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Task Manager / Promotion of low-carbon rural housing and settlements

Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Climate Change
    • Managerial positions
    • Renewable Energy sector
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-29

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The objective of the project Market Transformation for Sustainable Rural Housing in Uzbekistan is to support the Government of Uzbekistan in provision of rural population in the country with improved, affordable and environmentally friendly living conditions. The project design builds directly on previous and on-going experience with sustainable, low-carbon and climate-resilient local development in Uzbekistan. Specifically, the project aims at lowering the energy intensity trajectory of Uzbekistan by promoting the construction of new energy efficient and low-carbon rural houses. 
The proposed project consists of four inter-linked outputs. The first and principal output is the establishment of the green mortgage scheme to incentivize and eventually scale-up the demand for low-carbon housing (Component 1). This outcome will be supported and enabled by three complementary outputs related to strengthening domestic supply chain and capacities for construction of low-carbon housing (Component 2), introducing policies and regulations for low-carbon housing and settlements (Component 3) and promotion of low-carbon rural housing and settlements (Component 4).
This assignment will be focusing on testing new approaches to spatial/territorial planning; i.e. incorporating principles of environmentally sustainable design, climate resilience and resource efficiency developed by the project; and on promoting sustainable local development (SLD) to strengthen the effectiveness of local governance and citizen participation in local planning in Uzbekistan through linking climate change mitigation activities with on-going development efforts supported by UNDP.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Project Manager, the Task Manager on Promotion of low-carbon rural housing and settlements provides operational and thematic services ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. The Task Manager works in close collaboration with the Government counterparts, project, operations, and Programme’s staff in the UNDP CO to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery, and undertake day-to- day responsibility for operational and thematic support services for the satisfactory achievement of the project component outputs.

Thematic Functions:

  • Conduct a detailed regulatory analysis of territorial plans (Master Plans and Architecture-Planning Organisation of Territories codes (APOT)) in participating rural areas to identify specific barriers to the use of efficient siting for rural communities; and provide recommendations on improvement of land-use plans and zoning regulations to maximize efficient resource use and incorporate local climate considerations as well as specific recommendations on siting to maximise efficient resource use in rural areas and on any legal or regulatory changes required to enable these gains;
  • Select a pilot community among the housing developments to be constructed under the “Obod Qishloq” and “Obod Mahalla” Programme, propose and implement innovative approaches to settlement planning within the development of APOT;
  • Implement capacity building (trainings, workshops, etc.) of the State Committee on Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and National Cadastre (at least five land-use planning officials in the central office, and at least one staff member in each of its 14 regional offices) to enable application of best rural land-use practices that are sensitive to climate change considerations and encourages minimizing GHG emissions;
  • Conduct a capacity needs assessment, including a baseline survey of awareness among rural homebuyers and other rural residential energy consumers about energy efficient (EE) and low-carbon (LC) construction practices and their benefits;
  • Work with government counterparts to open rural resource centres to showcase energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies, working closely with project staff and consultants to use the center to support training and outreach;
  • Develop communications and partnership strategy aimed at raising public awareness about economic and environmental benefits of EE/LC housing;
  • Select pilot districts where affordable energy efficiency and low-carbon rural houses will be constructed within the “Obod Qishloq” and “Obod Mahalla” Programme, and local administration/self-government/homeowners are interested in participation in sustainable local development (SLD) trainings; consult with stakeholders and beneficiaries and determine priorities for training and customize a training curriculum based on SLD approaches used in Central Asia; deliver training in 12 regions and Karakalpakstan (with the exact number of settlements in each region to be determined in agreement with regional governments);
  • Select software and curriculum for settlement-level energy management for use in training and monitoring; develop a strategy for replicating to other settlements in project districts and beyond; and provide recommendations to the government for introducing energy management practices for settlements through national policies/legislation/regulations;
  • Identify corresponding social, economic and environment impacts of the project for the beneficiaries, in particular related to improved Architecture-Planning Organisation of Territories and sustainable local development;
  • Contribute to knowledge sharing and outreach activities, including planning and development of analytical reports, business guides, etc. to raise public awareness about the project results among the national professionals and public at national and local levels.

Operational Functions:

  • Provide corresponding inputs to development of Annual Work Plan and Budget as well as Annual Plan of Activities for the Component 4; plan and implement the work in accordance with the overall work-plan using both human and financial resources available in the most effective/efficient way and ensure compliance with UNDP and nationally set procedures;
  • Draft terms of reference for and work with international and local consultants;
  • Ensure smooth and timely delivery of operational support services in accordance with annual work plans; analyse potential problems and respond appropriately to ensure timely delivery of agreed inputs; define cost-effective measures for optimal utilization of resources;
  • Keep fully conversant with ongoing and planned project component activities to facilitate realistic planning of operational support services; work closely with relevant staff of UNDP office, consult with Government officials to ensure timely and efficient provision of assistance;
  • Be responsible for the satisfactory achievement and implementation of the project outputs related to the Component 4, and provide inputs (related to outputs achieved) to UNDP and GEF mid-year and annual mandatory reporting;
  • Assist the Project Manager in identifying partnership strategies with project stakeholders; advise on and contribute to improvement of project activities;
  • Contribute to promotion of gender equality by reaching, involving and benefiting both women and men in project activities (gender mainstreaming) with ensuring availability of gender disaggregated data; ensure that gender analysis is part of every substantive analysis and report of the project;
  • Ensure that men, women and traditionally marginalized groups are given due consideration during project implementation;
  • Contribute in organizing various public awareness events including roundtable discussions, workshops, exhibitions and trainings;
  • Contribute to elaboration of and ‘exit’ project strategy to make project outputs sustainable in the long-run.


Required skills and competencies:
  • Good comprehension of energy efficiency issues and low-carbon development;
  • Knowledge of principles of environmentally sustainable designs of buildings, climate resilience and resource efficiency is a strong asset.
  • Knowledge climate change mitigation activities is an asset; Knowledge of sustainable local development is an asset.
  • Work experience in any international development organization is an asset.
Desired additional skills and competencies:
  • Strong managerial, presentation and communication skills; 
  • Client-orientation, ability to work in a team;
  • Initiative, analytical judgement, ability to work under pressure, ethics and honesty;
  • Ability to use information and communication technology as a tool and resource;
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education:

Bachelor’s degree in the following areas: architecture, spatial planning, territorial and regional development, civil engineering, building design, local public administration and management.

Min. years of relevant work experience:

At least 2 of progressively responsible, practical experience in architecture/spatial planning and territorial/regional development.

Required Language(s) (at working level):

Proficiency in Russian and Uzbek, and good command of English are required.


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