Utility Technical Advisor, Nigeria Effective Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services (E-WASH)

RTI International
Abuja, Nigeria
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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RTI is seeking a Utility Technical Advisor for the Nigeria E-WASH project to provide leadership to activities related to the engineering aspects of the program. The objective of Nigeria E-WASH is to improve the availability of clean water and sanitation in Nigeria’s poorest urban neighborhoods. The Utility Technical Advisor will be based in the E-WASH Abuja office with regular travel to the state offices and SWB locations  , and will report to the Chief of Party.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the design of interventions in the six State Water Boards (SWBs) in the following areas:
    • Increasing of production of water from the raw water -intake up to the treatment plants
    • Review the capacities of the treatment plants and determine interventions that may be required to increase actual capacity of the plants
    • Support the analysis of the treatment processes and advise
    • Lead interventions in water quality laboratory assessments and advise appropriate measures to make the SWBs compliant of the national drinking water standards
    • Development and support implementation of Non Revenue Water  control strategies
  • Serve as a resource for state-based utility technical specialists to coordinate all interventions including water production, treatment, transmission and distribution.
  • Coordinate the development of any feasibility studies
  • Provide leadership in other specific technical interventions including guidance in water quality compliance, development and implementation of NRW control strategies
  • Develop Asset Maintenance Management (AMM) Systems
  • Design and Operationalize a Utility Support Fund for Emergency Repairs and Small-Scale Improvements to Increase Operational Efficiency
  • Design strategy for increasing house connections, development of connection policies
  • Assist in the preparation of technical reports, scheduling and leading meetings, advising, and drafting operating manuals.
  • Develop training programs to implement policies and programs and train technical staff and other SWB personnel on policies, procedures, and compliance issues.
  • Identify operational constraints and develop capital investment programs
  • Explore options for private sector participation

Required Skills and Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • At least a master’s degree in civil, Mechanical or electrical engineering or related field
  • At least 10 years post qualification experience in utility operations – water supply, design of water systems.
  • At least 5 years of senior management experience
  • Experience in a USAID or other development partner programs is an added advantage
  • Excellent writing and communication skills

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience in collaborating across projects stakeholder groups and donor projects.
  • Possess excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communications skills in English; demonstrated supervisory skills; and ability to work well on a team.