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E T Consultant (WSS Specialist)

Job #: req19109
Organization: World Bank
Sector: Water/Sanitation
Grade: EC2
Term Duration: 1 year 0 months
Recruitment Type: Local Recruitment
Location: Cotonou,Benin
Required Language(s): English
Preferred Language(s):
Closing Date: 10/12/2022 (MM/DD/YYYY) at 11:59pm UTC



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The World Bank Water Practice 

Water resources are under unprecedented and increasing pressures, driven by greater climate variability, population and economic growth, land-use changes, and declining quantities and qualities of both ground and surface waters.  With cross-cutting impacts on agriculture, education, energy, health, gender equity, and livelihood, water is an essential resource for all life on the planet and is at the center of economic and social development.  Climate change expresses itself through water and sound water management lies at the heart of the resilience agenda. Successful water management requires accurate knowledge of the resource available and an assessment of competing demands for its usage. Making best use of available supplies requires complex and sensitive economic, environmental and socio-political trade-offs. Planning for a more uncertain and more constrained water environment in the future only makes the situation more complex. The world will not be able to meet the great development challenges of the 21st century - human development, livable cities, climate change, food security, energy security, and universal access to services – unless we ensure a water-secure world for all. 


The WBG is in a unique position to help governments take such an integrated and strategic approach to solve water supply, sanitation, water resource, hydropower, and irrigation problems through partnership, finance, and knowledge.  The Water Global Practice (WTR GP) is poised to deliver a Water Secure World through an approach that focuses on Sustaining Water Resources, Delivering Services and Building Resilience. The WTR GP also has strong external partnerships and houses the Global Water Security and Sanitation Program (GWSP), the 2030 Water Resources Group and several regional transboundary programs.  The GP has a strong Leadership Team (LT) structure, with a Global Director, 10 Practice Managers, two Global Program Managers and Global Leads for Water and the Economy, Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) Service Delivery, Water in Agriculture, Building Resilience and Water Resources Management.  The LT also works closely with other GPs and the SD Regional Directors.  Increasingly, while staff may specialize in one sub-sector, they are encouraged and supported to address the full water agenda in terms of analytical, policy and operational work. The GP, through its fully integrated GWSP Trust Fund, places highest priority on global knowledge into local implementation, as well as in deploying staff to countries and regions while still working globally.


Water Global Practice in West and Central Africa  

Within the Africa Region, the Water Global Practice in West and Central Africa (SAWW1) (the hiring unit) is responsible for ensuring the translation of the World Bank’s Africa Regional Strategy and the Water Global Practice’s Water Security Strategy into practical results relevant to the countries of West and Central Africa.  Specifically, the unit supports the definition and achievement of these results through analytical, policy and investment activities.   The hiring unit straddles 6 CMUs, including the Sahel and Nigeria. Water resources constraints are palpable, and the FCV strategy highly applicable throughout.  Solutions for clients will need to address all aspects of the unit’s three cross-cutting pillars of WASH for Human Capital, Water for Agriculture, and Water Resources Management. And Solutions will need to be cut across AFR SD GPs and all PGs.


Africa Sustainable Development 

The Africa Sustainable Development (AFW SD) team provides a wide range of financial, knowledge and convening services to help address West Africa countries’ most complex development issues.  The SD group covers five key Global Practices (GPs) – Agriculture and Food; Environment, Natural Resources, and the Blue Economy; Social Sustainability and Inclusion; Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, and Land; and Water.  AFW SD’s presence in the various Country Partnership Frameworks is typically through pillars for inclusion, resilience, and sustainability, emphasizing GP sub-sector themes and cross cutting themes, including but not limited to rural and subnational development, climate change mitigation and adaptation, women’s empowerment, and institutional transformation. Our annual delivery of IDA credits and grants and IBRD loans has averaged about US$2.4 billion a year over the past five years and leverages a wide range of multilateral and bilateral trust funds that co-finance these investments as well as support supplemental stand-alone projects. administered by AFW SD.



Benin has a population of 12 million inhabitants, of which 48 percent are urban and 52 percent are rural.1 Access to improved water sources in rural areas is provided through rural piped water supply systems, hand pumps, or autonomous water points.2 According to the joint World Health Organization (WHO)/United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Joint Monitoring Program (JMP, 2020), only 26 percent of the rural population has access to piped water, compared to 49 percent for the urban population.3 The GoB monitors service coverage in rural areas based on an average number of people per water point and per household connection.4 As of 2022, average service coverage in rural areas stood at 73 percent countrywide, with high disparities across departments and departmental averages ranging between 52 to 96 percent.


