Green Urban Planner Consultant

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

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Rwanda: Green Urban Planner Consultant


Advisory Support: Level E

Duty Station

Kigali, Rwanda

Start Date

31 October 2016

End Date

23 December 2016


Full time

Daily Rate

USD $200 –USD $325

Days Estimated

40 days

Total Fees

Up to USD $13,000 (dependent on experience)

Specifics of Recruitment


Based in Seoul, The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as “green growth”, which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.

GGGI supports stakeholders through complementary and integrated work streams – Green Growth Planning & Implementation and Knowledge Solutions – that deliver comprehensive products designed to assist in developing, financing, and mainstreaming green growth in national economic development plans.

This work is being done by helping countries with the following:

–          Financing of INDCs: Identifying what it will cost for a country to implement its INDC

–          Resource Mobilization: Assisting countries to find the finance needed

–          Domestic Financial Vehicles: Ensuring countries have the correct structures in place to receive international climate finance that include robust management structures and reporting systems

–          Bankable Projects: Building capacity within countries to identify projects and to structure them in such a way as to attract both public and private finance.


The Rwandan Government, under its Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (II), has pioneered a vision of a Green City Concept. The first phase of this project will be a housing development with multiple green aspects incorporated within it, acting as a pilot to lead the way for further scaling up of green building and green urban planning projects.

Horizon Group has set aside approx. 13 Hectares of prime land in Kinyinya, Gasabo District, Kigali City; to be the Green City Pilot Phase 1 Cactus Park Green Housing Development. In partnership with The Rwanda Environment Fund –FONERWA, Preliminary Technical studies have been concluded leading to the development of the preliminary Structural Engineering Designs to guide construction activity.

Since the completion of the Technical studies – A market study and business plan has been undertaken which has led to requests for changes to some of the sizes of the unit designs – to suit market considerations. The business plan has also led to requests for changes to the master plan layout – to increase density and vary the mix and types of units.

The purpose of this to revise the Masterplan and make further adjustments in order to address the issues highlighted in the market survey incorporated into the business plan.

Objectives/Purpose of the Assignment:

The consultant shall conduct the creation of a modified Masterplan and typology design drawings for the Cactus Park Housing Development in Kigali City. These modifications should address concerns and issues raised by the market survey; conducted as part of the Business Plan completed by Horizon for the project. The revised plan must sufficiently detail further design drawings to be completed. The completion of the revised Masterplan and typology design drawings will allow Horizon to compile financial costings for the whole project which then allows them to seek financing to implement the project.

The Consultant shall be home based with the expectation that meetings will be required with Horizon Group in Kigali. The cost of these will be borne by the Consultant and will not be chargeable back to GGGI. The Consultant shall provide technical support for Rwanda Country Program as part of the GIS team, under the guidance of Country team and the GIS Principal. The Consultant shall report to GIS Principal Green Investment Specialist and Rwanda Country Representative.

Scope of Work:

The Consultant shall:

Prepare the revised Masterplan and Typologies. This requires design and technical work to try, where reasonable, to meet the changes and requirements listed below.

The work shall be included as an addendum to the Technical studies (with clear drawings, illustrations and revised calculations included identifying any changes) to enable further detailed design development to take place.

The work shall be undertaken in two phases, Scoping Phase and the Delivery Phase when preparing revised Masterplan and Typologies.

Component 1A: Outline of Changes to Brief:

Changes to the 3 existing typologies and 1 new design of a further 4th (Apartment 2-bedroom typology) to increase general room sizes to meet market demand. Where possible, the typologies revisions shall

  • Reduce the net to Gross Floor Area ratio for all units, where possible, without compromising building shading and passive performance.
  • Reduce the terrace sizes in some locations to allow room increase.
  • Increase, where possible, all bed room sizes to an acceptable minimum which can accommodate either two single beds and a wardrobe, or a double-bed and a wardrobe (Minimum size 12sq meter)
  • Provide at least five bedrooms for the Villa type, four bedrooms for the Courtyard type. The apartments should have 2 double bedrooms and the Maisonettes should have three double bedrooms. The bedroom apartments should be limited in numbers as noted below.
  • Avoid toilets in corners and the front part of the buildings

Component 1B: Changes to Master Plan:

The master plan shall be revised, where possible to

  • Meet noted required density for City of Kigali of least 50 Dwelling Units per hectare (site area exclusive primary roads, setbacks, P1 area and other functions)
  • Ensure roads follow existing longitudinal roads as per previous masterplan
  • Ensure minimum plot sizes stipulated during technical studies are respected.
  • Increase numbers of units, especially larger Villas and courtyard houses.
  • Introduce fewerbut slightly higher 4/5 storey blocks incorporating a proportion of smaller 2 bed units to increase density.

