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  • Posted: Jul 28, 2022
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  • The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries. The AfDB was founded in 1964 and comprises three entities: The African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund. The AfDB’s missi...
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    Principal Rural Water Security Officer - AHWS/AWF

    The Complex

    • The Vice Presidency for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development (AHVP) is a Sector Complex focusing on the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy High 5s priorities of “Feed Africa” and “Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”. The Complex comprises five departments:

      • Agriculture and Agro-Industry Development (AHAI);
      • Agriculture Finance and Rural Development (AHFR);
      • Gender, Women and Civil Society (AHGC);
      • Water Development and Sanitation (AHWS); and,
      • Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development (AHHD).
    • The complex objectives are to:
      • Develop policy and strategy;
      • Provide deep sector expertise to the Regions by gathering pools of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide sector expertise on complex transactions; and
      • Develop new financing instruments.
    • The Vice-President acts as the Bank’s spokesperson with external stakeholders on aspects of “Feed Africa” and “Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”.

    The Hiring Departments / Division(s)

    • The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) to mobilize resources to finance water sector facilitation and investment activities in Africa.
    • The AWF was established within the context of the Africa Water Vision and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    • The African Development Bank hosts and manages the AWF at the request of AMCOW.
    • The resources of the AWF are primarily allocated to: water resources projects and programmes focused on improving the enabling environment for sustainable national and regional water resources management, preparing projects and programmes for immediate capital investments, and providing resources for strategic and small-scale investments.
    • The AWF plans, organizes and carries out activities related to projects and programs cycle activities (identification, preparation, appraisal implementation and supervision) in the above areas, in all African countries; undertakes studies on issues regarding the water sector development and related areas; provides advice and technical assistance to African countries; and ensures coordination and synergy with other partners and donors in the water and sanitation sector in Africa.
    • The AWF currently manages a portfolio of projects valued at €170.5 million spread all over Africa.

    The Position

    • The revised AWF Phase III Strategy (2017-2025) highlights the need for strengthening Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (WASH) activities within the framework of the AWF.
    • In order to ensure delivery on both urban and rural WASH strategic programmes and priorities, the AWF wishes to hire the services of a highly motivated and dynamic Rural Water Security Officer (expert) to undertake WASH functions within the expanded operations of the AWF, providing expertise in water and sanitation programmes and projects as part of the AWF annual work programmes.
    • In line with the revised AWF Phase III Strategy (2017-2025), the Rural Water Security Officer will support the Facility to ensure strategic focus is given to tackling WASH challenges, taking into account the disparity that exists between rural and urban areas, building in the Bank Group’s principles of “eliminating inequalities”.
    • The overarching objective of the position is to undertake work and activities that ensure that WASH receives prominence within the expanded mandate of the Facility. In collaboration with different teams within the Bank, the incumbent will work to support the effective delivery of the Facility’s WASH programmes and activities.

    Key Functions

    • Contribute to the improvement of an enabling policy and institutional environment for increased and sustained access to both urban and rural WASH services;
    • Develop programme and project activities and initiatives for inclusion in the AWFs Annual Work Programming and budget,
    • Promote and advocate for increased investment for urban and rural WASH, working with other members of the team to mobilize financing and addressing backlog, especially for countries in transition;
    • Promote sustainability of WASH investments and services through improved operation and maintenance of WASH facilities, expansion of cross-sectoral linkages, and advocacy for improved sanitation and hygiene;
    • Support activities to build sector knowledge and capacity for urban and rural WASH at country level through knowledge products for policy reforms and evidence-based decision-making
    • Identify and strengthen opportunities for partnerships with stakeholders focusing on urban and Rural WASH in Africa.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Serves as Focal Point for rural WASH activities within AWF.
    • Monitor performance, results and impacts of Rural WASH activities, in collaboration with Regional Operations Managers and Task Managers.
    • Proposes measures to strengthen the rural water and sanitation sector’s contribution to the Bank’s High5.
    • Support resource mobilization for WASH functions through effective and well-targeted communication and advocacy with key donors and partners.
    • Synergizing and documenting health, agriculture, nutrition, economic and education outcomes and impacts in relation to water and sanitation outcomes.
    • Lead and support feasibility and design studies leading to preparation of investment-ready, gender informed, climate-resilient urban and rural WASH project proposals.
    • Support the process to review and incorporate urban and rural WASH functions in the Facility’s operational documents and procedures.
    • Contribute to AWF goals and activities to facilitate processes leading to the mobilization of investment financing for bankable- urban and rural WASH projects.
    • Provide support and guidance in the development of the Facility’s project pipeline and project appraisal to raise the rural WASH profile.
    • Support countries to strengthen Operation and Maintenance of both urban and rural WASH facilities.
    • Provide support to AWF in its engagement with external working groups, existing sector platforms and strategic processes focusing on WASH, to maximize impact.
    • Support the preparation of knowledge products and communication materials focusing on different thematic areas of both urban and rural WASH.
    • Identify platforms at various levels to facilitate exchange of knowledge on urban and rural Water Supply and Sanitation.
    • Support the Facility to nurture partnerships and contribute to knowledge generation and dissemination on WASH.
    • Prepare technical reports and briefing notes.
    • Perform any other duties as directed by the AWF Coordinator.

