Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Manager
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Job Title: WASH Manager
Location: Ogoja, Cross River
Save the Children’s origins lie in emergency response, and this has remained central to our work ever since. Our approach integrates our emergency and development work, through the medium of our country programmes. With the increasing frequency and severity of emergencies world-wide the organisation is increasing its capacity to support programmes in both sudden onset and chronic emergency situations.
The WASH Manager will support SCI WASH activities in the Cameroon refugee response. The WASH Manager will be expected to lead on sectoral assessments, programme design and budgeting, coordination, and support fundraising, recruitme nt and procurement in the WASH sector. The post holder will be expected to mentor and build the capacity of existing country programme WASH staff.
* Lead work in the UNHCR funded WASH response
* Lead on WASH technical assessments in coordination with other SCI thematic areas and/or other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.
* Critically appraise designs and activities to improve impact and ensure safety for all beneficiaries, with special consideration made for the most vulnerable. Use consultations with user groups to guide findings and conclusions.
* Develop WASH sector response plans and master budgets and contribute to Save the Children’s overall response strategy.
* Provide technical checking of designs and hygiene promotion programmes as necessary, and proactively promote high quality WASH technical approach es within the humanitarian country programme.
* Support the development of high quality concept notes and proposals.
* Provide leadership and management to all aspects of program planning, implementation, quality and accountability.
* Manage the WASH programme implementation, including financial management, to ensure timely delivery of programme activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
* Prepare timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal Save the Children requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
* Working closely with the HR team, identify WASH staffing needs for emergency programmes, and ensure rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff. Additionally identify appropriate personnel to conduct any surveys or studies, and act as direct supervisor of any chosen consultant.
* Identify WASH programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan.
* Working closely with the Accountability lead put in place accountability activities for your thematic area, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in WASH programme design.
* To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
Human resources management:
* Manage and support the team under his/her responsibility and assess the performance of personnel under his/her direct supervision,
* Oversee development of technical training material that will improve aspects of WASH work within Save the Children, at country level.
Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:
* Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within Interagency sector fora, such as the WASH cluster, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed. This may involve taking the lead in WASH cluster working groups at national level.
* Take steps to document lessons learned, from the W ASH programme, for wider dissemination.
* In collaboration with the Humanitarian Technical Unit and Thematic Team, feed in learning, experiences and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives.
* To identify opportunities and material to contribute to WASH communications and media work, acting as a spokesperson when required.
* Deliver high quality results in line with the terms of reference agreed in advance – to do this in a way which maintains the reputation of the WASH team and SCI.
* Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
* Prior experience of working within a programme management role within a complex country programme in an emergency response or fragile state
* Education to Masters level in Water Engineering, or a related subject, or equivalent field experience
* Strong experience in Community Based Participatory Approaches, PHAST, social marketing, etc.
* Previous experience of managing a WASH team level
* Previous experience of WASH project management and programme coordination, implementing WASH programmes within donor constraints, on time and within budget
* Strong budget and grant management experience, preferably managing multiple funding sources
* Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
* Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills
* Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
* Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff in WASH technical skills
* Experience of representation and ability to represent SCI effectively in external forums.
* Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
* Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
* Excellent communication skills
* Strong influencing skills a nd experience in advocacy
* Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
* A high level of written and spoken English
* The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
* Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC UK mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
* Experience of working and living in Nigeria (Southr Nigeria preferred)
* Experience working in Acute Watery Diarrhoea and WASH emergency response
* Experience in a protracted emergency context
* Experience working on WASH programmes in a transitional camp context
* Specific experience of designing and managing WASH projects
* Specific experience of working in consortia projects.
We know that great people make a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
Save the Children is committed to ensuring that all our personnel and programmes are absolutely safe for children.
We undertake rigorous procedures to ensure that only people suitable to work with children are allowed to join our organisation and all candidates will, therefore, be subject to this scrutiny.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
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