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ASToN is a network of 11 cities across Africa using digital tools to overcome local and global challenges. With over 30 million citizens between them, the cities are responding to questions like:
- How can a transition to digital technology improve my city for citizens and what should I be doing about it?
- How might we collaborate and learn together with other cities to make that transition faster and more sustainable?
- How can we make sure no one is left behind in the process?
- Which digital experiments can I run that can have a positive impact on my city and citizens at scale?
Through a two-and-a-half year programme of peer exchange and learning, engaging local stakeholders and experimentation, ASToN cities are accelerating progress towards becoming sustainable and inclusive places to live and work.
From now to mid-2022, the ASToN cities will:
- Learn from one another through peer exchange and learning processes
- Set up and manage a Local Action Group with all the relevant stakeholders on the ground
- Draft a Local Action Plan
- Experiment some of the actions
- Reinforce their capacities in terms of designing and piloting digital transformation processes
In your role as Cities Project Officer, you will work within the ASToN team, based in Paris, to accompany the cities though their ASToN journey. You already have one relevant working experience in the field and you are able to switch easily between French and English (the main languages of the project), liaising with cities on local activities and local group progress, providing support and assistance on the challenges they might overcome.
Full-time job starting ideally 1st September 2020, fixed-term contract of 18 months.
If you are interested and have suitable expertise, we are receiving applications in French or English until 15 August 2020. All applications must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASTON SECRETARIAT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CLOSE THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS AHEAD OF THE CLOSING DATE IF A SUITABLE CANDIDATE IS FOUND BEFORE.
The French Urban Regeneration Agency ANRU has partnered with the French International Development Agency AFD to create a network of African cities around smart city issues (African Smart Towns Network – ASToN). ANRU also manages the European URBACT programme (currently URBACT III) which has already worked with more than 1000 cities across Europe. ASToN is drawing on that method and is the first network of its kind in Africa.