WASH Technical Adviser

Crown Agents
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About the role

Background and Objective

Burma is undergoing profound transformation after more than fifty years of military rule and internal conflict. The level of humanitarian need in Burma will likely remain high and the drivers of crisis will continue to be complex and multi-faceted. Many populations in need continue to be challenging for humanitarian actors to reach, with some groups receiving no humanitarian aid. Vulnerability to both periodic and rapid onset natural disaster is high.

The HARP Facility (HARP-F) is the largest component of the DfID’s Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience Programme (HARP) which aims to positively influence the way that humanitarian assistance is provided within Myanmar. The HARP-F fund oversees the delivery of $95 million of DfID supported humanitarian assistance to crisis-affected people in Myanmar, as well as Burmese refugees living in border areas of Thailand. The fund enhances the resilience of crisis-affected communities and builds the country’s capacity to respond to future humanitarian need through disaster risk reduction (DRR) programming.

Scope of Activities and Tasks

The Technical Adviser - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) - will: (i) ensure that WASH activities supported by HARP-F grants meet recognised standards; (ii) work with partners to develop achievable implementation plans, schedules and targets that can be supervised, monitored and reported against; (iii) monitor and report on the quality of WASH infrastructure constructed and maintained; and (iv) advise partners, other actors and the WASH cluster on quality issues contributing to the delivery of high quality, functional and effective WASH infrastructure, maintenance systems and behaviour change programs.

Specific Responsibilities

Provide general WASH technical oversight and support needs to ongoing and future HARP-F programming. Provide technical inputs and assist partners to develop and maintain strong technical approaches, systems and structures. Identify areas for cross-learning between HARP-F (and LIFT) partners and facilitate this.

Analyse current and future programs taking into account priority public health risks, minimum appropriate standards, community empowerment, gender equity and social inclusion. Provide strategic guidance and facilitate partners to take a long-term strategic perspective and develop plans accordingly.

Management and Reporting Arrangements

Reporting within the HARP-F project team:

The Technical Adviser (WASH) will report to the Program Director. This position will not line manage other positions.

Reporting to Crown Agents:

The employment contract will be held by Crown Agents, the lead organisation in the HARP-F.

Duration and Timings

Please note that this is a part-time consultancy position. On average up to 10 days per month between the period 17th August 2019 to 29th February 2020. Up to 60 days total. Specific tasking will be agreed on a quarterly basis.


The Technical Adviser (WASH) will ideally be based in Myanmar; depending on experience and expertise, other locations in South East Asia or further afield may be considered. Travel expenses for field trips to Myanmar will be covered by HARP-F.

About you

Experience and competencies required

  • Experience working in, or existing knowledge of, the Myanmar humanitarian context is highly valued.
  • Extensive humanitarian technical WASH experience and expertise.
  • Experience in development WASH is also an advantage to explore broader opportunities for resilience and humanitarian development nexus.
  • Experience and expertise in both WASH hardware (engineering, construction) and WASH software (community engagement, behaviour change, accountability).
  • Experience of working with both international and local partners as the upstream donor or partner.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders with a commitment to constructive collaboration and coaching.
  • Knowledge and experience of cash programming opportunities in WASH.
  • Able to write concise and clear reports in English.
  • Proven experience in capacity building and training counterparts and staff.
  • Planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning experience.

About us

You’ll be working with Crown Agents which is a high impact social enterprise passionate about transforming the future for millions of people. Since our creation in 1833 we have worked across the globe to improve public services and drive economic growth. Our expertise is finding new solutions to difficult problems for clients in the areas of health, governance, economic growth, humanitarian action and supply chain services. We work with and train leaders at local, national and international level to achieve lasting change drawing on our insight and experience.

About what's on offer

Crown Agents offers a competitive benefits package.