Program Assistant (WASH)

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European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Nairobi, Kenya
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
Government
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)

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The European Commission’s Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (DG-ECHO), is the European Commission Department responsible for financing humanitarian assistance. ECHO finances a range of partners, which include NGOs, UN agencies and the Red Cross Movement, to provide assistance to people affected by both natural and manmade disaster.

1. Duties & Responsibilities

The Programme Assistant (PA) - WASH will be based in Nairobi and will support ECHO’s Thematic Expert in charge of WASH in the region by undertaking the following tasks:

  • Assess water, sanitation and hygiene aspects of humanitarian situations in the region and provide recommendations on appropriate response;
  • Provide sectorial technical appraisal of project proposals submitted to ECHO as requested;
  • Provide quality technical advice and support to ECHO-funded projects, and assess policy compliance
  • Regular monitoring of on-going WASH projects and follow up of recommendations based on ECHO’s policies and international standards / best practices;
  • Provide advice and support to ECHO Country Offices at programmatic and strategic levels;
  • The PA will be covering Central, Eastern and Southern Africa countries where humanitarian crises are on-going or likely to occur. Frequent travel at short notice will be required. Based on evolving needs, the geographical coverage may change, and, if needed, the PA shall make him/herself available to cover countries outside the region.

2. Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor or equivalent degree in water and sanitation engineering/technology; water resources management; water treatment; hydrogeology; borehole engineering or similar field;
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience at national or international level in supporting programme/project operations, in water and sanitation in the Central, Eastern or Southern Africa regions, including at least 2 years of experience with NGOs, donor or national/international organisation; this should include work outside Kenya; If the candidate does not have a relevant university degree, eight years’ work experience in the humanitarian sector will be required;
  • Demonstrated understanding of water and sanitation and public health policies, standards, guidelines in emergency settings;
  • Public health background is an asset;
  • Knowledge of international NGOs and UN aid agencies working in the region;
  • Good knowledge of Project Cycle Management and ideally of international donors’ procedures.

3. Required Skills.

  • Fluent written and spoken English are required. Understanding of French language is an advantage;
  • Personal initiative; ability to work both independently and in a team, with ability to set priorities, and to work to tight deadlines;
  • Commitment, determination, reliability and a high degree of personal integrity and discretion;
  • Ability to analyse and process complex information; ability to clearly and concisely convey information;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.)

Applications which do not meet minimum requirements will be automatically rejected.