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Role and Responsibilities
The WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Project Manager plans, develops, monitors and evaluates the assigned WASH project(s). This involves assessing WASH needs, designing projects, writing proposals and initiating and effectively managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, time frame and budget. Providing technical support, leadership and strategic direction, other important aspects of the role include meeting quality standards in WASH delivery, encouraging beneficiary participation, liaising with other stakeholders and managing and training WASH staff.
New country programme start up. Initial programming in Guera region will include interventions in health, nutrition and WASH sectors to reduce vulnerability to malnutrition and disease outbreaks. Future programming may include response to public health emergencies (including nutrition) in other regions. WASH activities will have a particular focus on CLTS, Hygiene Promotion and PoU water treatment alongside a programme of water point improvement.
Medair brings life-saving relief and rehabilitation in disasters, conflict areas, and other crises by working alongside the most vulnerable. Its Internationally Recruited (IRS) and HQ staff is inspired by their Christian faith to care for people in need, providing practical and compassionate support, regardless of race, religion, or politics. Medair has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification, worldwide. This certification signifies that Medair effectively delivers goods and services with a focus on beneficiary needs. Founded in 1989, Medair’s unwavering commitment continues to bring hope to the world’s most vulnerable.
Guera field base with travel throughout project areas
Initial Contract Details
Minimum 1 year, 100%
Key Activity Areas
WASH Project Management
Manage the assigned WASH project(s) in order to meet the project objectives within budget and within the allotted time frame.
Provide strong leadership of assigned WASH project(s), working to ensure both short and long-term positive impacts and outcomes for the beneficiaries, local authorities (where applicable) and local WASH staff.
Develop and implement an appropriate and effective WASH strategy, linked to country strategy, in consultation with relevant staff.
Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to Medair, donor and other applicable time frames and formats.
Develop new proposals, linked to the country strategy, in conjunction with the relevant field managers.
Line-manage the WASH project staff of the assigned project(s), including day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc.
Facilitate regular meetings to assist information sharing between project staff, to ensure all staff members are aware of project objectives, progress, current work plans and to provide the opportunity for feedback.
Coordinate and oversee petty cash requirements of the assigned WASH team, ensuring all required paperwork is completed accurately and in a timely manner.
Communication and Coordination
Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the assigned WASH team, Medair in-country and HQ WASH Managers and Advisors and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. beneficiaries, community leaders, local and national government officials, UN agencies and other NGOs), with the objective of ensuring good cooperation and partnerships.
Participate in WASH coordination meetings and other working groups or meetings as required, representing Medair and feeding back to the WASH staff and field managers on relevant issues.
Promote and use the Medair e-library and other operating procedures, ensuring that all standardised formats are used and guidelines are followed.
Ensure WASH projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards i.e. Sphere and HAP standards.
Qualification or significant technical experience in water and sanitation
Degree / post-graduate degree in Engineering, Water / Hydrology, Environmental Engineering or Management desirable; Qualification in Community Based Development desirable
Experience / Competencies
2 years relevant post-qualification professional experience, including management experience
Overseas work experience in relief projects with an NGO in the water / sanitation sector desirable
Programme monitoring and evaluation skills and experience desirable
Experience using GIS (Geographical Information Systems) software desirable
Working knowledge of French, spoken and written
Experience of cross-cultural communication techniques desirable
Experience of training / mentoring/ coaching staff and the development of training materials desirable
Knowledge of Participatory Disaster methodologies desirable
Proven advanced project management skills; Team-player with good inter-personal skills
Good report writing and administrative skills, including knowledge of developing and reporting on log-frames
Medair standard working requirements for the field
Experienced professionals in a relevant field
Commitment to Medair values (faith, hope, accountability, integrity, dignity, compassion)
Overseas intercultural experience
Strong English communication skills (spoken and written)
Working knowledge of French (spoken and written) for French-speaking roles
Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.
Competent with Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
Reflect the vision and values of Medair when interacting with team members, local staff, beneficiaries and external contacts
Able to live and work with a multicultural team under difficult conditions
Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit
A salary based upon the grade of the position and the experience of the position-holder
Full briefing at our Swiss headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing
Security training for those going to particularly insecure environments
Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country
Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service)
Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food)
Annual leave and additional benefits for those who commit to longer contracts: up to four weeks additional paid leave every 12 months, and re-entry allowance
Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post- assignment coverage, including debriefing
This is a field-based position and working and living conditions may be basic.
Some of the projects may be implemented in more remote and potentially insecure locations.
Follow this link: www.medair.org/work-with-us to read about the Medair values, programmes and culture, the “Medair ROC” and how to apply, and then follow links to Apply for a Medair ROC, or for a Field vacancy.
We request that you complete all applications on-line at www.medair.org. Only English-language applications and CV’s will be reviewed. We will not review email applications. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled. We review every online application. Applicants will be contacted only if they are selected as a potential candidate.
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