Senior Urban Environment Engineer

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Post title:            Senior Urban Environment Engineer

Duration              Twelve months (with possibility of extension subject to performance and availability of funds)

Starting date:    As soon as possible (May 2012)

Duty station:      CDIA, Manila, Philippines

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The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA), is an initiative developed with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in cooperation with German Development Co-operation (GDC, with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH as its operational lead agency), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Government of Austria and Shanghai Municipal Government. The long term mission of CDIA is to contribute to the promotion of sustainable and equitable urban development, leading to improved environmental and living conditions for all in Asian cities.


The strategic objective of CDIA is to bridge the gap between strategic city development planning on the one hand and urban policies, services and infrastructure project preparation on the other by assisting city governments with pre-project preparation and capacity development. In attempting to achieve this, CDIA supports the identification and pre-structuring of appropriate urban infrastructure development projects [1]and building management capacity of medium size cities with focus on cities with population from approximately 250,000 up to five million people. In these cities, CDIA supports the implementation of existing city development strategies or comprehensive development plans for socially, economically and environmentally equitable and sustainable infrastructure and urban services. [2]


The operational objectives of CDIA, given the above overall strategic objective, are to improve urban infrastructure and services management through:

a)      strengthening of local institutional structures and arrangements for local policy frameworks on urban management and the development of urban capital investment infrastructure and services projects, including the upgrading of local governance systems and enhancement of the city revenue base to maximize funding options and capacity; and

b)      providing technical assistance in project structuring to bring priority infrastructure project conceptsto a pre-feasibility stage from where standard project feasibility studies acceptable to (and, if required, funded by) development financing institutions can be applied.

Organizational Setting, Reporting Relationships and Focus

Under the supervision of the ADB CDIA Manager and the GIZ CDIA Programme Coordinator the incumbent will take part in the day to day operational activities of the CDIA Core Management Team (CMT). With a focus on environmental sustainability, the main tasks of the incumbent will be to support the following activities of the CDIA: marketing of CDIA to cities and other partners, support to cities in project application preparation, evaluation and appraisal, preparation of pre-feasibility study (PFS) phase projects including procurement of consultants, capacity development and networking with local and national governments, financiers and other partners, and development of work procedures and strategies.

Specific tasks:

Within the CDIA CMT the Senior Urban Environment Engineer will be responsible for performing the following tasks:

a)      Safeguarding the quality of CDIA’s support work from a municipal engineering perspective.

b)      Assume internal first line support management responsibilities for CDIA work in one or more countries.

c)       Develop and lead the work with a number of local governments in urban infrastructure project programming, prioritization and pre-feasibility study (PFS) preparation.

d)      Develop Terms of Reference for requested support projects, as well as bidding documents for technical assistance in accordance with the preferred financing modality.

e)      Backstop procurement of consultants and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of PFS implemented under the CDIA initiative.

f)       Support local governments, consultants and other partners in the CDIA network from the vantage point of his/her professional perspective.

g)      Support and backstop other CDIA CMT members in, for instance, preparation of Terms of Reference and procurement of consultants based on his/her engineering expertise and professional background.

h)      Support the development of CDIA working procedures, strategies and core product development, particularly regarding engineering and environmental issues.

i)        Participate in CDIA Core Management Team meetings and internal training activities.

j)        Support the CDIA CMT in capacity development (training programs and workshops, seminars, conferences, on-the-job training) with cities, national governments, national partner organizations (NPO) and other networking partners related to particularly project structuring, PFS guidelines and engineering and environmental aspects.

k)      Participate in the dissemination of CDIA activities to a broader audience and stakeholders.

l)        Give input to (the identification of strategic priorities for) the design of future cooperation programs between primarily CDIA and Sida but also ADB and other present or future financing partners (EIB, DIFID, SECO, AFD etc.) through participation in meetings, seminars and fora, for instance.

m)    Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications and professional profile

Minimum of a Masters degree in municipal, civil, chemical, environmental or similar engineering with demonstrable focus on urban environmental infrastructure issues, with a minimum of fifteen (15) years’ of experience in urban development projects, preferably in several engineering sectors. This will comprise significant experience within programme/project formulation, capacity development within the sector(s) and preparation, design and preferably implementation of large-scale urban infrastructure projects in multi-sectoral teams. Significant experience with an integrated, cross-cutting and cross-sectoral approach towards sustainable urban development will be required. A sizeable part of the above working experience will have been in developing countries, preferably in Asia. The incumbent should have broad knowledge of the environmental, economic and social conditions of Asia.

Female experts with suitable qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.


Fluency in oral and written English is essential. Language ability in any major Asian language will be an added advantage.

[1] Including urban renewal, sustainable transport, energy efficiency, solid waste management, water supply and sanitation, drainage and flood management, for instance.

[2] More information about CDIA can be found on our website


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