Team Leader for the EU Support to Integrated Water Management (EUSIWM) via ReliefWeb

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from Austrian Development Agency
Closing date: 22 Jan 2018

Team Leader for the EU Support to Integrated Water Management (EUSIWM)


Project Title: EU Support to Integrated Water Management

Position: Team Leader (International)

Starting date: 1st February 2018

Contract period: 42 months

Location: Tirana, Albania


The Austrian Development Agency (ADA) is the Operational Unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC). It is in charge of implementing all bilateral programmes and projects in ADC’s partner countries and administers the budget earmarked for this. Under the European Commission’s Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance Programme for 2016, ADA has been delegated to implement the project “EU Support to Integrated Water Management” (EUSIWM). For the implementation of this EU and ADC funded project ADA is looking for a Team Leader. The Team Leader will be based in Tirana. The working language will be English.

The overall objective is to enhance the implementation of the national water reform and the progress of Albania towards EU water legislation requirements.The specific objectives of the project are to strengthen capacities for managing the sector in line with EU policies and to consolidate earlier efforts in that direction.

The project is planned for 48 months and shall achieve the following 4 results:

  1. Legal framework in the field of water management is improved in an inclusive and evidence-based manner and implemented and enforced in line with the EU requirements;

  2. River Basin Management Plans are implemented for selected river basins, and in line with EU requirements;

  3. Institutional capacity at river basin level to implement Integrated Water Management is enhanced;

  4. The budgetary framework and economic analysis for water extraction and water use at basin level is improved in line with water framework directive principles, the tariff structure is reviewed and enforced.

The project volume is EUR 3,100,000.00 (1,600,000.00 EUR provided by the European Union and 1,500,000.00 EUR provided by ADA). In order to implement the project successfully the project team leader will deploy long- and short term expertise for drafting of documents and carrying out assessments of policy, strategy and legal documents, River Basin Management Plans (RBMP), Capacity Development Plans for River Basin Agencies, assessing and devising procedures and processes and providing a mix of various technical assistance ranging from:

  • Assessment and analysis of existing legal framework and preparation of a strategy to elaborate an improved draft legal framework for the water management on basin level

  • Implementation of prioritized actions of the strategy (support in drafting of policy, legal and/or regulatory documents; support to the relevant ministries/institutions in the follow up of the strategy)

  • Preparation of phased roadmaps for achieving full sets of operational RBMPs for all six river basins of Albania

  • Preparation of pilot RBMPs for two selected river basins

  • Learning and Development (L&D) activities: tailored coaching and training of the responsible institutions for the RBMPs operation

  • Preparation of Capacity Development Plan (CDP) for relevant institutions

  • Support the establishment of a permanent L&D platform which would allow sustainable and harmonized training for all administrative levels in the Albanian authorities concerned with water management.

  • Analysis and assessment of the budgetary framework of water resource management at basin level

  • Preparation of an Implementation Plan for a Budgetary Framework (IP-BF) of water resource management at basin level

  • Tailored training and coaching to relevant institutions in the implementation of the IP-BF

    The Austrian Development Agency will adopt a process oriented approach to promote and ensure ownership on the Albanian side.

    The following principles will guide the project team:

  • Relevant EU policies and legislation related to the water supply and sewerage sector (WSS) shall be duly taken into account and in line with relevant agreements which Albania has signed with the EU, in particular the EU WFD, the EU GAP II and the EU Adaption Strategy.

  • All interventions should be guided by the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, as well as the Accra Agenda for Action and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

  • The design and implementation of all activities will be in line with existing national policies and in coordination with relevant main actors and interventions in the field (policy compliance). Build on existing experiences, projects, processes and structures in the country.

  • Good governance principles, gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment will be pursued in all interventions and stipulation of the EU GAP II (2016-2020) will be implemented.

  • Capacity development will follow a result-oriented approach and apply principles of gender equality (affirmative action); capacities of the relevant institutions will be strengthened to increase the quality of outputs in policy making, service provision and in the area of monitoring/supervision and contract management.

