SI is planning to bid on an evaluation of the Water Sector Reform Project of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Government of Sierra Leone’s threshold program aimed at delivering water and electricity services. With a focus on greater Freetown, the Water Sector Reform Project supports government reform efforts to water sector institutions, including testing improved business practices, reducing water loss, and piloting a public-private partnership model for public standpipes.
SI is seeking a Water Sector Expert to provide technical analysis, advice, and engineering-related guidance related to urban water supply in Sierra Leone to the potential performance and impact evaluation of the water sector component of the MCC Sierra Leone threshold project.
Duties and Responsibilities
· Responsible for technical and methodological leadership related to water supply issues.
· Lead the analysis of utility operations such as NRW analysis, DMA, PPP management models, operations and maintenance (O&M), billing and collections, customer engagement, utility performance monitoring, policy development, and strategic planning functions.
· Assist in the development of the evaluation design and ensure that it is well suited to the local Sierra Leone water sector context.
· Conducting a document review of program background documents, with special attention to documents pertaining to technical design and engineering of the water utility.
· Contribute as needed to writing sections of the evaluation report and other project deliverables.
· Senior level water sector and water utility expertise with at least 10 years of experience.
· An advanced degree in engineering or related field.
· Deep technical expertise in urban water supply systems, with at least five years of related experience. Experience with utilities in West Africa, and Sierra Leone, highly desirable.
· Demonstrated experience evaluating water utility operations including NRW, DMA, PPP management models, O&M, billing and collections, customer engagement, utility performance monitoring, policy development, and strategic planning functions.
· Experience evaluating water sector institutional reform, especially regulatory reform, tariff setting, and governance, preferred.
· Experience participating in evaluations of urban water sector reform projects a plus.
· Experience in West Africa; preferably in Sierra Leone.