General Project Description: The Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS) program aims to improve the capacity of national water sectors to implement national policies, strategies and plans that will deliver sustainable WASH services consistent with the SDGs. Specifically, WALIS project is mandated to support African institutions in an effort to reduce WASH sector constraints and more effectively and efficiently plan, manage, and monitor sector initiatives. WALIS seeks to complement and build on the work of other agencies and programs that also provide support in WALIS’s area of focus, thereby leveraging expanded impacts. At a regional level, WALIS has begun working with the African Minister’s Council on Water (AMCOW) to achieve our strategic objective.
Current Status of Project Activities. During the first year of implementation, WALIS has begun numerous activities to strengthen AMCOW’s institutional capacity while laying the foundation and planning for future programs. In late July 2016, the WALIS project signed a MOU with AMCOW that formalizes a working relationship between both organizations, and outlines expectations to improve monitoring, policy, and learning across the African continent for WASH. Building from this MOU and from meetings with diverse stakeholders in the region, WALIS priorities for the coming year focus on supporting efforts around three main themes – strengthening sector policy and governance, improving WASH sector monitoring, and improving knowledge capture, dissemination and learning. In Year 2, initial priorities will include the following activities:
Policy and Governance Strengthening
- Support selected country efforts in carrying out Joint Sector Reviews of WASH spending in collaboration with other donors.
- Facilitate new country support activities through the Improving WASH Evidence-Based Decision-Making Program (IWED)
WASH Sector Monitoring
- Support the development and review of the AMCOW Pan-African Monitoring System
- Collaboration with the Watershed program to document & improve performance national monitoring systems
Learning and Knowledge Sharing
- Carry out case studies of how different countries have organized their WASH systems
- Support the startup of the African Sanitation Academy
- Strengthen AMCOW’s ability to capture, disseminate and communicate information and knowledge products to stakeholders across Africa
Minimum Job Requirements
To be considered for the Chief of Party position, potential candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
- At least a Master’s level degree in field of study relevant to WASH
- At least 10 years of international development experience in technical areas related to WASH that shows the candidate’s ability to advance innovative solutions to achieve significant results
- At least five years of experience leading WASH programs in developing countries with a strong preference for work in Africa. Previous experience working on and/or leading USAID programs strongly preferred.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with senior government officials, NGO country leads and donors. Strong network of WASH actors in Africa preferred.
- Proven ability to effectively communicate broad strategic vision and priorities to host government leaders, donors, and local stakeholders.
The ideal candidate will possess the above qualifications and have a proven ability to work with clients to set and carry out a strategic vision for the program, prioritize actions to achieve results, maintain open, direct and responsive communications with the client and key stakeholder organizations such as AMCOW, rapidly respond to client and stakeholder requests, and ensure the project delivers high quality assistance and products.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume that shows your qualifications in relation to the above requirements with job experience listed in reverse chronological order starting with the most recent information. Each Resume/CV shall also include a minimum of three (3) references by professional contacts within the past three years with complete current contact information, including telephone and e-mail addresses. Cover letters should state your availability and willingness to serve in the Chief of Party position for the duration of the contract period.