Infrastructure Lead

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 20 September 2019
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Closing on 4 October 2019
  • Current

Job Description

Cities and Infrastructure for Growth Zambia

Position: Infrastructure Lead

Location: Lusaka, Zambia

Start Date: Immediate

Contract: Long-term; 4-year programme

About Cities and Infrastructure for Growth Zambia (CIGZambia):

CIGZambia is a facility that provides high-quality independent technical advice and assistance to Zambian government bodies and private sector organisations engaged in projects/programmes that help harness the potential of Zambia’s cities and towns to act as drivers for economic growth and job creation. CIGZambia is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The overall programme objectives are:

  • increasing urban productivity;
  • improving inclusive access to urban economic infrastructure services;
  • increasing investment into urban economic infrastructure services; and,
  • enhancing national and regional integration between cities.

About the Role

CIGZambia is seeking a full-time technical advisor (with Zambian citizenship or right to work in Zambia) to support the work of a flexible and demand-driven technical assistance programme in the area of improving access to urban infrastructure services.

Reporting to the Team Leader, the Infrastructure Lead will be responsible for driving the work stream dedicated to infrastructure services (public transportation, water and sanitation, solid waste,) and play a critical role in achieving the overall programme objectives.

While the Infrastructure Lead will be responsible for programme strategy for a range of infrastructure services, a core area of focus will be public transportation, and experience in this sector is of particular interest.

Key Responsibilities of the Infrastructure Lead

  • Develop and manage relationships with senior stakeholders across relevant Government of Zambia departments/agencies (at national and sub-national levels) and the private sector
  • Lead the programme strategy on municipal infrastructure service delivery (public transportation, water and sanitation, solid waste) and engagement on national priority infrastructure projects
  • Implement the strategy by pro-actively scoping and developing a pipeline of individual Technical Assistance (TA) projects with potential clients
  • Develop the Terms of Reference for TA projects and work with the Senior Programme Manager to define and identify suitable TA project resources
  • Be accountable for the delivery of the individual TA Projects under the Infrastructure Component:
    • Manage a team of local and international experts and sub-contractors to implement the TA project activities
    • Supervise the delivery of the TA projects
    • Quality assure and sign-off all deliverables for the TA projects
    • Regularly monitor and report to the Team Leader and the Senior Programme Manager on activity implementation and budgets to demonstrate impact. Support reviews and reporting
    • Maintain client relationship and address any issues arising during project implementation
  • Draft required programme documents and reports required for DFID approval in area of work
  • Actively contribute to, and participate in, programme reporting, including providing inputs to quarterly reports and yearly business plans, and specific ‘stock-take’ workshops
  • Monitor the external context and review/stop/change component/project activities based on new information, external changes and lessons learned from the programme
  • Ensure relevance and additionality of the programme activities by engaging with other donors active in the sector and ensure complementarities and avoid overlap

Minimum Job Requirements for the Infrastructure Lead

You must have a Zambian citizenship or the right to work in Zambia.

  • At least 5 years’ experience in providing advisory services, technical assistance and capacity building to national and local government departments/agencies involved in infrastructure and related service delivery
  • Extensive experience in planning, operation and maintenance, and governance of projects in infrastructure and related services (notably public transport, roads, railways, water and sanitation, and solid waste management) that impact on urban development
  • Experience in managing multiple technical assistance projects simultaneously and controlling project spend, and work planning, as well as managing project team members
  • Excellent report writing and communication skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Advantageous: Experience in working on infrastructure issues in the urban and peri-urban context in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Advantageous: Understanding of and familiarity with the Zambian public procurement process and life-cycle management of publicly funded projects
  • Advantageous: Master’s degree in engineering, economics, urban planning or other relevant discipline

Applications:

Please send your CV to admin@cigzambia.onmicrosoft.com. For CV to be considered, subject line in email must be completed as follows: Infrastructure Lead – Candidate Last Name, First Name

Deadline for Applications:

4th October 2019

About the Organization

With more than 30 years of experience, CowaterSogema is Canada’s global leader in management consulting services specializing in international development. We have managed the implementation of over 800 projects in more than 80 countries around the globe for clients such as DFID, DFAT Australia, the World Bank and Global Affairs Canada. We work with governments, partner organizations, communities and civil society to design and implement sustainable solutions that generate lasting social, economic and environmental impacts. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2017 and 2018.

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