Sr Institutional Dev. Spec. (Rural)
Water and Sanitation Program - South Asia / World Bank
Location: New Delhi
Last Date: June 9, 2011
Institutional Dev. Spec. (Rural)
Water and Sanitation
** This is a two year coterminous term appointment**
Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member
with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her
Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered 2 year
renewable coterminous term appointment. Internal applicants with open
ended or regular appointments must obtain a re-entry to their current
The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) administered by the World Bank
and funded through international partnerships with a wide range of
External Support Agencies, assists governments to scale up improved
water supply and sanitation services and hygiene programs for poor
households. A current major thrust of the Program’s business plan is
helping its clients to prepare for and implement actions towards
meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In pursuing their
mission, WSP staff members provide advisory support to projects and
policy dialogue, help identify and disseminate best practices and
lessons from experience across countries, and facilitate informal
networks of practitioners and sector stakeholders. Additional
information about WSP can be found on the Program website (
WSP is led by a Program Manager located in the World Bank's Transport
Water and ICT Departments in the Sustainable Development Network (SDN)
Vice Presidency. The Program works closely with the Bank's regional
operations and partners through four regional offices in South Asia,
East Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, and Africa.
The Water and Sanitation Program for South Asia (WSP-SA) currently
operates through a regional office in India and country offices in
Bangladesh, and Pakistan. The WSP-SA office is managed by a Regional
Team Leader who is accountable to the Program Manager in Washington.
The Government of India’s national rural development programs such as
the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission and the Total
Sanitation Campaign recognize that the sustainability of WSS reforms
depend on behavior change in communities and a conducive enabling
environment developed through fiscal and institutional sustainability
at local and state government level. The Government of India’s new
strategies for rural drinking water and for rural sanitation set out
the vision for the 12 years up to 2022, focusing on moving up the
service provision ladder and to establish sustainable systems for
universal access and use.
The Senior Institutional Development Specialist is required to perform
a senior role as advisor (and task team leader where relevant) in the
design, preparation, implementation, and supervision of WSP-SA’s high
level policy support to clients and designing and implementing learning
and capacity building programs with a focus on rural development. The
Senior Institutional Development Specialist will provide leadership for
a multi-disciplinary team of senior sector professionals in the India
team in pursuing the Program’s objective of developing sustainable
sector policies and programs through learning and capacity building.
Tasks to be managed by the Senior Institutional Development Specialist
include policy and strategic support to government and other
stakeholders, sector planning, support to bilateral and multi-lateral
partners in developing their programs in the sector. In all of these
activities, the Senior Institutional Development Specialist will need
to show innovation and strategic management in the delivery of policy
and capacity support to government using the instruments of knowledge
management rather than relying on traditional donor support through
Duties and Accountabilities
1. Provide professional advice to the National Government on sector reform by
promoting policies and strategies to reach the poor with quality water and
2. Provide intellectual leadership and management and strategic guidance to the
India Country team and deepen the policy and capacity role in the WSS sector in
India, particularly with regard to rural development. In the process, provide
leadership for managing a knowledge-based program.
3. Advise in the development of annual work plans for technical assistance to
national and local government to increase provision and use of water and
sanitation services, particularly for the rural poor.
4. As an active member of the global team of WSP specialists, share knowledge
and experience across regions, and serve as peer reviewer of products and
programs of other WSP regions.
5. Maintain up-to-date knowledge on WSP activities and global water supply and
sanitation issues, particularly in the rural sector, promote cross-regional
learning to ensure the integration of global knowledge in its projects and
activities, strengthen WSS networking and knowledge management capacity for
systematic learning and institutional strengthening on cutting edge issues
impacting water and sanitation services and documenting best practices, and
coordinate WSP India participation and contribution to these products.
6. Generate “think pieces” and “best practice” papers; handle complex technical,
institutional and implementation issues in the sectors; lead the development of
proposals for governments and agencies in developing sector programmes relating
to rural WSS.
7. Liaise with government agencies, appropriate Bank divisions, bilateral and
multilateral agencies on sector policy, strategy and implementation issues.
8. Provide support to the Regional Team Leader and WSP regional and
international networks and provide intellectual support and comments to WSP and
other World Bank activities in other countries in project preparatory and
appraisal work and analytical and advisory activities, as demanded by
stakeholders and approved by the WSP Regional Team Leader in SA.
9. Coordinate and integrate inputs from the regional and global thematic teams.
10. Produce major/complex reports and facilitate dissemination of experiences
and lessons learnt in India.
11. Contribute to the structure of training and skill-upgrading schedules for
Country Team India.
12. Report to the WSP-SA Regional Team Leader based in New Delhi, on all
substantive and professional matters.
factors would be taken into account to select qualified candidates:
1. Postgraduate degree (Masters degree/Ph.D) or higher qualifications in a
relevant discipline, such as Economics, Public Finance, Public Policy and
Administration, Water and Environmental Engineering/Management or Public Health
2. Minimum of 8 years of experience working on policy and sector issues related
to service delivery in general and water and sanitation in particular in the
context of multi-tiered governments. Extensive knowledge, grasp and
understanding of policy, project and program related sectoral and cross-
sectoral issues. In-depth knowledge on the working of bilateral/multilateral
development organizations and Government systems and an advantage.
3. In-depth understanding of government policy mechanisms and proven ability to
analyze, assess, and lead dialogue on how the water and sanitation sector and
service delivery in general interfaces with and affects and in turn is
influenced by the regulatory, macro, fiscal and local government issues in
4. Strong analytical skills, methodological rigor, problem-solving ability and
sound understanding of the principles around service delivery in general and
service delivery challenges affecting water and sanitation sector in particular.
5. Ability to lead professional teams in the design and execution of policy
programs and projects; and demonstrated project management skills to function
effectively in multi-disciplinary teams within a matrix management environment
both as a task leader and team member;
6. Ability to deal sensitively and diplomatically in multi-cultural and
politically complex environments to build effective working relations with
clients and other sector counterparts;
7. Ability to produce quality work under pressure and adhere to deadlines;
8. Very effective verbal and written communication skills in English and
Effective report writing/publication of reports.
The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender,
nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities
are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the
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