SI has been in Myanmar since 2008. For the first three years SI worked in the Delta in response to the devastating Cyclone Nargis. In 2011, SI expanded to three new regions (Dry Zone, Rakhine, and Chin State) focusing on Livelihoods, Food Security, Shelter, and WASH sectors. In January 2012 SI expanded to Kachin State to respond to an emergency situation created by the displacement of Kachin population affected by the arm conflicts. End of 2012 SI also responded to an emergency situation by covering basic wash needs of the population displaced by inter-communal tensions in Rakhine State.
Currently, there are roughly 270 national staff and 18 expatriates working on post development, emergency and recovery programmes. There is a country office in Yangon, which opened in 2008, and oversees the following bases:
- Regional base in Sittwe (Rakhine) with three areas of intervention in Pauktaw, Rathedaung and Sittwe Townships;
- A base in Bhamo (Kachin) with a sub-base in Lwegel.
Each office is operational with a field coordinator and between 36 to 215 national colleagues. The biggest base is currently the one of Sittwe. A base is likely to re-open in Dry Zone, Chin, and Delta area. Each base is directly supported by the Coordination in Yangon, with the Admin Coordinator having a direct functional link with the two bases for issues under his/her responsibility.
About the Job
The WASH coordinator, as technical advisor of the mission, contributes to the development of Solidarités International strategy by proposing a sector-based strategy in the field of Water supply, Sanitation and HP.
- He/she specifically guarantees the quality and suitability of proposed technical approaches and ensures the appropriateness of WASH activities and general SI objectives to the needs of the local populations.
- He/she coordinates the project cycle and more particularly the operational monitoring of WASH programs implemented in the intervention country.
- He/she contributes to the process of capitalization and the improvement of Solidarités International methods and techniques in the field of WASH.
The main stakes/challenges will be:
The level of representation is important on the mission. Representation for the WasH Coordinator involves the bi-monthly WaSH cluster in Yangon, the bi-monthly WASH Thematic Group in Yangon, regular meetings with donors when required by the CD and regular coordination meetings with other WASH actors and partner INGOs.
- Must have a university level degree, preferably a Master degree in Water Sanitation and Hygiene related sector, Engineering, Environment and/or Geology.
- Minimum 3 years professional work experience in a coordinator role in managing teams (including by remote control) + specific WASH experience.
- Significant previous experiences in emergency contexts and protracted crises.
- Experience in conducting technical assessment and project evaluation.
- Significant experience in an English-speaking environment.
General technical skills and knowledge:
- WASH programming experience
- Team management,
- Monitoring and evaluation,
- Report writing
- Strategic thinking,
- Able to quickly understand complex situations and to coordinate both emergencies and long-term programs
Specific aspects of the position:
- Ability to spend more than 50% of his/her time in the field as the position requires frequent travel to the bases,
- Technical knowledge on sludge treatment systems, stream catchment, dams, and gravity flow network,
- Experience into social water management, participatory methods and mobilisation in tensed community context.
- Fluent English (the mission is an English speaking /writing mission). Burmese are added assets.
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