Ended WASH Assistant (2)

The Job

JOB TITLE : WASH Assistant (2)

LOCATION  : Al Dhale’e, with frequent visits to field locations

REPORTING TO : WASH Manager

OVERALL PURPOSE

Working as an important member of a diverse team who are committed to serve the world’s most vulnerable with practical and compassionate care. The WASH Assistant has a vital role to play in improving access to safe water and sanitation for the target population, and improving hygiene behaviour.

This involves assisting the WASH Officer in implementing the assigned WASH project(s) in line with the objectives, budget and timeframe laid down in the proposal(s). Critically, the role focuses on ensuring coordination with the authorities/community leaders, beneficiary participation and feedback, selection of beneficiaries, and organising trainings and hygiene campaigns.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Based in the field locations, the WASH Assistant will be responsible for implementing water, sanitation and hygiene activities in the targeted locations. To ensure activities are implemented to the highest standards, the WASH Assistant must be a good community mobiliser and ensure different beneficiary groups (elderly, disabled, women, and the youth) are included in the design, construction and rehabilitation of WASH projects. This includes community water systems; household toilets; hygiene activities; WASH in health facilities; water safety planning and emergency preparedness and response (EP&R). Where possible, the WASH Assistant needs to help ensure WASH projects are part of Integrated Famine Risk Reduction (IFRR) programming. Medair aims to work in forgotten or hard-to-reach places where other partners are not on the ground. 

Responsibilities :

GENERAL TASKS  

  • Uphold the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence
  • Respect the Medair values at all times, both within and outside of working hours
  • Know, understand, and comply with Medair internal policies and procedures
  • Adhere to Medair Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) Handbook and regulations
  • Be prepared to be based and work in Al Dhale’e Governorate
  • Work closely with all members of the WASH team to provide the highest possible quality of WASH intervention
  • Treat all beneficiaries and their relatives with respect and dignity

SPECIFIC TASKS

Technical WASH Project Designs

  • The WASH Assistant will be field-based in a hands-on role. S/he will focus primarily on beneficiary inclusion in the design and implementation of the WASH activities, supervision of contractors, casual labourers, hygiene promotion volunteers, water quality testing and survey teams.
  • Assessing health risks, water and sanitation needs, available resources and the capacity of existing systems for conflict affected people's settlements.
  • Consulting with and involving different community representatives (including elderly, disabled, women and the youth) about access, design and management of water systems and sanitation facilities, as well as hygiene promotion needs.
  • Setting up, implementing and monitoring water safety planning in targeted communities
  • Water quality monitoring and reporting.
  • Set up training facilities, maintenance systems, and training of the local community
  • Support hygiene promotion teams with technical understanding in hygiene campaigns which improve community ownership and engagement.
  • Facilitate the MEAL team to ensure that regular monitoring and evaluation assessments are conducted in the field in terms of the quality of Medair projects.
  • Ensure beneficiary participation, feedback and accountability in all aspects of the project
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities to the WASH Manager

Staff Management

  • Attend regular team meetings with WASH team ensuring team members are kept informed of issues relevant to their work and providing opportunity for feedback.
  • Supervise volunteer hygiene promoters and water quality testers, contractors and enumerators in the field.
  • Actively build capacity of the above groups.

Financial Management

  • Ensure that any activities requiring the handling of Medair money are carried out in line with Medair procedures and all paperwork is completed accurately and in a timely manner. 
  • Provide information for monthly Cash Needs Forecast to the WASH Project Manager (PM).
  • Payment of WASH casual workers.

Communication and Coordination

  • Represent Medair at relevant local level coordination meetings involving local authorities, UN agencies and other NGOs
  • Coordinate and liaise with members of the Medair WASH team to ensure all objectives of the WASH program are met.
  • Provide monitoring data to input to weekly and monthly reports to the WASH Manager

Staff Safety and Security

  • Ensure personal understanding of Medair Standard Operating Procedures and Contingency Plans as documented in the Medair Yemen Security Plan.
  • Comply with Medair security procedures at all times, remaining aware of the security situation in office and clinic locations at all times.
  • Report any security incidents or concerns to the Security Focal Point
  • Report any issues regarding workplace practices to appropriate HR Manager.

