(Re-announcement): International Expert for Mobility Assessment- in support of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Functional Title:

International Expert for Mobility Assessment- in support of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North

Duty Station of Assignment:

Pristina /Mitrovica South/ Mitrovica North and home office

Type of Contract:

Individual Contract (Consultancy Assignment)

Duration of Assignment:

35 working days over the period 10 June – 11 October 2019

Envisaged Starting Date:

10 June 2019

Closing date for applications:

27 May 2019

For further details please check:

http://www.unhabitat-kosovo.org/en-us/Job-Vacancies/918

BACKGROUND

UN-Habitat has been actively assisting Kosovo institutions in the field of governance, spatial planning and municipal administration since 1999. Building on the results and tools generated by the Municipal Spatial Planning Support Programme (implemented from 2005 to 2016), UN-Habitat is now implementing the Inclusive Development Programme (2016-2020) which aims to provide a strategic, comprehensive package of support to build municipal planning and management capacities, strengthen the social contract and social cohesion, and enhance coordination within a framework of inter-municipal cooperation and multi-level governance with a view to foster inclusive development and good governance in northern Kosovo. The Programme is financed by the Swedish Development Cooperation and is jointly implemented with PAX and Community Building Mitrovica and concerned local authorities in Leposavic/Leposaviq, Mitrovica South, Mitrovica North, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan/Zvecan as well as Skenderaj/Srbica and Vushtrri/Vucitrn.

Within the implementation framework of the Inclusive Development Programme in Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North, UN-Habitat supports the drafting of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). This activity will draw on local and international expertise for drafting the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North, more precisely its 3rd (Situation Analysis/Assessment) and 4th (Concept proposal – Development of framework) phases. For more general information on UN-Habitat in Kosovo, and details refer to the website: http://www.unhabitat-kosovo.org and the Facebook Page of Inclusive Development Programme:

https://www.facebook.com/InclusiveDevelopmentProgramme/

 

GENERAL SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The local and international traffic expert will share tasks and assist on preparing the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) for the Municipality of Mitrovica South and the Municipality of Mitrovica North, taking into account the following parameters:

  • Defining the target geographical area for the development of a detailed SUMP, addressing the entire transport system within the urban area. The geographical area proposed by the traffic experts will be approved by the Mitrovica North and Mitrovica South Municipal Assemblies.
  • Reviewing the current mobility situation of motorized (private vehicles, freight, and public transport) and non-motorized (pedestrian and cycling) transport network, physical condition, accessibility, efficiency, safety, and congestion. The Experts should assess data from field traffic recording and pedestrian and cyclist counting, surveys and questionnaires, existing studies, investment plans and documentation, all spatial planning documents (new and old), as well as additional preparatory work being undertaken by municipal institutions and private operators, the estimated population and employment by areas until 2030, demographic & socio economic data.
  • Reviewing the legal framework (central and local strategies, plans etc.) and make sure that these are taken into account for implementing an efficient mobility strategy at study area level. It is expected that this will include a dedicated department to increase inter cooperation and to coordinate studies and investment in major transport infrastructure, organizing public transport network, defining public service obligations, and contracting public transport services.
  • Compiling development scenarios through participatory processes. Evaluating development scenarios (assessing risks and benefits in terms of financial, environmental and social sustainability) and consultation of development scenarios with groups of interest.
  • Developing a mobility plan proposal for the Municipality of Mitrovica South and Municipality of Mitrovica North, including goals and objectives, by providing an integrated mobility network, increased road and public safety (especially for women, children, students, and elderly), better accessibility (for people with physical disabilities) and convenience for public transport and non-motorized transport (walking and cycling), efficiency in transport service provision, multi-modal transport options, decreased congestion, comprehensive parking policy, and increased attractiveness (i.e. good roads, junctions, sideways, squares, green areas, bus stops, shading, lighting and other street furniture design).
  • Consulting the final proposal for development concept of the Sustainable Urban Mobility plan with the groups of interest. 
  • Developing the selected SUMP alternative, including a hierarchy of the roads, one-way systems, heavy traffic itineraries, exclusive right of way for public transport, itineraries for pedestrians and cyclists on the road network and on independent paths and shortcuts, street regeneration, intersection rearrangement, new or modified traffic light equipment, traffic control implementation or overhaul involving public transport priority at traffic lights, on-street parking regulations, and suggest various TMS (Traffic Management System) and/or ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) components.
  • Developing a plan of activities (with clear priorities), indicators and targets, and consultation with the groups of interest,
  • Completion of the concept of SUMP development and activity plan.

