Project Manager (Wastewater Reuse in the MENA Region)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Cairo, , EG

The project manager will be mainly responsible for managing a four-year multi-partner project’ which started in March 2018 and is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The project aims to better equip key stakeholders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for the implementation of safe and sustainable wastewater reuse models. The project will address the challenges that currently limit the upscaling and expansion of safe wastewater reuse across the MENA region. To achieve this, the project will create and support national and regional Learning Alliances in three countries (Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon).


Under the primary management of the Country Representative and guidance and evaluation of the Project Leader, the project manager will have authority to run the project on a day-to-day basis and will be responsible for the following:

Engagement with partners

  • Liaise with government officials and other uptake partners to ensure that the project is aligned to their regulatory and legal needs.
  • Monitor the work plans of partners and ensure timely delivery of agreed outputs.
  • Facilitate regular virtual and physical meetings with implementing partners for coordination and planning.
  • Establish, operationalize and facilitate the Project Regional Learning Alliance for stakeholder engagement, including all associated workshops.
  • Engage widely in the region and liaison with relative stakeholders and projects to representing and positioning the project in the MENA region

Project personnel management

  • Guide and manage the performance of direct reports (interns and consultants) at IWMI’s MENA office
  • Facilitate teamwork and ensure coordination between project consultants, partners and staff at IWMI’s MENA office.
  • Support the organization and coordination of field visits for IWMI staff and other personnel related to the project in Egypt.

Project administration, finance and procurement

  • Be responsible for all financial, operational, logistical, procurement and accounting processes for the project.
  • Ensure project issues and risks are logged, monitored, reported on, managed and mitigated, and escalate risks and issues to IWMI/project leadership, as required.
  • Ensure financial processes and procedures are implemented in accordance with Sida and IWMI requirements, in coordination with the Finance Unit.
  • Support the external audit process and ensure retention of project records is compliant with IWMI and Sida policies, in coordination with the Finance Unit.
  • Provide financial reports to the Project Leader and Finance Unit as required.
  • Prepare procurement documents and manage the procurement process for goods and services required to support effective field operations, ensuring they are in accordance with Sida’s and IWMI’s policies and guidelines, in coordination with the Finance Unit.
  • Coordinate the processing of service provider work orders and invoices with the Human Resources Department.
  • Serve as the main point of contact with service providers and address contractual matters as required.
  • Ensure compliance with IWMI’s anti-corruption and due diligence processes, in collaboration with the Program Management Office and Corporate Services Division.

Project reporting

  • Assist the Project Leader in drafting progress reports to Sida as required.
  • Assist the Project Leader in drafting annual project work plans and budgets.
  • Contribute to technical reports and journal articles and developing concept notes in the field when appropriate.
  • Coordinate project records with the Program Management Office.




  • Good command of spoken and written English and Arabic.
  • The ability to effectively establish priorities, and plan, organize, implement and monitor work activities with limited supervision.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary environment, with sensitivity and respect for diversity.


  • Demonstrated skills in project management software.
  • Demonstrated skills in facilitation methods for participatory decisions and shared visions with stakeholders.



  • An MSc (or equivalent) related to one of the fields of environmental or social sciences or other discipline relevant to wastewater treatment and reuse for beneficial purposes.
  • Minimum of 8 years of work experience, which includes at least 4 years of demonstrated experience in project management and management of partners’ consortia in the MENA region.
  • Prior experience in water or wastewater management.


Good command of spoken and written French.


This is a Regionally Recruited position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive retirement plan, comprehensive international insurance coverage and a transportation allowance. If successful candidate requires international relocation s/he may be eligible for additional allowances, which include housing, education, shipping assistance, and home leave transportation for employee and eligible dependents.

The duration of the initial contract will be for 2 years with the potential for extensions, dependent upon continued funding and institute requirements.

Your application must include a your curriculum vitae, cover letter, which addresses IWMI’s requirements as stated above, list of publications, and three professional referees. The CV, references and publications list must uploaded as one document. The cover letter transferred to the application form.

IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and emphasizes the importance of diversity an inclusiveness in identifying candidates for this position and its staff. Women are encouraged to apply.