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State Team Lead at RTI International

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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: State Team Lead

Location: Niger

Overview / Details

  • 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.
  • The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Effective Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services (E-WASH) Program, implemented by RTI International, is working to improve urban water and sanitation service delivery by strengthening the governance, financial and technical viability of state water boards (SWBs)/corporations in five states in Nigeria. The five states are Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger and Taraba. E-WASH is working towards achieving the following mutually reinforcing objectives:
    • Creating professionally managed and commercially oriented SWBs.
    • Improving the financial and operational viability of SWBs.
    • Strengthening policy, institutional and regulatory frameworks for improved WASH services (including establishing accountability mechanisms).
    • Building national and state WASH advocacy, coordination, and communications for reform.
  • The overall goal is improvement of urban water and sanitation service delivery.
  • RTI International hereby invites applications from highly resourceful, motivated and experienced professionals to fill the position of State Team Lead in Niger State.

Job Description

  • The State Team Lead (STL) is responsible for the leadership and the overall implementation of E-WASH project activities across sectoral, utility and external relations in Niger state.
  • He/she will be responsible for the building of strong relationships with state-level counterparts particularly within the State Water Board (SWB) to ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of reform efforts.
  • He/she will lead efforts for technical assistance to and capacity building of counterparts to deliver high-quality services.
  • He/she will oversee the delivery of services from short-term experts and support the overall harmonization of institutional and community efforts at the state-level.
  • He/she will liaise with security, finance and M&E counterparts to support state-level implementation.
  • He/she will oversee state-level specialists.

Primary Responsibilities
The STL will lead RTI E-WASH state implementation team in Niger state to support the state, specifically the State 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
  • 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’
  • 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
  • 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:

  • Strong verbal and written English communication skills
  • Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office Applications (MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Ability to multitask
  • Possesses leadership and supervisory skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to build effective relationships with all clients, peers, and stakeholders
  • Competent in conflict and crisis management
  • Demonstrated success managing and leading technical teams
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to obtain proper security clearances as noted by contracts.

Deadline: 18th August, 2020.

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:

Very Important Information

  • On the Subject Line of your email you should ONLY put the Email Subject line, no other text should be on this subject line.
  • 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 the successful candidate will be subjected to a pre-employment background investigation. For further information about RTI International, please visit our website at
  • RTI does not permit any payment requests demanded during any part of the hiring process. If such requests are made, please report it to the RTI Ethics Office via Any candidate making any payment will be disqualified from consideration for future employment with RTI.
  • We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V

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