 

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

A sustainable urban mobility system is one that satisfies the current mobility needs of the people, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Such a system is well-integrated and provides higher transport accessibility, efficiency and quality for all. It is also safer, more affordable and less polluting.

The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) of Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North aims to improve the connectivity by making its urban mobility system inter-connected, easily accessible, more efficient and more reliable. Its main goal is to improve the urban sustainability and environmental quality by reducing air and noise pollution and energy consumption. Further objectives include improvement of the quality of life, social equity, intermodal integration, economic viability, and urban attractiveness of Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North by ensuring that all people, businesses and other affected parties are involved and benefit from this process.

SUMP of Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North addresses:

  • All forms and modes of transport
  • Motorized transport: automobiles, buses, light commercial vehicles, heavy duty vehicles, and motorcycles
  • Non-motorized transport: walking and cycling
  • Public transport
  • Movement and parking
  • Traffic safety and security
  • Needs and priorities of all stakeholders (public and private)
  • Socio-economic efficiency
  • Reduction of pollution, congestion and use of waste resources (energy, gas).

METHODOLOGY

The methodology of drafting SUMP for Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North is based on literature review of international best practices, review of EU and UN-Habitat’s guidelines, review of mobility related legislation and local plans and policies, city to city exchange, identification of stakeholders, assessment of the current local mobility conditions (through motorized and non-motorized traffic counting and surveys), identification of problems, participatory visioning and goal setting, and identification of related implementing agencies and their duties.

The process of preparing the SUMP is structured in 6 phases:

  1. Preparation
  2. Qualitative and quantitative research (data gathering and processing)
  3. Situation analysis/assessment
  4. Concept proposal – Development of framework
  5. Activity plan
  6. Implementation arrangement/provisions (including financial implications)

The Traffic Expert will be engaged in the Situation analysis/assessment phase and Concept proposal – Development of framework phase.

3. Situation Analysis/Assessment

 Responsible

Support

1. Review current situation with data from field traffic recordings

Traffic Experts

UN-Habitat/SWG[1]

2. Evaluating data - analyzing the challenges and opportunities arising from the traffic count

Traffic Experts

UN-Habitat/ SWG

3. Review current situation with data from questionnaires/surveys

Traffic Experts

UN-Habitat/ SWG

4. Evaluating data - analyzing the challenges and opportunities arising from focus groups

Traffic Experts

UN-Habitat/ SWG

5.  Overview and analysis of the national and local frameworks that exist in order to create a complete overview of the planning instruments and strategies concerning mobility

Traffic Experts

UN-Habitat/ SWG

6.  Evaluating data - analyzing the challenges and opportunities arising from relevant planning documents

Traffic Experts

UN-Habitat/ SWG

 

 4. Concept proposal – Development of framework

 Responsible

Support

1. Compilation of development scenarios through participatory process (based on the strategic priorities of the municipality and the mobility situation in the municipality);

Traffic Experts

UN-Habitat/ SWG

2. Evaluation of development scenarios - risk assessment and benefits in terms of financial, environmental and social sustainability;

Traffic Experts

UN-Habitat/ SWG

3. Consultation of development scenarios with groups of interest;

SWG

UN-Habitat

4. Developing a mobility plan proposal for Municipalities for Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North, including goals and objectives;

Traffic Experts / SWG

UN-Habitat

5. Consultation of the final proposal for development concept of the sustainable urban mobility plan with the groups of interest;

SWG

UN-Habitat

6. Completion of the concept of SUMP development

SWG

UN-Habitat

 

 

TRAFFIC EXPERT TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Work plan / Activities - Tentative Implementation Schedule for the International Traffic Expert

The start of the consultancy is scheduled for 10 June 2019 and the last deliverable must be submitted by 11 October 2019. The Consultant shall prepare for the work at the home office and will undertake 2 missions to Kosovo to conduct the Situation Analysis/Assessment Workshop and Concept proposal – Development of framework Workshop and use the process for capacity building of national staff and also to present and discuss the results of his work with both municipalities.

