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State Team Lead At RTI International

Date Posted: 20/Jan/2020
Deadline: 25/Jan/2020

RTI International in collaboration with Plan International and other partners are implementing a 4-year USAID funded Effective Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (E-WASH) program. E-WASH will provide technical assistance to and will work in collaboration with state governments to improve urban water service delivery by strengthening the governance, financial, and technical viability of six (6) state water boards (SWBs) in Nigeria. The overall goal is improvement of urban water and sanitation service delivery.

We hereby invites applications from highly resourceful, motivated and experienced professionals to fill the vacant position below:

State Team Lead

Location: Abia

Job Description

  • Responsible for leadership of overall implementation of E-WASH project activities across sectoral, utility, and external relations in Abia or any other E-WASH state that he/she may be assigned to. Responsible for building strong relationships with state-level counterparts particularly within the State Water Board (SWB) to ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of reform efforts. Lead efforts for technical assistance to and capacity building of counterparts to deliver high-quality services. Oversee the delivery of services from short-term experts and support the overall harmonization of institutional and community efforts at the state-level. Liaise with security, finance, and M&E counterparts to support state-level implementation. Oversee state-level specialists.

Essential Duties

  • The team leader will lead RTI E-WASH state implementation team to support the state, and specifically the state’s water board to implement the following project activities:
  • Provide technical support/assistance to develop water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) baseline information that will feed into state Service Improvement Plan (SIP).
  • Support the creation of a professionally managed, commercially oriented SWB
  • Facilitate the increase in political and managerial autonomy of the SWB
  • Support strengthening of corporate culture that motivates and inspires staff to excel and achieve its vision, mission, and goal
  • Support Human Resources Development within the SWB
  • Support the improvement of financial and operational viability of SWB
  • Facilitate the improvement of business processes, financial management practices, billing and collection and customer service within SWB
  • Assist in the promotion and support the implementation of tariff review and increase
  • Support the SWB to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) over a period of specified time
  • Facilitate the development of Asset Maintenance Management Systems for SWB
  • Facilitate the design and operationalization of a Utility Support Fund for emergency repairs and small-scale improvements to increase operational efficiency
  • Support development and implementation of Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Management Strategy for state
  • Facilitate the strengthening of policy, institutional, and regulatory frameworks for improved WASH services
  • Support and design the implementation of specific policy reforms
  • Facilitate the establishment or strengthen regulatory unit or commission
  • Support the design and implement a strategy to improve the financing of WASH service delivery expansion and improvements
  • Support the enhancement of social accountability and institutional transparency for the WASH sector
  • Facilitate mapping and develop plans for public sanitation service improvement
  • Build coordination, advocacy, and strategic communications among sector stakeholders
  • Support the development and implementation of a Communications for Reform Strategy for the state
  • Provide technical support for institutionalization of GIS applications in the SWB
  • Perform any other functions as required by the COP

Minimum Required Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, or Business Management or any other engineering field or any other relevant field and 9 years of experience in water utility operations and management and/or WASH, MSC and 12 years or Bachelor’s Degree and 16 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Expertise in performance and process improvement and specific expertise in areas including HR management, strategic planning, training and capacity building, financial management, and/or customer satisfaction and engagement.
  • Proven ability to effectively engage with and build capacity of government counterparts.
  • Demonstrated strength in diplomacy and consensus building to support reform and institutional change efforts.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to obtain proper security clearances as noted by contracts

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should submit by e-mail only an Application Letter and a CV as ONE SINGLE WORD document to: [email protected] VERY IMPORTANT – On the SUBJECT LINE of your email you should ONLY put the Job Title (no other text should be on this subject line) that you are applying.


  • Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they see this advert. Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for an interview.
  • Women are strongly encouraged to apply. We offer a highly competitive renumeration. Take note that any successful candidate will be subjected to a pre-employment background investigation. For further information about RTI International, please visit our website at
  • We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V

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