Local recruitment: Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist

The World Bank
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 


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Do you want to build a career that is truly worthwhile? Working at the World Bank Group provides a unique opportunity for you to help our clients solve their greatest development challenges. The World Bank Group is one of the largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries; a unique global partnership of five institutions dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. With 189 member countries and more than 120 offices worldwide, we work with public and private sector partners, investing in groundbreaking projects and using data, research, and technology to develop solutions to the most urgent global challenges. For more information, visit www.worldbank.org

The WBG consists of five specialized institutions: The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The World Bank is organized into six client-facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, several corporate functions, and thirteen Global Practices (GPs) to bring best-in-class knowledge and solutions to regional and country clients.

The World Bank Group (WBG) 's's twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity reflect a new global landscape: one in which developing countries have an unprecedented opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation.

The Water Global Practice: Context 

Water resources are under unprecedented and increasing pressures, driven by greater climate variability, population and economic growth, land-use changes, and declining quantities and qualities of both ground and surface waters.  With cross-cutting impacts on agriculture, education, energy, health, gender equity, and livelihood, water is an essential resource for all life on the planet and is at the center of economic and social development.  Successful water management requires accurate knowledge of the resource available and assessing competing demands for its usage. Making the best use of available supplies requires complex and sensitive economic, environmental, and socio-political trade-offs. Planning for a more uncertain and more constrained water environment in the future only makes the situation more complex.

The world will not be able to meet the great development challenges of the 21st century - human development, livable cities, climate change, food security, energy security, and universal access to services – unless we ensure a water-secure world for all. To achieve this goal the Water GP will need to sustain water resources, deliver services, and build resilience. The WBG is in a unique position to help governments take such an integrated and strategic approach to solve water supply, sanitation, water resource, hydropower, and irrigation problems through partnership, finance, and knowledge. 

The Water GP is organized with: (a) one Global Director; (b) ten region-facing Practice Managers (PMs) covering Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, East Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia; (c) two Managers for Global Programs; and (d) five cross-cutting Global Solutions Groups (GSGs): (i) water resources, (ii) water supply and sanitation; (iii) resilience; (iv) water in agriculture; and (v) hydropower and dams.

The Water and Sanitation Sector in Haiti

Access to quality water is a significant challenge in rural areas and small towns of Haiti. A substantial portion of systems is not operational for lack of sufficient funds for operation and maintenance, and less than ten percent are equipped with chlorination devices. Access to sanitation in rural areas and small towns is low. Both urban and rural populations mostly rely on individual on-site sanitation solutions, as sustainable collection and treatment of sewage are practically non-existent, and nearly 30 % of the population practice open defecation.

'Haiti's National Water and Sanitation Directorate (DINEPA) has initiated a sector reform with a vision to develop the WSS sector and tackle the low levels of service. The main pillars of this reform are: (i) the reinforcement of the National Directorate for Water and Sanitation--'DINEPA's regulatory role; (ii) the deconcentration of implementation and service delivery responsibilities; (iii) the professionalization of service providers and promotion of private sector participation in service delivery; and (iv) the introduction of volumetric billing schemes.

Major progress has been made in some of these areas, particularly the reinforcement of DINEPA and the deconcentration of sector institutions. In this sense, today, thanks to the efforts of the Government of Haiti and the support of the international community, DINEPA, as well as the four Regional Water and Sanitation Offices (OREPAs), the Rural Water and Sanitation Development Units (URDs, one per province) and the Community Water and Sanitation Technicians teams (TEPACs) are all in place and fully staffed – albeit with procedures and capacities that still need to be strengthened.

On the other hand, although the steps taken so far by DINEPA in the introduction of domestic private sector participation and volumetric billing schemes for the provision of water services are still timid, the results of initial experiences in these two areas have so far been promising. 

DINEPA has also developed and enacted a National Sanitation Strategy, which, in terms of rural sanitation, proposes to move away from subsidies and focus on generating demand and improving the supply chain of improved sanitation solutions. The enactment of this Strategy is a crucial first step to improve the alignment of the different stakeholders working in the sanitation sector and, therefore, the effectiveness of their interventions.

