Category Archives: Africa

WASH / Civil Engineer in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Position: WASH / Civil Engineer

Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Start Date: March 2015

Duration: 6-12 months

BACKGROUND: Welbodi Partnership is a UK-registered charitable organisation based at the Ola During Children’s Hospital (ODCH) in Freetown, Sierra Leone. For the past six years, Welbodi has worked towards improved paediatric care in the Western Area of Sierra Leone through hospital system development, infrastructural changes, staff training, provision of equipment and community engagement in partnership with ODCH staff, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and the Sierra Leone Institute of Child Health (SLICH).

Welbodi Partnership continues to support healthcare in Sierra Leone during the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by providing coordination support to the holding unit at the Children’s Hospital while at the same time strengthening the safe provision of ‘routine’ health services (non-Ebola care) to children in the hospital. Welbodi is working with the MOHS and other partners to roll out a national programme to strengthen Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in government hospitals and to ensure that hospitals have the water and sanitation infrastructure necessary to adhere to IPC. Welbodi will implement this programme in three hospitals in Freetown: the national referral Ola During Children’s Hospital, the national referral Princess Christian Maternity Hospital and Rokupa Government Hospital, a community hospital.

SCOPE OF WORK: Welbodi Partnership is looking to recruit a WASH / Civil Engineer to join the team in Freetown to work in collaboration with the existing hospital maintenance teams and local contractors to improve the water and sanitation infrastructures in the hospitals that are essential for the implementation of IPC practices to reduce the health risks for staff and patients. The WASH Engineer will collaborate with the MOHS established Patient Safety Committees (PSC) as well as the national IPC focal persons and Welbodi Partnership IPC Mentors.

Due to the urgency, applications will be reviewed as they are received and suitable candidates contacted on an on-going basis. This position is for 6-12 months.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To develop a plan for improving the WASH infrastructure at the hospitals based on assessments carried out by partner NGOs in January 2015 and to prioritize the WASH activities according to urgency
  • To prepare technical drawings, BOQs and specifications for water and sanitation infrastructure as well as develop, negotiate and manage contracts with service providers, which will include preparing tender documentation and evaluating capacity and quality of contractors
  • To provide effective and efficient management of the project implementation in line with the project proposal
  • To provide ongoing supervision and mentorship to hospital maintenance staff, technical assistants, contractors and direct labour work teams during the implementation and evaluation of projects
  • To offer technical solutions to problems arising during construction and ensure appropriate safety and construction practices are adhered to at all times on site
  • To collaborate with the maintenance team and local contractors to implement WASH activities and ensure a functioning management, monitoring and planning body for the ongoing sustainability of the WASH infrastructure
  • To carry out further assessments of the hospitals and set up maintenance systems, train staff and arrange repairs of tanks, pumps, generators, pipe networks, drainage systems, etc. as required
  • To support the PSC, IPC focal person and IPC Mentor with the implementation, including delivery of training, of the SOP for “Safe Provision of Hospital Services during an Ebola/Viral Haemorrhagic (Fever)” and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s “National Patient Safety Guidelines” – this would include specific WASH related training such as disinfection and waste management and monitoring adherence to disinfection and waste management protocols
  • To take a leading role during the regular hospital PSC meetings on WASH related matters
  • To take a leading role in interagency WASH coordination meetings and develop networks with relevant WASH actors to ensure coordination and works suitability
  • Ongoing monitoring and regular reporting of WASH activities for Welbodi Partnership and partners
  • To support the Project Manager / Country Director in evaluating the impact of the programme
  • To perform any other duties deemed necessary to meet the needs of this project

REQUIREMENTS:

Essential:

  • University Degree in Engineering or other relevant WASH field(s)
  • At least 3 years of practical, hands-on experience in WASH interventions
  • Experience of programme implementation including financial accountability
  • Experience of staff management and capacity development
  • Excellent people skills and the ability to work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to self-motivate and work autonomously within the scope of the role
  • Excellent computer skills particularly in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel
  • A good command of the English language (verbal and written) is required
  • Flexibility in roles and responsibility is essential

