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Maite

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Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I have worked as Project Assistant for a European Consultancy providing design, implementation and justification support in project management for Municipalities. Most of these projects were related with youth, gender, social exclusion, ethnic minorities and employment and presented to different EU calls. I have also worked as a civil servant for several years and this experience has provided me with a strong insight of the challenges and opportunities of local public bodies. After specializing in housing, I have worked as Mentor in Project Management for Youth-led NGOs in developing countries for UN Habitat and collaborated in peer exchange projects with several international organizations like FEANTSA or World Habitat. I have also collaborated with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing in the elaboration “The Role of Local and Subnational Governments with respect to the Right to Adequate Housing” Report. I am currently working for Barcelona Municipality as a Freelance Consultant, coordinating the European Agenda on Housing Policies. At this role, I support both; the participation of Barcelona Municipality in EU projects (Urban Innovative Actions, URBACT, Horizon2020 among others) and promote the participation in formal and informal Networks and forums related with housing policies and social rights (EUROCITIES, European Urban Agenda, European Week of Regions and Cities or FEANTSA.
B1. Assessment: 
1- Applicant has more than enough experience and understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development, as it has been the focus of her professional career for the past 10 years.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
It was as a volunteer in Amnesty International where I first participated in international exchange and learning processes. While I was studying Political Science and Public Administration at University, I was elected Youth Delegate of the Spanish Section. In that position I participated in several International Meetings and Assemblies and collaborated in the drafting of the “International Youth Strategy” which was later on implemented in Spain very successfully under my mandate. This experience was an extraordinary experience of great value afterwards in my professional career. As a European Project Consultant and Mentor at the “Urban Youth Fund” of UN Habitat I expanded my expertise in exchange and learning processes at transnational level with a broader range of stakeholders, mainly Local Administrations. Besides, I have also collaborated with several projects focused on social rights and international peer exchanges participating in Policy Conferences and Workshops of FEANTSA, with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing or World Habitat. I am a passionate about peer exchange and mutual learning.
B2. Assessment: 
1 - Applicant gives several examples of exchange and learning processes she has been involved in at a transnational level, under her roles as Youth Delegate in Amnesty International and her current job as European Project Consultant
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
Full proficiency. I studied in English as an Erasmus Student in Aarhus Universiteit (Denmark) and afterwards at Maastricht University (The Netherlands) during my Master in Human Rights and Democratization. Furthermore, I wrote my Master Thesis in English on the implementation strategies of the right to adequate housing. Since then, I have lived in different foreign countries were English was my main language of communication and this language has become as well my main working language.
B3. Assessment: 
1 - Applicant's assessment of English is C1, confirmed through a Cambridge certificate. She has been working and studying in an English setting for the past 10 years. However, there are several spelling mistakes in her application answers.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
Most of the times have communicate with no native English speakers. I am used to work and speak to audiences in which most persons are non-English speakers and often they are not experts, many of them coming in many cases from grass roots organizations. Sometimes, if there are enough people it could be useful to use language sub-groups if the topic does not need exchange of information but discussion on cases or concepts. Usually, this requires a member trained as a leader who may have a better command of English functioning this way as the link between the coordinator of the activity and the sub group. When English level could be a weak point for participants it is particularly useful to use presentation and games which do not require elaborated speeches or oral presentations. Pictures, data, statistics are also relevant sources that could meet these objectives in a more visual way picturing the city phenomenon or policy. I have extensively used power point, Predzi, Pecha Kucha and many Power Points.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1 - While the applicant does not describe one specific situation, she shows an understanding of communicating complex concepts to non-English speakers. She includes examples of supports used for communication, and explains that in these situations she often relies on visual presentations and games to get messages across.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Basic and simple documents, elaboration of samples to collect info as well writing reports, summaries and synopsis has been pretty useful. Equally having wrap up sessions are some of the techniques I have used to meet this goal. In some occasions it was particularly useful to provide a list of `must read´ articles that may help to frame the topics and debates to start form a common ground. In other occasions, to provide sample presentations, schemes, survey on the topics helped to structure the info and ease the way the participants could understand and compare with their own context. On other occasions, to bring a typical thing from your country/city or song also greatly helps to bring more cultural sensitivity and open the chances to interact in a more respectful and comprehensive way. Quiz games, that mixes technical knowledge and cultural background info from participants was also a great way to know each other and exchange info in a funny way to break the ice especially when we have big groups.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1- Applicant gives strong examples of outputs produced to support experience exchanges, such as reports from wrap-up sessions or lists of 'must read' articles derived from the discussed topics.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
I believe it is particularly important to collect and summarize the info on a timely manner and also open to contributions and feedback of participants if possible. This is a common practice in the Housing Working Group of EUROCITIES for example. Likewise, this was the case of most of EU projects I have participated in, for example in the “Smart Food City” on local food policies.
