Local Consultant supporting the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning in drafting the Law on Social Housing
- Publish Date
- End Date
- Job Places
Issued by: OSCE Mission in Kosovo
Vacancy number: VNKOSC02186
Vacancy type: Experts/Consultants
Number of posts: 1
Duty station: Prishtine / Pristina
Date of issue: 24 June 2019
Deadline for application: 30 June 2019 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
Date of entry on duty: 15 July 2019
As an integral part of its broader mandate to promote and protect the property and housing rights, the OSCE Mission in Kosovo (the Mission) supports and advocates for compliance of policies and legislation with international standards and best practices, with particular focus on the rights of vulnerable communities.
Social housing is one of the fields affecting vulnerable communities and the housing programs still remain a challenge for both families in need and institutions. While there is a Law in place addressing social housing needs, its implementation has raised some concerns; municipalities’ lack of capacities to draft the social housing plans, lack of funds for social housing programs, non-unified process of construction of housing units, and lack of coordination between the donors and the responsible ministry - Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning (MESP).
In order to address these concerns, the MESP has established a Working Group and initiated a process of amendment of “the Law on Housing Financing Specific Programs”. The aim is to address issues related to drafting of the social housing documents, the comprehensive coordination of the social housing policies, social housing financing, and the introduction of new social housing schemes in order to provide better inclusion of vulnerable groups as well to increase the public-private partnership for the construction and maintenance of social housing units. The amendment of the Law requires a good inter-institutional coordination, supported with proposals for creative and viable social housing solutions. Therefore, the Mission plans to support MESP in hiring a consultant with extensive experience in social housing, complemented with education or training in law and economics. To this end, the local consultant will be based in the MESP (department of Spatial Planning, Housing and Construction) and will be supervised by OSCE Project manager for a three months period (from July to September 2019). Specifically, the consultant’s primary duty will be to support drafting of the Law and to coordinate the inter-institutional process of amendment. The consultant’s second duty will be to provide creative social housing proposals, as well as legal and economic advices.
The consultant’s work will be vital in facilitating the process of amendment of the Law on Housing Financing Specific Programs.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The local consultant will perform the following functions:
- Close cooperation with the MESP Housing Division and the responsible Ministry of Finance (MF) officials as well as with the Working Group on drafting the Law
- Drafting a proposal for establishing a budget code for social housing at the municipal and central level
- Drafting a proposal for establishment of housing sectors in municipalities through legal basis
- Drafting the procedures for the oversight of local level implementation of the Law by the central level
- Drafting of procedures for reviewing complaints of the parties at the local and central level according to the LGAP (Law on General Administrative Procedure) and revision of punitive provisions of the Law
- Reviewing comments on the draft Law provided during the public consultation process
- Presentation of changes and proposals of the draft Law to the Working Group.
- By 1 August, submits the analysis of the legal, financial and operational framework and instruments for social housing provision to MESP for review
- On 2 August, submits a work plan for the entire month of August
- By 1 September, submits written overview of work completed and meetings held
- On 2 September, submits a work plan for the entire month of September
- By 20 September, submits a draft overview of the attached results against the detailed list of tasks and activities
- By the end of the assignment, the consultant will submit the final evaluation report on completed activities and tasks.
The Consultant’s work will be assessed on the following basis:
- Documents produced by the consultant for each assignment (progress reports, note to the files from the meetings, proposals offered to MESP Housing Division and MF in the form of comments)
- Work plan submitted for the assignment
- The policy and legislative options provided to MESP on the Law
- Final evaluation report.
- First-level university degree in the field of law and/or economics
- Minimum 5 years of work experience in drafting legislation in Kosovo
- Minimum 3 years of work experience in the field of housing
- Good knowledge of Law on Public Financial Management and Accountability
- Good knowledge of the Law on General Administrative Procedure
- Good knowledge of the Social Housing Legislation
- Good knowledge of housing policies in the region and in Europe
- Excellent communication and drafting skills in Albanian, Serbian and English languages
- Basic knowledge on how to mainstream gender into day-to-day work and demonstrated gender sensitivity in interpersonal relations
- Advanced computer skills, fully competent use of Microsoft Office, especially Excel
- Ability to work with people of different cultural backgrounds
- A valid driving license
- While not a requirement, previous experience working of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo will be considered as an advantage
Remuneration will depend on the qualifications and experience of individual experts as well as the detailed work plan to be agreed upon and will be based on the current OSCE consultancy rates.
How To Apply
In order to apply for this position you must complete the OSCE's online application form, found under https://jobs.osce.org/. Applicants are encouraged to use the online recruitment and only fully completed OSCE applications will be accepted. However, if you have technical difficulties with the system you may use the offline application form found under https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/offline-application-form and forward the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In line with your qualifications please indicate preference to one or more field of expertise listed above (while using the online application the field of expertise preference can be indicated in the cover letter part). Kindly note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form or in other languages than the English language would not be considered. The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds to apply.