Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday.
About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease. Save the Children are recruiting to fill the position of:
Job Title: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Manager
Location: Ogoja, Cross River
Team/Programme: Program Operations
- Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or regularly because they work country programs. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3 posts in view of potential situations which may allow staff unsupervised access to vulnerable children and young people.
- 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 technical implementation, budgeting, coordination, support fundraising, recruitment, donor engagement, and procurement in the WASH sector. The post holder will be expected to mentor and build the capacity of existing country programme WASH staff.
Scope of Role:
- Reports to: (Field Manager)
- Staff reporting to this post: (WASH coordinators)
- 2.2 Million USD per year
- Diverse and complex problem-solving, requiring professional knowledge field experience and an understanding of development and humanitarian work.
- Advises senior management & technical teams on specific programme contexts & components
- Liaises with save the children’s Technical Advisors at regional and global level.
- Representation and networking with external actors’, including Government Ministries, UN, INGOs and partners as and when necessary to fulfil the technical support function.
Key Areas of Accountability
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.
- 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.
- 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 approaches 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).
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.
- Take steps to document lessons learned, from the WASH 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 that 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.
Behaviours (Values in Practice)
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modeling Save the Children values
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance, and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
- Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
- Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- Willing to take disciplined risks.
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
- Education to Masters level in Water Engineering, Hydrology, Hydrogeology or a related subject, or equivalent field experience. At least 10 years of working experience with 5 years in humanitarian context.
Experience and Skills Essential:
- Prior experience working within a programme management role in a complex country programme or an emergency response or fragile state;
- Strong experience in Community Based Participatory Approaches, social marketing, etc.;
- Previous experience of managing a WASH team;
- Previous experience of WASH project management and programme coordination, implementing WASH programmes within donor constraints, on time and within budget;
- Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Strong influencing skills and 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 SCI mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.
- 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;
- Experience of working and living in Nigeria (Southern Nigeria preferred)
- Experience working in WASH programs or WASH emergency response
- Ability to work independently, but also coordinate effectively as part of a team.
- Capacity to work closely with, understand, and support local partners.
- Skilled in influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals;
- Able to manage relationships to achieve results;
- Diplomacy, tact and negotiation skills;
- Strong written and spoken communication skills in English and Hausa.
- Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point).
- Demonstrated ability to assess priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
- 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
Additional Job Responsibilities:
- The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonability of their skill level and experience.
- The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
- We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Safeguarding our Staff:
- The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy
Health and Safety:
- The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should Click here to apply
Application Deadline: 22nd May, 2020.