RTI International seeks an Institutional Development Specialist for the USAID Effective Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (E-WASH) project to be based in Abuja, Nigeria. The project works to improve urban water and sanitation service delivery by strengthening the governance, financial, and technical viability of the State Water Boards (SWBs) in six states in Nigeria – Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger, and Taraba. In collaboration with the respective state governments and SWBs, E-WASH works toward achieving the following mutually reinforcing objectives:
• Creating professionally managed and commercially oriented SWBs
• Improving the financial and operational viability of SWBs
• Strengthening policy, institutional, and regulatory frameworks for improved WASH services, including establishing accountability mechanisms
• Building national and state WASH advocacy, coordination, and communications for reform
The program is part of USAID’s wider efforts to build closer coordination with the Government of Nigeria, including the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, select SWBs, and allied stakeholders, to advance broad-based economic growth and resilience through improved WASH services in urban areas.
• Lead technical capacity building and institutional development of State Water Agencies, WASH Utilities, and CSOs, including capacity assessments, trainings, and related interventions;
• Serve as a Resource Person for regional project institutional development specialists in order to coordinate all interventions (e.g. conduct of stakeholders’ consultations, focus group discussions/key informant interviews and other relevant activities with the urban water utilities, LGU’s, CSOs, and the Private Sector);
• Document processes/approaches/strategies employed in the conduct of institutional and capacity development interventions;
• Take the lead in the processing and analysis of data generated from institutional and organizational capacity assessments;
• Identify partnerships and alliances that can work to facilitate improvement in WASH service delivery;
• Strengthen coordination and functional capacity of water utilities and other WASH
• Develop and introduce systems to facilitate inter and intra governmental coordination
• Conduct rapid appraisal on the level of participation of CSOs, local water/sanitation associations, and communities especially women and girls on safe water, sanitation, and hygiene projects/programs/activities in priority urban areas of the target states;
• Lead technical capacity building and institutional development of State Water Boards (SWBs), WASH utilities, and CSOs, including capacity assessments, trainings, and related interventions. Serve as a resource person for regional project institutional development specialists to coordinate all interventions (e.g., conduct of stakeholders’ consultations, focus group discussions/key informant interviews, and other relevant activities with the urban water utilities, local government areas (LGAs), CSOs, and the private sector);
• Assist the SWBs in establishing and institutionalizing a Sanitation Unit including sanitation policy development, organizational structure and organizational development; Institutionalize and strengthen sanitation units for SWBs; and
• Oversee State Team Leaders and overall state-level implementation.
Education and Experience
• Master’s degree in organizational development, business management, or a relevant field;
• Minimum of ten years’ experience designing and implementing institutional/organizational development initiatives in environments comparable to Nigeria. Preference will be given to those with considerable working experience in Nigeria with institutions and civil society organizations in the urban water and WASH sectors;
• At least six years of experience and demonstrated success in implementing programs aimed at building capacity of national, state and utility level organizations in Africa, preferably in Nigeria;
• Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in national, state and municipal institutions, development of sustainability plans, and policy development and reforms.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the latest developments in advancing good/best practices in water and WASH, governance, as well as sector engagement that reaches all stakeholders, including women, youth, the poor and very poor, creativity, willingness to innovate, think systemically and design catalytic.
• Demonstrated experience in collaborating across projects stakeholder groups and donor projects.
• Strong management capacity with proven ability to oversee multiple activities simultaneously in multiple locations; and
• Possess excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communications skills in English; demonstrated supervisory skills; and ability to work well on a team.