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Senior Climate and Environment Consultant, International Development

Arup

London, United Kingdom

Arup is an independent global design, engineering and planning consultancy providing a broad range of professional services. Our mission is to shape a better world.

Our International Development team works exclusively with organisations committed to improving social well-being and reducing vulnerability in developing countries. The current focus areas include; urban resilience, post-disaster reconstruction, educational and health infrastructure, water/sanitation, renewable energy and low income housing/shelter. We operate on a not-for-profit basis, harnessing Arup’ skills and networks to provide technical expertise and practical solutions which address critical challenges posed by urbanisation, poverty and climate change or natural disasters. In doing so, we strive to:
enhance the sustainability and resilience of communities in developing countries;
strengthen the technical and strategic capacity of our partners;
put sustainability and resilience at the centre of development practice;
create and share knowledge, tools and approaches which improve development practice;

You will also play an active role in business development, developing proposals for new work as part of a growing team.


Role

Responsible as Project Manager on small to medium sized projects under the supervision of the Project Director in the development or humanitarian context – co-ordinating inputs from many different people/specialists, and working closely with key stakeholders to deliver innovative and appropriate solutions within tight budgets and timescales.

This includes:
Monitoring budgets and controlling expenditure using Arup’s financial systems.
Ensuring Arup Management Systems (Quality Assurance) procedures are adhered to.
Allocating tasks to team members, monitoring progress, coordinating inputs and ensuring quality outputs.
Contributing technical skills to consultancy projects and research focusing on climate change adaptation, environmental management, sustainable development, and resilience of infrastructure, cities or communities.
Establishing new projects and projects plans, including financial planning.
Authoring official project documents (for internal or external use).
Responsible for checking the quality and accuracy of own and others’ work, working under minimal supervision.
Managing own time and that of others in order to meet project deadlines and deliverables. Ability to juggle many different conflicting demands and priorities.
Contributing to the business development of the Group.
Assisting in preparation of marketing information and bid documents.
Capture and disseminate best practice guidance and learning internally and externally. This will include representing the team/group/profession/discipline at external meetings.
Responsible for the performance and development of other team members, providing guidance, training and motivational and directional feedback.

Requirements and skills

Degree qualified in Engineering, Geography, Social Science, Environmental Science, or similar.
Relevant professional qualification, and/or post-graduate qualification is preferred (e.g. international development, DRR, sustainability or climate change).
Typically around 5 years’ technical experience such as: undertaking climate change vulnerability and risk assessments; developing sustainability, resilience, or climate adaptation strategies; delivering environmental risk/impact assessment.
Typically around 2 years’ experience delivering stakeholder consultation and engagement, including in developing country contexts.
Strong understanding of the development sector and experience working for a development organisation, consultancy or local/ national government in a developing country is desirable.
Strong interest in working with cities and infrastructure.
Experience working in a multi-disciplinary environment.
Appreciation of generalist consulting skills (project management, facilitation, interpretation) and willingness to advance these skills to ensure the best support is provided to our clients.
Experience managing projects or keys areas within a project.
Excellent planning and organisational skills. The ability to prioritise tasks, work under pressure and meet strict deadlines is essential.
Ability 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 and team relationships.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, particularly in cross-cultural environments; ability to speak other languages is beneficial (Portuguese, Spanish and or French).
Excellent written communication skills. Able to demonstrate strong technical writing skills, preferably including peer reviewed publications.


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