Medair field-based position in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo with regular travels across the country.
Starting Date & Initial Contract Details
June 2022. Full time, 24 months.
The Infrastructure and Wash Advisor provides technical advice, support and coordination and support to PCs and PMs in all bases. Provide technical advice and support to the field management and the WASH and Infrastructure staff. Develop, lead, monitor, and evaluate the WASH & Infrastructure aspects of the country programme. Coordinate and network at a senior level with national and regional WASH and Infrastructure authorities and other NGOs. Lead on all WASH and Infrastructure elements of proposals and reports, providing capacity building for national and international staff. Promote best practice in the WASH and Infrastructure programmes and contribute to the overall management.
Emergency health and WASH projects targeting displaced, war affected and vulnerable populations in nord-east Congo. Developmental typed projects (health, WASH and Infrastructure) aimed at long term and sustainable behaviour change to improve public health outcomes and increase accessibility.
Key Activity Areas
Project Technical Oversight
- Supervise infrastructure and WASH activities in all regions and Medair bases to ensure all designs, material, and activities are of acceptable quality and standard.
- In collaboration with project coordinators (PCs), project managers (PMs), define appropriate guidelines and protocols, in line with government, Sphere and WHO guidelines. This will include taking a lead on the preparation of standard designs (drawings and BoQs) for all commonly infrastructure.
- Supervise and monitor the development of reporting systems for data collection (qualitative and quantitative), analysis and follow-up and feedback to staff, donors, partners and other agencies.
- Support the mainstreaming of accountability to affected population, PSEA, gender and protection issues throughout the projects and programming and other cross-cutting issues.
- In collaboration with PCs, take a lead on identifying programmatic needs and funding opportunities so that Medair can expand and build upon its existing programme – this will include concept notes.
- Work together with the support departments (logistics and finance) to assess the suitability of contractors to work with Medair in the execution of infrastructures (latrine construction, water point construction, borehole development/rehabilitation, maternity construction, road work, bridges, etc.).
- Support the team in preparing for donor visits, accompany any visitors (including donors) to see and appreciate program activities progress and achievements on the ground.
- Review all proposed projects implementation plans as well as indicator tracking tools of WASH interventions such as to ensure projects progress and performance is captured and known by all stakeholders. Responsible for the technical review of all external WASH & Infrastructure documents.
Representation and Funding
- Seek out relevant networks or task groups on specific Rehabilitation/Construction of WASH related humanitarian aid issues and actively participate, if possible.
- Develop and maintain relationships with UN, NGOs, donors, partners and other stakeholders, with the objective of raising public awareness of Medair and ensuring good co-operation and partnerships.
- Represent Medair at coordination, sector and bilateral meetings, working groups, with national and / or local government departments and any other relevant meetings or events, facilitating supportive synergies and overall progress in the sector and avoiding duplication with the work of other agencies (e.g. NGOs, UN, etc).
- Maintain an overview of the country infrastructure and WASH programme and of the regional context, with a view to strategically develop new projects in current sites and/or surrounding regions.
- Be involved in the design, elaboration and harmonisation of the country organisational structure as well as the recruitment of technical staff, providing advice on technical skills and experience as requested.
- Provide technical support to the infrastructure and WASH teams in all project bases, including the evaluation and impact analysis of current projects and the writing of donor proposals and reports within the required timeframes.
- Provide relevant on-the-job training to the staff with regard to global standards, in particular approaches for WASH in emergencies (both hardware and software) and contribute to general staff’s capacity development.
- Monitor the WASH project expenditure and ensure it is in line with approved budgets, advising on potential under / over spend and recommending appropriate corrective action.
- Create, curate and promote the use of a resource library for all WASH technical issues – which can be kept up to date with the most up to date resources and information – that is available to all WASH staff.
- Ensure rehabilitation and/or construction of WASH projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards e.g. Sphere and HAP standards, WHO recommendations, etc. Follow the construction guidelines and recommendations of the relevant Advisors at GSO regarding quality, strategy and technical guidelines.
- Regularly assess WASH & Infrastructure technical and programmatic activities and provide timely feedback on any possible issues to PMs, senior management and GSO colleagues.
Team Spiritual Life
- Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
- Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
- Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.
This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary
- BSc / BEng in a technical field, preferably in civil engineering or in another relevant field such as architecture / engineering / construction management.
- Fluent in the French language and good working knowledge in English (speaking and writing).
- Relevant post-qualification professional experience, in a management position.
- 1-year overseas experience in relief work with an NGO, managing and coordinating WASH projects, preferably in an emergency context.
All new deploying international staff to Medair’s country programmes (and other roles which require field travel) should be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID vaccine, supported with a COVID vaccination certificate as evidence.