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Position: Public Water Utility Management - Advisor
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Amhara, Ethiopia
Posted date: 7 months ago
Application Deadline: Submition date is over

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 26 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses, and organizations with the tools, knowledge, and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

SNV, Netherlands Development Organization, is operating in Ethiopia since the 1970s. Currently, SNV is working in eight regional states and the two city administrations of Ethiopia, providing technical assistance and program implementation in Agriculture, WASH, and Energy Sectors. SNV is an open and learning organization that focuses on improving the lives of Ethiopians through a market-based approach inclusive of women and youth. In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change including strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects.

Project Overview: 

Kunzila Integrated Landscape Management and WASH (ILMWA) project aims to improve the health, wellbeing, and livelihood of people through improved WASH services in seven Kunzila watershed kebeles of North Achefer woreda in the Amhara region. The project is being implemented since March 2020 and is 5 years project funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN).

The project will construct three Multi village water supply schemes that will serve more than 11,000 people each.  These Piped schemes planned to serve more than one village are developed in areas with complex hydrogeology. As a result, all the schemes will be managed by organizing public utilities. This is in line with the new guideline (MoWIE, 2018) of Public Utilities for multi-village water supply seeks to fill the gap between community management of simple point sources and full urban utility management. This seeks to retain an appropriate level of community participation but at the same time bring in the professionalization needed to deal with more complex water supply schemes.

SNV is seeking experienced and professional applicants for the position of Public Water Utility Management - Advisor for KILMWA Project in SNV Country office, Addis Ababa.

Job Description

Advisory Services: Advice and support the PM in rolling out of evidence and public water utility management model/ approaches and tools developed.

  • Carry out assessments of the current practices in public water utility management issues and in relation to its development and functionality for proper management of MVWSS. 

Knowledge Development: Inform WASH knowledge agenda with the direction set by the ILMWA project implementation modalities, SNV WASH Sector strategy, and donor requirement/EKN.

  • Support the development of case studies and report to the PM to be disseminated to a larger audience/ stakeholders including GoE, EKN, SNV global, and other NGOs working in the WASH sector.

Project and process development: Develop a detailed implementation plan for the development and management of constructed MVWSS through a public utility model.  

  • In consultation with the Project Manager (PM) and with the SNV scope of work (SoW); engage in the preparation of detailed fiscal and financial plans for public utilities.
  • Capture lessons learned, stimulate internal and external knowledge exchange, and suggest ways how to translate this into practice and report to the PM.

People Management: Ensure that all people, regardless of gender and social status benefit from, and are empowered by improved water supply services.

  • Implement and supervise capacity building for the board members, woreda staff, and public utility staff in strong collaboration with zone and regional government to tailor a package of support based on their needs in utility management, financial management, operation & maintenance, planning, budgeting, coordination, implementation, monitoring, and reporting.

Positioning:  Seek opportunities for different kinds of partnership for enhanced quality program implementation and leveraging with the project at kebele, woreda, zone, and region.

Business Development:  Identify and advice the PM on potential and new opportunities including donors for resource mobilization or business development that is aligned to SNV sector strategy.

  • Provide the business development team with relevant WASH information which could be helpful as input.


Education: A minimum of University Degree in Engineering, Economics, Environment, Business Administration, Public Administration, Law or other related disciplines.


  • At least 4 to 5 years of experience in the water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector including at least three years of specific documented experiences in operation and management or institutional support to the commercial management of water utility management.                                                          

Additional Information

Contract duration

The position is offered based on a National contract for a term of 1 year with a possible extension.

Working at SNV

SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, We offer
opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. 


Please indicate the position of the title in your application letter

NB: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Women Candidates are highly encouraged to apply.