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Maite

Validated Lead Expert

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. At this role, I support both; the participation of Barcelona Municipality in EU projects and promoting the participation in formal and informal Networks and forums related with housing policies and social rights. A key element of this work is working collaboratively inside and outside the organization with a wide range of stakeholders and partners while balancing contrastin
B1. Assessment: 
1: The applicant has a solid understanding of sustainable integrated urban development through work experience.
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: The applicant has worked in an international setting through her work at UN Habitat and as a volunteer with the UN, involving international peer exchanges.
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: The applicant is proficient in English through her experience at universities in Denmark and the Netherlands. Since then, English has become her main working language.

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 in transnational exchanges participants are non-English speakers. To devote time and planning to make sure the projects are socialized internally, engaging the key local actors which, some of the times do not speak English or have a basic knowledge of it, is essential for the project success. I have wide experience in this, especially as a Mentor of the Urban Youth Fund of UN Habitat were partners were mostly grass roots organizations from developing countries where few or sometimes just one person could play the role of interlocutor. Sometimes, I found very useful to use language sub-groups to let them discuss the topics in their own language to make sure it was properly understood and all partners were in the same page. Also, this was useful to open up discussion or wider the understanding of the different contexts of common challenges. At Eurocities meetings when English was perceived to be a weak point for participation I relied in audio visual material, presentation, audio-visual games dynamics which do not require elaborated speeches or oral presentations from partners. 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 Power Points with this goal.
C3.1 Assessment: 
1; The applicant lists some relevant examples, although she does not go into much detail. She also demonstrates the ability to use unorthodox methods while presenting.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
I have used this sort of techniques in several occasions at the Housing Working Group of Eurocities, for example at the `Construction costs” Workshop held in Liubliana where different surveys were distributed previous to the meeting, in order compare them have identify common trends and patterns. To use common indicators, parameters, time- frame and so on was essential to make the exchange useful. In other occasions, to deliver some `must read´ literature on the topic as well was very important to provide everyone a common and shared basic background understanding of the issue, which at the same time empowered them to make their presentations. Also at the `Policy Trasnfer on prevention of evictions and homelessness´ to agree a common presentation structure and support partners in the questions they may rise on the relevant topics previous to the exchange meeting was also very useful. For many partners, the rarely share and compare their practice, policies and data, this is sometimes perceived as an exciting opportunity but others faced with fear or insecurity. To provide support in the preparation was very important to enable partners to participate meaningfully.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant lists relevant examples of enabling participants to contribute to meetings of transnational knowledge exchange, and to benefit from their knowledge.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
As a Consultant of Barcelona Vice-Chair role at the Housing Working Group of Eurocities, I contributed to the drafting and cross checking of the meeting reports, included additional relevant information that was identified as interesting and identify ideas for the planning of the next meetings or projects. Equally, I as a Mentor at the Urban Youth Fund of UN- Habitat, to conduct wrap-up activities to assess if the goal of the meetings or exchanges were met, if there were pending issues to address or there were new issues that were not identified previously and that may compromise the well-functioning of the project. This was also a helpful exercise to engage partners that this way could easily recognize the value of their participation.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shares experience of developing written outputs and conducting wrap-up sessions to check if the goals of meetings or exchanges were met, and to summarize what might be relevant for participants to take away.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
I believe it is particularly important to collect and summarize the info on a timely manner and also to open it to contributions and feedback of participants if possible. This is a common practice in the Housing Working Group of EUROCITIES for instance. 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 or the Council of Europe Workshop conducted together with FEANTSA on the human rights-based approach to youth homelessness, which Spanish guide I co-authored. Equally, I co-authored a Report of the International Seminar organized by the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs CIDOB on `Promoting the Right to Housing at the EU level: challenges and policy proposals´.
C3.4 Assessment: 
0: The applicant lists only one concrete example of a written output in English.
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
Local level has often been described as the best Policy Lab where innovation can be tested and disruptive and participatory approaches can be applied. I have a true passion for this sort of transnational exchanges where the gap between policy design and implementation is much closer, participation is much easier and technician are usually more aware of their impact. I have contributed to the design and delivery of transnational exchange projects and learning activities in a wide array of projects, from EU projects and Networks such as Eurocities, FEANTSA or at UN Habitat. In these I have worked with all types of stakeholders, including public sector, governments, private organizations, SMEs, Universities and research organizations.
Assessment: 
1: The applicant is validated for category C by meeting the requirements under C1, C2 and C3.

