Project Officer (Industrial Water Management)

2030 Water Resources Group

Nairobi, , KE

1.     Background

The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) is a global public, private, civil society partnership hosted by the World Bank Group. The partnership supports country-level collaboration designed to convene diverse groups with a common interest in the sustainable management of water resources. The primary aim of 2030 WRG is to develop partnerships at a national (or state) level that can assist governments to accelerate actions to increase water resources sustainability and water efficiency across the economy. This is based on the recognition that demands for water are increasing dramatically with economic and population growth, and that, assuming a continuation of current trends, the world is predicted to face a 40 percent gap between available renewable water supply and water demand by the year 2030. It is also based on the recognition that the public and private sectors have a common interest in strengthening water resource management and can achieve far more by acting in partnership than alone.

2030 WRG is currently active in Bangladesh, Mongolia, Vietnam, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and in India.

In Kenya, projections indicate that the country might face a 31 percent gap between water demand and practically available water supply by 2030. While planned development targets will require more water to meet the needs of energy, agriculture and manufacturing, catchment degradation, inefficient water use in agriculture and industrial production, water loss in urban utilities as well as pollution of freshwater sources remain priority concerns the country must address to realize the Vision 2030 Development targets and the Big 4 Agenda. 2030 WRG Kenya engagement was initiated in 2014, following an invitation by the Government of Kenya to support the development of a multi-stakeholder partnership. A Letter of Intent was signed in July 2014 between the Government of Kenya and the World Bank Group hosting the 2030WRG. 2030 WRG is supporting the Government in closing the projected water-supply gap alongside the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation (MoWSI) and other relevant Government Ministries and Agencies through the leadership of the Cabinet Secretary as the co-chair of the Kenya 2030 WRG Governing Board together with senior leaders from other government ministries, institutions, the private sector and civil society.

The current Governance Structure of the Kenya 2030WRG partnership is structured is as follows; (1) a Governing Board – which is the apex body for priority setting, partnerships development, new partner recruitment, working group monitoring, implementation oversight and budget approvals;, (2) Techncial workstreams – which are established for the development of specific programs, projects, financing mechanisms, and policy initiatives aimed at addressing water security issues, (3) 2030WRG Secretariat – hosted within the water GP of the World Bank tasked with coordination of the partnership, organizing meetings and workshops and supporting working groups.

While the urban Water Management workstream aims to build resilience in urban water management by convening key stakeholders and facilitating collective action towards incubation of innovations, replication and scaling of initiatives geared towards reducing water loss, sustainability of water utilities and facilitating greater private sector engagement in water supply and sanitation in urban areas, The Agricultural water management workstream facilitates collective action and provide thought leadership in transforming agricultural Value Chains by advancing farmer-led irrigation and making a strong case for climate-resilient agriculture.

2.     Industrial water management

Industrial Water management workstream coordinates actors to jointly identify and develop solutions for sustainable water resources management in Kenya through supporting regulatory reforms, designing financing instruments to facilitate private investments and incentivize water-use efficiency and promoting a circular economy approach in wastewater treatment and reuse across industrial and commercial sectors.

The 2030WRG secretariat is seeking an experienced consultant to facilitate the current interventions under the Industrial water management workstream. Several projects and initiatives mentioned below are currently linked to the Industrial Water Management Workstream:

·       Kenya Industrial Water Alliance

Chaired by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), the partnership provides an informal platform to discuss and share best practices and innovations in sustainable industrial water management and pollution prevention as well as create awareness of challenges faced by industries in an open dialogue between industries and government.

·       Trade Effluent Management System

The industrial and urban water management workstreams are jointly supporting Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company Ltd and Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company Ltd towards piloting of an innovative Trade Effluent Management System based on the Polluter’s Pay Principle (3P). The mechanism aims to encourage commercial and industrial water users to pretreat their effluent water before discharge or reuse to promote compliance of discharge regulations among trade customers and increase investment in technologies for pretreatment and recycling of wastewater.