  • The counterparts and beneficiaries will be involved in the planning (inception phase), implementation, and final stage of the Action. Know how shall be transferred in such a manner that the relevant stakeholders are capacitated to plan and implement their activities and further adjust their own strategic approaches.

  • Extensive consultations will be held with the direct beneficiaries as well as other stakeholders involved in the relevant sectors. As a consequence, all activities of the Action will be agreed upon prior to implementation. This will ensure participatory implementation of the Action, transparency among all relevant stakeholders and accountability towards the Albanian civil society. The cooperation between the public and private sector as well as civil society will be promoted.

  • All interventions shall be guided by a human rights-based approach (HRBA) which includes the principles of i) availability, ii) quality and safety, iii) accessibility, iv) affordability, v) non-discrimination. The RBAs will be supported through this Action in their role as duty bearers. In addition, consumers and relevant civil society organizations should be supported in their role as rights holders. The Albanian Government’s full commitment to adopt a HRBA in the water sector through its co-sponsoring of the UN Human Rights Council Resolution “The human right to safe drinking water and sanitation” (adapted on 28 September 2011) shall be encouraged.

Available information and documents:

  • The National Plan for European Integration (NPEI 2017-2020)

  • The EU Water Framework Directive (WFD)

  • The IPA 2016 Action Programme for Albania

  • The EU GAP II

  • The EU Adaption Strategy

  • Delegation Agreement between ADA and the EC Delegation in Tirana, Albania including all annexes

  • The ADC Country Strategy for Albania, 2015-2020

    Description of services required:

Management of Implementation Unit and Project finances

  • Leading the recruitment of the long and short-term experts under the supervision of ADA Coordination Office Tirana

  • Ensuring that staff and experts have clear job description, work plans

  • Overall coordination and monitoring of staff and experts

  • Briefing and debriefing of experts

  • Setting up financial management and reporting system for reporting towards the EU

  • Ensure in time internal and external reporting according to the expected results and indicators, approved work plans and budget

  • Develop a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan and organisation of an external evaluation

  • Coordination of procurement of project assets and handover to the beneficiary at project termination

  • Propose and carry out necessary actions to achieve the expected results defined in the Description of Action (DoA) by providing methodologies and approaches for specific components in order to warrant a timely and high quality implementation of the project in accordance with the Delegation Agreement (DA) and Project Operational Manual (POM)

  • Carry out various assessments according to the DoA in the inception phase

  • Prepare the inception report including a detail work plan for one year

  • Draft terms of reference for the steering committee of the project

Provision of technical assistance to all components

  • Provision of technical assistance to all components/expected results

  • Quality assurance of project interventions and outputs

  • Organisation of capacity development activities, training and coaching for the target group of the project

Coordination and representation

  • Facilitation of stakeholder and other coordination meetings

  • Liaison with government officials and EU Delegation

  • Organisation of steering committee meetings


  • Ensure proper visibility of the project according to EU and ADA visibility guidelines and the Communication and Visibility Plan of the Project.

Duration of the assignment

42 months, starting on 1st February 2018

The assignment will be a full-time position


The Team Leader will be employed by the Austrian Development Agency and will technically be supervised by and report to the Austrian Coordination Office in Tirana.


  • Advanced university degree in engineering/environment, economics or similar area with a strong focus on water resource management

  • Minimum of 15 years senior technical and managerial experience in development projects

  • Proven experience with EU funded projects and programmes and Project Cycle Management.

  • Extensive experience in the EU Water Framework Directive and River Basin Management

  • Familiarity with the (Integrated) Water Resource Management issues in Albania and in the region

  • Profound experience in the development of Integrated Water Resources Management with the aspects of Institutional Development and Capacity Development

  • Demonstrated understanding of gender equality/women’s empowerment

  • Good analytical writing, facilitation of workshops and meetings and communication skills

  • Ability to work under pressure, to respect deadlines and to handle politically sensitive issues

  • Languages: Proficiency in English language. Knowledge of Albanian and German language is an added value