Technical Assistance Expert for the African Water Facility (AWF) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) - 2018

Contract partner: AfDB - African Development BankCountry: Afrika, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 160.000,00Project start: 01.04.2018End: 31.03.2019

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall purpose of the assignment is to support the water resources activities of the African Water Facility (AWF) and to ensure that climate change proofing is incorporated in all projects financed under the AWF.

Expected results

With the Austrian technical expert the Facility has evaluated new projects and monitored the existing projects on water resources management and climate change issues.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The technical expert will primarily support the staff members of the AWF including Management and Task Mangers (17 staff by end of 2018).

Moreover, the expert will directly support 1 staff from the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) and 15 staff from the African Development Bank (AfDB) from the Water Development and Sanitation (AHWS) and Climate Change (PECG) Departments of AfDB as per the networking component of the role.

The indirect beneficiaries include:

- AMCOW staff from the Governing Council (6)

- AfDB staff from Agriculture, Human and Social Development (AHVP) and PECG Complexes (30)

- AWF Project Beneficiaries (3)

- AWF Partners e.g. Global Water Partnership (20) and

- AWF Training (100) over 2018 as part of training on climate change for African institutions.



In the focal Areas of Climate change adaptation and mitigation, Water disasters Management, Climate change policy and action plans and Public awareness of climate change issues the activities to be undertaken include the following:

i. Participate in the Climate Change and Green Growth Network of the Bank Experts, mapping sector expertise, cross-fertilization, and exchange of views;

ii. Assist in the preparation of climate change policies, strategies, and action plans;

iii. Analyze climate change content of projects;

iv. Participate in policy dialogue to mainstream climate change mitigation and adaptation;

v. Provide input to operations teams on policies and strategies related to climate change;

vi. Provide guidance and advice on co-financing opportunities for climate change initiatives;

vii. Assist AWF Task managers in climate change mitigation and adaptation issues in their projects, particularly in the area of access to special climate change funds;

viii. Support the identification, appraisal and supervision of portfolio of projects related to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The Secondee is also expected to contribute to the Project Cycle Activities, Partnerships, Framework Development of Policy/Strategy/Guidelines/Dialogue and Supervision & Monitoring.



The African Water Facility (AWF) is an initiative of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW). Established in 2004, AWF supports a wide range of African institutions to address the increasing investment need for the development and management of water resources in Africa, towards meeting the Africa Water Vision 2025 targets and the Millennium Development Goals. The African Development Bank is hosting the Facility on the request of AMCOW.

The Facility has realigned its strategic priorities for the period 2017-2025 to better support its clients and for achieving greater impact. The overarching strategic objective for the period is to leverage investments through three strategic priorities, namely preparing bankable projects and programs for effective and sustainable investments; making investments that leverage additional resources for water projects; diffuse innovation; and provide evidence that encourages private stakeholders to invest; and facilitating an increase in the number of public and private investment opportunities beyond the reach of specific AWF-funded projects. The three strategic priorities are synergetic, mutually reinforce each other and together attract investments into the sector.


project number2352-00/2018
source of fundingOEZA
sector Wasserversorgung und sanitäre Einrichtungen
modalityOther technical assistance
marker Environment: 2, Climate change mitigation: 2, Climate change adaptation: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.