Team Leader (m/f/d) - Climate Change and Earthquake Resilient Infrastructure in the Dominican Republic

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 21 February 2019
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Job Description

Job description

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a service enterprise for development cooperation with international operations and global experience. Owned by the Federal Republic of Germany, the organization operates as a private-sector enterprise with a development policy mandate: to make sustainable improvements to the living conditions of people in the countries we operate in. The organization’s business area - GIZ International Services - is the vehicle for offering GIZ’s services to international clients.

GIZ International Services participates in the tender procedure “Project management and capacity building Technical Assistance for the Post-Disaster and Climate Change Resilience Framework Loan in Dominican Republic”, financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The Government of the Dominican Republic requested the assistance of the EIB to develop and finance a climate-change resilient initiative that would include resettlement of the most vulnerable populations affected into secure areas close to their livelihoods. The initiative will be focused on climate/earthquake resilient infrastructure, particularly housing, urban infrastructure (including in some cases health and education basic infrastructure), water and sanitation access roads, bridges and support to the development of sustainable livelihoods.

The main outputs of the technical assistance include capacity building of implementation agencies and beneficiaries; support in the pre-screening and follow-up of candidate recovery projects under strong governance standards; stakeholders engagement plans, resettlement and livelihood restoration plans; support in the design, spatial/urban planning for the new settlements, procurement and supervision of sub-projects, strengthening of the risk prevention component of civil protection.

Your tasks

The Team Leader (m/f/d) will be responsible for planning and implementation of the project and for guidance and supervision of the Technical Assistance team. Besides the team leader, the core team will consist of a social housing specialist and infrastructure engineers. The core team will be supported by further experts, such as an environmental and social safeguard expert and a law and a governance specialist, as well as a project economist, a financial manager and technical experts. The team leader will act as the key point of contact for the EIB, the Government of the Dominican Republic and other stakeholders. She/he will coordinate technical and political actors involved to ensure smooth implementation of the program and be responsible for the overall day-to-day management.

Your profile
  • University degree in a relevant discipline (civil engineering, public administration, economics, business management or similar), preferably at Master’s level.
  • At least 15 years of experience in the preparation and/or implementation of multi-sector projects financed by international donors, preferably in the Caribbean and/or Latin America.
  • Proven skills and experience in interacting and negotiating at national and local levels of government.
  • Demonstrated experience in institutional capacity building, preferably also for project implementation / management units (PIU/PMU).
  • At least ten years of professional experience in one or several of the relevant fields: infrastructure management, housing, urban infrastructure, resettlement, livelihood restoration, multisector programmes.
  • Familiarity with key approaches to climate change adaptation and/or earthquake/disaster resilient infrastructure, including risk management and vulnerability assessment.
  • Demonstrated program management skills and ability to both manage a team and work well across cultural boundaries.
  • Experience with technical and financial reporting procedures of IFIs is an asset.
  • Knowledge of EIB policies, rules and guidelines in the areas of procurement, environment, social and governance would be an advantage.
  • Fully fluent language skills in both English and Spanish are an indispensable requirement.

Please provide an up to date CV in EuropeAid/European Commission format in English.

EIB has not yet published the final Terms of Reference. Assignment period and the profile described above might be subject to change according to the Terms of Reference.

About the Organization

Broad-based expertise for sustainable development – under one roof Working efficiently, effectively and in a spirit of partnership, we support people and societies in developing, transition and industrialised countries in shaping their own futures and improving living conditions. This is what the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is all about. Established on 1 January 2011, it brings together under one roof the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German Development Service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German Technical Cooperation) and Inwent – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe. Making development effective Our partners want to take responsibility for achieving their own long-term development goals. We support them by offering demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. We apply a holistic and value-based approach to ensure the participation of all stakeholders. In doing so, we are always guided by our concept of sustainable development. We take account of political, economic, social and ecological dimensions as we support our partners at local, regional, national and international level in negotiating solutions in the broader social context. This is how we drive development. GIZ operates in many fields, including economic development and employment; governance and democracy; security, reconstruction, peace building and civil conflict transformation; food security, health and basic education; and environmental protection, resource conservation and climate change mitigation. We also provide management and logistical services to help our partners perform their development tasks. In crises we carry out refugee and emergency aid programmes. As part of our development services, we also second technical advisors to partner countries. We advise our clients and partners on drawing up plans and strategies, place integrated experts and returning experts in partner countries, and promote networking and dialogue among international cooperation actors. Capacity building for partner-country experts is a key component of our services, and we offer our programme participants diverse opportunities to use the contacts they have made. We also give young people a chance to gain professional experience around the world – exchange programmes for young professionals lay the foundations for successful careers in national and international markets. Who we work for Most of our activities are commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries – in particular the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research – as well as German federal states and municipalities, and public and private sector clients both in Germany and abroad. These include the governments of other countries, the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank. We work closely with the private sector and promote results-oriented interaction between the development and foreign trade sectors. Our considerable experience with alliances in partner countries and in Germany is a key factor for successful international cooperation, not only in the business, academic and cultural spheres but also in civil society. The company at a glance GIZ operates in more than 130 countries worldwide. In Germany we maintain a presence in nearly all the federal states. Our registered offices are in Bonn and Eschborn. GIZ employs approximately 17,000 staff members worldwide, more than 60 % of whom are local personnel. In addition, there are 1,135 technical advisors, 750 integrated and 324 returning experts, 700 local experts in partner organisations and 850 ‘weltwärts’ volunteers. With an estimated turnover of EUR 1.9 billion as at December 2010, GIZ can look to the future with confidence.

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