Nigeria has been going through an acute political and military crisis for years, which has affected millions of lives. Solidarités International (SI) has been answering the needs of displaced populations, as well as host communities in the Borno State for almost 4 years. The targeted areas of intervention are WASH, shelter, logistics, food security and livelihood. 7 programs are currently running:
- Multi-sectorial project over 3 years in Monguno, Ngala, Askira/Uba and Hawul
- Logistic Platform project in Monguno
- Emergency WASH and Shelter response on all 4 Borno bases
- Emergency WASH in Health in Maiduguri and Monguno
- Emergency WASH in Maiduguri, Monguno and Dikwa
- WASH response for vulnerable IDPs and host communities in Dikwa
- Emergency WASH response for new onset manmade disaster in Ngala
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More than 220 people (approx. 200 Nigerian staff and 20 international staff) are working on the Nigeria mission today. They are operating from 5 different locations:
- Liaison office: Abuja.
- Coordination office: Maiduguri.
- Operational bases: Maiduguri, Monguno, NGala and Dikwa.
The mission has a forecasted budget of more than EUR 11M. Europaid, ECHO, OFDA, CDC and the UN (NHF, WFP) currently fund it. SI is confident in the mission’s potential to grow in the upcoming years.
You’ll join one of the last humanitarian actors still operating in the area – thus remaining faithful to its mission: taking aid further.
ABOUT THE JOB
WHY WE NEED YOU
Water supply and sanitation are the 2 major emergency WASH expertise needed for this job. More specifically, you will help more than 250 000 beneficiaries by:
- Providing health and nutrition centres with water treatment and purification and sanitation infrastructures
- Construction and rehabilitation of deep and shallow boreholes and other water points
- Construction and rehabilitation of latrines and showers
- Hygiene promotion and hygiene kits distribution activities
- Emergency water trucking
As the head of the WASH department, you will:
- Be the lead on the WASH strategy for the mission
- Guarantee the relevancy and the quality of the WASH projects
- Proactively attend meeting with external bodies
- Manage your team: provide supervision, guidance, capacity building.
As you will be based in Maiduguri, the job involves remote management, as well as regular visits to the field bases when relevant and allowed.
Please note that this is an expatriate position.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
To successfully complete your mission, you will:
- Design strategic orientations
Work on the sector-based strategy, support the DCD-P, and be responsible for the monitoring and analysis of the WASH sector.
- Staff management
1 direct line report + functional manager for several WASH PM
- Ensure the relevance and quality of the WASH projects
Evaluation missions, validation of technical approaches, respect of SI’s procedures, financial validations.
- Coordination, technical support and operational monitoring
KPIs definition and monitoring, tools monitoring, updates and improvement, technical and methodological support, activities adaptation.
Liaise with the technical advisors in HQ: tools, methods, network.
- Carry representation, reporting & communication activities
Relationships with authorities, communication with the coordination.
- You’ll be part of the program team, which is led by a Deputy Country Director for Programs, and is made of a Cholera task force department, an FSL department, a WASH department, a MEAL department, a Grants management department.
- You’ll also work on a regular basis with the support services team, which includes a finance department, an HR department and a logistics department.
- You’ll be under the direct management of the DCD-P, who has been working with SI for a while now.
You’ll also be in touch regularly with your desk in HQ, whose members are here to provide frameworks, support and advice.
Main skills needed
- Proven experience as Head of WASH department mandatory: we are looking for people who are rock solid in WASH (technical AND strategy, micro AND macro) and in management (people).
- Degree in a WASH-related sector, Engineering, Environment and/or Geology.
- Strong knowledge of project cycle management, project design and proposal writing
- Strong technical knowledge on water supply (hydrogeology, boreholes drilling and O&M, wells construction, stream catchment and gravity flow network design and management) and sanitation.
- Experience in an emergency context
- People skills +++
- High level of fluency in English needed
Turn around if…
- You do not have the following: diplomatic skills, patience, perseverance / endurance, intercultural skills, prioritization skills.
- You are scared when you hear the words “donors”, “external partners”, “capacity building”, and “boreholes”.
- You are not comfortable with processes, remote management, HQ involvement.
- You don’t like working in a fast paced-environment, you are not field-oriented or do not have a hands-on mentality.
SI WILL OFFER YOU…
Salary : According to experience, starting from EUR 2640 gross per month (EUR 2400 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly)
Monthly Per Diem: USD 600
SI covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of residence and the mission.
- 1 break of 7 working days every 3 months + USD 850 allowance (for each break).
- 1 day off per worked month.
Possibility to spend a weekend to Abuja every 6 weeks, on demand, and if allowed by context. Ticket paid by SI.
These days off, as well as the breaks, are not deducted from the paid leaves that are paid every months with your salary: they are offered by SI.
Social and medical cover:
Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
The WASH Co lives in SI’s compound – guest house (GH) with the other international staff. He/she has private room and shares the bathroom and the kitchen. The GH is next to the office and located in a residential area.
The expatriates are from different backgrounds and nationalities. They are hard-workers, highly involved in their jobs, but they are united and work well together. They also enjoy spending time together on a regular basis.
Despite the current political and humanitarian context in Borno state, Maiduguri provide proper living conditions. Electricity is available at the office and at the GH (except a small period during the night), communication and internet are available, either on the SI provided network or the 4G network. All essential goods (food, hygiene etc..) can be bought locally in the small shops around the office, or in the pre-validated supermarket. There is a dense social life in Maiduguri, and visits to other NGOs are possible, as well as some pre-validated places.
The constraints related to security do exist (movement restrictions, curfew at 9:30PM.), but they are bearable, as they allow personal activities. However, please note that the security constraints are more important when it comes to field deployments outside Maiduguri: stricter rules have to apply.
Are you in? Please send us your CV AND Cover letter in English. Yes, we do read those. We do not need a 3 pages-long letter that details everything you’ve done so far though – that’s what your CV is for!
However we would really like to know why you are interested in this mission / SI. A few paragraphs are completely acceptable, and we are ok with bullet points.
Please bear in mind that we receive a high volume of applications, which means it can take us a few weeks to get in touch with you.
If you are shortlisted, please not that SI’s recruitment process usually includes: an HR interview, reference checks, written test, technical interview.
Eventually, please note that the vacancy may close before the deadline.
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