WASH Governance Manager


Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪

DAI, a global development consulting firm, seeks applications from qualified candidates for the position of WASH Governance Manager for the Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) project.

The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project is a five-year USAID funded project focusing on the development and management of sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services. KIWASH works with nine county governments to expand WASH services through training, strengthening governance and development of water policies that remove constraints to business entry and operation along the entire WASH value chain.

Summary of Primary Duties

The WASH Governance Manager will lead a new focus on utility reform and institutional strengthening of water sector institutions at the national and county level. He/she will support the development of an enabling environment for expanding water supply and sanitation services.

Essential Duties

  • Develop training and capacity development plans for water service providers (WSPs) to improve the technical, financial and management performance leading to financial sustainability and commercial viability of the WSPs.
  • Assess county WASH policies and budget allocations for the sector and recommend improvements by designing and leading strategies to build the capacity of county and WSP staff in key technical areas of WASH planning and budgeting;
  • Improve the capacity of county governments to plan, regulate, and monitor the performance of WSPs and community managed water projects;
  • Assess the existing mechanisms of citizen involvement in WASH planning,  make proposals for improvement and monitor the impact on of water and sanitation services;
  • Advise on institutional arrangements, roles and responsibilities in relation to the water and sanitation service delivery at national and county level. Work with country institutions to develop agreements with national level government ministries to clarify responsibilities;
  • Identify ongoing and planned programs by other donor agencies and/or government institutions; discuss and agree on collaboration efforts between these and the KIWASH program;
  • Provide leadership and support to technical specialists assigned in various KIWASH initiatives on all aspects of training and capacity development, policy, institutional and regulatory reforms and ensure effective quality control in this area.
  • Provide leadership in stakeholder engagement and collaboration, knowledge sharing with other stakeholders
  • Other tasks as required by supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The Governance Manager based in Nairobi will supervise WASH Governance Specialists in Kitui and Makueni and will work very closely with the WASH Governance Team Lead based in Kisumu. 


  • At least a Masters degree in Engineering, Urban Planning, Business Management or any relevant social science;
  • Over 12  years’ experience working on water and sanitation sector reforms in Kenya. Seven  of these years MUST be in utility management at a senior level ;
  • Clear understanding of the key performance indicators of a utility will be a necessity;
  • Experience in working on urban water supply systems; community-based water supply and sanitation program implementation and operation essential;
  • A good understanding of operational challenges of water service providers in Kenya.
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to fulfill the technical and managerial responsibilities proposed.
  • English language written and verbal fluency.

Base of Operations

The position will be based in Nairobi, with travel to Kisumu and Kitui and Makueni counties.


The WASH Governance Manager will report to the Deputy Chief of Party.