• Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 28 September 2020

Job Description

AfWA seeks a Senior Sanitation Program Coordinator in charge of SAO-CWIS Project for the Strengthening AfWA and operators’ capacity for the implementation of city-wide inclusive sanitation in Africa in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. This program will reinforce the capacity of sanitation actors for the implementation of CWIS in the Sub-Saharan Africa region by improving strategic sanitation planning, development of sustainable projects, and institutionalisation of sustainable operation and financing framework for sanitation in 30 African cities. It is a 3 years cooperative agreement funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Under the supervision of the AfWA Director of Programs, the Senior sanitation Program Coordinator in charge of SAO-CWIS will be in charge of planning, conducting, reporting and monitoring all preparation steps during the first phase and, in the second phase, she/he will be the sanitation focal point and lead all the activities planned. S/he will supervise and manage a sanitation training manager in charge of ensuring the quality of the various trainings conducted with the support of partners and four (04) Regional Implementing Partners (REIPs). The 05 key outcomes of the project by 2022 include:

1. Improvement of AfWA organizational effectiveness to undertake its mission and vision in Africa

2. Improvement of the capacity of 300 African sanitation stakeholders from 30 cities for the implementation of citywide inclusive sanitation (CWIS)

3. Adoption of innovative approach and technologies in 06 African cities for implementation of CWIS

4. Enabling environment for the implementation of CWIS in 30 African cities in Africa by 2022 through advocacy and communication

5. Empowerment of the leadership of 400 African Women in the African WASH sector.

The Senior Sanitation Program Coordinator in charge of SAO-CWIS project will be lead relationship manager for a range of partnerships, including Sanitation Operator Partnerships in various African cities and capacity building activities in over 30 cities.

About the Organization


The African Water Association was created in 1980 as a professional membership Institution and was first called the Union of African Water Suppliers (UAWS).

In 2004, in order to take into account sanitation utilities, as well as regulatory and asset holding companies emerging from institutional reforms during the 90’s in many African countries and the strong will for these new entities to join the Institution, the Union of African Water Suppliers changed name and became the African Water Association (AfWA).

The African Water Association covers the whole African Continent and is the unique African Water and Sanitation Organization bringing together water and sanitation operators as well as various sector’s stakeholders.


Vision Statement

Being acknowledged leader in strengthening water utility management practices to support the goals of African Water Vision 2025.

Mission Statement

· Undertake programs and support knowledge sharing in sustainable water management – its science, practice and policy – through professional development, networking and advocacy.

· Support the members in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and other near-term targets that have been established for Africa (SDG’s).

· Advocate a balanced approach to utility management, based on corporate governance that is commercially sound, financially self-sustaining and environmentally compliant.

Main Strategic Objectives

· Strengthening the governance and management bodies of the Association

· Capacity Building for Water and Sanitation Operators in Africa

· Diversification of partnerships and strengthening of synergies

· Strengthening the visibility of the Association

The African Water Association (AfWA) is a continental platform that brings together corporates of drinking water production and distribution, corporates managing sanitation services, as well as those that regulate water and sanitation sectorial policies in African countries. Originally, AfWA was created only by and for these actors known as “Active Members”. In 2019, about 39 years after its creation, AfWA is composed of 115 Corporate Members from 45 African countries.

While the AfWA’s Active Members mission vis-à-vis of their customers is to provide quality products and services, they need the expertise and input from the hydraulic equipment and materials from manufacturers and highly qualified consultants, which themselves, also need the Active Members to buy their goods and services so to expend their business. A “win-win” exchange platform between the water and sanitation operators and the equipment manufacturers/vendors is hence created and, both parties understood that one cannot prosper without the other. With this, AfWA integrated another class of members, mainly constituted of individuals or group of individuals from all continents, operating in the industry, technology and consultancy in the water sector, sanitation and hygiene. They are recognised as the “Affiliated members”. Today, they are 80 in this category, mainly from Europe.

AfWA main activities are related to building the capacity of water utilities through seminars, master classes, workshops, technical sessions during its congresses as well as continent-wide, grant-supported programs and projects. Since 2009, AfWA has been entrusted by the UN to develop the Water Operators Partnership Concept in the African Continent. This has been done by supporting more than 25 partnerships between utilities under the grants awarded by UNHABITAT, USAID Washington, AfDB/AWF. In parallel to the development of these partnerships, through another USAID Washington grant within FABRI – the “Further Advancing the Blue Revolution Initiative” – AfWA has organized a major capacity building project called Reducing Non-Revenue Water in sub-Saharan Africa involving 21 utilities in 19 African countries. Currently, AfWA is implementing three programs respectively funded by USAID-west Africa office, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, and the European Union through the Horizon 2020 initiative. The total budget for these programs is about five (05) millions USD.

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Since June 2018, AfWA has launched the implementation of its strategic business plan 2018-2022 which highlighted a strong focus on providing more service to its members among which sanitation actors and been the most neglected ones. As a new vision, AfWA is undertaking deep transformational change and is looking forward to enhancing capacity building support to its members throughout the implementation of a three-year citywide inclusive sanitation program in at least 30 cities in the sub-Saharan Africa region. Thus, AfWA is seeking for a Senior Program Coordinator CWIS. The position proposed is key to achieve on a sustainable manner the mentioned objectives.

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