This consultancy should include but not be limited to the following list of activities:

Tasks

Location

Duration (working days)

Tentative

Dates

Activities related to Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North:

  1. Review the Assessment Report on the main findings from the traffic counting data for Mitrovica South (provided by the local traffic expert).
  2. Review the Assessment Report on the main findings from the population survey data for Mitrovica South. (Provided by the local traffic expert).
  3. Review the Assessment Report on the main findings from the central/legal framework data for the city of Mitrovica. (Provided by the local traffic expert).[2]
  4. Provide a written report on the main findings from the assessed reports.

Deliverable 1 submitted

Home based

5

10 - 14 June 2019

  1. Review the Assessment Report on the main findings from the traffic counting data for Mitrovica North (provided by the local traffic expert).
  2. Review the Assessment Report on the main findings from the population survey data for Mitrovica North. (Provided by the local traffic expert).
  3. Provide a written report on the main findings from the assessed reports.
  4. Based on the reviewed Assessment Reports, draft the Outline/Conception idea, task allocation and other needed materials for the Situation Analysis/Assessment Workshop.

(UN-Habitat team and SUMP working groups of both Mitrovicas prepare jointly the workshop From 08 July to 19 July).

Deliverables 2 and 3 submitted

Home based

6

1 - 6 July

2019

Activities related to Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North:

Mission 1 - Situation Analysis/Assessment Workshop

  1. Arrival in Kosovo. Briefing with SUMP process and meeting        SUMP group, MESP and other stakeholders.

Pristina

1

19 July

2019

  1. Field visit in both municipalities to get acquainted with the current mobility situation.

Mitrovica South & North

1

20 July

2019

  1. Facilitate the Situation Analysis/Assessment Workshop jointly with the local traffic expert and UN-Habitat team.

Kosovo

(tbd)

4

22– 25 July

2019

End of Mission 1 – Departure

(UN-Habitat team and SUMP working groups of both Mitrovicas jointly digitize and process all the data and results from the Situation Analysis Workshop and delivers the data to the international traffic expert).

  1. The international traffic expert builds on the main findings of the Situation Analysis Workshop, the Outline/Conception idea, task allocation and other needed materials for the Concept proposal – Development of framework Workshop.

(UN-Habitat team and SUMP working groups of both Mitrovicas prepare jointly the workshop from 26 August to 06 September).

Home based

8

12-21 August 2019

Activities related to Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North:

Mission 2 - Concept proposal – Development of framework Workshop

  1. Arrival in Kosovo. Meeting the SUMP group prior to the 2nd workshop

Pristina

1

7 September 2019

  1. Facilitate the Concept proposal – Development of framework Workshop jointly with the local traffic expert and UN-Habitat.

Kosovo

(tbd)

4

9 - 12 September 2019

End of Mission 2 – Departure

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) final document

  1. Provide comments, suggestions and ideas to the mobility plan proposal developed by the local traffic expert.

Home based

5

7- 11 October 2019

TOTAL

35

 

 

FINAL DELIVERABLES

During the assignment, the consultant will deliver two mission reports and the following documents:

  1. Written report on the main findings from the assessed reports (traffic counting data, population survey data for Mitrovica South and central/legal framework data).
  2. Written report on the main findings from the assessed reports (traffic counting data, population survey data for Mitrovica North).
  3. Outline/Conception idea, task allocation and other needed materials for the Situation Analysis/Assessment Workshop.
  4. Outline/Conception idea, task allocation and other needed materials for the Concept proposal – Development of framework Workshop.
  5. Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) final document- Provided comments, suggestions and ideas to the mobility plan proposal for the Municipalities of Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North developed by the local traffic expert.

The exact timing of the deliveries will be determined during the course of the assignments.

