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Team Leader/Project Manager (Conservation and Adaptive Reuse)

Job Type


Job Location

Cairo, with possible trips to Luxor Governorate


Design & Planning Unit

Closing Date

Saturday, August 21, 2021

About the job

Takween is a member of a consortium which will be responsible for the implementation of the USAID-funded Integrated Management of Cultural Tourism (IMCT) Activity. The objective of the 4-year activity is to increase tourism revenues and local economic benefits, including increased employment and business opportunities, in the cultural tourism sector at targeted destinations (Historic Cairo and Luxor Governorate). The four results of the IMCT activity are: i) consolidation and reinforcement of GoE efforts to improve the enabling regulatory environment for investment in sustainable cultural heritage tourism; ii) selected cultural heritage sites rehabilitated and financially sustainable; iii) higher-value added tourism products and services developed at target destinations; and iv) capacity to promote cultural tourism in target destinations enhanced.

Takween is actively seeking a seasoned Conservation and Adaptive Reuse Team Leader to lead the team responsible for achieving IMCT’s Result 2 (selected cultural heritage sites rehabilitated and financially sustainable) and to provide support to other consortium members in other areas of results. The Team Leader will provide technical assistance and supervise inhouse technical teams and external consultants --under the supervision of IMCT’s Chief of Party-- to produce full and integrated architectural/urban design packages (from concept to tendering stages) in areas of architectural design, and architectural/urban conservation of selected heritage sites. The Team Leader will be responsible for the following:

- Comprehensive mapping of- and participation in the identification/selection of different sites in Historic Cairo and Luxor Governorate that require interventions to facilitate use by the private sector or promotion as tourist attractions;
- Involvement of stakeholders to develop and verify Adaptive Reuse / Preliminary Intervention plans for each identified heritage site prior to any conservation activity;
- Development of Sites/Buildings' Investment Packages and establishment of partnerships to conserve, rehabilitate and reuse selected sites and buildings in the targeted destinations;
- Development of Intervention Plans and Requests for Proposals (RfPs) for each identified with signed, issuing of RfPs, and evaluation/selection of qualified Subcontractors;
- Development of multidisciplinary technical packages for each site/building and obtain the GoE Technical Committees’ approvals of the packages;
- Implementation/Overseeing the implementation of the approved interventions utilizing international best practices;
- Capacity development and hands-on training of the relevant stakeholders (Antiquities, Tourism, Governorates, private sector actors, community members, etc.) in areas of Site Management Planning and scientific methods of conservation, restoration and adaptive reuse of heritage sites;
- Handing over the sites to the relevant GoE entity and produce Site Handing Over Report;
- Conduct Post-Occupancy Surveys for each site/building and documentation of the process;

Key Result Areas

Project Management / Technical Responsibilities

  • Supervise collection of primary/secondary data, documentation of the different targeted sites, field surveys, and analysis/assessment of the existing site conditions to produce accurate and reliable documentation packages (photographic, measured drawings, condition surveys, etc.) and site analysis studies;

  • Lead participatory design sessions with the different stakeholders to assess their needs and secure their approvals to produce responsive design options;

  • Supervise, review and approve –in consultation with the different project teams and consultants—the development of design options to produce environmentally / financially sound, and architecturally appropriate intervention packages (from concept to tendering stages) including design drawings, specifications, Bills of Quantities, Cost Estimates, etc.

  • Conduct –under the supervision of the Chief of Party-- negotiations and conflict resolution activities with the different stakeholders to ensure the effective implementation of activities and the timely execution of respective tasks and responsibilities;

  • Develop –under the supervision of the Chief of Party-- Requests for Proposals (RfPs) for the different projects’ consultants to ensure the clarity of the required scope and its compliance with the projects’ requirements;

  • Interface with the different projects’ consultants and review/approver their work throughout the different design and implementation stages to ensure the quality and timeliness of their agreed deliverables as well as their compliance with the approved codes and building regulations;

  • Supervise inhouse technical teams and external consultants to provide –in a timely and clear manner-- the implementation teams/Subcontractors with accurate detailed drawings, written technical specifications and notes accompanying the drawings to reflect the proposed intervention methods and construction techniques, to comply with applicable safety requirements and by-laws; and to ensure the proper communication and the accurate implementation of approved intervention packages;

  • Suggest and approve –in consultation with the project consultants—materials and fixtures’ samples to ensure their fulfilment of the design objectives and compliance with the approved codes and building regulations.

  • Ensure the proper documentation of before and after intervention conditions and of different design and implementation stages (through photography, videography, written narratives, drawings, etc.) to produce adaptive reuse manuals, process documentation materials, as-built drawings, etc.

