Water Use Master Plan (WUMP) Manager

USAID Karnali Water Activity

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Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 5+ years
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    Job Category Development & Project
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    Job Qualification : Bachelor
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    Posted Date : Jul 08, 2022

Job Description

The USAID/Nepal Karnali Water Activity will create healthy, resilient, and water secure communities at the watershed level through strengthened water and sanitation governance that improves water resource management (including water for more resilient and biodiverse ecosystems), enhances sustainable access to drinking water, improves agriculture water management, and reduces the fecal pathogen burden in the environment from poorly managed non-sewered sanitation through fecal sludge management. The program team will methodically integrate water resource management (WRM), watershed biodiversity conservation, and water and sanitation service delivery by mapping and strengthening the roles, connections, and capacities of key actors and stakeholders system-wide.

Water Use Master Plans (WUMPs) are a key entry point for the USAID Karnali Water Activity to implement its activities at the local level. WUMPs incorporate all possible uses of water resources and cover four components of water resources management pertaining to (i) water supply and sanitation; (ii) irrigation and drainage; (iii) environment and climate adaptation; and (iv) water energy. They are an integrated, inclusive planning tool for local governments to synchronize WASH Plans; implement prioritized Drinking Water Schemes (DWS), including Multi-Use Schemes (MUS) and Source Conservation (SC); and develop service providers. Throughout these processes, WUMPs emphasize the inclusion of women and socially and economically marginalized communities in the planning, implementation, and utilization of water resources.

The WUMP process has proven to be an effective administrative tool for integrated water supply and water resources management at the local level, one that ensures an authentic and inclusive participatory process. However, the uptake of the WUMP process by local governments has been slow as a result of the dated WUMP Guidelines, misalignment with Nepal’s federal system and local government’s budgeting and planning processes, and lengthy process. The Karnali Water Activity will catalyze uptake by 1) improving alignment between the WUMP and local government budgeting and planning processes; 2) tailoring community facilitation, while sustainably building local capacity for the WUMP process; and 3) aligning WUMP plans with larger watershed dynamics and ecological boundaries to strengthen upstream-downstream understanding for amplified impact. The basis of WUMP formulation is the existing WUMP Guidelines, prepared and issued by the Ministry of Water Supply and Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development in 2016. USAID Karnali Water Activity has reviewed the WUMP Guidelines to identify areas for improvement and efficiency gains. These findings have been collated into a WUMP Review Report to inform the development and implementation of WUMPs. The Report’s findings were further validated through a participatory WUMP Co-Design Workshop with local resource partners and municipalities. The workshop brought a broad spectrum of public and private sector actors together in an intensive and iterative co-design process to collectively develop and document an improved WUMP process, including the creation of standardized methodologies and tools for developing new WUMPs and updating/revising existing ones. In June of 2022, the Karnali Water Activity, in collaboration with 14 local governments, made four awards to local organizations to support 14 municipalities in developing their municipal-level WUMPs. The Activity will make additional awards later this year to develop an additional 15 WUMPs. In total, the USAID Karnali Water Activity will support 29 target municipalities in preparing new WUMPs or updating pre-existing WUMPs.

Primary Duties

The WUMP Manager will serve as the technical lead for the project’s WUMP activities, providing technical oversight and management of a portfolio of local WUMP awards. S/he will work closely with government agencies, subcontractors, USAID Karnali Water Activity Team, and communities to develop the WUMPs. In collaboration with the COP, DCOP, Director of Operations, MERL team, and other members of the Technical  team, the WUMP Manager will ensure the effective technical design, implementation, and close-out of 29 WUMP awards and subcontracts, managing the technical activities through the entire subcontract life cycle. Duties may include but are not limited to supporting the issuing of subcontract and proposal solicitations, review, award, implementation, compliance, strengthening awardee and municipal capacity, and managing the subcontracts to perform as per agreed scope of work.

