Consultancy for supporting the AquaFund, a Water and Sanitation Technical Cooperation Multi-donor Fund
Background of this search:
The Water and Sanitation Division (INE/WSA) is looking for a professional with experience in international affairs, management, public policy, sustainable development, social sciences, engineering, or related fields.
The team’s mission:
The Water and Sanitation Division (INE/WSA) of the IDB, as a part of the Infrastructure and Energy Sector (INE), provides technical support to member countries on conceptualization, preparation and execution of programs and projects in the water and sanitation sector. Specifically, WSA works in activities related to potable water, sanitation, urban drainage, water resources and solid waste. Following the Bank strategies, INE/WSA seeks to assist countries in their efforts to ensure universal access to these services in a sustainable manner and with high quality in their provision.
The AquaFund is a thematic fund for water supply and sanitation (WAS) and has been the main non-reimbursable financing mechanism to support IDB’s investments in the sector. The AquaFund was established in 2008 with two financing sources: funds from the ordinary capital of the Bank and funds from donors, called Multi-donor AquaFund. Since its establishment, the Fund has been capitalized with the Bank’s own resources approximately US$80 million and with resources from donors partners, namely the Government of Austria (US$2 million), the Swiss Cooperation (The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO) (US$22.85 million), PepsiCo Foundation (US$7 million) and the Government of Spain through its Development Agency AECID (US$8.35 million).
The AquaFund finances two types of IDB instruments: Investment Grants (IGRs) and Non-reimbursable Technical Cooperation Operations (TCs). Based on the use of these two funding mechanisms, the activities of the AquaFund can be grouped into the following four product categories: (i) Operational Support (OS) TCs, facilitating and supporting sector investment through initiatives to help preparation and execution of investment loans and investment grants; (ii) Client Support (CS) TCs, that respond to specific demands of the governments of the region, focusing on building the capacities of utilities, governments and communities; (iii) Research and Dissemination (RD) TCs, contributing to the sector’s knowledge and exchange of best practices among member countries and country stakeholders, and providing state of the art technical knowledge and experiences in the water and sanitation arena; and (iv) Pilot Projects funded both from TCs and IGRs, for piloting innovative strategies and methodologies that can be replicated or scaled up through larger investment programs.
The AquaFund has supported more than 220 technical cooperations (TCs) since its creation and every year it adds more than 20 operations for supporting the Bank’s water and sanitation activities. The AquaFund aims at: (i) supporting 50% of IDB’s US$1 billion yearly investments in water and sanitation; (ii) ensuring at least 30% of AquaFund supported projects demonstrate climate change adaptation and water security measures; and (iii) ensure that at least 20% of its supported projects incorporate a gender perspective.
There is a need to properly manage the TCs, analyzing outputs and outcomes, reporting to donors through technical reports and platforms and increasing the Fund’s visibility so that it can continue to play a vital role in the region’s water and sanitation efforts.
It is therefore deemed it necessary to hire a consultant that can perform a variety of functions and will provide technical, managerial and communications support to the AquaFund Coordinator, to continue positioning the AquaFund as a vital flexible funding source to support the region's efforts in achieving universal access to high-quality water and sanitation services. The consultant will lead strategic analysis of the Fund's results, improve the AquaFund's visibility, monitor some of the key projects of the AquaFund’s portfolio, liaise with team leaders to ensure the timely execution of activities, among other responsibilities.
In this context, the consultant will provide managerial, technical and communications support to the activities of the AquaFund, as well as Technical Assistance in WSA Division Projects, based on the Bank’s DC Headquarters.
What you’ll do:
The candidate's primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Management of the INE/WSA Portfolio of Technical Cooperation (TC)
- Coordinate the internal review process for approval of TCs within INE/WSA, revising administratively the documents created for approval of TCs and liaising with the Infrastructure Front Office and other internal units of the Bank, WSA different teams, for completing the approval of the annual AquaFund TC portfolio;
- Provide administrative support for any issue that may arise of the active AquaFund portfolio, consisting of approximately 50 TCs. This may include support in approving extensions, fund increases, and any other aspect related to the execution of the TCs.
- Keep update databases with the information of the TCs and AquaFund's portfolio, tracking the approval stage of each project proposed and prioritized for the year, as well as recording the closure of projects that have finished their activities.
- Prepare, when required, reports of the annual AquaFund programming and the active portfolio, including analysis of themes, geographic focus, etc.
