This is limited-term full-time position ending December 31, 2021 (or one year from start date. May be extended based on funding.)
In this role, you will work with 6 cities (2 each in Rwanda, Ethiopia and South Africa) in Africa to recommend and develop spatial interventions to improve urban water resilience in those geographic contexts. You will work closely with the Project Lead, the GIS team, and the research team to assess and understand the key urban water challenges each city faces. Scope of work for this role will include identifying and recommending urban design, land use, zoning and regulatory interventions/changes that will improve overall water quality, improve water security, conserve natural assets and mitigate water risks facing the city.
Working closely with city stakeholders and experts, you will identify and develop opportunities to better align the city’s urban development plans with the water budget and the natural water cycle. You will participate in stakeholder workshops to brainstorm, ideate and integrate these interventions in the city’s urban water resilience action plan. Ultimately you will become fluent in the water resilience needs of cities across the region. In addition, you will assess and integrate local policy, regulatory & institutional context while making recommendations on specific interventions.
Supporting the Project Lead and Thriving Resilient Cities Director in developing agreements & securing political commitments for these spatial interventions; organizing activities such as conferences and workshops; scoping technical assistance and researching best practices in water sensitive urban design and spatial planning to share across the Africa water resilience network will be part of your role.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter with resume. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered
The WRI Urban Water Resilience initiative works to help cities overcome water challenges through research to illuminate urban water resilience challenges and pathways, partnerships with cities to enhance capacity and demonstrate solutions, and collective action to improve enabling environments. This is a joint initiative of WRI Africa, the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the WRI Water Program, as well as other partners. Together, these programs and offices bring experience creating accessible, equitable, healthy, and resilient urban areas for people, businesses and the environment. We work with businesses, governments, and civil society to ensure a water-secure future by addressing water quantity, quality, and access challenges together.
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