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- Sant Just Desvern (Barcelona) - Spain
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Nationality : Spanish
Birth date : 1974-10-03
Field of expertise : Infrastructure / Project Management / Utility management

Headline



Fourteen years of professional experience in the field of water and sanitation, from consulting and public works context in Europe to the field of humanitarian aid and cooperation for development in LAC, Africa, Asia and Middle East.

Work Experience



0000-00
2012-10
Water and Sanitation Project Director - United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) (Managua - Nicaragua)
Chief technical adviser and project manager for a Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation program on water and sanitation in small cities and schools in Nicaragua and Honduras.

The initiative includes watsan infrastructure interventions in 8 cities and 360 schools, and the technical and institutional strengthening to local governments for the design, construction, management, and O&M of water and sanitation services.

Provide technical assistance and managerial support (team of 20 specialists), M&E of project performance, and impact and sustainability assessments using ASPIRE system.
2012-09
2011-08
Water and Sanitation Senior Advisor - AECID (Managua - Nicaragua)
Special adviser to AECID for a portfolio of programmes of more than US$300 million, in the framework of the Spanish Fund for Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FCAS), the Latin American Investment Facility (LAIF), and the Central American Economic Integration Bank (BCIE).

This initiative includes large investments in infrastructures at state, municipal and community level, together with institutional strengthening, training and capacity building for improving access and performance of pro-poor urban, peri-urban and rural services provision with IWRM approach.
2011-07
2010-05
Water and Sanitation Regional Programme Coordinator - UN-Habitat (Rio de Janeiro - Brazil)
Project design and proposal writer in partnership with regional development banks for the launching and consolidation of regional and national networks for WOPs (south-south and north-south cooperation for water operators’ partnerships).

Coordination of partnerships between water and sanitation operators in Latin America and the Caribbean (including from Europe and the US), with the aim at transferring knowledge and technology, and developing capacities for improving utilities performance (capacity building).
2010-04
2009-02
Water and Sanitation Global Programme Officer - UN-Habitat (Nairobi - Kenya)
Staff member of the Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance secretariat (GWOPA, www.gwopa.org). Technical assistance provided to the general manager and support to the overall coordination of the global programme. Support given to communication and resources
mobilization activities, panellist in international events, advocating and promoting GWOPA rationale and mechanism, and identification of potential partners and possible areas of collaboration/cooperation, with the aim of contributing to scale up and consolidate GWOPA and its initiatives at regional level.
2008-10
2007-08
Water and Sanitation Programme Coordinator - Engineering Without Borders (Pemba - Mozambique)
Proposal writer and Programme Coordinator for training and establishment of water & sanitation rural committees and community groups for operation & maintenance of water points, as well as community-based hygiene promotion (PHAST). Procurement and construction of water & sanitation facilities (boreholes with hand pumps and ecological latrines) in the surrounding communities of rural health centres in 4 districts of the Province of Cabo Delgado.
2007-08
2007-07
Water & Development Consultant - Engineers without Borders (Bogotá - Colombia)
Identification/feasibility study of a rural water and sanitation program linked to economic initiatives for affected populations within the Colombian conflict in the Municipality of Lerida, Department of El Tolima: Needs assessment, Participatory Rapid Appraisal (PRA), and poverty reduction programme strategy, having water and sanitation as cross-cutting focus.
2007-06
2006-02
Civil Engineering Projects Manager - PROINTEC S.A. (Madrid - Spain)
Head of Projects for the design and development of civil engineering projects related to roads, urban development, water supply and sanitation systems, and waste water treatment systems, developing capacities to focus on priorities in terms of civil engineering projects management, to organize work, to deliver timely and coordinate technical staff.
2005-10
2005-02
Disaster & Risk Management Delegate - Spanish Red Cross (Hanoi - Vietnam)
Coordinator for community-based disaster risk management program covering 20 communes in Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Ngai and Son La provinces, in cooperation with Vietnam Red Cross, the Government and communal organizations. Coordination of DIPECHO project (appraisal, finance, M&E and budget administration). Strengthening institutional capacities, training, and networking with international organizations. Participate in steering committees and working groups, facilitate workshops and public speaking. Programming of work plans, budgets, monitor and follow up, and reporting to the donor.
2004-12
2004-09
Water & Sanitation Delegate - Spanish Red Cross (Bam - Iran)
Post emergency supply of 1,000 sanitary facilities and hygiene promotion to 5,000 displaced people living in temporary shelters in Bam City, affected by the earthquake that shocked the City on December 2003.