 

DUTY STATION

The work shall be performed from UN-Habitat premises located in Pristina, Mitrovica South, Mitrovica North and home office. Travel from programme office in Prishtina to the partner municipalities of Mitrovica Sourth and Mitrovica North will be covered by the programme.

 

PROGRESS CONTROLS AND PAYMENT INSTALLMENTS

The fees will be paid in installments upon completion and acceptance of the outputs as specified in section Final Deliverables above. 

 

COMPETENCIES

Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Communication: Excellent and effective written and oral skills; ability to persuade people with varying points of view and to present information in a concise and accurate manner, ability to clearly communicate links between the organizations. Promotes a learning and knowledge shared environment. Excellent mentoring and training skills. Planning and Organizing: Proven ability to plan, coordinate and monitor own work and that of others. Ability to work under pressure and uses time efficiently. Identifies priority activities and assignments, adjust priorities as required. Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by valuing others ideas and expertise and is willing to learn from others. Functional Competencies: Preferably a minimum of five years’ experience in the field of (traffic engineering, traffic management and traffic control) particularly in SUMP. Experience in managing the parking policy in cities. Experience on the planning of public transport networks. Understanding of the principles underpinning sustainable mobility planning. Demonstrates strong quantitative skills and the ability to carry out high quality research, including statistical analysis. Possesses ability to think strategically and formulate a development framework addressing Mobility. Ability to review and evaluate and provide suitable and strong analytical feedback. Having already led an external expert team on one or several projects in the transport and urban mobility planning field is an asset.

 

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Advanced university degree (master degree or equivalent) in traffic engineering, or related fields;
  • Specialized training in the area of mobility management.
  • At least 10 years practical experience of working experience, and considerable knowledge of sustainable planning and the ability to communicate results of research findings and undertake on the job training and seminars. Previous projects or researches related to the field of sustainable urban planning, transport management, particularly with reference to EU requirements in this field;
  • Ability to work in a team and to undertake initiative to ensure smooth relations and open communication within the team and with partners;
  • Good analytical, solution defining and creative skills;
  • Previous experience from the South East Europe region would be an added value;
  • It is essential that the candidate be able to meet deadlines for reporting and all project work.
  •  

LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English; knowledge of local languages will be considered an advantage.

 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

The candidate should be:

  • Be familiar with and loyal to the goals of UN-Habitat and the UN
  • Express enthusiasm and willingness to share experiences and transfer knowledge
  • Take responsibility and make sure tasks are fully completed
  • Be sensitive to gender issues and issues of concern to vulnerable groups
  • Be flexible and prepared to pursue goals through teamwork
  • The incumbent should be available for the suggested schedule

 

Evaluation criteria 

Applicants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications, work experience and financial proposal. The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: responsive/compliant/acceptable having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (70%) and financial criteria (30%) specific to the solicitation.

            Technical criteria (CV Review and Interview):

  • Educational qualifications and relevant practical experience as defined in the ToR (10 points);
  • Work experience as defined in the ToR and adequacy of competencies for the assignment (30 points).
  • Language proficiency (10 points)

Competency based interview max points (20 points)

Maximum available technical score points: 70.

 

Only candidates scoring 70% or higher from the review of education, experience, languages will be considered for financial evaluation. Financial score shall be computed as a ration of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal of those technically qualified. UN-Habitat retains the right to contact references directly.

Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The fees might be subject for changes and negotiations starting from the proposed fee of the consultant. All consultants are required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org. General Conditions of contract for the services of Individual contractor can be downloaded from: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=7879



 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Interested candidates must submit an email quoting the post title

to the following email address:  recruitment@unhabitat-kosovo.org

with the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Cover letter explaining why they are the most suitable for the work
  • Completion of a CV in P11 Form which can be downloaded at

http://www.unhabitat-kosovo.org/repository/docs/p11_form.doc

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The CV shall include information on the past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references.

 

Deadline for applications:  27 May 2019

UN-Habitat does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or  companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact: recruitment@unon.org

 

 

[1] SWG-SUMP Working Group

[2] The Central and Legal Framework addresses the two municipalities, since they have been a single municipality until 2013, and the municipality of Mitrovica North does not possess its own spatial plans yet.

Deadline/closing date: 
Monday, May 27, 2019