Associate, Planning Jobs – Bridge International Academies

Job Title:        Associate, Planning
Organization: Bridge International Academies
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
International Academies is the world’s largest and fastest-growing chain of
primary and pre-primary schools with more than 400 academies and 120,000 pupils
in Kenya and Uganda. We democratize the right to succeed by giving families
living in poverty access to the high-quality education that will allow their
children to live a very different life. We leverage experts, data, and
technology in order to standardize and scale every aspect of quality education
delivery, from how and where academies are built to how teachers are selected
and trained, and how lessons are delivered and monitored for improvement. We
are vertically-integrated, tech-enabled, and on our way to profitability.
Bridge expects to continue rapid expansion in East Africa, and will be
launching operations in Nigeria in September 2015, with India to follow in
Job Summary: The Associate, Planning will render support in
performing a variety of duties related to the collection, analysis,
interpretation and presentation of technical land use, environmental and other
city planning data. The Planning Associate ensures compliance with the city’s
development standards.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Assists in getting development approvals in
    areas assigned
  • Assists in compiling relevant documents to be
    attached to planning briefs before circulation
  • In charge of displaying public notices on
    site and lodging  the planning
    briefs at relevant councils in areas assigned
  • Assists in following up on development
    applications until they have been 
    approved by the relevant council;
  • In charge of collecting pertinent data from
    the field required to draft the applications
  • Collecting relevant documents and details
    from approving authorities required during the drafting of the development
  • Responsible for collecting and reporting on
    any relevant information that may directly or indirectly affect the
    planning applications.
  • Establishing and maintaining a network of
    government officials and key personnel 
  • Follow up on environmental applications and
    planning applications
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Bachelor’s
    Degree from a recognized university preferably in community development,
    Land administration, Law( 2nd Class and above);
  • At least five years of post-undergraduate,
    full-time work experience
  • Good team player in highly selective,
    fast-paced, building and construction environments
  • Proof of relevant prior work experience
    include: community development, District Lands office, Local Authority
    planning department
  • Previous experience working in community
    development projects in low-income/informal environments
  • Significant experience in fast-growth,
    rapid-scale contexts in terms of obtaining development approvals (PPA2,
    Approved building plans and NEMA licenses), creating a network of contacts
    in relevant approving authorities, etc. – e.g. A highly established
    physical planning firm
  • Prior experience working with a culturally
    and socioeconomically diverse workforce
  • High energy and enthusiasm level; willingness
    to do whatever necessary to get the job done
Personal Competencies:
  • A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting
    things done. You’re organized and responsive.  You take ownership of every idea you
    touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging
    others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done.  You can multi-task dozens of such
    projects at once and never lose sight of the details.  Likely, you have some experience in a
    start-up or other rapid-growth company.
  • A networking mastermind – You excel at meeting new people and
    turning them into advocates.  You
    communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written
    and oral speech.  You can influence
    strangers in the course of a single conversation.  Allies and colleagues will go to bat for
    your ideas.
  • A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch
    comes with massive and constant challenges.  On top of that, Bridge works in
    volatile, low-resource communities and runs on fees averaging just $6 a
    month per pupil.  You need to be
    flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and
    affordably with the materials at hand. 
    Every dollar you spend is a dollar our customers, who live on less
    than $2 a day, will have to pay for.
  • A customer advocate – Our customers – these families
    living on less than $2 a day per person – never leave your mind.  You know them, get them, have shared a
    meal with them (or would be happy to in the future).  You would never shrink back from shaking
    a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person
    was wearing or looked like.  Every
    decision you make considers their customer benefit, experience, and value.
  • A life-long learner – You believe you can always do
    better.  You welcome constructive
    criticism and provide it freely to others. 
    You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where
    you’ve missed things or failed today.
How to Apply:
suitably qualified candidates who wish to apply for this vacancy are encouraged
to send their updated CVs and cover letters online at the web link below.
Deadline: 15th February, 2016

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