Team Leader/ Water Utility Corporatization Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Objective and Purpose of the Assignment


The Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan (SDP) 2011–2030 and SDG 6 mention that access to safe
drinking water and sanitation infrastructures is vital for the economic and social development of Timor-
Leste. Many benefits will rise from investments in water supply and sanitation sector, namely in health,
education, economic, private sector development and tourism among others.

To reach the SDP targets and SDG 6, the Government of Timor-Leste wishes to establish a public utility
to provide water supply and sanitation services to the country. On the 1st April 2020, the Government
through the Council of Ministers (CoM) has approved the Decree Law to transfer the roles and
responsibilities from the Directorate General for Water and Sanitation (DGAS) and its National
Directorates to the newly established public water utility named “Bee Timor-Leste”. The CoM also
approved another Decree Law to establish the water supply and sanitation Regulatory Authority as Public

To help with the preparation of the transition process, the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) will set-up
an installation committee once the decree law is promulgated by the President. It is expected that in
2021, the public water utility can start its function for the provision of water supply and sanitation
services. The public water utility is expected to assume management of all municipal water supply
systems as it rolls out its capital works program. It will be focusing on the municipal capitals and the
largest cities with the aim of providing a high-quality and efficient service. To achieve high-quality
and efficient service, it is necessary that the Government adopts an optimal organization with an
efficient internal structure with the appropriate skills, including management, human resources,
financial and administration, operation and maintenance, procurement, information management system,
regulation, etc.

Scope of Work


The Team Leader/ Water Utility Corporatization Specialist is responsible for (i) coordinating the
(international) team members inputs and lead the overall consultants project activities, outputs,
deliverables/reports etc. (ii) providing well considered and expert advice to MPW/DGAS regarding the
successful setting up and commencement of the installation committee and the new Water Utility
executives on the strategic issues relating to the development of a self-sustaining public water
utility. This cover, but is not limited to, subjects such as: governance, institutional setup and
responsibilities, policy, central and municipal structures, financial and human resource management,
procurement and communications, performance measures, business planning and regulation. The Team Leader/
Water Utility Corporatization Specialist is to work with the installation committee and the new Water
Utility executives in developing a five-year business plan / water utility development plan paired with
a ten-year development outlook for Timor-Leste’s water utility, and support MPW/DGAS and the
installation committee in communication and coordinating the business- and water utilities development
plan with all key stakeholders. The Team Leader/ Water Utility Corporatization Specialist is expected to
undertake considerable consultation and conduct regular meetings (e.g. by leading workshops) when
developing expected deliverables listed below. The Team Leader/ Water Utility Corporatization Specialist
will work closely with the National Team Leader coordinating the work of the international consultants
(e.g., Human Resources Specialist, Information Management System Specialist, Water Regulator Specialist)
and ensure the timely delivery and quality of their outputs. The Team Leader/ Water Utility
Corporatization Specialist will be required to undertake site visits, including to selected existing
municipal waterworks, subject to any travel restrictions due to COVID-19 imposed by the national
government. Where traveling is restricted or otherwise not possible, he/she is expected to work from
home and communicate regularly through digital technologies.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output


The Team Leader/ Water Utility Corporatization Specialist responsibilities will include, but not be
limited to the following:
i) Attend the site and become familiar with Timor-Leste water supply legislation, regulations and
practices, selected existing water utilities offices in the municipalities and the results from previous
ii) Work with Government stakeholders, DGAS, the installation committee, the new Water Utility
executives and the consultants team to prepare material for and advise on the strategic issues
underpinning the new water utility including a chart of accounts, asset register and (GIS-) mapping,
delegations of authority, compliance requirements, procurement and contracting practices, communications
with the transition stakeholders, and others as required.
iii) Prepare draft corporate documents and standard templates covering the listed strategic topics and
conduct considerable amount of consultations with government stakeholders, DGAS and the installation
committee in the preparation of these documents. Provide training in their use when approved.
iv) Identify, jointly with DGAS and the consultant team, gaps and weaknesses in the water supply and
wastewater utilities regulations and policies taking into account an (utility) administration and
operation perspective. Provide support and guidance to the government and/or DGAS officers how to
address those, as required and prepare a Gap assessment report including the findings.
v) Review existing national technical documents, standard drawings, work safety regulations, standard
chemical parameters and testing requirements for potable water, and others as required. Identify gaps,
weaknesses, shortcomings and discuss how these can be addressed in the Gap Assessment Report.
vi) Review, and if required draft, jointly with DGAS, the installation committee the new water utility
executives, and the other consultants (especially the regulatory expert) the regulatory and control
mechanisms for the new water utility, its accountability, responsibilities for reporting and monitoring
(entity) and others to set up a clear structure and responsibilities within the countries water sector.
vii) Work with DGAS, the installation committee and the new Water Utility executives to prepare a five-
year business - and water utility development plan, paired with a ten-year outlook. The business plan is
to be presented and when approved summarized in poster form suitable for display. The business plan must
be practical and deliverable and reflect the current ambient conditions in Timor-Leste and be sensitive
to the national culture and history.

Minimum Qualification Requirements


The Team Leader/ Water Utility Corporatization Specialist is required to have: (i) a degree in
Economics, Engineering or equivalent qualification from a recognized tertiary institution; (ii) at least
30 years in the water industry working across several areas including business planning, asset planning,
design and construction, operations and maintenance, customer service and financial management; (iii) at
least 20 years in senior executive positions in the water industry including at least 15 years in senior
executive positions in a water utility; (iv) proficiency in English, proficiency in Portuguese and/or
Tetum is an asset; (v) motivation and willingness to work directly with the Government, DGAS, the
installation committee and the new Water Utility executives; and (vi) willingness to undertake site visit
(s) to and within Timor-Leste fulfilling all the Government health requirements for COVID-19 prevention
and when the quarantine measures within the country have been lifted and when air travel is permitted at
travel origin, transit, and destination.