IWRM Policy Specialist

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Background Information – UNOPS

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UNOPS – East Africa Hub

Located in Nairobi, Kenya, UNOPS East Africa Hub manages a growing portfolio of engagements, including associated strategic and operational risks. The East Africa sub-region currently consists of an established operations center in South Sudan, an office in Somalia and a portfolio of multiple transactional, procurement and infrastructure projects in Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and several Atlantic and Indian Ocean island states.

Background Information – Job-specific

Project Title: Implementing Integrated Water Resource and Wastewater Management in Atlantic and Indian Ocean SIDS

The geographic scope of this regional project covers the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, focusing on six Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with Cabo Verde and São Tomé y Princípe in the Atlantic Ocean and Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The Goal of the project is to contribute to sustainable development in the Indian and Atlantic Ocean SIDS through improvements in natural resource and environmental management. The overall Objective is to accelerate progress on WSSD targets and IWRM and WUE plans and water supply and sanitation MDGs for the protection and utilization of groundwater and surface water in the participating countries. This will be based on best practices and demonstrations of IWRM approaches.

The project is consistent with the GEF IV strategic objective for International Waters: ‘to play a catalytic role in addressing trans-boundary water concerns by assisting countries to utilize the full range of technical assistance, economic, financial, regulatory and institutional reforms that are needed’.  It will do so through supporting and building on existing political commitments and through promoting sustainable water use and improved water management, making it easier to address the challenges of the future as climatic variability and change affects water resources further.  More specifically, the project will deliver outcomes under GEF IV Strategic Programme III (SP-3) through working with communities to address their needs for safe drinking water and other socio-economic benefits of sustainable and safe water resources, including balancing environmental requirements with livelihood needs.

UNEP and UNDP jointly function as Implementing Agencies and respectively oversee their own components.  UNDP component focuses on site-based IWRM demonstration activities while UNEP components primarily focus on national and regional interventions. UNDP component is implemented through UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Water and Energy Cluster while UNEP components are executed by UNOPS East Africa Hub. The following are the Project components;

Component 1: Targeted site based IWRM demonstration activities in all six participating countries (UNDP Implemented)

Component C2: Focusing on development of IWRM and WUE Regional Indicator Framework based on improved collection of gender dis aggregated data and indicator feedback and action for improved national and regional sustainable development using water as an entry point b (UNEP Implemented). 

Component C3: Focusing on Policy, Legislative, and Institutional Reform for IWRM and WUE through supporting institutional change and re-alignment to enact National IWRM Plans and WUE strategies, including appropriate financing mechanisms and supporting and building further political will to endorse IWRM policies and plans (UNEP Implemented). 

Component C4: Focusing on Capacity Building and Sustainability Program for IWRM and WUE, including Knowledge Exchange and Learning and Replication (UNEP Implemented).

Whereas the UNDP pilot demonstration activities are scheduled to close in October 2016, UNEP implemented components closes in December 2017. 

Under the UNEP component on Policy, Legislative, and Institutional Reform, one of the first priority realizations is to establish IWRM Road maps through a consultative process based on updated diagnostic approach.  The project recently undertook a situational analysis to update the diagnostic analysis in all six countries.

Background and context in Cabo Verde and Sao Tome y Principe

In Cabo Verde, a National Strategic Plan for Water and Sanitation is in line with government’s strategy to promote integrated development of water supply, sanitation and health, safeguarding the sustainable use of natural resources and the environment, as well as equity and gender equality. The national water and sanitation policy recognize access to water and sanitation as fundamental human right and therefore all citizens must have access to a minimum daily amount of water to the satisfaction of domestic uses and enjoy decent sanitation conditions at an affordable cost. To this end, Cabo Verde recently embraced institutional reforms and a National Agency of Water and Sanitation (ANAS) and the National Council of Water and Sanitation (CNAS) are key institutions responsible for water and sanitation. There is need to review the national policy to ensure integrated water resources management in fully integrated and specific policy instruments developed to supports its implementation.

