Urban and regional planning in Zambia has been operating ineffectually due to resource constraints and outdated planning procedures. This has resulted in unplanned and illegal developments without proper services available to them. The Zambian government has introduced a new Urban and Regional Planning Bill, which will fundamentally reshape planning in Zambia and will require all planning authorities to prepare Integrated Development Plans (IDP) for their areas. As the Urban and regional planner for Luapula Province, you’ll support the Province by strengthening the local ministry’s capacity to prepare the IDPs and subsequently implement the Bill. What does the role involve You’ll work with colleagues to enable the transition from District Councils to Planning Authorities. You’ll use your experience of working with teams in development planning to assist colleagues in developing their roles and responsibilities. To do this you will: • assist with the programming and preparation of Integrated Development Plans (IDPs) in the Luapula Province • develop IDP implementation plans and monitoring systems • ensure resources are made available for the IDP implementation • provide training to District Councils in the Luapula Province on organisational and management changes necessary to take on new responsibilities as Planning Authorities under the Bill • share with colleagues skills in urban, regional planning and management throughout the Province, including data management and GIS. Skills, qualifications and experience required You’ll be educated to Degree level or above in Urban and Regional Planning (or similar). You’ll have significant practical experience in Urban Design or Regional Planning and will be familiar with planning standards, plus practical experience of GIS. You’ll have strong project management skills, be hardworking and a self-starter and be able to show how you’ve shared your skills with others previously. You’ll need to be flexible, with the ability to work with unexpected circumstances and empower others through your encouragement of their learning. You will have sensitivity to another culture and a desire to build strong working relationships. And the rest.... You will be based in Mansa, the capital of Luapula Province in Zambia. For your placement, you’ll be based in the offices of the Provincial Planning Officer and will work closely under that Officer’s supervision. You will liaise periodically with other VSO planner placements in other Provinces. Mansa is a beautiful Province with lovely rivers, waterfalls and wetlands to visit. Mansa is a hub for the province and has a daily market, banks, stores and a supermarket. We’ll ask you to commit to at least 24 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll support you to resettle.