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Summary of assignment details
Application deadline: October 6, 2021
Place of assignment: Yangon, Myanmar
Type of posting: International delegate – non-family posting
Length of mission: 12 months
Desired starting date: Mid October, 2021
Swedish Red Cross (SRC) has been supporting Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) since late 1970 and a Country Representative has been based in Myanmar since late 2013.
Several programs were developed and supported over the years such as Mother and New-born Child Health (MNCH), Community Based Health and Resilience (CBHR), Accountable and Resilient Branches (ARB), Planning Monitoring Evaluation Reporting (PMER), Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) components have been part of many of them.
Since 2013, the SRC has a presence in-country via its Country Representative. In 2021, the SRC is working mainly in 2 different locations in Myanmar, Central Rakhine and Northern Shan. Further on SRC is supporting MRCS in the countrywide Emergency Plan of Action (EPOA) in response to the civil unrest and C-19 with Health, WaSH and Livelihood components (CVA).
Purpose of the role
The SRC Asia and Pacific Unit is seeking a WaSH Delegate to be based in Yangon, Myanmar. The WaSH Delegate will strengthen the SRC humanitarian support (in accordance with the SRC International Direction 2020-2023) in both Northern Shan and Central Rakhine and countrywide for emergency projects.
The WaSH Delegate will lead a small team of national staffs and will work closely with the SRC Country Representative. The focus will be to support MRCS staff in their duties with program/project related work and to support the SRC delegation related tasks. External coordination with the UN, local and international NGO as well as local authorities.
The WaSH Delegate will ensure day-to-day management and delivery of SRC funded team and activities. She/he will develop and coordinate high-quality programs, mainly on WaSH, Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) mainstreaming and green response (environmental sustainability) but not limited to. S/he will conduct regular monitoring visits with MRCS representatives, coordinate evaluations and audits, follow-up financial and risk management as well to ensure timely quality internal and external reports. One key responsibility will be to give technical support and advice to MRCS WaSH unit.
The position demands flexibility, diplomacy, and ability to adapt to new priorities. The WaSH Delegate will be based in the SRC office in Yangon and reports to SRC Country Representative based in Yangon, Myanmar.
- Responsible for supporting the host National Society in managing and coordinating activities of program implementation, including planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation as well as financial monitoring to ensure that donor requirements are met during program implementation.
- Maintain and consolidate working relationships with MRCS, within the wider RCRC Movement and with external stakeholders as requested.
- Contribute to building the technical capacity of MRCS WaSH unit ensuring skills are transferred.
- Design and support the delivery of a high-quality program, in accordance with the program objectives, work-plan and budget and in close coordination with the MRCS, and the SRC Country Representative. International / MRCS policies and standards to be implemented accordingly.
- Actively monitor SRC-supported activities through field visits, surveys and exchange of information with partners, to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely interventions.
- Responsible for maintaining a continuous dialogue with the Host National Society branch management about achievements and challenges in the cooperation with SRC
- Responsible for coordinating requested technical support from SRC to the Host National Society within the program, including visits from SRC HQ to the project site Represent SRC in relevant coordination meetings organised by Host National Society or other actors
- Coordinate with other Partner National Society with the purpose of optimising technical and financial resources
- Liaise closely with SRC’s country representative in-country on significant program developments
- Assist the Host National Society in its relationship management with donors and other stakeholders as requested within the program
- Responsible for reporting (narratively and financially) on designated program as required to SRC internally and externally, ensuring compliance, including back donor reporting, and submission of annual audits
- Draw regular lessons learnt analysis / hold workshops on WaSH with the MRCS team and other RCRC Movement partners towards improved approaches and consolidated innovations.
- Ensure that cross-cutting thematic e.g., CEA (Community Engagement and Accountability), PGI (Protection Gender and Inclusion), etc. are incorporated into the MRCS-SRC programmes.
- Contribute / support any emergency which might occurs, both preparedness and response.
- Keep abreast of development trends, for maximum efficiency and effectiveness in programme design, management, and implementation.
- Networking and partnership building.
- The WaSH Delegate may be called upon to provide support in strengthening internal systems and processes in areas of procurement, fleet management, risk register tracking including fraud and corruption mitigation, PSEA, volunteering development and recruitment processes
- Regular coordination with the SRC Country Representative and provide formal reports.
- Encourage, support, and participate to relevant internal MRCS / RCRC Movement coordination meetings in Myanmar.
- Fully adhere and comply with the SRC financial and risk management procedures.
- Support the MRCS towards a stronger integrated approach of the SRC programme with the RCRC Movement partners
- Identify and coordinate specific technical supports to the MRCS in line with the SRC available technical and financial resources.
- Identify further areas where the SRC could provide added value to the Movement-wide support to MRCS and discuss with the SRC Country Representative.
- Work with other Partner National Societies, the IFRC and the ICRC to undertake capacity analysis, capacity building and organisational development of MRCS.
Representation, relationship, and communication
- Represent the SRC with donors if relevant and if agreed with the SRC Country Representative
- Represent the SRC in Yangon in the absence of the SRC Country Representative
- Liaise with the SRC advisors and controllers as needed and required.
- Actively work towards the achievement of the Swedish Red Cross’ goals
Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager throughout the deployment due to the volatility and complexity of the humanitarian context.
Requirements / Candidate Profile
The candidate will closely work with and under the direct supervision of the SRC Country Representative in Yangon.
- University Degree in Engineering WaSH, Public Health, Environmental management or equivalent (3-5 years full time study);
- At least 5 years’ experience in managing humanitarian and / or development WaSH programs and teams at the international level;
- Demonstrated skills in Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
- Fluent written/spoken English language
- Strong organizational and reporting skills
- Good communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal) and pro-active in coordination mechanisms with the team
- Demonstrated capacities working with local partners
- HEAT training (or similar security trainings recognized by SRC) successfully completed
- ‘Experience in developing and animating WaSH technical workshop / trainings and forum
- Technical knowledge and skills in Community Based Health, Community Engagement and Accountability, Environmental management, Protection & Volunteering development, and / or Disaster Risk Management
- Experience of working in South East Asia – previous working experiences in Myanmar a strong asset
- Former experience within the RCRC Movement Experience in planning and implementing Sida/EU funded projects
- Experience working in Consortia
Welcome to apply
For more information about the position, please contact: Olle Castell, Head of Asia Unit, Swedish Red Cross. e-mail: [email protected]
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