In Sao Tome y Principe, the national master plan for water and sanitation (2012) provides the framework for water and sanitation. An analysis of existing institutional framework in the sector indicates that, in general, the institutions necessary for sector are created and functioning. However, there is need to address cases of over-lap in policy and institutional roles and responsibilities and coordinated management of water resources.  An integrated approach to water resource management with appropriate governance framework and institutional roles is seen as the most appropriate pathway. Through the project, the Government of São Tomé y Principe plans to develop an IWRM and Water Use Efficiency Plan and develop and develop a water law mainstreaming IWRM principles. 

Objective of the Consultancy

The objective of the consultancy is to provide technical support to Cabo Verde and Sao tome y Principe in development of various IWRM policy documents to strengthen and mainstream IWRM.

Specifically, the consultant will provide technical support on the following in each of the countries;

 In Cabo Verde

1)       Review and updating the National IWRM Plan

2)       Provide inputs in development of IWRM Indicators Monitoring Framework

3)       Provide expert inputs in development of specific policy documents and instruments including;

  • Analysis of national framework for IWRM and adaptation to climatic changes;
  • Arbitration mechanism and facilitation of environmental conflict resolution associated with the multiple use of water, scarcity and completion regime;
  • Law which recognizes the specific and interdisciplinary professionals and experts in the water sector,
  • Law on incentive framework for the rationale use of water and;
  • Law on national framework for integrated water management of water resource planning
In São Tomé y Princípe

1)       Develop National IWRM and Water Use Efficiency Plan

2)       Provide input in development of the Water Law / Act

3)       Review and provide inputs on National IWRM Indicators Monitoring Framework

Under the overall supervision of the UNOPS East Africa Hub (EAH) Head of Implementation for managerial and administrative aspects, the consultant will have direct accountability to the Regional Project Coordinator on delivery of planned outputs. The consultant will provide technical expert support to the Government of Cabo Verde and São Tomé and Principe and the regional project coordination unit to deliver several outputs. The IWRM Specialist will liaise directly with the Regional Coordinator for day-to-day matters and reporting or his designate.  S/he will liaise with Projects National Focal Points and other relevant bodies and stakeholders as relevant. In execution of the assignments, the consultant will undertake official duty travel to both Cabo Verde and Sao Tome and Principe based on agreed plan of action and approved travel plan. 

    Consultancy Tasks and Deliverables

In particular the consultant will, in close collaboration with the National focal points and the project coordination unit, undertake the following tasks:

 1)   In Cabo Verde

  • Review relevant documents and reports including project documents, National water and sanitation policy and current related legislation and plans and identify gaps on IWRM
  • In consultation with the project National focal point and stakeholders, recommend and provide inputs on key aspects to mainstream IWRM
  • Participate in national workshops and or technical committee consultations as a resource person to provide in puts;
  • Provide expert inputs in development of specific policy documents and instruments including;
  1. Analysis of national framework for IWRM and adaptation to climatic changes;
  2. Arbitration mechanism and facilitation of environmental conflict resolution associated with the multiple use of water, scarcity and completion regime;
  3. Law which recognizes the specific and interdisciplinary professionals and experts in the water sector,
  4. Law on incentive framework for the rationale use of water and;
  5. Law on national framework for integrated water management of water resource planning
  • Review draft IWRM Indicators Monitoring Framework and provide inputs to ensure alignment with IWRM plans and national priorities;

2) São Tomé y Princípe

A key responsibility is the development of national IWRM and water use efficiency Plan. The consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks;

