Senior Operations Officer, New Delhi

New Delhi, India
Apply by 3 June 2015
Posted on 8 May 2015

Job Description

Job #: 141571
Title: Senior Operations Officer
Job Stream: Water and Sanitation
Location: New Delhi, India
Closing Date: 06/03/2015

Background / General description:

The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) is a global public-private-civil society partnership. It was formed at the World Economic Forum in 2008 between a group of governments, multinational companies, multilateral agencies and international non-government organizations. In 2012, the role of administrating the partnership moved to within IFC, and in 2014 the Governing Council approved a further three year budget and strategic plan for the period 2014-17. 2030 WRG is anchored in the Cross Industry Advisory Solutions Department of the IFC.

The primary aim of the 2030 WRG is to develop partnerships at a national (or state) level that can assist governments to accelerate actions to increase water resource sustainability and water efficiency across the economy. This is based on the recognition that demands for water are increasing dramatically with economic and population growth, and that, assuming a continuation of current trends, the world is predicted to face a 40 percent gap between available renewable water supply and water demand by the year 2030. It is also based on the recognition that the public and private sectors have a common interest in strengthening water resource management, and can achieve far more by acting in partnership than alone. More information on the 2030 WRG is available at

The 2030 WRG is already active in a range of countries and states, including in India Karnataka, Maharashtra, and most recently at national level, Ganga.

Regarding Ganga, the 2030 WRG is currently in discussion with the Government of India (GoI), private sector and civil society to set up the Ganga Rejuvenation Partnership (GRP), in collaboration with the World Bank (being one of key actors supporting the GoI in the Ganga Basin). The objective of the GRP is to bring together key stakeholders with the objective to develop, in a participatory manner, economically, socially, environmentally and politically viable solutions and a series of concrete projects and programs, in direct support of the Government of India (GoI) under the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA), the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), and other key initiatives by the GoI/ other agencies. The GRP will seek to leverage best practices, as well as innovative technological and financial solutions, and seek to unlock significant private sector participation, including financial markets, for implementing Ganga Rejuvenation projects. In order to have a significant transformational impact, the GRP sets during its early stages a number of realistic yet ambitious targets with regard to number of projects/programs; investments realized from public respectively private sector financing sources; farmers participation; cities and towns reached; and volume of water impacted (quality and quantity). It should be noted that the GRP itself will not be in charge of the implementation of these projects/programs but will support the conceptualization, development and structuring thereof, including support for the mobilization of necessary financing and appropriate implementation partners. It is also expected to maintain a monitoring role during the implementation stages with regard to results measurement and knowledge capturing/ re-dissemination. The Ganga Rejuvenation Partnership Potential work streams involved in the multi-stakeholder approach include municipal waste water treatment via innovative technologies and financing mechanisms, industrial effluent treatment, agriculture water use efficiency and non-point pollution control, and river front development. It is expected that the initial focus will be on the states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar and West-Bengal.

The Ganga Initiative has been identified by the 2030 WRG global leadership as the first potential global flagship initiative of 2030 WRG, based on the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the transformation of the water sector in the Ganga basin, an area that is home to more than 500 million people and contributing 1% of global GDP, projected to grow to 3% by 2050.

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 2 year term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:

The 2030 WRG Ganga Representative (GR) will be the 2030 WRG’s primary interface and representative for the Ganga Initiative. The GR will serve as catalyst between public and private sectors and civil society on water and the 2030 WRG. The subjects of work will include all facets of water in Ganga such as resource demand management, policies, projects, programs. This assignment requires extensive experience and engagement with government officials to develop and monitor the program of the 2030 WRG Partnership. This position will focus on leading the 2030 WRG activities associated with the Ganga rejuvenation and report to the Asia Regional Head as well as the Global Head for 2030 WRG. Overall, the person will assist the 2030 WRG to:

1. Develop/ refine the 2030 WRG Ganga strategy and implementation plan

2. Take a leadership role in advancing Ganga activities, specifically leading stakeholder engagement process at the most senior- (minister, secretary, CEO) and operational levels, across government (central and state), private sector (leading corporate houses, solutions providers, financial institutions), civil society, and other key agencies (e.g., multilaterals, IITs), in order to (a) develop trusted relationships with key decision-makers and create/ sustain effective collaborative platforms at overall Ganga- and thematic work stream levels

3. Ensure delivery of series of concrete projects and programs along identified work streams, and (b) deliver both short-term (collective action) projects immediate results and demonstration effects, as well as medium- and longer-term programs and policy improvements for higher impact initiatives; the GR will also lead the secretariat of the Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP), including Steering Board and Work Streams

4. Maintain active dialogue with relevant parallel initiatives related to Ganga Rejuvenation that are managed by local, multilateral and/or bilateral agencies, and develop appropriate collaborations and synergy

5. Lead additional analytical studies as and when required, including development of ToRs, and selection and supervision of consultants

6. Support overall knowledge management with regard to multi-stakeholder processes in general and related to Ganga rejuvenation in particular, by collaboration with relevant knowledge institutes, think tanks and government agencies

7. Provide on daily basis leadership to the 2030 WRG Ganga team, and strengthen their capacity by contributing experiences with water- and/or private sector development and leveraging relevant networks for water resources management

8. Develop and implement the 2030 WRG Ganga communication strategy and outreach agenda, including identification of relevant forums where 2030 WRG should have a presence

9. Actively pursue local (national/state level) funding mobilization opportunities from government, donor agencies and/or private sector (in line with IFC donor/ client engagement policy and procedures) and ensure appropriate partner/ donor/ client relationship management

10. Lead overall program management including resources mobilization/approvals, reporting, budgeting, and other administrative tasks

11. Ensure relevance and highest quality of activities

12. Collaborate closely with the broader 2030 WRG Asia team and explore mechanisms to strengthen knowledge management within 2030 WRG Asia, specifically adopting lessons from ongoing programs in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Bangladesh; additionally, to consider new ways to synthesize lessons learnt and communicate results externally to interested parties

13. Contribute to the global 2030 WRG partnership goals, knowledge development, communication and networks as and when required including representing 2030 WRG as an expert speaker/panelist at various conferences or events

14. Assist in identifying relevant forums in the region where 2030 WRG should have a presence and support communications, knowledge sharing and advocacy activities in the context of these events (WEF India Summit).

Selection Criteria:

The required skills and experience are as follows:

• Masters level degree in natural resource management, engineering, irrigation, water resource management, economics, finance, or equivalent

• At least 15 years of relevant professional experience, of which a minimum of (a) five years in the field of water/ natural resource management and/or sustainability, and (b) five years in private sector (development)

• Knowledge of, and preferably relationships with, the various 2030 WRG stakeholders (public sector, private sector and civil society) in India, preferably Ganga basin

• Solid understanding of political economy, water policies, strategies, institutions, and regulations in India;

• Experience in program management and managing consultants a plus

• Excellent verbal and written skills, and ability to present ideas and information both clearly and concisely

• Excellent organizational, team player, multi-tasking skills with strong sense of initiative and responsibility

• Entrepreneurial attitude with ability to identify and develop new opportunities outside of immediate scope of work

• Results oriented, and ability to monitor and report on a project cycle basis and work effectively in a team-oriented, multi-cultural environment

• Strong leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain effective relations within internal and external stakeholders

• Fluency in Hindi (speaking and understanding) preferred

• Fluency in English is essential

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