The masterplan shall to be revised as follows, as agreed in principle with Horizon Group (units to aim to meet these numbers as closely to as possible).

  • Extend villas across top left hand side of site on the prime land, replacing courtyard houses   – total Villas 34 units.
  • Reduce Courtyard types at top of site (as above) – and add to streets lower down site, replacing some of the 4 storey blocks – total courtyard houses –  88 units.
  • Introduce single storey 2 bed apartments (some with ground floor disabled access) over the first 3 stories of the 5 storey blocks, where blocks front main road and combine with 1 level of maisonettes. For remaining 5 storey blocks 2 levels of maisonettes on upper floors, with apartments located at ground level.
  • Reduce the extent of 4/5 storey blocks to allow for more Courtyard types as above —-
  • Apartment and Maisonettes – total 290 units, 3 bed Maisonettes – 110 units, 2 bed apartments – approximately 180 units

Total Masterplan units – between 410-415 UNITS

Component 1C: Outline of design information required

  • Typology drawings – revised layout drawings only to the scale and detail within the technical report
    • Architectural layouts for each key 4 typologies (there is a requirement for a new typology that contains the Apartment) – 1:100 plans of each level, sections and elevations
    • Structural general arrangement drawings (taking into account revised Ground bearing conditions) – at 1:100 scale
    • Mechanical and electrical general arrangement layout drawings – 1:200/1:100. Electrical, PV and solar hot water layouts (to suit increase in bedrooms of some units), Public health, water distribution and water storage etc.
    • Mechanical and electrical revised calculations (water, storage, PVs, Solar HW etc.) on demand and loadings due to area or bedroom increases
  • Master plan drawings
    • Architectural revised master plan drawing – at scale and detail as shown in technical report – with revised plot sizes (if required) and typology changes, revised unit numbers and revised landscape etc. Scale 1:1000
    • Street plan sectional drawings – as per technical report  
      • 1. Villa to Courtyard Street
      • 2. Courtyard house to courtyard house street
      • 3. Maisonette/apartment to maisonette/apartment street
      • Revised land use schedule
      • Master plan and typology drawing and schedule – identifying all key variations and numbers of the 3/4 key types.
      • Monitoring & Evaluation – revised schematics to meet above
      • Monitoring & Evaluation and public health – revised waste water treatment plant calculations and schematics (if required), revised borehole water supply pumps, schematics and calculations (if required). 
  • Quantity surveying – Review and revision of elemental cost plan, as contained in the Technical reports, to account for revisions as noted above. At this stage, this shall form a reasonable estimate for the cost of the project.

The Consultantshall undertake the following key components/activities:

  • Assist GGGI to ensure that Horizon activities are consistently implemented and remain aligned to the objectives of the business plan;  
  • Support with the production of revised Masterplan and Typologies under the guidance of the project Lead, the work will be included as an addendum to the technical studies with clear drawings, illustrations and revised calculations included identifying any changes, to enable further detailed design development to take place.
  • Assist with the completion of Components 1A, 1B and 1C under the guidance of lead consultant.
  • Liaise with Horizon, GGGI and other consultants to ensure that all logistical matters such as organizing meetings and workshops, as required, are satisfactorily and timely completed; and
  • Carry out any other tasks needed to ensure the smooth implementation of the assignment.

Output/Reporting Requirements/Deliverables:


End of Week

Payment schedule

Draft sketch revision of typologies and revised masterplan           



Sign off of draft sketches                                                                             



Draft final version of typology and masterplan revisions                



Submission of final drawings following sign off                                   




  • An advanced university degree in a subject relevant to the work activities (e.g. Infrastructure planning and/or finance, Development Economics/finance, Urban/Environmental Economics, etc.)
  • Minimum 5 years of total experience with significant experience in infrastructure planning, finance and/or investment assessment.
  • Relevant work experience in various related areas of the project
  • Experience in working with government agencies, officials and private sector in relevant field
  • Demonstrate depth and breadth of specialist knowledge of subject matter to effectively contribute to the GGGI Green investment solutions.
  • Demonstrate awareness of latest developments in the field of green investments procurements.
  • Experience in working in Sub-Saharan Africa or developing country
  • Fluency in English is required.