Senior Water Resources Management Specialist

  • The World Bank Group
  • Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
  • Oct 30, 2017 - Nov 01, 2017
Full time Management

Job Description


As a central part of this transition, the World Bank is now seeking a Senior Water Resources Management Specialist to coordinate several of the ongoing activities in Kenya, and potentially other neighboring countries in East Africa. The main activities in Eastern Africa include:

  • Lead the work of the multi-stakeholder platform in Kenya in their development of concrete programs, leading to their implementation by the respective appropriate partners. In Kenya the current focus is on:
  •  Agricultural water use efficiency through the development of a “Climate Smart Irrigation Financing Facility”
  • Mt. Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership
  •  Urban Water Management, primarily for reduction of Non-Revenue water losses in the Municipal water supply systems
  • Industrial water management, primarily for reduction of water security risks for industries and for improving industrial water use efficiency
  •  In the work above actively engage with all stakeholders, including at senior levels, from Government, Private Sector and Civil Society
  •  Together with the 2030 WRG Regional coordinator for Africa provide support for the existing 2030 WRG multistakeholder platforms in Tanzania and Ethiopia and the teams that work there.

Duties and accountability 


  • Be responsible for the analytical work underlying water security issues in the countries of engagement, drawing on work that has already been done by other partners, including the World Bank Group, as well as leading with new knowledge;
  •  Initiate partnerships with key government, civil society and private sector partners to develop multi-stakeholder platforms, primarily in Kenya, and other countries in East and Southern Africa; 
  •  Coordinate and guide the work of the multi-stakeholder platforms to develop key priorities for joint action;
  • Guide the work of the multi-stakeholder platforms in developing action plans, consultations and concrete actions by the various actors to effect change on the ground; 
  • Ensure that the objectives and expected deliverables are met on time, of high technical quality and within budget, and will deliver high impact results.
  • Liaise with all parts of the World Bank Group, including IFC, to ensure consistency with technical quality standards, operational procedures and policies of the Bank Group;
  •  Represent 2030 WRG, and its mission, in external fora and events;
  • Maintain close ties with civil society, academia and private sector partners;


  • Master’s or doctoral degree in environment and resource management issues, water resources, environmental economics, finance, economic policy and/or business strategy and sustainability
  •  At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in the public, private or civil society sectors, with significant experience working across sectors
  •  Technical/policy literacy and public-private partnership expertise in global environment/ sustainability/ resource security issues, ideally in water or related dryland sectors and related socioeconomic considerations
  •  Able to work with senior business leaders and leading issue experts in academia, international organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations, as well as with representatives from grassroots organizations
  • Clear track record of success in large-scale public-private partnership project delivery, knowledge leadership and team management
  •  Outstanding verbal and written communication skills in English; proficiency in other languages preferable
  •  Analytical capabilities
  • Well established networks among key individuals and organizations associated with water /natural resource security, ideally across public, private and civil society sector activities


  • Knowledge and Experience in Development Arena - Translates technical and cross-country knowledge into practical applications and contributions to country and sector strategies; interacts with clients at the policy level. 
  • Policy Dialogue Skills - Anticipates needs and requests in the field and conducts independent policy discussions on subjects such as climate change and resilience/adaptation with Integrative Skills - Understands relevant cross-sectoral areas how they are interrelated; able to undertake cross-sectoral work in lending and non-lending operations. 
  •  Water Policy and Strategy – Good understanding of water policies and strategies and their role in delivering outcomes to end users/customers 
  • Water Institutions – Good understanding of WRM sector institutions and how they are best organized to deliver services to end users in a sustainable manner
  • Water Resources Management - Extensive experience in water resources planning, management and development, with depth in at least one subtopic; ability mitigate risk or overcome difficult challenges and provide policy-related decisions and advice. 
  •  Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions with others. 
  • Deliver Results for Clients - Achieves results and identifies mission-driven solutions for the client. 
  •  Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Initiates collaboration across boundaries and broadly across GPs and the WBG, and brings differing ideas into the forefront. 
  •  Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Creates, applies and shares knowledge from across and outside WBG to strengthen internal and/or external client solutions. 
  • Make Smart Decisions - Recommends and takes decisive action. 
  •  Work Independently – Meets commitments and accepts accountability with minimum supervision.