2nd Call for Dam Safety Experts

Are you a Dam Safety Specialist?

On behalf of the World Bank, the Swiss Water Partnership is launching a second round of call for experts in the field of “Dam Safety”. Required languages: French & Spanish.


The World Bank is seeking for highly qualified and motivated individual to serve as a Dam Safety Specialist. The principal responsibilities of the Dam Safety Specialist would include:

  • Serving as a task team’s technical resource on dam safety policy issues, in particular helping teams interpret and implement the policy in their project, as well as liaising with the project’s expert panels on their findings related to dam safety.
  • Providing direct technical support to task teams across all regions, in particular for Francophone countries, and multiple GPs to prepare and supervise high quality dam related projects.
  • This will particularly involve reviewing dams’ feasibility study, detailed design, technical specification of bidding document, construction supervision and other technical reports as well as discussing technical issues with clients, designers, contractors, etc.
  • While technical support will always have a dam safety dimension, the Dam Safety Specialist would also be expected to help team’s address other technical dam issues as appropriate.
  • Contributing to regular training sessions on dam safety for operational staff.
  • Contributing to knowledge management / sharing activities related to dam safety and other key tasks of the GSG for Hydropower and Dams.

Since site visits to many projects will be required, this position will require a significant amount of international travel, in particular for Francophone African countries.


  • An advanced degree (MS, PhD) in civil engineering and at least 8 years of hands-on experience in planning, designing, and construction supervision of dams for different purposes (hydropower, water supply, irrigation, navigation, environment, multipurpose).
  • Proven expertise in key disciplines associated with dams, such as rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering, hydrology, hydraulics, structural engineering, system control and management (instrumentation and monitoring).
  • Knowledge of FIDIC conditions of contract and /or WB procurement guidelines is desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member for providing integrated and innovative approaches to resolving complex technical issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and team skills, and the ability to work across boundaries,
  • Ability to function effectively in a multi-cultural environment, building and sustaining partnerships with clients and colleagues.
  • Willingness and ability to regularly conduct site visits, including visits to remote areas.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills for the preparation of documents.
  • Strong written and spoken English language communications skills are required; fluency in French & Spanish languages is essential and Portuguese language is desirable.

Interested persons can submit their CV to the SWP Secretariat. 

More information: Terms of Reference Dam Safety Specialist

Deadline for submission: 10th June 2018.

Call for Technologies!

Inputs on technologies for water treatment of management systems wanted!

We have the great opportunity to feature SWP members in the May newsletter of the Cleantech Cluster from Switzerland Global Enterprise.

The Newsletter goes out to over 700 companies registered in the CUBE database, many of them are active in the cleantech field.

LINK: https://www.s-ge.com/en/article/news/cleantech-cube

This is your chance to submit an input to the SWP Secretariat until the 30. April 2018!

Your opportunity: Submit your input about

  • What enabling technologies for water treatment of management systems (e.g. control systems and software) do you use?
  • What are your activities linked to the use of this technology?
  • Share your successes and opportunities
  • What problems need a solution and how can the companies get involved and find out more (e.g. through tenders, calls for projects, collaborations, partnerships, trade shows, conferences, webinars)?

Interested SWP members please submit your input per email directly to me until 30. April 2018.

In case of any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the SWP Secretariat.

Call: Presentation at the General Assembly 2018

This is your Chance! Present your Organization at the SWP General Assembly!

In regard of the annual General Assembly (GA) on 29th May 2018 in Henniez, the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) will provide space in the afternoon sessions for one member organization per sector (private, research, professional network & association, public, non-profit) to present their areas of work. The main goal is to get to know each other better, to facilitate contact and foster dynamic exchange among SWP members.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the SWP Secretariat by 17th May 2018. The SWP secretariat will do a selection process by lottery. Good Luck!

All winners will be informed directly by the SWP secretariat.

Format during the GA: 2-5 min. presentation slot, 2 Power Point Slides. More information will follow once you are selected!

For any further questions, please contact the SWP Secretariat.

SWP General Assembly 2018

Date: 29th May 2018

Time: 10:30-12:30 Field Visit | 13:30-17:30 Statutory Part

Location: Nestlé Headquarters, Henniez (VD)

Steering Board: Call for Candidatures

The Swiss Water Partnership is looking for new candidates to complete its Steering Board

Are you interested in contributing through your ideas and strategic advice to the development of the Swiss Water Partnership? Interested candidates need to submit

  • a paragraph on their curriculum and
  • a paragraph about their motivation to be part of the Steering Board.

