Massive Recruitment at RTI International, 22nd October, 2018

RTI International is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary research that improves the human condition. With a worldwide staff of more than 5,000 people, RTI offers innovative research and development and multidisciplinary services.

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

Job Title: Institutional and Policy Development Specialist (IPDS)

Locations: Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba
Slot: 6 Openings

Summary
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.

Responsibilities

  • Your responsibilities will include supporting the program to strengthen the policy, institutional and regulatory frameworks for improved WASH services (including establishing accountability mechanisms). This will include implementing activities to create a favorable environment for urban WASH sector reform. Facilitating the development of a clear and coherent WASH policy, defining an institutional and regulatory framework and coordinating the development of the appropriate legal framework. Finally establishing clear accountability measures.
  • Your other role will be to support the transformation agenda through supporting the creation of autonomous SWBs based on good corporate governance structures. This means supporting the SWBs to adopt a corporate structure (facilitate with the State Government leadership appointment of a Board of Directors), including management and a professional board of directors that represent a diverse cross-section of stakeholders and possible shareholders (including consumer interests) with clearly defined roles and responsibilities

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least a Master’s degree in Institutional Development, Corporate Governance, Regulatory Reforms, Engineering, Development Studies or any such related fields.
  • Minimum of master’s degree and 6 years of experience or Bachelor’s Degree and 10 years of experience post qualification experience in any of the above areas
  • Experience in designing and undertaking institutional restructuring will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge and understanding of WASH policy development, regulatory reform and social accountability

 

Job Title: State Team Lead (STL)

Locations: Imo, Niger, Sokoto

Summary
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.

Job Description

  • The Sate Team Leader will be responsible for the overall implementation of the E-WASH project reform activities across sectors i.e. utility operations, financial and human resources at the state level.
  • The STL will also be responsible for ensuring high level stakeholder engagement, 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 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 state level. Liaise with security, finance and M&E counterparts to support state-level implementation. Oversee state level advisors.
  • State Team Leader positions are only available for Imo, Niger and Sokoto States

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least a Master’s degree and 9 years of experience or Bachelor’s Degree and 12 years of experience in either policy, institutional development, engineering, environment and such related fields.
  • At least 9 years proven experience in leadership positions in a water and sanitation sector institution.
  • Expertise in performance and process improvement for institutions, understanding of capacity assessment tools and knowledge of utility operations or policy framework.
  • 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.
  • Experience is managing a multi-sectoral team

 

Job Title: Utility Technical Specialist

Locations: Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba
Slot: 6 Openings

Summary
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.

Job Description

  • Your responsibilities will include working with the SWB to develop Performance Improvement Plans, support implementation, and monitor progress against targets. This position will support the SWBs to ensure that there are clearly defined and developed Asset Maintenance and Management (AMM) Systems that will ensure sustainable water systems that can continue working properly for the intended lifetime of the infrastructure. O&M will be incentivized through the SWB Action Plan KPIs and subsequent departmental PIPs.
  • Working with the SWB determine cost of meeting immediate measures to improve delivery of water services assist in selection and technical monitoring of contracts issued under the utility support fund for the state. Design and support implementation of performance improvement measures including non-revenue water reduction strategies.
  • Design appropriate urban sanitation improvement plans at the main city on fecal sludge management, collection and transportation and treatment approaches.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least a Master’s Degree in Engineering, Utility Management, Water Supply and Sanitation, Executive Management of Water and Sanitation Programs.
  • A minimum of Master’s Degree and 6 years of experience or Bachelor’s Degree and 10 years of experience post qualification experience in any of the above areas
  • Experience in designing performance improvement plans for utilities water or electricity.
  • Proven experience in developing non-revenue water control strategies, customer management etc
  • Knowledge and understanding of utility asset management practices, water utility operations from source to tap including basic understanding of treatment methods
  • Understanding different solutions for fecal sludge management, development of urban sanitation city plans.

 

Job Title: Utility Operations Specialist (UOS)

Locations: Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger, Sokoto and Taraba
Slot: 6 Openings

