WASH Policy Advocate

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 September 2019
  • Cambodia
  • Closing on 11 October 2019
  • Current

Job Description

Tetra Tech International Development Services, headquartered in Arlington, VA is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified WASH Policy Advocate candidates for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) Cambodia program.

Position Description/Summary:

WASH-FIN is a five-year program financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) implemented as a task order under the Making Cities Work Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. Its primary objectives are to close financing gaps needed to achieve universal access to water and sanitation in targeted countries. WASH-FIN/Cambodia is entering its third year of implementation and is committed to engage broadly on improving the enabling environment for the private water providers in Cambodia where WASH-FIN’s efforts are focused. As a result of its work to date, and considering a changing institutional set-up in Cambodia as part of ongoing devolution and decentralization process impacting water supply management functions, WASH-FIN has identified a need to facilitate greater public understanding of the role of civil society in water supply management and service delivery, and specifically that of the private water operators (PWOs). In many areas, PWOs are the predominant water service provider to households, businesses, and institutions that rely on it for health and livelihood. However, the public sector often lacks an appreciation of the value provided by these PWOs and the local private finance that is invested to underpin that value.

As such, in its final year, WASH-FIN is adding an activity to share good practice and international experiences on how constructive collaboration between civil society and the public sector can ensure financially-sustainable water service delivery. Working with and through its civil society partner the Cambodian Water Supply Association (CWA), WASH-FIN aims to explore partnership and collaboration models between public and private sectors including PWOs and lending institutions, and engage communities in reliable and sustainable access to water. To ensure the challenges and needs of private water operators are effectively advocated for within the devolution process, WASH-FIN Cambodia is seeking a qualified professional with a background in water supply management and service delivery and a strong understanding of decentralization, governance, and civil society to work with targeted stakeholders in Cambodia on effective water supply management functional assignments through devolution.

The objective of this role is therefore to designate an individual who will act on behalf of WASH-FIN/Cambodia and in close collaboration with the Cambodian Water Supply Association and the Private Water Operators to ensure that PWOs and the CWA have capacity and skills to effectively advocate for their concerns and challenges in the devolution process.

Main responsibilities and tasks:

* Promote and facilitate dialogues amongst concerned stakeholders to identify and advocate for PWO functions, sub-functions and needs in handling and steering water supply management functions;

* Build capacity of CWA on advocacy for the collective voices and concerns of PWOs and private sources of finance to ensure a stable enabling environment for expanded and improved service delivery;

* Facilitate discussions and idea exchanges to build capacity of CWA and strengthen the role of PWOs in water supply management and service delivery in selected targeted areas; and

* Draft white papers in both, Khmer and English Languages to inform PWOs, financial institutions, and others on global best practices and lessons learned and how to engage the public sector on water supply management and service delivery devolution to ensure the private sector role is valued and reinforced.

Specific tasks include:

* With CWA and WASH-FIN Cambodia Team, study issues, challenges, obstacles and opportunities regarding PWO water service delivery in the context of devolution;

* Review water service delivery policies and regulations and map out what functions and roles have been undertaken by which institutions in practice. Identify challenges and opportunities in performing those functions and roles by the private sector in the form of research questions;

* With support from the WASH-FIN core team, gather relevant experiences on good practice and management of water service delivery in comparable country contexts;

* Facilitate and conduct a series of dialogues to identify prospective functions and roles of key actors;

* Formulate prospective functions and tasks in a form of guidance for SNA’s implementation;

* Support CWA in the development of a white paper advocating for PWOs in the context of water supply management and service delivery functional assignment; and

* Assist the WASH-FIN Team Leader in other related activities as requested to enable the successful implementation of the WASH-FIN/Cambodia scope.

Qualifications:

* Undergraduate degree or equivalent in Public Policy, Public Administration, Business Administration, Social Sciences or related field. Master’s degree preferred;

* A minimum of three years of experience in working with civil society, private sector, and local communities, and ideally in the facilitation of stakeholder dialogues among these parties;

* A minimum of five years of work experience, preferably in decentralization and governance with exposure to WASH service delivery;

* Experience in water supply utility/service management;

* Ability to adeptly facilitate productive stakeholder dialogue;

* Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

* Strong strategic thinking skills;

* Excellent command of Khmer and English languages is required.

To be considered applicants must submit the following as part of the online application process:

* Cover Letter

* CV in reverse chronological format

* Reference list

Please ensure that all necessary documents are uploaded, as incomplete applications and/or corrupt files may delay processing of your application or remove you from consideration. Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered. No phone calls will be accepted. Deadline for applications is October 11, 2019.

About the Organization

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. With more than 20,000 associates working together, Tetra Tech provides clear solutions to complex problems in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in over 400 locations around the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our teams. We are Leading with Science® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients. We are an equal opportunity employer: EOE AA/M/F/Vets/Disability.

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