Position: WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Programme Manager
Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Contract Duration: 10 months
Start Date: End of March
End Date: End of January
Application Deadline: 13th February
Interview Date: 21st February
Background on Water Works:
In Malawi, almost half of the households do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities, washing hands with soap or ash is seldom practiced and 40 percent of the water points are not functioning, forcing people to resort to using unsafe water sources. The result is that people frequently suffer from diarrhoea, which is responsible for the death of 6,000 Malawian children every single year.
The high failure rate of the water points is because the repairs are too difficult for villagers to perform, the spares are not readily available or are too expensive. In addition, previous programmes have failed to involve the community, resulting in a lack of ownership of the water points and the expectation that external agencies should be responsible for maintenance.
Water Works was founded in 2009 in response to this lack of sustainability. We work in partnership with universities and Malawian artisans to develop water pumps that can be installed and maintained by rural communities using locally available and inexpensive materials. One of our pumps, the rope pump, is built using a car tyre, a plastic pipe and a rope. A second pump, the Alinafe, is built using materials found at local markets.
Water Works also supports households to construct latrines and hand-washing systems and runs hygiene awareness programmes to ensure that the communities gain the most from their improved water and sanitation facilities.
Since 2009, Water Works have assisted 75 Malawian villages to construct water pumps, providing safe drinking water for 14,000 people, supported 3,000 families to build hygienic latrines and run hygiene awareness sessions for 4,000 people.
More information about Water Works can be found at www.waterworkscharity.org
Water Works’ current project is funded by DFID and the Waterloo Foundation. It started in September 2015 and will run until the end of December 2017. The project aims to reduce the prevalence of water borne disease in 50 villages by improving water and sanitation facilities and hygiene practices. Firstly, a hygiene awareness programme, conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Health, will mobilise the communities to change hygiene behaviors. Secondly, households will be supported to construct latrines and hand washing facilities. Thirdly, the communities will be assisted to protect water resources with simple, innovative and sustainable hand pump technology. Finally, a water point repair business will be set up ensure that all of Water Works water pumps remain operational in the future.
Due to the drought experienced in Malawi over the past few years, in addition to the DFID and Waterloo funded project, Water Works is conducting a water point rehabilitation programme for wells installed between 2010 and 2014. This includes deepening and lining wells and repairing water pumps.
The WASH programme manager will be responsible for the overall management of the above project. They will also be responsible for the future development of Water Works, including ensuring the sustainability of current projects, designing new projects and securing additional funding. The post holder will directly manage two project assistants and oversee the field team of 25 people. The post holder reports and will be supported by the Water Works director and board of trustees, who are based in the UK. The responsibilities of the programme manager position include: HR; logistics and finance; project management; coordination and partnerships; monitoring, evaluation and learning; and grants management.
Human Resources and Administration
· Ensure that Water Works complies with all legal regulation to operate in Malawi including: registration with the relevant NGO bodies; insurance and tax; visas/work permits for non Malawian personnel; employment law for national personnel.
· Lead the recruitment of qualified and experienced personnel for the Malawian Water Works team including the preparation of job descriptions and contracts.
· Provide overall supervision of the Water Works and Partner Teams to ensure that good HR practices are followed including: tracking attendance and leave; conducting capacity building trainings; completing performance appraisals; reviewing salaries and making payments.
Logistics and Financial Management
· Ensure that all items procured for Water Works are purchased in a timely manner, represent the best value for money and are in procured accordance with the procurement policy and donor regulations.
· Track assets and stocks ensuring that all items are well maintained and accounted for.· Develop and track budgets to ensure that projects are fully funded and grants are fully spent within the project period with minimal accruals.
· Maintain Water Works accounts and produce monthly financial projections and reports
· Lead project planning and implementation ensuring that the hygiene programme, construction of water points, latrines and hand washing systems are completed to a high standard, on schedule and in line with proposals and contractual agreements.
· Support the Water Works construction team to set up and implement a water point repair service that ensures all water points installed by Water Works are in operation.
· Manage, motivate and provide training to increase the capacity the Malawian Water Works Technical Team and the Partner Hygiene team
· Increase programme effectiveness by reviewing and developing the Water Works approaches and technologies
· Write monthly reports detailing achievements, challenges and action plans
Coordination and Partnerships
· Lead the engagement of Water Works’ partners including developing relationships, forming partnership agreements (MOUs), proving training and supporting with project implementation.
· Foster current and initiate additional collaborative partnerships that increase the effectiveness of Water Works’ programmes focusing on water pump technology development, water pump repair service, latrine and well construction, faecal sludge management, irrigation and income generating activities.
· Liaise closely with WASH actors in Malawi including the Malawian Ministry of Water, Ministry of Health, District Council and other NGOs. Attend/arrange sector meetings and workshops to share experiences and promote Water Works
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
· Lead project monitoring and evaluation ensuring that surveys capture proposed indicators, implementation plans are followed and results are analysed.
· Support the Water Works partner organization to conduct surveys using mobile monitoring technology, providing capacity building training where required.
· Support the Water Works partner organization to collect personal stories from the beneficiary communities detailing the impact of Water Works projects.
· Produce communication materials from the projects including photographs and personal stories. Ensure that all communication materials promote the visibility of Water Works and donors in accordance with contractual agreements.
· Produce reports detailing the impact of Water Works’ projects, lessons learnt and recommendations
· Lead project initiation, explore funding opportunities and develop high quality proposals
· Liaise with donors as the main focal point for Water Works
· Ensure that projects are compliant with proposals, contractual agreements and donor regulations
· Write all donor narrative and financial reports ensuring that they are of high quality, in line with donor requirements and submitted on schedule
Communications and Fundraising
· Assist in the development and delivery of Water Works communications and fundraising strategies including website development, social media campaigns and supporter liaisons.
· Contribute to the general control and management of Water Works including writing Annual Reports, attending board meetings, developing policies and strategies.
The Provider may also be requested to perform additional or alternative duties as Water Works shall reasonably assign from time to time. The Provider agrees to perform all duties to the best of their ability as outlined in the including those outside of the specified duties above.
Water Works reserves the right to change the positions in which the Provider works including the job title, description, or functions, having reasonable regard to the Provider’s skills.
Qualifications and Requirements:
· Degree in civil, water, mechanical or related engineering field (experience in managing WASH programmes may be accepted in lieu of qualifications)
· Degree in development studies an advantage
· At least 2 years in country experience implementing WASH programmes
· In depth technical expertise in water pump technology, especially hand pumps
· Experience of forming and training water committees, especially setting up community payment schemes
· Experience of implementing CLTS and PHAST hygiene awareness programmes
· Experience of leading capacity building trainings
· Adept with logistics and financial management
· Experience with writing narrative and financial proposals and reports
To apply for this position, please send a covering letter and CV to [email protected]