Water & Sanitation (Vocational Training Specialist)

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 Lusaka Sanitation Programme, is therefore requesting TA contributions to the Lusaka Sanitation Programme.
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:


  • Conceptualization of training needs assessment
  • Development of training plan and training modules with curriculum for technical/vocational training measures
  • Selection of suitable training institution/s and negotiation of cooperation agreement/s 
  • Assist training providers in preparation of training facilities for practical training modules 
  • Selection, training and certification of technical/vocational trainers 
  • Qualification of LWSC staff for organization and steering of LSP financed training measures 
  • Development of implementation plan for vocational training, including selection of trainees 
  • Coaching and assistance of training delivery through LSP 


  • University degree in Education or equivalent in an appropriate field 
  • Strong cross-cultural communication skills
  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience in the field of capacity development, education and training, TVET; experience in the water and sanitation sector is considered an asset 
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience gained in international organizations, and/or funding agencies. 
  • Hands-on experience in training delivery
  • Strong didactic and educational background
  • Experience in Zambia and/or eastern/southern Africa region is considered an asset

Contact Person: Theda Matthiesen
Contact: [email protected]