Water service arrangements differ between urban areas and rural areas.5 Benin’s National Water Company (Société Nationale des Eaux du Bénin - SONEB) serves urban areas, which comprise the municipalities of Cotonou, Porto-Novo and Parakou and of the 74 towns heading the other municipalities (as well as surrounding peri-urban areas). Rural areas include all other territories


The Government’s efforts to achieve universal access to rural water supply services are channeled through the Government’s national rural water supply program, started in 2017 and implemented by the Rural Water Supply Agency (ANAEPMR - Agence Nationale d’Approvisionnement en Eau Potable en Milieu Rural). The Government’s national rural water supply program is structured around two Result Areas: (i) expanding access to rural water supply services through a nationwide program of construction, rehabilitation, and expansion of multi-village rural water supply systems, and (ii) strengthening the quality, sustainability, and affordability of service delivery through a comprehensive reform of the rural water supply sector, which consists of delegating service delivery to private operators through regional performance-based affermage contracts, applying an adequate tariff policy, and training new generations of rural water supply professionals. The national rural water supply program has an estimated cost of FCFA 880 billion (US$1.6 billion) and remains the framework for all projects supporting the rural water supply sector. To contribute to the Government’s national rural water supply program, the World Bank is financing two operations described as follows:


The first operation is the Rural Water Supply Universal Access PforR Program (“AQUA-VIE Program”), which represents the main contribution and the backbone of the national rural water supply program, with total funding of $470 million. The objective of the AQUA-VIE Program is to increase access to water supply services and to strengthen service delivery arrangements in selected rural areas. It is executed by the ANAEPMR and is structured around two Result Areas consistently with the national rural water supply program 

Results Area 1: Increase access to water supply services. Under this Results Area, the Program is financing the construction of 206 multi-village rural water supply systems and the rehabilitation of 360 other water supply systems to expand access to rural water supply services to more than 3 million people. 


Results Area 2: Strengthen service delivery arrangements. Under this Results Area, the Program is supporting Government reform of the rural water supply sector to strengthen service delivery arrangements, namely : (i) The design, bidding process, and award of 3 performance-based contracts with regional operators to improve the quality and sustainability of the rural water supply services, (ii) The development and application of a tariff policy for sustainable and affordable rural water supply services, (iii) The training of first cohorts of rural water supply professionals. 


The second operation is the Small-Town Water Supply and Urban Septage Management Project. It’s a $68 million IDA operation that has been under implementation since 2017 and will be closed by the end of June 2023. Its objective is to: (i) increase access to water supply in selected small towns and improve safe disposal of fecal sludge in selected urban areas; (ii) strengthen service delivery arrangements of water supply and sanitation services in selected small towns and urban areas. The project is executed by the ANAEPMR and is also aligned with the Government’s rural national water supply program. It will contribute to providing drinking water to 196,000 people.



The SAWW1 unit seeks to recruit an Extended Term Water Supply and Sanitation Consultant to: 
(1) support the team that is providing implementation support to the Benin water projects; and 
(2) provide technical, operational and coordination support to key activities in line with the water projects.  

The recruitment is for an EC2 position to be based in Cotonou. The Extended Term Water Sector Consultant would report to the SAWW1 Practice Manager. 

Remuneration will be decided based on experience and according to World Bank Staff Rules.


Duties & Accountabilities

  • The Extended Term Water Supply and Sanitation Consultant will be responsible for the following specific tasks: 
  • Provide operational support to the Task Team leaders (TTLs) managing the water projects by: 
  • Coordinating, as needed, communications and information flows, as well as organizing meetings with the Lead Agency (ANAEPMR), and other actors working in the WSS sector Benin.  
  • Supporting the monitoring of Bank-funded and donor-funded technical assistance activities to help the TTLs ensure timely completion of infrastructure and water reform-related activities 
  • Supporting the organization of Bank-led implementation support missions and coordination meetings through, among others, drafting of mission announcement letters and agenda, actively participating and taking minutes in missions and meetings, collating team inputs for - and contributing to writing - aide-memoires, securing required approvals for documents, and coordinating with the Benin CMU. 
  • Supporting Bank-related adaptative implementation functions such as timely tracking of Bank and Client commitments, preparation of implementation status results (ISR) reports, contribution to writing Project Appraisal Documents-PAD, and other WB operational documents, updating of Risk Lists, project restructurings, budget planning, preparation of TORs, provision of no objections, management briefs, etc.  
  • Work across all water sub-sectors:  WASH for Human Capital; Water in Agriculture; Water Resources Management; and, as agreed with the TTLs and depending on the ETC’s areas of expertise, provide technical advice on the implementation of water and sanitation, and water resources management activities in support to the lead experts on these areas within the team. 
  • Be a great team player and contributing member of SAWW1, AFR SD and the Water GP. 
  • Collaborate across Africa Sustainable Development GPs and other Practice Groups as appropriate. 

Selection Criteria

  • At least a Master’s degree in civil/environmental engineering, with specialization in water supply and sanitation, or a similar field 

  • At least five years of work experience in the field of water supply and sanitation or water resources, preferably working in an international development context. 

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working on at least one, but ideally all two of the key areas of focus:  WASH for human capital and water resources management. 

  • The candidate should have demonstrated the ability to work as part of an operational team in at least two of these areas. The candidate should also demonstrate deep analytical understanding in at least one of these areas. 

  • A demonstrated understanding of working in the Benin context is important. 

  • Demonstrated track record as results-oriented and an excellent team player is important. 

  • Ability to speak, read and write in English and French fluently. Strong English writing skills are expected. 

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Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.