Senior Institutional Development Specialist (Water)

The World Bank, Kinshasa, Congo

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th February, 2016

Job Description

The Senior Specialist will:
• Lead the implementation of WSP’s work program for DRC: Assume overall responsibility for developing, managing and delivering DRCs work program,  including developing a Technical Assistance project (also known as an Advisory Services and Analytics product line) managing and  supervising the country budget, procurement of consultants, tracking progress and expenditure, reporting and ensuring product quality assurance.
• Sector Coordination: Support all donors in the sector coordination group, including regular interactions with government authorities, the water sector agencies, the civil society and all relevant stakeholders to facilitate WSS policy dialogue;
• Collaboration with World Bank Operations:  Provide leadership for all water sector issues for the World Bank Group in DRC and support to ongoing operations, e.g reform of REGIDESO. Build relationships with internal partners so as to promote effective collaboration across Global Practices;
• Knowledge Management: Generate documentation, publication, and dissemination of lessons from the poverty diagnostic and the autonomous water systems and stand posts study; identify critical knowledge gaps and recommend capacity support and analytical activities to address them;
• Act as a public spokesperson for the Water Practice/WSP’s perspective on relevant issues, including conferences, meetings with partners and civil society, etc.

Specific duties are likely to include:

• Support to the government decentralization process in the water sector including building capacity for coordination, planning, monitoring and regulation at provincial levels in accordance with the new Water Law (2015);
• Facilitating the expansion of Autonomous Water Systems (AWS) model by government and development partners;
• Facilitating the expansion of delegated management models of stand posts in poor settlements within the state owned utility service area in close collaboration with World Bank Operations;  
• Contributing to the WASH Country Poverty Diagnostic and using results to shape sector priorities in DRC;
• Contribute to results monitoring and reporting progress of ASA (Advisory Services and Analytics) to Bank management, donors and partners;

Selection Criteria:

• Masters or higher-level degree(s) in a field relevant to water institutions, public administration and decentralization, such as, engineering, economics, water and sanitation, finance, public health, community development, or other relevant field;
• Have at least eight years of relevant experience in developing country work, including specific experience in development of public institutions, preferably focused on the water supply and sanitation sector, sector coordination and policy dialogue;
• Policy Dialogue Skills - Has a track record of conducting effective policy dialogue with country counterparts; communicates and defends difficult issues and positions to senior bank management and government officials.
• Knows the clients' water policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations, and can assess their impact on the operation or analytical work. Can credibly and effectively engage with a range of water institutions to support operational and analytical work outcomes. Supports client efforts to address weaknesses in its policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations.
• Knowledge and experience in Development Arena - Influences the design and execution of major policy and/or research initiatives; conceives and promotes innovations in development policies, project design, organization and management to improve operational and sector work.
• Proven track record of intellectual leadership and ability to integrate analytical work with operational expertise to formulate policy advice.
• Exceptional written and oral communications skills in English and Fluency in French.

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