Deputy Chief of Party (USAID Urban WASH Programme in Adamawa State)


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Job Description

Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Urban WASH Programme,

Adamawa, Nigeria

Deadline: 5th May, 2020

Contract type: Fixed term ( 2 years renewable)

Location: Adamawa State-Nigeria

WaterAid is a leading international non-governmental organization focused on increasing sustainable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in the poorest communities in the developing world. WaterAid works in 35 countries, and over the 38 years of its existence, it has reached over 25.8 million people with clean water and 25.1 million people with decent toilets.

Water Aid is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID Funded project Small Town WASH Nigeria. The DCOP will work in concert with the Chief of Party (COP), providing oversight of daily program operations and administration working under the supervision of the Chief of Party for the USAID funded project, Small Town Wash-Nigeria. The Deputy Chief of Party will lead the project in the absence of the Chief of Party for the effective and successful management of the implementation process of the project in the 3 States.

The Deputy Chief of Party will ensure delivery of high-quality interventions and drive strategy, key relationships, and support overall program management. S/he will work closely with technical and administrative staff to proactively plan and implement all technical work including consultancies, studies, partnerships, and trainings. S/he will oversee construction / rehabilitation, operation, quality control, usage, cost recovery and maintenance of WASH infrastructure working closely with relevant government ministries’ and departmental agencies (MDAs), private sector organizations and community leadership. S/he will also provide expert analysis and oversight of all WASH technical areas with the goal to develop and implement interventions that will sustainably increase access and management of water, sanitation and hygiene services in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states of Nigeria with frequent visits to project sites – spend up to 30% of time in the field.

Key Deliverables include;

  • Develop Terms of Reference (ToR) in collaboration with the Chief of Party for consultancy services to develop or review State level WASH Policies and sector Laws with a view to strengthening institutional capacities to improve WASH service delivery in the 3 States
  • Support the Chief of Party in the effective coordination of the implementation process of the project in the 3 States through established government WASH institutions in the States
  • As an Urban/Small Town WASH expert, be responsible for overall quality supervision and delivery of all works projects and consultancies in the 3 States.
  • Coach, guide, and mentor leaders of sub teams within the project across the States so that they are effective as leaders and managers in managing their teams.

To be successful in the this role, you must meet the following requirements:

Qualification: The proposed Deputy Chief of Party should have a minimum of a Master degree in at least one of the followings: Geology or Hydrogeology; Civil Engineering; Mechanical/Electrical Engineering; or other related disciplines, but with vast knowledge and experience in small town water schemes development and management and Institutional capacity strengthening. Must have knowledge and experience of working with or on USAID supported projects/programmes is required.

General professional experience: A minimum of 5 years post qualification experience in water utility management and WASH programme implementation at Senior Management level within and or outside Nigeria.

Specific professional experience: At least 3 years’ experience in the Nigerian WASH Sector with adequate knowledge of policy, institutional structure, capacity development, regulatory framework including private sector engagement. Must have adequate knowledge of the North-east environment, be proficient in use of Hausa and English languages. Must be proficient in computer skills, especially in MS-Office.

Desirable Criteria

  • S/he will have excellent management skills and knowledge of USG procedures and policies, agreement compliance, financial planning and management, procurement, sub award management, and other management support areas/functions..
  • S/he must have solid foundation in a broad range of WASH subjects including areas such as innovative sanitation, sanitation marketing, water for the poor, tariff and cost recovery, hygiene promotion, operation and maintenance, institutional strengthening and sector reform.
  • Previous experience as Deputy Chief of Party or Technical Lead on a USAID funded project
  • Strong experience implementing development projects in the North East and understanding would be a distinct advantage
  • Experience working on USAID funded projects required

We’re looking for people who share a commitment to our vision. We’re looking for people with an appreciation and respect for different people and ideas, and the energy and expertise to help tackle the most important challenges.

In return, you can expect to get inspiration from the change you help make happen, a sense of belonging and the feeling of being part of a global community. You will also experience stimulation and fulfilment, the chance to grow, and space to be yourself at your best. This is our pledge to you.

If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, kindly send your CV and suitability statement in one single document to [email protected]

Closing date for this application is 5th May,2020.

Please note: to apply for this role you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in Nigeria.

WaterAid is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We particularly encourage applications from women who are underrepresented at this level in the organisation.

WaterAid is committed to ensuring that wherever we work in the world there is no tolerance for the abuse of power, privilege or trust. WaterAid reinforces a culture of zero tolerance towards any form of inappropriate behaviour, abuse, harassment, or exploitation of any kind. The safeguarding of our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf, is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. All staff and volunteers are required to share in this commitment through our Global Code of Conduct.

Only candidates shortlisted for interviewing will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date for applications.

No recruitment agencies please.





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