WASH Specialist: Project Fatsaka

SEED Madagascar

Fort-Dauphin, Madagascar 🇲🇬

Lead on the technical development and implementation of a Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) project at one of the leading sustainable development and conservation NGOs in Madagascar

WASH Specialist: Project Fatsaka

Role Description

Position Overview

Based in the coastal town of Fort-Dauphin in the southeast of Madagascar, this post will provide specialist knowledge of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and project management to a well management initiative, Project Fatsaka. The role will support a team of Malagasy Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) to capacity build community well committees, monitoring and evaluating the usability of wells in accordance to safe water source criterion alongside the ability and commitment of communities to manage and maintain wells independently. The successful candidate will ensure the project aligns to international best practice across project methodology whilst tailoring the approach to meet local needs, as identified by the CLOs. Predominantly office-based in Fort-Dauphin, the WASH Specialist will travel regularly to remote communities in the Mahatalaky Rural Commune. This exciting post would suit an early-career specialist seeking essential in-country experience for a career in WASH and international development.

  • Title: Specialist Advisor – WASH, Project Fatsaka Phase 2
  • Locality of work: Anosy Region, southeast Madagascar
  • Reporting to: Head of Community Health and Head of Project Development (Community Health, WASH & Construction)
  • Timescale: To start as soon as possible, until project closes on 30 September 2018
  • Probationary period: 3 months
  • Stipend: The post attracts a contribution to the living expenses of the candidate. This includes up to £1,000 annually towards the cost of flights, 1,000,000 MGA a month towards living expenses in-country, and insurance covered by the project.

Project Background

Over the past decade, SEED Madagascar and other NGOs have built and handed over 70 wells for communities in the Mahatalaky Rural Commune. However, a lack of resources, skills and knowledge has resulted in many wells falling into a state of disrepair. In response, Project Fatsaka is piloting a refined approach to well management, revisiting previously built wells and strengthening community capacity to manage and maintain them effectively. The first phase successfully supported 13 communities to establish permanent well management structures, triggering action through the innovative application of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) methodologies. Combining lessons learnt from the pilot and other SEED projects, Phase 2 incorporates revised project activities alongside a rigorous approach to monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), and partnership building. Continuing to work with the original 13 communities, Phase 2 will monitor long-term progress and refine methods before scaling-up to an additional 15 communities.

Primary responsibilities

Development and implementation of a research and MEL strategy, providing a framework to ensure project activities adhere to international best practice. Collaborating with the team to review both the broader approach and specific activities, ensuring continual adaptation to ongoing project learning and prioritisation of locally identified needs. Building the knowledge of WASH concepts across staff, and ‘training the trainer’ across capacity building skills. Lead project dissemination through a variety of mediums, including donor reporting and external communications, and sharing lessons learned through knowledge hubs and peer-reviewed publications to contribute to international best practice.

Responsibilities

Team support/capacity building

  1. To work with the Head of Community Health and Head of Project Development (Community Health, WASH & Construction) in supporting the detailed activity plan for the project and its ongoing review.

  2. To work with the project team in developing a range of activity plans and resources that can be used by SEED’s frontline workers, schools of participating communities, and partners.

  3. To work with the project team in developing monthly capacity building sessions for target communities.

  4. To support the Head of Community Health in ensuring activities are sustained and strengthened, developing SEED’s model for sustainable well use, management and maintenance.

  5. To work closely with staff, stakeholders and partners to exchange information and provide mutual support.

  6. To work with the Head of Community Health and Head of Project Development to supervise and support the technical and operational activities of the staff involved in project delivery.

MEL/specialist research

  1. To work with the Head of Community Health and Head of Project Development (WASH and Community Health) to devise and conduct appropriate monitoring and evaluation activities to track the progress and outcomes of the project.

  2. To provide technical assistance in the implementation and maintenance of the project’s monitoring and evaluation system in order to properly measure both process and outcome objectives.

  3. To complete desk based research into best practice and advise on different approaches to respond to problems encountered.

  4. To work with the Head of Community Health and Head of Project Development (WASH and Community Health) in using the research findings to inform future projects and disseminate project learnings through international journals and knowledge forums.

Communications/reporting

  1. To work with the Head of Community Health to ensure SEED is positively represented in external meetings and affairs.

  2. To maintain strong working partnerships with relevant Government officials, health and social services and community-based organisations.

  3. To provide short monitoring narrative reports on project findings presenting in monthly meeting with the Community Health and Project Development teams.

  4. To provide 6- and 12-month reports for stakeholders.

  5. To provide regular social media updates and formal articles, papers and learning notes for external publication as required.

  6. Any other tasks that the Head of Project Development (WASH and Community Health) deems necessary within the broad outline of the role.

Person specification

Essential

  • Degree in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Community Health, International Development, Public Health, or related field
  • Experience working/volunteering internationally in a water, sanitation and/or hygiene capacity
  • Experience of designing, implementing and managing an activity-based project
  • Experience of designing monitoring and evaluation strategies and tools
  • Experience of analysing spreadsheets and databases
  • Excellent communication skills, including a sound ability to adapt material for different audiences
  • Experience of report writing for external donors and stakeholders
  • Experience of capacity building and/or acting in a supervisory role
  • Passion and motivation for the work and ability to enthuse staff and other volunteers
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a multicultural and multilingual team
  • Experience of living and working in at least one developing country, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Willingness to travel regularly to the Mahatalaky Rural Commune
  • Ability to adjust to life in another culture and a foreign language, working at all times with cultural sensitivity and respect
  • Drive to make a real and lasting impact in global health.

Desirable

  • Experience of designing resource material in an innovative and participatory way
  • A good understanding of international guidance and policy regarding WASH
  • Experience in organising or managing multiple project activities at one time
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn French and/or Malagasy

Anyone interested in applying for this position should email a detailed CV and covering letter explaining how their skills and experience match the requirements in the job description to the Head of Project Development (Community Health, WASH and Education). Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate is found and as such applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

(Please note that due to the high volume of applications anticipated we are not able to acknowledge receipt of applications unless specifically requested. We will contact you if we wish to take your application further.)

Email: [email protected]

More information on the work of SEED Madagascar can be found at www.madagascar.co.uk

SEED Madagascar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Background of project

Ranked as the fourth worst country in the world for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), almost half of Madagascar’s population are unable to access improved water sources. In impoverished and isolated communities, installing wells is a necessary first step towards securing long-term access to clean drinking water.

Project Fatsaka has been designed to be highly participatory, ensuring communities take responsibility for their wells through developing action plans, and establishing maintenance and financial structures, from project start. Alongside essential well repairs, activities will include:

  • Baseline mapping of wells and engagement of Commune authorities
  • Follow-up of the original 13 communities to monitor motivation and arising challenges
  • Identification of an additional 15 communities, followed by CLTS ‘triggering’ techniques to gather momentum and motivation for the project
  • Training and mentorship of communities, facilitating the development of well management committees and action plans
  • Delivery of WASH lessons within schools of participating communities
  • Distribution of information, communication and education (IEC) materials
  • Cross-community learning visits to showcase innovative strategies for well management
  • Attention to strengthening SEED’s partnerships and presence within the larger WASH sector through sharing of project learnings, research papers and resource dissemination
 

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