Southern Africa nationals: Regional Technical Committee Member (6 Experts)

Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa (GWP-SA)
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The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is an intergovernmental organisation established in 1996 to support countries in their efforts to implement a more equitable and sustainable management of their water resources. The network spans 13 regions with over 3000 Partner organisations in 179 countries. The global secretariat is in Stockholm, Sweden. More information:

GWP Southern Africa (GWPSA) is a regional arm of the Global Water Partnership and was launched in June 2000. Over the years, GWPSA has grown rapidly into a regional network of over 350 Partner organizations concerned with water resources management. GWPSA Partners have formed several Country Water Partnerships (CWP) in 12 out of the 16 Member States of the Southern African Development Community.

In addition to supporting governments in the Southern Africa region, GWPSA hosts the GWP Africa Coordination Unit. The GWPSA Africa Coordination Unit (GWPSA-ACU) supports the implementation of the portfolio of projects across the five GWP African regions and is the focal point for GWP’s engagement with the broader pan-African agenda and responsible actors, including the African Union.

The Global Water Partnership Southern Africa and Africa Coordination Unit (GWPSA-ACU) is recruiting experts for the Regional Technical Committee (RTEC). The RTEC will provide technical leadership and support to the GWPSA ACU secretariat in the implementation of the Africa Water Investment Programme (AIP). Details of the GWP AIP are provided in Annex 1 of this document. The RTEC members will work alongside the AIP Stakeholders Platform and the AIP Reference Group that provides technical support to GWPSA ACU secretariat.


GWPSA ACU seeks 6 experts for the RTEC in the following areas:

  1. Transboundary water management expert: to provide expertise on water governance, investment strategy development, capacity development and knowledge management for shared river basins.
  2. Water, energy, food nexus expert: to provide expertise in investment and project preparation for nexus related projects in water and sanitation, health, energy and food.
  3. Climate finance expert: to provide expertise on mobilizing climate finance for adaptation, preparation of funding proposals to the Green Climate Fund, Global Environmental Facility and other climate finance sources.
  4. Project Preparation Expert- Infrastructure: to provide expertise and support in the preparation and financing of water infrastructure projects for investment.
  5. Environmental and ecosystems expert: to provide expertise to strengthen biodiversity and ecosystems management in natural resources management
  6. Economist: to provide expertise and intellectual leadership on economics related aspects to the GWP programmes on water infrastructure investment preparation, Valuing water, water economics, development, Job creation and SDG investments.

GWPSA RTEC positions are not full time positions with GWPSA. RTEC members undertake special assignments for GWPSA on a call off basis when necessary and in line with budget and demand. The RTEC members will provide support to the ongoing AIP support programmes in climate resilience and gender transformation, SDG water investments and transboundary water governance and investments.

The GWPSA RTEC is an official and integral governance structure of GWPSA. RTEC members are not consultants to GWPSA but technical partners involved both as individuals and as an ‘RTEC group’ in the core GWP strategy development, technical oversight and support to the implementation of the Africa Water Investment Programme.


This call is open to any individual in the Southern Africa region. Interested and eligible experts in the areas specified are encouraged to apply. Each application must include the following documents:

  • A one page personal letter of motivation as to why you believe you can add technical value to the Regional Partnership
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) clearly indicating your qualifications, skills and experience in the respective areas above.


In March 2018, the High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW) released its outcome document with a call for the launch of an Africa Water Investment Programme. The HLPW was co-convened in 2016 by the UN Secretary- General and the World Bank President and comprised 11 sitting Heads of State from Australia, Bangladesh, Hungary, Jordan, South Africa, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Senegal and Tajikistan.

In February 2019, recognising the critical water security challenge Africa faces and mounting investments needs, the Governing Council of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) adopted a Decision for transformation of Africa’s water investment outlook through increased partnerships and implementation of an African Water Investment Programme (AIP).

The Ministers commended efforts of Global Water Partnership (GWP) and partners, “to establish, through the AIP, a partnership to release Africa’s development potential to achieve both the African Union Agenda 2063 in collaboration with AU, AMCOW, AUDA-NEPAD, African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Water Facility (AWF)”. The Ministers called for continued cooperation of GWP and partners to implement the AIP in pursuit of the vision of a water secure Africa.

The Ministers’ decision on AIP followed an earlier commitment signed in November 2018 by the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and GWP to accelerate implementation of the water infrastructure projects under the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), in collaboration with the AIP. PIDA was adopted by the African Heads of States in January 2012 as a blueprint for implementation of priority infrastructure projects in Energy, Transport, ICTs and Water.

In response to the minister’s decision, the AIP has been developed by GWP and partners.

The goal of AIP is to transform and improve the investment outlook for water security and sustainable sanitation for a prosperous, peaceful and equitable society. The objective is to enhance job creation through gender sensitive investments in water security, industrialization and climate resilient development. AIP aims to leverage $30 billion climate resilient water investments by 2030, towards SDG 6 implementation and enhance job creation through gender sensitive investments in water and industrialization. AIP is implemented through the three integrated programmes and their strategic objectives below:

  1. AIP SDG Investments: Promote job creation through development and implementation of national water investment programmes, integration of SDG 6 into leadership, investment planning, decision-making, while aligning with SDGs on energy, food, ecosystems, health and COVID-19 economic recovery plans. 
  2. AIP WACDEP G Investments: Promote gender-transformative planning, decision-making and institutional development for climate resilient water investments. 
  3. AIP Transboundary Investments: Promote job creation through development and implementation of integrated regional transboundary water investment programmes, early stage support to project preparation and access to finance.

AIP will also contribute to integration of water security in socio-economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and assist countries to enhance ambition and coherence in implementation of SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

AIP supports countries to develop and accelerate implementation of gender transformative climate resilient regional and national water investment programmes and projects and contribute towards continental efforts on universal access to safe water, sanitation hygiene and integration of water security in Covid-19 economic recovery plans. AIP will also contribute to implementation of priority PIDA transboundary water and hydropower projects and foster an integrated regional corridor water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus approach. AIP addresses a specific gap in delivery of water infrastructure on the continent:

‘Across Africa, delivery of investments in water infrastructure, information and institutions remains below targets required to meet economic growth objectives and social needs of the continent’.

This gap will be addressed by focusing attention on catalysing high level political leadership and commitment, mobilising finance, partnerships and capacity to accelerate preparation and implementation of bankable climate resilient projects across Africa. AIP will strengthen the business case for investments in water security and prepare bankable projects as instruments to stimulate transformative economic growth, address the root causes of water insecurity, migration and youth unemployment.

AIP will also contribute to integration of water security in socio-economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and assist countries to enhance ambition and coherence in implementation of SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. In addition, AIP will contribute to Africa's employment creation agenda, AU agenda 2063; AfDB High 5 priorities, Africa Water Vision 2025.

Please note:

  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted within 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.
  • Applications are accepted only in English and only through the online application system: NOT via e-mail.
  • Interested candidates should submit a one page motivation letter highlighting suitability for the advertised position, a detailed curriculum vitae, and the contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.

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Experts meeting the eligibility criteria are invited to submit an expression of interest by the 23 October 2020 at 05:00 PM GMT.