Duties and Responsibilities:
AMCOW is the highest water and sanitation policy-making body in the continent. The Executive Secretary shall serve as the Secretary to this body and shall be required to liaise with all Ministers of Water and Sanitation in the continent in addition to liaising with other critical stakeholders in the discharge of his/her duties.
The Executive Secretary, in his/her role at the top management position reporting to the Governing Council, will seek to ensure the effective linkage between AMCOW’s strategic directions and its operations.
In that regard, specific areas of accountability are listed as follows, and detailed below:
• Strategic direction and external relations
• Programmatic Implementation and Operational Leadership:
• Institutional capacity strengthening
• Supporting Governing Council for enhanced governance
1. Strategic Direction and External Relations:
• Work closely with the Governing Council, provide leadership in developing the Mission and strategic direction for the organisation.
• Articulate and secure buy-in of AMCOW’s vision, mission, and strategic directions across a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
• Lead the development of innovative approaches to leveraging the AMCOW brand within the African stakeholder landscape to generate resources.
• Engender credibility and legitimacy as the chief spokesperson for the organisation on all issues.
• Provide leadership in developing long term strategies and shorter term strategic operational plans that are aligned with continental and global agendas for the water and sanitation sector.
2. Programmatic Implementation and Operational Leadership:
• Lead the implementation of the organisation’s strategy: effective translation of the organisation’s strategic priorities into annual work programs that are appropriately aligned with the resource envelope and developing strategies for any needed adjustments.
• As chief executive, direct and provide guidance on the organisation’s day to day operations.
• Oversee implementation of AMCOW’s risk management strategy, ensuring that institutional, programmatic, and operational risks, including business continuity risk, are identified, managed, and mitigated.
• Set the organisation’s ethical tone and institutional commitment to zero tolerance for corruption, financial mismanagement, and other forms of misconduct.
• Lead and demonstrate the organisation’s commitment to inclusiveness and tolerance in its vision, program implementation, and institutional operations.
• Promote and actively facilitate a conducive working environment for staff and AMCOW stakeholders.
• Lead the development and implementation of the organisation’s resource mobilization and financial sustainability strategies.
3. Institutional Capacity Strengthening:
• Ensure that the organisation’s capacities are adequately designed, resourced, and effectively performing to deliver both corporate and program outcomes.
• Ensure that the organisation has efficient systems for implementing and monitoring its project portfolio.
• Promote the mainstreaming of gender in both programs and operations.
• Ensure that the Organisation has the right talent in terms of competence and other attributes both for current and emerging needs, strive to retain them through development and implementing staff motivating policies.
• Champion an organisational culture that is aligned with AMCOW’s Values and strategic direction.
4. Support the Governing Council for Enhanced Governance:
• Ensure appropriate management support to the Governing Council for effective discharge of its oversight responsibilities.
• Provide leadership in the implementation of Governing Council decisions.
• Regularly appraise the Governing Council of the Organisation’s risk management efforts, including strategic and operational risks.
The Executive Secretary reports to the AMCOW President who chairs the Executive Committee (EXCO) and the General Assembly (GA)