Institutional Capacity Building Team Leader

Job categories Urban Planning/Design
Vacancy code VA/2019/B5315/18599
Level ICS-10
Department/office AFR, GHMCO, Gambia
Duty station Banjul, Gambia
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration Ongoing
Application period 25-Sep-2019 to 04-Nov-2019

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

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The Gambia has one of the fastest urbanisation rates in sub-Saharan Africa, with the Greater Banjul Area (GBA) already accounting for 68% of the total population. This has resulted in several environmental and socio-economic problems including deforestation, soil erosion, pollution and waste generation, as well as stress on health, education and employment services.  These have been exacerbated by the lack of an urban masterplan for Banjul (which has not been updated for nearly 20 years) and the absence of a planned response to the growing economic activity of the city. Likewise, the absence of an updated cadastral map and insufficient data on taxable properties in the Greater Banjul Area has resulted in the municipalities being able to collect only a small portion of their potential revenue from property taxes. With inadequate funding available from the central government, there is increased pressure on the municipalities to explore innovative revenue generation mechanisms to effectively deliver basic services.

Despite these challenges, the investment climate in The Gambia is growing in attractiveness to investors and is expected to accelerate on account of the proposed Port Expansion and the new trans-Gambia bridge. It is imperative that the city has the proper instruments in place to prepare for increased urbanization, traffic flows and vulnerability to climatic change.

 To respond to this potential and address these issues, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has affirmed its support to the Government of The Gambia for the development of a comprehensive, digitized master plan for the Greater Banjul Area.  The overall aim of the Greater Banjul Area: Sustainable Urban Development Programme 2020-40 (GBA-SUDP) is to put in place innovative mechanisms to support an increase in local revenue generation and collection, improve the delivery of basic services and roll out the decentralised approach as stated in the National Development Plan (2018-2021).  The project can be defined in two main service lines (a) Urban Master Plan Development and (b) Technical Assistance to institutional capacity development; covering 6 main outputs:

  1. A digital masterplan for the Greater Banjul Area, integrating the Port and linking it with the immediate area of Barra Esau (opposite the River Gambia)
  2. 5-year urban development investment plans for the 3 municipalities in Greater Banjul Area
  3. Study tour to Senegal for benchmarking
  4. Technical Assistance (TA) and capacity building, including training, for 3 municipal governments (Banjul City Council, BCC; Kanifing Municipal Council, KMC; Brikama Area Council, BAC) and the Ministry of Land and Regional Government (MoLRG)
  5. Institutions’ (Gambia Port Authority, BCC, KMC, BAC and MoLRG) staff trained in project management
  6. Procurement of ICT and office equipment to support the facilitation of municipal management

The Institutional Capacity Building Team Leader is responsible for the successful delivery of Output 4 Technical Assistance (TA) and capacity building.  In doing so, s/he will lead a team of one (1) National Lands Management Expert and three (3) National Municipal Management Experts.  The Institutional Capacity Building Team Leader will report to the Project Manager on day-to-day basis and to the Head of Programme at the Hub level.  He/she is expected to meet and exceed the organization’s performance and delivery goals.

Reporting to the Project Manager, the Institutional Capacity Building Team Leade...

Master's Degree in Public Administration/ Policy, Urban Development and/ or Gove...

5 years progressively responsible experience in the management, development ...

 Full knowledge of the working language English is required. Knowledge of ...

Prince 2 Foundation Certification is an asset.

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and ex...

Contract type: ICA Contract level: I-ICA 2 Contract duration: Ongoing ICA &...

Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time Applications ...

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ToR_CapacityBuilding_IICA2_.pdf (300 KB) 

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