Advisor to the EAC Secretariat for Capacity development on transboundary integrated water resources management
As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.
The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has commissioned GIZ to support implementation of a technical cooperation project for strengthening capacities of the EAC secretariat in transboundary, integrated water resources management (IWRM), with a focus on the Lake Victoria Basin (LVB) and its subsidiary institution, the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC). The project is implemented under the EAC Deputy Secretary General (DSG) for Productive & Social Sectors (project holder), within the Directorate for Productive Sectors, and with the LVBC in Kisumu, Kenya (IWRM Unit).
The project is structured along three intervention areas, strengthening:
- capacities of the EAC Secretariat to create framework conditions for transboundary IWRM in the EAC;
- capacities of the LVBC Secretariat to perform its IWRM core functions; and
- cooperation between the LVBC and key actors in IWRM in the five partner states of the LVB.
For support of the EAC secretariat Directorate for Productive Sectors, GIZ is recruiting a senior institutional and water resources management specialist (WRM) as an advisor to strengthen the capacities of the EAC secretariat in transboundary IWRM.
Duty station: Arusha, Tanzania (East African Community)
Fixed term contract
Responsibilities and Tasks
- Strategic, conceptual and technical coordination to implement the activities for strengthening of the EAC Secretariat to create framework conditions for transboundary IWRM in the EAC (output (i)).
- Coordination between the GIZ project team and the EAC secretariat in Arusha, with the LVBC Secretariat in Kisumu and with the GIZ team advising LVBC in Kisumu, where outputs (ii) and (iii) of the project are implemented.
- Support the EAC secretariat in liaising with project teams supported by other development partners (e.g. LVB-IWRM programme supported by KFW; IUCN supporting the EAC IWRM strategy process, the Nile Basin Initiative supported by WB (NCCR-project), by GIZ and others) in the field of IWRM or other relevant topics regarding natural resources management and/or regional harmonisation and integration, regarding LVB, but as well other Basins in the EAC.
- Support coordination and communication between the EAC secretariat and national river and/or transboundary lake basin organisations of LVB and within the EAC, eventually also with neighbouring regions to the EAC (ex. Lake Tanganyika, Lake Kivu, Lake Nyasa).
- Facilitate collaboration of short-term consultants with EAC staff, stakeholders in partner countries, LVBC staff, and ensure that input and feedback of local partners is included in all final outputs of the consultants.
- Support and monitor activities of short term consultants in developing an analysis of the status of IWRM in the EAC, including an assessment of the performance of major lake and river basin organisations in EAC, with a focus on transboundary and trans-regional basins (e.g. institutional arrangements, implementation capacities, performance, challenges, level of harmonisation of respective protocols, guidelines and standards; development of a road map for the EAC how to strengthen the Lake / River Basin organisations).
- In collaboration with the international consulting company selected by GIZ, develop a gender sensitive EAC “Gender & Safeguards” proofing mechanism and guidelines for IWRM / natural resources management projects.
- Support the international consulting firm commissioned by GIZ to prepare three ready-for-finance IWRM project proposals along the new EAC-IWRM strategy, and conforming to the EAC Gender & Safe-guards proofing mechanism; introduce the proposals to the relevant technical committees and decision makers of the EAC (and LVBC).
- Prepare, in collaboration with an international consulting firm to be contracted by GIZ, a concept note for a Center of Excellence on IWRM of the EAC.
- Support of monitoring, knowledge management and reporting of the project to the EAC steering structures and prepare communication material for external representation (e.g. regarding knowledge sharing and dissemination, participation in stakeholder meetings and public dialogues).
- Close cross-sectoral cooperation with the EAC Secretariat and representatives of the EAC Partner States as well as with relevant regional, continental, and international institutions, academic institutions, organizations and networks.
- Cooperation and coordination with the GIZ team on site, in Arusha and at the LVBC in Kisumu, with other relevant projects, and with partner structures in the EAC region, including in identifying, developing and exploiting synergies and gathering best practices and sharing lessons learnt.
Required qualifications, competences and experience
- Completed university studies in water resources management, natural resources management, economics / organisational development, development studies or another degree programme relevant to capacity development in the area of international development of transboundary IWRM (Master degree). A focus on water resources management and/or climate change adaptation would be a plus.
- At least five (5) years of experience working in capacity development experience in water resources management / natural resources management development programmes (ideally transboundary water resources management, water supply and sanitation, climate change adaptation, solid waste management), with several years of experience in coordination and implementation of relevant projects.
- Several years of work experience in international collaboration; in particular approaches to capacity development; knowledge of GIZ procedures and processes is an advantage.
- Knowledge of policies, objectives, concepts, methods and institutions of international and regional cooperation, particularly in the thematic field of water resources management, lake or river basin organisations and related climate mitigation and adaptation measures.
- Excellent advisory skills, strong conceptual and strategic skills, high performance under pressure and a solution and goal-oriented approach.
- Strong teamwork skills in diverse, multicultural teams, cooperation and communication skills; political and strategic intuition, sensitivity and diplomatic skills as well as very good networking skills. Prior work and/or cooperation experiences with the EAC Secretariat and/or other key stakeholders in the region are an advantage.
- Fluent language proficiency in English, both written and spoken. Advanced skills in French and/or Swahili are desirable, language skills in German are an advantage.
- Preparedness to travel frequently in the EAC region.
Interested candidates should send their letter of application together with the CV and copies of academic certificates by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please use the subject line “Advisor IWRM EAC”. Closing date for submission: 05.02.2022
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
GIZ Tanzania is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all qualified and eligible candidates regardless of their gender, origin, religion/belief, disability, or any other minority group.