WaterConnect – Technical Staff – Finance
Reports to: Senior Program Manager
1 in 9 people around the world lack access to safe water and 1 in 3 people don’t have access to a toilet. We are working every day to change this. We are Water.org. We’re here to bring water and sanitation to the world. We want to make it safe, accessible and cost-effective because we believe that water is the way to empowering a bright future that we can all share in, worldwide. We are an international nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, Missouri that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we pioneer market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis. For 30 years, we’ve been providing women hope, children health and families a future.
The WaterConnect – Technical Staff – Finance within the Global Operations department will work closely with the Water.org team to meet with water utilities, assess their needs, and provide technical assistance thru training and mentoring to improve their institutional capacities in marketing its services, operate its water network, and maintain the whole water system.
The WaterConnect – Technical Staff – Finance is based in the Philippines.
Technical Assistance (30%)
- Assist/support the financial requirements of planning activities (i.e. business planning and project management planning) of partner utilities.
- Advise utilities in improving their financial management.
- Assist in the preparation of feasibility studies and support in documentation (finance) for loan applications with FIs.
- Review the finance component of a Feasibility Study and Investment Proposal.
- Identify and mobilize external technical consultants to deliver other technical services required by partners as needed or on a case-to-case basis.
- Identify financial tools needed to help facilitate proposal submission and appraisal.
- Identify training needs of utilities on financial management and access to finance.
- Conduct trainings that will improve financial readiness of utilities such as Ring Fencing, Tariff Setting, and other relevant trainings such as Financial Viability Planning.
- Training on the use of tools for monitoring utility Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s).
- Refer utility partners to relevant training opportunities.
Linkage building (30%)
- Identify opportunities to link utilities to Financial Institutions for both household and utility financing.
- Support partner utilities in the implementation of collaboration agreements with partner development institutions and LGUs.
Monitoring and Reporting (10%)
- Assist in monitoring utility Key Performance Indicators.
- Track the financial performance of partner utilities.
- Report on updates and progress of partner utilities.
- Individual contributor with no subordinates.
This description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required. Some duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
Skills and Competencies
- Customer Focus – Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
- Nimble Learning – Actively learning through experimentation when taking on new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.
- Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
- Collaborates – Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
- Self-development – Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using other formal and informal development channels.
- Optimize Work Processes – Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
- Manages Ambiguity – Manages ambiguity by operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
- Instills Trust – Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
- Financial Stewardship – Demonstrates fiscally responsible decision making as applicable to one’s role.
- Bachelor’s degree required in Accountancy and Finance related fields.
- 5-10 years of professional experience work on utility financial management.
- Knowledge on the policies, procedures, documentation requirements of financial institutions lending programs to utilities.
- Excellent communication, presentation and training facilitation skills.
- Ability to develop training modules and materials.
Water.org is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing an inclusive environment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, military and veteran status, genetic information, and any other status protected by law. We provide qualified applicants and employees reasonable accommodation, when necessary, to enable individuals to complete the application process and/or perform the essential functions of the job.