Main Objectives

  • The main objective of this position is to build capacity of the State Water Boards (SWB) in general utility operations including financial, commercial, HR, managerial, and operational aspects of the SWBs to improve their financial and operational viability.
  • In this respect the position will support the SWB to have adequate capacity for budgeting, financial management including reporting, billing, collection and other revenue generation ventures. This means developing accurate, transparent accounting systems and strengthen transparent financial management.
  • Support the SWBs in budgeting processes for the utility operations, design appropriate tariffs based on the tariff review study and accurate and reliable customer data base.
  • Facilitate the development of appropriate organizational structures and other HR related functions for the transformed SWB.
  • Facilitating the development and execution of incentives and performance-based contracts including defining performance monitoring and assessment approaches with clearly defined KPIs.
  • Support prioritization and use of public private partnerships to improve delivery of water and sanitation services. Identify innovative cost recovery mechanisms and service delivery models. Support prioritization and use of local, own-source revenue to improve delivery of water and sanitation services.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least a Master’s degree in Finance, Commercialization, Economics, Organizational Development, HR or any of the Accounting qualifications or such related fields.
  • A minimum of Master’s degree and 6 years of experience or Bachelor’s Degree and 10 years of experience post qualification experience in any of the above areas
  • Expertise in performance and utility performance improvement and specific expertise in areas including HR management, strategic planning, training and capacity building, financial management, and/or customer satisfaction and engagement
  • Experience in designing public/private partnership in any infrastructure sector though in the water and sanitation would be an advantage.
  • Experience in designing and undertaking financial management systems, evidence-based budgeting.
  • Knowledge and understanding of utility finance electricity or water i.e. cost structure of utility operations, major cost centers,
  • Knowledge of the key components of a utility tariff and what to take into account when designing such a one.

 

Job Title: Finance and Administration Assistant (FAA)

Locations: Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba
Slot: 6 Openings

Summary
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.

Responsibilities

  • The Finance and Administration Officer will be responsible for the provision of day-to-day support for project office operations to ensure financial, contractual, and administrative functions of the project in the assigned state are implemented in a timely manner.
  • The responsibilities include but not limited to petty cash management, vendor payments within the state, state level budgeting, and other related expenditures.
  • S/He will provide logistical and travel support, procurement assistance, maintenance of office files, and project documents. Supervise the project drivers and office assistant as well as any cleaners, low level HR support i.e. leave management..

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • HND in Accounting, master’s degree is an added advantage.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years of experience in a similar role with an INGO/NGO, structured private or public organization
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multitask, manage workload and produce high quality, on-time work
  • Experience in petty cash management is required
  • Ability to work well seamlessly with the project team and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with a service-oriented outlook
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English

 

Job Title: Advocacy and Capacity Building Specialist (ACBS)

Locations: Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba

Summary
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.

Job Descritpion

  • The objective of this position is to improve WASH service delivery through heightened and more effective advocacy and capacity building efforts that will spur transformational change in the sector at the state level. This will entail the organization of a set of coordinated activities to bring about sustained political change, adapted to the specific context in focus within the state.
  • The ACB advisor will therefore serve as key liaison with target state communities (the political leadership, SWB employees and consumers), facilitating the process of establishing and implementing priority development projects to promote cohesion and resilience at the local level. Strengthen capacity of local officials to engage with citizens, include them in participatory planning processes, and incorporate their priorities into planning documents. Facilitate citizen participation in collaborative decision making, management, and monitoring related to service delivery. Support CSOs to access and effectively utilize the Civil Society Engagement Fund to improve social accountability, monitoring, and sanitation/hygiene promotion for improved access to and quality of WASH services. Support technical monitoring of grants.
  • Facilitate the development of a strategy focusing on gender and pro-poor transformational approaches and support the implementation of activities to increase CSO and other stakeholder participation in utility reform processes (tariff adjustments, service delivery monitoring) to support sustainability of project efforts.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least a master’s degree in communications, media studies, journalism, development or such related fields.
  • A minimum of master’s degree and 6 years of experience or Bachelor’s Degree and 10 years of experience post qualification experience in any of the above areas
  • Experience in designing communication strategies for reforms -in any sector.
  • Proven experience in working for or with civil society to drive a reform agenda
  • Experience in designing social accountability tools, mobilizing the key stakeholders including media, the political leadership and consumers to support reforms
  • Experience in mobilizing high political level buy in to reforms or transformation, gathering high level buy in for reforms.
  • Expertise in training and capacity building and/or customer satisfaction and engagement.
  • Knowledge and experience in designing gender inclusive development programs.

Deadline: 26th October, 2018.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their Application Letters and CV’s as one single Word document to: Recruitment@ewash.rti.org Using the Job Title and Location as the subject e.g “IPDS Abia”, “IPDS Delta”, “IPDS Imo”, “IPDS Niger”, “IPDS Sokoto” or “IPDS Taraba” (no other text should be on this subject line) If you would like to be considered in 2 or more states, then you have to submit two or more applications but stating the states of your interest as per the above instruction.

Note

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis hence i.e we stop recruiting as soon as the right candidate is found. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they see this advert. This is a re-advertisement hence you are required to re-apply if you had done so earlier. 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.
  • We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V

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