C3.3 Assessment: 
0 - Applicant does not provide valid example of how the results were captured for the participants when they go home. She mentions two projects and her beliefe that it is important to collect and summarize information but not how documents were produced to achieve this.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
It was particularly challenging to do this in my collaboration as research assistant to the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing on “The Role of Subnational Governments in relation with the right to adequate housing” for example. I have also collaborated in the Report “Rights for homeless you” from FEANTSA, a guide that incorporates good practices and policy messages on local strategies against youth homelessness.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides two examples of producing reports that incorporate good practices.
Assessment: 
Applicant is rejected for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities based on C 1.2 and C 1.3 The exposure to an international environment has been a constant in most of my education and career. Indeed, this has been one of the things I have always enjoy the most, particularly at local level. At local level I believe is where the gap between policy design and implementation is much closer and technician are more aware of their impact. I have worked on many projects internationally with all types of stakeholders, including public sector, governments, private organizations, SMEs, Universities and research organizations. I have strong capacities of leadership, conflict management and empowerment, and extensive experience in facilitating exchange and learning at transnational level using participatory and learning tools in the context of collaborative processes that involve partners from very different backgrounds. I am used to work and speak to audiences in which most persons are non-English speakers and often they are not experts (coming in many cases from grass roots organizations). This allow me to communicate effectively across cultural and background differences, and reach agreements in forms of defining programs to the small detail as well as agreeing on texts for publication.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Sustainable Housing
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I have a strong educational background in this area. I studied a Master in Political Science and Public Administration. Afterwards I studied a Univeristy Qualification on “Development Cooperation” where I became Familiarized with many of planning and project methodologies, participatory methodologies and impact strategies and assessment. But moreover, I also studied a Mater in Human Rights and Democratization, where I took several courses on how to introduce participatory, gender and minority approaches to project implementation writing my Thesis on the” Right to Adequate Housing: Between International, State and Local Strategies” throughout a comparative analysis. I belong to the Housing Policies Cluster of FEANTSA, coordinate the Housing Working Group of EUROCITIES, I am also a member of the European Network of Housing Research and have participated in many project of research and peer exchange of good practices in the sustainable Housing field. I a true passionate of this area indeed.
D1 Assessment: 
1- Applicant's educational and professional background adds up to the required experience. Her master thesis was on adequate housing and she belongs to the Housing Policies Cluster of FEANTSA and the European Network of Housing Research.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I have often conducted this tasks as Coordinator of the Housing Working Group, creating material, samples, surveys for peer Exchange Meetings and so on. Also briefing on the state of the art debates, policies and initiatives at EU level such as European Pillar of Social Rights or the Urban Agenda and concretely the Housing Partnership. Equally, participating in different projects Like the “H2020 Enlightenment Project” on housing policies or the World Habitat Peer Exchange.
D2 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides examples of thematic inputs such as creating material, samples, surveys and briefs on thematically relevant projects.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I also conducted this kind of tasks as Coordinator of the Housing Working Group of EUROCITIES, at FEANTSA meetings and as a Mentor of the Urban Youth Fund.
D3 Assessment: 
0 - Applicant does not provide examples of reports incorporating good practices and policy messages nor does she explain her role in creating these reports.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
To design targeted dissemination and/or advocacy strategies is crucial to maximize the use of project results. Being aware that this dimension is as important as the research and collect of info one is crucial to engage all the stakeholders involved and gain a better impact. How to do it depends on may factors and it usually it is a very context specific strategy. Factors that may influence are, the concrete objective, the risks and opportunities in each context, the commitment of the members as well as the tools channels at disposal.