Logistics

  • Local procurement of construction materials in co-ordination with the Logistics Officer and WASH Officer
  • Keeping records of consumable items and equipment used.
  • Support the WASH Manager with procurement planning.

Quality Management

  • Use the Medair e-library and other operating procedures, ensuring that all standardised formats are used and guidelines are followed
  • Implement, as far as is possible within operational constraints, relevant policies and standards relating to WASH service delivery including national, and international (e.g. Sphere and HAP) standards, donor guidelines and other good practice

OTHERS

  • Any other reasonable duties related to the above areas

Role Qualifications :

 

Required

Desirable

VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION

Technical qualification preferably in a relevant field (Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering)

BSc Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering)

WORK EXPERIENCE

1 year experience in WASH-related field

Ability to meet deadlines, achieve results and work with minimal day to day supervision.

Previous experience work for a private company or an INGO

LANGUAGES

Good English (speaking, reading & writing)

Fluent English (speaking, reading & writing)

Ability to write reports in English

IT

Computer literate with good skills in common Microsoft office (Word, Excel and Outlook) programs

Other technical packages would be advantageous

 

Role Competencies :

 

Required

Desirable

MOTIVATION

  • Enjoys a challenge and works hard to achieve objectives
  • Happy to work in field locations
  • Able to solve problems independently
  • Passionate about serving those in need, no matter the ethnic background
  • Self-motivated and Enthusiastic
  • Desire to learn new skills and different approaches to situations

 

TEAM-BUILDING

Team player with good interpersonal skills

  • Experience of working in a diverse team with different cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs
  • Experience in training or mentoring others

 

ADAPTABILITY

  • Willing and able to work under pressure, in challenging situations, with security risks, and to manage personal stress levels
  • Ready to work in different districts in Al Dhale’e Governorate
  • Able to adapt communication strategies for different situations
  • Willing to work extra hours when needed
  • Be committed to gender equality.

Willingness to be stretched professionally and personally

 

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

 

  • Knowledge about use of safe water chain
  • Knowledge of water sampling techniques
  • Design and supervision of water scheme rehabilitation/construction
  • Knowledge of latrine construction
  • Familiarity with chlorine residual testing

MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP

 

  • Excellent community mobilisation skills
  • The employee should be considerate and must have to care for local customs and traditions.
  • Diplomatic

Ability to work within hostile environments and deal with conflict

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Community mobilisation; community committees
  • Water system rehabilitation
  • Construction and contract supervision
  • Hygiene

       Solar systems

  • Water quality

 

WORK CONDITION

For the time being, this position will be based in the Medair Al Dhale’e Office, with frequent field trips and travel. However, given the emergency nature of this response and the unpredictability of geographic locations of services, the base location for this project can change.

Working hours will be 08:00 to 16:30 with 30 minutes for lunch

SALARY : According to Medair standard salary scale

JOB COMMITMENT

TYPE OF CONTRACT : Fixed Term Contract

PLANNED START DATE  : March 2020

TRAINING : As required

DURATION OF COMMITMENT : 6 months

How to Apply

If you believe that you have the qualifications and skills, please send a one page cover letter and a CV in English  also National ID or Passport as well as relevant diploma and other certificates by email to :

 aden-recruitment@medair.org no later than 25th of February  2020. The subject of the email should be heading:

WASH Assistant  and your full name

Only applications respecting these criteria will be considered. Do not apply unless you meet minimum application requirements or you will not be considered.

This position is open for men and women, including persons living with disabilities

We reserve the right to close the recruitment before the date indicated.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

  • Employer: MEDAIR
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Al-Dhale’e
  • Posted on: 11 February 2020
  • Deadline: 25 February 2020

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