Senior Operation and Maintenance Expert

Posted on:
24 May, 2018
Application by:
1 Jul, 2018
Project status:
Expression of interest
Project title:
Institutional and Organisational Strengthening of WASCO Saint Lucia and Regional Water Utilities
Period of project:
December 2018 – December 2019
Duration of assignment:
42 working days
Country:
Saint Lucia
Duty station:
St. Lucia, W.I.
Job code:
WS-LCA18GIZ0209/2WS

Project description

GIZ is seeking consultancy services within the programme ‘Improving climate resilience of Caribbean island and coastal states through systemic resource management on land and at sea’.
The Small Island developing states (SIDS) in the Caribbean and their populations are in a state of increased vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. The region faces very specific and unique challenges in sustainably and reliably supplying people with safe drinking water. Institutional capacities in the water supply sector, as well as capacities in terms of all kinds of water loss reduction measures, are limited. The high management and infrastructural risks and vulnerabilities lead to the fact that after only short periods without rainfall, water shortages occur. The potential for improving reliable and safe drinking water supply in the Caribbean is thus very high.
The requested consultancy supports Wasco in Saint Lucia and, where applicable, representatives of sister organisations in other CARICOM countries in improving institutional and organisational aspects of the utility. The objective of this assignment is (i.) the support of Wasco in St Lucia and her staff on-the-job in improving its institutional and organisational structures and capacities. Further, a key objective is (ii.) to improve the human resources’ capacities across departments within Wasco, and (iii.) to efficiently and effectively address major challenges posed by the inadequate operation of the water supply infrastructure.

Job description

The Key Expert will initiate, facilitate and monitor the change processes supported under the results areas. The Operation and Maintenance Expert will be the Key Expert for  Network Management and also serves as supporting pool expert for Institutional and Organisational Strengthening, Hydraulic Modelling, GIS and Asset Management.

Qualifications

  • High-level technical training and certification / technical diploma in relevant field, such as water utility and network operations, network maintenance, leak detection
  • Additional university degree would be an advantage
  • Additional qualifications such as HDPE handling, IT related to water utilities, capacity development, SCADA systems, hydraulic modelling, GIS, asset management, institutional strengthening would be an asset
  • At least 12 years work experience in relevant field of expertise (water supply network O&M, network management)
  • Utility operation experience from a water utility or water provider with max. 15% NRW annually (track record of the utilities’ NRW level over at least 5 recent years)
  • Direct involvement in activities to reduce the non-revenue water level of a water utility
  • At least 8 years experience in on-the-ground implementation of projects in the respective field of expertise
  • High technical and advisory competences, proven track record of intercultural competencies, experience in working with multinational teams and individuals filling different roles
  • Ability to transmit knowledge and technical expertise through structured and tangible hands-on activities and work as part of a team
  • Experience in synthesizing information into clear, concise messages for detailed reports, executive summaries, findings and recommendations
  • Experience in conducting human capacity development (HCD) activities or trainings in an international context
  • Experience in at least 2 projects similar to the assignment and tasks described above
  • Track record of conducting technical assistant activities in preparation, implementation and monitoring of water utility support
  • Proven experience in Saint Lucia or one of the ‘CATS countries’ would be an asset; otherwise experience in developing and/or emerging countries
  • Willingness to work hands-on in the field
  • Excellent English in speech and writing; German would be an advantage

GFA Consulting Group GmbH has formed a consortium with Águas de Portugal.

Due to the amount of applications, please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Contact person

  Theda Matthiesen matthiesen@gfa-group.de

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