Representative of Spanish Red Cross in the country and main responsible for the intervention with the ECHO funded project, including monitoring and evaluation reports, and active involvement in coordination meetings and activities with other agencies to better achieve the
goals of the project.
2004-07
2004-01
Emergency Water & Sanitation Officer - Acción Contra el Hambre (Bam - Iran)
Head of the "Emergency Water and Sanitation Program for Bam", with ensured access to drinkable water supply, emergency and mid-term sanitary facilities, distribution of non-food items, and hygiene promotion for 10.000 people shocked by earthquake on December 26th, 2003. Management and planning of activities, budget follow up and all program related reports to donor, as well as leading liaison and coordination with UN agencies as UNICEF or WFP, and NGOs.
2003-09
2002-09
Rural Development Programme Coordinator - Action Aid (San Salvador - El Salvador)
As head of office, I was in charge of the overall coordination, including all institutional and financial and human resources management. Rand responsible for the design, and implementation of the long term and annual strategic plan of action within the rural development area.Programme management, including proposals writing, reporting to donors, programming and budget design based on Project Cycle Management (PCM) methodologies and community-based approaches, aiming at the cross-cutting goal of strengthening rural community organizations.
2002-09
2002-02
Technical Director for Reconstruction - Action Aid (San Salvador - El Salvador)
Responsible for the reconstruction and resettlement program of 2 communities in the Province of Usulután (El Salvador), affected by the earthquake that shocked the Country on January 13th, 2001. This programme included permanent housing, water supply, sanitation systems and a communal health centre, together with a long term programme of rural development. Team manager leading bid and procurement processes, paperwork with contractors, budget follow up, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting to donors.
2002-02
2001-03
Infrastructures Officer - Action Aid (San Salvador - El Salvador)
Infrastructure Programme Officer (water supply and sanitation systems, construction of bridges and schools) at country level in El Salvador, Central America. Development of technical designs, bidding and procurement processes, negotiation with contractors, working plans, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, and writing of reports to donors.
2000-06
1998-10
Technical Support Unit Assistant - ITEC S.A. (Barcelona - Spain)
Technical assistance to “As Built” projects, budget follow up, construction supervision, and reports about quality control plans.
1998-09
1998-06
Quality Control Unit Assistant - FCC S.A. (Barcelona - Spain)
Technical assistance for quality control of structures and hydraulic systems, soil movements and asphalts in the highway “Baix Llobregat”.


Education



2012
2011
Diploma - United Nations University (UNU) (Panama City - Panama)
Multidisciplinary Studies > Integrated Water Management
Post Degree in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
United Nations University (UNU) & CATHALAC
2007
2007
Diploma - Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) (Barcelona - Spain)
Physical Sciences > Hydrology
Post Degree in Hydrogeology
Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) & UNESCO
2002
2002
Diploma - Open University of Catalonia (UOC) (Barcelona - Spain)
International studies > International Conflicts Resolution
Post Degree in International Conflicts Resolution
2005
2000
Master - Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) (Barcelona - Spain)
International studies > International development
Master’s Degree in International Development
2001
1995
Bachelors - Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) (Barcelona - Spain)
Engineering > Civil
Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering


Languages



Spanish - Native
Catalan - Native
English - Full professional proficiency
Portuguese - Fluent
French - Intermediate


Training



2013-06
2013-01
Certified PRINCE2 Project Manager
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Copenhagen (Denmark)
2011-06
2011-06
Water Security for Policy-Makers and Practitioners
University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich (United Kingdom)
2011-02
2011-02
Water Footprint Assessment
University of Twente (UT), Twente (Netherlands)
2011-06
2011-04
Governance in Urban Sanitation
United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Geneva (Switzerland)
2014-08
2012-08
Certified Utility Management Specialist - Institute for Public-Private Partnerships (IP3)
2003-09
2003-06
Course of Design, Calculation and Construction of Bridges
University of El Salvador (UES), San Salvador (El Salvador)
2003-06
2003-06
Transference of Construction Technologies for Development Projects
Latin American Program of Science and Technology (CYTED), Managua (Nicaragua)
2004-06
2004-01
Course of Calculation of Structures by the Method of Finite Elements
International Center of Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE – UPC), Barcelona (SPAIN)
2006-03
2006-01
Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
Spanish Red Cross, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain)
2009-06
2009-06
Public-Private Partnerships in the Water Sector
UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft (Netherlands)


Publication



2012-03-01 Agua y África Subsahariana en el Día Mundial del Agua del 2012 - Centro de Estudios Africanos e Interculturalidad (CEA)
(Water and Africa in the World Water Day 2012 Center of African Studies in Barcelona)
http://www.centredestudisafricans.org/documents/butlletins/marzo2012.pdf
2011-06-01 V Forum on Water for Development: water and sanitation operators and International Cooperation for Development - Canal de Isabel II
Conclusions from the 5th Forum on Water for Development: water and sanitation operators and International Cooperation for Development (Collaborator)
2011-03-01 Guidelines for Public Policies in the Water and Sanitation Sector in Latin America and the Caribbean - Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC)
Division of Natural Resources, Santiago de Chile
http://www.eclac.org/publicaciones/xml/1/43601/Lcw400e.pdf
2009-08-01 Water Operators Partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean: Progress so far and upscaling - United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
Global Water Operators’ Partnerships Alliance Newsletter, August 2009-10, Kenya
http://www.unhabitat.org/pmss/listItemDetails.aspx?publicationID=2981
2005-07-01 “Community-Based Disaster Risk Management: The Challenge of Sustainable Development in South East Asia” - Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC)
PDR-SEA Newsletter, July 2005, Thailand
http://www.adpc.net/pdrsea/pdrsea3-news-1.pdf


Software & Other Relevant Skills



Fluent in most mainstream computer software (Microsoft Office and Internet tools) and specific civil engineering software (AutoCAD, EPANET, SWMM, WATERCAD, MODFLOW, HEC-RAS and several structures calculation software)



 
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