Highly desirable:

  • WASH experience in a development, emergency or post-conflict setting with a good understanding of water (especially water networks), sanitation and/ or solid waste management in the African context
  • Experience in a hospital setting
  • Experience in WASH/environmental health related training/mentorship/programme development
  • Krio or other local language ability

SALARY/BENEFITS: Based on qualifications and experience, to be discussed with shortlisted candidates.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested candidates should email a copy of their CV, cover letter, and a list of three relevant references to jobs@welbodipartnership.org as soon as possible. The job title should be included in the subject line. Your cover letter should include: your country of residence and nationality, dates you are able to commence and duration of availability. Only those applicants shortlisted for an interview will be notified.

Equality and Diversity Statement

The Welbodi Partnership confirms its commitment to a comprehensive policy of Equal Opportunities in volunteering and employment in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and are given Equal Opportunities within the organisation. It is the Welbodi Partnership’s policy as an employer to treat all people equally irrespective of race, ethnic origin, nationality, sex, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, creed, disability, age or political belief. Applicants for this position should be aware that if successful, they will be requested to complete a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check, or equivalent in countries other than the UK. The Welbodi Partnership complies fully with the DBS Code of Practice. The entirety of the Welbodi Equality and Diversity statement is available upon request.

Regional Programme Manager – Southern Africa, WaterAid, Southern Africa [deadline 13 March]

The Regional Programme Manager (RPM) is a senior member of the regional team, reporting directly to the Head of Southern Africa Region. The RPM will lead on programme planning, development, effectiveness, quality assurance, learning and impact in the region, ensuring that country teams have the right capacities to make best use of WaterAid’s programming approaches. The role will also make significant contributions to influencing work across the region, exploring collaborative regional opportunities around programme delivery and advocating change in how WASH is delivered in the region, to bring about equitable and sustainable change to achieve universal access.

Applicants for this challenging post must have a postgraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification relevant to the WASH sector, and sound knowledge of international regional WASH development and programme delivery. Substantial experience of working at a senior management level in a developing country and in the region is essential, particularly in strategic and operational planning, project and programme management with significant financial and budget management responsibility. The role will be based in the Regional Office in Pretoria, South Africa, or any of WaterAid’s country offices in Zambia, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Lesotho or Swaziland.

Download full job description from:
www.actionappointments.co.za/uploads/1/5/3/7/15374534/wateraid.pdf

Email your application by Friday 13th March 2015 to lisa@actionappointments.co.za

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Knowledge and Research Coordinator, Global, CAWST [open untill filled]

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CAWST is looking for an enterprising and motivated individual with excellent organizational and writing skills to further build CAWST’s staff, partners and clients’ knowledge and expertise in WASH. The position is based in Calgary, Canada.

The Position:Knowledge and Research Coordinator

Reports to: Director, Research Learning

Type: Full-time permanent. Part-time may be considered.

Start Date: Flexible, February 2015

Position Summary:

This is a new position at CAWST. You will develop innovative strategies, processes and tools to effectively manage technical knowledge in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), building CAWST to become a global leader and centre of expertise in WASH.

You will lead the collection, analysis, and management of WASH technical knowledge from academia, grey literature, and the field experience of practitioners and CAWST’s broad base of over 1,000 clients in over 100 countries. You will also support the sharing of knowledge, both within CAWST to ensure that staff are informed and current, as well as with our partners and clients. You will facilitate the exchange of knowledge between academics and practitioners, mentors practitioners to implement WASH programs using the best available knowledge, and supports academics to conduct research relevant to the needs of the practitioners.

You are an enterprising and motivated individual with excellent organizational and writing skills, who wants to contribute to expanding water and sanitation access globally.

The position is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Travel is not required.