    Competencies (Skills, Experience and Knowledge)

    • At least a Master’s Degree with specialization in Water Supply and Sanitation, or Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Rural Development, or other closely related fields.
    • Have a minimum of six (6) years of professional experience in the water and sanitation sector covering the full range of project cycle activities (identification, preparation, appraisal and supervision) is required.
    • Minimum of two (2) years working experience in rural WASH sector in Africa in addition to other areas of experience in the water supply and sanitation sector.
    • Good working knowledge of multilateral and bilateral development agencies.
    • Demonstrated skills in preparation, presentation and dissemination of sector analytical and technical reports.
    • Problem Solving: Maintains a creative environment amongst colleagues which encourages innovation.
    • Communication: Effectively sells the organizational strategies and direction to internal and external stakeholders.
    • Good interpersonal skills with ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team and a multi-cultural environment.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and/or French, with a working knowledge of the other language.
    • Competence in the use of the standard Microsoft software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and SAP; and in database management.

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    Principal Monitoring, Evaluation and Project Portfolio Management Expert - AHWS/AWF

    The Complex

    • The Vice Presidency for Agriculture, Human, and Social Development (AHVP) is a Sector Complex focusing on the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy High 5s priorities of “Feed Africa” and “Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”. The Complex comprises five departments:

      • Agriculture and Agro-Industry Development (AHAI);
      • Agriculture Finance and Rural Development (AHFR);
      • Gender, Women and Civil Society (AHGC);
      • Water Development and Sanitation (AHWS); and,
      • Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development (AHHD).
    • The complex objectives are to:
      • Develop policy and strategy;
      • Provide deep sector expertise to the Regions by gathering pools of experienced individuals who can be consulted to provide sector expertise on complex transactions; and
      • Develop new financing instruments.
    • The Vice-President acts as the Bank’s spokesperson with external stakeholders on aspects of “Feed Africa” and “Improve Quality of Life for the People of Africa”.

    The Hiring Departments / Division(s)

    • The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) to mobilize resources to finance water sector facilitation and investment activities in Africa.
    • The AWF was established within the context of the Africa Water Vision and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    • The African Development Bank hosts and manages the AWF at the request of AMCOW.
    • The resources of the AWF are primarily allocated to: water resources projects and programmes focused on improving the enabling environment for sustainable national and regional water resources management, preparing projects and programmes for immediate capital investments, and providing resources for strategic and small-scale investments.
    • The AWF plans, organizes and carries out activities related to projects and programs cycle activities (identification, preparation, appraisal implementation and supervision) in the above areas, in all African countries; undertakes studies on issues regarding the water sector development and related areas; provides advice and technical assistance to African countries; and ensures coordination and synergy with other partners and donors in the water and sanitation sector in Africa.
    • The AWF currently manages a portfolio of projects valued at €170.5 million spread all over Africa.

    The Position

    • The Principal Monitoring, Evaluation (M&E) and Project Portfolio Management Expert will be the focal point person on all issues related to monitoring and evaluation of the AWF Work Programmes and project portfolio, providing technical guidance and advice to Project Task Managers on appropriate results management frameworks and M&E approaches for all Water and Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions being undertaken by the Facility.

    The position has the following work objectives:

    • To provide a lead role in the design, measurement, management, analysis and packaging of results data and development impacts on WASH interventions for reporting and knowledge management. The function will require collaboration with all units in AHWS and other departments in the Bank, and external platforms. The position is imperative in ensuring that M&E protocols, templates, processes, policies, systems and databases are in place, functioning properly in the work of the AWF.
    • Maintain linkage for the African Water Facility and the Bank with global development partners and M&E platforms to demonstrate the AWF and the Bank’s contribution to development data and results achievements to track the continent’s development progress towards targeted sustainable development goals relating to WASH.

