WASH Activity Manager

Solidarités International

Sittwe, , MM

SI has been in Myanmar since 2008, first in the Delta in response to the Cyclone Nargis. In 2011, SI expanded to three new regions (Dry Zone, Rakhine, and Chin State) focusing on Livelihoods, Food Security, Shelter, and WASH. In 2012, SI started emergency response to people displacements due to violence in Kachin and later in Rakhine (between armed forces in Kachin State and between communities in Rakhine). SI has a base in Sittwe which is responsible for managing programs in Sittwe and Pauktaw T/S (emergency programs for IDPs), and in Rathedaung T/S since October 2013.

SI currently has a coordination base in Yangon and 2 bases with one in Rakhine State, and one Kachin State. 

In Sittwe, there is a Field Coordinator (FCO), a logistic Manager, Administration Manager and 3 PMs, one for Sittwe and one for Rathedaung and one for Pauktaw, plus 5 Activity Managers:

– 2 in Pauktaw, one in charge of the activities implementation in Pauktaw, the other one will have the same position (HP + MEAL)

– 3 in Sittwe, 1 Activity Manager in charge of the Food Security and Livelihood, 1 construction Manager for Sittwe in charge of the construction implementation and one for the HP and MEAL activities

About the job:

The WASH activity manager dedicated to HP (Hygiene Promotion), SWM (Solid Waste Management) and MEAL is in charge of carrying out and accomplishing the objectives as defined in the operation proposals.

He/she is responsible for the supervision of the operational teams assigned the HP, SWM and MEAL activities.

He/she must ensure that the HP, SWM and MEAL activities are well executed and deliver quality results, where appropriate, proposes adjustments or developments to ensure relevance.

The AM Sittwe will work under the supervision of the PM Sittwe. She/he will primarily be in charge of supervising timely and quality implementation of hygiene and mobilization activities at field level. She/he will also ensure the good follow up of the monitoring plan and improve it when needed.

This position is a manager position and requires good management commands. The AM will also have an important task on capacity building of local staff as well as communities. The position requires frequent and regular field visits and regular coordination with the field teams that are working in the camps and villages.

The main challenges of the position are:

The SI WASH program for Sittwe T/S is part of a DFID-HARP Consortium (HARP is the new funding facility, 2016, that will now manage UK Humanitarian funds in Myanmar) of NGOs led by Save the Children (SCI) in partnership with ACF and Oxfam. The consortium is responsible for 95% of the WASH intervention in Sittwe T/S covering approximately 98,000 beneficiaries in 16 camps and the surrounding host communities. SI works in 4 large camps and two large host communities (5 villages) to deliver an integrated WASH program. The WASH intervention has gone through successive phases with a majority of the hardware completed and a well-developed hygiene promotion program in place.

Focus of this position will be on increasing community management and participation in WASH related activities, advancing the behavior change programing, and continuing to the improvement and upgrade of WASH infrastructure. The job holder is expected to manage the continuation and improvement of the current soft activities, contribute to ensure a stronger linkage and involvement of communities with the construction activities, identify opportunities and actively contribute to define a consolidated hygiene strategy and a solid waste management approach with the other consortium partners.

Your profile

Education: Academic and practical knowledge of animation techniques, behavior changes, social sciences and or public health is essential. Master’s degree is a minimum.

Experience: Minimum experience of 1 year in relevant international WASH experience, preferably in emergency or humanitarian contexts; experience in complex ethnic and/or religious contexts or sensitive environments preferred (conflict, post-conflict); IDP/refugee camp experience desirable, experience in dealing with post emergency hygiene promotion (already good results from basic HP done since 4 years, need to go one step further) is needed.

Technical skills and knowledge: Good technical knowledge about WASH problematic on hygiene promotion part. He/She will need to be able to design, according to consortium discussion, a strategy to address the remaining barriers of good hygiene behaviors.

Transferable skills: Patience, diplomacy, tact and sensitivity in dealing with ethnic division in tense environments and capacity to analyze and report on security situation; good social skills to work as part of a large team and live in shared accommodation.

Languages: Good level of English essential, Rakhine/Burmese desirable though not required.

Other desirable qualities: Myanmar, or at least South-east Asia, Experience preferred.

Application process

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered. 

NB:  The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension 

Living conditions : 

The living conditions in Sittwe are good. Sittwe is the capital of the State and has electricity over 90% of the time. The post holder will be leaving in the SI GH, with all required amenities (hot water in the common bathroom, private bathroom in almost all the rooms, AC in rooms, almost 24 hours electricity, etc…). We moved to 2 new GH in order to have more comfort due to the increase of expatriate on the base as well as to guarantee a good accommodation.

She/he will be expected to visit the camps in Sittwe T/S which are between 30 minutes and 1 hour by car, between 50 and 80% of the time. Overnight in the field location is not possible at that time. The security situation in Sittwe is safe though still fragile.

We offer

SI will offer you:

A salaried post: according to experience from 1600 euros gross per month, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly and a monthly Per Diem of 500 USD.
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.
Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs)

For further information about Solidarités International, please consult our website:  http://www.solidarites.org/en/

Contact : Anna FRANGI, Recruitment & Follow Up Officer