Thematic expertise:

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: The applicant has experience with the theme of Local Governance through her education and through her work as a consultant for the Municipality of Barcelona.
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 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: 
0: The applicant misunderstood the question, as she talks about written outputs instead of her input in projects. Moreover, the applicant does not provide relevant and detailed examples.
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 governments.
D3 Assessment: 
0: The applicant does not provide relevant and detailed examples.
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: The applicant talks about maximization of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness in a broad way. She fails to share detailed examples.
Assessment: 
0: The applicant is rejected for the theme of Local Governance due to D2, D3 and D4. 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 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.
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 and professional expertise in this area. I studied two Masters, one in Political Science and Public Administration and another one on Human Rights and Democratization, writing my Master Thesis at this latter on the” Right to Adequate Housing: Between International, State and Local Strategies” throughout a comparative analysis. I collaborated with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing of the United Nations, and collaborated with different networks like the Houisng Solutions Platform, the European Federation of Living, Housing Europe, FEANTSA or UN Habitat and also research Networks like the European Network of Housing Research. I have been working as a Consultant for the last few years for several municipalities supporting their participation on European Networks and projects on innovation in Housing Policies. Notably, for Barcelona Municipality.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has deep knowledge on the theme of sustainable housing through her educational background and working experience.
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 kind of tasks as a Consultant for the Housing Working Group of Eurocities, creating material, samples and surveys for peer exchange meetings. Also briefing on the state-of-the-art debates, policies and initiatives at EU level such as European Pillar of Social Rights, the European Urban Agenda and concretely the Housing Partnership. Equally, I have produced thematic inputs for EU project in which I have participated like the “H2020 Enlightenment Project” on housing policies or the World Habitat Peer Exchange.
D2 Assessment: 
0: The applicant shares some relevant examples, but fails to go into detail about the actual thematic inputs she provided.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I have produced several reports on different themes at the Housing Working Group of Eurocities and at different international meetings working as a Consultant for Barcelona Municipality, such as the International Seminar organized by the Think Tank CIDOB, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs on `Promoting the Right to Housing at the EU level: challenges and policy proposals. Likewise, I have contributed to a Report from the Housing Solutions Platform, integrated by key European social and affordable housing actors such as Housing Europe, Abbe Pierre or FEANTSA on `Ethical renting: mobilize the private rental market to provide social solutions in Europe´ for example.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant explains she has produced numerous reports. She does not go into detail about specific reports, but is given the benefit of the doubt here.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The Policy Transfer project on `Preventing evictions and homelessness´ in Eurocities was used to summarize the results in order to conduct advocacy towards the European Union at the EU Parliament. A number of pledges were presented and audio- visual material based on the project that contributed to the debate of the implementation of the European Social Pillar and the European Urban Agenda challenges at local level. Another example of the use of project results for public awareness and advocacy at State and subnational level was the result of the guide on `Human Rights based approach to youth homelessness´ which addressed the policies and shortage crisis of social and affordable housing across the EU. I elaborated the Spanish guide which was used to lobby different kind of institutions and to guide policy design.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant lists two relevant examples of using project outputs for benefits in capitalization, policy design and awareness.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have a strong educational background and professional expertise in this area. I studied two Masters, one in Political Science and Public Administration and another one on Human Rights and Democratization, writing my Master Thesis on the” Right to Adequate Housing: Between International, State and Sub- national Strategies” throughout a comparative analysis. I collaborated with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing of the United Nations and with different Networks like the Housing Solutions Platform, the European Federation of Living, Housing Europe, FEANTSA or UN Habitat and also research Networks like the European Network of Housing Research. I have been working as a Consultant for the last few years for several municipalities supporting their participation on European Networks and projects on innovation in Housing Policies. Notably, for Barcelona Municipality. Theme/Policy: Active Inclusion of Target Groups
Assessment: 
1: The applicant is validated for the theme of sustainable housing.
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 have a strong educational background in this area. I studied a Master in Political Science and Public Administration and a Master in Human Rights and Democratization, where I took several courses on how to introduce participatory, gender and minority approaches to project implementation and apply a human rights-based approach to avoid discrimination. In practice, I particularly used this approach as a Mentor of the Urban Youth Fund Programme of UN Habitat, when I frequently dealt with complex disadvantaged neighbourhoods, strongly discriminatory practice towards women or youth and ethnic minorities. To empower them, open participatory dynamics during the whole project from design to implementation and follow up as well as to engage key stakeholders and communities in the process were key elements.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has a professional and an educational background in the theme of active inclusion of target groups.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