  • Supervise and coordinate the development and implementation of technical capacity building workshops with local stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation and documentation of the workshops and the achievement of their planned objectives;

Administrative and Financial Management

  • Review consultants’ contracts, requests for payments, and claims --in compliance with the project’s policies and procedures—to ensure the proper management of consultants’ contracts and the timely implementation of the activities;

  • Supervise the archiving of the projects’ data (documents, drawings, sketches, filed notes, photographs, digital materials, etc.) to ensure the proper maintenance and accessibility of the projects’ archives;

Human Resource Management

  • Oversee and evaluate the performance of subordinate staff and manage their workloads to ensure their motivation, their effective performance, and the proper implementation of the project's HR policies;

Communication and Reporting

  • Track and report to the Chief of Party progress of technical activities through production and tracking of time schedules to: i) monitor technical progress vs. approved time schedules and budgets, ii) analyze the results based on the facts achieved, iii) forecast future technical achievements, and iv) carry out necessary adjustments and rescheduling to meet the Unit's scheduled objectives and deadlines;

  • Supervise the preparation and timely submission of technical progress and final reports required by the project management and the different project stakeholders to ensure the accuracy, quality and timeliness of the required reports and materials;

  • Attend and conduct regular coordination meetings with project staff, consultants, and stakeholders as required; and report on a regular basis progress of activities to the Chief of Party to ensure the timely and coordinated implementation of project activities;

Assistance to Higher Management Levels

  • Participate in planning and formulating the project’s multi-year programs under the supervision of the Chief of Party and assist in preparing the team’s annual program of activities to achieve the project’s annual objectives and overall goals;

  • Assist the Chief of Party in monitoring, organizing and directing implementation of the project’s daily activities; supervise, coordinate and assign tasks to subordinate staff to ensure the quality of the results, compliance with the budget, and the timely completion of building activities;

  • Assist the Chief of Party in estimating, forecasting, acquiring and allocating different resources required for the implementation of the project activities including physical and human resources in compliance with the approved headcount and annual programs to ensure that resources are appropriately utilized and workload is well balanced to achieve the project objectives in compliance with the approved targets, deadlines and budgets;

  • Assist the Chief of Party in the preparation of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) reports in accordance with the approved MEL plans, reports, site visits, projects presentations, and any related communication materials required for the good communication of the projects objectives, policies, activities and achievements to higher management and different stakeholders;

  • Assist the Chief of Party in achieving the projects objectives through: i) dissemination and awareness activities; and ii) technical capacity building of subordinate staff to assist in achieving long-term sustainability of the projects’ activities;

  • Assess and control risk, forecast potential opportunities and threats facing the implementation of the project activities, and provide the Chief of Party with necessary advice to ensure that proper actions and preventive measures are timely taken;



  • B. Sc. in Architecture, or equivalent university degree in related area of study;

  • Postgraduate degree in heritage conservation, project management, etc. is preferable;


  • 15-20 years of working experience in urban development, urban/architectural conservation, project management (minimum 5 years in management position);


  • Familiarity with urban/architectural conservation, upgrading of historic areas, and participatory design issues;

  • Familiarity with governmental regulations and stakeholders in areas of heritage conservation;

  • In-depth understanding of production and coordination of design packages, technical drawings, and tender documents;


  • Fluency in oral and written Arabic and English is a must;

  • Excellent analytical and writing skills in Arabic and English is desirable;

  • Strong interpersonal communications skills;

  • Excellent working knowledge MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite: (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premier), AutoCAD, relevant 3D modeling and rendering software;

  • Graphic design, photography and sketching skills are an advantage;


  • Ability to work under high pressure and carry out multi-tasks in simultaneous projects;

  • Self-motivation and willingness to learn;

  • Creativity and ability to seek and explore innovative solutions;

  • Teamwork abilities and work collaboratively with other stakeholders and staff members;

  • Strong planning and organizational skills to cope with expected workload;

  • Accountability and high commitment to the company’s quality standards and code of ethics;

  • Effective communication of ideas and design solutions with clients and team members; 

  • Active Listening: in addition to clearly communicating information to others, you must be able to understand what others are sharing with you; 

  • Problem Solving: problems will inevitably arise during most projects. You must be able to quickly identify and then solve them to keep the project moving forward; 

  • Critical Thinking: good problem solving requires the ability to evaluate possible solutions before choosing the most promising one;

About us

Takween Integrated Community Development (Takween) is an urban development firm established in 2009 in response to a foreseen growing demand for innovative urban solutions. Takween specializes in the development of integrated packages in urban development services and solutions to support efforts of tackling urban challenges. Takween provides project planning, design, and implementation services to a range of local and international clients. Takween fields of intervention include integrated urban development and upgrading; heritage management and conservation; community development and mobilization; and participatory design and construction activities.

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