Project Manager

Global Water Partnership - East Africa (GWP-EA)

Entebbe, , UG

REPORTS TO: AIP Programme Manager-Eastern Africa and Uganda for programmatic aspects of the GWPEA Secretariat and GWP Eastern Africa Regional Coordinator
for the administrative management of the GWPEA Secretariat

DURATION: April 2021 to 31 December 2022

CONTRACT TYPE: Fulltime consultancy contract


LOCATION: GWP Eastern Africa Secretariat, Entebbe, Uganda 



International Water Management Institute (IWMI) on behalf of the Global Water Partnership Southern Africa and Africa Coordination Unit (GWPSA-ACU), seeks applications from suitable candidates to undertake a full–time consultancy assignment for Project Manager under GWP Africa Water Investment Programme (AIP). The Project Manager will support GWP Eastern Africa (GWPEA) to implement the AIP projects in Uganda and Lake Victoria Basin and will be based at GWP EA Regional Secretariat in Entebbe, Uganda.


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.

AIP will promote job creation through gender sensitive investments in water security, industrialization and climate resilient development and support continental efforts towards universal access to safe water and safely managed sanitation.

AIP includes three interrelated strategic objectives aligned to the GWP strategy, ‘2020-2025 Mobilizing for a water secure world,’ Mobilize, Act and Learn,’ as follows:

  • Mobilize high level political commitment and finance for investments in water security to support regional and national development, industrialization and job creation
  • Catalyse climate resilient Action and gender transformative investments in water security
  • Accelerate transaction management capacity, knowledge, Learning and project preparation

The programme will be implemented through three interrelated Sub-programs as follows:

  • AIP Water Climate Development and Gender Transformation (AIP WACDEP-G)
  • AIP investments in SDGs on water-energy-food security, regional value chains and industrialization (AIP SDG WEF Investments)
  • AIP Transboundary Water Governance and Investments (AIP Transboundary Waters)

The AIP implementation will initially focus on support to the AIP-WACDEP-G and its scope and this will be later expanded to all AIP sub-programmes once resources become available.


The AIP-WACDEP-G sub-programme takes a gender-transformation approach to address a specific gender gap at the systemic level: Across Africa, planning, decision-making and institutional processes are not gender-transformative and reflect the structurally embedded cultural norms, practices and gendered power relations. The AIP-WACDEP G will also support AMCOW’s work program on climate resilience, building on the previous Water, Climate Development Programme (WACDEP).

The goal of the AIP-WACDEP-G is to ensure that the preparation, development, design, governance and management of ongoing and new climate resilient water infrastructure investments, institutions and job creation interventions strategically advance gender equality. The overall objective is to transform gender inequalities at scale by promoting gender-transformative planning, decision-making and institutional development for climate resilient water investments in Africa. The sub-programme is expected to be a ‘game changer’ across the water sector and beyond, addressing gender inequalities across Africa by taking a gender-transformative approach to development at the water and climate interface. The envisioned system-wide transformation will be achieved by influencing country-wide processes for water infrastructure investments in 18 countries and 5 river basins across Africa. The sub-programme will support and benefit 3.6 million people over the course of 6 years, targeting to influence $1 billion of gender equal and climate resilient investments from public and private sources.

The expected outcomes of the sub-programme are:

  • Gender-transformative structures, institutions, policies and/or plans for climate resilient water investments and jobs are put in place and implemented
  • Capabilities and motivation of planners to enable gender-transformative planning and design of climate resilient investments developed
  • Embedded gender inequalities in accessing services, control of resources and/or assets are addressed at the local level
  • Gender-transformative projects are implemented and inequalities related to climate vulnerability are addressed

The current phase of the AIP WACDEP-G is implemented in five countries and five transboundary basins on the African continent, one of which is Uganda and the Lake Victoria Basin. The advertised Project Manager consultancy will support implementation of the AIP WACDEP-G in Uganda and the Lake Victoria Basin and as well support other projects being implemented by GWP- Eastern Africa Secretariat. The position will be based in Entebbe, Uganda.


The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a multi-stakeholder action network and intergovernmental organisation dedicated to working with countries towards the equitable, sustainable, and efficient management of water resources. GWP comprises of 3,000+ partner organisations in over 180 countries. Our Network of 65+ Country Water Partnerships across 13 Regional Water Partnerships convenes and brokers coordinated action by government and non-government actors.

GWP-Eastern Africa (GWPEA) is one of GWP’s 13 Regional Water Partnerships. It was established in May 2003 to support the sustainable development and management of water resources at all levels in the Eastern Africa Region. The region has Nine Country Water Partnerships (CWPs), including;  Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda and Uganda. GWPEA brings together governmental, non-governmental, academic, private, civil society groups and all interested water related institutions and sectors in the Eastern Africa region, for purposes of supporting countries in the sustainable management of their water resources. The Secretariat is currently hosted by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), which is based in Entebbe, Uganda. The Secretariat is headed by a Regional Coordinator.