Essential Duties

  • Work collaboratively and provide leadership to subcontractors and local government agencies in developing WUMPs.
  • Generate and review all aspects of WUMP agreements with subcontractors, including the scheduling and facilitation of meetings to define roles, responsibilities, and timelines for subcontractors.
  • Serve as the Karnali Water Activity focal point for subcontractors. Share information with subcontractors ensuring cohesion and supporting collaborative engagement. Attending meetings and events hosted by partners. Provide updates to and collaborate with Karnali Water Activity staff on subcontractor monitoring.
  • Monitor and track procurement activities for WUMP subcontracts and delivery status of services.
  • Monitor submission of and review subcontractor deliverables. Coordinate with other members of the team for approval.
  • Provide leadership and subcontract management for the implementation of the WUMP process across Karnali Water Activity municipalities to finalize infrastructure site locations.
  • In collaboration with the Karnali Water Activity MEL Manager, ensure all spring sources and WASH data are validated and uploaded into the national WASH (NWASH) Management Information System (MIS).
  • Ensure uptake of the WUMP process by local governments, including its integration with municipal planning, budgeting and monitoring processes, as well as municipal WASH Plans.
  • Support local governments to establish regular NWASH MIS reporting mechanisms at the municipality level.
  • Oversee the implementation of the WUMP process across Karnali Water Activity municipalities to finalize infrastructure site locations.
  • Provide technical inputs to interventions related to watershed management and improved water supply and sanitation services, where relevant.
  • Collaborate with MERL team to document learning outcomes from the WUMP process.
  • Support development of annual work plans.
  • Participate in development and implementation of the monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan for indicators related to WUMP activities.
  • Provide timely, detailed, and accurate trip, activity, quarterly, annual, and final reports.

Level of Effort/Timeline

This position is full-time with 8 working hours per day or 40 working hours per week. The employment contract will be for one year, with the possibility of extension. The position is based in Surkhet and reports to the Deputy Chief of Party.

Required Qualification & Experience

  • A master’s degree in a development-related field with a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, including 5 years of grant and subcontracts management, preferably with international donor-funded projects, UN agencies, or NGOs (9 years of experience for excluded groups) OR a bachelor’s degree in a development-related field with a minimum of 13 years of relevant experience, including 5 years of grant and subcontracts management, preferably with international donor-funded projects, UN agencies, or NGOs (12 years of experience for excluded groups).
  • Strong experience with the WUMP process, WASH Plans, and NWASH M&E system. Direct experience developing and implementing WUMPs, as well as demonstrated experience with participatory local-level planning is preferred.
  • Hands-on knowledge and experience with the NWASH MIS is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to ensure local government adoption of key sector policy reforms and increased sector financing.
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience working with grantees and/or subcontractors.
  • Working knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) and its use in WUMP process.
  • Should have strong knowledge of Nepal’s rural/urban WASH and local service delivery context, including communal and self-water supply systems, fecal sludge management, and solid waste management etc.
  • Working knowledge of watershed issues and watershed management practices, preferably in the Karnali River Basin.
  • Training and/or experience in organizational development, communications, consensus-building, and facilitation.
  • Strong ethics and experience dealing with sensitive community dynamics and conflict.
  • Strong analytical, negotiation, interpersonal and communication, and multidisciplinary skills.
  • Ability to work independently, establish work priorities, and manage time effectively.
  • Ability to professionally communicate across all levels of an organization and the external.
  • Skilled in strategic thinking and planning.
  • Excellent interpersonal and demonstrated success making connections with key stakeholders to enhance the adoption of GESI principles.
  • An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and appropriate professional image.
  • An extremely well organized and self-directed individual with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus.
  • Professional verbal and written fluency in English, as well as strong writing skills.
  • Ability to write coherent and analytical reports.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate and manage a complex multi-organizational project.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and public relations skills.

How to Apply


Application instructions:

Select the position in which you are interested in applying for, fill out the required information and upload CV. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as interviews will be conducted soon. Please note, due to the volume of applications that we receive and the urgency to fill-up positions only shortlisted applicants will receive notifications on next steps.

Interested candidates should submit their application no later than July 24, 2022

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