Senior Program Officer, CityWide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Full Time
  • Abuja, Nigeria
  • company standard NGN / Month

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a nonprofit fighting pov...

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. For over 20 years, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been committed to tackling the greatest inequities in our world.

What You’ll Do

  • Make and manage a broad and inter-connected portfolio of grants, investments and relationships.
    Build, develop and cultivate relationships with key Africa regional platforms, public sector officials, private service operators, technical and financial partners, and community and civil society organizations.
  • Support grantee and partner efforts to work with governments to mainstream and institutionalize key sanitation approaches and frameworks within municipal, sub-national and national service systems.
  • Design new investments and forge new partnerships to fill gaps within the portfolio, including investments focused on integrating sanitation with urban resilience and climate resilience agendas.
  • Collaborate to advance the overarching WSH strategy in Sub-Saharan Africa, including contributions to the market adoption of transformative technologies as a key lever to accelerate safely managed sanitation.
  • Work at the interface between service delivery, policy and financing for urban inclusive sanitation, working with a range of financial and technical partners to support government-led systems change.
  • As a senior member of the Africa Regional Office and WSH teams, support the shaping and execution of the WSH regional strategy, whilst integrating WSH within regional engagement plans.
  • Take part in the broader global WSH strategy, working within an inter-connected team where strong coordination is essential.
  • Further linkages, cross-learning opportunities and peer exchange across regions and countries in order to disseminate useful urban sanitation service delivery lessons.
  • Engage in frequent communications and build relationships with government officials at various levels, with a focus on service delivery authorities.
  • Commitment to foundation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) goals, and demonstrated track record of furthering DEI objectives in previous work experience.
  • Travel up to 25% of time.

Your Experience

  • Master’s degree in WSH science, engineering, economics, business, government, urban planning, social science or closely related field or Bachelor’s degree with substantial relevant work experience.
  • 10+ years of experience with increased senior leadership responsibilities in planning and managing urban basic service delivery systems, systems change and data systems strengthening, utility management, and/or economic regulation, ideally including sanitation.
  • Experience working with or for the public sector in a municipal government, utility, regulatory agency or ministry responsible for urban service delivery and/or WASH services.
  • Strong working understanding of financing modalities for urban basic services, including investment planning, tariff setting, etc. within complex and fragmented/decentralized institutional and regulatory environments
  • Experience working with and facilitating a broad range of stakeholders and development partnerships on the African continent; comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people.
  • Proven track record in driving public sector systems change, including strengthening required data systems to set benchmarks, targets and service improvement plans.
  • Strong analytical skills; Creative problem solver with a tenacious focus on achieving results.
  • Data driven, partner focused, naturally curious, and willingness to span from strategy development to execution
  • Comfortable with role ambiguity, working in a fast-paced environment, frequent travel and navigating large complex organizations.
  • Effective communicator who can passionately articulate the vision and inspire collaboration.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; strong ability to coordinate complex projects; ability to collaborate across functions and geographies and transition projects to other colleagues successfully.
  • Excellent relationship management, facilitation and conflict resolution skills; confident and comfortable working with senior government officials, private sector service providers, international development partners and community organization.
  • Excellent technical writing, communication and presentation skills in both French and English.

Other Attributes

  • Experience in policy implementation at a national/ministerial level
  • Experience working within a development finance institution
  • Experience working within a philanthropic or grant-making organization
  • Subject matter expertise on urban resilience and climate change
  • Experience working with gender equity initiatives

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