Feb 2016 KIWASH Project County Based WASH Governance Specialists Career Recruitment Kenya


Career Vacancy: WASH Governance Specialists Employment Kenya 2016


Career Description: Today WASH Governance Specialists Work Kenya 


Career vacancy: County Based WASH Governance Specialists

Siaya, Busia, Kakamega, Migori, Nyamira, Kitui, and Makueni Counties.

Background: DAI, a global development consulting firm, seeks applications from qualified candidates for the Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) project.

The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project is a five-year, USAID-funded project to improve lives and health through the development and management of sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene services in Kenya.

Its purpose is to institutionalize catalytic models of sustainable service delivery for accelerated water and sanitation access in nine target counties and to improve complementary hygiene behaviors.
DAI / KIWASH is recruiting for county-based WASH Governance Specialists to oversee program activities in Western Kenya region (Busia, Kakamega, Kisumu, Migori, Nyamira and Siaya), and Eastern Kenya region (Kitui and Makueni).

Summary of Primary Activities

The WASH Governance Specialist will support the development of the enabling environment for expanding water supply and sanitation services through capacity building of WASH institutions, county government, and other local stakeholders and enhance their relations with all external stakeholders.

He or she will engage with county governments to increase their ownership responsibility through policy and budgeting
Essential Duties
  • Lead capacity assessments at the county level to identify skills gaps within WASH sector institutions (County Water Boards, WRUAs, WSPs);
  • Design and lead strategies to build the capacity of institutional staff in key technical areas, including water/sanitation planning and budgeting, water security plans.
  • Work with country institutions to develop agreements with national level government Ministries to clarify each institution’s responsibilities.
  • Provide support to policy reforms.
  • Identify ongoing programs by county government to prioritize water and sanitation programs;
  • Assess policies and budget allocations to improve water and sanitation services, recommend improvements where required, support implementation of these improvement and monitor benefits and impact on increase access to water and sanitation services.
  • Improve ability of local governments to plan, regulate, and monitor water and sanitation utility performance, including improving the financial profile of service providers and oversight responsibility;
  • Improve the ability of service providers to garner political support for service improvement, including reforming necessary local policies;
  • Support multi-stakeholder development plan for improvement of water and sanitation services based on minimum standards;
  • Assess existing mechanisms of citizen involvement in local governance systems, improve where required and monitor benefits and impact on improvement of water and sanitation services;
  • Identify ongoing and planned programs by other donor agencies and/or government institutions; discuss and agree on collaboration efforts between these and the KIWASH program
  • Other tasks as required by supervisor
  • 7+ years of experience working in WASH-related programs;
  • Familiarity with county stakeholders in the WASH sector;
  • Master’s degree in a related area preferred;
  • Experience in working on community-based water supply and sanitation program implementation;
  • Knowledge and experience working on Kenyan water supply and sanitation issues;
  • Experience working in (and addressing) governance issues at County level;
  • English language written and verbal fluency
Base of Operations: There are seven positions, each of which will be based in the county. The counties are as listed above.
NB: Kindly indicate county preference in your application letter
Reporting: The WASH Governance Specialist will report to the Regional WASH Governance Manager.Qualified candidates should e-mail their CV to KIWASH_Recruitment@kiwash.org by 24 February 2016, indicating position applied for and County of preference in the subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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