Global Water Partnership Eastern Africa (GWPEA)
GWPEA Interim Regional Coordinator
TITLE: GWPEA - Interim Regional Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Chair of GWPEA Regional Steering Committee in liaison with the Senior Network Specialist GWPO
LOCATION: Preferably Entebbe, Uganda (location of GWPEA Regional Secretariat) with possibility for being partly home-based, if based in Eastern Africa
DURATION: 8 months
The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is a worldwide network which has since 1996 successfully supported countries in their efforts to implement a more equitable and sustainable management of water resources. GWP comprises 3,000+ partner organizations in over 180 countries. Our network of 65+ Country Water Partnerships and 13 Regional Water Partnerships convenes, and brokers coordinated action by government and non-government actors. A long-time advocate for integrated water resources management, GWP draws on implementation experience at the local level and link it across our Network and to global development agendas. For more information, visit https://gwp.org and https://gwp.org/en/GWP-Eastern-Africa/.
GWP Eastern Africa was constituted in 2003 by stakeholders to support the sustainable development and management of water resources at all levels in the region. GWP Eastern Africa is currently composed of nine Country Water Partnerships (Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda) and counts over 200 partners operating in these Countries. GWPEA works with these country water partnerships to address water security issues and environmental challenges such as drought, floods, food insecurity, climate change and water insecurity. GWP Eastern Africa and its partners strive to promote the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach to foster the coordination, development and management of water resources for sustainable development.
GWPEA GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
GWP Eastern Africa has a governance structure with the following components:
· Country Water Partnerships (CWPs): it is a network of partner institutions at national level
· Consulting Partners (CP): it is the representative body of the regional network of CWP partners
· Regional Steering Committee (RSC): it is the executive supervisory body constituting representatives of the CWPs in the region
· Secretariat (GWPEA Sec): a small secretariat responsible for the overall co-ordination and the day-to-day management and administration of the regional program activities. **
SCOPE OF THIS INTERIM POSITION
Stocktaking and internalization of ongoing GWPEA network, programs, projects and activities – both in substance and processes. Thereafter, the Interim Regional Coordinator shall proceed in execution of related activities and commitments and follow on processes of proposals. These includes, but not limited to: drought resilience for small holder farmers and pastoralists in the IGAD region (DRESS EA) project; enhancing resilience of communities to climate change through catchment based integrated management of water and related resources (EURECCCA) project; GCF readiness proposals in Burundi and Sudan; NDC Partnership Country Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) work in Somalia and Sudan, SDG 6 IWRM Support Program activities. Including, supporting Pan-African programs (e.g. AIP) and water and climate change development program – gender (WACDEP-G) and network with GWP global, regional and national networks, and development partners, etc.
Specifically, the Interim Regional Coordinator, shall:
Oversee the management and administration of GWPEA Sec, in collaboration with the Host Institution and in liaison with GWPO
Based on the guidance of the Regional Steering Committee develop options for potential alternative hosting arrangements and present these options to the Regional Steering Committee
Ensure continuity in implementation and execution of ongoing GWPEA programs, projects and activities – (at implementation phase and those in the pipeline)
Upkeep and maintain established working relationships and synergies with cooperating allies (development partners, national and regional institutions) and GWP networks
Coordinate, liaise and work very closely with the GWPEA Chair, GWPO Network Officer for the region to ensure timely submission of regional inputs, development of synergies within the GWPEA network and knowledge sharing across the GWP Network
Coordinate, liaise and work very closely with the Host Institution in order to ensure efficient and effective operations in the GWPEA Office
Liaise and consult with the countries water partnerships and other national institutions on issues related to programs and activities
Prepare for the upcoming GWPEA CP and RSC meetings
Any other responsibilities as assigned by the RSC Chair and/or requested by GWPO Senior Network Officer.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The Interim Regional Coordinator should have the following qualifications and abilities:
Ø Advanced degree (M.Sc. degree and above) in water resources planning, development and management and its related natural environment, with any combination of climate and natural resources sciences
Ø At least 10 years relevant experience in working with implementation of natural resources development programs (emphasis on water resources, climate and related environment).
Ø Knowledge of the development and management in the context of integrated approaches (e.g. IWRM, Nexus, integrated catchment management)
Ø Ability to coordinate and manage multiple tasks with excellent project management skills
Ø Strong managerial leadership skills, with analytical capabilities