Haiti Earthquake

Since the January 12, 2010, earthquake, APA has been exploring ways that U.S. planners, perhaps with partners in other countries, can assist in the eventual recovery and rebuilding process.

APA is working with UN-HABITAT. The government of Haiti, through its reconstruction coordinator, has formally requested that the U.S. government include APA in its reconstruction initiatives. We will update our website as more specific information is made available.

W. Paul Farmer, FAICP signature

W. Paul Farmer, FAICP
Executive Director and CEO

Haiti Volunteer Positions

Thank you for your offer of support to assist the country of Haiti as it continues to recover from the January 12, 2010, earthquake. APA has been exploring ways that U.S. planners, perhaps with partners in other countries, can assist in recovery and rebuilding. Some of our members have already been involved through various initiatives.

Since January, APA has met with officials of the U.S. government, the government of Haiti, and other organizations. Most recently, APA was asked to provide the names of two volunteers with expertise in environmental planning and housing who would be willing and able to commit to six months of unpaid service. These individuals would serve on an interdisciplinary assistance team along with experts identified by AIA and ASLA and coordinated by Habitat for Humanity.

If you feel you are particularly qualified for one of these positions and can commit to a six-month, unpaid position, please go to www.planning.org/volunteer/ and provide the information requested, specifically referencing these positions in your cover letter.

Position #1

Job Category

Urban Planner — Disaster Reconstruction/Settlement Planning (Haiti)

Job Level

5–7 or more years of experience

Location

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Commitment

Six months

Habitat for Humanity is seeking an experienced urban planner to support a joint initiative of Architecture for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity. The selected candidate will join a team of international and local professionals to develop an emergency plan to house people displaced by the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Description

The ideal candidate will have experience in international development and settlement planning, including low-income housing and mixed-income, mixed-use development. Working alongside local urban planners, transit planners, and environmental experts, the candidate will help draft an emergency plan to expand development of a mixed-use, mixed-income community on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. The position is based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the selected candidate will work on site to assist in the long-term reconstruction effort.

Responsibilities

  • Gather and assess topographic, soil testing, hydrographic, and survey information
  • Assist team in developing short-term and long-term land-use plans and phasing
  • Identify opportunities and constraints for emergency settlement site(s)
  • Develop permanent housing strategies, including opportunities for home-income generation, and mixed-income, mixed use residential development
  • Phasing strategies for emergency housing settlement
  • Identify and plan essential services (water, sanitation, power)
  • Develop norms and standards for street layout and service provision
  • Precedent research

Skills

  • Autocad/Revit
  • CS3 Suite
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas simply, both visually and in writing
  • Ability to reconcile different viewpoints and make constructive policy recommendations.

Languages

French is preferred but not required.

Qualifications

  • 7–10 years experience with a firm or municipality
  • Master's degree in urban planning or equivalent continuing education credits
  • Experience in low-income housing, mixed-use, mixed-income development
  • International development experience is preferred but not required
  • AICP certification

Compensation

Travel and some meals will be covered, however time is donated pro bono. A small stipend may be possible, depending on grant funding availability.


Position #2

Job Category

Environmental Planner — Land Remediation and Reforestation

Job Level

5-7 plus years

Location

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Commitment

Six months

Habitat for Humanity is seeking an experienced environmental planner to support a joint initiative of Architecture for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity. The selected candidate will join a team of international and local professionals to develop an emergency plan to house those displaced by the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Description

The ideal candidate will have experience in low-income housing and mixed-income, mixed-use development. Working along side local urban planners, transit planners, and environmental experts, the candidate will help draft an emergency plan to resettle families. The position is based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the selected candidate will work on site to assist in the long-term reconstruction effort.

Responsibilities

  • Gather and assess topographic, soil testing, hydrographic and survey information
  • Assist team in developing short-term and long-term land use plan and phasing
  • Preliminary environmental impact assessment, including identification of wetlands and watershed
  • Identification of opportunities preservation of greenspace, including development and strategies for environmental conservation, such as reforestation, remediation, outdoor recreation, etc.
  • Precedent research

Skills

  • Autocad/Revit
  • CS3 Suite
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas simply, both visually and in writing
  • Ability to reconcile different viewpoints and make constructive policy recommendations.

Languages

French preferred, but not required.

Qualifications

  • 7-10 years experience with a firm or municipality
  • Master's degree in environmental planning/environmental science or equivalent continuing education credits
  • Experience in environmental remediation, land-use planning and conservation
  • International experience, preferred but not required.
  • AICP Certification

Compensation

Travel and some meals will be covered, however time is donated pro bono. There is a possibility of a small stipend, depending on grant funding availability.