Advisor (WASH)

Geneina, Sudan 🇸🇩

About the role:

This is a 24 month replacement role with unaccompanied terms based in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur State, with travel to other field locations in West Darfur, South Kordofan and West Kordofan States as required, approximately 20% in Geneina and 80% in the field. The salary is Grade 4 €35,981-€39,979.

You will report to the West Darfur Programme Director and directly line manage and mentor a national staff counterpart in West Darfur. You will also liaise closely with Area Managers, MEAL Advisor, Health & Nutrition and Livelihoods Technical Advisors, and WASH project officers in all programme areas, as well as Kordofan Programme Director and Concern Head Office WASH Technical Advisors.

Your purpose:

The WASH Advisor will provide technical leadership and quality control in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion interventions in Concern’s Sudan programme, in line with Concern’s country and organisational strategic priorities. Within Concern Sudan’s WASH portfolio, you will ensure compliance with donor approved project documents and requirements, and work alongside Area Managers to ensure accountable use of project/programme resources (financial, human and logistical).

You will be responsible for:

  • Take the lead role in the ongoing development of Concern Sudan’s WASH programming, including in the design of strategy for Sudan in general, and West Darfur and S&W Kordofan States specifically, working within the framework of the wider Resilience programme and in conjunction with health, nutrition and livelihoods sectors.
  • Provide technical guidance on all WASH projects in West Darfur and South & West Kordofan: ensure that minimum standards of technical quality are adhered to in all engineering activities and interventions, which are technically appropriate, realistic and on budget.
  • Ensure that a robust monitoring framework for all WASH interventions is implemented, including baseline data, secondary data, reviews, donor reporting, KABP survey and internal/external evaluations; actively monitor all identified WASH indicators in programme documents and relevant standards, with support from Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator.
  • Contribute to the development of all WASH Programme projects in the form of draft project concept notes and draft proposals in collaboration with the Programme Directors and Field Coordinators.
  • Strengthen, and where necessary design and roll out continuous improvements in programme quality, including strategy and implementation for transition from humanitarian action to resilience and longer term development interventions.
  • Provide support and mentoring to the National WASH Advisor in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Concern WASH interventions, and in support of partner organisations.
  • Work alongside the National WASH Advisor to prepare regular project progress reports as required for donors and other internal and external bodies, ensuring technical quality.
  • Contribute to Performance Development Review for WASH staff and design a comprehensive capacity building strategy for staff and partners engaged in WASH related activities, as well as other members of the Programme Support Unit. 
  • Provide technical support to the WASH team on an ongoing basis with regular visits to the project sites to address progress and assist field staff as required.
  • Provide support and guidance on budget development and monitoring of expenditure to budget holders with reference to WASH budgets.
  • Ensure consistency of strategy & common objectives between programmes, partners and donors.
  • Provide guidance and training so that all work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs and gender issues, and that community-determined and self-motivated methods (“empowering methods”) are used in preference to didactic (message-based) approaches.
  • Develop contingency plans with other WASH Sector actors, which are realistically costed and allow Concern to respond quickly and appropriately to serious environmental health outbreaks (especially cholera and acute watery diarrhoea).
  • Ensure handover of completed works to communities and Water Users Associations (WUCs) for longer-term management under the auspices of WES (Water and Environmental Sanitation Department) and build their capacity to effectively manage and operate the water infrastructures constructed.
  • Ensure that Accountability, HIV & AIDS, equality and disaster risk reduction (DRR) are factored into programme design and delivery, reviews and evaluations.
  • Play an active role in the Programme Technical Support Unit, contributing to the overall country and State-level programme strategy.
  • Represent Concern Worldwide WASH Programme in appropriate forum both internally and externally i.e. in Management team, State Sector Coordination meetings, Federal WASH cluster etc as needed.

 Your skills and experience will include:

 Essential:

  • Relevant post degree level qualification in Engineering (Civil/Water/Environmental), Hydrogeology, Public Health or Environmental Resource Management
  • Minimum of three years overseas experience with an NGO implementing participatory Water and Sanitation programmes
  • Experience with Participatory Hygiene Promotion and Behaviour Change approaches
  • Experience in Drilling and the development of Rural Water Supplies
  • Familiarity with Sphere guidelines and knowledge of the Core Humanitarian Standard
  • Familiarity with humanitarian law and principles of humanitarian action (international code of conduct and humanitarian charter)
  • Demonstrable understanding of multi-sector Resilience programming
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Experience in working with and capacity building of national staff and partner organisations

 Desirable:

  • Qualification in Hygiene Promotion/Environmental Health.
  • Experience of work in Sudan / Horn of Africa region
  • Experience in working in a complex post-emergency or emergency context
  • Experience in Developing and Setting Up Monitoring and Evaluation Tools in hygiene promotion
  • Experience of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation

 We would also like:

  • Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Empathy with Concern’s goals and a commitment to capacity building, protection and participation
  • Good communication and training / capacity building skills
  • Proven organisation, planning and management skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and lead diverse teams
  • Flexible and adaptable to a changing environment
  • Ability to work under pressure often to strict deadlines
  • Knowledge of computer applications i.e. Microsoft word, Excel, communications systems.
  • Knowledge of Engineering Software programmes like AutoCAD, WaterCAD etc
  • Ability to live and work in a close team environment

 Any other special requirements:

Spoken and written Arabic as well as experience working in Sudan would be an advantage

All applications should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net by closing date.

CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

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