Responsibilities:

The Knowledge and Research Coordinator will support the following functions:

A. Create innovative strategies and processes to transfer relevant knowledge to staff

  • Create and streamline strategies, processes and tools to access and review latest WASH research information.
  • Create and streamline strategies, processes and tools to distill relevant research knowledge to staff through written and verbal means, in-person and remotely.
  • Response to technical inquires by CAWST staff.
  • Maintain a list of commonly asked WASH facts and figures.

B. Capture knowledge from staff and clients

  • Create and implement new strategies, processes and tools to collect tacit knowledge and learnings from field staff and from clients.
  • Advance the expansion of knowledge management systems, including but not limited to e-Libraries and online knowledge bases.

C. Generate and disseminate new knowledge to the sector through innovative channels

  • Establish strong working relationship with reputable research institutions worldwide to address priority knowledge gaps in the sector.
  • Coach practitioners to design and manage practical research projects to increase the impacts and sustainability of their WASH programs.
  • Support Education Program Development department in creating effective education and training materials.
  • Share new knowledge through emerging and traditional channels, including and not limited to webinars, videos, virtual discussion forums, online knowledge-bases conferences, and publications.
  • Response to technical inquiries by clients, students, and others.

D. Global services to clients

  • Develop, pilot test, and refine potential in-country services to clients related to practical research and knowledge management.

E. Other responsibilities

  • Maintain water quality testing equipment and supplies.
  • Support business development and management functions, for example:
    • Develop and execute strategies and plans of the Research Learning department.
    • Understand and contribute as appropriate to CAWST’s operations and business services cycle (e.g. monthly operations reports, budget reconciliations)
  • Interface and sustain credibility with partners, clients and potential clients to promote CAWST’s credibility and services.
  • Assist with proposal writing, fund development, donor reporting and public campaigns, as required.

Education:

  • Masters level degree (or higher) in engineering, public health, science or related fields.

Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in water, sanitation, hygiene, or health in international development context.
  • Preferred experience in library and information science.
  • Preferred experience of applying ICT (information communications technology) to knowledge management.

Skills and Attributes:

  • Entrepreneurial: Enjoy working in a dynamic, constantly changing environment. Able to identify opportunities, think creatively about challenges, resolve issues, make recommendations, and seek support when necessary.
  • Organized: Strong project management and coordination skills. Able to handle multiple tasks and balance priorities.
  • Team player: Able to work well both independently and within a team.
  • Discerning: Make good judgement on the authenticity and relevancy of research findings.
  • Analytical capability: Effectively analyze and synthesize academic research articles to generate strategic recommendations and practical actions.
  • Communication: Appropriately present often complex information in plain language, with the ability to target different and cross-cultural audiences.
  • Meticulous: Exercise great care in collecting and managing technical knowledge with high degree of accuracy, consistency, and rigour, down to the last detail.
  • Research: Able to conceptualize, plan, and conduct high quality practical research projects.
  • Languages: Fluent French and / or Spanish an asset (verbal and written)

For application and more informationhttp://www.cawst.org/en/get-involved/employment/629-knowledge-and-research-coordinator

Only completed applications will be considered. No calls please – only qualified candidates will be contacted for a personal interview.

WASH Project Manager – Generic (All Medair field programmes)

Role and Responsibilities

To plan, develop, monitor and evaluate the assigned WASH project(s). Assess WASH needs, design projects, write proposals and initiate and effectively manage and report on projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget. Provide technical support, leadership and strategic direction; meet quality standards in WASH delivery, encourage beneficiary participation, liaise with other stakeholders and manage and train WASH staff.

Project Overview

Emergency Relief and Recovery projects in countries of high vulnerability.

Medair

Medair brings life-saving relief and recovery in disasters, conflict areas, and other crises by working alongside the most vulnerable. Its Internationally Recruited (IRS) and HQ staff are inspired by their Christian faith to care for people in need, providing practical and compassionate support, regardless of race, religion, or politics. Medair has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification, worldwide. This certification signifies that Medair effectively delivers goods and services with a focus on beneficiary needs. Founded in 1989, Medair’s unwavering commitment continues to bring hope to the world’s most vulnerable.

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