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Sustainable Urban Economic Development - Urban Development Expert-Africa-Nairobi
Who you’ll work with

You’ll work in our Nairobi office as part of our Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED) team.

SUED is a donor-funded, 6-year programme whose core objective is to provide sustainable urban economic development in Small and Medium Towns (SMTs) in Kenya. The programme improved urban economic planning at county level, improved sub-national business environment reforms, and established an Urban Investment Advisory Facility (UIAF) to support public-private investment in Infrastructure and high potential value chains across Kenya.

What you’ll do

You will lead the urban planning and development initiatives in the selected SMTs in Kenya.

You will be responsible for all relationships development, demand development, and you’ll serve as the technical advisor. This entails providing leadership in the preparation of the selected SMTs’ development plans, real estate and housing development. You’ll provide technical input into the policy and institutional design for providing efficient urban services and managing public utilities.

Additionally, you’ll identify and develop a bankable pipeline of urban development infrastructure enablers in the SMTs including renewable energy, water supply, housing, waste management. You’ll identify, design, appraise, supervise, and monitor and evaluate urban infrastructure services and disaster risk management initiatives, and you’ll have the opportunity to design, develop and implement county-wide urban finance frameworks.

  • Masters Degree or equivalent in Urban Planning, Economics or related social science
  • 8+ years of relevant experience in urban development-related programmes and development review processes, at least (3) years in Kenya
  • Demonstrated understanding of the devolution of functions of national vs. county governments and working experience with county government
  • Knowledge and experience of DFID, USAID or World Bank Group approaches to urban development and resiliency
  • Demonstrated skills and direct work experience with at least one or more of the following: investment project management at the county level; sector analysis work addressing topics including local administration, county financial management, solid waste management, water and sanitation, environmental services, urban transport or disaster risk management
  • Experience in translating research findings into policy advice and in carrying out policy dialogue with national and county government agencies
  • Commitment and ability to develop institutional capacity at both national and county and CSOs with respect to all issues mentioned above
  • Proven capacity to work with a wide range of stakeholders, including, national and county government agencies, international organizations, academics, development agencies, and NGOs/CSOs
  • Outstanding interpersonal and networking skills and demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and multicultural environments
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively – both verbally and in writing – in English and Kiswahili

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