Senior Water & Sanitation Specialist

The World Bank, Kinshasa, Congo

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme ManagementTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th September, 2015

Job Description

The Senior Specialist will:  

• Lead the implementation of WSP’s Business Plan for DRC: Assume overall responsibility for developing, managing and delivering DRCs work program,  including managing and  supervising the country budget, procurement of consultants, tracking progress and expenditure, reporting and ensuring product quality assurance. Specific duties are likely to include:
o Support to the government decentralization process in the water sector including building capacity for coordination, planning, monitoring and regulation at provincial levels;
o Facilitating the expansion of Autonomous Water Systems (AWS) model by government and development partners;
o 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;  
o Coordinating a WASH Country Poverty Diagnostic and using results to shape sector priorities in DRC;
o Contribute to results monitoring and reporting progress to WSP-Headquarters and to donors and partners;
• 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;

Selection Criteria:

• Masters or higher-level degree(s) in a field relevant to the WSP, 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 the water supply and sanitation sector, preferably focused on pro-poor strategies, 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.
• Experience in conflict/post conflict countries desirable;
• Exceptional written and oral communications skills in English and Fluency in French.

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