Kenya nationals: Emergency WASH Technical Coordinator via ReliefWeb

Save the Children

Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Development and Quality (PDQ) LOCATION: Nairobi with frequent travel to the field.

GRADE: 3 (Competitive Package) CONTRACT DURATION: 6 months

Child Safeguarding:
Level 3 – the role 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)

ROLE PURPOSE: The Emergency Technical Coordinator – WASH (TCW), will provide overall technical support to all projects related to WASH in Kenya, specifically related to the drought response. The TCW will have a leading role in the planning and implementation of the WASH programme including development of high quality proposals and provision of high quality and timely technical support to the field team, with particular focus on current drought responses in Turkana, Mandera and Wajir Counties. Working under the supervision of the Head of Health & Nutrition – and in close collaboration with the Drought Response Team Leader, he/she will work closely with the programme implementation team and ensure high quality programme implementation. S/he plays a leading role in capacity building of programme teams, partners and other local actors in Kenya in WASH. The TCW will also play a pivotal role in providing adequate technical and monitoring support to the programme teams to ensure technical quality throughout the project implementation cycle. He/she will play a key representation role in front of donors and WASH partners and as necessary will participate in WASH forums. She/he will work with other PDQ staff and field teams to support area level advocacy on WASH.

Reports to: Head of Health & Nutrition (solid line) and Drought Response Team Leader (dotted line)

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programs delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programs of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programs with our own. Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country. In 2016, Save the Children established a new project office in Madagascar whose operations are managed by the Kenya CO. In total, we employ around 250 staff in both countries and had an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$17.5million.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key staff engaging directly with this post: Thematic Technical Specialists (Health, Nutrition, Child Poverty/FSL, Education); Drought Response Tema Leader/Coordinators, Area Program Managers; Communications Manager; Head of Advocacy & Campaigns; Awards Manager, Deputy Country Director – Operations


Programme Development
• Provide high quality proposals related to WASH for children and other priority groups in Kenya with particular focus on current drought responses.
• Provide technical support to SCI teams in designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating project activities
• Work with area teams to provide technical inputs to develop high quality concept notes and proposals related to WASH as mandated under WASH strategy

Technical Capacity Building and Support
• In close discussion with the WASH Technical Specialist based in the field undertake regular frequent field visits to each programme areas to review programs and build field staff and implementing partner’s capacity in quality programme implementation.
• Build the humanitarian response capacity of field team to be able to cope with the increasing severe drought of Kenya.
• Work with the WASH TS to build technical capacity of the area teams and partners to produce top class donor reports.
• Support the Area team in identifying and addressing technical gaps in planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of nutrition projects,
• Monitor the capacity building and community mobilization activities, advocacy sessions for quality assurance and prepare review reports with recommendations for continuous quality improvement in collaboration with MEAL team
• Support the area team to ensure child participation and community involvement in the project cycle management

Representation and Advocacy
• Work with other members of SCI including the communication manager to support Area/operations teams in developing local-specific advocacy strategies and messages in WASH
• Attend and Represent SCI monthly WASH cluster meetings in Nairobi and all drought related meetings or of any WASH related forums in Nairobi.
• Support Area teams as requested and build their capacity to lead representation and advocacy in technical, government and civil society fora within the Area, related to WASH
• Represent Save the Children’s Kenya programme in external fora
• Support project managers in documenting best practices and lessons learned in the curse of the programme implementation.

Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation
• Undertake and lead rapid assessments in emergencies and standard surveys and generate quality assessment and survey reports
• Assist the Area teams through regular supervision and quality monitoring
• Support Area teams and partners to carry out regular monitoring to measure and report on achievement and progress towards project objectives and results.
• Organise periodic technical project review meetings with Area teams (programme/project managers) and consortium partners and internally share progress and action
• Carry out field monitoring visits to document observations and experiences and share them with Area and PDQ teams and contribute for improvement of Programme quality
People Coordination and Support
• Work closely with quality programme and operations team in a matrix management environment for development and implementation of high quality projects in WASH both in development as well as emergency situations
• Provide support and constructive feedback for learning and development and capacity building of relevant staff managing nutrition related programmes/projects in the areas
• Support the development of an organisational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors.

Delivering Results:
• Maintains a broad strategic perspective at the same time as an awareness of the detail of a situation
• Establishes clear and compelling objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance
• Creates and applies measures and metrics to track performance
• Holds others accountable for achieving results and challenges underperformance
• Demonstrates financial awareness and a concern for cost effectiveness

Applying Technical and Professional Expertise:
• Makes decisions based on professional expertise and experience without deferring unnecessarily to others
• Shares knowledge and best practice on technical solutions so that others can make best use of that expertise
• Actively seeks new ways to develop the application of technical and professional standards within the team

Problem Solving and Decision Making:
• Gathers the right information and uses critical thinking to make effective and timely decisions
• Knows when to involve others in a decision
• Demonstrates awareness of the wider external influences that impact on decision making
• Analyses and exercises judgment in challenging situations in the absence of specific guidance or knowledge of the full facts
• Evaluates the opportunities and risks of each idea and solution to make informed strategic decisions

Working effectively with others
• Actively listens to new and different perspectives and experiences of those they work with
• Proactively supports team members and trusts their capabilities
• Demonstrates understanding of their skills and how they complement those of others within diverse teams and groups
• Clarifies their role and responsibilities within the team to maximise impact

• Builds trust with contacts through openness and honesty
• Participates effectively in sensitive, complex and/or high impact relationships and networks
• Builds strong relationships with a broad range of stakeholders
• Spots opportunities to bring together partnerships/working alliances that have not been used before

• Degree in public health/civil or water engineering or a related field. Solid experience in WASH related programmes including in emergency context is needed if the qualification is not public health
• Recommended minimum of six years of relevant technical experience including two years at senior level
• Proven skills and experience in undertaking assessments and designing/writing quality technical proposals in the sector
• Proven experience in programme development, project cycle management and monitoring and evaluation related to the sector including writing up high quality project/donor reports
• Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical WASH projects in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in the Horn of Africa context and with International NGOs
• Proven experience and skills in advocacy and building work relationships with local/national governments and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors
• Solid experience and excellent skills in capacity building of systems, staff, partners and other actors related to WASH
• Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams
• Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
• Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
• Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
• Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
• Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
• Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
• Willingness to be deployed part or full time in to emergency response as per need and as directed
• Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required
• Commitment to Save the Children values

How to apply:

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