Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Private Sector Consultant


Ethiopia 🇪🇹

Company Overview:

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact -the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value.  We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits. For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved -and is committed to continuing to improve -economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives. Palladium is a child-safe organization, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children.  We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. 

Project Overview:

Launched in 2020, CATALYZE: Market Systems for Growth (MS4G) drives private enterprise expansion to contribute towards Ethiopia’s future economic growth and prosperity. MS4G intends to foster enterprise-driven growth, especially among private enterprises that have high growth potential and the capacity to catalyse job creation throughout market systems. MS4G’s goal is to address systemic challenges, including building business development services capacity, creating a more conducive business environment, building the financial sector infrastructure and capability within private finance providers, and expanding the digital economy. MS4G catalyses private sector growth by improving access to finance and facilitating transactions through targeted interventions across market systems (demand, supply, and enabling environment).  Expanded access to finance will also drive change across the market system by increasing business revenue and necessitating job creation.  The program is expected to operate through 2024. 

For its second year of implementation, CATALYZE MS4G is exploring ways to expand its activities focused on the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), with a specific emphasis on mobilizing business development services (BDS) and capital for private WASH enterprises. As such, the Project seeks expertise advice to assess opportunities to engage the private sector WASH landscape, identify challenges facing WASH enterprises and support its activity and work plan design process.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The CATALYZE: MS4G WASH Private Sector Consultant will report to the CATALYZE: MS4G Country Director and collaborate closely with MS4G Technical Leads across the enterprise support, capital mobilization, skills building and job placement, and digital economy components. The purpose of this assignment is to support the CATALYZE MS4G as it expands it support to businesses and organizations in the WASH sector. Tasks include:

1) A Kick-off meeting with the CATALYZE MS4G Team to understand the Activity’s Performance Work Statement (PWS) and current activity portfolio, and further clarify the scope of this assignment.
2) Produce a concise overview of the “current state of the WASH Sector through a private sector lens” This would include:
a) mapping of 1) various business segments of private sector WASH actors and 2) active WASH enterprises and private sector actors operating in Ethiopia across different WASH segments,
b) high-level assessment of the capacity of those private sector WASH actors and challenges they face in terms of: enterprise capacity, financing, business enabling environment, the use of technology and digital solutions, work force and skills development, factors and barriers influencing the involvement of women in WASH enterprises.
c) Lessons learned, potential challenges and pitfalls of working with WASH enterprises within development programs.
d) The consultant’s expert perspective and insights on high potential entry points and opportunities to work with, partner with or provide support to private WASH enterprises and partners to achieve USAID WASH objectives.

Note: This initial assessment is intended to provide MS4G staff with a foundational knowledge of opportunities and challenges in the private sector WASH landscape. Depending on Activity needs, MS4G may commission a more comprehensive private sector landscape analysis (PSLA).

3) Based on the MS4G PWS, current activities and work plan, work with MS4G staff to brainstorm potential WASH interventions that align with MS4G component areas.
4) Work with MS4G staff to map a develop a key list of private WASH partners for MS4G staff to meet as part of its WASH program scoping.
5) Facilitate and contribute to meetings with 1) selected private sector WASH actors and 2) other development programs and donors active in the WASH sector to inform the scoping and design of MS4G WASH activities.
6) Provide advice and feedback in the development of MS4G’s WASH work plan activities.

Required Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience in private sector engagement in relation to water and sanitation in Ethiopia,
  • Understanding of the financial and regulatory constraints facing private sector companies in Ethiopia, particularly in the provision of water and sanitation services,
  • Ability to research and consult on technical and policy issues related to WASH services, and analyse the challenges to private sector engagement in Ethiopia,
  • Proven knowledge of Ethiopian finance, private enterprise, investment, and WASH-related issues,
  •  Evidence of strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written with professional fluency in English required,

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred, preferably in a water-related and/or development-related field such as natural resource management, natural resource/development economics, environment, environmental engineering, or other related field of study.
  • Five or more years of professional experience in international development field as an expert for USAID or donor funded projects related to private sector engagement in the provision WASH services
  • Previous experience/knowledge of USAID and private sector engagement projects, approaches and policy,
  •  Knowledge on previous WASH-related or similar projects in international development, particularly in African countries.

Expected Level of Effort:

Consultant will be engaged over a period of 2 months starting approximately in late August with a total LOE of approximately 80 hours. Approximately 40 hours is expected to be dedicated to developing the rapid assessment mentioned under task #2 above.
*Applications for the position will be reviewed on a rolling basis.