Category Archives: Africa

WASH International Technical Advisor (French speaking) | CAWST (Canada) 50% travel

The International Technical Advisor position is at the forefront of CAWST’s programs and global service delivery. You will be assigned to countries and/or a region of the developing world and will be responsible for formulating strategies, conducting business development to identify clients, and delivering professional training and consulting services. You will build clients’ capacity, motivate, and inspire client organizations to implement independent water and sanitation programs.

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Senior Research & Development Engineer, Sanergy, Nairobi, Kenya

Sanergy is an award-winning social venture that builds healthy, prosperous communities by making hygienic sanitation accessible and affordable in Africa’s urban informal settlements. We are hiring for a Senior R&D engineer – with a particular focus on biogas. We are looking for someone with a high level of technical expertise particularly and with the pragmatism to get things done in often very tough conditions.

The Senior Research & Development Engineer will be a member of the Growth Labs Team for the Sanergy network here in Nairobi, Kenya. In partnership with the growth labs, they should apply their expertise and knowledge to ongoing projects, finding innovative, cost-effective means to improve research, techniques, procedures, products and technologies.

To apply, please visit this link.

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.

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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