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Project Manager - Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction & Urban Resilience


London, United Kingdom

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Arup’s International Development team works exclusively with organisations committed to improving social well-being and reducing vulnerability; mostly in developing countries. Our clients and partners include international donors, non-governmental agencies and foundations. Our current projects span Latin America, Europe, USA, sub-Saharan Africa, S/SE Asia and the Pacific Islands.
The Urban Resilience Fund (URF) is a pioneering initiative within the Asian Development Bank financed by the Department of International Development, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The URF will use a systems-centred approach that supports making climate change a central element of city planning. This will be linked to the implementation of infrastructure and policy or institutional interventions, as well as strong knowledge, capacity building, and networking components. The portfolio is currently in 27 cities and growing fast; and it is highly diverse ranging from cyclone shelters in Bangladesh to city planning in Myanmar. Arup has been appointed to lead a sub-project team to provide technical assistance in urban climate change and resilience (UCCR), including supporting the delivery of interventions, designing and delivering a methodology for measuring resilience at different levels, and capturing and synthesising the concept to enhance its further applicability.

We have a new opportunity for a full-time project manager to join us in Manila.

This is a great opportunity for a highly organised, energetic project manager who thrives on complexity and the challenges of development. You will need to have specialist expertise in climate change and environmental consulting and/or city planning. An understanding of resilience is also desired.

You will be responsible for coordinating the three work streams of measuring, capacity building and creating knowledge products. In addition to day-to-day management of project tasks, deliverables, finances and coordination across the consortium and with the client, the PM will play an active role in providing strategic advice and/or technical expertise to the programme.

Once the work steams are established in 2017-18, you will also play an active and exciting role in business development, developing proposals for new work and contributing to the coordination and growth of Arup International Development in the Asia Region.


Responsible as Project Manager for the Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) Subproject 2 under the supervision of the Project Director (Team Leader).

This will include:

• Supporting relationship management with the City Resilience Officers and Output Leaders.
• Monitoring budgets and controlling expenditure and invoicing using Arup’s financial systems (Ovaview) and ADB consultant management systems.
• Ensuring Arup Management Systems (quality assurance) procedures are adhered to.
• Allocating tasks to members of the team/ consortium and monitoring progress against project plans.
• Co-ordinating inputs from others across the consortium and ensure high quality outputs.
• Contributing technical skills to defined areas of the technical assistance (TA).
• Authoring official project documents (for internal or external use).
• Responsible for checking the quality and accuracy of own and others’ work, works under minimal supervision.
• Managing own time and others to meet project deadlines and deliverables, with varied or conflicting demands and priorities.

Requirements, Experience and Skills

• Relevant degree in Architecture, Planning, Geography, or Environmental Science.
• A professional qualification, and/or post-graduate qualification in a relevant technical field (e.g. climate change or environmental engineering)
• In-depth technical knowledge and typically around 5+ years’ experience in providing technical assistance on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and urban resilience, with direct experience in South and South East Asia.
• Typically around 4+ years project management experience, including managing complex international programmes for major development clients.

People Skills:

• Able to demonstrate commercial awareness.
• Understanding of “customer” needs (both internal and external) and issues which may impact on maintaining effectiveness within a commercial environment.
• Able to quickly develop and maintain successful client, partner and team relationships.


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