Deadline: Please express your interest until 30th April 2018 by sending a message to the SWP Secretariat.

The SWP Steering Board (SB) meets twice a year to review the Secretariat’s work and give strategic advice. Steering Board retreats (once a year) have also been organized in order to deepen specific topics of strategic importance. The General Assembly (taking place on 29th May 2018) elects the members of the Steering Board for a mandate of 3 years.

The call for candidatures is open to all interested SWP members. Recommendation: According to the SWP Statutes the composition of the Steering Board should be representative of the different stakeholder groups in the member base. The current distribution of the SWP member organisations among the different sectors and the composition of the Steering Board are illustrated hereafter (graphs below).

Due to the under-representation of the private sector in the steering board compared to the member organization distribution the SWP is especially encouraging the private sector to run for election.

Situation: Out of the 12 Steering Board Members, 8 are facing the end of mandate this year (see table below).

Two Steering Board Members out of the 8 have decided to end their mandate officially this year at the General Assembly:

  • Jean-Benoit Charrin, Farmstrong Foundation (independent)
  • Ulrich Steiner, Holinger AG (private)

If you are interested in running for one of the 2 vacant Steering Board seats, or if you have any question about it, please contact the SWP Secretariat before April 30, 2018.

The following six Steering Board Members out of the 8 members whose term will finish this year have already expressed their interest for candidacy and would like to run for re-election:

  • Olga Darazs, CSD Engineers (Private) | Co-Chair of the Swiss Water Partnership
  • Johannes Heeb, Cewas (Private)
  • Eric Plan, CleantechAlps (Network/Professional Association)
  • Chris Zurbrügg, Eawag (Research)
  • Nidal Salim, GIWEH (Non Profit)
  • Edi Medilanski, SECO (Public)


Flyer: Steering Board Call for Candidatures

Call for Water Champions!

This is your chance to be included into the Facilitator’s Guide!

Helvetas, Eawag, Caritas and Terre des hommes are in the process of making a Blue School Kit to distribute on the international level. As part of the Facilitator’s Guide, they would like to profile “Champions” in the Water (water, sanitation and hygiene) and/or Environment sectors. These Champions will serve as models to inspire children to choose a profession in these sectors.

If you would like to be included into the facilitator’s guide, the following information is needed:

  1. IMAGE (One image of the person)
  2. NAME:
  4. TITLE (Current or most recent position)
  7. CITATION: A response in 2 sentences to the following question:
    Why a career in the water and environment sectors is important for today’s youth to consider?
  8. Written ok (email) to use your contribution in the Blue Schools Kit.

Deadline for submitting your profile: 11th April 2018.

Please send all information to Lucie Leclert (Caritas).


CleantechAlps at Salon du Climat 2018 | Geneva

Climate Show 2018 | 6-8. April 2018 | Palexpo, Geneva (CH)

The International Climate Show will be held at Palexpo, Geneva from 6 to 8 April 2018 and will be the Marketplace for technologies and industrial solutions for climate protection and carbon emission reduction. This unmissable event meets an increasing demand in this sector and will give visibility to the new technologies and outcomes that are related to the reduction of carbon emissions and the mitigation of the climate change effects.

Switzerland, a model of innovation and a country with the most advanced climate protection strategies, is the ideal venue to host this event. The event will take place in Geneva, the home of the international headquarters of organisations, companies and NGOs active in that sector.

This event will be an opportunity for visitors to the Show to discover the latest innovations on a global level in this domain. Industry professionals will have the opportunity to present their technologies and competences in the fields of energy, buildings, mobility, circular economy, mitigation of the effects of climate change, and other related services and activities. Participants will be able to interact in the networking space reserved for this purpose, being amongst the most important stakeholders in the fight against global warming.

At the heart of the Show

1) Technology showcase of solutions available on the market with 3 thematic axes

  • Clean technologies
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Financing sustainable projects

2) Workshops and forums

SWP Member CleantechAlps will be present at the “Climate Innovation Corner”, a large booth (180 m2) where over 10 companies will be represented showing their latest technologies and innovation related to climate protection and carbon emission reduction.