Local recruitment: Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist

The World Bank
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 


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The Water Global Practice: Context 

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.  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. To achieve this goal the Water GP will need to work on sustaining water resources, delivering services, and building resilience. 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 GP is organized with: (a) one Global Director; (b) ten region-facing Practice Managers (PMs) covering Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, East Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia; (c) two Managers for Global Programs; and (d) five cross-cutting Global Solutions Groups (GSGs): (i) water resources, (ii) water supply and sanitation; (iii) resilience; (iv) water in agriculture; and (v) hydropower and dams.

The Water GP’s Unit in Latin American and the Caribbean is looking to further enhance its field-based capacity in Tegucigalpa to support the growing water portfolio in Honduras, working closely with various teams leading these efforts. The Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist will be based in the World Bank Country Office in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and will report to the Water Latin America and Caribbean Practice Manager, based in Washington D.C.

Role & Responsibilities:

The Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist is expected to work independently with guidance on complex projects/issues from lead/senior technical specialists based in Headquarters. The selected candidate will mainly support water-related lending and advisory services and analytical activities in Honduras, but will also participate in activities in other countries in Central America. Thematic areas include water supply and sanitation, wastewater management, sector institutions and regulations, and water resources management. The selected candidate will have the following specific duties:

• Lead/co-Lead Bank Task Teams and/or participate as a team member in projects providing technical support in the identification, preparation, supervision, and closing of water supply and sanitation lending projects.

• Lead/co-Lead analytical and advisory work on water supply and sanitation priorities, including the development of country-specific activities and contribute to regional activities.  

• Provide guidance and implementation support to clients’ project implementation units and coordinate closely with fiduciary, environmental, and social risk management colleagues and teams supporting corporate requirement aspects such as gender, citizen engagement, and climate change.

• In collaboration with the Water Global Leads and the Lead/Senior Technical Specialists of the LAC Water Team, lead policy dialogue with clients and stakeholders on strategic water supply and sanitation issues.

• Provide technical support, as needed, liaising closely and coordinating the water related activities with other Global Practices and the Central America Country Management Unit.

• Maintain liaison and dialogue with Government organizations, development partners, research institutions, private sector and other sector-related institutions.

• Coordinate and supervise the appointment and work of consultants ensuring consistency and conformity to Bank standards and review and evaluate products.

• Contribute to the lending and non-lending activities in other Central American countries.

• Support the formulation and implementation of programs and initiatives of the various Water Global Solutions Groups with the aim of facilitating knowledge generation and sharing through projects and programs in Honduras as well as the rest of the LAC region, when applicable. 

• Coordinate training workshops, study tours and other learning events for the client.

Selection Criteria

Candidates must demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the ability to find practical solutions to problems and think strategically. Candidates must demonstrate technical and professional excellence and effective communication. The following specific criteria also apply:

• Master’s or Advanced Degree(s) in a field relevant to water supply and sanitation, including civil, sanitary, environmental, water resources engineering; finance; economics; or other related fields from an accredited university.

• At minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience in the areas of water supply and sanitation in the government, bilateral o multilateral development organization, non-profit or private sector. 

• Knowledge and experience in water resources management is a plus.

• The candidate’s track record should combine experience on institutional development at central and local levels, development of planning and policy instruments and management of water supply and sanitation projects with thorough knowledge of the sector, in particular water utilities.

• Familiarity with and good understanding of policy, institutional, regulatory and management framework for water supply and sanitation/water resources management in Honduras and/or the Latin America and Caribbean region.

• Familiarity with World Bank operational procedures related to lending and non-lending project cycle including the Environmental and Social Framework. 

• Experience in coordinating and/or managing multi-disciplinary teams.

• Excellent external client relationship skills.

• High level of energy, initiative and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements.

• Excellent oral and written communication in English and Spanish.


Integrative Skills – Demonstrates ability to think and work across WBG, practices and sectors; integrates divergent viewpoints of multiple external and internal stakeholders into a coherent project/program/ strategy and considers corporate commitments (e.g., MFD, climate, gender, citizen engagement) in project approach.

Policy Dialogue Skills - Possesses political judgment, diplomatic acumen, and negotiating skills; builds and sustains key stakeholder relationships with government and other key stakeholders; guides clients and/or development partners in identifying key operational issues and optional solutions with a demonstrated ability to bring together different perspectives and leads task teams, participates in formal negotiations, and assists government in establishing priorities. 

Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena – Demonstrates sound knowledge of World Bank Group’s Twin Goals and the complementarities among different WBG; a deep understanding of policy making process and the role of own sector of expertise in that process as well as the WB’s policies and practices related to lending and non-lending operations. 

Communication & Influencing Skills -  Demonstrates the ability to influence and persuade others to accept ideas and suggestions (such as counterparts in government, international partner organizations, academia, and Bank colleagues, senior staff and managers) and has ability to communicate and defend, orally and in writing, challenges and positions to colleagues and management.

Water Policy and Strategy - Demonstrates a good understanding of water supply and sanitation/water resources management policies and strategies and their role in delivering outcomes to end users/customers.

Water Institutions – Demonstrates good understanding of water supply and sanitation/water resources management sector institutions (ministries, regulators, service providers, community organizations) and how they are best organized to deliver services to end users in a sustainable manner. This will include consideration of issues of governance and political economy. 

Water Financing - Demonstrates good understanding of approaches to sector financing issues.

Climate Change and Water Security - Demonstrates knowledge of the implications of climate change on hydrological variability, water availability, flood/ drought forecasting and management, and water-related climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. Understands implications for water service delivery. Ability to mitigate risk or overcome difficult challenges and provide policy-related decisions and advice.

Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure and Technologies - Demonstrates experience with water supply and sanitation infrastructure and technologies with a deeper understanding in at least one subtopic; develops novel approaches to mitigate risk or overcome difficult challenges.

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. 

Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward