Chief of Party (Nepal Karnali Water Security Activity (KAWAS))


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Asia seeks EOIs and recommendations for a chief of party for the anticipated USAID-funded Nepal Karnali Water Security Activity Valued at $25 million, the purpose of this activity is to create healthy, resilient, and water secure communities at the watershed level through strengthened water and sanitation governance that improves water resources management (including water for more resilient and bio-diverse ecosystems), enhances sustainable access to drinking water, improves agriculture water management, and reduces the fecal pathogen burden in the environment from poorly managed non-sewered sanitation through fecal sludge management. The main objectives of the activity are:

  1. Increased sustainable access to safe drinking water and water for productive uses
  2. Increases sustainable access to and use of safely managed sanitation through fecal sludge management
  3. Strengthened governance for sustainable resilient management of water resources
  4. Strengthened conservation of watersheds and biodiversity

It is anticipated that the chief of party will be based in Kathmandu with regional travel as necessary.


  • Provide overall project leadership, management, and technical direction, ensuring a common vision across different components and actors
  • Supervise technical and administrative staff
  • Serve as the primary liaison with USAID, the host-country government, and local and regional partners
  • Ensure that all project assistance is technically sound, appropriate, and aligned with the program’s long-term vision
  • Oversee work planning, performance management, and strategic communications


  • Advanced degree in civil engineering, water and natural resource management, WASH/sanitation, international development, or related field 
  • At least 10 years of senior management experience with a donor, contractor or international NGO, managing an office or program of similar size
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in international development preferably in water and sanitation, environmental management, and/or similar fields, particularly in south Asia
  • Minimum five years of demonstrated supervisory experience, including management of a team of at least 15 people, experience with remote supervision/management preferred
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing, managing and/or leading monitoring and evaluation processes, previous experience managing grants under contract a plus
  • Experience in South or Southeast Asia required; experience in Nepal is strongly preferred
  • Prior experience with USAID operating procedures, regulations, and reporting requirements preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Fluency in English required

To apply:

If you are interested in this opportunity, or know of someone who might be, kindly submit an EOI and/or recommendations to [email protected] by Friday, May 8, 2020.