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Investment Director, Western Kenya – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Activities (WASH) at Winrock International

Winrock is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development with a focus on social and environmental issues. As a mission driven, field-based organization, we believe that sustainable development is inclusive and that complex challenges require integrated solutions. We pride ourselves as a learning organization that embraces continuous improvement in program results and processes and a culture of accountability.

Winrock is seeking WASH Investment Director candidates for an anticipated USAID-funded Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)project in 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 Kenya. This position is contingent on receipt of donor funding.**

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Build the capacity of WASH market system actors to develop bankable business plans and access short to long-term financing
  • Work with private financial institutions to roll-out appropriate saving and lending products that respond to social, cultural and economic dynamics of target beneficiaries.
  • Identify opportunities for ICT-based solutions to improve accessibility of financial services as well as leverage investment in WASH infrastructure.
  • Strengthen community social safety nets through expansion of saving and lending group models.

Qualifications And Background:

Education:

  • 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:

  • Minimum of 10 years of practical experience in the financial services sector, including 5 years of experience in WASH, and preferably lending
  • Experience with both formal and informal finance mechanisms including savings groups
  • 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.

Skills:

  • Technical understanding of water resource management and sanitation.
  • Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context of Kenya strongly preferred.
  • Ability to build coalitions and networks that can provide synergies and sustainable solutions for the project.
  • 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 English and Swahili required

*Please note that all CVs must be submitted in English.

Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to perceived or actual race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law.

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