Local recruitment: Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist

The World Bank
Jakarta, Indonesia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is governed by 188-member countries and delivers services out of 120 offices with more than 16,000 staff located globally.

The Water Global Practice

The water challenges of the world are tremendous.  For human development, livable cities, food security, and energy security the need for better water resources management is increasing.  Even today, 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, of which 1 billion people practice open defecation. Poor sanitation, including inadequate wastewater collection and treatment, impacts health, education, the environment, and industries such as tourism. At least 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water. The lack of access to safe water and sanitation results in significant economic losses in many countries. This is further exacerbated by climate change, water pollution, and water scarcity in a fast changing world.

Globally, the World Bank Group finances water supply and sanitation projects, as well as projects related to irrigation and water resource management. Apart from water supply and sanitation (WSS) and water resources management (WRM), the Water GP also seeks to ensure that water issues are effectively addressed in all related sub-sectors, including such as agriculture (ensuring sustainable water availability for irrigation), climate change and disaster risk management, and energy (hydropower). In each sub sector, an integrated approach is adopted which considers investment alongside issues such as governance, institutions and policies.  The WSS projects include: rural and urban water and sanitation services, hygiene behavior, improving efficiency of utilities, and provision of services to the poor.  The WRM projects include: integrated water resource management, including groundwater management, dam safety, and flood management.

The Water GP is led by a Senior Global Director and two Directors, supported by nine regional Practice Managers and a Manager for Global Programs.  In addition, the GP Leadership team includes five Global Solutions Groups (GSGs) focusing on: water supply and sanitation; water security/resilience; water resources management; water and agriculture; and water, poverty and the economy, that work across all regional programs.

The Water Portfolio in Indonesia includes the following ongoing water and sanitation operations:

The Community-based Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Program (PAMSIMAS).  The program aims to increase water and sanitation coverage to under-served and low income rural and peri-urban population through a community driven approach.  PAMSIMAS also aims at empowering local communities to plan and manage their own water systems and enhancing the role of subnational governments in planning, project management, and post-construction support.

The National Urban Water Supply Program.  The program aims to provide access to improved water sources for the population and strengthen the operational performance of water service providers in selected urban areas. The program will contribute to Government’s financing which will be aligned to the National Urban Water Supply Framework (NUWAS Framework), to target specific investments and provide technical assistance to increase water access and improve operational efficiency of water utilities.

Strategic Irrigation Modernization & Urgent Rehabilitation Project.  The project aims to improve irrigation services and strengthen accountability of irrigation schemes.  This would benefit farmer households, irrigation agencies, and water user associations.

Dam Operation Improvement & Safety Project Phase II.  The project aims to increase safety & functionality of dams owned by the central government in selected locations; and strengthen the operation and management capacity for dam safety to benefit over 11 million people who depend on irrigation services.

Along with implementation of the above projects, the World Bank is also carrying out two important analytic work that includes: (i) the preparation of a National Water Security Policy note to formulate policy guidelines related to water security planning and investment; and (ii) the policy dialogue and knowledge exchange to promote integrated urban water management to tackle: urban floods, land subsidence due to over groundwater extraction, lack of provision in urban water supply and sanitation, poor water quality, and water scarcity.  Based on these analytical work, additional engagement on water between the Bank and the Government of Indonesia may develop.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Bank’s Water GP is seeking to hire a local Water and Sanitation (WSS) Specialist to be based in Jakarta.  The WSS Specialist will mainly support the Bank’s rural and urban water and sanitation programs in Indonesia, including supervision of ongoing activities and preparation of new projects.  She/he will be guided by senior specialists, the Program Leader, Country Management team, as well as the Practice Manager based in Singapore.  If the selected candidate is a current World Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment and current term.  All others will be offered a three-year term appointment.

The WSS Specialist will assist in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects, technical assistance and analytical and advisory activities.  The selected candidate will mainly work in Indonesia but is expected to support the Water GP’s activities in other countries or on global tasks, as needed.

The primary tasks for the selected candidate would be to:

  • Participate in the design, preparation and implementation of water activities in Indonesia which will include incorporating key cross-cutting issues such as gender and climate change;
  • Support the design, preparation and implementation of sector strategies, studies, analytical work, policy work, and advisory activities;
  • Liaise with and support teams from other GPs of the World Bank (e.g., human development, urban, environment, energy, agriculture) with the aim to ensure that water related issues are addressed consistently across various programs in the Bank;
  • Participate in policy dialogue, together with other development partners, with key stakeholders in the country;
  • As appropriate, with the Bank team, advise government counterparts on policy, institutional, and technical matters associated with the Bank’s water program;
  • Participate in project missions in supervising the work of consultants and technical specialists to ensure quality;
  • Prepare reports, summaries, briefs and talking points on water related projects and programs, business plans and strategies;
  • Support the World Bank-wide professional community of staff engaged in the water practice by participating in a selected number of thematic technical groups (Global Solutions Groups or Communities of Practice) to enhance knowledge creation and dissemination within the Water GP; and 
  • As needed, represent the World Bank at workshops and public events in Indonesia

Selection Criteria

Candidates for the position will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Master’s degree in engineering (civil/water), planning, economics, or other related disciplines;
  • Minimum 5 years proven experience in the water sector.  This could include management of infrastructure projects, either with government agencies, contractor(s), design or supervision consultant(s), or development institutions;
  • Effective verbal, analytical and written communication skills in English and a demonstrated ability to produce high quality documents and analytical reports;
  • Sound knowledge of the water sector issues in Indonesia;
  • Knowledge of cross-cutting issues related to the water sector: climate change, environmental and social issues, inclusion, and poverty reduction; and
  • High degree of dynamism and self-motivation, as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision.


  • Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.
  • Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ needs.
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.
  • Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information to take informed decisions. 

Sector Specific Competencies

  • General Water Engineering and Planning Knowledge - Possesses specialized technical knowledge in the water and sanitation fields and ability to translate this knowledge for the practical benefit of clients.
  • Water Policy, Strategy, and Institutions - Solid understanding of policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations that affect water and sanitation services. 
  • Water Systems and Technologies - Experience with water and sanitation systems and technologies, with ability to apply knowledge to policy-related decisions and advice. 

Cross-cutting Competencies

  • Knowledge and Experience in the Development Arena - Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level. 
  • Policy Dialogue Skills - Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions with representatives of the government and non-government partners. 
  • Integrative Skills - Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas and their linkages; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations. 
  • Client Orientation - Maintains client relationships in the face of conflicting demands or directions and provides evidence-based advice and solutions based on sound diagnosis and knowledge. 
  • Drive for Results - Identifies the needed resources to accomplish results involving multiple stakeholders and finds solutions to obstacles affecting key deliverables. 
  • Teamwork (Collaboration) and Inclusion - Shows leadership in ensuring the team stays organized and focused, and actively seeks and considers diverse ideas and approaches. 
  • Knowledge, Learning and Communication - Leads in the sharing of best practice, trends, knowledge and lessons learned across units and with clients and partners, articulating ideas verbally and in writing in a clear and compelling way across audiences of varied levels. 
  • Business Judgment and Analytical Decision Making - Gathers inputs, assesses risk, considers impact and articulates benefits of decisions for internal and external stakeholders over the long term.