Afghanistan nationals: WASH Specialist

Save the Children

Kabul, Afghanistan 🇦🇫


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.

ROLE PURPOSE: The WASH Specialist will support the design, planning, capacity building, implementation, coordination and monitoring of integrated WASH activities within Save the Children programmes in Afghanistan with consideration to social and hygiene behaviour change theories and practices.   

•    Participate in national and regional WASH/Hygiene Behavior Change Communication (HBCC) coordination meetings to keep informed about the evolving epidemiology and global-level WASH/HBCC guidance, priorities and best practice as well as general coordination.
•    Support the design, planning, implementation, and monitoring of WASH component within the program adaptation, Education (WASH in Schools), Health, Nutrition (including Household Clean Approach), FSL, CP and Humanitarian rapid response with consideration to social behavior change theories and practices, ensuring consideration to COVID-19 prevention and response. 
•    In context of Covid-19, with support from the Health team, ensure stigma and rumor/misinformation reduction activities are integrated into community engagement and risk communication interventions. 
•    Ensure gender considerations are incorporated into WASH interventions to ensure equality of access and appropriateness.
•    Advise on the design and implementation of WASH/HBCC related activities, tool development, review, pretesting, refinement, and finalization. 
•    Ensure WASH activities are implemented in coordination and harmonization with Afghanistan WASH Cluster and global WASH guidance, national governments and other relevant platforms as well as SCI standards and Common Approaches. 
•    Support on proposal development and technical guidance for WASH in school as integration with Education sector, water supply, sanitation, medical waste, solid waste  and  Hygiene Behavior Change and the use of communication to create that change linked to improved Health, Nutrition, Education, FSL  and Protection outcomes.
•    Drive the development of the project’s HBCC activities to ensure the inclusiveness and ‘no child left behind’ messaging, across several awareness raising platforms.
•    Develop project tools and guidance to ensure quality implementation and monitoring of WASH standards. 
•    Identify potential WASH/HBCC training needs of Save the Children and its partners staff, and support development of short trainings and/or reviews of WASH/HBCC implementation.
•    Support evidence-based learning for programme development, innovation, improvement and advocacy, ensuring that lessons learned are properly documented, effectively disseminated and, incorporated into wider design and implementation of SCI’s work.
•    Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team to ensure quality MEAL systems and frameworks for WASH activities that monitors the impact of projects and progress towards strategic programme objectives.
•    Ensure accountability is considered throughout the design and implementation of the programmes especially in terms of child safeguarding as well as ensuring child participation in the design, implementation and monitoring of the programmes where possible.
•    Pro-actively discussing opportunities for innovation and integration within programme design opportunities including engaging with Gender especially SRH, Disabilities and Inclusion links.
•    Represent SCI at the WASH cluster, as well as other working groups where appropriate; sharing ideas, updates and best practise

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
•    Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values; 
•    Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve; and 
•    Performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.

•    Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same; 
•    Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others; and
•    Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.

•    Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters; 
•    Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength; and 
•    Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.

•    Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions; and 
•    Willing to take disciplined risks.

•    Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.
•    Degree in Civil Engineering, Health Promotion, Social Sciences or related field from an accredited/recognized institute. 

•    Courses in Engineering Design, Bill of Quantity, Hydrology Survey and familiar with Auto Cad, communication techniques such as graphic design, visual language and in the use of mobile technology and social media in behaviour change campaigns.
•    At least three years’ experience in designing and implementing of WASH/HBCC related interventions for humanitarian emergency or health outbreak response and recovery efforts. 
•    Proven experience with WASH/HBCC material and message design, and capacity strengthening.
•    Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills complemented by the ability to conceptualize ideas and advocate consensus. 
•    Experience planning and facilitating workshops and meetings, with excellent presentation skills. 
•    Ability to “think out of the box” and to make innovative proposals as related to WASH integration as service provider to SC core sector such Health & Nutrition, Education, FSL and Protection . 
•    Ability to work effectively in a rapidly changing, fluid environment; including possessing skills in proactive and strategic thinking, problem solving, demand prioritization, and flexibility.
•    Excellent written and verbal English language skills including writing reports, and program success stories.
•    Strong knowledge of structures at national, district, and community levels and a minimum of one year working experience for the public health issues at the national level.
•    Good understanding of Dari and Pashto languages. 
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.
Equal Opportunities 
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
Child Safeguarding:
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Safeguarding our Staff:
The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.
Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.