Manager- Urban development specialist

Job Description

Title: Manager- Urban development specialist

Company Name: Disaster Management Watch (DM WATCH)

Vacancy: 01

Job Location: Dhaka

Employment Status: Full-time

Educational Requirements:
∎ Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning/ Town Planning/ Urban Development/ Transport Planning, or equivalent. Candidates having a PhD degree would get a preference. If any candidate has a PhD, the duration of the PhD can be counted as a professional experience.

Experience Requirements:
∎ At least 8 year(s)

Job Context:
∎ Position: Manager- Urban development specialist
∎ DM WATCH was established in 2013 under the name of Disaster Management Watch. Since its establishment, DM WATCH has been involved in research, consultancy, and training, engaging a group of professionals with diverse backgrounds. Envisioning to contribute to the development of the society and the country as a whole, DM WATCH has been working with various partners from both the public and private sectors. For more information, please visit our website
∎ The overall objective of the incumbent of the position would be to help implement the strategic plan of the division Research and Knowledge Management of DM WATCH, by executing, coordinating, and leading the activities of the cluster "Urban Development and Management", with a view to achieving the mission and vision of the organization, keeping in mind its core values.

Job Responsibilities:
∎ Supporting and eventually managing a selected number of analytical studies and research initiatives, particularly on issues related to urban/ community development, regional development, land, housing, and/or local government institutions.
∎ Staying current on different planning policy, acts, and regulation, zoning codes, environmental regulations, and other legal issues
∎ Staying abreast of what is currently going on in the field of Urban Development and Management by reading papers, journals, and books
∎ Reviewing and evaluating different reports pertaining to private and public planning projects and programs.
∎ Designing feasibility study for any relevant development project and preparing feasibility study reports
∎ Preparing physical layout plan, master plan, strategic plan for clients
∎ Preparing research proposals and searching for opportunities of international research grants
∎ Preparing and submitting grant applications and administering awarded grants
∎ Gathering and analyzing data from research, censuses, and economic and environmental studies
∎ Preparing graphic and narrative reports using geodatabase, land area maps overlaid with different geographic variables
∎ Designing experiments and developing research protocols
∎ Developing indicators and preparing different study tools for collecting primary and secondary data
∎ Using digital platform (e.g., GeoODK, Survey 123, KoboCollect, ODK) for preparing advanced forms for different data collection
∎ Representing DM WATCH in a professional capacity as we collaborate with Government high officials, development partners, city, professionals as well as local government and the general public.
∎ Supervising and coordinating the works of Urban Development and Management cluster and collaborating with colleagues in multidisciplinary research projects
∎ Training and supervising the mobility of enumerators
∎ Transcribing and/or cleaning data for analysis, analyzing data and writing report
∎ Attending and arranging events such as conference and seminar
∎ Collaborating with colleagues in multidisciplinary research projects
∎ Supervising junior colleagues
∎ Publishing review and original papers in scientific peer reviewed journals

Additional Requirements:
∎ The candidate should possess relevant professional experience in urban development and urban environmental improvement, urban sector development issues, or related area and in project administration and relevant experience in the design of multisector projects, practical knowledge and experience in integration of financial, economic, social, institutional, and issues in project design. The candidate should have prior experience of preparing physical layout plans for residential, commercial, institutional, recreational, industrial areas development plans. Further experience in urban policy and strategy, city wide strategic development plans, smart cities and innovative development planning solutions as an advantage. The candidate should also have the experience of conducting activities related to research independently in the field of Urban Development and Management. Activities include, but are not limited to, defining a research problem, reviewing of literature, formulating hypotheses, preparing a research design, conducting experiments, collecting, wrangling, and analyzing data (both the quantitative and qualitative), interpreting findings and writing the report, publishing, and disseminating results.
∎ The candidate must have at least 8 years of professional experience.
∎ The candidate, ideally, should-
∎ Have a solid understanding of urban policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
∎ Have the ability to develop, analyze and articulate technical issues in the urban sector
∎ Have an experience in connecting analysis to policy advice on urban issues.
∎ Be strong in oral and written skills in English and the demonstrated ability to produce high quality analytical reports.
∎ Have the experience in the sector highlighting cities, urban planning, urban transport and/or urban infrastructure
∎ Have a firm willingness to continue the career in the field of research and consultancy
∎ Have the advanced knowledge of research methodology and statistics
∎ Support in effective decision-making process through Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote sensing (RS) data management and analysis
∎ Analyze, manipulate and generate visual depictions of large data sets
∎ Be making high-quality graphics, diagrams, maps, sketches and/or renderings. Experienced with Adobe Creative Suite programs, such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign
∎ Have an understanding of geospatial data and dynamic dashboard application
∎ Be able to interpret and assess remotely sensed imagery, GIS products and understand their metadata
∎ Be strong in geostatistical analysis and having sufficient knowledge and skills to conduct his/her own GIS and remote sensing investigations
∎ Have the high degree of problem sensitivity and the flexibility to respond quickly
∎ Have the proven record of science writing (publication in peer reviewed journals)
∎ Have the willingness to work under academic challenge
∎ Be humble and open to criticism
∎ Be always prepared to step out of the comfort zone by learning about new ideas and exploring novel and difficult topics
∎ Have good communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills
∎ Have an excellent written and verbal communication skills in Bangla (if Bangladeshi) and English
∎ Have good organizational and administrative skills
∎ Be a critical thinker, numerate, curious, independent, exited to learn, flexible, creative, professional, a passionate reader, a dynamic worker, organized and collaborative, and comfortable with new tech.
∎ Have a strong attention to detail, the ability to problem solving, the capacity to lead a team, and the practice of critical analysis

∎ BDT 80,000-BDT 120,000

Compensation & Other Benefits:
∎ Mobile bill
∎ Festival Bonus: 2 (yearly)
∎ Contributory provident fund
∎ Life insurance policy
∎ Salary shield (Insurance)
∎ Two-day weekend
∎ Medical leave, annual leave, maternal/paternal leave

Job Source: Online Job Posting.

Application Deadline: 24 Jul 2021

Company Information:
∎ 30 Jun 2021
∎ Disaster Management Watch (DM WATCH)
∎ Address : Shatabdi Haque Tower (3rd Floor), 586/3, Begum Rokeya Sharoni, West Shewrapara, Mirpur, Dhaka-1216
∎ Web :
∎ Business : DM WATCH was established in 2013 under the name of Disaster Management Watch. Since its establishment, DM WATCH has been involved in research, consultancy, and training, engaging a group of professionals with diverse backgrounds. Envisioning to contribute to the development of the society and the country as a whole, DM WATCH has been working with various partners from both the public and private sectors.

Category: Research/Consultancy

: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. DM WATCH reserves the right to accept or reject any application without assigning any reasons whatsoever.