Wanted: Project Manager and Technical Lead [WorldBike]

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Job Posting: Project Manager and Technical Lead
Organization: WorldBike
Location: Kenya
URL: www.worldbike.org
Due Date: Only accepting resumes until May 1

Contact: Please direct questions or resume and cover letter to contact@worldbike.org

Worldbike is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that designs, distributes, and promotes load-carrying bicycles as a solution to development challenges worldwide. We feel that cargo bicycles can meet the transportation and load-hauling needs of people throughout the world, without the high financial and environmental costs of cars and trucks. Worldbike designers have developed several unique cargo bike models and have tested them in developing countries.

Project Description
Worldbike is partnering with UN Habitat to build bicycle and metal-working shops in two informal settlements in Kenya—outside of the cities of Nairobi and Naivasha. The Project Manager will train Kenyans to build specialized bicycles for carrying, people, water, and trash. He or she will also support locals in developing small businesses using these cargo bikes. This is a pilot project that we hope to replicate in the future.

This is a one year contract for an independent consultant. Project to start in May 2008; the Project Manager will be on the ground in Kenya for approximately 1 year.

Description of Work
The primary objective for this position is to demonstrate the social, economic, and environmental benefits of cargo-carrying bicycles. This objective will be met through two primary streams of activities:

Establishing manufacturing and repair shops for Worldbike bicycles will include the following activities and objectives:

  • Monitor all activities within budget limits and timelines.
  • Identify appropriate locations, secure necessary permits, and hire locals to build one shop in each of the two identified informal settlements.
  • Train members of local youth and community organizations (semi-skilled and unskilled laborers) in the construction of Worldbike bicycles.
  • Recruit, hire, and manage appropriately skilled people (e.g., fabricators, mechanics, teachers, construction works, and translators).
  • Locate and establish supply lines with local suppliers of equipment and tools for fabrication, assembly, and maintenance of bicycles.
  • Modify existing cargo bicycle designs to serve specific local needs.
  • Work with Worldbike shop owners to establish best business practices to ensure shops are set-up and run as viable micro-enterprises.

Community building will include the following activities and objectives:

  • · Organize community non-motorized transportation committee to sponsor and promote load-carrying bicycles.
  • · Develop public awareness campaign and distribute information and materials.
  • · Map current and ideal water and waste transportation routes.
  • · Work with local entrepreneurs to establish water transport and vending, and trash transport and disposal businesses using Worldbike bicycles.
  • · Organize training seminars on business and bicycle-related topics.

Other:

  • Work with UN Habitat to conduct baseline situation surveys in the settlements.
  • Coordinate with US-based team on measurement and evaluation metrics.
  • Collect data for evaluation measures and reporting.

Qualifications
Ability to handle pressure, deal with frustration, make decisions that have profound impacts (positive and negative) on other peoples’ lives, bridge language and cultural divides.

The selected candidate will have the best combination of these skills and experiences:

Required

  • Experienced welder with ability to train others
  • Bicycle fabrication including frame modifications
  • Bicycle assembly and repair
  • Entrepreneurial (including nonprofit) experience/small business start-up experience
  • Project management and record keeping skills

Preferred

  • Experience with research or project evaluations
  • Training or teaching experience
  • Knowledge of Swahili or other Kenyan dialects
  • International work or volunteer background in less developed countries

Compensation commensurate with skills and experience.

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