Institutional Specialist

CowaterSogema International

, , NP


CowaterSogema is looking for an Institutional Specialist for an anticipated project in Nepal. The key objective of the project will be to update the capital investment and asset management plan for Kathmandu Valley for water and wastewater, to help optimize water supply and wastewater infrastructure for providing realistic levels of service to the people taking into consideration social, economic, institutional and environmental factors; and to provide a roadmap to 2050 for phased investments for the rehabilitation, expansion and augmentation of water supply and wastewater services in all the municipalities of the Kathmandu Valley.

The Institutional Specialist will have overall responsibility for bringing his/her experience of delivering institutional reform in urban services including water and wastewater treatment, supply and management at a municipal level and will provide recommendations on policy requirements and coordination mechanisms to strengthen institutional framework, programming, implementation, monitoring and regulation of Kathmandu Valley water supply and wastewater services.



  • Masters in Engineering/Economics/Finance/Public Sector Management or an MBA.

Minimum Experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience of working directly with municipal agencies, public sector organisations and/private sector utility in a management capacity (Finance/HR or Corporate Management) and advising utility companies in sector reform and on improving organizational performance and business development.
  •  A minimum of 10 years’ experience of working in an international environment and multi- disciplinary teams. Experience in Asia will be considered an advantage, especially South Asia.
  •  Experience of consulting for international agencies such as the ADB, World Bank, EBRD or bi-laterals in this sector will be an advantage; and
  • Proven experience of working with government at all levels and delivering high quality outputs.

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills are required especially the ability to present to a diverse audience, especially senior executive and government officials and fluency in written and Spoken English is essential.


The Institutional Specialist will undertake the following specific activities:

  • Review and document the existing and proposed water sewerage and drainage service delivery policy and legal framework;
  • Recommend strategies for improvement in the framework to promote and guide the development of policies and regulations appropriate for Kathmandu Valley, considering restructuring of the State and local level governance structures;
  • Review institutional capacity and framework ensuring appropriate governance and accountability (externally and internally), with a vision and roadmap for the responsible agency for investment, implementation, and operation and maintenance for the immediate, medium and long term;
  • Review the regulatory framework that is served by key agencies including Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board for groundwater extraction and service standards and Water Supply Tariff Fixation Commission responsible for price determination;
  • Assess and recommend financing strategy – citizen contributions, developer contributions, municipality contributions, and public private partnership both in capital investment and operation and maintenance.
  • Consider institutional issues which will attend the preparation of the water and wastewater master plans to be developed taking into account the role of key stakeholder organizations; the roles and needs of the municipalities in regard to capital planning and investment; and storm water drainage management.


This is an internationally engaged position and a competitive salary package will be offered to the preferred candidate. The position is open to international experts primarily but also to Nepalese nationals with permanent residency in/dual citizenship of other countries with international work experience in similar projects and similar positions with authority to live and work in Nepal.