Water & Sanitation (Team Leader)

GFA Consulting Group

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Project Description:

The proposed Technical Assistance (TA) package aims (i) at the reduction of climate-harmful emissions from faecal sludge management (FSM) and (ii) at the reduction of the negative impacts of climate change on waste water management. The measures shall contribute to effective implementation of the comprehensive investments foreseen by Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC), under the Lusaka Sanitation Project (LSP).
The target group of the Lusaka Sanitation Programme is the population of Lusaka of approx. 2,3 Million. They shall benefit from the investments and service improvements through capacity development measures for public actors and private service providers, aimed at increased access to sanitation.
The TA-package shall complement the investment programme implemented with contribution of several donors (AfDB, EIB, WB, KfW). It shall enable the sector actors like LWSC, Lusaka City Council and the private sector through capacity development measures and regional technology exchange (ZA, TZ, Burkina Faso) to develop efficient and sustainable management of faecal sludge, climate-friendly transformation of “sludge to energy” and the potential use of sludge for peri-urban agriculture (fertilizer).
By introduction of decentralized faecal sludge management in peri-urban areas the share of sludge that is made use of for energy production and agriculture can be substantially increased, since up to 70 % of the target areas, by now, and about 50 %, at past project stage, are not connected to a centralised sewerage system.
Services for emptying of household toilets and operation of decentralised sludge treatment facilities must be secured and adapted to probable impacts of climate change, for example heavy rain events (danger of flooding of toilets and sludge treatment facilities provoking health hazards like cholera). This shall be effected through a well-functioning sludge management system with active involvement of the private sector (e.g. sludge collection trucks and decentralized treatment and transfer stations).
LWSC, as the responsible project holder of implementation of LSP, is therefore requesting TA contributions to the LSP.
The methodological approach of the TA module is based on a diversified capacity development approach. To secure sustainable impacts it aims at a holistic change that combines the improvement of framework conditions with organizational development of sector actors and institutions involved and the strengthening of cooperation between them. In addition it promotes technical, management and leadership skills of individual actors in respective areas. The TA will aim at identifying stakeholder capacity gaps, formulating feasible sustainable institutional arrangements for the required capacity development and training to enable stakeholders to perform their roles in climate friendly on-site sanitation (OSS) and FSM service delivery more effectively.
In delivering the interventions, a mixture of both long term interventions (e.g. coaching, mentoring, follow up of hands-on field work, etc.,), as well as short term expert interventions (e.g. needs assessments, design of development options, development of tools and instruments) will be used. Advisory services shall include a full and holistic basis for achievement of the project objective and ensure its fitting into the overall GIZ Water Reform Programme as well as contributing to the LSP and to national OSS and FSM practices.

Job Description:
  • Steering the Consulting Contract from a technical, financial and organizational perspective
  • Technical advisory services on the preparation of training measures for the improvement of qualifications of public and private service providers of climate-friendly wastewater management 
  • Carry the responsibility for achievements of outlined deliverables and monitoring of the outputs including inputs to the impact-monitoring system for the overall programme 
  • Coordinate with LWSC and the GIZ Team / AV on the consultants input 
  • Project management function 
    • Responsibility for carrying out checks on the use of funds and financial planning in consultation with the GIZ AV 
    • Preparing regular reports as per to-be-agreed format 
    • Coordinating stages of the project with key stakeholders and ensuring transparency for the partner 
    • Supporting the GIZ AV in updating and/or adapting the project design on the basis of the five success factors of Capacity WORKS 
    • Ensuring the connectivity of project/programme management with established GIZ practice by applying Capacity WORKS 
    • Responsible for coordinating national advisors and international and regional/national Short Term Experts (STE), in close cooperation with the MWDSEP, MLG, LCC, LWSC, NWASCO, ZEMA and the GIZ team
    • Identifying the need for short-term assignments within the available budget, planning and steering the assignments 
    • Assisting to place orders with local experts 
    • Coordinating the organisation/running of training measures 
    • Monitoring and documenting work progress 
    • Ensuring a monitoring and evaluation system is in place 
    • Supporting the GIZ AV in preparing and adapting the plan of operations 
    • Planning and supporting project-related research 
    • Communication with the GIZ project team, MWDSEP, MLG, LCC, LWSC, NWASCO, ZEMA and other stakeholders (as required) 
    • Supporting the GIZ AV in preparing and conducting the interim evaluation 

  • University degree in Engineering and/or Economics, Business Administration, Human Resources, Organizational Development or a related degree 
  • Work experience in eastern/southern Africa, preferably in Zambia
  • Proficiency in English language is a requirement 
  • Good knowledge of German language is a strong asset 
  • At least 10 to 15 years of relevant experience in capacity development in the urban water supply and sanitation sector in a developing country, ideally Zambia or Southern/East African Region
  • Profound knowledge in on-site sanitation and faecal sludge management, including training and skill development. Training experience in wastewater management would be an advantage
  • Profound knowledge of administrative processes and economic aspects of the management of organizations 
  • Trained in Capacity WORKS or undergo training by a GIZ-accredited multiplier before the commencement of the programme 
  • Ability to lead a team or organizations (including managing a budget) 
  • Ability to develop a strategic plan and related initiatives, as well as performance measures to assess outcomes 
  • Ability to design and implement learning methodologies, succession planning, diversity programs, performance management and training 
  • Proven ability to facilitate high level meetings and stakeholder processes, and work as part of a team 
  • Proven ability to conduct research (interviewing and data collection), analysis of results/evaluation of programs 
  • Experience in synthesizing information into clear, concise messages both for detailed analytical reports and executive summaries 
  • Experience in project management, corporate communications, intercultural communication and event planning 
  • Experience with the integration of cross-cutting topics like Gender and HIV / Aids
    Highly motivated with the ability to cope with high pressure situations
    Excellent command of English (both spoken and written). German and Nyanja language skills would be an advantage 
  • Working experience and knowledge of the Zambian water sector would be an advantage 

Contact Person: Theda Matthiesen
Contact: [email protected]