Sustainable Peri-urban Water and Sanitation Services Program: Governance Officer

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 23 August 2019
  • Congo, The Democratic Republic of
  • Closing on 22 September 2019

Job Description

Governance Officer

DAI is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results in about 80 countries. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

DAI seeks candidates for a Governance Officer on the anticipated USAID-funded Sustainable Peri-urban Water and Sanitation Services program in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The program will use local and market compatible approaches, promote iterative learning to support sustainable delivery of WASH services, increase collective capacity of local governments, communities, civil society and other organizations to leverage private investments and test solutions from a menu designed to address key constraints to peri-urban water and sanitation service provision.

The Governance officer position will play a pivotal role developing and managing a range of good governance strategies, activities and measures, ensuring a support and effective enabling environment for all stakeholders. The officer will work closely with the relevant Program Directors for water supply, sanitation, and interact with the Knowledge, Learning and Acceleration Director.

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kasai Region.

Responsibilities:

The main duties of the Governance Officer will include the following:

  • Broadly support the implementation and development of governance related aspects of the proposed UDUMA and AZURE pilot models within the above-mentioned project;
  • Broker partnerships among civil society, ETDs and the private sector to help improve service delivery, introduce transparency in financial transactions and establish clearer lines of accountability among partners.
  • Maintain regular contact with local government institutions and other relevant stakeholders for regular exchange of information on strategy and project activities;
  • Document the experience of implementing sustainable delegated management models in WSS and the requirements of ETDs to oversee such partnerships;
  • Coordinate baseline analysis of ETDs and CSO commitment and capacity needs. Assess the capacity of several decentralized agencies in DRC – CPAEHA, municipal, FEASU and other relevant social sector accountability structure;
  • Plan, coordinate and manage the process of participatory planning, budgeting and funding through CSO partners. Support the refinement of ETD action plans; analyze domestic revenue sources and requirements for WSS and provide support for ETD financial management;

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in relevant Governance, Social Science or Natural / Engineering Sciences
  • At least 3-5 years of experience working with water supply and sanitation issues, especially in a governance advisory capacity
  • Significant experience in working with local, regional, and national government agencies and stakeholders in DRC. Strong relationship management skills and experience of engaging government officials, and in playing role in sector platforms
  • Proven track record in policy/legislation reviews and analysis and implementing successful governance-related recommendations
  • Ability to lead and organize the efforts of a team with varying knowledge of WASH/Governance issues
  • Excellent facilitation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Fluent written and spoken French; competency with English language preferred.

Please submit your CV to DRCWASH@DAI.com by August 30, 2019. Only finalists will be contacted.

About the Organization

DAI delivers development. We do it in many of the world's most demanding environments, by integrating a broad range of disciplines. Over 40 years, our employee owners have built a forward-looking company — one that combines innovative thinking, deep technical knowledge, and professional project management. We approach our work with passion, analytical rigor, and open minds. By freely sharing what we learn, we have built a reputation as thought leaders who translate good ideas into action and action into results. Our global team of 1,500 development professionals welcomes each opportunity to solve a new problem, no matter how difficult. That's how DAI has earned the trust of the clients, partners, and people who work alongside us all over the world. DAI Advancing Human Prosperity SM

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