About the mission
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 office in Yangon and 2 bases: One in Rakhine State, and one in Kachin State.
In Sittwe, there is a Field Coordinator (FCO), a Logistic Manager, an Administration Manager and 3 PMs respectively for Sittwe (WaSH/FSL), Rathedaung (WaSH/FSL) and Pauktaw (WaSH) located programs, plus 7 Activity Managers (national and international staffs):
– 1 in Rathedaung as a PM assistant;
– 2 in Pauktaw in charge of the activities’ implementation in Pauktaw (1 for Construction / 1 for HP-MEAL);
– 4 in Sittwe: 1 AM in charge of FSL, 1 Construction Manager, 1 AM for HP-MEAL and 1 as a PM assistant
The current position holder will work under the direct supervision of the Field Coordinator.
About the job:
The program manager WASH is responsible for implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the operation proposals.
(S)he is responsible for overseeing operational teams assigned to the program.
(S)he guarantees the good performance and the quality of the program(s) WASH implemented, and, where appropriate, proposes adjustments or developments to ensure relevance.
The PM Sittwe will work under the supervision of the Field Coordinator with a technical link with the WASH Coordinator. She/he will primarily be in charge of quality and timely implementation of the project in Sittwe T/S. The main tasks at his/her arrival will be to continue to ensure the quality of the SI WASH intervention in the areas, define, in relation with the FC/WaSH Coordo, and follow the activities relevant to each area. This position is a manager position and requires good management commands (3 national managers under his/her supervision and 2 international AM). The position requires frequent and regular field visits in the camps and villages.
The SI WASH program for Sittwe T/S is part of a DFID Consortium 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 85,000 beneficiaries in 16 camps and the surrounding host communities. SI works in 4 large camps and two large host communities to deliver an integrated WASH/FSL program. The WASH intervention has gone through 5 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.
In addition, SI is responsible for the treatment and the disposal of latrines’ sludge for Sittwe camps. In 2014, SI has developed and constructed a centralized wastewater treatment station that is capable of taking the waste from over 5,000 latrines in the Sittwe area (transport done by Oxfam). Currently the site is receiving a daily intake of 40,000 liters but could increase to 60,000 in 2017. This plant design is based on decentralized wastewater treatment technology and requires no chemicals, energy inputs and little operation and maintenance costs. The PM will be required to maintain this site and contribute to the improvement of efficiency and quality of treatment to ensure that sludge is properly and safely disposed of.
The main challenges of the position are:
The PM will work on the transitional phase between DFID fundings to the new HARP. This last one started during the emergency and has accompanied a lot of Wash improvements in Sittwe. Challenges of this new phase, besides the volume of activity that remains high, are:
The PM will manage a large team mostly based in camps (90%). The PM will have the support of all his direct managers and from teams in the camps who know their jobs very well (3/4 years’ experience for most of them). The PM has an important volume of daily operations and project management tools to deal with as well as a consortium coordination to ensure and a strategic vision to develop.
Education: Academic and practical knowledge of water, sanitation and hygiene is essential (included construction, HP promotion, innovative sanitation). Advanced degree on community development or public health could be acceptable. Master’s degree is a minimum.
Experience: Minimum of 3 years of 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. Experienced in managing significant team.
Technical skills and knowledge: Good technical knowledge about WASH problematic on both technical and hygiene promotion part. Knowledge of the overall sanitation chain (desludging / wastewater treatment / latrine innovation like biodigester) is strongly needed for the PM position in Sittwe. Strong HR management and capacity building skills are required. A good knowledge of community engagement and approach methods is essential to this position. Good experience in Operation and Maintenance of WASH infrastructures in camps (incinerators/latrines/handpumps-boreholes/drainages).
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 is compulsory, Rakhine/Burmese a plus.
Other desirable qualities: Myanmar or at least South-east Asia experience preferred.
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