Haiti: Urban Planning Manager

Organization: GOAL
Country: Haiti
Closing date: 08 May 2014

General Description of the Programme:
GOAL have been in Haiti since the devastating earthquake in January 2010 and has since then developed a programme portfolio targeting affected communities and supporting resilience building at household and community level. GOAL’s programmes have so far been in both the urban and rural contexts, in Port au Prince and Gressier, respectively. While continuing its support to the housing, water and sanitation needs of vulnerable families affected by the earthquake, GOAL is transitioning to a much longer-term programming approach linking relief and recovery to development through an integrated community-led development programme approach.

With support from the European Union, GOAL will be starting a 30-month urban planning and development programme in two targeted neighborhoods in Port au Prince affected by the 2010 earthquake. This programme is in line with GOAL’s integrated community-led model and will include urban planning, infrastructure repair/construction, owner-driven home repairs, and livelihoods/IGA as well as support community-managed Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), in line with the National Plan for the Management of Risks and Disasters (PNGRD). The objective of the programme is to create communities that are safer and more disaster resilient, with greater access to the economic resources and opportunities to drive their own development at household and community levels.

General Description of the Role:
The Urban Planning Coordinator will responsible for leading the design of an urban development plan for Haut-Turgeau and Debussy neighbourhoods in Port-au-Prince. S/he will also support de design of urban development projects (public spaces, other infrastructure) to be implemented in the second and third year of the programme.

Specific deliverables include:

  1. An in-depth assessment of urban planning needs (diagnostic urbain) in the targeted neighbourhoods, with a written report, as well as all relevant documentation
  2. The design of an urban development plan (Plan d’amenagement urbain) for Haut-Turgeau and Debussy in accordance with standards set by the Comité interministeriel d’Aménagement du Territoire (CIAT), the MTPTC and other stakeholders involved in urban planning, and ensuring their full participation in the process.
  3. The identification and design of community projects in the Haut-Turgeau and Debussy neighborhoods.
  4. Work closely with the Community Liaison Team to ensure effective communication with local authorities (CIAT, MTPTC, LNBTP, and ULCBP) and community leaders, facilitating their involvement and understanding of the project.
  5. Prepare all technical reports, maps, and analyses relevant to the present programme for internal and external use.
  6. Carry out other tasks and activities as requested by Programme Coordinator (EU)
  7. Line manage 2 Urban Planning Officers and 1 GIS Officer

Qualifications/Person Specifications (Requirements):

  1. Fluent French/Creole speaker, English is a plus
  2. A relevant university degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Urban Geography or a related field
  3. Minimum 5 years of experience working in urban planning with a minimum of 2 in an INGO
  4. Substantial experience managing urban development projects/programmes
  5. Proven mastery of cartography and Geographic Information Systems, including related design software (Adobe Illustrator, ArcGIS, etc.)
  6. Knowledge of the legal framework for urban planning in Haiti (a plus)
  7. Mastery of techniques and tools for participative urban planning
  8. Strong writing skills and ability to write quality donor reports, updates and success stories
  9. Proven project management skills, including budget, activity and data management
  10. Willingness to adapt to basic living conditions
  11. Strong analytical and strategic planning skills, creative approach to problem solving
  12. Experience of liaising with other agencies and government officials.
  13. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  14. Flexibility to adapt to changing requirements.
  15. Commitment to beneficiary accountability and humanitarian ethics

This is a 12 month contract which reports to the Programme Coordinator.

Confidentiality :
Ensuring the non disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty.

This position description is intended to be a guide and is not or cannot be construed as a full account of what an employee is expected to perform in their job now or in the future. An employee’s position may be changed, modified, or altered at any time and employees are expected to assume new assignments enthusiastically and perform to the best of their abilities.

How to apply:

Please apply online via the following link: http://bit.ly/RO94bJ

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