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WASH Finance Specialist

Job Description

SNV is seeking to recruit a strong candidate with an understanding in Finance and experience in WASH financing. The position will be an advisory role – WASH Finance Specialist that will be based in Nairobi but with frequent travels to the eight counties.

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Technical Responsibility:

  • Provide expert financial advisory to improve the functionality and operational functions of water supply system
  • Develop and implement practical revenue management and cost reduction strategies under a Public Private Community Partnership (PPCPs) arrangement.
  • Implement sustainable Public Private Community Partnerships working frameworks with County Governments and communities in ASAL regions.
  • Work closely with local communities to develop local and sustainable solutions that support sustainable and climate resilient water systems.
  • Maintain and manage collaborative relationships with community stakeholders and partners.

Essential Duties:

  • Support ASAL counties to identify commercially viable water systems for implementing and adopting PPCPs.
  • Undertake financial analysis of water systems and provide turnaround strategies
  • Provide business planning support to ASAL Counties/Water Utilities/Private Sector players in developing and successfully implementing PPCP models of managing small and medium sized water projects in ASAL areas.
  • Develop capacities of ASAL county departments/water service providers/private sector investors to adopt PPCPs and climate resilient technologies innovations.
  • Support water users’ association and rural communities embrace private sector participation models and commercialization principles in water services provision.
  • Support ASAL counties to develop and implement and monitoring systems/platforms for community water projects.
  • Identify relevant private sector actors to work as operators/managers or technology providers for water systems and link them to counties water departments.
  • Willingness to frequently travel to programme regions

Reporting lines:

  • This position reports to the Team Leader


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in finance, or related fields such as Project Management. OR a Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of relevant professional experience in the WASH Sector
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General Professional Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in WASH development projects, preferably experienced in engaging with community water supply systems and their dynamics.

Specific Professional Experience:

From this minimum of 5 years’ the candidate should demonstrate relevant professional experience in the following:

  • Strong demonstrable experience in preparing due diligence reports, creditworthiness and credit assessment reports, cost – benefit and financial analysis.
  • Strong linkages with WASH private sector actors (operators, banks, equipment suppliers). 
  • Demonstrated working knowledge on Kenyan water sector development and awareness of various private sector models.
  • Evaluating financial statements for correctness and completeness.
  • Experience in preparing and presenting business cases to inform financing and investment decisions
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is required
  • Excellent presentation skills especially in financial information to key stakeholders, boards etc.
  • Experience in providing advisory services, hands-on experience in planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development policies and programmes and establishing inter-relationships among water sector institutions and county and national governments.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining strong partnerships and in mobilizing resources.
  • Faultless communication skills, both oral and written in English. This role will oversee production of local information dissemination presentations and periodic narrative reports.


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