Local recruitment: E T Consultant (Tanzania Urban Resilience Program (TURP))

The World Bank
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). IBRD and IDA are commonly known as the World Bank, which is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and – as of July 1, 2014 – has introduced fourteen Global Practices (GPs) as well as five Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs) to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.


GSURR covers a wide Range: (i) developing green, inclusive and resilient cities; (ii) addressing the social inclusion of the poor, vulnerable and excluded groups through accountable institutions, and ensuring compliance with social safeguards; (iii) enhancing urban and rural development through supporting and managing the urban-rural transition, assisting local development through developing land tenure, management and information systems; and (iv) assisting in disaster risk management through issues of risk assessment, risk reduction (including flood management, urban drainage, coastal management, and retrofitting of infrastructure), disaster preparedness (including hydromet services, early warning systems, and civil defense), risk financing (including Development Policy Loan with Catastrophe Deferred Draw-Down Option CAT-DDO), and resilient reconstruction (including post-disaster damage and loss assessment).


Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa is occurring at an unprecedented pace. The share of Africans living in urban areas is projected to grow from 38 percent in 2016 to almost 60 percent by 2040, translating to an additional 40,000 new urban citizens every day until 2040. The region’s urbanization rate, one of the highest in the world, can lead to economic growth, transformation and poverty. However, many cities in Africa still have not fully captured the benefits of urbanization and poorly managed urbanization has exacerbated existing infrastructure challenges, resulting in increased inequality, urban poverty, proliferation of informal settlements and vulnerability to hazards. Adverse natural events present a serious obstacle for achieving sustainable social and economic development, particularly in vulnerable regions as Sub-Saharan Africa. Disaster affect the poor most severely; unplanned human settlements, unsafe building practices, high population densities, economic growth, and accumulations of assets in risk prone areas has dramatically increased exposure to hazards and increased disaster loss. Climate changed has the potential to significantly worsen the situation.

To this end, the Africa Urban and Disaster Risk Management Unit (GSU19), brings together a wide range of important and interrelated development and financing instruments to support national and sub-national clients to: harness urbanization and enable effective land management in support of both growth and poverty reduction; foster social inclusion of marginalized groups; support the responsiveness and fiscal, financial, and management capacities of local governments – cities, municipalities, and rural districts – to deliver local infrastructure and decentralized services; strengthen resilience and disaster risk management related to natural disasters; reduce conflict and violence; scale-up access to finance for sub-national governments; and reduce the carbon footprint of cities.


Tanzania is the most flood affected country in the East Africa region, the impacts of flood is mostly experienced in cities/ urban areas, official disaster statistics demonstrate that in Dar es Salaam is the urban center worst affected by flooding, followed by the secondary cities of Zanzibar, Mwanza, Arusha, Mtwara and Mbeya. Flooding in the cities is caused inadequate infrastructure to accommodate storm water, degradation of natural assets (wetlands, natural drainage channels, and forested areas) which serve as open sewers and solid waste dumps, and unplanned settlement in flood prone areas. Other causes include low capacity of the local authorities and communities to take appropriate action in response to the weather forecasts and warnings issued by Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA).

The social and economic impacts of flooding in urban areas are adverse particularly due to the concentration of infrastructure and economic assets. With the fast-growing urbanization characterized with poor infrastructure and unplanned settlement, and the climate change which increases the intensity and frequency of flooding, the impacts of flooding are expected to be more adverse

The cities authorities that are responsible for managing disasters risks lack appropriate mechanism to reduce and cope with the increasing flood risks in terms of technical and financial capacity, contingency plans, standard operating procedures and early warning system for flood preparedness and response.  Vulnerable communities residing in flood prone areas have low capacity for flood risk reduction due to poverty, lack of appropriate risk reduction knowledge and lack of community plans to prepare for and respond to floods.

