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ROOFTOPS CANADA: TWO SENIOR ADVISORS NEEDED

Social Housing and Urban Regeneration Project in South Africa

Two Year Placement - Please Respond by 16 May 2016

 

Rooftops Canada – Abri International, the international development program of cooperative and social housing groups in Canada, has provided technical assistance to South African NGOs, trade unions, social housing groups and government housing departments since 1992. Its programs focus on developing local capacity to plan and implement housing programs and projects with low income communities. Rooftops Canada requires two Senior Advisors with extensive experience in social housing and urban regeneration projects for a very exciting new project in South Africa. One of the Advisors will help strengthen the capacity building program for the rapidly expanding social housing sector and the second Advisor will work with multiple local stakeholders to help implement precinct based urban regeneration projects.

 

If you are interested or to apply, please contact Barry Pinsky, Executive Director, barry@rooftops.ca before 16 May 2016.

 

BACKGROUND

Rooftop Canada is the executing agency for the Equal Spaces: Social Housing to End Spatial Apartheid in South Africa Project. This four-year project beginning in April 2016 is part of the bilateral program between the Governments of South Africa and Canada. It addresses the legacy of racial and economic exclusion and spatial segregation that has resulted in urban areas with deteriorated inner city cores, surrounded on the periphery by sprawling housing developments far from employment, economic and social opportunities, and lacking in public services including transport.

 

In response, the national government has promoted the delivery of affordable higher density social rental housing in locations where low and moderate income households can access socio-economic opportunities in the city. Over the past ten years, the institutional base for developing and managing social housing has grown. The National Association of Social Housing Organizations (NASHO) is now a federation of 22 member social housing institutions (SHIs) that manage 26,000 non-profit rental units both in inner city areas and along transportation corridors. SHIs also undertake community and neighbourhood development programs

 

The project will help strengthen the programmatic link between social housing and urban regeneration initiatives in South African cities by building partnerships and operational protocols to assist diverse groups of government, social housing, private sector and community stakeholders to develop and operationalize these initiatives. It will also focus on strengthening SHIs as viable businesses able to scale up the development and management of social housing. It will help create the conditions for building 4,500- 6,000 social housing units in regeneration precincts and an additional 6,700 – 8,200 social housing units in other well-located urban areas. Gender equality will be enhanced through initiatives aimed at women’s inclusion within institutional dialogue, enhanced leadership and economic opportunities. Environmental concerns will be addressed through a “green building” strategy.

 

1.      SENIOR ADVISOR: SOCIAL HOUSING

 

Tasks and Responsibilities

The selected person will work with NASHO staff and members, South African and Canadian consultants, and multiple stakeholders to strengthen the capacity development framework and strategy for NASHO and the South Africa social housing sector. The Advisor will carry out the following tasks and responsibilities:

  •  Help strengthen and increase the sustainability of NASHO’s capacity building programs covering all aspects of social housing development, management, finance and institutional arrangements enabling SHIs to function as viable and growing businesses. 
  •  Prepare a business plan and set up ‘back office' systems to support social housing development and management especially for newer SHIs while they scale up. 
  •  Provide inputs to local and national workshops and other social housing capacity development activities.
  •  Provide direct technical support to SHIs and municipalities on their institutional structuring, business planning, policies and procedures to support social housing especially in the context of urban regeneration. 
  • Assist with the documentation and institutionalization of online social housing training materials, guides and best practices for continuing use. 
  • Help develop and implement monitoring and evaluation systems related to social housing performance. 
  •  Assist with the implementation of the project’s gender equality and environmental strategies. 
  • Assist Rooftops Canada and NASHO in the ongoing development and implementation of the Equal Spaces program including coordination of international exchanges and short-term consultants/technical advisors, and program reporting.

