VACANCY: Physical Planning Officer

Government of Saint Lucia Department of Housing, Urban Renewal and Telecommunications

PROGRAMME FOR THE REGULARISATION OF UNPLANNED DEVELOPMENTS (PROUD)

THE Government of Saint Lucia (GOSL) has secured funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) under the Settlement Upgrading Project (SUP) to assist with financing the regularization of informal settlements under its ongoing regularization programme. The loan is intended to improve access to secure tenure and to basic infrastructure and services in informal settlements situated in communities around Castries, Laborie and Vieux Fort. The project will support the longer term goal of improved living conditions of the citizens of Saint Lucia, especially in the lower quintiles of the population.

To assist in the achievement of this mandate the Department of Housing, Urban Renewal and Telecommunications is seeking to fill the vacant position of Physical Planning Officer. The successful candidate will be required to work under the direction of and report to the PROUD Programme Coordinator. They would also be required to respond whenever necessary to the Chief Housing and Urban Renewal Officer and the Permanent Secretary on matters related to work in progress.

KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  1. To assist in the investigation of spatial occupation of communities identified for intervention;
  2. To assist with the preparation of concept or vision plans for sites identified for intervention;
  3. To assist with the Preparation of rationalization plans for PROUD’s intervention;
  4. To assist with stakeholder consultation and sensitization;
  5. Supervise surveying activities in the preparation of and execution of rationalization plans;
  6. Prepare and design plans for housing developments and housing relocation projects;
  7. Examines and advises on proposed housing projects;
  8. Identify design and implement capital projects and initiatives to encourage settlement upgrade;
  9. Design and implement social and economic incentives to encourage regeneration;
  10. Undertake evaluation of physical development projects and conduct research, including site suitability and socio-economic assessments;
  11. To assists in the design and preparation of new initiatives, budgetary notes and reports as requested by the Programme Coordinator;
  12. Any other duties as assigned by the Programme Coordinator.
CONDITIONS
The successful candidate is expected to fulfill the following terms and conditions of employment:
  • To function according to the Laws of the State, Civil Service Rules and Regulations, Staff Orders and by any other relevant collective agreements, established acceptable norms and practices of the Public Service;
  • To function as a standing member of Departmental Technical Committees;
  • To comply with the standard operating procedures and guidelines of the Department of Housing, Urban Renewal and Telecommunications;
  • Maintain a motor vehicle and to function as a travelling officer;
  • Employment will be on a contractual basis.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
The successful candidate should:
  1. Have an excellent working knowledge of the Physical Planning Act of 2001 (No. 29), Building Code, National Housing Corporation Act and other pertinent legislation;
  2. Be knowledgeable of Planning standards as per DCA “Manual for Developers”;
  3. Be able to prepare plans for forward planning or housing development projects;
  4. Be able to present and defend estimates of physical development plans before departmental committees, Ministries or agencies;
  5. Be able to assist in the monitoring/coordination of various housing development or relocation projects;
  6. Be able to interpret and apply local legislation;
  7. Be proficient in the use of design and costing software;
  8. Possess strong and positive inter-personnel skills and be able to function effectively with local communities;
  9. Possess effective written and verbal communications skills;
  10. Maintain accurate records and prepare clear and concise monthly reports.
EVALUATION METHOD
The evaluation of work performance will be based on a variety of indicators, including the following:
  • Completion of reports and assignments within the deadlines set;
  • Quality of reports as indicated by the extent to which these are clear, accurate, and adequately address the physical planning problems at hand;
  • Effective implementation of duties, responsibilities and assignments as defined in the job description.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION

Grade I
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Town Planning, Urban Development Studies, Urban Design, Geography or Planning Technology;
Grade II and III
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Town Planning, Urban Development Studies, Urban Design, Geography or Planning Technology;
  • Post Graduate training in Urban or Town Planning, Environmental Planning, Urban Development Studies or Urban Design; plus
  • Two years working experience in related field;
    Qualification and/or experience in Project Management would be an asset.
SALARY
Salary is at the rate of EC $54,163.24 to 72,217.69 per annum.

Applications should be submitted on the prescribed Government of St. Lucia Application Form along with Curriculum Vitae, certified copies of documents pertaining to qualifications, plus two (2) references and a passport sized photograph.

The same should be submitted to:

Dr. Alison Gajadhar
Permanent Secretary
Department of Housing, Urban Renewal and
Telecommunications
Cox and Company Building
Corner of Jeremie and Cadet Street
P.O. Box 602
Castries
Saint Lucia


To reach her no later than April 11, 2017

Unsuitable applicants will not be acknowledged.