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Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) USAID/ARD Inc Initiative Jobs in Kenya

Sustainable Water and Sanitation in Africa (SUWASA) is a new regional initiative of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), implemented byARD, Inc., with a mission of fostering the transformation of water and sanitation services delivery in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve long-term financial sustainability through the application of market-based principles.

Over the four-year life of the project, SUWASA will support at least 12 reform initiatives in multiple countries of sub-Saharan Africa. ARD, Inc. - SUWASA seeks to fill the following positions based in Nairobi:

Water Sector Reform/Finance Specialist - Kenya

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the design of SUWASA activities to support water sector reforms and implementation of innovative financing approaches to water and sanitation investments.
  • Assist the Chief of Party in managing SUWASA activities involving sectoral and financial reforms,
  • Provide technical assistance to individual SUWASA activities involving sectoral and financial reforms,
  • Coordinate with the international donor community and financial institutions involved in water and sanitation reform and finance.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience, with a proven track record in infrastructure and utility reforms, particularly in the water and sanitation sector;
  • Experience in designing, structuring and implementing infrastructure projects for water supply and waste water management, preferably with private sector participation in finance, construction, and management;
  • Demonstrated experience in in-depth feasibility analysis, particularly in financial modelling, for medium to large-sized infrastructure construction projects and familiarity with concepts of financial and operational risk management;
  • In-depth knowledge of approaches to partial risk guarantees in the context of structuring complex projects for Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI), from 'take-or-pay' and demand-based guarantee mechanisms to more advanced performance-based models.
  • Advanced degree in Economics, Finance, Master of Business Administration, or any other relevant financial degree;
  • Experience in working in a donor-funded environment will be an advantage;
  • Working experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly with regard to reforms in water and sanitation will be an advantage;
  • Ability to plan, direct, manage, control and take initiatives independently, communicate fluently, work as a team member at a matured level of sensitivity and diplomacy in dealing with key stakeholders;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Fluency in French is desirable.

Water Utilities Operations Specialist - Kenya

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the design of SUWASA activities to support utility reforms that improve service delivery, particularly to the poor,
  • Assist the Chief of Party in managing SUWASA activities involving utility reforms and service delivery improvements,
  • Provide technical assistance to individual SUWASA activities involving utility operations and management,
  • Coordinate with the international donor community in water and sanitation utility and service delivery reforms,
  • Draw on existing professional networks and further develop professional network of utility operators in support of SUWASA objectives.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience, with a proven track record in utility management and operations improvements;
  • Experience in designing, structuring and implementing infrastructure projects for water supply and waste water management;
  • Advanced degree in Engineering, Business Administration, or other degree relevant to utility operations and management;
  • Experience in working in a donor-funded environment will be an advantage;
  • Working experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly with regard to water and sanitation utility operations and management;
  • Ability to plan, direct, manage, control and take initiatives independently, communicate fluently, work as a team member at a mature level of sensitivity and diplomacy in dealing with key stakeholders;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Fluency in French is desirable.

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - Kenya

Key Responsibilities:

  • Implement the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP);
  • Manage reform performance, data collection and analysis;
  • Maintaining data quality; (d) Prepare monitoring reports to accompany narrative report.

Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree in social sciences, or equivalent;
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience, with a proven track record in monitoring and/or evaluating economic development and/or social development projects, preferably in a donor-funded context;
  • Experience with USAID Results Framework and USAID Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) are essential for this position, specific knowledge of utility performance measurement is desirable;
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office;
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Excellent analytical and writing skills.

Interested candidates should send their CV, 3 references and a cover letter to:

ARD, Inc. SUWASA
P. O. Box 38454 - 00623,
Nairobi.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview and the successful candidate will be hired as soon as he/she is available.

Compensation will be commensurate with qualification and relevant experience.

For more information about ARD, Inc. please visit http://www.ardinc.com

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