Local recruitment: Water Resources Management Specialist

The World Bank

Lusaka, , ZM



Established in 1944, the World Bank Group (WBG) is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life. To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data. Innovation and partnership bond the five institutions of the World Bank Group (WBG): the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries.

 The World Bank Group (WBG)’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity reflect a new global landscape: one in which developing countries have an unprecedented opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation.

 Water Global Practice

Water resources are under unprecedented and increasing pressures, driven by greater climate variability, population and economic growth, land-use changes, and declining quantities and qualities of both ground and surface waters.  With cross-cutting impacts on agriculture, education, energy, health, gender equity, and livelihood, water is an essential resource for all life on the planet and is at the center of economic and social development.  Climate change expresses itself through water and sound water management lies at the heart of the resilience agenda. Successful water management requires accurate knowledge of the resource available and an assessment of competing demands for its usage. Making the best use of available supplies requires complex and sensitive economic, environmental and socio-political trade-offs. Planning for a more uncertain and more constrained water environment in the future only makes the situation more complex. The world will not be able to meet the great development challenges of the 21st century – human development, livable cities, climate change, food security, energy security, and universal access to services – unless we ensure a water-secure world for all.

The WBG is in a unique position to help governments take such an integrated and strategic approach to solve water supply, sanitation, water resource, hydropower, and irrigation problems through partnership, finance, and knowledge.  The Water Global Practice is poised to deliver on a Water Secure World through an approach that focuses on Sustaining Water Resources, Delivering Services and Building Resilience. The WTR GP also has strong external partnerships and houses the Global Water Security and Sanitation Program (GWSP), the 2030 Water Resources Group and several regional transboundary programs.  The GP has a strong leadership structure, with a Global Director, 10 Practice Managers, 2 Global Program Managers and Global Leads for Water and the Economy, WSS Service Delivery, Water in Agriculture, Building Resilience and Water Resources Management.  The LT also works closely with other GPs and the SD Regional Directors.  Increasingly, while staff may specialize in one sub-sector, they are encouraged and supported to address the full water agenda in terms of analytical, policy, and operational work. The GP, through its fully integrated GWSP Trust Fund, places the highest priority on global knowledge into local implementation, as well as in deploying staff to both regions and globally

 Water Global Practice unit for East and Southern Africa (SAFW3)

 The successful candidate will be based in the Zambia World Bank Country Office in Lusaka. The candidate will join the Water Global Practice unit for East and Southern Africa (SAFW3) in the Africa Region – reporting to the SAFW3 Water Practice Manager. The unit spans 18 countries from Somalia to Namibia. The unit has a staffing complement of around 30 water professionals, with an active portfolio of over $2.7 Billion and 22 investment projects, in addition to analytics and advisory services, spanning urban and rural water and sanitation, to basin management and watershed restoration.

The Water Global Practice Unit for East and Southern Africa (SAFW3) provides financing, technical and analytical support to 18 countries in East and Southern Africa, from Somalia to Namibia. The unit has a staffing complement of around 30 water professionals, with an active portfolio of over $2.7 Billion and 22 investment projects, in addition to analytics and advisory services, spanning urban and rural water and sanitation, to basin management and watershed restoration.

 The successful candidate will be based in the Zambia World Bank Country Office in Lusaka  – reporting to the SAFW3 Water Practice Manager located in Nairobi. The role of the Water Specialist will be to provide analytical and technical input for teams working on a range of projects and analytics seeking to promote water security and sustainable development, through more inclusive, efficient and sustainable access to water and sanitation in rural and urban areas, enhanced water resources management and climate resilience/adaptation. In addition to the Zambia water program, the work program will cover other neighboring countries, including regional projects.

Roles & Responsibilities:

 The candidate will be expected to work independently on complex projects/issues with guidance from senior specialists and Task Team Leaders (TTLs). The successful candidate will support the lending and advisory services and analytics activities in the areas of water supply and sanitation and/or water resources management, water security and climate resilience/adaptation for the Zambia country program, and neighboring countries.  Duties are as follows:

  • Support Bank Task Teams and/or participate in projects providing technical support in the identification, preparation and supervision of projects as well as in the preparation and implementation of analytical and advisory activities including formulation of background documents, monitoring progress of projects, and undertaking regular field visits.
  • As appropriate, provide similar operational and analytical services in other countries where the Bank operates.
  • Maintain liaison and dialogue with development partners, research institutions, government counterpart, national and transboundary Institutions, non-Government organizations, the private sector and other sector-related institutions in Zambia and in sub-region.
  • Supervise the appointment and work of short-term consultants and firms ensuring consistency and conformity to Bank standards; and evaluate studies and sector-related project documentation.
  • Provide technical support to the task teams, as needed, liaising closely and coordinating the water-related activities with other Global Practices and Country Management Unit (CMU);
  • Collect data and information required for programs and projects,
  • Support with operations implementation, including initiating reporting and processing in the World Bank system for projects and analytical work:
  • Undertake field visits to project sites and prepare reports, and
  • Monitor and provide advisory support for the adherence to the World Bank’s operational policies and quality requirements in technical and fiduciary due diligence.

Selection Criteria

The preferred candidate will meet the following criteria:

  •  A Master’s degree in a field relevant to water supply and sanitation, including civil, sanitary or environmental engineering, water resources/environmental management, economist, or other related fields;
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in water supply and sanitation and/or water resources management
  • Ability to work across water supply and water resources nexus highly desirable
  • The candidate’s track record should combine experience on institutional development and management of water and sanitation services, in particular urban WSS, with a thorough knowledge of the water supply and sanitation sector and the water resources sector; Knowledge and experience working with water utilities would be a plus.
  • Experience in institutional analysis and/or hydrological analysis and modeling will be a plus;
  • Experience in coordinating and/or managing multi-disciplinary projects on water or water resources. 
  • Project management experience in international institutions/companies would be a plus
  • Good understanding of policy, institutional, regulatory and management frameworks for water supply and sanitation, and water resources management, particularly in the context of Zambia.
  • Experience with multi-sectoral teams particularly desirable;
  • Good external client relations skills
  • High level of energy, initiative and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; strong PowerPoint skills a plus
  • Ability to effectively dialogue with and relate to clients and stakeholders;


  • Lead and Innovate – Develops innovative solutions.
  • Deliver Results for Clients – Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated 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 and pushes to move forward





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