USAID / Philippines Water or WASH Activity (Chief of Party and Technical Specialists) via ReliefWeb

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Anticipated USAID / Philippines Water or WASH Activity

Draft Project Description: It is expected to be a five-year program that may begin in October / November 2018 with headquarters in Manila and operations in various parts of the Philippines, with the focus on Mindanao.

The Request for Proposals for this project is currently expected to be issued by USAID in mid-April 2018. A Request for Information may be issued say 4 – 6 weeks before the RFP to solicit comments from potential bidders.

The project will likely provide technical assistance for water sector policy, institutional capacity building and mobilization of private sector financing for water and sanitation investments at the national level while supporting utility reform, non-revenue water, water demand management and water security initiatives targeted to Water Districts, LGUs and water utilities in target sites.

This new project can be expected to build upon related recent USAID / Philippines-funded projects, namely the Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (BeSECURE) Project and the Philippine Water Revolving Fund (PWRF) Support Program.

In addition, this new project may incorporate features of the recently completed USAID Indonesia Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (IUWASH) Project and the Philippines’ new iWASH Framework, both of which involve the following players and components:

  • Civil Society (Demand Mobilization)

  • Local Government (Policy and Finance)

  • Service Providers (Improved and Expanded Capacity)

Overlays between these players and components involve Advocacy, Accountability and Regulation & Supervision.

The end goal is Improved Service Delivery.

The project may have a strong sub-national focus, probably on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other parts of Mindanao. Some level of national policy work is expected, probably involving the:

  • Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and its’ Salintubig Program,

  • Department of Health (DoH) and its’ sanitation program,

  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and its’ KALAHI CIDSS Program.

The Philippines’ new iWASH Framework ( involves DILG, DOH, WHO, UNDP and UNICEF.

Draft Job Responsibilities: Chief of Party

· Provide overall strategic, managerial and technical direction for the project to help ensure its success;

· Maintain responsibility for the design, quality, development and completion of all assessments, analytical reports and evaluations;

· Establish and maintain strong relationships with USAID and local counterparts to ensure effective coordination of project activities with government partners, Water District / LGU officials, civil society and private sector organizations, international donor institutions, and other USAID and U.S. government-funded initiatives;

· Provide project compliance oversight and quality assurance for all activities including budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation; and

· Supervise key personnel and other technical and operations staff and ensure the achievement of program targets and objectives.

Draft Qualifications:

· Advanced degree in a technical area related to water supply and sanitation, hydrology/water resources, natural resources management, public policy, engineering, urban planning and investment, or another relevant field;

· Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience showing progressive growth in management and leadership responsibilities implementing water supply and sanitation, natural resource management, utility investment and reform, or related programs for USAID and/or other donors;

· Exceptional managerial and operational experience leading complex activities involving coordination with multiple partner institutions in developing countries, preferably in the Philippines or Southeast Asia;

· Previous Chief of Party and/or senior management experience required, with USAID experience strongly preferred; and

· Exceptional interpersonal skills and communication skills in English. Fluency or conversational skills in Tagalog or Bisaya would be advantageous.

Draft List of Required Technical Specialists (long and short-term positions) – PHILIPPINE NATIONALS PREFERRED

Water Sector:

· Water sector policy specialists;

· Water sector financing specialists;

· Water utility reform specialists, including non-revenue water and water demand management specialists, and

· Source vulnerability analysis and protection specialists.

Sanitation Sector:

· Sewerage / septage management specialists;

· Wastewater treatment / reuse specialists, and

· Sanitation financing specialists.

Cross-Cutting Areas:

· Public private partnerships / private sector engagement specialists;

· Behavior change communications / communications specialists;

· Gender mainstreaming specialists;

· Monitoring and evaluation specialists, and

· Capacity building specialists.

Draft Qualifications:

· Advanced degree in a relevant field; at least 7 years of relevant work experience;

· Experience working on or with donor-funded environmental programs– strong preference for prior experience on USAID-funded projects;

· Proven ability to develop relationships with different partners, collaborators, and clients to ensure coordinated implementation of project activities and represent Louis Berger, and

· Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.

About Louis Berger: Please view Louis Berger is a major USAID contractor with 30 years of continuous project experience in the Philippines.