Congo: Senior Water & Sanitation Specialist

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Organization: World Bank
Country: Congo
Closing date: 28 Sep 2015

The World Bank Group (WBG) is in a unique position to help governments take an integrated and strategic approach to solve water supply, sanitation, water resource, hydropower and irrigation problems through finance and knowledge. The Water Global Practice (GP) places Water Resource Management (hydrology, economics, storage, groundwater use, etc.) at the center of its efforts to help countries adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. The Water GP seeks to ensure that water issues are effectively addressed in all related sub-sectors, such as agriculture (ensuring sustainable water availability for irrigation), disaster risk management, energy (hydropower), and water supply & sanitation (rural and urban, assisting utilities on efficiency and financial sustainability; targeting the poor). In each sub sector an integrated approach is adopted which considers investment alongside issues such as governance, institutions and policies. The World Bank is the largest external source of financing for water supply and sanitation projects, and also has a large and growing portfolio in irrigation and water resource management.

The World Bank Global Water Practice comprises of about 350 staff working across the full range of the water sector agenda including rural and urban sanitation, provision of water services, integrated water resource management as well as irrigation. The Global Water Practice is headed by a Senior Director and a Director, with six regional Practice Managers as well as two additional managers, including a Senior Manager heading the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). In addition to these managers, the Global Water Practice Leadership team also includes four Global Solutions Leads that work across all regional programs as well as the WSP to provide technical leadership in specific areas. One of the GSGs focuses on Water Service Delivery (WSS).

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The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) is a multi-donor trust funded program comprising of 135 mainly field based staff within the Global Water Practice that focuses specifically on improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene for the poor.

The water and sanitation sector in DRC suffered a great setback during the country’s long political crisis through the 1990s and early 2000s. Sector investment dried up, sector institutions all but collapsed, infrastructure was not maintained. Since then, the sector has started to recover, albeit slowly. Basic water supply and sanitation needs are still immense. Access to improved drinking water sources has increased in rural areas, but decreased in urban areas, overall amounting to a slight increase in access from 43% to 47% nationally. Access to improved sanitation also suggests some progress in rural areas, but stagnation in urban areas, overall summing to an improvement nationally, albeit from a low level (23% to 31%). Related nutrition and health outcomes are also very poor with stunting rates among under-fives at over 40% and under five mortality as high as 146 per 1000 (Unicef, 2012), among the ten worst countries in the world.

Duties and Accountabilities:

• 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.

• Act as a public spokesperson for the Water Practice/WSP’s perspective on relevant issues, including conferences, meetings with partners and civil society, etc.

• 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.

The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

How to apply:

For further details and to apply, please go to www.worldbank.org/careers and under “current job openings” seek vacancy number 151880. Deadline is September 28, 2015. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

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