Business Development Junior WASH Consultant (Water Sanitation and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) Program)

Tetra Tech
Mozambique
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
Portuguese

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Tetra Tech International Development Services, headquartered in Arlington, VA is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified Business Development Junior WASH Consultant candidates for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance (WASH-FIN) Mozambique program.

Position Description/Summary:

WASH-FIN is a five-year program financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) implemented as a task order under the Making Cities Work Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, implemented by Tetra Tech. Its primary objectives are to close financing gaps to achieve universal access to water and sanitation and to increase the potential to reach additional beneficiaries at scale in priority countries.

The Business Development Junior WASH Consultant is to provide a pilot business development capacity building services to a limited number of Mozambican private water providers (FPAs) to enable them to increase their operational efficiency, thereby enabling them to expand to reach more people with improved, reliable and sustainable water supply services. The business development junior WASH consultant will work under the guidance of the business development expert consultant and in coordination with the financial management junior consultant in providing such services through the assignment implementation period.

The assignment implementation is divided in two main phases: phase 1 - will comprise detailed and complete assessment of assessment of each FPA technical conditions regarding to technical engineering aspects, technical adequacy of the water supply schemes, technical management and maintenance aspects, with expected duration of 4 moths; and phase II - design and implementation of customized capacity building program for each FPA, including its evaluation in an expected period of 12 months. The anticipated Level of Effort for this assignment is between 64 and 243 days, depending on the performance of the Consultant.

Responsibilities:

The specific responsibilities of the business development Junior WASH Consultant include, but not limited to the following:

Phase 1

* Under the guidance of the business development expert and in collaborative approach with the junior financial management consultant, collect required data for final selection of FPAs to undergo technical and financial assessment exercises, which will include: legal status, interest in the program, business establishment period, location, willingness to invest in financial efficiency measures, potential and willingness for expansion, potential and willingness to expand business and willingness to cooperate with consulting team;

* Support the business development expert in collection and revision of existing relevant sector legislation, reports and studies related to FPAs formalization, business requirements and regulation standards and trends as reference to the capacity building in business development;

* Support the business development expert in holding consultations with key stakeholders, including but not limited to: DNAAS, AURA, FIPAG, AIAS, AFORAMO, SPEED+ project, solar power energy for water systems suppliers, and local authorities, where applicable, on aspects relevant to FPAs business development capacity building;

* Under the guidance of the business development expert and in a collaborative approach with the financial management junior consultant, conduct the assessment of FPA in areas of interest for efficiency enhancement and business development, namely: technical and engineering, technical management, maintenance, energy efficiency, and the overall technical sustainability: technical engineering assessment, technical adequacy, technical management and maintenance review;

* At the end of each technical assessment, a report shall be drafted providing the following elements, but not limited to: (i) complete description of each water supply system analyzed; (ii) description of the system technical adequacy, including required improvements, if any; (iii) a review of technical management findings, including required improvements, if any; and (iv) a maintenance system review and description of required improvements. An overall review FPA characteristics, strengths and weaknesses shall be made. 

* Prepare, in a collaborative approach with the financial management junior consultant, bi-weekly reports to be discussed with the business development expert in progress review meetings addressing advances and challenges faced on ground;

* Participate in bi-weekly progress review meetings with the business development expert, beneficiary FPAS, when applicable and WASH-FIN team to review progress, identify challenges for business development expert and WASH-FIN team guidance, and undertake planning exercise for the following period;

* Prepare in collaboration with the financial management junior consultant minutes of bi-weekly meetings and of other meetings held during assignment implementation within this phase;

* Support the business development expert in preparation of monthly progress review reports, as requested;

* Support the preparation of the report on assessment of FPA at the end of assessment stage, including their ranking to graduate or not for the following stage (actual business development capacity building); and

Phase 2: (subject to successful assessment of Phase 1)

* Under guidance of the business development expert and in coordination with the financial management junior consultant, support the review of sector regulation, reports and other relevant documents to ensure that capacity building plans are designed evolving sector expectations for performance and incorporate efforts to facilitate FPAs’ ability to meet expectations likely to be formalized into regulation;

* Support the preparation of the detailed capacity building plans customized to each graduating FPA covering all technical, financial management and business strategic development aspects found necessary at the FPA’s assessment: technical engineering; systems technical adequacy; technical management; maintenance; financial management; costs management, including energy efficiency; and customers service;

* Under the guidance of the business development expert guidance and in a collaborative approach with the junior financial management consultant, conduct a sustained, on-the- ground capacity building of the assigned FPAs on technical matters of the water supply systems and services, helping them to build their capacity in the technical areas identified in each’s capacity building plan.  The provision of capacity building services may be provided directly by the junior consultant alone in some instances, or the junior consultant may be accompanied at times by senior consultants or members of the WASH-FIN team. This may involve travel to the place of operations of each participating FPA – often in peri-urban Maputo, but also to other provinces, including especially Beira corridor provinces;

* Prepare, in collaboration with the financial management junior consultant, bi-weekly reports to be discussed with the business development expert, beneficiary FPAS, when applicable and WASH-FIN team in progress review meetings addressing advances and challenges faced on ground;

* Prepare in collaboration with the financial management junior consultant minutes of bi-weekly meetings and of other meetings held during assignment implementation within this phase;

* Support the business development expert in preparation of monthly progress review reports, as requested; 

* Support the design and hosting a well-structured workshop to facilitate discussions with key- (with potential participation of key-stakeholders such as DNAAS, AURA, AFORAMO, participant FPAs, and licensing local authorities), to evaluate the capacity building programs;

* Support the preparation of the workshop report on evaluation of the program, lessons learnt and recommendations from the relevant stakeholders; and

* Participate in progress review meetings with the Senior Consultant, peer consultants and WASH-FIN team members as scheduled and prepare minutes of these meetings as requested.

Qualifications:

* BSc degree in Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Water Engineering or other relevant field;

* Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in piped water supply;

* Experience in one or more of the following: piped water supply planning; piped water systems design; piped water systems operation and management; and piped water systems maintenance;

* Experience in design and implementation of capacity building programs;

* Ability to work with and provide capacity building to beneficiaries with limited academic skills;

* Strong analytical skills, with the ability to write well-structured technical reports, technical instructions and guiding notes;

* Strong skills in Microsoft word and Microsoft Excel;

* Ability to undertake and/or manage multiple ongoing activities simultaneously;

* Professional-level command of Portuguese language (spoken and written) and basic knowledge of English.

To be considered applicants must submit the following as part of the online application process:

* Cover Letter

* CV in reverse chronological format

* Reference List

Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered. Please ensure that all necessary documents are uploaded, as incomplete applications and/or corrupt files may delay processing of your application or remove you from consideration. No phone calls will be accepted.  Deadline for applications is December 20, 2019.