Emergency Ebola WASH Program Manager
About Mercy Corps
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Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps has been operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since August 2007, with a staff of over 300 people working in Eastern DRC, with the overall country goal to support vulnerable communities through crises, while fostering programs that build resilience and promote long-term change. Mercy Corps’ national office is in Goma with sub-field offices in North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri. Mercy Corps’ key programming areas include a combination of longer-term development and immediate humanitarian response programs in order to:
1) Improve water service delivery and ensuring equitable access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene services, in urban and rural areas;
2) Improve food security and nutrition;
3) Promote diversified livelihoods, economic recovery and development.
Mercy Corps DRC’s humanitarian programs aim specifically to assist populations affected by the conflict and crisis in Eastern Congo. With funding from humanitarian donors including ECHO, OFDA and UN-donors, the humanitarian portfolio continues to expand in order to provide multi-purpose cash assistance and emergency WASH to displaced and host populations. Mercy Corps plans to scale up and expand its humanitarian response to reach more beneficiaries with additional and varied assistance in a wider geographic area. All Mercy Corps interventions in DRC are implemented in a conflict and gender sensitive manner.
An Ebola virus outbreak has recently been confirmed in Beni area of North-Kivu province. Mercy Corps is working in close coordination with other actors and is getting ready to prepare a WASH response should the Health Division requests more support from partners. All Mercy Corps interventions in DRC are implemented in a conflict and gender sensitive manner.
General Position Summary
The Emergency Ebola WASH Program Manager (PM) is responsible for coordinating and implementing the delivery of emergency WASH interventions. The WASH PM provides technical leadership and supervision to emergency WASH program staff and is responsible for overseeing program implementation and ensuring achievement of program objectives in compliance with both Mercy Corps and donor requirements. Monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting, and building the program management (including M&E, communication, financial management and reporting) skills of key national team members will also be essential responsibilities.
The Emergency Ebola WASH PM is an effective communicator able to work with internal and external stakeholders to achieve common objective and to represent Mercy Corps in relevant humanitarian coordination and other key coordination mechanisms. S/he will be a strong technical leader and will have excellent planning and remote management skills. S/he will contribute to program and strategy development for WASH and emergency programs.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision
- Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
- In coordination with management, set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to country-wide strategy development.
- Maintain strategic vision and provide the leadership to emergency WASH programs and program development.
program and technical Management
- Ensure the program is implemented in a coordinated way with other emergency programs and external actors, delivering assistance to the most vulnerable and using program capacity effectively.
- Lead the development of detailed implementation plans, maintaining rapid response capacity, and ensure that program delivery meets Mercy Corps and donor requirements.
- Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities, authorities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan (such as Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards).
- Ensure program implementation is on time, target and budget, using effective MEL systems to achieve the desired impact.
- Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established targeting criteria and in line with gender, inclusion and protection mainstreaming best practices.
- Ensure the program is implemented in accordance with Mercy Corps PM@MC.
- Provide strong technical oversight and leadership to WASH teams, overseeing technical design, execution, and quality control of all WASH activities.
- Ensure accurate and timely reporting of WASH activities, in accordance with Mercy Corps and donor requirements.
FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT
- Collaborate and communicate with finance, procurement, logistics, HR and admin teams in an effective and inclusive way, ensuring WASH program planning is participatory of support departments.
- Oversee and ensure that procurement and logistic planning is done in a routine and effective way, ensuring WASH goods/services meet specifications and are procured/delivered to field sites in a timely way.
- Oversee and ensure effective and transparent use and documentation of financial resources by all staff in compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures.
- In collaboration with operations teams, oversee and ensure WASH asset and stock management.
- Monitor adherence to grant and sub grants agreements, Mercy Corps’ policies and procedures and relevant external rules and regulations, including those of the government of DRC.
- Manage the program budget, including tacking of program spending, financial obligations, and projected spend.
COORDINATION AND REPRESENTATION
- Maintain effective coordination within and across Mercy Corps emergency portfolio.
- Identify, build and manage partnerships on state and local levels with different stakeholders such as state and local government, civil society, UN agencies, peer INGOs, businesses and program participants.
- Host and ensure logistic support for donor or other stakeholders field visits including donors, partners, and technical support visits.
- Participate actively to coordination meetings with emergency stakeholders (OCHA, WASH and other relevant Clusters, CCM, humanitarian actors, government of DRC). This may include representing Mercy Corps as co-lead for the regional WASH cluster.
- Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure.
- Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
- Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
- As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Reports Directly To: Emergency Programs Director
Works Directly With: Emergency Program and Sector Managers, Emergency Grants Officer, WASH teams, Protection and Gender technical staff, Emergency M&E teams, Emergency Finance Manager, Operational and Procurement teams.
Knowledge and Experience
- BA/S or engineering, environmental engineering, public health engineering, management, international development or other relevant field. Masters' degree preferred (MSc, MA).
- Excellence with behavior change communication (BCC) is Mandatory. The candidate is able to design BCC strategies and materials.
- 3-5 years of program management experience, successfully managing emergency WASH programs in Africa or rural/peri-urban settings. Experience in outbreaks containment like cholera and ebola is a strong Asset.
- Experience with Cash for Work and durable WASH infrastructure required.
- Proven negotiation skills
- Ability to work in partnership with the Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation and other medical and public health entities.
- Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills.
- Excellent oral and written English and French skills required.
- Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.
- Knowledge of Sphere standards and other training in humanitarian response preferred.
The successful PM will combine exceptional management skills and strong technical management skills. S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage innovative programs within the current and future program structure of Mercy Corps in DRC. Prioritizing, planning, and effective communication across departments and with teams based remotely are essential to the role. S/he will be able to creatively problem-solve, juggle multiple priorities under tight deadlines, and to calmly and diplomatically deal with unexpected and sudden events impacting program operations. Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines, and work independently and cooperatively with team members is required.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
This position is an unaccompanied position. The position is based in Beni and eligible for R&R and hardship. Travel may be required up to 40% of the time to program areas within North Kivu and Ituri. Outside Goma, travel can be dangerous and unpredictable due to armed forces and rebel activity.
North Kivu and Ituri continue to be an arena of violence and insecurity. Mercy Corps' sub-offices experience variable levels of insecurity, with the situation closely monitored by UN peacekeepers. Mobile phones and cellular service are widely available. Internet is available in all Mercy Corps offices. Travel to field sites will be required where living conditions are clean and secure, but basic. There are a number of health services available with evacuation options for serious illnesses. There is reasonable access to most consumer goods, although they can be expensive.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps’ policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.