·       Wastewater and Circular Economy

The Wastewater and Circular Economy initiative aims at facilitating the development and implementation of interventions geared towards optimizing regenerative elimination of wastewater and continual reuse of water within water management processes and the economy at large through an inclusive multi-stakeholder engagement led by Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

3.     Objective of the assignment

The 2030WRG secretariat is looking for an experienced and motivated Short-Term Consultant (STC) to the various tasks necessary to drive the above three interventions. The successful candidate will undertake the following main responsibilities:

4.     Main Responsibilities

The selected candidate will be expected to undertake the following tasks;

1.     Support the 2030WRG Multistakeholder platform (MSP) on shaping a national Public-Private-Civil society actors’ collective action towards sustainable Industrial water use efficiency and circular economy approaches to water management in Kenya including managing, coordinating and facilitating action through 2030WRG’s ACT approach, communicating with partners, organizing specific stakeholder meetings, preparation of technical background documents and presenting key outputs to the relevant public, private and civil society partners.

2.     Undertaking quantitative and qualitative analysis of and relevant background research towards drafting of necessary Concept Notes and Proposals to address sustainable water use in the industrial sectors and a circular economy approach towards water resources management in Kenya

3.     Regular monitoring of workstream results and providing relevant info and drafts to the communications, M&E and global teams for reporting purposes

4.     Provide the Key liaison with Chair and Vice-chair of Working group and ensuring constant updates and representing the workstream at the Governing board meetings.

5.     Further specifically on the current workstream projects/interventions, the Project Officer will:

o   Act as focal point for the Trade Effluent Management System (TEMS) project for Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company, this includes:

        Support implementation of TEMS project in Nairobi, including desk research, review of project documents, partner coordination, coordination with the focal point for Nakuru project, the senior project advisor, external partners and donors among other activities;

        Support development and review of WASREB National Guidelines for TEMS in cooperation with all relevant stakeholders.

o   Take lead on the initiation and set up of the Technical Working Group on Wastewater and Circular Economy and support subsequent activities, including:

        Coordination with all relevant stakeholders in close coordination with the lead (Ministry of Environment and Forestry), support the planning and organization of meetings, development of documents, briefs, presentations and any other activities that will support the work of the working group.

o   Coordination and convening Kenya Industrial Water Alliance Steering Committee meetings, including:

        Supporting in the preparation of relevant workshops and working group meetings, project development, stakeholder engagement, learning events as agreed and decided upon by the partners.

5.     Expected Deliverables

The STC contract is expected for 120 days to run initially until June 30th, 2021 with possibility of further extension subject to performance. The specific deliverables for the period upto June 2021 shall be agreed on with the successful candidate upon on-boarding.

6.     Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background – An advanced post-graduate university degree in water resources, environmental sciences, economics or a related discipline.

Professional Background

1)     Minimum seven years of experience working in sustainable Industrial resource use efficiency, circular economy approaches to resource management and integrated water resources management preferably within a research organization, government, private sector, civil society or a multilateral development organization

2)     Proven ability to draft analytical and/or policy-relevant papers that are clear, concise and reader-friendly for high level government or private sector leadership positions

3)     Demonstrate well developed verbal and written communications skills and ability to engage, convene and influence key stakeholders as a neutral trusted partner;

4)     Demonstrated project management experience

Personal and Interpersonal competencies:

1)     Passionate about sustainable development, and how private sector, public sector and civil society working together can drive economic growth, while also preserving precious resources like water for everyone’s benefit;

2)     Excellent organizational, team player, multi-tasking skills with strong sense of initiative, responsibility and ability to work independently with minimal supervision;

3)     Entrepreneurial attitude with ability to identify and develop new opportunities outside of immediate scope of work;

4)     Results oriented and work effectively in a team-oriented, multi-cultural environment;

7.     Duration and Duty Station

      This contract covers work through June 30th, 2021 with possibility for extension. It is anticipated that the technical expert will require 120 days for this assignment however, this is subject to discussion and evolution of the scope of work. The contract may be extended, depending on the project’s needs and the satisfactory performance of the STC.

      Fees will be negotiated based on experience and as per World Bank HR policies.

      The STC will be based in Nairobi and will report to 2030WRG Kenya Country Coordinator and Senior WRM specialist, who will be responsible for task management.

      The consultant will also work closely with the Urban, Agricultural Water Management workstreams and 2030WRG communications and global teams.

8.     How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and list of at least three references to [email protected]  no later than 14th August 2020. Kindly use the subject line “Kenya 2030 WRG Project Officer Industrial Water Management workstream”





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