GWP Eastern Africa has been implementing various programs, projects and activities related to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and climate change adaptation for more than a decade. The region is expanding its program activities to contribute to the new and emerging global and regional challenges. Current projects include, but not limited to: Enhancing Drought Resilience for Smallholder farmers and Pastoralists in the IGAD region (DRESS EA) project; Enhancing Resilience of Communities to Climate Change through Catchment Based Integrated Management of Water and related Resources (EURECCCA) project; Africa Water Investment Program – Water Climate Development Program and Gender (AIP WACDEP-G). GWPEA is also involved in development of the GCF readiness proposals in Burundi, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and other countries in the region; NDC Partnership Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) project in Somalia and Sudan; and the SDG 6 IWRM Support Program, and SDG 6.5.1 monitoring and reporting Program.


The Project Manager -Uganda will be responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of AIP programme portfolio in Uganda. The Project Manager will work under the guidance of the AIP Programme Manager Eastern Africa and Uganda, GWP Eastern Africa Regional Coordinator and GWP Africa Coordination Unit Technical Advisor. S/he will be responsible for the implementation of the AIP programme portfolio in Uganda, working closely with the Chair of the Uganda Water Partnership.

Specific duties include, but not limited to:

Uganda AIP Country Programme Development

  • Identify opportunities for AIP program development in Uganda and the region
  • Support to develop detailed program work plan, budget and resource mobilisation plan for GWP EA and AIP Uganda
  • Support the development of concept notes and proposals for resource mobilization to ensure full operationalization of the AIP Eastern Africa and Uganda projects
  • Support in the implementation of other projects in GWP Eastern Africa region

AIP-WACDEP G Implementation in Uganda

  • Guide the undertaking of country situational analysis (climate resilience, water security, gender equality, stakeholders/institutions and related areas) to identify entry points for the AIP WACDEP G program in Uganda
  • Lead the development of Country WACDEP-G Program for Uganda and expansion of the programme within Eastern Africa region
  • Coordinate program activities that involve various stakeholders at various levels in the country.
  • Coordinate administrative, logistics and financial support to program activities
  • Mobilize partners that will be engaged in program implementation in Uganda
  • Support in establishing relationships with relevant government and non-government actors such as organizations dealing with gender, climate, water, finance and planning
  • Support capacity building activities of the program; and facilitate policy level engagements with support from GWPEA and the GWP Africa Coordination Unit
  • Mobilize partners for selecting and implementing a demonstration project in Uganda
  • Promote a Gender Transformative Approach in relevant climate programs/projects in Uganda
  • Provide technical guidance to consultant’s engaged during the implementation of the program

AIP Programme Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation

  • Prepare and submit to GWP Eastern Africa monthly program implementation progress updates
  • Coordinate program evaluation and audit when requested by GWP Africa Coordination Unit
  • Work closely with the Finance and Administration Unit of GWP Eastern Africa and the Africa Coordination Unit

AIP Knowledge management and communication

  • Develop a workplan for knowledge management and communication for AIP sub-programmes in GWPEA
  • Capture key program outputs/outcomes and lessons to be generated from the processes and activities of implementing the program in Uganda
  • Develop knowledge materials (technical notes, articles, fact sheets, program briefs, etc) based on the results and lessons from program implementation in Uganda
  • Facilitate sharing of lessons among the stakeholders in Uganda and in the region
  • Work closely with the knowledge management and communications team at GWP Eastern Africa. 

Support institutional strengthening of GWP Uganda

  • Support activities to strengthen GWPEA and GWP Uganda, including partners networking
  • Support GWPEA and Uganda Water Partnerships’ knowledge sharing and learning
  • Ensure that the relevant stakeholders in GWPEA and Uganda are engaged in GWP programs
  • Participate in program coordination meetings


The Project Manager position requires a high level technical/professional expertise. Interested applicants are required to have the following qualifications and experiences:

  • Minimum qualification of master’s qualification in project management, water resources management, climate change, environmental protection, social development, sociology, gender or related areas.
  • An understanding of the country context of water resources management, climate change, development (SDGs), Gender and related issues
  • An understanding of development issues including gender inequality and understanding of the institutional and policy environment around water security, climate resilience building and gender equality in Uganda
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience in the above areas with focus around policy analysis, stakeholder engagement and project management. At least three years of working experience in Uganda.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills and very good organisational and task management skills, demonstrated teamwork skills and ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of English language is a must.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the water sector governance in Uganda
  • Demonstrate experience of collaborating and or working with government institutions and agencies


  • Applications are accepted only in English and only through the online platform: 
  • Candidates will be required to submit a CV and a one-page motivation letter which addresses the requirements stated above
  • A writing sample (technical brief, project progress report, project concept note, or similar)
  • Names, titles, and contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • Application deadline: 30 April 2021 – midnight GMT +2. 





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