Programme Manager (Capacity Development)

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
Stockholm, Sweden
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)

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The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is looking for a high calibre Programme Manager to an innovative programme called GO-WATER.

SIWI is a policy institute that generates knowledge and informs decision-making towards a water wise world. SIWI conducts research, builds institutional capacity, and provides advisory services to water decision-makers and practitioners in emerging and developing economies. Our expertise relates to multi-level governance of shared water resources and sustainable expansion of water services across sectors such as climate, food and energy and at multiple scales in countries, cities, rural communities and along river basins. SIWI organises the World Water Week in Stockholm - the leading annual global meeting place on water and development issues - and hosts the Stockholm Water Prize and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

About the Programme:

GO-WATER (Building Governance Capacity for Improved Water Security) is a capacity development programme that aims to make policy impact at systemic level through more effective water sector institutions, contributing to improved water security and resilience for poverty eradication and social equity.

It targets multiple decision-makers and water practitioners in government water institutions and other key water stakeholders in six focus countries: Cluster 1 - Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan; and Cluster 2 - Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru.

The programme is implemented in collaboration with local and global partners and funded by the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency for an initial period of two years, and with good opportunities of programmatic upscaling beyond the first programme phase.

Description of the position:

The assignment is a full-time position. The Manager will lead the programme team and be responsible for the planning, management and implementation of the entire GO-WATER programme and prepare for scaling-up. The Manager will directly manage, coordinate, and reassure implementation of country cluster with Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan.

The job will among other things require to coordinate local and global partners, develop capacity development modules and materials, organize and lead workshops, knowledge management and lessons learned. An initial programme inception phase of six months is expected to get required agreements in place with local partners, develop training modules and to conduct rapid capacity development assessments.

The programme team will consist of additional programme manager responsible to coordinate and manage Latin American country cluster of the programme. A programme officer will provide logistical, coordination and management support. The programme will be supervised by the Director for Capacity Development at SIWI.

The main duties of the position:

  • Responsible for programme planning, management and implementation, including financial and administrative oversight, knowledge management and results reporting
  • Responsible for coordination of programme team, local and global programme partners, procurements and supervision of consultants and contract negotiations and agreements as required
  • Responsible to directly manage, coordinate and reassure implementation of country cluster with Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan and lead the coordination of and supervise the manager responsible for Latin American country cluster
  • Responsible for developing training modules and materials, methodologies and tools, policy briefs and programme information materials, as well as for external communication of the programme
  • Organize and facilitate capacity development workshops
  • Systematically capture and analyse lessons learned and prepare for scaling-up of the programme
  • Contribute to internal synergies, knowledge management and collaboration with other SIWI projects and programmes
  • Contribute to the thematic development of SIWI’s portfolio on capacity development
  • Represent SIWI and the programme in international fora, as appropriate
  • Contribute to other SIWI activities as appropriate

Required skills and competencies:

We believe that the successful candidate will have versatile skill sets and competencies, including being a dynamic and thorough manager that delivers on time with high quality, having an excellent drive and ability to motivate teams and partners to deliver tangible results and capture lessons learned, and lead innovation in capacity development and governance for improved water security.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following features:

  • Experience to develop and lead complex capacity development projects in developing country contexts is required;
  • Display strong managerial skills that for example include: Planning, budgeting and risk management; managing external and internal relations; and lead programme team and coordinate a number of programme partners;
  • Experience of developing capacity development content (raining modules, case studies, etc), stakeholder facilitation, institutional strengthening and policy development;
  • Experience of working with governance aspects of water security in relation to water resources management and/or water services (e.g. decentralisation, regulation, PPPs, stakeholder participation, inter-sector coordination, accountability mechanisms, water integrity, etc.)
  • Experience working in developing countries is required;
  • Familiarity with the global and national water related policies and processes as well as national key water agencies of one or more of the programme countries (Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan) will be essential. Familiarity with additional programme countries will be an advantage;
  • Knowledge of and a thorough understanding on the role of water for society, such as its cross-cutting features to address for example climate change adaptation, food -and energy security and human health;
  • Knowledge and good understanding of international water related processes such as the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Climate Agreement and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, etc.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively communicate across all levels within a culturally diverse organization; and
  • Commitment to, and agreement with SIWI´s core values and vision.

Education and work experience:

  • Bachelor or master’s degree in relevant Social or Natural sciences. PhD in relevant topic is an asset as well as a relevant multi-disciplinary background.
  • At least 10-12 years of experience working with capacity and policy development and implementation of water resources management and/or water services in emerging and developing economies contexts, including direct experience (at least 2-3 years) of working in developing countries.

Language skills:

  • Proficiency in English is required
  • Proficiency in Spanish is an advantage
  • Knowledge of other languages (e.g. Arabic, French) is considered an asset

This full-time position will be based at the main office of the Stockholm International Water Institute, in Stockholm, Sweden. The position is a 24 months’ contract, subject to renewal upon good performance and availability of funds. The ability and willingness to travel and be part of short-term missions is required.

Starting date:

As soon as possible (preferably in October 2020)

How to apply for the position:

Please submit your CV and cover letter by using the link below. We need your application by 4 September 2020.

For more information about the position, contact: Håkan Tropp, Director Capacity Development, or Anna-Karin Holmer, Head of HR,