    Key Functions
    The principal accountabilities and responsibilities for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Project Portfolio Management Expert:

    M&E Coordination and Collaboration:

    • Coordinate M&E tasks and functions for the African Water Facility, ensuring results reporting across projects and programmes follows appropriate and laid down procedures and practices for data standardization and quality.
    • Support the identification of new projects, development of appraisal reports, defining and reviewing results frameworks, tracking implementation of activities during implementation, measure results and provide feedback to management for reporting and decision making.
    • Support AWF staff with project cycle activities in implementation of M & E systems assessments at the national and regional level. This includes development of results frameworks, coordinating and reviewing data collection for key indicators, lead in planning and supervision of activity implementation.
    • In collaboration with Project Task Managers, define action plans to improve project quality and monitor programme implementation, analyse programme portfolio structure and trends and proposed measures for ensuring project quality at entry and advise the AWF Coordinator accordingly.
    • Coordinate the AWFs and AHWS efforts to contribute WASH data and information to regional and global M&E initiatives and platforms such as the UN-Water GLAAS, UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Program, AMCOW, and others; and represent the Bank on such platforms.
    • Cooperate with other Bank Departments on issues related to results measurements, evaluation and knowledge management- IDEV, SNDR, SNOQ, ECMR, ECST, among others.
    • Collaborate with internal and external entities to plan and conduct evaluations and other sector studies in the Department, ensuring application of appropriate methodologies, credibility of analysis, and utilization of findings for effective decision making on upscaling, resource allocation, and systematic organizational learning.
    • Provide management reports on programme implementation progress flagging key issues for management attention and actions for improved performance and results.

    Project Portfolio Management and Coordination:

    • Coordinate the AWF project portfolio performance, collecting data and progress updates from Project Task Managers for tracking implementation progress and reporting.
    • Manage the quality of the AWF project portfolio through development of portfolio management tools that monitor the performance of all AWF projects.
    • Analyze project portfolio structure and trends and report to AWF Coordinator.
    • Liaise with Project Task Managers to ensure the good performance of AWF project portfolio in line with required benchmarks and plans on disbursement, project supervision, tracking and close out activities.
    • Draw up project portfolio performance improvement action plans in collaboration with Project Task Managers for non-performing or poor performing projects, drawing management’s attention to important decisions required to improve the portfolio performance.
    • Provide regular AWF portfolio performance reports for management.

    Systems Development, Compliance, Quality Control and Reporting:

    • Coordinate data supply into Bank’s results reporting systems and follow-up with relevant teams for consistent entries to measure progress, outcomes and development impact of the Bank’s interventions on water and sanitation.
    • Oversee and manage M&E database, reporting, ensuring regular updates as well as accurate generation of information. Ensure availability of AWF data on the Bank’s Collaboration space.
    • Develop key M&E guidance and lend appropriate mentoring and coaching to promote compliance and uptake in the Department.
    • Provide quality control for all aspects of M&E and results measurements on AWF results metrics included in the Bank’s Result Measurement Framework.
    • Oversee assemblage, analysis, organization and sharing of results of the AWF with the AHWS Front Office and other Departments and participate in preparation of knowledge products to better tell the Bank’s story.
    • Participate in contribute to the drafting of AWF mid-year, annual and other corporate reports.

    M&E Backstopping and Capacity Strengthening:

    • Provide backstop on M&E in the generation, collation and analysis of performance data into AWF’s operations and RMF, ensuring appropriate use of M&E protocols and compliance to M&E procedures and mechanisms.
    • Liaise with other units in the Bank to deliver top-notch capacity strengthening programs to the Department and AWF staff, regional hubs and other stakeholders to improve M&E functions.
    • Spearhead processes to integrate findings and lessons from AWF evaluations into strategies and operations for increased impact of sector operations.
    • Follow-up and report on progress of implementation of AWF related actions from evaluation recommendations in the Management Actions Record System (MARS).
    • Cooperate with Project Task Managers in designing and implementing interventions to strengthen country `M&E and improving coordination amongst stakeholders
    • Assist project teams in the design and management of M&E systems’ interventions.

    Competencies (Skills, Experience and Knowledge)

    • Hold at least a Master's degree in Social Sciences and Economics, Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, International Development or related disciplines.  
    • Have a minimum of six (6) years of experience in the position of M&E in a development organization, including an international NGOs, donor organization or a reputable organization/institution working in core areas of water and sanitation.
    • Demonstrable sound knowledge of M&E methodologies and approaches in the global development arena particularly in the area of water and sanitation systems.
    • Knowledge of M&E systems and procedures, particularly in relation to donor requirements and reporting on water and sanitation.
    • Excellent analytical, problem solving and strategic thinking skills.
    • Good oral and communication skills, including writing and editing technical development reports. Ability to communicate to influence, motivate and change behavior, by inspiring to create enthusiasm for right work approaches.
    • Good interpersonal skills with ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team and a multi-cultural environment.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and/or French, with a working knowledge of the other language
    • Competence in the use of the standard Microsoft software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and SAP; and in database management.

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