Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist  
World Bank
Abuja, Nigeria
11d ago


Established in 1944, the World Bank Group (WBG) is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries.

It uses financial resources and extensive experience to help our client countries to reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve quality of life.

To ensure that countries can access the best global expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge, the World Bank Group is constantly seeking to improve the way it works.

Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency in development, and improving access to development information and data.

  • Innovation and partnership bond the five institutions of the World Bank Group (WBG) : the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), which together form the World Bank;
  • the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

    The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries.

    The World Bank Group (WBG)’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity reflect a new global landscape : one in which developing countries have an unprecedented opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation.


  • The 14 GPs are : Agriculture; Education; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation;
  • Governance; Health, Nutrition and Population; Macro, Trade and Investment; Poverty; Social Protection and Labor; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience;
  • Transport and Digital Development; and Water. The 5 Global Themes are : Climate Change; Fragility, Conflict and Violence;
  • Gender; Knowledge Management; and Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships. The Global Practices and the Global Themes, in concert with the WBG’s six client-

    facing Regional Vice-Presidencies, design solutions that address clients' most pressing developmental challenges, and ultimately, enable the WBG to achieve its twin goals by 2030 : (1) End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.

    90 a day to no more than 3%; and (2) Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country.


    The water challenges of the world are tremendous.For human development, livable cities, food security, and energy security the need for better water resources management is increasing.

    Even today, 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation, of which 1 billion people practice open defecation. Poor sanitation, including inadequate wastewater collection and treatment, impacts health, education, the environment, and industries such as tourism.

    At least 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water. The lack of access to safe water and sanitation results in significant economic losses in many countries.

    This is further exacerbated by climate change, water pollution, and water scarcity in a fast changing world.

    Globally, the World Bank Group finances water supply and sanitation projects, as well as projects related to irrigation and water resource management.

    Apart from water supply and sanitation (WSS) and water resources management (WRM), the Water GP also seeks to ensure that water issues are effectively addressed in all related sub-

    sectors, including such as agriculture (ensuring sustainable water availability for irrigation), climate change and disaster risk management, and energy (hydropower).

    In each sub sector, an integrated approach is adopted which considers investment alongside issues such as governance, institutions and policies.

    The WSS projects include : rural and urban water and sanitation services, hygiene behavior, improving efficiency of utilities, and provision of services to the poor.

    The WRM projects include : integrated water resource management, including groundwater management, dam safety, and flood management.

    The Water GP is led by a Senior Global Director and two Directors, supported by nine regional Practice Managers and a Manager for Global Programs.

  • In addition, the GP Leadership team includes five Global Solutions Groups (GSGs) focusing on : water supply and sanitation;
  • water security / resilience; water resources management; water and agriculture; and water, poverty and the economy, that work across all regional programs.


    Within the Africa Region, the hiring unit is responsible for ensuring the translation of the World Bank’s Africa Regional Strategy and the Water Global Practice’s Water Security Strategy into practical results relevant to Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

    Specifically, the unit supports the definition and achievement of these results through analytical, policy and investment activities.

    The hiring unit has an active portfolio of projects in Nigeria under preparation and implementation focusing on water supply, sanitation, irrigation and water resources management.

    In all cases, these require intensive engagement with government counterparts and other stakeholders to ensure local ownership, capacity and sustained focus on implementation for results.

    As a result, the World Bank is locally recruiting one Senior Water Specialist based in Abuja, Nigeria.


    The assignment requires an extensive understanding of the state’s issues, as well as a solid base of experience in working with global, regional and country clients and partners.

    Under the supervision and guidance of senior water and sanitation specialists, the Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist will work as part of the country and task teams with specific focus on :

    1.Strategies, Planning and Policies :

  • Assist in the process of formulation of country sector strategies in the water and sanitation sector. Participate in the reviews of different sector policies, legal and regulatory frameworks for the water and sanitation sector;
  • Assist in identification and preparation of projects;
  • Liaise with and support teams from other GPs of the World Bank (e.g., human development, urban, environment, energy, agriculture) with the aim to ensure that water related issues are addressed consistently across various programs in the Bank;
  • Participate in policy dialogue, together with other development partners, with key stakeholders in the country;
  • As appropriate, with the Bank team, advise government counterparts on policy, institutional, and technical matters associated with the Bank’s water program; and
  • Prepare reports, summaries, briefs and talking points on water related projects and programs, business plans and strategies.
  • 2.Projects implementation :

  • Participate in the design, preparation and implementation of water activities in Nigeria which will include incorporating key cross-
  • cutting issues such as gender and climate change;
  • Participate and assist multidisciplinary supervision missions covering all phases of the project cycle;
  • Identify implementation issues related to projects / programs in the sector;
  • Working closely with client institutions to support effective implementation of WB supported programs;
  • Maintaining effective relationships with relevant governmental, non-governmental, donor and other stakeholders;
  • Carry out the planning and organization of workshops on Bank procedures and deliverables; and
  • Encourage clients to use disruptive technology and ICT to speed up project implementation.
  • 3.Institutional and analytical work :

  • Support the design, preparation and implementation of sector strategies, studies, analytical work, policy work, and advisory activities;
  • Staying informed on the status of the water sector and its institutions, as well as relevant donor, private sector and NGO initiatives;
  • Participating in and eventually leading task teams for production of analytical studies and preparation and implementation support to investment and policy-oriented projects;
  • Identifying and sharing with client, relevant expertise and examples within and outside the World Bank; and
  • Identifying and supporting water sector linkages to the Bank’s country strategy and the work of other sectoral teams.
  • 4.Monitoring & Evaluation :

  • Monitor and assess the implementation of sector portfolio;
  • Ensure prompt preparation of quality and consistency related to sector portfolio management, including quality control; and
  • Prepare timely reports on project implementation and progress.
  • Selection Criteria

  • At least a master’s degree in water resources, hydrology, hydraulics, sanitation, environment, civil engineering, irrigation or a related discipline with a focus on water supply and sanitation and water resources management;
  • Recognized technical, operational and / or policy-oriented expertise, and at least 7 years of relevant work experience.
  • This experience may include work in governments, academia, private companies, consultant firms, and multilateral institutions;
  • Knowledge of water resources management (WRM) and water supply and sanitation services delivery (WSS), utility / institutional reform and public private partnerships, sector coordination and policy dialogue, private sector participation and pro-
  • poor strategy and program development;
  • Prior work experience and results on the ground and hands-on experience with Government counterpart agencies;
  • Ability to think innovatively and strategically in dealing with technical and / or policy issues while maintaining a strong client focus;
  • Effective verbal, analytical and written communication skills in English and a demonstrated ability to produce high quality documents and analytical reports;
  • Sound knowledge of the water sector issues in Nigeria;
  • Knowledge of cross-cutting issues related to the water sector : climate change, environmental and social issues, inclusion, and poverty reduction;
  • High degree of dynamism and self-motivation, as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Excellent teamworking skills; and
  • Ability to use new information technologies.

  • Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions.
  • Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs.
  • Collaborate Within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective and willingly receives diverse perspectives.
  • Create, Apply and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and / or external clients.
  • Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward.
  • The World Bank Group values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of World Bank Group member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

    Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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