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3 International Short-Term Experts (m/f/d) in Capacity Development in Water & Sanitation Services sector

Short project description

Municipalities and public water utilities in the Western Balkans face major challenges in providing sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) services to the population while meeting the European Union (EU) environmental Acquis Communautaire. Key challenges include insufficient managerial and technical competencies as well as poor financial performance, combined with a complex institutional landscape. While infrastructure investments, often in focus of International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and donors, are essential for ensuring the provision of high-quality, cost-efficient and inclusive WSS services, experience has shown they need to be matched consistently with improvement of managerial and operational capacities of the municipalities and public water utilities. Consequently, introducing modern management standards and improving WSS services requires municipalities, being strategic decision makers for the public water utilities, to have a prior understanding upon main goals and priorities. Communication and cooperation between these institutions is not always well-functioning. They often request support through provision of Capacity Development (CD) measures from their national associations. However, quality and range of CD measures vary significantly and are strongly linked to the heterogeneous capacities of the associations themselves. The majority do not possess sufficient resources to devise CD policies and design quality CD measures for a relatively small group of professionals in their respective countries and to implement them systematically and efficiently. CD measures are mostly add-ons to externally financed infrastructure projects that are mainly focused on improvement of individual performance of the beneficiary, but sustainable and systemic spill over effects, on institutional level, hardly occur.

Against this background, a project was designed with duration until March 2021 to establish a self-sustaining Regional Capacity Development Network for Water and Sanitation Services in South-East Europe (hereafter RCDN).

RCDN aims to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the water utility companies in the Western Balkans, thus contributing to a better service provision for larger numbers of population groups that get access to drinking water and sanitation services, consistent with the EU environmental Acquis Communautaire.

Detailed requirements


The expert should have a University Degree in an area relevant to the assignment (e.g. social sciences, public administration, business administration, WSS engineering and management).
He/she should have gained qualifications with regard to Competence and Organisational Development (i.e. concept development and CD activities) in the WSS and/or LG sector.

Country/Regional experience:
Working experience in South-East Europe countries, preferable in the countries of assignment (namely: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and North Macedonia).


Excellent knowledge of English is a pre-condition.

Expertise / Profile:

  • Several years of experience within the field of Development Cooperation, focusing on the following sectors: Competence and Organisational Development in Water and Sanitation Services (WSS) and/or Local Governance (LG).
  • Knowledge of municipal waste water management planning and the interplay between LGUs and PUCs.
  • Several years of experience within the field of Capacity Development (CD) focusing on Competence Development for WSS and/or LG sector staff.
  • Sound strategic and concept development skills towards CD Programmes.
  • Excellent training and coaching skills as well as experience in conduction peer exchanges. Excellent CD quality assurance skills.
  • Excellent coordination and backstopping skills.
  • Participatory working attitude and profound knowledge of adult-oriented learning approaches.
  • Profound knowledge on the CD issues and involvement in Competence Development projects.
  • Previous working experience with the GIZ and/or SDC/SECO CD/Competence
    Development in WSS and/or LG sector will be considered as an asset.
  • Several years of experience within the field of project management, backstopping including concept development, preparation and implementation of project activities, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of GIZ Management Model Capacity WORKS is considered as an asset.


South-East Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and North Macedonia)

Project / Assignment duration:

14 months / 3-5 months intermittent

Estimated project start:

1st quarter 2020

Project status:





Please contact vacancies(at) to express your interest and to send your CV, preferably in GIZ format,
For further details, please, contact Mr. Ingo Rudolf