Manage the Medair South Sudan Emergency Response Team’s WASH programme, ensure proposal objectives are met within the appropriate timescales, and that the services delivered are within the overall budget and meet Medair quality standards. Responsibilities also include managing ERT WASH project staff, coordinating with other partners to assess emergencies, designing WASH interventions, preparing project reporting as well as planning and supporting the development of new project proposals.
The goal of the WASH Emergency Response Team is to reduce morbidity and mortality among populations affected by acute emergencies through the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion services. The Emergency Response Team (ERT) works across all states of South Sudan in response to acute emergencies: returnee/refugee influxes, disease outbreaks, displacement due to armed conflict and flooding. The ERT has four sub-teams covering different sectors – WASH, health, nutrition and non-food items/emergency shelter – but teams often work together at field sites. Multiple emergency response sites are active at any given time.
Workplace & Conditions
Field based position in Juba, with regular travel to field locations across South Sudan. Working and living conditions may be very basic and require great resilience.
Starting Date & Initial Contract Details
April 2020. Full time, 24 months.
Key Activity Areas
Technical Design and Oversight
- Plan, implement and monitor projects: responsible for the management of Medair South Sudan ERT WASH projects, in line with donor proposals, within agreed budgets and in line with Medair, donor and international standards.
- Monitor project implementation and provide support to the team to ensure the quality of the construction, trainings and provide guidance on future improvements.
- Participate in field assessments and intervention activities as required by the demands of the project.
Staff Management and Leadership
- Manage supervise and build capacity of the ERT WASH team. This includes staff appraisals, staff development planning and training, R&R and holiday plans.
- Ensure appropriate training of all staff members of the project.
- Responsible for decisions on staff planning and movement in and out of field locations.
Coordination and Reporting
- Liaise with stakeholders: beneficiaries, humanitarian actors at national and state levels, Rural Water Department, local government officials and UN-OCHA, to improve the coordination of current projects.
- Participate in weekly WASH coordination meetings with NGO partners and the WASH Cluster.
- Ensure timely and accurate reporting and documentation of planned and completed interventions.
- Support the Project Funding Manager in completion of periodic reports to donors on progress and completion of project activities.
- Ensure development of an annual procurement plan based on project needs and activities.
- With the support of the ERT Logistics Officer, plan and support requests from field teams.
- Ensure adequate stock of critical supplies at all times and regular communication with the Warehouse Manager and warehouse staff.
- Manage and track all budget expenditures on ERT WASH proposal budget.
- Supervise the management of field team cash account. Prepare monthly Cash Needs Forecast.
- Lead security assessments of new ERT locations before field teams travel and ensure staff members are adequately briefed.
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 programmes and HQ prayer network.
This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.
- University degree in a WASH-related field (eg. civil engineering, hydrogeology/hydrology).
- Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).
Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)
Everyone who works as an Internationally Recruited Staff in one of our field programmes must first successfully complete the Medair ROC. Read more for information, dates and related costs.
- 2 years’ post-qualification professional experience in a relevant field.
- Experience in a WASH programme in a developing country, preferably in a humanitarian context.
- Technical experience with WASH infrastructure (e.g. latrine designs, borehole installation, hand pump repair, and construction of hand dug wells) and software/training (behaviour change communication).
- Understanding of the links between the hardware (water, sanitation facilities) and behaviour change.
- Experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of WASH programmes.
- Desire to support the team and encourage the growth of each member.
- Diplomatic and sensitive to cross cultural issues. Willing to support other teams within Medair.
Before you apply
Please ensure you are fully aware of the:
- Medair organisational values
- Medair is committed to safeguarding the protection of beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and partners, and particularly children. Therefore, we do not employ staff whose background we understand to be unsuitable for working with children. Medair staff are required to give the utmost respect to, and comply with, Medair’s accountability policies and best practices
- Key Profiles & Benefits Package provided for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS).
- Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC) (which forms part of the recruitment selection process for field positions).