Winrock International Chief of Party, Western Kenya - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Activities Jobs

Winrock International Chief of Party, Western Kenya - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Activities Jobs

  • Winrock is seeking Chief of Party (COP) candidates for an anticipated USAID-funded Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)project in Western Kenya.

  • The project will apply a facilitative approach, working across government, private sector, and civil society, to strengthen availability, accessibility and reliability of WASH services.

  • The project will foster close alliances with county governments and build their capacity for service delivery and regulation, while applying a market-driven lens to support private sector WASH service and equipment providers to deliver services to communities in Western Kenya.

  • The goal of the project is to 1) build a robust sanitation and hygiene market and 2) ensure country-wide sustainable drinking water services to households in Western Kenya.

  • This position is contingent on receipt of donor funding.

    Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall technical leadership to strengthen sanitation and hygiene markets in Western Kenya and scale sustainable models of water service delivery.

  • Facilitate and strengthen alliances with and between water governance institutions and organizations at the county, provincial and national levels.

  • Foster innovation and investment in water service delivery models and mutually accountable partnerships between private sector, county-level institutions and communities.

  • Establish and oversee a framework of building the service delivery and governance capacity of key water institutions.

  • Apply adaptive management and learning approach to iteratively evaluate program results and impact.

  • Institute adjustments to replicate and scale successful activities and course correct activities that are not yielding desired results.

  • Provide technical and administrative direction to project staff, consultants and partners, including identifying and responding to training and mentorship needs.

  • Work in close partnership with donor to ensure alignment of project with donor’s strategic goals and objectives, and application of program-wide learning and collaboration.

  • Coordinate and collaborate with host government programs and other donor projects to leverage resources and maximize results.

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  • Represent Winrock at meetings and events as required and keep Winrock Home Office informed regarding new opportunities in the country and region.

  • Champion Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) policies and Winrock’s Core Values for staff and overall project management. Coordinate regularly with GESI Specialist.

    Qualifications and Background:


  • Master’s degree required in relevant fields of study related to the sector of the
    project, including but not limited to business, international development, public administration/policy, water resources management, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), value chain development.

    Work Experience:

  • At least 15 years of experience in donor-funded project management of which at least 7 years' overseas experience with technical and/or operational issues related to a mix of WASH, sustainable water management, community and alternative livelihood development, governance and capacity building, value chain development.

  • Minimum 7 years of COP-level experience for complex ($20M USD and above) USAID-funded projects. Preferably as COP and on projects developing and strengthening markets and/or utilities.

  • An understanding of policy, economics, and market issues in the water and sanitation sectors, preferably in the Kenya and/or East Africa context.

  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse public and private partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Experience integrating Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) into water security and livelihoods programming.


  • Technical understanding of water resource management and sanitation.

  • Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures as related to project management required.

  • Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context of Kenya strongly preferred.

  • Ability to supervise staff and coordinate programs with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

  • Ability to build coalitions and networks that can provide synergies and sustainable solutions for the project.

  • Must be comfortable in high-level representational role as well as interacting with beneficiaries.

  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the initiative and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of regional stakeholders.

  • Fluency in written and oral English is required.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Winrock International Chief of Party, Western Kenya - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Activities Jobs

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