Role and Responsibilities
Plan, develop, monitor and evaluate the assigned WASH project(s). This involves assessing WASH needs, designing projects, writing proposals, initiating, effectively managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget. Provide technical support, leadership and strategic direction, meeting quality standards in WASH delivery, and managing and training WASH staff.
Take a look at Medair’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene work.
In July 2013, Medair officially launched the Rano Tsara II WASH project, due to last for 42 months. This WASH project will serve over 137’000 beneficiaries within 10 districts, working with the local communities to provide over 700 water points and 800 latrines. The infrastructure will be accompanied by a large-scale behaviour change communication campaign and capacity building process. The identification and training of local enterprises for the construction and installation of new water infrastructure plays an essential role in the project’s objectives to develop the locally available WASH services.
Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure.
Maroantsetra, with frequent visits to Mananara (north east coast), Madagascar. Take a look at Medair’s work in Madagascar.
Initial Contract Details
Full time, minimum contract of 24 months
Key Activity Areas
WASH Project Management
- Manage the assigned WASH project(s) in order to meet the project objectives within budget and within the allotted time frame.
- Develop and implement an appropriate and effective WASH strategy in consultation with other WASH staff and field managers.
- Set clear objectives and indicators for WASH activities in collaboration with the WASH staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities.
- Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to Medair, donor and other applicable timeframes and formats.
- Line-manage various team members, including development and training, appraisals, the resolution of conflicts and taking disciplinary measures in coordination with the HR Manager.
- Manage the WASH budget for the assigned project(s) and ensure all expenses are according to budget and meet the Medair standards with regard to financial management, including accountability and good governance.
- Collaborate with the wider Medair team in order to ensure correct procedures and anti-fraud measures are respected.
Communication and Coordination
- Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the WASH team, Medair in-country and HQ WASH managers, advisors and other relevant stakeholders.
- Support the logistics activities of WASH staff, particularly in relation to the purchasing of supplies and equipment for the assigned WASH activities. In particular, assist the sector managers in defining material and equipment needs for the project activities in terms of specifications, quantity and timings in order to ensure an early planning of procurement and logistic needs.
- Ensure a good level of communication and sharing of information with the support team in order to ensure that the implementation of water infrastructure activities respect Medair’s procedures.
- BSc / MSc in Water / Environmental Engineering or Management or Civil Engineering or Hydrology / Geology desirable
- Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)
- Strong working knowledge of French (spoken and written)
Experience / Competencies
- 2 years post-qualification professional experience in a relevant field
- Management experience in a WASH context
- Experience working in a WASH programme in a developing country, preferably in a humanitarian context desirable
- Experience using GIS software desirable
- Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian standards such as Sphere and HAP
- Good communicator
- Ability and willingness to manage project implementation
- Good numerical, report writing and administration skills
Medair Standard Working Requirements for the Field
- Experienced professionals in a relevant field; Overseas intercultural experience
- Committed Christians; commitment to the Medair values
- Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written
- Working knowledge of French, spoken and written, for French-speaking field programmes
- Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.
- Successful completion of Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)
- Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, external contacts
- Able to live and work in a multicultural team under difficult conditions
- Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit
- A salary based upon the grade of the position and the experience of the position-holder
- Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing
- Security training for those going to particularly insecure environments
- Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country
- Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service)
- Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food allowance)
- Annual leave; Death and disability allowance
- Contribution matching programme for retirement savings (for experienced relief workers)
- Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts
- Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post- assignment coverage, including debriefing
- This is a field position based in Maroantsetra, with frequent visits to Mananara and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced.
- The security situation in Maroantsetra and Mananara is stable – the main threat will be from cyclones.
Follow this link: www.medair.org/work-with-us, check if you are an Experienced or New Relief Worker and that you fit our standard working criteria, then:
a) apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile) or
b) apply for a Medair ROC (where we can try and match your competencies to our vacancy needs).
Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.