International Executive Master “Water for All” – OpT

To diagnose its service, develop its strategy and implement your achievements at the heart of your service and in the field

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This SPECIALIZED MASTER created in 2009 under the name of International Executive Master “Water for All” – OpT is one of the components of the AgroParisTech  “SUEZ – General Management of Urban Water and Sanitation Services”.

It is aimed at Managers, high-potential executives as well as Operational or Functional Directors of urban water and/or sanitation utilities of public, private or mixed status who have been working in their department for at least 5 years..

It is also intended for any experienced professional presented by his company, its management or its supervisory authority.

It is accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE) of Paris and is certified in the National Register of Professional Certifications (RNCP) level 1 in France.

It is taught in French or English.

The objective of this SPECIALIZED MASTER is to reinforce skills, progress in their function and prepare trained managers for management functions.

This objective is achieved through the development of a strategic action plan within their scope of service.

For whom?

The International Executive Master is aimed at managers and executives of urban water and sanitation utilities of public, private or mixed status. It is also aimed at any experienced professional presented by his company, management or supervisory authority
  • Managers
  • Engineers
  • Executives

Training benefits

The International Executive Master  is a unique training course that aims to strengthen your skills as managers of urban drinking water and sanitation services in developing or emerging countries to help you become future leaders of transformation in your company.

The training is organized to lead you towards the three following dimensions:

Development of your managerial knowledge
Development of your sector knowledge
Personal transformation to become a change leader

You will have the ability to take on the dual responsibility, both strategic and operational, necessary to successfully run your department and your teams.

You will be able to :

Ensure the definition of the strategy for your department in the short, medium and long term
Supervise and manage the organizational, technical, human and financial means to achieve the assigned objectives
Carry out communication and representation actions with key players in the socio-economic environment
Conduct fundraising policy and negotiations with key financial partners
Contribute to the definition and monitoring of the implementation of national policies on drinking water supply and sanitation at the national level and specifically in urban centres.
Contribute to the definition and implementation of the institutional and regulatory system of the sector, including private and public operators.

Employer's profits

The manager is trained to propose and carry out the change management as soon as he returns to the company. In a management position, he or she implements his or her knowledge at the heart of his or her department and in the field to apply and share it with the teams in place.

At the end of the training he will be able to :

make a diagnosis of the situation of the different departments
develop strategies in conjunction with the various Operations Managers to improve the technical, social and financial situation
apply sustainable management methods
define and begin to initiate the dynamics of reforms at the level of its department or even of the company


The training is provided by professionals with at least 10 years of international experience in the field in Africa or Asia

bénéfices de la formation


Its final objective is to provide managers with strategic and operational capacities to guarantee a quality, continuous and accessible service to the entire population of their city or even their country when the action plan they have to carry out extends over a national perimeter.

The training adapts to your professional reality by offering you a work-study program (3  months in France, 4 weeks abroad and then 1 month and a half  in France).

To be a candidate for this training course
In order to follow this program, please download the file below and return it to us via the online form with a complete CV and a ID picture or by email to

The training program will be in 3 stages

Time 1: 3 months in Montpellier (France)

The following modules will be dispensed:

Office tools (1 day face-to-face training)

Customer Management (4 days of face-to-face training)

Understand the demand for water and sanitation (2 days of face-to-face training and 1 day of e-learning)

Optimization and management of water losses (2 days of face-to-face training and 2 days of e-learning)

Financial management (1/2 day e-learning training)

Financial Tools for Service Strengthening (1 day e-learning training)

Securizing water needs (3 days of face-to-face training)

Managerial communication techniques (2 days of face-to-face training)

HR Management and Occupational Health and Safety (3 days of face-to-face training)

Operational and process management (2 days of face-to-face training)

Water and sanitation strategy and management (6 days of face-to-face training)

Cost management (1 day e-learning training)

Institutional actions (4 days of face-to-face training)

Regulation (2 days of face-to-face training)

Governance of cities and infrastructures (1 day of e-learning training)

Contractualization and Private-Public Partnership (2 days of face-to-face training)

Benchmarking of services – Opt tools (2 days of face-to-face training and 1 day of e-learning)

Sanitation (2 days of face-to-face training and 1 day of e-learning)

Coaching Sessions

3 sessions in time 1, 2 sessions in time 2 and 2 sessions in time 3 between you and your coach.

The coach is your contact person. He will support you in your professional and personal development throughout the IEM-OpT training.

Time 2: 4 weeks abroad (Africa or Asia)

Immersion in a renowned partner university and management case study over 10 to 20 years at the heart of a large-scale water service in a city in the South.

Time3: 2 months in Montpellier (France)

The following modules will be dispensed

Operational and project management (2 days of face-to-face training)

Strategy and management (6 days face-to-face)

Innovation management (2 days face-to-face and 3 days e-learning)

Presentation of your work



Course of the training – 14 months program with 5 months abroad (France or Africa) in 3 stages

Time 1 – 3 months – Montpellier (France) – face-to-face, blended and e-learning courses

  • Learning concepts and analysis keys
  • Application of management tools on your operating perimeters
  • Application of forward-looking financial and strategic methods

These notions will help you throughout the training to carry out the analysis of your service for the realization of your strategic action plan which will be built according to 3 phases:

  1. Diagnosis of your department and clarification of the issues to be addressed
  2. prospective analysis, definition of priorities and medium and long-term vision of strategic planning
  3. 3 to 15 year operational or managerial plan

Time 2 – 4 weeks – Africa or Asia (depending on your experience)

  • Immersion in a renowned partner university
  • Management case study over 10 to 20 years at the heart of a large-scale water service in a city in the South

Time 3 – 1 month and a half – Montpellier (France) – face-to-face, blended or e-learning courses

  • Completion of your action plan
  • Defense of your professional thesis
  • Visits to partner Water and Sanitation Agencies and Services
  • Graduation Ceremony

Residence Goélia Sun City – Montpellier***

You will be accommodated in a fully equipped individual studio. The residence is a 10-minute walk from all the facilities of Montpellier city centre.

A shuttle bus will pick you up and bring you back to the AgroParisTech centre in the morning and evening.


You must be a manager of urban drinking water or sanitation services, of public, private or mixed status.

You may come from a Ministry in charge of water, sanitation or hydraulics, a regulatory body or a heritage company.

You must have a BAC+5 or possibly a BAC+4.

You must have significant experience in a position of responsibility within your department for at least 5 years.

Your objective must be to improve the quality of the services offered within your entity from an operational and/or managerial point of view.

You must have the endorsement of your management to follow the training, which must have entrusted you with a mission of change management within your company.

You must have a very good level of both oral and written English.


bénéfices de la formation

“This training is very interesting, very different from what we know academically. It’s a very pragmatic master’s degree… allowing me to learn from experiences in other countries.”

Manager and Senior Engineer-NWSC-Kampala (UGANDA)

Financial support

The chair can help you to find funding for your training grant (22,000 euros) or your life grant (12,000 euros).

Joint approaches can be made to the financial sponsors who work with your company.

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