D4 Assessment: 
0 - Applicant does not provide examples of project outputs, nor does she describe her role in producing them. She explains the importance of designing targeted dissemination strategies and how these depend on many factors, but gives no concrete results.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Assessment: 
Applicant is not validated for the thematic field of Sustainable Housing. While she has specific experience on Housing, the application answers do not provide sufficient examples of producing concise reports or of maximizing the results of projects. I have a strong educational background in this area. I studied a Master in Political Science and Public Administration. Afterwards I studied a Univeristy Qualification on “Development Cooperation” where I became Familiarized with many of planning and project methodologies, participatory methodologies and impact strategies and assessment. But moreover, I also studied a Mater in Human Rights and Democratization, where I took several courses on how to introduce participatory, gender and minority approaches to project implementation writing my Thesis on the” Right to Adequate Housing: Between International, State and Local Strategies” throughout a comparative analysis. I belong to the Housing Policies Cluster of FEANTSA, coordinate the Housing Working Group of EUROCITIES, I am also a member of the European Network of Housing Research and have participated in many project of research and peer exchange of good practices in the sustainable Housing field. I a true passionate of this area indeed. I have been able to produce concise reports and maximize results in many occasion through my participation in projects from EUROCITIES, H2020, FEANTSA Housing Policy cluster and others
Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I have a strong educational background in this area. I studied a Master in Political Science and Public Administration, where I took several courses on Startegic urban planning, Demography and Public Management at Local Level. Afterwards I studied a University Qualification on “Development Cooperation” where I became Familiarized with many of planning and project methodologies, participatory methodologies and impact strategic design and assessment. Moreover, I also studied a Mater in Human Rights and Democratization, where I took several courses on how to introduce participatory, gender and minority approaches to local governance.
D1 Assessment: 
1- Applicant only relates her educational experience, which adds up to the required years of expertise. *double check*
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I have been able to produce concise Reports in this field, especially in the area of Eurocities which is a NEtowrk of more than 200 Municipalities across the EU. I have done so for the Housing Working Group where cities exchange and Work together on common challenges.
D2 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides two examples of projects for which she has written reports (Eurocities and the Housing Working Group)
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I have also conducted this role mainly at Eurocities but also in other projects like the one about “Smart Food Cities” or the “End youth Homelessness guide” for local goverments.
D3 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides two examples in which she has produced reports that incorporate learning. For example, the End Young Homelessness Guide is aimed at local government practitioners.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
To maximize the use of project results of for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness Is crucial to socialize the project widely among the key stakeholders and to engage them if possible in the design or at least in the Follow up assessment of the implementation. To include these in the process from the beginning and provide with enough and clear Information is usually the best guarantee that they will see as theirs the outcomes and therefore will be more likely to collaborate at the dissemination strategy of the project outcomes and include them in public policies and so on.
D4 Assessment: 
0 - Applicant does not provide examples of project outputs, nor does she describe her role if producing them. She explains the importance of designing targeted dissemination strategies and how these depend on many factors, but gives no concrete examples.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have a strong educational background in this area. I studied a Master in Political Science and Public Administration, where I took several courses on Startegic urban planning, Demography and Public Management at Local Level. Afterwards I studied a University Qualification on “Development Cooperation” where I became familiarized with many of planning and project methodologies, participatory methodologies and impact strategic design and assessment. Moreover, I also studied a Mater in Human Rights and Democratization, where I took several courses on how to introduce participatory, gender and minority approaches to local governance. I have been able to produce concise Reports in this field, especially in the area of Eurocities which is a NEtowrk of more than 200 Municipalities across the EU. I have done so for the Housing Working Group where cities exchange and Work together on common challenges, to maximize the use of project results of for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness Is crucial to socialize the project widely among the key stakeholders and to engage them if possible in the design or at least in the follow up assessment of the implementation. To include these in the process from the beginning and provide with enough and clear information is usually the best guarantee that they will see as theirs the outcomes and therefore will be more likely to collaborate. At the dissemination strategy of the project outcomes.
Assessment: 
Applicant is validated for the thematic field of Local Governance, showing sufficient experience and understanding of the thematic field.
Theme / Policy: 
Active Inclusion of Target Groups
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I particularly used this approach as a Mentor of the Urban Youth Fund Programme, from UN Habitat, when I frequently dealt with Complex disadvantages neighborhoods, strongly discriminatory practice towards women, youth or ethnic minorities. To empower them, open participatory dynamics in the project design and implementation and to engage key stakeholders and Communities in the process are key elements.
