Project Coordinator, Urban Mobility, Kampala, Uganda

Job Summary

The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities seeks a full-time representative based in Kampala to coordinate and support a project to foster integrated urban transport Kampala, seeking to merge new innovations and enterprises in the city, emerging plans for BRT and other public transport, as well as building on the city's existing minibus system. You will work with governments and other stakeholders, such as KCCA, local enterprises in urban transport, minibus operators and others involved in the public transport system of Kampala. You will be required to be located in Kampala.

Job Responsibilities

Project Management

  • Liaise with the Kampala officials to scope, launch and foster outcomes towards integrated transport systems in Kampala, ranging from items such as fare integration, user information, and physical infrastructure – working across modes such as minibus taxis, planning for BRT, and other modes such as boda boda, bicycling and walking as modes for last-mile connectivity.
  • Coordinate and interact with social enterprises and entrepreneurs in the city that may interact and be part of an integrated system that incorporates new technologies.
  • Coordinate with WRI Africa and Washington, DC project management staff on urban transport projects, and Shell Foundation staff on advancing the project.
  • Liaise with other WRI offices and partner institutions for data exchange, information requests and project coordination
  • Coordinate any synergies or mutual contacts and institutional cohesiveness with integrated transport projects in the region, as well as in other countries.
  • Organize internal and external meetings, events and other activities involving other WRI or Shell Foundation staff, external experts and others.

Research, Knowledge and Practice

  • Serve as the point contact and coordinator for project implementation and research work on the visioning and creation of an innovation-based integrated transport strategy for Kampala;
  • Research and create recommendations for integrated transport strategies based on transport data, both existing and new research on items such as accessibility analysis, modal splits, opportunities for physical integration through design, user experience innovations and the like;
  • Coordinate day-to-day project implementation, research and field work. This includes work planning, follow up on project implementation, monitoring progress, preparing reports. Conduct research, literature reviews and synthesize findings; prepare presentations highlighting findings;
  • Coordinate dissemination of research to target audiences like policy makers, academia researchers, and industrial partners;
  • Perform transport data collection, with special emphasis on public transport mapping, routes, integration opportunities for last-mile connectivity, BRT planning and related research;
  • Research, document, evaluate, and analyze emerging trends, best practices, and policies in urban mobility as it relates to the project;
  • Support the maintenance and tracking of key performance indicators and work-plans on shared databases; and
  • Participate in field work as required, including site visits, stakeholder outreach, and hosting partners in Kampala.

Writing & Editing

  • Contribute written and graphic content to reports and presentation, and coordinate completion of reports providing recommendations to the city;
  • Write emails, memos, other organizational items regarding the project
  • May involve review of WRI publications or knowledge products.

Grants and Financial Management

  • Help coordinate on management of project as needed
  • Prepare and send donor and project/grant status reports to WRI global office

Job Qualifications

  • Master's degree or higher in transport planning/engineering, or urban/regional planning or design with a focus on transportation;
  • Previous experience or research in urban transportation planning, road safety, non-motorized transport, road safety auditing or sustainable cities;
  • Knowledge or experience with integrated transport systems, including alternatives of last-mile connectivity, BRT, minibus taxis and its context in Kampala.
  • Ideal candidate will understand institutions and government agencies in Kampala and the larger African region. Local experience is highly desirable;
  • Strong quantitative, analytical, and research skills;
  • Enthusiasm to work on sustainability issues and in developing countries;
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker;
  • Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, juggle multiple priorities and work under tight deadlines;
  • Experience with geographic or statistical software/specifications such as ArcGIS or open source Qgis, GTFS, Excel, STATA, SPSS, and ability to learn new software and computer systems quickly;

Program Overview

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities works to make urban sustainability a reality. Global research and on-the-ground experience in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey and the United States combine to spur action that improves life for millions of people. Aiming to influence 200 cities with unique research and tools, WRI Sustainable Cities focuses on a deep cross-sector approach in four megacities on two continents, and targeted assistance to 30 more urban areas, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to people in cities around the globe

How to Apply

Cover Letter and CV are required

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world's greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people's lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people's lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI's policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI's global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

Source: UN Jobs

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Deadline/closing date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019