WASH Technical Advisor

Save the Children

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo 🇨🇩

The role

Under the general direction and guidance of Director of Program Development& Quality, the WASH technical advisor (TA) assures the effectiveness and quality of WASH interventions. The TA will lead, in collaboration with team members, WASH related sectoral assessments, programme design and master budgeting, fundraising, quality assurance and capacity building.

The WASH TA will provide strategic input to programs and guidance on positioning in clusters and other sectoral coordination fora, day-to-day guidance and in-the-field training for field staff.  It is expected that the WASH TA will spend the majority of his/her time in the field, ensuring the quality of WASH programmes, both in terms of quality control and team and partner capacity building. The WASH TA will also be expected to regularly raise quality concerns and report operational challenges as needed.  He/she will also be expected to feed into broader country-office advocacy initiatives.  

Qualifications and experience

  • A WASH professional with a Degree in hydrologic engineering, construction or related;
  • Significant professional experience, at least 5 in WASH sector at managerial position in a humanitarian or development context;
  • Excellent understanding of the WASH sector within the DRC context; experience working in integration with other sectors such as health, nutrition, and education an advantage;
  • Experience working in Emergency responses such as Ebola and/or cholera responses an advantage;
  • Knowledge of and Experience with the Clean Clinic Approach an advantage;
  • 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 role and a hands-on implementation capacity;
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff and partners in WASH technical skills;
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports;
  • Experience writing donor funding proposals for institutional grants in excess of US$1 million;
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties;
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy;
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy;
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances;
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets;
  • Experience solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in;
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner;
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies;
  • Basic knowledge in constructions and plan design;
  • Fluency in English and French, both written and oral;
  • Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy.

Contract length: 12 months

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. 

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

Location: Kinshasa

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Closing Date: May 5, 2022