D1 Assessment: 
1- Applicant related her knowledge on Active Inclusion of Target Groups to her experience in UN Habitat. Looking at the CV, this was a two-year position.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
As I wrote in the previous section, I actively participated in the baseline and comparative report for the “Smart Food City” EU+ Project. As a member of “Colectivo Urbanas” a NGO focused on gender and urbanism, I have contributed to the drafting of Many reports oriented to feed discussions and policies at local level in this field. That is the case of the latest of our projects called The Janes Jacobs Walks in Pamplona, elaborated with strong participatory, bottom up approach of individuals and civil society o Organizations. At the Peer Exchange of the World Habitat I participated on Best Practice on slum upgrading it was critical we presented our field of Expertise and how we could contribute to it. Equally, I have done so with FEANTSA and other activities at the Eurocities Housing WG. , I actively participated in the baseline and comparative report for the “Smart Food City” EU Project. As a member of “Colectivo Urbanas” a NGO focused on gender and urbanism, I have contributed to the drafting of many reports oriented to feed discussions and policies at local level in this field. That is the case of the latest of our projects called The Janes Jacobs Walks in Pamplona, elaborated with strong participatory, bottom up approach of individuals and civil society organizations.
D2 Assessment: 
1 - Applicant provides clear examples of thematic inputs, such as creating the baseline and comparative reports. She also describes her experience with projects with strong bottom-up approaches with target groups, in which she has created reports to feed into discussions.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I have contributed to several Reports, among the most recent one are for example the one on Best Practices against Youth Homelessness with FEANTSA, I coordinated and elaborated the Spanish version of it. (http://www.feantsa.org/download/youthrights-guide-spanish2290512331758210901.pdf) I mainly conduct this role elaborating the Reports from the Housing WG of EUROCITIES, that so far have been based on a broad Array of topics such, growing housing cost, collective tenures or rehabilitation in historic centers. I also contributed to the elaboration of the UN Special Rapporteur Report on “The role of subnational governments realizing the Right to adequate Housing”. I was mainly focused on collecting the best practices and info of native Spanish countries.
D3 Assessment: 
1- Applicant provides two examples of the ability to produce concise reports. One on Youth Homelessness, the other on Right to Adequate Housing.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
To design targeted dissemination and/or advocacy strategies is crucial to maximize the use of project results. Being aware that this dimension is as important as the research and collect of info one is crucial to engage all the stakeholders involved and gain a better impact. How to do it depends on may factors and it usually is a very context specific. Factors that may influence are, the concrete objective, the risks and opportunities in each context, the commitment of the members as well as the tools channels at disposal. For example with the Report on “Youth Homelessnes” it was essential to bring attention to this phenomenon which was intertwined with many areas of the Municipality and has a strong transversal dimension. This way I not only participated in the drafting of the Report but also in its dissemination among political representatives at EU and local level as well as among other civil society Organizations. It was very clear to describe concisely the phenomenon and to provide steps and concrete changes to incorporate In other occasion when implementing projects with a strong gender approach, like usually the ones I supported as a Mentor or the Urban Youth Fund of UN Habitat, it was crucial to present and socialize the project and engage the different key actors involved to successfully deliver the outcomes in the project from the beginning. Spend time and effort in this sort of ac
D4 Assessment: 
0 - Applicant describes the importance of maximizing the use of product results but does not describe her role in the design and output of the dissemination strategy, nor does the description include digital strategy.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have a strong educational background in this area. I studied a Master in Political Science and Public Administration, where I took several courses on Startegic urban planning, Demography and Public Management at Local Level. Afterwards I studied a Univeristy Qualification on “Development Cooperation” where I became Familiarized with many of planning and project methodologies, participatory methodologies and impact strategic design and assessment. Moreover, I also studied a Mater in Human Rights and Democratization, where I took several courses on how to introduce participatory, gender and minority approaches to project implementation. To maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness is basic to elaborate a strategy on on dissemination and advocacy. Many times this dimension is not considered or not enough effort is put into it which has a very detrimental impact on the outcomes. This dimension is as important as the research one. How to do it is a very much context specific exercise which depends on may factors, like the objective to pursue, the risks and opportunities, the commitment of the members as well as the tools channels at disposal. In other occasion when implementing projects that tackle issues like gender, youth, ethnic minorities and similar it is crucial to present and socialize the project and engage the different key actors.