Flood risks in cities such as Dar es Salaam has been largely characterized as corrective risk management – responding to the materialization of flood risk as it is created. The drivers of such a process are predominantly results of socio-economic planning decisions based on weak enforcement and land use planning systems, poor inter-institutional coordination, limited or inadequate risk information and use of decision support tools such as probabilistic risk evaluations, and limited capacity of city stakeholders to access and act upon up-to-date climate risk science.

The World Bank through Tanzania Urban Resilience Program (TURP) will work with the local authorities, other stakeholders and communities to support more preventative risk management practices though (i) risk evaluation and awareness; (ii) municipal and  community level risk reduction planning; (iii) stakeholder engagement, coordination and participatory decision making; (iv) capacity building of city planning, GIS and surveying teams to use appropriate risk information; (v) integration of environmental assessments such as erosion, sedimentation processes into city town planning ; (v) climate impacts and future risk profiles.

This ET Consultant position is aimed at establishing technical support to the local authorities and communities to develop appropriate risk management and urban development with the use of disaster risk knowledge produced by other aspect of the TURP.

Duties & Accountabilities:

This position calls for a cross disciplinary approach that seeks to build the capacity of the urban government participating in the Tanzania Urban Resilience Program to adopt long term flood risk management practices. Specific duties include: 

• Support the design and preparation of the Msimbazi Flood Risk Management Project, including working with the newly established Dar es Salaam City Council Project Implementation Unit, as well as coordination with its parent project the Dar es Salaam Metropolitan Development Project.
• Actively participate in regular supervision of the Msimbazi Flood Risk Management Project through technical site visits.
• Advise on and support the establishment of a Msimbazi Steering Committee, Msimbazi Planning Authority, and Msimbazi Area Development Corporation.
• Support and provide advisory services on private sector engagement for resilience related investments.
• Based on lessons learned through the implementation of the Tanzania Urban Resilience Program, provide technical inputs and advisory on the design of pipeline operations across the urban development portfolio.
• Support development of training materials and capacity building on issues relating to urban resilience across local authorities participating in the Dar es Salaam Metropolitan Development Project, Tanzania Strategic Cities Project, Urban Local Government Strengthening Project, or Zanzibar Urban Services Project. 
• Support trainings in the use of risk information from TURP including exposure data mapping, services and impacted citizens mapping, hydrometeorological services, and environmental risk assessment.
• Support dissemination events and trainings relating to the use of probabilistic risk evaluations - for the cities of Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar City. 
• Facilitate and manage comprehensive urban resilience dialogue with critical stakeholders. Strengthen local authorities’ partnerships and coordinate with relevant agencies, academia, the UN, and donors relating to project activities.  
• Contribute to the development of a knowledge management system by disseminating lessons learnt and best practice. Promote and facilitate knowledge exchange and dissemination in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation between cities and sectors. 
• Provide coaching/mentoring to junior team members, extended term consultants and junior professional associates in the unit.

Selection Criteria

• Master’s degree in urban development, disaster risk management, environmental planning, public management, or equivalent, and a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience. 
• Extensive knowledge of urban development, risk management and local government in Africa. 
• Experience working on complex urban risk programs involving multi-stakeholder coordination;
• Demonstrated skills to engage and effectively lead dialogues with both local communities affected by urban risks as well as city leaders and decision makers charged with action;
• Strong conceptual and research/analytical skills with the ability to rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources into conclusion and recommendations.
• Demonstrated effective communication skills, speaking and writing, and outstanding interpersonal skills, effective team member. 
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Kiswahili. 
• Knowledge of World Bank operational policies, practices and procedures is an asset.

• Dialogue Skills - Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent technical discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners.  
• Integrative Skills - Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations.  
• Client Orientation - Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge.  
• Drive for Results - Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables.  
• Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion – work well with the team and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches.  
• Knowledge, Learning and Communication - sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels.  
• Good knowledge of the functioning of central and local government systems.
• Community engagement skills – clear understanding of complexities of urban communities and means of facilitating community participation in urban risk reduction initiatives

Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years.