The Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI), a subsidiary of the SADC Secretariat structure was recently established as a regional center of excellence on groundwater hosted by the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa on behalf of and under the strategic guidance of the SADC Secretariat, Directorate of Infrastructure and Services – Water Division, in Gaborone, Botswana.
SADC-GMI (www.sadc-gmi.org) based in Bloemfontein South Africa, has three exciting vacancies available:
Infrastructure Consultant (12 Months contract)
To provide technical assistance to all the 15 SADC Member States implementing pilot groundwater infrastructure projects under the sub-grant scheme so as to enhance the sustainability of the projects.
Key responsibilities of this position include:
- Providing operational support for groundwater infrastructure development in the SADC Member States
- Ensuring that all sub-grantees under the SADC-GMI sub-grants scheme perform according to the terms of their Approved sub-Grant Agreements
- Undertaking quarterly technical support and supervision missions to the Prime Partner, Focal group and the sub-Grantees in the Member States
- Visiting the sub-grantees on a scheduled, need based and on exceptional circumstances basis to provide direct support
- Reviewing minutes of Program Review Meetings with the objective of identifying challenges affecting the implementation of the projects and make timely corrective actions
- Capturing any good practices and facilitate their sharing in-country and within the SADC region;
- Mainstreaming environmental and social safeguards in the design, installation and utilization of the infrastructure
- Assisting Member States to comply with environmental guidelines in the World Bank’s simplified Environmental Management Framework-Environmental Management Plan (EMF-EMP)
The ideal Infrastructure Consultant must meet the following criteria:
- Hold at least a Degree in Civil/Water or other engineering discipline involving the planning, installation, operation and maintenance of water related infrastructure
- Proven experience in groundwater development and a track record of more than 10 years post-graduation working experience with groundwater infrastructure projects
- Knowledge of the groundwater sector in the SADC region is a distinct advantage
- Demonstrated ability to provide technical leadership on water infrastructure projects.
- Ability to train project stakeholders and imparting knowledge.
- Have at least 5 years’ experience of project proposal writing for funding of water infrastructure projects.
- Demonstrate an excellent understanding of environmental and social safeguards in the design, installation and utilization of groundwater infrastructure
- Be fluent in English, while knowledge/fluency of Portuguese and/or French will be considered favourably.
- Be willing to travel to Member States.
- Have prior experience working with donor funded projects.
Governance and Institutional Consultant (12 Months contract)
The incumbent will be responsible for leading the follow-ups and accelerated implementation of project activities relating to strengthening governance and institutional capacity for sustainable groundwater management in the 15 SADC Member States.
Key responsibilities of this position include:
- Providing technical guidance and leadership for the implementation of a gap analysis and action planning study being undertaken by consultants for support to the creation of an enabling policy, legal and institutional environment for the effective sustainable management and development of groundwater in the 15 SADC Member States and at regional level
- Overseeing implementation of an advocacy programme amongst the Member States to encourage addressing of gaps identified in the Gap analysis study for the policy, legal and institutional frameworks for groundwater management
- Overseeing the implementation of a pilot project in one Member State addressing identified gaps in the policy, legal and institutional frameworks for groundwater management
- Providing support to Member States in their pursuit to update and harmonise legislation, and improve policy and regulatory instruments for challenges facing national aquifers across sectors
- Engaging other stakeholders involved in institutional frameworks for managing groundwater
- Supporting to the SADC Member States in their pursuit to update and harmonise legislation and improve policy and regulatory instruments for challenges facing transboundary aquifers
- Supporting the elaboration and implementation of guidelines, standards and management tools for effective groundwater management and development through the dissemination of available best practices as well as the development and dissemination of new guidelines, standards and tools and advocating for their use amongst Member State institutions
- Helping strengthen the integration of groundwater management in shared watercourse commissions and agreements
- Paying particular focus on the policy and legal aspects for effective integration or emphasis of groundwater within basin-level agreements, and any need for instruments related to transboundary aquifers specifically
The ideal Governance and Institutional Consultant must meet the following criteria:
- At least a Master’s degree in International/Institutional development, Development studies, International Water/Environmental Law or similar discipline with expertise for international governance and institutional development10 or more years’ working experience in institutional assessment and organisational development in the public sector or national government ministries, departments and agencies
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, and in a diverse team
- Be fluent in English, while additional working knowledge of Portuguese and French are highly desirable
- Be willing to travel to the 15 SADC Member States
- Demonstrated expertise in the leadership of projects strengthening governance and institutional capacity for sustainable groundwater management at national level
- Multi-country experience strengthening governance and institutional capacity in the water sector, and particularly in groundwater is highly preferred
- Familiarity with the regional integration and development agenda in the SADC region is essential, particularly in the groundwater sector
- Knowledge of key issues pertaining to the management of groundwater resources in the SADC region and how these can be integrated into effective management of national aquifers, transboundary aquifers and river basin organisations
Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant (12 Months contract)
The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Consultant will be responsible for the monitoring and reporting of SADC-GMI activities through the development and tracking of the results framework. S/he will report directly to the Executive Director of SADC-GMI.
Key responsibilities of this position include:
- Supporting the Executive Director of the SADC-GMI with the day-to-day monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of activities as contained in the Results Framework of the Sustainable Groundwater Management in SADC Member States project supported by the World Bank
- Ensuring that the M&E framework is aligned to the Results Framework and indicators of the GEF-5 focal area for International Waters, the CIWA multi-donor Trust-fund, and the World Bank’s core indicators
- Supporting the SADC-GMI Director in organising the multi-stakeholder mid-term review and preparation of the completion report upon project closure
- Assisting the Senior Groundwater Specialist in the collection, assessment and integration of the available deliverables of the predecessor Groundwater Drought Management Programme (GDMP) (includes research reports and data, mapping, communication materials, website, and groundwater monitoring tools and IT-equipment) into the SADC-GMI activities
- In liaison with the Senior Groundwater Specialist, and Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist, support the setting up and implementation of an Information and Communication Technologies system for knowledge sharing platform to build an integrated data management system interlinked with a GIS platform and the project websites; involving storing, connecting and collecting information from various regional and global groundwater initiatives and data sources (e.g. hydrogeological vulnerability maps, etc)
The ideal Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant must meet the following criteria:
- At least a degree level qualification with majors in monitoring & evaluation, project management or related disciplines with key qualifications in these relevant fields
- At least 10 years of working experience in related fields performing core functions in monitoring and evaluation using various methods ICT applications;
- Previous working experience in the water sector within sub-Saharan Africa and particularly in the SADC region is an asset
- Demonstrated knowledge or ability to work on the development and sharing of project results on computer based systems and learning platforms is an asset
- Excellent computer skills, including MS office programs (MS Access/Excel/Project)
- Knowledge of specific Monitoring & Evaluation software applications is an advantage
- Excellent knowledge of English (writing, reading and speaking)
- Fluency in the other SADC Languages (French, or Portuguese) is desirable
- A technical expert with proven proficiency of Monitoring and Evaluation systems within the international development environment
- Ability to interact effectively with and represent the organization to a wide range of clients and stake holders in multiple organizations and cultures
Applications are invited from suitably qualified SADC citizens to fill these three consultant positions. The successful incumbents will be based in their country in any one of the 15 SADC Member States, with occasional travel to the SADC-GMI offices in Bloemfontein, South Africa and other SADC Member States.