WASH Project Manager (Generic applications considered for any Medair programme)


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WASH Project Manager (Generic applications considered for any Medair programme)

This WASH Project Manager position is not currently open, but frequently required in Medair field programmes

Role and Responsibilities
To plan, develop, monitor and evaluate the assigned WASH project(s). Assess WASH needs, design projects, write proposals and initiate and effectively manage and report on projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget. Provide technical support, leadership and strategic direction; meet quality standards in WASH delivery, encourage beneficiary participation, liaise with other stakeholders and manage and train WASH staff.

Take a look at Medair’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene work.

Project Overview
Emergency Relief and Recovery projects in countries of high vulnerability.

Medair brings life-saving relief and recovery in disasters, conflict areas, and other crises by working alongside the most vulnerable. Its Internationally Recruited (IRS) and HQ staff are 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.

Generic Field Vacancies are based in capital city or main field base in one of our programmes in Afghanistan, Chad, D.R. Congo, Haiti, Madagascar, Somaliland, South Sudan, Syria (regional response), or Zimbabwe.

Starting Date
This position is not currently open, but frequently required in the Field

Initial Contract Details
Normally ranges from (a minimum of) 12 months to 2 years, 100%

Key Activity Areas

WASH Project Management
• Manage the assigned WASH project(s) to meet the project objectives within budget and allotted time frame.
• Provide strong leadership of the assigned WASH project(s), working to ensure both short / 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, setting clear objectives and indicators, for WASH activities in consultation with other WASH staff and field managers, and, where appropriate, with the local communities.
• Continuously monitor and supervise WASH activities, overseeing the technical design, execution and evaluation of progress through outputs and impacts using both quantitative and qualitative data.
• Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability in all aspects of the project.
• Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to Medair, donor and other applicable timeframes and formats.
• Develop new proposals, linked to the country strategy, in conjunction with the relevant field managers.

Staff Management
• Line-manage the WASH Manager(s) of the assigned project(s), including day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc.
• Facilitate regular staff meetings to ensure awareness of project objectives, and opportunity for feedback.
• Provide staff coaching and technical supervision to develop ownership / responsibility for WASH activities.

Financial Management
• Manage the WASH budget for the assigned project(s) and ensure all expenses are according to budget and meet Medair standards with regard to financial management, including accountability and good governance.

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.

• Liaise, as necessary, with the WASH, logistics and finance staff to ensure items are procured, transported, stored, managed and accounted for correctly.

Quality Management
• 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.

• Higher level qualification in a technical field, preferably in water and sanitation
• BSc / MSc in Water / Environmental Engineering or Management or Civil Engineering or Hydrology / Geology desirable

• Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)
• Working knowledge of French (spoken and written) for French-speaking programmes

Experience / Competencies
• 2 years post-qualification professional experience in a relevant field
• Management experience in a WASH context; Technical WASH skills within a humanitarian setting
• Experience in a WASH programme in a developing country, preferably in a humanitarian context desirable
• Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian standards such as Sphere and HAP
• Experience using GIS software desirable; aptitude for community mobilisation and capacity-building
• Good numerical, report writing and administration skills; committed to consultative and servant-minded leadership; able to set clear objectives for staff and to delegate; able to enforce procedures

Medair Standard Working Requirements for the Field
• Experienced professionals in a relevant field; Overseas intercultural experience
• Committed Christians ; commitment to the Medair values
• Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written
• Working knowledge of French, spoken and written, for French-speaking field programmes
• Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.
• Successful completion of Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)
• Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, external contacts
• Able to live and work in 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
• Comprehensive 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; Disability Allowance; Contribution matching programme for retirement savings
• Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts
• Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post- assignment coverage, including debriefing

Field Working Conditions
The following are standard working conditions in our field programmes:
• Based in the capital or main base, or in field project locations. Living standards are reasonably good and often the security situation is stable but this can change rapidly. International staff are sometimes quite limited in their movements and the options for social activities can also be limited. Some of the projects may be implemented in more remote and potentially insecure locations.
• Field visits involve more basic living conditions, some arduous travel and potentially high levels of insecurity.

Application Process
Follow this link: www.medair.org/work-with-us , check if you are an Experienced or New Relief Worker and that you fit our standard working criteria, then:
a) apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile), or
b) apply for a Medair ROC (where we can try and match your competencies to our vacancy needs).

Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.
Recruitment Coordinator

Always looking for experienced WASH professionals

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