Programme Manager (Water Finance Specialist) (SIWI Africa Regional Centre)

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

Pretoria, South Africa 🇿🇦

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is recruiting a Programme Manager (Water Finance Specialist) to work at its Africa Regional Centre in Pretoria, South Africa. This unique opportunity requires an exceptional individual who has a deep understanding of water management and infrastructure finance in Africa and can use this knowledge to improve early or mid-stage water infrastructure project preparation.  The Africa Regional Centre aims to place SIWI at the fore of regional and continental efforts to support future-oriented policies, research initiatives and capacity development for bridging the water infrastructure development and financing gap.

SIWI is implementing the Africa-EU Water Partnership Project (AEWPP) that seeks to make more public and private capital accessible for water-related infrastructure projects in Africa. The project has been jointly initiated by EU, Sweden and the African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW).

Areas of responsibility

  • Lead the implementation and management of the Africa-EU Water Partnership Project (AEWPP)
  • Support implementation of other SIWI projects and develop new programmes on water infrastructure management and finance in Africa
  • Support running and management of the Africa Regional Centre


Under the overall guidance of the Director of the Africa Regional Centre, the Programme Manager will be responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of project activities in Africa that  improve project preparation processes by African governments, development banks and other support facilities. The prime responsibility is as project manager of the AEWPP (see flyer describing project inception phase on the SIWI website). Specific tasks in this role include:

  • Conducting analysis of the financial viability of (water) infrastructure projects in Africa;
  • Developing business cases for infrastructure projects;
  • Providing substantive technical inputs to enhance the financial viability and development impact of infrastructure projects;
  • Overall responsibility for the management and implementation of the AEWPP; including keeping track of budgets, contracts, staff and consultants (team of 4) and reporting;
  • Drafting contracts and terms of references;
  • Maintaining relations with partners, stakeholders and clients;
  • Delivering other project outputs as required.

In addition to the above AEWPP related tasks, the following are expected:

  • Support implementation of other SIWI projects and develop proposals for new work activities;
  • Assist in the management and administration of the ARC.

Required knowledge


An advanced university degree in a field relevant to the development and financing of infrastructure projects; for instance development finance, business administration, public finance, natural resource economics, development studies, public-sector administration, international policy studies and water resource management and development.

Previous experience

At least 10 years’ cumulative experience across the majority of the following areas is required:

  • Experience enhancing the financial viability of infrastructure projects progressing them to financial close.
  • Experience enhancing the development impact of infrastructure projects including social and environmental safeguards and poverty eradication initiatives.
  • Experience in water resource governance and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in an international development context.
  • Strong project management skills of complex transboundary development projects in African countries.
  • Experience in conducting applied research and policy development on infrastructure finance; water resource economics; management and development.
  • Experience working with the various stakeholders and sectors operating in the field of water management for economic growth and environmental sustainability.
  • Experience in development theory, financial flows and infrastructure development (water or other sectors).
  • Experience working in an international context with multilateral and bilateral organisations and specifically working in Africa.
  • Experience working with various actors (governments, civil society, private sector) at a senior level.

Language and communication skills

  • The applicant must have excellent spoken, written and presentation skills in English.
  • The ability to speak French, Portuguese and/ or other regional languages is an advantage.
  • Well-developed presentation and public speaking skills and a sense of diplomacy.
  • The applicant must be able to communicate relevant theoretical and empirical analysis in a practical manner.

Other Requirements

  • Must be able to travel approximately 30% of the work time.
  • Ideally the candidate will be in possession of a South African work permit

Other information

Reporting to: Director of the SIWI Africa Regional Centre

Duty station: SIWI Africa Regional Centre located in Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa (

Duration of contract: one year, with the possibility of extension.

Apply by submitting CV and application letter (outlining how your skills and experience would contribute to the successful implementation of the AEWPP) to [email protected] by 14 February, 2017. Address queries to Mr Anton Earle at [email protected]