11 Apr 2016

WSUP Job Vacancy : Project Officer (Municipal Finance)

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WSUP is a non-profit partnership between the private sector, NGOs and research institutions focused on solving the global problem of inadequate water and sanitation in low-income urban communities. WSUP brings lasting solutions to low-income areas by working in partnership with service providers, including water utilities, local authorities and businesses, and the communities they serve. WSUP strengthens the capacity of service providers to deliver sustainable city-wide water and sanitation services, promote good hygiene and raise the environmental standards of low-income communities.

From incorporation in 2005, WSUP has grown rapidly to a £10‐12m organisation and has plans for further expansion over the next five years. The organisation is now at a pivotal stage in its growth. It presently operates six well‐developed, respected country programmes in Africa and Asia (Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia) to strengthen public and private sector service providers to improve the delivery of affordable services to low income consumers WSUP has recently expanded its portfolio of operations to include the building and strengthening of private sector provision in urban water and sanitation services and the sale of consulting services on all aspects of low income urban WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) to disseminate learning and increase impact. All of these operations are supported by research, communications, funding and finance and resources teams.

For more information about WSUP’s vision and approach, see www.wsup.com


Job Description

WSUP has supported the Ga West Municipal Assembly (GWMA) to develop market-driven models for improving the sanitation situation in the communities but there still remains a huge financing gap. The market-driven approaches not dependent on subsidies are of clear value but not possible to eliminate the financing gap entirely. In order to achieve improved sanitation for low-income communities, there is a need for some sort of on-going public revenue stream. Thus, WSUP works to strengthen GWMA’s capacity to develop systems and mechanisms that will improve their revenue collection efficiency, principally in property rates and business operating licenses, with a commitment to investing a percentage of the additional revenue in the improvement of sanitation services to their residents.

The Project Officer (Municipal Finance) will support the Project Managers in the provision of project management support to GWMA in the implementation of revenue improvement strategies thereby contributing to the overall WSUP Ghana programme goal. The position will be based at GWMA.

Job Purpose
The purpose of the post of the Project Officer is to support the Project Manager in the implementation of the Partnership for Advancing Sustainable Sanitation (PASS) under the Ghana WASH Window of the Ghana Netherlands Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme in Ga West, and to provide project management support to Ga West Municipal Assembly (GWMA) in its implementation of the project. The position will be partially based at GWMA.

The post holder will be directly responsible for planning and implementing improved revenue collection at GWMA. The improved revenue collection component seeks to strengthen the GWMA’s capacity to develop systems and mechanisms that will improve its revenue collection efficiency, principally through property rates and business operating licenses, with a commitment to investing a percentage of the additional revenue in the improvement of sanitation services to its residents. Inherent in this component is the need to improve the level of citizen’s engagement towards improved accountability, transparency, and the ability to demand for improved services.

Main Responsibilities

  • Support the Project Manager in providing project management and monitoring support to the Ga West Municipal Assembly’s (GWMA) Project Delivery & Monitoring Team (PDMT)
  • Be responsible for coordinating between project partners as and when necessary.
  • Act as liaison between WSUP (Project Lead) and GWMA as well as local and community-based interest groups.
  • In close cooperation with GWMA, lead the planning and development of improvements to the existing municipal revenue collection system.
  • In close cooperation with GWMA, work to enhance the accountability and transparency of revenue collection and overall expenditure, and its use through existing mechanisms and channels of citizens’ engagement and complaint/feedback.  .
  • Lead planning and implementation of monitoring, documentation and sharing of learning with project partners and stakeholders.
  • Ensure compliance of all legal, health, safety and environmental requirements of the project’s activities in accordance to all internal, national and international standards.
  • Planning, attending and coordinating meetings and events for the project.
  • Ensure donor and WSUP’s visibility in project locations.
  • Undertake any other project-related tasks that shall be assigned by Programme Manager.

WSUP offers competitive compensation package (gross monthly) from GHC2,000.00 to GHC 3,000.00 based on relevant experience including other admissible organizational benefits such as insurance, gratuity, bonus, leave encashment, etc.

6th May 2016 at 5pm Ghana time.

20th  May 2016

Required Skills or Experience

The essential criteria will be assessed by the following methods: Application (A), Interview (I), Test (T)

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send your completed application form (attached) and equal opportunities form (attached) to [email protected]
  • Closing date is May 6, 2016
  • CVs will not be accepted.
  • WSUP does not use agencies for recruitment.
  • Please note: This job is based in Accra, Ghana. You must have the right to work in Ghana at the time of application. 

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