Philippines nationals: Capacity Development Specialist (Water Supply and Sanitation Utility Operations)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

, , PH

Objective and Purpose of the Assignment
  
Background

1.	The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will strengthen the design and implementation of 
country- and/or city-wide inclusive sanitation (CWIS) solutions in developing member countries (DMCs) of 
the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The TA will provide targeted support to facilitate investments in CWIS 
with the aim of increasing access to adequate and inclusive sanitation systems – whether sewered or non-
sewered, centralized or decentralized –where human waste is safely managed along the whole sanitation 
service chain. The TA is in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2 of achieving access to 
adequate and equitable sanitation solutions with special attention to the needs of women and girls and 
those in vulnerable situations.
 
2.	To achieve the SDG 6.2 targets, it is necessary to adopt new approaches and to apply alternative 
sanitation concepts. The CWIS concept aims to provide equitable and inclusive sanitation services that 
address the realities found in developing countries. CWIS implies the following principles: (i) 
everyone, including people living in unserved, low-income, and vulnerable communities, benefits from 
equitable and safe sanitation service delivery outcomes; (ii) gender and social equity are included in 
planning, management, and monitoring; (iii) human wastes are safely managed along the whole sanitation 
service chain (capture, containment, emptying, transport, treatment, and safe reuse or disposal); (iv) 
authorities operate with a clear, inclusive mandate, performance targets, resources, and accountability; 
(v) a diversity of technical solutions is embraced for adaptive, mixed, and incremental approaches that 
include sewered and non-sewered sanitation solutions; (vi) comprehensive long-term planning fosters 
demand for innovation and is informed by analysis of needs and resources; (vii) political will and 
accountability systems provide incentives for service improvements in planning, capacity, and 
leadership; and (viii) resource recovery and reuse of water, energy, and nutrients are considered 
(circular economy approach). The TA will help ADB to increase its efforts to facilitate communication 
and knowledge sharing of the CWIS concept among stakeholders.

3.	There is a need to accelerate CWIS in DMCs through (i) developing holistic, integrated planning and 
design approaches that consider both sewered and non-sewered sanitation solutions; (ii) assessing and 
developing institutional arrangements to delineate responsibilities and ensure ownership and leadership 
of the government, and develop regulations, policies, and standards that address current and emerging 
trends, and their enforcement; (iii) determining optimal technical designs utilizing appropriate 
innovative technologies, resource recovery, and information technology applications; (iv) promoting 
knowledge sharing with development partners or leading knowledge platforms; (v) promoting private sector 
participation in service delivery; (vi) increasing awareness about the negative impacts of insufficient 
sanitation services through strategic communication campaigns; and (vii) building awareness at all 
levels to strengthen the profile of proper sanitation services.

Scope of Work
  
Scope of Work
4.	The Specialist will render expert technical support to help promote the principles of CWIS within ADB 
operations and among target DMCs. S/he will promote knowledge sharing and facilitate peer-to-peer 
learning among water operators and target DMC representatives through various initiatives supported by 
the KSTA. The Specialist will also help enhance sanitation knowledge management through systematic 
monitoring of CWIS progress within ADB operations and among target DMCs for compliance monitoring to the 
Sanitation Financing Partnership Trust Fund (SFPF) and Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund 
(UCCRTF). For all above-mentioned activities and works, the Specialist will closely work with the SDSC-
WAT Team, the Project Officer and the KSTA Project Coordinator. 

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output
  
Detailed Tasks 
5.	The Specialist will perform the following detailed tasks: 

a.	Support the implementation of the KSTA by coordinating with operational departments, as necessary, to 
promote and support implementation of CWIS principles in project preparation and implementation 
b.	Provide technical expertise on how CWIS principles can be applied to water operations for more 
efficient and reliable asset management and operations
c.	Provide support in coordination with other development partners in advocating and promoting the shift 
to CWIS strategy in their operations
d.	Provide support in the design, development, implementation and documentation of knowledge learning 
events related to CWIS and the Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs) Program
e.	Design and develop capacity building programs for water operators to improve their efficiency and 
service delivery
f.	Facilitate capacity building programs for water operators to improve capacity to operate and maintain 
sanitation infrastructure and improve resilience
g.	Provide inputs to the development and dissemination of knowledge products and training materials
h.	Provide inputs to CWIS training programs, assist with identifying trainers and preparing needs 
assessments
i.	Identify twinning partners to be part of the WOPs based on specific needs, capabilities and 
aspirations of recipient operators
j.	Identify, attract and manage existing and potential mentors, liaise with partner utilities to sustain 
twinning programs
k.	Oversee development and implementation of twinning work plans
l.	Provide regular reports on WOPs, inputs to SFPF and UCCRTF progress reports, annual and semi-annual 
WFPF reports and others reports, as necessary 
m.	Participate in regular WSG meeting, internal and external meetings, and regional conferences related 
to ADB work on CWIS

Deliverables 

6.	The specialist will produce the following outputs:

a.	Inputs to evaluation of request for applications for funding from SFPF or KSTA
b.	Support to ongoing and planned projects, knowledge products and other CWIS-related initiatives
c.	Regular updates on KSTA support to knowledge sharing and capacity development for water operators and 
DMC staff
d.	Regular updates on the progress of WOPs
e.	Inputs to semi-annual and annual SFPF, WFPF, UCCRTF and UFPF progress reports to donors

Minimum Qualification Requirements
  
The Specialist should be a Philippine national with a university degree in environmental, engineering or 
other degrees relevant to sanitation management and/or water operations, at least 15 years’ professional 
experience in water and wastewater operations.   

POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED