The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is seeking a Chief of Party for the upcoming USAID Philippines Water Activity.
Project Goal. The purpose of the project is to improve access to water supply and sanitation services, and complement this assistance with activities that maximize the efficient use of available water resources and ensure that local water systems operate more efficiently. At the national level, the project will support initiatives to improve governance and regulation of the water sector, as well as mobilize public and private sector financing for service expansion and improvement.
Project Focus. Past USAID water and sanitation activities have focused on traditional service provision, with increased access as the main goal. As the Philippines continues to develop, water sector needs have evolved, and USAID programming will evolve as well. New water activities will continue to respond to the ever-changing needs of the Philippine government, and build on lessons learned. USAID has developed models for water supply and system development that will be applied in conflict areas of Mindanao that have lagged behind in access to basic services. For example, USAID will focus on an approach in which treating and reusing wastewater, as well as applying water demand management, can help alleviate water shortages. Historically, USAID helped mobilize private financing and credit to the sector through the Development Credit Authority. With competitive private sector lending now in place in the Philippines, USAID plans to mobilize financing for water utilities by engaging the private sector on public-private partnerships and help the utilities increase access to Philippine government funds. USAID’s sanitation initiatives previously focused primarily on low-cost wastewater treatment but are now shifting to look at better options for sewerage and septage management. Incorporating lessons learned from Typhoon Haiyan and the 2015-2016 El Niño, the Project will ensure climate impacts are considered during the planning and construction of water and sanitation projects. Water sector reform will continue to be an important area for engagement, and the pressing impacts of climate change may further increase demand for policy changes.
Provide technical and managerial leadership for the entire program, overseeing day-to-day management and the successful implementation of Project activities;
Provide oversight to project administration, operations and finance;
Be the key liaison with USAID/Philippines and work collaboratively with Government of the Philippines, and all other counterparts and implementing organizations;
Identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner, and suggest appropriate program adjustments; and
Facilitate the generation of appropriate solutions by Project staff, partners and counterparts to complex water challenges in Philippines.
Skills and Qualifications:
Master’s degree (or foreign equivalent) in a relevant discipline.
At least 10 years of experience in the management and implementation of complex donor-funded projects focused on water resource management, community engagement, service delivery and/or financing.
Track record of interacting and working effectively with a range of government, private sector, civil society and community stakeholders on water supply and delivery issues in complex environments.
Proven ability to work collaboratively with donors.
Proven communication, conflict resolution, facilitation and decision-making skills.
Flexible approach for working in a dynamic environment and managing relationships with and among stakeholders. Keen understanding of political economy issues that need to be taken into account as project evolves.
Understanding of US government regulations.
Fluency in English required. Filipino desirable.
About the Organization
Founded in 1914, ICMA (International City/County Management Association) is the premier local government leadership and management organization. Its mission is to create excellence in local governance by advocating and developing the professional management of local government worldwide. In addition to supporting its nearly 9,000 members, ICMA provides publications, data, information, technical assistance, and training and professional development to thousands of city, town, and county experts and other individuals throughout the world. Since 1989, ICMA International has leveraged the experience of local government practitioners and veteran international consultants to further the ICMA mission to create excellence in local governance worldwide. ICMA International has successfully designed, implemented and evaluated more than 500 international projects, establishing a solid reputation for its practical, hands-on approach to meeting global challenges faced by communities around the world.