  • Review IWRM roadmap developed for São Tomé and Princípe and other relevant documents and reports, including project documents;
  • Review specific IWRM plans that have been developed for some of the islands of national country, specifically the Rio Provaz watershed management plan;
  • In consultation with the national focal point and stakeholders, develop an actions plan for development of the IWRM plan. A combination of this strategy with the three pillars of IWRM results into nine specific objectives relevant to IWRM implementation in STP;
  • Ensure linkages between the national IWRM indicator framework and the actions programme, and establish current situation and  future expectations in terms of improved water resources governance, management and practices;
  • Undertake a wider stakeholder consultation process to ensure inputs from multiple categories of stakeholders involved in water resources management in Comoros, this in consideration of the regional setting of island entities in STP.
  • In consultation with stakeholders, develop draft national IWRM and WUE plan for review and inputs by stakeholders;
  • Facilitate two national workshops to solicit inputs and consolidate final IWRM and WUE Plan;
  • Develop an effective implementation strategy for the implementation of the IWRM plan, including coordination mechanism and  capacity building programme to strengthen stakeholders’ participation; and resource mobilization for the implementation of the plan
  • Insure the inclusion of gender aspects in IWRM processes

In addition, the consultant will  provide support and expert in puts on other tasks separately implemented as follows;

  • Review draft IWRM Indicators Monitoring Framework and provide inputs to ensure alignment with IWRM plans and national priorities.
  • Review relevant documents and participate in technical working groups and workshops to provide inputs in development  of water law / bill

Duration and Expected Time Input

The services of IWRM policy specialist will be retained for a maximum of 6 months depending on performance from January 2017 to June 2017. The expected time input is 65 as per the table below;

Task /Activity, Expected Time input, Remarks / Notes

Provide inputs development  of various outputs in Cabo Verde 20 days Including two (2) missions each 4 days.

Development of National IWRM and Water Use Efficiency plan for Sao Tome y Principe, 35  days Including two (2) missions each 10 days.

3) Provide inputs in development of water law and IWRM monitoring plan in Sao Tome y Principe 10 days

Inputs through consultation with National teams and review of draft water law / bill and draft IWRM Indicator  framework

Total number of days 65 days

UNOPS  Key Competencies
    • Integrity and Inclusion
    • Leading self and others
    • Partnering
    • Results Orientation
    • Agility
    • Solution Focused
    • Effective Communication 


  • Demonstrated flexible cross-cultural team experience as well as diplomatic and negotiation skills in facilitation of national processes in water sector;
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in IWRM Planning process based on cross-sectoral approaches
  • Demonstrated experience in comprehensive water sector reform, policy and institutional support, lobbying and enhanced involvement of the private sector and civil society in IWRM issues;
  • Familiarity with basic international environmental law related to water management is required
  • Demonstrable excellent verbal and written communications skills, both at a technical level and in the preparation of information for policy makers and wider civil society
  • Excellent working knowledge of, Portuguese and English at professional level. Familiarity with French would be an advantage. Familiarity with the goals and procedures of international organizations, in particular of the GEF and the it’s implementing agencies (UNDP, UNEP).

The essential requirements include:

  • A proven ability to work as part of a dynamic inter-disciplinary and/or multi-cultural team;
  • The ability to meet project deadlines, often under difficult circumstances;
  • Ability to travel to and work within Island Communities.
  • Demonstrated drive for continuous improvement and incorporation of lessons learned and best practices into business process routines.
  • Demonstration of professional behavior and personal ethics, transparency and openness to encourage respect and similar behavior from colleagues in the workplace
  • Environmental Law is desired
  • Global Environment Facility(GEF) and its Partners is desired
  • Natural resource management ( 7 years)
  • Water resource management ( 7 years)
  • Facilitation ( 5 years)
  • Stakeholder management ( 5 years)

A Bachelor’s degree in Water Resource Management, Hydrology, IWRM, Environmental Management, International or Environmental law, Natural Resource Planning, Environmental Engineering with IWRM focus or a directly related field is required. 
  • At least nine years of professional experience in Water Resource Management, IWRM,Environmental Management, Natural Resource Planning, Environmental Engineering with IWRM focus is required
  • Demonstrated experience in IWRM is highly desired
  • Experience working in SIDS is an added advantage

Fluency in written and oral Portuguese and English at professional level is required. Knowledge of second UN working language desirable.

Contract type:International Individual Contractor Agreement

Contract level: IICA-3

Contract duration:1 year (Renewable subject to performance and availability of funds)

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  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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