WASH Financing Senior Advisor
IBTCI seeks qualified candidates for a WASH Financing Senior Advisor for an upcoming USAID-funded global project, WASH Research and Learning. The project will address critical knowledge and learning gaps related to achieving USAID’s goal of increasing the availability and sustainable management of safe water and sanitation for the underserved and most vulnerable. The WASH Financing Senior Advisor will lead the project’s costing and financing implementation research portfolio and is responsible for providing expertise and technical assistance on WASH financing, capacity-building in WASH costing and financing, and managing critical relationships with national and international partners and other key stakeholders. The WASH Financing Senior Advisor will contribute to achieving project results, effectively communicate accomplishments, and ensure compliance with all US government and IBTCI regulations. The WASH Financing Senior Advisor will be a recognized costing or financing expert in water and sanitation, with expertise and experience in implementation research for WASH programs. This position is contingent upon award.
Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Provide senior technical and programmatic WASH financing expertise and leadership to the planning, updating, and implementation of the project's WASH financing and/or costing activities;
- Contribute significantly to the execution of the overall project strategy and work plan and achievement of project results;
- Co-design and monitor implementation of activities within the work plan;
- Ensure that activities are performed in an effective and timely way, to a high professional standard, and fulfilling donor and IBTCI’s requirements;
- Maintain relationships with USAID/Washington and USAID Missions, national and international partners, and other key stakeholders through frequent consultation;
- Work closely with the project’s Learning Advisor and Communications staff to develop learning and knowledge products that communicate project findings and lessons learned;
- Participate in international WASH networks, meetings, and select technical working groups as appropriate to represent the project and ensure collaboration with relevant technical work;
- Identify existing implementation platforms that can be leveraged for applied research and/or implementation science, negotiate appropriate partnership roles to facilitate such collaborations, and mobilize resources both from USAID Missions and additional donors; and
- Other duties as assigned.
- At least 10 years of experience in providing WASH and costing/financing research and technical assistance
- Recognized technical skills in implementation science or applied research and WASH
- Skilled in quantitative data analysis
- Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain collaborative partnership arrangements through both formal, financial relationships (e.g. prime and sub relationship) and non-financial, cost-shared models
- Demonstrated stakeholder management skills
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of USAID policies and programs
- Demonstrated capacity building experience
- Demonstrated experience in working on complex projects that are strategic in nature and national/international in scope
- Excellent management, communication, and organization skills are required
- Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English; French language skills are a plus
- Proficient with Windows-based computer programs, e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Education: Master’s Degree in economics; public policy; international development; management; or other social science relevant to financing.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Strong expertise implementing or researching WASH policy, financing, and costing in resource-constrained settings
- Previous policy or research experience with blended/pooled financing for WASH and development/application of risk management tools
- Previous experience working on WASH subsidies
- Excellent understanding of the processes and goals of applied research and/or implementation science
- Peer-reviewed publications an added plus
- Strong understanding of program learning and knowledge utilization throughout the life of research studies, from conceptualization to scale-up
- Excellent technical and adaptive management skills and ability to build collaborative relationships with a range of partners and stakeholders
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills to plan, organize, and manage resources for successful completion of activities
- Excellent and demonstrated public relations, policy development, project management, and diplomacy skills required
- Ability to build positive local working relationships with local communities, district government officials, international normative bodies in-country (WHO, UN, etc.), and where appropriate, donor representatives
Working Environment: Work is typically performed in an office environment with frequent travel to field sites.
Physical Requirements: This is largely a sedentary position.
Supervisory Responsibility: This position does have supervisory responsibilities.
Travel: International travel may be required (25-30%) and may include travel to fragile and/or conflict-prone zones.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
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