Assessment: 
Applicant is validated for the thematic field of Active Inclusion of Target Groups.

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
I have a solid knowledge of participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local policies. I have a strong experience in designing and implement project related with innovation that connect areas at local levels which usually do not work together. Equallly to put to work together different stakeholders form civil servants, private sector or civil society organizations is always extraordinary and reinforces greatly the best development of the project. I have also experience in training to provide different stakeholders with basic knowledge and tools on gender in urban planning so that they would be able to consider how gender might be relevant into their activities, giving place to tangible results. Project like the “Janes Jacobs Walks” in Pamplona with Colectivo Urbanas that we are currently expanding to other cities, or the “Smart Food City” to elaborate a list of improvement and ideas for the food policies or the youth homelessness Strategy at local level are some examples of this.
E.1 Assessment: 
0 - Applicant does not give clear examples of tools and methods used for the implementation of local policies. She describes having a solid knowledge and strong experience but does not elaborate on her role in designing and delivering methods.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
For example, at the Housing Working Group we celebrated Conference, site visit and follow up activities related with “Rent Stabilization measures” and equally on “Touristization and big operation: alternatives to address growing gentrification in big cities”. Both cases were particularly complex and we manage to first set a common ground or detailed picture of the situation each city was phasing, secondly to compare and find best practices going on in cities like London, Amsterdam, Barcelona or Paris” and secondly to follow up about this practices, learning what has been working well or not, why and try to design evidence based policies with accurate data. This work is still ongoing and started in 2017.
E.2 Assessment: 
0- Applicant provides two examples in which an integrated approach to the design of urban strategies was applied. She also describes monitoring work on best practices. However, she does not explain what tools or methodologies were employed to monitor the project.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
I am familiar with many of funding schemes for sustainable urban development both at EU and national level. Especially in the field of innovation at local level. I keep updated of this trends through different sources and occasionally enrolling in e-courses like the current one I am about to finish titled “Make the most of EU resources for your region or city” organized by the Committee of the Regions, European Investment Bank, European Commission and Eurostat. Besides, I the other Networks I belong or participate in like Eurocities or European Network on Housing Research use to keep me updated in the field.
E.3 Assessment: 
1 - Applicant stays up to date through e-courses organised by the Commission and through the networks she belongs to and participates in.
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
For most of my professional carer I have been working on EU project having Municipalities as Main partners, this has provided me with a wide experience in their contexts, limitation, opportunities and challenges. Besides, having had experience as civil servant has also provided me with an insight about the constraints and dynamics of public administration. From a professional point of view I have a great empathy at the tame of understanding the perspective of local technicians and civil servants. Furthermore the many occasions I have worked in projects and Networks from different Municipalities across Europe has provided me with great experience in distinguishing the know how that can be transfer as practice, as idea to incorporate and to find potentialities in this regard.
E.4 Assessment: 
1 - While the applicant does not give a specific project example, she describes how the different roles and positions she has been in through her career have taught her to adapt content to different realities.
Summary Expertise: 
I have a solid knowledge of participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local policies. I have a strong experience in designing and implement project related with innovation that connect areas at local levels which usually do not work together. Equallly to put to work together different stakeholders form civil servants, private sector or civil society organizations is always extraordinary and reinforces greatly the best development of the project. I have also experience in training to provide different stakeholders with basic knowledge and tools on gender in urban planning so that they would be able to consider how gender might be relevant into their activities, giving place to tangible results. I am familiar with many of funding schemes for sustainable urban development both at EU and national level. Especially in the field of innovation at local level. I keep updated of this trends through different sources and occasionally enrolling in e-courses like the current one I am about to finish titled “Make the most of EU resources for your region or city” organized by the Committee of the Regions, European Investment Bank, European Commission and Eurostat. Besides, I the other Networks I belong or participate in like Eurocities or European Network on Housing Research use to keep me updated in the field.
Assessment: 
Applicant is not validated for the to support local authorities and other stakeholders in designing and delivering integrated and participatory policies due to incomplete answers on the application.

Informations

Residence location:
Spain
Languages:
Spanish - Mother tongue
Foreign Languages level: 
Foreign languages: 
Email:
Maitearrondo@gmail.com

Area of expertise