Programme Manager (Water Governance)

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Stockholm, Sweden
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a policy institute that generates knowledge and informs decision-making towards a water wise world. SIWI conducts research, builds institutional capacity and provides advisory services in developing countries in areas related to water governance, transboundary water management in perspectives of for example climate change, energy and food and urbanisation. SIWI organises the World Water Week in Stockholm - the leading annual global meeting place on water and development issues - and hosts the Stockholm Water Prize and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

The Water Governance Department at SIWI is currently is looking for one Program Manager in the area of water and sanitation service delivery and one Program Manager in water resources management to be enthusiastic members of the team and contribute to the development and implementation of the water governance portfolio.

The Water Governance Department at SIWI aims to close the implementation gap between policy and practice through strengthened governance for water and sanitation service delivery and water resources management. The work includes developing and applying research-based tools and methodologies in the advisory services and capacity building it provides to its clients; the development and implementation of projects and programmes; and knowledge management.

The Water Governance Department implements a number of major programs in the areas of water and sanitation service delivery and water resources and source-to-sea management. The Water Governance Facility (WGF) is collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). WGF pro­motes improved water governance reform and implementation in developing countries. One of the programs within the WGF is GoAL-WatERS, which aims at supporting governance aspects for improved water resource management in countries around the world. Accountability for Sustainability  is a partnership with UNICEF to improve governance as a mean to increase sustainability of water supply and sanitation services. In the area of source-to-sea management, the Water Governance Department runs the Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management (S2S Platform), an international platform that works in the interface of freshwater and oceans/marine issues. The Water Integrity initiative works with a number of countries to build multi-stakeholder capacities on anti-corruption measures in the water sector. The City Water Resilience Approach is working to better understand and plan for water resilience at city level.  The Department is also implementing a number of research oriented initiatives.


Description of Duties

The Manager will implement and develop activities on water governance. Besides managerial functions, the job is focused on technical support and advice on governance related to water resources and/or water supply and sanitation issues; responsible for project development and development of methodologies, tools and knowledge products and promote exchanges of best practices.  

The main duties of the Program Manager will include the following:

  • Responsible for implementation and development of water governance related projects in relation to water resources and/or water supply and sanitation
  • Contribute to the thematic development of SIWI’s portfolio in the areas of water resource management and/or water supply and sanitation
  • Develop and/or contribute to the development of knowledge products, training materials, methodologies, tools and research
  • Organize and facilitate workshops / trainings as needed.
  • Provide technical support and advisory services to support water governance processes in developing countries and to SIWI partners as per demand
  • Identification, and development of project proposals and strategic partnerships on water governance.
  • Responsible for financial and administrative oversight and results reporting of the projects in charge.
  • Represent SIWI in international fora, as appropriate.
  • Contribute to internal knowledge management and collaboration with other SIWI departments

The Program Manager will work in the Water Governance team at SIWI, in close collaboration with other team members. He/she will report to the Water Governance Director and the Program Director for Content Development at SIWI.

Expected knowledge and skills

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following features:

  • Experience of working with water governance in relation to water resources and/or water supply and sanitation at local, national and international level in developing country contexts.
  • Experience of working with particular policy and governance aspects, such as IWRM, decentralization, multi-stakeholder participation, inter-sector coordination, accountability, water integrity and/or human right based approaches
  • Experience of project development and implementation in developing country contexts.
  • Experience of working with capacity development, stakeholder facilitation, institutional strengthening and policy development.
  • Experience in applied research will be an asset.
  • Good drafting, communication and interpersonal skills are basic requirements
  • Ability to function effectively as part of a team
  • Commitment to, and agreement with SIWI´s core values and vision.

Education and work experience

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in relevant Social or Natural / Engineering Sciences. PhD in relevant topic is preferred.
  • At least 8-12 years of experience working with water development issues, including direct experience (at least 2-3 years) of working in developing countries

Language skills

  • Proficiency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of other internationally used languages (e.g. French, Spanish, Portuguese) is considered a strong asset.

Availability to travel

Ability and willingness to travel and be part of short term missions is required.

Duty Station

The full time position will be based at the main office of the Stockholm International Water Institute, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Duration of contract

The position is a 15 months contract, subject to renewal upon good performance and availability of funds.                                                                            

Starting date

As soon as possible

How to apply for the position

Please submit your CV and a cover letter to with reference number 103 (for the position focusing on water resources and source-to-sea management) and 104 (for the position focusing on water and sanitation services delivery) by 22 April 2019.

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