 

Qualifications: Skills and Experience

  •  Extensive senior management experience of key social housing functions in one or more social housing organizations.
  • Good understanding of the financial and institutional frameworks and systems for the implementation of successful social housing businesses. 
  •  Experience in developing and implementing strategic social housing capacity development interventions and the ability to train and support people in the development of skills, institutions and systems using different individual, group and online methodologies and to support others providing these interventions. 
  •  Strategic and business planning abilities and comfort with related IT systems. 
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation of social housing providers to enhance performance and inform capacity building initiatives. 
  •  Experience working with a broad range of social housing sector stakeholders. 
  •  Ability to work with a small, dynamic and committed team that shares a diverse range of tasks on a flexible basis. 
  •  Excellent English language verbal and written communication skills, cross-cultural and interpersonal skills. 
  •  Willingness and ability to live and travel within South Africa for two years, good health, and a valid driver’s licence.

 

2.      SENIOR ADVISOR: URBAN REGENERATION

 

Tasks and Responsibilities

The selected person will work with NASHO staff, South African and Canadian consultants, to help improve the alignment, coordination and capacity of government, social housing, private sector and community stakeholders to implement precinct based urban regeneration projects through local steering committees in four metropolitan cities. The Advisor will carry out the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Help build the capacity of the steering committees and their members related to:

(i) physical, social and local economic planning with stakeholder and community participation 

(II)  using social housing to lead or support urban revitalization in mixed income communities along with market residential, commercial and other components 

(iii) strategic use of government land and other investments to direct precinct based urban regeneration 

(iv) strengthening local authority and SHI partnerships to better align municipal development and social housing program objectives 

(v) funding mechanisms using government subsidies and investments, cross-subsidies from private sector partnerships, and mortgage finance 

(vi) streamlining project approvals in multi-jurisdictional contexts 

(vii) monitoring and evaluation systems to strengthen the contributions of all key stakeholders

  •  Provide inputs to local and national workshops and other urban regeneration and social housing capacity development activities.
  •  Provide direct technical support to urban regeneration steering committees and their member organizations related to institutional structuring, business planning, policies and procedures to implement precinct based urban regeneration projects. 
  •  Assist with the documentation and institutionalization of online urban regeneration training materials, guides, policies, procedures and best practices for continuing use. 
  • Assist with the implementation of the project’s gender equality and environmental strategies. 
  •  Assist Rooftops Canada and NASHO in the ongoing development and implementation of the Equal Spaces program including coordination of international exchanges and short-term consultants/technical advisors, and program reporting.

 

Qualifications: Skills and Experience

  • Candidates will be considered from backgrounds such as architecture, planning, land and housing development and/or community development, but the key factor will be significant experience in the following areas:
  • Planning and implementation of precinct level urban regeneration projects ideally in both the public and private sectors.
  • Funding urban regeneration projects using government investments, private sector partnerships, mortgage finance and other mechanisms.
  • Managing participatory multi-stakeholder physical, social and local economic planning processes.
  • Integrating housing, social and economic facilities, transportation and infrastructure in well-designed urban regeneration projects.
  • Project approval, monitoring and evaluation processes in multi-jurisdictional contexts.
  • Good understanding of non-profit social rental housing. 
  •  Ability to train and support people in the development of skills, institutions and systems using different individual, group and online methodologies. 
  •  Ability to work with a small, dynamic and committed team that shares a diverse range of tasks on a flexible basis. 
  •  Excellent English language verbal and written communication skills, cross-cultural and interpersonal skills. 
  •  Willingness and ability to live and travel within South Africa for two years, good health, and a valid driver’s licence.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS (Applicable to both positions)

 

These are two year salaried/contract positions starting in July/August 2016, but timing is negotiable with the right candidates. Remuneration will generously cover accommodation, car rental, and all local expenses. Rooftops Canada will also cover international and local airfares and travel expenses, visas and contributions to health insurance for the Advisor and a spouse/partner as necessary. All terms, including 20 days annual leave and family reunion travel, are subject to Government of Canada regulations.