Male, born May 5th 1952, in Paris, France. American/Portuguese (dual nationality). Married, 2 children (9 and 11)


More than 23 years of professional experience in Environmental Engineering, specialised in rural water supply and sanitation systems and training, acquired both in the private and public sector. Broad experience in rural water and sanitation policy and studies and projects, including all aspects related to concept, design, planning, construction, in-service training, supervision, technical and financial management and evaluation. Sound experience in developing national-level strategies for operation and maintenance of rural water supply systems, with strong emphasis on community development aspects of rural water supply and sanitation projects, through (i) the preparation of detailed recommendations for cost recovery systems involving private sector commitment, (ii) the establishment of financial viability and appropriate management approaches (iii) training in water, sanitation, hygiene education and community development.


MSc. in Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A (1975)

BSc. in Mechanical Engineering (minor in Environment) Cornell University, New York, U.S.A, with one year at ENSMA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d'Aérotechnique), France (1973)


1997 to present. Portugal. General Manager of TempoVirtual Crl.. Responsibilities, within this Lisbon-based co-operative specialised in Computer Based Training, pre-university tutoring, information technology, include conceptual design, preparation of statutes and internal regulations, and commercial registration of the newly created co-operative, preparation of annual work plans and budgets, negotiation with commercial banks for loans and overdraft facilities, management of human resources, accounts and other administrative tasks.

2000 - 01. Burkina Faso. Urban and Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist for DANIDA, the Danish International Development Agency. Three week advisory mission in a ten person Evaluation Team of the Danish Development Assistance to Burkina Faso. Responsible for evaluating the water and sanitation sector assistance of DANIDA within their country programme, including seven projects dealing with urban and rural water supply and sanitation in view of recommending revisions in their sectoral support approach. The mission included debriefing DANIDA in Denmark (2 days) and the GOBF in Ouagadougou (2 days) after completion of the Evaluation Report

2000. Madagascar and Mozambique. Water and Sanitation Specialist for USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). Technical assistance in a five week mission in areas affected by tropical cyclones in the West, East and North East of Madagascar and in Maputo, Mozambique. Responsible, through field visits, for assessing damage caused by the cyclones and recommending practical responses, including water purification, food, seeds and plastic sheeting, to satisfy the immediate needs of the affected population (more than 100,000), and for assuring that organisations were present in the field that could handle the emergency distribution.

1998. Nigeria. Lead Trainer for the Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC). Technical assistance in a 3 week mission to River Niger Delta Area. Responsible for assessing training needs, preparing and carrying out a Community Development Workshop for 15 recently selected SPDC community development agents (CDA). This included conducting a two week participatory training of trainers especially designed to allow transfer of skills to 4 local co-trainers. The workshop enabled a hands on approach to the training of the CDAs in field visits and in the acquisition of specific training methodologies.

1998. Liberia. Environmental Health Specialist for USAID. Advisory mission in a 6 person Health Sector Assessment Team. Responsible for the rural water, sanitation and environmental health components of the Assessment, reviewing current situation and proposing priority interventions within the context of Liberia's transition from emergency war situation towards more normal development. The Mission included extensive discussions with various partners and field visits to assess the real situation of the returning populations in the rural areas.

1998. Nigeria. Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Engineer for Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC). Technical assistance in a 3 week mission to the River Niger Delta area. As SPDC was moving from a community assistance to community development approach, responsible for the review of a sample of existing water projects regarding the appropriateness of the technology used, level of community involvement, O&M procedures, adequacy of sanitation facilities and suitability of hygiene education, as well as for recommendations for future directions and training needs.

1997. Angola. Senior Water Supply Engineer for CARE International. Technical assistance in a 3 week mission to CARE Angola. Responsible for the preparation of a US$ 2 million rural water supply project proposal in Bié Province to be financed by the EC. Proposal preparation involved extensive field work in the war-torn province in both government and UNITA areas

1996-97. Mozambique. Environmental Engineer for the World Bank. Advisory institutional and organisational services carried out in 2 missions of 6 weeks each. Responsibilities involved the review of existing nation-wide institutions and preparation of recommendations for the provision of improved rural water supply and sanitation services under a new institutional framework and associated policies, including detailed action plan for recommendations, which were presented at two national-level workshops attended by multilateral, bilateral, NGOs, public and private entities.

1992-96. Portugal. Project Manager with AGRI-PRO, SA, a private Portuguese firm specialising in Rural Development, Agriculture, Remote Sensing and the Environment. Main responsibilities involved (i) preparing technical and financial proposals, (ii) monitoring projects' annual work plans and budgets, (iii) follow up technical and financial implementation of technical assistance projects, (iv) general technical backstopping of short- and long-term consultants, (vi) assisting in final editing in English and French, of consultants' reports.

1996. Mozambique. Team Leader - Senior Evaluator for CARE-USAID-ODA. Advisory mission to a Rural Water and Sanitation project with a budget of US$ 2 million. Responsible for the management, technical and social components of a participatory mid-term evaluation of the project, which benefits more than 44,500 people through 90 water points and a significant hygiene education input. The team revised the Logical Framework and prepared concrete recommendations to reach the new objectives. Project management approach was thoroughly reviewed in order to comply with present financial viability of the modified objectives.

1995. Mozambique. Senior Water Supply Engineer for UNHCR-ODA-USAID, with CARE technical assistance. Technical assistance mission to rural water supply project. Responsible, through extensive field work, surveys and personal interviews, for identifying all the components necessary to establish a cost recovery system to be managed by about 40 communities involving 60,000 persons, aimed at the project's water supply systems sustainability.