The essential advances mentioned above have helped prepare the terrain for an effective and sustainable increase in access to improved water and sanitation services in Haiti. However, to ensure that this process continues,  some necessary conditions still need to be met, including (i) improved coordination between DINEPA and the donor community; (ii) increased and predictable medium-term funding; (iii) strengthened implementing capacity of 'DINEPA's decentralized agencies; (iv) scaling up of private sector participation in water service delivery; and (v) the definition of mechanisms and tools to operationalize the National Sanitation Strategy.

The World Bank is supporting the efforts of Haitian sector authorities in these areas through the Sustainable Rural and Small Towns Water and Sanitation Project (EPARD), a US$70 million investment project financed by IDA, and through a portfolio of Bank-executed advisory services and technical assistance activities funded by the Global Water Security Partnership (GWSP), PPIAF and other programs.

In this context, the Bank is seeking to hire a Water and Sanitation Specialist -based in Port-au-Prince to join the Task Team in charge of managing and further developing the Water GP's business portfolio in Haiti.

Scope of Work/Tasks

The candidate will b e expected to work independently with guidance on complex projects/issues from senior specialists and Task Team Leaders (TTLs). The successful candidate will support the lending and advisory services and analytics activities in the areas of water supply and sanitation and water resources management in Haiti, with the following duties:

* Support Bank Task Teams and/or participate in projects providing technical support in the identification, preparation, and supervision of projects as well as in the preparation and implementation of analytical and advisory activities, including the formulation of background documents, monitoring the progress of projects, and undertaking regular field visits.

* Generate knowledge reports and participate in Advisory Services and Analytics (ASAs) activities for the Water Global Practice.

* Maintain liaison and dialogue with DINEPA and OREPA, development partners, research institutions, non-government organizations, the private sector, and other sector-related institutions.

* Supervise consultants (individual and firms), ensuring consistency and conformity to Bank standards; and evaluating studies and sector-related project documentation.

* Provide technical support to the task teams, as needed, liaising closely and coordinating the water-related activities with other Global Practices and the Country Management Unit (CMU).

* Monitor and provide advisory support for the adherence to World Bank's operational policies and quality requirements in technical and fiduciary due diligence.

Selection Criteria

* A Master's level degree, in a field relevant to water supply and sanitation, including civil, sanitary, or environmental engineering, water resources/environmental management, economist, or other related fields from an accredited university.

* A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in water supply and sanitation in the government, bilateral or multilateral development organization, private sector or non-government organizations.

* Knowledge and experience in wastewater management, water resources management and/or, climate change is a plus.

* Good track record combining experience in institutional development and management of water and sanitation services, particularly in the context of Haiti.

* Familiarity with and good understanding of policy, institutional, regulatory and management frameworks for water supply and sanitation, and water resources management in Haiti and/or the Latin America and the Caribbean Region.

* Knowledge and experience working with rural water operators would be a plus.

* Experience in coordinating and/or managing multi-disciplinary projects on water or sanitation.

* Experience working with international institutions/companies is a plus.

* Experience with multi-sectoral teams particularly desirable.

* Good external client relations skills.

* High level of energy, initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work program requirements.

* Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French.

* Ability to effectively dialogue with and relate to clients and stakeholders.

Required Competencies

In addition to the above, the successful candidate should demonstrate the following:

* Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Understands policy making process; distills operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for clients.

* Policy Dialogue Skills - Identifies and assesses policy issues and plays an active role in the dialogue with the government and/or other stakeholders.

* Integrative Skills - Working to develop an integrated view across all facets of the current sector.

* Water Policy and Strategy – Basic understanding of water policies and strategies and their role in delivering outcomes to end users/customers.

* Water Institutions – Basic understanding of water supply and sanitation sector institutions (ministries, regulators, service providers, community organizations) and how they are best organized to deliver services to end-users in a sustainable manner.

* Water Financing – Basic understanding of approaches to water supply and sanitation sector financing of both capital and O&M costs.

* Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure and Technologies - Direct experience with water supply and sanitation infrastructure and technologies.

* Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.

* Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses 'clients' stated and unstated needs.

* Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries gives own perspective, and willingly receives diverse perspectives.

* Create, Apply, and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across GPs and WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients.

* Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.