At the Peer Exchange at Caño Martin Peña Community Land Trust in Puerto Rico organized by World Habitat I participated presenting best practices at local level in Spain on community led housing projects. As a member of “Colectivo Urbanas” an NGO focused on gender and urbanism, I have contributed to the drafting of several reports oriented to feed discussions and policies at local level in the field. That is the case of the latest of our projects called `The Janes Jacobs Walks´ elaborated with a strong participatory, bottom up approach of individuals and civil society and organizations. Equally, I produced thematic inputs to feed the learning process in my role as Consultant at Barcelona Municipality, specially at the Housign Working group of Eurocities on themes such as construction costs, rent stabilization measures, inclusionary zoning policies or eviction prevention.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant lists relevant examples from her experience at UN Habitat and her work as a consultant for the Municipality of Barcelona.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
In most of EU projects I have participated in like for example the Council of Europe Workshop conducted together with FEANTSA on the human rights-based approach to youth homelessness I coproduced the Spanish guide about it. Equally, I co-authored a Report of the International Seminar organized by the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs CIDOB on `Promoting the Right to Housing at the EU level: challenges and policy proposals´. Addressing residential exclusion was of key relevant as vulnerable groups face additional challenges in access to housing and security of tenure. I have used this sort of techniques in several occasions at the Housing Working Group of Eurocities, for example at the `Construction costs” Workshop held in Liubliana where different surveys were distributed previous to the meeting, in order compare them have identify common trends and patterns. To use common indicators, parameters, time- frame and so on was essential to make the exchange useful. In other occasions, to deliver some `must read´ literature on the topic as well was very important to provide everyone a common and shared basic background understanding of the issue, which at the same time empowered them to make their presentations. Also at the `Policy Trasnfer on prevention of evictions and homelessness´ to agree a common presentation structure and support partners in the questions they may rise on the relevant topics previous to the exchange meeting was also very useful.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant explains her role in developing several written outputs related to the theme of Active Inclusion of Target Groups.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
The Policy Transfer project on `Preventing evictions and homelessness´ I contributed at the Housing Working Group of Eurocities was used to summarize the results in order to conduct advocacy towards the European Union at the EU Parliament. A number of pledges were presented and audio- visual material based on the content were released within the Network that contributed to the debate of the implementation of the European Social Pillar and the European Urban Agenda challenges at local level. Another example of the use of project results for public awareness and advocacy at State and subnational level was the result of the guide on `Human Rights based approach to youth homelessness´ which addressed the policies and shortage crisis of social and affordable housing across the EU. I elaborated the Spanish guide which was used to lobby different kind of institutions and to guide policy design.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant lists several examples of using project results for benefits of capitalization, policy design and awareness.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have a strong educational background and professional expertise in this area. I studied two Masters, one in Political Science and Public Administration and another one on Human Rights and Democratization, writing my Master Thesis on the” Right to Adequate Housing: Between International, State and Sub- national Strategies” throughout a comparative analysis. I collaborated with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing of the United Nations and with different Networks like the Housing Solutions Platform, the European Federation of Living, Housing Europe, FEANTSA or UN Habitat and also research Networks like the European Network of Housing Research. Housing has become a main driver of social exclusion and combined services like social services, employment or education with housing initiatives are essential. I have been working as a Consultant for the last few years for several municipalities supporting their participation on European Networks and projects on innovation in Housing Policies.
Assessment: 
1: The applicant is validated for the theme of Active Inclusion of Target Groups by answering 4/4 questions sufficiently.

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: The applicant lists several relevant examples of projects she worked on, but she does not go into sufficient detail about the precise participatory methods and tools she used in this context.
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: 
1: The applicant lists a relevant example of reviewing policies in several urban settings and testing their suitability for other contexts.
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: The applicant lists relevant organizations and mentions being enrolled in a relevant course about using EU resources.
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.
E.4 Assessment: 
0: The applicant mentions that she has experience, but she does not go into detail about a specific example of adapting tools to specific local situations.
Assessment: 
0: The applicant is rejected for category E due to E1 and E4. 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. Equally 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 approach. 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 these opportunities through different sources and occasionally enrolling in e-courses like the one I took last year about “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. 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.

Informations

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

Area of expertise