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SKL International is recruiting an Urban Specialist

SKL International is looking for an experienced and dynamic urban specialist to lead its strategic work with the SymbioCity Approach (SCA) – a concept to support sustainable urban development and alleviate urban poverty around the globe.

SKL International is looking for an experienced and dynamic urban specialist to lead its strategic work with the SymbioCity Approach (SCA) – a concept to support sustainable urban development and alleviate urban poverty around the globe. This includes providing strategic direction to ongoing SCA initiatives as well as the long-term development of SKL International’s SCA platform. The Urban Specialist will also be responsible for providing hands-on support to SymbioCity projects in the Sub-Saharan region.

The Urban Specialist is a permanent position with a probation period of six months. The Urban Specialist will be based in SKL International’s head office in Stockholm but with frequent travel to SCA cooperation countries and mostly the Sub-Sahara region.

To apply for this role, please send your up-to-date CV and a covering letter either in Swedish or English to urban@sklinternational.se no later than 8 January 2017.  Applications will be assessed continuously and interviews may be conducted before the closing date, therefore we encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Unsuccessful applicants will be advised by email once a final decision on the recruitment has been made.

Questions about the role should be sent via email to: urban@sklinternational.se

The position is expected to start as soon as possible.

For more information, please see SKL International’s website: www.sklinternational.se


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SKL International is seeking to engage a Spanish speaking SymbioCity Facilitator

SKL International is seeking to engage a Spanish speaking SymbioCity Facilitator to facilitate the SymbioCity Approach process in two cities in Colombia. The project is called City Projects Colombia and is part of the Sida financed global programme SymbioCity Approach 2.0. The objective is to better equip cities in Colombia to address urban challenges related to sustainability and resilience through the methodology SymbioCity Approach.

The facilitator will be contracted as consultant for a maximum of 120 days, the days evenly distributed between fourth quarter 2016 up to mid-2018. Approximately 80% of this time is expected to be carried out in Colombia.

Proposals should be submitted electronically via email to SCFColombia@sklinternational.se no later than 19 August 2016 at 17.00 EST. Any questions for clarification or additional information must be received at the above email address no later than 12 August 2016. A list of questions and answers provided to will be posted here on 15 August 2016.

For more information please see:

Request for Proposal

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Swedish training phase as part of the International Training Programme through the SymbioCity Approach

As part of the International Training Programme “Enabling Local Democracy and Holistic Urban Development through the SymbioCity Approach” urban planners and architects from cities in Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey came to Sweden to attend the Swedish training phase of the course.

Between 6th and 23rd of March the participants took part in series of lectures, workshops and study visits in Visby, Malmö and Stockholm in order to learn more on how Sweden in practice works with sustainable urban planning. In addition the participants were sent to different municipalities in Sweden for a two-day on-the-job training which provided them with practical experiences of Swedish solutions and practices.

As part of the International Training Programme “Enabling Local Democracy and Holistic Urban Development through the SymbioCity Approach” urban planners and architects from cities in Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey came to Sweden to attend the Swedish training phase of the course. Between 6th and 23rd of March the participants took part in series of lectures, workshops and study visits in Visby, Malmö and Stockholm in order to learn more on how Sweden in practice works with sustainable urban planning. In addition the participants were sent to different municipalities in Sweden for a two-day on-the-job training which provided them with practical experiences of Swedish solutions and practices.

Study visits included among others, BO01 and the Western Harbour in Malmö, showing how the City of Malmö has worked with the transformation of its old industrial shipping area into a modern sustainable residential and working area.

The participants highlighted several issues that they will bring back with them to their organisations such as the importance of in-depth analysing prior to making decisions; early participation of a variety of stakeholders in the planning process; ways of including citizens; and ideas on how to visualize and present plans.

The training programme started in June 2015 and targets urban development professionals and managers in local or regional authorities, involved in planning, development and/or management of urban areas. The purpose with the programme is to learn how to use the SymbioCity Approach during planning, development and management of urban areas. The programme is financed by Sida and carried out in joint venture between SKL International and the International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD). This was the third time the group met and the training will be followed by two national workshops in June, one in Serbia and the other one in Georgia.


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