Institutional Expert - Water and Sanitation Sector

Posted on:
3 May, 2024
Application by:
31 Dec, 2024
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short-term or long-term assignments
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Project description

The Water, Sanitation and Waste Management department aims to help our partners in the water and environmental sectors in developing countries become more agile and equipped to respond to today’s challenges. We do this by implementing projects that use public-private cooperation, systems thinking and data-driven approaches to advance the 2030 development goals.
We view water as an enabler and impact-multiplier that has the potential to generate positive spillover effects across SDG agendas, revitalize jobs and ensure global health, rather than a rival for limited resources. This requires innovative ideas, new models of collaboration, fresh approaches to mobilize and channel investment and technology solutions at scale and speed.
Therefore, we are looking for experienced water experts who can lead and shape projects in technology, finance, institutional strengthening and multi-sector partnerships that address the systemic gaps and inequities in our global water systems. We are looking for experts with a track record of catalyzing multi-sectoral leadership to support collective action, advancing latest insight and policy in water sector development, and a deep understanding of the risks and opportunities that water presents for a successful transition to a green economy.

Job description

We are currently seeking an experienced Institutional Expert in the water sector to join our expert team. The Institutional Expert will play a crucial role in conducting institutional analysis, providing recommendations, and improving the current institutional setup in the water and sanitation sector. This position involves engagement in development cooperation projects in various countries.


  • Conduct comprehensive institutional analysis of the water sector, including water utilities and relevant ministries responsible for water and sanitation services.
  • Identify strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in the existing institutional setup and define relevant measures for an institutional reform process
  • Assess the effectiveness and efficiency of current policies, regulations, and processes.
  • Evaluate the performance of water utilities and identify areas for improvement.
  • Analyze the coordination and collaboration between relevant stakeholders within the sector.
  • Develop recommendations and strategies to enhance the institutional framework and operational efficiency.
  • Provide expert advice on best practices, international standards, and innovative approaches in the water sector.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders, including government officials, utility managers, and external consultants, to implement recommended changes.
  • Facilitate collective regional and country-led action, thereby propelling the advancement of the SDGs agenda.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of implemented institutional reforms.
  • Contribute to development cooperation projects in different countries, providing technical expertise and support.
  • Prepare and present reports, findings, and recommendations to senior management and decision-makers.


  • A minimum of 8 years of experience working as an Institutional Expert in the water sector.
  • Strong knowledge of water utilities and/or relevant ministries responsible for water and sanitation services.
  • Proven record of accomplishment of conducting institutional analysis and providing recommendations for improvement.
  • Familiarity with policies, regulations, and operational aspects of the water and sanitation sector.
  • In-depth understanding of international best practices and standards in the water sector.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication, presentation and report writing skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams and collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating the impact of institutional reforms is highly desirable.
  • Experience in development cooperation projects in different countries is preferred.
  • Master's degree or higher in a relevant field (e.g., water resources management, public administration, or a related discipline) is preferred.
  • Excellent command in written and oral English language is a prerequisite, proficiency in French language is desirable.


In case you wish to be considered for the position, please send us your tailored CV.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

At GFA Consulting Group, we embrace the strength that comes from diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace where your unique skills and perspectives are celebrated. We look forward to hiring new colleagues who identify with this appreciation of diversity. We welcome applicants irrespective of their gender, nationality, ethnicity, social origin, religion and beliefs, disability and chronic disease, age and sexual identity. Your skills and motivation are our only decision factor! We would like to encourage you to apply and bring your talents, skills and personal life experiences to enrich and advance our joint endeavours.

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  Marisa Ludwig

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