- Analyze trends in the Fund’s distribution of approved funding.
Support to the AquaFund’s Coordination and Management
- Contribute to AquaFund’s planning and monitoring of activities, including the identification of how the AquaFund’s programming is aligned with the Fund and Donors’ priorities.
- Contribute to the definition of the AquaFund’s result matrix, proposing outcomes and outputs indicators at the fund level aligned with the new standard output indicators set for technical cooperation at the IDB, and analyzing proposals of change for project outcomes and outputs to be aligned with the AquaFund’s result matrix.
- Elaborate and analyze the portfolio of the AquaFund in terms of climate change, in coordination with the Climate Change unit of the Bank, or gender considerations, among other.
- Provide comparative analysis of the Fund, such as analysis of its results and how these compare to the targets set in the AquaFund’s Results Framework.
- Liaise with donors for AquaFund’s activities, provide information on specific projects when requested by donors, and ensure donors’ priorities are considered into the AquaFund’s programming.
- Support to the organization of annual meetings and other management activities of the Fund as required.
- Oversee the process of AquaFund’s TC reporting, supporting the team leaders for reporting through the IDB's internal platforms and ensuring the information is aligned with the AquaFund's donor reporting.
- Streamline and standardize reporting processes including work programs, annual reports and online reporting platform (Convergence).
- Develop the annual AquaFund’s progress report and work plan reports, in coordination with other internal units of the Bank.
- Document best practices and lessons learned of the AquaFund’s partnerships and collaboration efforts.
- Update the existing platform for sharing documentation with partners.
Visibility and Communications
- Contribute to the development and implementation of the Communication protocol for the Fund, in coordination with donors and potential partners.
- Support in the organization of AquaFund’s project launching events and similar and contribute to the visibility of the fund through blogposts to the IDB Water and Sanitation blog, in coordination with the external relations unit of the IDB.
What you will need:
Citizenship: You are a citizen of one of our 48-member countries. We may offer assistance with relocation and visa applications for you and your eligible dependents.
Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group
Education: Bachelor’s degree in sanitation/environmental Engineering, economics, public policy or closely related field.
Experience: Two or more years of relevant professional experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in international affairs, management, public policy, sustainable development, social sciences, engineering, or related fields. Experience with the IDB Group system and knowledge of the organization will be a plus. Knowledge of the Water and Sanitation Sector, donors’ management and fund coordination are desirable. Preferably with experience in working with national government and international development agencies.
Languages: The consultant should be fluent in Spanish and English, with excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of Portuguese and/or French is a plus.
Core and Technical Competencies:
Excellent organizational skills for managing a large portfolio of projects; comfortable using excel for data analysis; multitasking; openness and teamwork.
- Excellent knowledge of planning, policy, and project management principles.
- Good international knowledge of water and sanitation sectors and economy.
- Excellent research, analytical, risk assessment and strategic planning skills.
- Good knowledge of monitoring and evaluation.
- Good knowledge of the development of policies, projects, plans and programs.
- Excellent problem-solving skills, research skills.
- Good time management skills.
- Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills
- Type of contract: Consultant Full Time
- Length of Contract: 12 months
- Starting date: November 2020
- Location: Washington, DC.
- Responsible person: Water and Sanitation Lead Specialist, INE/WSA and Aqua Fund Coordinator, INE/WSA.
- Requirements: You must be a citizen of one of the IDB’s 48 member countries and have no family members currently working at the IDB Group.
Our culture: Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in Latin-America and the Caribbean, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative and stimulating work environment. We are the first Latin American and Caribbean development institution to be awarded the EDGE certification, recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality. As an employee you can be part of internal resource groups that connect our diverse community around common interests.
Because we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, afro-descendants, and indigenous people to apply.
About us: At the IDB, we are committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives.
Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.
“Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for our Region, the IDB Group is reviewing its hiring needs and re-prioritizing its areas of talent acquisition. We encourage candidates to continue to apply to the active postings, yet current job openings may be subject to further decisions in terms of timing of the processes, or other actions, in accordance with business needs. Final hiring decisions may also be conditioned to the candidate’s ability to timely relocate to the post of duty at the moment of starting service.”
- External Opening Date: Oct 9, 2020
- External Closing Date: Oct 22, 2020
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- External Contact Name: HR Shared Services
- Job Field: Technical Support