Consultant: Climate Change, Water and Gender Expert

Global Water Partnership - Southern Africa (GWP-SA)
Abuja, Nigeria
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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International Water Management Institute (IWMI) on behalf of the Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWP-SA)
seeks applications from suitable candidates to Support AMCOW-GWP Africa on Climate Change, Gender Transformation and Social Inclusion programmes.


AMCOW is an inter-governmental, Pan-African, non-budgetary institution working under the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment of the African Union (AU) and provides political oversight on water resources and sanitation in Africa. AMCOW’s mission is to promote cooperation, security, social and economic development, and poverty alleviation among member states through the effective management of the continent’s water resources and the provision of water supply and sanitation services, and is mandated to provide political leadership in the implementation of the African Water Vision 2025 and water components of the African Union’s Agenda 2063. For more information, refer to:

AMCOW developed a strategy for the period 2018 – 2030 to guide its activities and the continent towards achieving the SDGs, and the Africa Water Vision including the AfricaSan Ngor Commitments for sanitation and hygiene.

Since 2011, AMCOW and Global Water Partnership (GWP) have been collaborating on water and climate change especially on the Water, Climate Development Programme (WACDEP). As part of this collaboration, and building on the experiences of WACDEP, the Governing Council of the Africa Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) adopted a Decision for transformation of Africa’s water investment outlook through increased partnerships and implementation of an Africa Water Investment Programme (AIP).

The Ministers commended efforts of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and partners, “to establish, through the AIP, a partnership to unlock Africa’s Development Potential to achieve both the Africa Union Agenda 2063 in collaboration with AU, AMCOW, AUDA- NEPAD Agency, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and Africa Water Facility (AWF)”. The Ministers called for continued cooperation of GWP and partners to implement the AIP and AMCOW Strategy 2018 - 2030 in pursuit of the vision of a water secure Africa.

In response to the Ministers Decision, the Africa Water Investment Programme has been developed by Global Water Partnership (GWP) and partners to accelerate the preparation of climate resilience water investments in Africa and to enhance job creation through scaled up gender sensitive investments in water security and Africa’s’ industrialization. AIP will also support Africa’s efforts on SDG 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

AIP will further strengthen the business case for investments in water security and support preparation of gender sensitive bankable projects as instruments to stimulate transformative economic growth, address the root causes of migration and youth unemployment. AIP will also contribute to the goals of the AU Agenda 2063; the Africa We Want and the AfDB High Five Priorities.

The goal of the Africa Water Investment Programme is to transform and improve the investment outlook for water security and sustainable sanitation for a prosperous, peaceful and equitable society. AIP aims to leverage $30 Billion in investments, by 2030, towards SDG 6 implementation. The overall objective is to enhance job creation through gender sensitive investments in water security, industrialization and climate resilient development. The programme will be implemented through three interrelated Sub-programs as follows:

  • AIP Water Climate Development and Gender (AIP WACDEP G)
  • AIP SDG investment in water, health, energy, food security (AIP SDG Water investments)
  • AIP Transboundary Water Investments (AIP Transboundary Waters)

AIP will also provide support to AMCOW to strengthen its internal capacity to mainstream, report and follow up on high level Pan-Africa and AMCOW commitments for gender and climate change.

The Climate Change, Water and Gender Expert will provide support to AMCOW Secretariat in mainstreaming gender and climate as part of the crosscutting themes in the AMCOW Strategy 2018-2030 and its periodic Strategic Operations Plans. The expert will also support AMCOW reporting on AIP and high Pan Africa gender and climate related commitments to AMCOW structures as appropriate.


The Climate Change, Water and Gender Expert will be under the authority of the AMCOW Directorate of Programs, and will support the Directorate in the mainstreaming of gender, youth and climate change integration in all AMCOW programmes and AIP through a systems approach.

Main responsibilities of the successful candidate will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Support the development AMCOW database on high level gender and climate change commitments and status of Member States (MS) on mainstreaming gender and climate change in the water sector;
  • Undertake analysis of the current high-level pan Africa climate change legal, policy and institutional frameworks at continental level in the water and sanitation sector and their connection to AMCOW Strategic Plan 2018 -2030, Africa Water Vision, and Agenda 2063 on integrating gender and youth equality and 2030 Agenda/SDGs;
  • Promotion of Gender and climate in AMCOW’s programme’s vision and mission within the MS and with other stakeholders;
  • Advise the AMCOW Senior Management, high level government officials, development partners on different trends and opportunities for cooperation within the continent around Climate Change and Social Inclusion, Climate change resilience and risk mitigation systems considered in Water and Sanitation programs’;
  • Provide advisory support on gender and climate to the implementation and monitoring of the AMCOW Strategic Plan 2018-2030 and Operational Plans, leading to the effective integration of gender and climate change in all AMCOW programmes;
  • Support AMCOW in policy coordination and reporting on the AIP working closely with GWP Africa Coordination unit;
  • Take leadership in raising funding for Climate Change (CC) projects with a specific focus on gender and youth in climate change;
  • Proactively orient applied research work to fill knowledge gaps in and obtain feedback on gender and CC issues related to water and sanitation;
  • Update and develop in partnership with stakeholders, toolkits, guidelines and advice concerning gender and CC related to water and sanitation;
  • Design and or use appropriate existing platforms to ensure information on Climate Change and updates are available for decision makers at various levels so that MS have tools and skills necessary for Gender transformation in Water and Sanitation projects including capital and operational expenditures:
  • Support MS in developing and acquiring knowledge, tools and skills necessary to build resilience to climate change and that existing projects have a component of climate proofing infrastructure for water and sanitation facilities;
  • Perform other related duties as may be requested by the Director of Programs.

To apply for the position, interested applicants should submit a one-page motivation letter which addresses the requirements stated above, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Citizen of any of the AU Member states are eligible to apply.

The position will be located at the AMCOW Secretariat in Abuja, Nigeria effective 1 March 2021 and report to the AMCOW Director of Programs with secondary administrative reporting to the Head, GWP-Africa.


  • At least a Master degree or equivalent qualification in at least one of the following disciplines: Gender and Social Development, Climate Change, Social Anthropology, Ethno-methodology, Rural Development, Water and Sanitation or related fields.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in the Water and Sanitation Sector with a bias on Gender and Climate Change.
  • Strong background and proven experience in promoting gender and the inclusion of CC issues in Water and Sanitation and development programs in Africa), including the ability to identify, analyze, and participate in their resolution.
  • Ability to support and lead negotiations with high-level government officials and development partners, and able to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to influence issues that arise during implementation of the AMCOW Operational Plan.
  • Familiarity with gender and CC perspectives and the ability to ensure that these are mainstreamed during implementation of AMCOW Strategy. Relevant experience in integrating gender and social development issues in different stages of the project/programme cycle—design, implementation, supervisions, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and use of participatory methodologies.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills and attention to detail.
  • Fluent and superior mastery of English or French through education and experience in a work context.
  • Professional demeanour, excellent problem-solving skills, organizational abilities, and inter-personal skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people, both independently and as part of a team; Familiarity with the water and sanitation sectors development in Africa.
  • Multi-tasking skills with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced, challenging and rewarding environment.