Chief of Party (DCoP) – USAID Water Resource Management at WaterAid Nigeria


Chief of Party (DCoP) – USAID Water Resource Management at WaterAid Nigeria

WaterAid is an international non-for-profit organization dedicated to helping people break free from poverty and disease, unlock their potential and change their lives for good through improved access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. WaterAid started its operation in Nigeria in 1995. Since then it has successfully executed several intervention programmes as outlined by its objectives and has made impact in the lives of the very poor. WaterAid with the country office in Abuja currently works in Bauchi, Enugu and Plateau States with funding from various donors and partners.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Chief of Party (DCoP) USAID Water Resource Management – WASH Project, Cross River Basin, Nigeria

Location: Akwa Ibom
Date:  May, 2021
Reports to: Head of Programme
Direct Reports: Deputy Chief of Party
Department: Programmes Directorate
Duration: 2 years (renewable)
Travel: 30% travel (Local)

The Project

  • WaterAid is a leading international non-governmental organization focused on increasing sustainable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in the poorest communities in the developing world. WaterAid works in 35 countries, and over the 38 years of its existence, it has reached over 25.8 million people with clean water and 25.1 million people with decent toilets.
  • WaterAid Nigeria is prospecting  to implement a USAID-funded Water Resource Management and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) intervention titled, Strengthening Community Resilience through Improved WASH Service Delivery and WRM in Cross River and Akwa Ibom states. The overriding goal of the programme is, “Improve sustainable WASH service delivery and water resource management in Akwa Ibom and Cross Rivers states  of the Cross River  basin in southern Nigeria”.
  • This goal will be accomplished by creating access to safe drinking water, enabling sanitation through effective watershed protection and management, and building capacity of basin and state WASH institutions, operators, and private sector partners to plan and manage water resources.  As a result, the program will improve hygiene practices and WASH in homes, schools and healthcare facilities in targeted communities which in turn will enhance resilience and improve health.

Purpose of Role

  • The CoP will be the direct link with the Agreement Officer Representative (AOR) of USAID and other relevant stakeholders such as government partners and accountable for achieving WRM-WASH results in Akwa-Ibom and Cross River states.


  • Given the complexity and scope of this project, it is critical that the CoP exhibit effective personnel management, coordination, and decision-making skills along with an ability to troubleshoot.
  • The CoP is expected to have the strategic vision, leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience, a solid professional reputation, management experience, interpersonal skills and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the program description.

Among other roles expected of the CoP are:

  • Effective coordination of the project and driving it to achieve its overall goal
  • Provide effective leadership and technical backstopping for all components of the project and communicate effectively with all shades of stakeholders.
  • Be responsible for overall technical reporting and supervision of all consultancies and contracts on the project for quality assurance
  • Ensure that WaterAid core values are carried out throughout the lifecycle of the project and not compromising quality delivery of services
  • Communicate and relate well with all government establishments and persons identified in the project with a view to successfully deliver on the project.
  • Take overall responsibility for resource management both human and capital for success implementation of the project and secure value for money .

Person Specification

  • Advanced Degree or Post-graduate Degree in Water Resource Management or Engineering, Public Administration/Management or other relevant fields
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of demonstrated experience on similar donor-funded projects.
  • Minimum of Five (5) years of experience with successful water and sanitation projects including, water resource management, strategic sector development approaches, institutional capacity strengthening, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
  • Exceptional communication and collaboration skills and a proven track
  • record of interacting with other projects, high-level host country governments, and international agencies.
  • Proven track record of working effectively with diverse groups of civil society organizations, media, and government counterparts.
  • Demonstrated experience in institutional strengthening, capacity building, and market-based approaches to service delivery.
  • Fluent in English.
  • A strong knowledge and experience of work with or on USAID supported projects/programmes is highly essential.

Our People Promise

  • We’re looking for people who share a commitment to our vision, and a commitment to playing their part in changing normal. We’re looking for people with an appreciation and respect for different people and ideas, and the energy and expertise to help tackle the most important challenges.
  • In return, you can expect to get inspiration from the change you help make happen, a sense of belonging and the feeling of being part of a global community. You will also experience stimulation and fulfillment, the chance to grow, and space to be yourself at your best.
  • This is our pledge to you.

Application Closing Date
17th May, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Cover Letter in a single word document to: clearly stating the Job Title in the subject of the email.


  • If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, Kindly apply.
  • To apply for this role you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in Nigeria.
  • WaterAid is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
  • We particularly encourage applications from women who are underrepresented at this level in the organisation.
  • WaterAid is committed to ensuring that wherever we work in the world there is no tolerance for the abuse of power, privilege or trust. WaterAid reinforces a culture of zero tolerance towards any form of inappropriate behaviour, abuse, harassment, or exploitation of any kind. The safeguarding of our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf, is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. All staff and volunteers are required to share in this commitment through our Global Code of Conduct.