The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) administered by the World Bank and funded through international partnerships with a wide range of External Support Agencies, assists governments to scale up improved water supply and sanitation services and hygiene programs for poor households. A current major thrust of the Program’s business plan is helping its clients to prepare for and implement actions towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In pursuing their mission, WSP staff members provide advisory support to projects and policy dialogue, help identify and disseminate best practices and lessons from experience across countries, and facilitate informal networks of practitioners and sector stakeholders.
The Government of India is implementing substantial reforms in the water and sanitation sector. These reforms include the institutionalizing of decentralized service delivery with the goal of delivering demand-responsive, high quality, sustainable services for all consumers. WSP is supporting these reforms through technical assistance at the national and subnational level. The Research Analyst (Rural Sanitation) will be a key member of the India country team with responsibility for the support to the GoI and specific nominated states in the development, promotion and regulation of reforms in the Water and Sanitation sector (particularly rural sanitation). Cross-support to World Bank lending operations in India, especially to address pro-poor aspects of basic service delivery, represents an increasingly important aspect of the work programme. In addition the position may require the organization of South South learning exchanges and/or occasional provision of cross support other to country programs in and outside the South Asia region.
As a member of the WSP-SA team, the Research Analyst (Rural Sanitation) will provide policy and implementation support in the water and sanitation sector in India. In particular, the focus will be on coordinating support for government at the State level in support of the Scaling Up Rural Sanitation business area, The incumbent may also provide cross-support to other country programs in and outside the South Asia region.
Location: New Delhi, India
Application deadline: 19-Jan-2014