1993. Lesotho. Senior Water Engineer for the World Bank, with FAO technical assistance. Technical assistance mission to a Drought Relief Project. Responsible for the identification of crisis areas and communities, identifying the most appropriate water supply systems, preparing procurement documentation in accordance with World Bank procedures. Defined the appropriate management framework and designed a monitoring system to control cost efficiency.

1992. South Africa. Senior Water Systems Engineer for USAID. Technical assistance mission to an Emergency Drought Assistance Project in Kwa-Zulu areas. Identified and assessed crisis points through physical reconnaissance, local community leaders, NGOs and authorities, in order to prioritise interventions for the deployment of emergency resources. Assisted implementing drought relief activities, i.e. installation of bladder tanks with tanker deliveries and spring protection, through establishment of participatory management systems.

1991-92. Tunisia. Water Systems Engineer for USAID. Advisory policy development services carried out in 5 mission of 4 weeks each, with the General Directorate of Rural Engineering. Responsible for the conceptualisation and development of a National Maintenance Policy, which was finalised during a seminar with 20 Senior Regional Officers responsible for operation and maintenance. Prepared a Manual for Maintenance of Rural Water Supply Systems, which established appropriate community-level management systems along with methods for costing O&M of the water systems. Assisted in the preparation of a training guide for improving skills in the maintenance of diverse types of water pumping equipment.

1991. Benin. Water Supply Engineer for UNICEF-USAID-Peace Corps. Technical assistance mission to a rural water supply and sanitation project. Member of a Team which conducted the final evaluation of the US$ 11 million project, involving over 500 village-level socio-health committees.

1990-91. Tunisia. Water Systems Engineer for USAID. Technical assistance services carried out in 5 missions of 4 weeks each, with the Regional Agricultural Development Commission of Central Tunisia. Assisted in creation of a new Water Maintenance Division at Governorate-level, including appropriate human resources organisation, work plans and budgets; development and assistance in the implementation of a maintenance strategy for more than 120 public water points, including defining responsibilities at the community, regional and national levels. Developed a preliminary approach for cost estimation of the Water User Association Operation and Maintenance (O&M).

1990. Zaire. Technical Trainer for USAID, in Western Zaire. Advisory mission to a training-of-trainers workshop, for the Zairian Rural Water System (RWS) National Training Team. Course covered operation and maintenance of rural water supply systems, and was based on the National O&M Strategy for rural water supply previously elaborated.

1989-90. Zaire. Water Systems Engineer for USAID. Technical assistance services carried out in 2 missions of 4 weeks each for the Zairian National Committee for RWS. Proposed detailed recommendations for a national O&M strategy, including organising a national policy-making Round Table and presenting an Operational Plan for testing recommendations suggested.

1984-87. Togo. Senior Rural Water and Sanitation Expert for FED-USAID-FAC (US$ 19 million) and benefiting over 800 villages. Member of the technical team based in Atakpame and attached to the Ministries of Health and Social Affairs, and Public Works. Main responsibilities involved working in the Central and Northern provinces, supervising two building contractors, and co-ordinating 6 Peace Corps Volunteers, 40 field agents, 60 construction workers in 20 simultaneous water supply and sanitation construction sites, which resulted in (i) 450 latrines in 28 villages, and (ii) 250 cisterns and 60 rainwater collection hangars in 12 villages. Supervised 120 Extension Agents carrying out community development activities, particularly with village-level committees, concerning the training-of-trainers in (i) community development, (ii) pump maintenance, and (iii) health education programmes.

1979-83. Guinea-Bissau (and Gambia and Senegal). Water Engineer Expert for USAID. Technical assistance mission to a land reclamation project covering 4,000 ha in mangrove swamps, with a budget of US$ 2.5 million. Member of the Technical Team based in Bissau and attached to the Ministry of Rural Development. Responsible for selecting 8 dam sites, and preparing the design and construction of these earthen salt-water intrusion dams, drainage canals and reinforced concrete sluices, including designing a machinery maintenance system and spare parts procurement procedures, for a fleet of 33 all-terrain vehicles and 8 heavy plant. Carried out a structured in-service training for 60 local skilled personnel. Work required regular visits to neighbouring countries.

1976-78. Zaire. Assistant Lecturer of Mathematics and Physics, at the Faculty of Educational Sciences and the Higher Institute of Pedagogy, Zaire National University in Kisangani. Position held as Peace Corps Volunteer.

1973-74. USA. Environmental Engineer for the Environmental Protection Agency's Regional Laboratory, in California. Supervised a 28-station air pollution monitoring network, covering 4 States. Main tasks included the analysis of samples, organisation of distribution of sampling materials, data collection and transmittal, repair and maintenance of sampling equipment. Other activities included sampling and analysis of water pollutants and calibration of sampling equipment.

1973. USA. Summer Intern, Washington, DC, at the President's Council on Environmental Quality. Main duties involved performing statistical analysis of Environmental Impact Statements.


English (mother tongue), French (fluent), Portuguese (Good working knowledge)


Author and co-author of several manuals and guideline booklets on matters concerning village-level policy, including installation, operation, maintenance and costing of water systems.


- Sharon Capeling-Alakija, Executive Co-ordinator, United Nations Volunteers, Bonn, Germany
Tel  + (49-228) 815-2500

- Craig Hafner, Deputy Project Director, USAID Environmental Health Project, Arlington, VA, U.S.A
Tel  + (1.703) 247 8730

- Jean-Claude Esmieu, Head of EU Delegation to Sudan, Khartoum, SUDAN
Tel  + (249.11) 775 148


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Tel : +351. 21 397 86 83, +351. 96 256 30 30 (mobile)
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