cities - is an initiative of German international development cooperation that was founded at the end of
2013, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is implemented as a cooperation project between Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Engagement Global GmbH – Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) and Deutscher Staedtetag (German Association of Cities).


The aim is to network urban actors from politics, administration, business, science and civil society from developing, emerging and industrialized countries worldwide and to initiate an
exchange of experience and learning processes for sustainable urban development.


Many of the existing approaches to sustainable urban development, such as sustainable mobility, municipal economic development, energy efficiency in urban neighborhoods or good urban governance, are innovative and have already proven their value at local level. Often, however, they are not sufficiently known.


Connective Cities provides systematic access to these practice-oriented solutions, advises local actors on the development of solutions and facilitates contacts with experienced local
practitioners. A database of experts offers access to municipal expertise for advice on project development and implementation.


The exchange on sustainable urban development is supported by means of a successful proven methodology, above all, and through international modular learning processes characterized
by peer- to-peer consultations and customized technical advisory. The platform and network operate in various regions, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Maghreb, Southeastern Europe/South Caucasus, Asia and Latin America, as well as in Germany.


Via the web portal www.connective-cities.net the platform provides virtual services for networking among local practitioners. It disseminates information on relevant specialist topics, documents successful good practices and points out important international events.


In this project phase, Connective Cities Sub Saharan Africa will focus on various topics and in 2024, these will be the areas of focus:


  • Addressing urban flood risk management (to be covered
    through a modular learning process)

  • Circular economy in waste management (to be covered
    through agile formats)



The following couple of months will involve planning for and implementing the learning process, agile formats, network activities and dissemination of knowledge products.


Responsibilities

A. Background


As a federally owned enterprise, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.


The International Cities Platform for Sustainable Development - Connective Cities - is an initiative of German international development cooperation that was founded at the end of
2013, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is implemented as a cooperation project between Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Engagement Global GmbH – Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) and Deutscher Staedtetag (German Association of Cities).


The aim is to network urban actors from politics, administration, business, science and civil society from developing, emerging and industrialized countries worldwide and to initiate an
exchange of experience and learning processes for sustainable urban development.


Many of the existing approaches to sustainable urban development, such as sustainable mobility, municipal economic development, energy efficiency in urban neighborhoods or good urban governance, are innovative and have already proven their value at local level. Often, however, they are not sufficiently known.


Connective Cities provides systematic access to these practice-oriented solutions, advises local actors on the development of solutions and facilitates contacts with experienced local
practitioners. A database of experts offers access to municipal expertise for advice on project development and implementation.


The exchange on sustainable urban development is supported by means of a successful proven methodology, above all, and through international modular learning processes characterized
by peer- to-peer consultations and customized technical advisory. The platform and network operate in various regions, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Maghreb, Southeastern Europe/South Caucasus, Asia and Latin America, as well as in Germany.


Via the web portal www.connective-cities.net the platform provides virtual services for networking among local practitioners. It disseminates information on relevant specialist topics, documents successful good practices and points out important international events.


In this project phase, Connective Cities Sub Saharan Africa will focus on various topics and in 2024, these will be the areas of focus:


  • Addressing urban flood risk management (to be covered
    through a modular learning process)

  • Circular economy in waste management (to be covered
    through agile formats)



The following couple of months will involve planning for and implementing the learning process, agile formats, network activities and dissemination of knowledge products.


B. Tasks


The intern will support the advisor to:


  • Prepare participants for any planned activities.

  • Prepare documents/templates needed for the events.

  • Prepare the platforms for the events.

  • Collate materials and output from the processes for documentation.

  • Document the proceedings of the events; monitor participation, exporting
    of engagements as directed by the advisor.

  • Support in the research and documentation of at least 2 knowledge
    products for dissemination on the Connective Cities’ platforms.

  • Keep the SSA network platform active by sharing information.

  • Populate the SSA network with new contacts of urban practitioners from
    the region.

  • Organize and implement an insight session on a topic of interest.


Other duties/additional tasks:


  • Participate in the team meetings.

  • Any other duty that may be assigned by the immediate supervisor (the
    Urban and Regional Development Advisor).



C. Required qualifications, competences and experience


  • Degree in an area related to the project’s objectives, with a focus on a relevant field such as Environment, urban planning, urban geography, Economic Development etc. Bachelor’s degree holder, recent graduate not longer than 1 year.

  • Must have proficient knowledge on Microsoft applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint etc).

  • Adequate understanding of sustainable urban development in the region.

  • Excellent command of oral and written English.

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Digital skills will be an added advantage.



D. Duty Station


The intern will be based in Nairobi.


GIZ is an equal opportunity employer.


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