GGGI is looking for a Sanitation Expert to join the team to support technical assistance and delivery of technical components of the Phase II of GMDP. Activities will include provide high-quality technical expertise across all areas of the program; coordinating with stakeholders, government and consultants; facilitating the delivery of technical outputs; and actively contributing the program and country office operations as needed.
In Nepal, GGGI is working under the guidance of the Ministry of Forests and Environment, and in partnership with the Ministry of Water Supply, Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, and Ministry of Urban Development, to deliver the Green Municipal Development Program (GMDP). Phase I of this program spanned 2017-18 and involved the production of rapid green growth assessments at the municipal level. Phase II of this program will span 2019-20 and build off phase I operations to focus on designing and facilitating investment in sanitation services in municipalities, undertaking green municipal growth strategizing, and designing national policy interventions to attract climate financing to the sanitation and urban sectors.
The fundamental aims of the Sanitation Officer is to a) provide high quality technical contributions to GGGI’s sanitation operations in Nepal; b) ensure sound and effective sanitation project delivery; and c) secure investor commitment to sanitation investment projects.
GGGI recognizes that water and sanitation have significant implications on green growth in Nepal and are key to all economic activities, affecting households and industries alike. The officer will be stationed in Kathmandu, within GGGI Nepal Country office, and will work in close consultation with the country team, as well as GGGI’s Global Sector Lead on Water and Sanitation, and GGGI’s Sanitation Experts and wider team.
The position will work with the Nepal Country Office and the Global Water and Sanitation Thematic to deliver sanitation projects in Nepal, including accessing financing.
The position will be expected to secure, through a combination of collaboration and persuasion, the buy-in and active involvement of governments, international organizations, and relevant private sector firms in order to contribute towards successful project delivery.
The Sanitation Officer’s role will include:
- Conducting assessments for designing sustainable, inclusive, and climate-resilient sanitation service delivery models and developing governance structures in Nepal, in alignment with Nepali policies and practices, technology and viable business models;
- Contributing strong knowledge of the overall structure of the sanitation service delivery sector, the value chain of wastewater and sanitation, the governance structure of the sector, the role of municipal entities, and understanding of service providers and financiers, including investment needs, investment trends and key enabling conditions to increase investments in the sector;
- Supporting development of sector policy and strategies for sanitation in the context of green urban development, in consultation with relevant federal and local government agencies.
- Undertaking policy dialogue with governments and other donor organizations on water and sanitation areas and promoting efficient use of resources and/or reuse and encourage approaches to development planning, financing and sustainability;
- Coordinating implementation of sanitation projects in Nepal, including stakeholder relations and expectation management; coordinating and contributing to sanitation events and consultations; and supporting the contribution of team members to relevant sanitation project outputs;
- Coordinating with sanitation entrepreneurs and investors, development pitches and strong investment proposals to ensure financing of sanitation projects to be delivered in Nepal.
- An advanced university degree (master's degree or equivalent) in economics, climate change or sustainable development, public administration, international development or any discipline related to the assignment is preferred. Relevant professional experience may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree.
- Preferably 5 years of professional experience in above fields, with experience related to policy and technical analysis, business development, communication and outreach, stakeholder engagement, project administration and management reporting.
- Preferably some international experience (outside of Nepal) or experience working with international organizations inside of Nepal.
- Knowledge and experience of working with government officials and development partners in Nepal.
- Good English communication (speaking, writing and presentation) skills, including publication of written material and ability to produce high-quality visual aids.
- Native or native level proficiency in written and spoken Nepali
- Demonstrated experience in conducting/supporting macroeconomic assessment, policy analysis, strategic alignment, green growth diagnosis, sector analysis, etc.
- Proven project delivery experience, i.e. managing the delivery of results on budget and time.
- Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work under pressure and to establish and maintain effective work relationships with people of different backgrounds.
- Experience in data analysis, research, and application of quantitative/qualitative assessment
- Experience in developing countries context, preferably on policy consultation and project development
- Experience in event organization, outreach and communication
- Understands and actively supports GGGI’s mission, vision and values.
- Promotes an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership,
- Processes and shares information easily and is excellent at problem solving.
- Manages emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily.
Recruitment is subject to funding. Proposed contract duration would be 24months, ideally starting early 2019.