This role will provide field-focussed technical management in this complex, large-scale emergency in the North West of Syria, where Save the Children implements through a network of local partners on the ground. The WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Specialist will be expected to lead on sectoral assessments, programme design, concept notes/proposals and budgeting, coordination, project implementation (with partners) and support procurement. The post holder will be expected to mentor and/or capacity building existing country programme and, possibly, the staff of implementing partners.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: Deputy Head of Office
Staff reporting to this post: N/A
Budget Responsibilities: Yes
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :
- Working together with Partnership team to meet and engage with the WASH’s partners to understand their program and portfolio and technical capacity
- Oversee Local partners on WASH projects implementation to ensure timely delivery of the project activities.
- Support Local partners on prepare implementation work plan, budget plan and support local partners’ team to implement the activities accordingly.
- Support local partners to mentor field local partner’s staffs on a gap analysis, selection of target sites to be able to implement the activities smoothly.
- Support local partners on prepare work plan and budget for regular operation and maintenance of Institutional (Health and educational) WASH facilities in working area.
- Support local partners on prepare procurement plan of the WASH projects’ and work closely with supply chain team to ensure the required materials were available on site to implement activities.
- Coordinate with clusters, ensuring SCI is in line with the cluster recommendations and coordinate efforts and share information.
- Development of high quality concept notes and proposals in line with the needs with the support being provided by the line manager.
- With support from Deputy Head of Office, prepare timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
- Support local partners on promote community participation in project implementation and ensure accountability mechanism were in place and feedback from children and their families is considered in project design.
- To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
Capacity Building and partnership:
- Identify learning and training opportunities for local partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced national/local partners.
- Assess partner’s technical needs in WASH and provide support accordingly through regular engagement and coaching sessions.
Programme Quality and Support:
- Ensure programme quality of WASH activities in Save the Children’s NW Syria response programmes. This includes ensuring that international best practices and quality standards are applied in our work with the targeted communities.
- Monitor and assess WASH needs and ensure that these are appropriately reflected in sectoral strategies and programme development.
- Review and Monitor programme quality assurance tools, such as needs assessment tools, programme level indicators, quality checklists for use in spot checks, complaints and response mechanisms, internal review and programme evaluation work plans, and others in conjunction with the MEAL team.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability
- Support the Technical Advisors and MEAL department to develop M&E and indicator tracking plans for all grants, inputting into the development of additional M&E tools as necessary to monitor project progress
- Support Knowledge Management/MEAL to collect appropriate, timely and accurate data against agreed indicators to enable both internal and external reporting
- Work with MEAL team to identify and incorporate project suitable accountability mechanisms.
- Deliver high quality results in line with the on-going proposals and Save the Children’s strategy – to do this in a way which maintains the reputation of the WASH team.
- Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
- To perform such other responsibilities as agreed with your line management.
BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
- Ensures that programme goals and activities uphold the principles of the key national and international humanitarian frameworks, codes and commitments
- Integrates beneficiary accountability principles into the approach
- Establishes staff engagement mechanisms.
- Continuously provides feedback and updates to achieve improved results
- Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects
- Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well under pressure
- Takes responsibility for own work and for the impact of own actions
- Considers the wider impact of decisions to be made in the short and long-term.
- Builds own awareness of the bigger global picture by using a broad range of sources to gather data
- Participates in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation
- Addresses difficult situations and makes tough decisions confidently and calmly
- Coordinates with stakeholders to avoid duplication and maximise resources
- Actively listens to different perspectives and experiences of stakeholders
- Actively participates in networks to access and contribute to good practice
- Establishes and maintains clear communication and dialogue with disaster and conflict affected people and other stakeholders
- Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance
- Identifies and communicates risk and threats and minimises these for oneself and the agency
- Takes measures to do no harm and to minimise risks for partners and the communities
- Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organisation can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms
- Helps team members to practise stress management through prioritisation of workloads and modelling of appropriate self care
- Makes positive statements about work
- Gives constructive feedback to enhance capabilities and responsibilities to another for the purpose of his/her development
- Demonstrates managerial courage by confronting difficult situations and seeking resolution, and stating willingness to champion ideas
- Effectively influences others by understanding their interests and showing how they will be met by own preferred solution
- Ensure efficient and transparent use of resources in accordance with internal controls
- Remains effective and retains perspective in the face of difficult or demanding situations
- Demonstrates personal integrity by using one’s position responsibly and fairly
- Maintains ethical and professional behaviour in accordance with relevant codes of conduct
- Demonstrates approachability and trust by listening carefully to others and valuing their contribution, and making others feel comfortable by being open and honest about their thoughts and feelings
- Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES
- Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Engineering, Water Science, Public Health, or a related subject or equivalent field experience
- Minimum 5 years’ experience of working in WASH-related humanitarian programmes with progressively responsible experience
- Previous experience on management WASH project and remote management
- Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability in a WASH context
- Previous experience in WATSAN, Hygiene Promotions design and implementation programming.
- Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
- Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills
- Experience of training and capacity building WASH staff (external and internal)
- Knowledge of institutional donors and experience of developing proposals
- Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
- Excellent communication skills
- Strong influencing skills
- Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
- Fluent in written and spoken English
- The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
- Commitment to the aims and principles of SCI. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
- Language skills in Arabic and English
- Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
- Experience working in conflict and an infectious disease environment.
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form and comply with the SCIs Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.
This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for. SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.
Benefits Package provided to National Staff:
- Salary commensurate with the pay-grade of the position.
- Annual leave
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
How to apply
Please send your cover letter and resume to with "WASH Specialist - NWS" mentioned in the subject of the e-mail.