Advisor (WASH)

Concern Worldwide

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Concern Worldwide started working in DRC in 1994. Since that time we have grown into one of the leading humanitarian organisations operating in DRC with national rapid response programmes, resilience programmes, cash, WASH and nutrition programmes. This is an exciting opportunity to support the development of existing and new WASH programmes for DRC and ensure that they are implemented to the highest quality. Today, 1 in 10 people in humanitarian need live in DRC- come and help us do our part.

About the role: This is a 1 year, new role with unaccompanied terms based in Kalemie with 50% travel to other project locations with a salary of Band 4 (€40,043 to €44,449).

You will report to Programme Director. You will liaise with Area Coordinators, Programme Quality and Development Coordinator, MEAL Manager, Programme Managers, Country Finance Controller and Programme Partners. You will also represent Concern in consultation with Programme Director at the WASH Cluster, other Clusters/Working groups as relevant, Coordination Forums and NGO partner meetings.

We would like you to start 15 August 2020

Your purpose: You will ensure that all of Concern’s WASH activities in DRC including construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of water supply schemes and sanitation facilities, as well as hygiene promotion programming, are implemented to the highest quality standards (Concern’s engineering SoPs, international WASH standards, Concern’s global WASH strategy) and ensuring lessons learned across in country WASH activities. You will also contribute in Concern’s multi-sectoral emergency response in DRC through development of new WASH programmes and proposals, high quality internal and external reports.

You will be responsible for:

  • Programme Planning, Management and Development:
  • Provide technical oversight and supervision of all WASH project to ensure high quality WASH programming
  • Support the PMs of the WASH projects to ensure that all resources (technical, financial, HR) are in place to implement the different projects of the WASH programme
  • Identify, and plan for assessments of sites for the implementation of planned engineering works as per agreed proposals.
  • Oversee the design of the assigned engineering works, following best international and humanitarian best practice and in line with Concern, donor and local authority policies and guidelines.
  • Prepare technical documents such as tenders, BOQs, procurement and oversee material and equipment purchases and delivery as necessary ensuring that Concerns’ and donors’ policies and procedures are applied and followed.
  • Ensure regular communication with the Concern HQ WASH engineering team.
  • Oversee the work of selected contractors ensuring implementation of construction projects of the highest quality and are in accordance to agreed designs, policies and procedures and timelines.
  • Carry out regular field visits to inspect works and organize regular project review sessions through participatory methodologies involving beneficiaries and other stakeholders in the areas of intervention, with the aim of establishing and/or verifying emerging needs, gaps and priorities, and communicate these to the Programmes Director as part of a continuous programme review and improvement process.
  • Contribute to the preparation of WASH budgets, funding concept notes and proposals through analysis of field data and actual costs incurred on activity implementation.
  • Contribute to the development of WASH concept notes and proposals under the strategic guidance of the PQDC, or PD. This includes background research, stakeholder analysis, data collection & analysis, consultation processes, development of narrative, development of budget and production all associated documents to a high standard in accordance with donor requirements;
  • Human Resources Manager and Capacity Building
  • Train Concern and key partner staff on technical WASH activities
  • Lead staff and support the management of WASH staff, contributing to their capacity building and career development
  • Provide technical support and on-going on-the-job training and coaching to staff
  • Ensure efficient team deployment through a system of up-to-date job descriptions developed in line with Concern organizational structure. Regularly review and recommend staffing structure reviews to the Programmes Director.
  • Ensure that all staff is aware of and comply with Concern’s policies and procedures
  • Monitor and review performance of staff line managed through Concern’s Performance Development Reviews system (PDR’s) and hold staff accountable for meeting the success criteria
  • Accountability
  • Participate in the design and implementation of accountability and quality initiatives ensuring that they are integrated into the programmes
  • Adhere to and promote Concern’s Programme Participant Protection Policy and Code of Conduct (P4 and CoC)
  • Undertake other related duties as may reasonably be assigned by the Country Director and/or the Programme Director
  • General
  • Contribute to all aspects of the Programme e.g. mainstreaming of equality, protection, and disaster risk reduction
  • Collaborate on advocacy work through provision of sound, reliable and evidence-based information based on thorough research
  • Provide all necessary documentation support to the Senior Management Team (SMT) including visibility material and programme brochures which promote Concern’s work
  • Any other tasks mutually agreed with the Programmes Director and /or the CD

Your skills and experience will include:


This position demands a highly organised and dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding environment.

  • BSc in Water Engineering, Civil Engineering, or any related Engineering field.
  • Minimum 3 years WASH experience including at least 2 years at management level.
  • Thorough technical knowledge of water supply construction and maintenance, including experience with household level sanitation, hygiene promotion, community mobilization, participatory planning and environmental conservation.
  • Fluent English and French – written and spoken
  • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation techniques and a good grasp of project cycle management.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders including local authorities, partners, and other I/NGOs.
  • Thorough understanding of budgetary, HR and procurement processes.
  • Very strong English writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Good team player, flexible and politically and culturally sensitive.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office.

We would also like: 

  • Post graduate degree in relevant discipline
  • Practical experience of implementation of mainstreaming activities, especially in the key dimension of equality.
  • Previous experience in Concern and/DRC
  • Experience in preparing budgets and reports for international donors. 






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