Ended WASH Manager
Job Title: WaSH Manager (national)
Position Grade: Manager
Country and Base of posting: Yemen, Sana’a
Reports hierarchically to: Deputy Head of Mission
Creation / Replacement (incl. name): Creation
Contract Duration: 4 months – Initial duration with possibility of extension depending on donor funding
Travels outside the base of posting : Frequent (Taiz, Raymah, Hodeida Governorates)
Announcing Date: July 26, 2020
Announcement Closing Date: August 09,2020
Work Starting Date: September 01, 2020
General information on the mission
Première Urgence Internationale (PU-AMI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or those hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads in average 200 projects a year in the following sectors of intervention: Food Security, Health, Nutrition, Construction and Rehabilitation of infrastructures, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Economic Recovery. PU-AMI is providing assistance to around 7 million people in 23 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.
The conflict in Yemen started in 2014 with an internal political crisis which, later on, degenerated into an open war between northern-based Houthi Movement, and forces loyal to the official government, led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. In March 2015, violence escalated when a Saudi-led coalition launched military operations to restore the official government and stop the Houthi-Saleh alliance, who already controlled Sana’a and advanced on Aden. The Saudi intervention led to a stalemate in which the country largely remains as per now. The war also escalated on the economic front as the Saudi-led coalition declared a blockade on large portions of the country still controlled by the Houthis.
The armed conflict has spread rapidly throughout much of Yemen since mid-March 2015, with devastating consequences for civilians. More than 5 years of violence has led one of the world's poorest countries into chaos. The disruption of the commercial and humanitarian imports as well as of the market system, the displacement of populations, the loss of livelihoods and incomes, the damage on the private and public infrastructure and the general destabilization of the public system have contributed to the widespread of food insecurity, malnutrition and to a serious lack of access to health. Today, according to the Yemen Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO, 2019), it is estimated that approximately 24.1 million people in Yemen, about 80% of the population, are in need of humanitarian support, including 14.3 million in acute need, while 19.7 million people in Yemen require assistance to ensure adequate access to healthcare.
PU-AMI’s history in the country and intervention strategy
PU-AMI has been working in Yemen since 2007, through an integrated approach mainly focused on health and nutrition, coupled with food security and WASH activities, in order to combine an emergency response with a longer term community based approach.
PU-AMI currently supports several Health Facilities in Al Mansuryah, As Sukhnah, Al Mighlaf and Al Qanawis districts in Hodeidah Governorate and in Al Jabin District in Raymah Governorate in the North of Yemen; Since 2019 an operational base has been established in the South of Yemen, in Al Mokha District, located in Taizz Governorate where PU-AMI supports another health facility.
In terms of health, PU-AMI supports the Ministry of Health in providing Primary Health Care services in different Health Facilities (HFs), both in Hodeidah, Raymah and Taizz Governorates, among which: Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) and vaccination, reproductive health (Antenatal Care, Postnatal Care, family planning, institutional deliveries, mother and baby corners), medical curative consultations for all patients, and health education/promotion at community level by Community Health Volunteers (CHVs).
In terms of nutrition, PU-AMI ensures the following: screening by CHVs at community level and by nurses at HF level in order to manage both cases of Moderate Acute Malnourished (MAM) Children Under 5 (CU5) and Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) as well as Severe Acute Malnourished (SAM) CU5; Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) promotion by midwives at HF level and by CHVs at community level. Cases of SAM CU5 with complications are referred to Stabilization Centers (SC) either supported by PU-AMI or by any other organization/institution. The children can therefore benefit from in-patient treatment, including the provision of 3 meals a day for their caretakers.
PU-AMI distributes Food Baskets to HHs with at least one SAM case enrolled in Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) in order to improve their household’s nutritional status, but also monitor the cases after they are discharged and thus prevent any relapse.
WASH IN HEALTH FACILITIES
PU-AMI currently works at health facility level, conducting urgent rehabilitation and/or improvement works, notably regarding water supply and sanitation systems while ensuring that Infection Prevention and Control measures are mainstreamed at all levels including waste adequate management. PU-AMI also supports health facilities in water quality testing. In parallel, PU-AMI implements some hygiene promotion activities, through for instance the delivery of hygiene kits and the conduction of hygiene awareness sessions.
Under the overall supervision and direct line management of the Deputy Head of Mission for programs, the WaSH Manager is a key contributor to the WaSH component of PU-AMI’s integrated approach in health facilities. He/she will be responsible for the conduction of assessments and based on the outcomes on the update of the technical design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of PU-AMI’s WaSH activities – mostly part of the rehabilitation works in facilities. In addition, he/she will focus on technical recommendations to enhance the WaSH systems in PU-AMI supported health facilities, as part of the recovery/strengthening of the national health system and PU-AMI exit strategies.
In addition, the WaSH manager will provide support to PU-AMI teams, while promoting international humanitarian standards, adequate technical solutions and various guidelines and best practices. As all of PU-AMI activities in health facilities are interrelated, the WaSH manager will coordinate his/her work with the different teams at coordination and base levels as well as, when needed, external stakeholders including local authorities in charge of water and sanitation.
Tasks and Responsibilities
- Assessments & technical recommendations
- Programme/project management
- Quality assurance
- Capitalisation & Capacity Building
Specific Goals and Related Activities
ASSESSMENTS FORMULATION OF TECHNICAL RECOMMENDATIONS
- Conducts comprehensive WaSH assessments in PU-AMI’s supported health facilities, and short environmental assessments, to identify urgent and longer-term needs in terms of rehabilitation, rapid improvements of systems and possible transition from water trucking. The assessments will also focus on the regular maintenance of WaSH systems, including water service: water testing monitoring, waste management, sanitation and hygiene promotion.
- Based on the above, and in strong collaboration with the health department when required, formulates technical recommendations in line with the context, national regulations, available budgets and feasibility, and conducts the technical design (including calculation notes and sizing, bills of quantities, technical sketches and specifications).
- As and when necessary/feasible, conducts or contributes to additional assessments in health facilities and in communities, participating to the selection of new water and sanitation interventions, and possibly suitable hygiene promotion strategies, including potential cholera and COVID-19 preparedness and response.
PROGRAMME AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
- Conception: in close collaboration with other departments, defines precise modalities of intervention, including project sizing, budget and relevant indicators
- Implementation: In close collaboration with the rehabilitation officer and PU-AMI bases, support the implementation WaSH activities within the targeted Health Facilities, either remotely or through regular projects and sites visits, to contribute to the project objectives
- Technical Support: Plays advisory role and provides technical support to all teams involved in WaSH activities, through regular and structured in-field supervision and production of practical tools and recommendations.
- Monitoring: Follow-up on the progress of the activities, regular evaluation and readjustment when necessary. In close collaboration with the teams in the field and with the rehabilitation officer, contributes to the monitoring tools, including monitoring on budget, procurement and performance through outputs and impact. Ensure quality and analysis of specific WaSH data, notably on water testing results.
- Reporting: Actively contributes to the reporting related to WaSH activities for donors and all partners. Contributes to data collection on security & safety by sharing important context information with the person in charge.
- Ensures that WaSH activities are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with national and international humanitarian standards (i.e. Sphere and HAP standards).
- Ensure that the designed and implemented WaSH activities are gender-sensitive and ensure inclusion of and access to people with specific needs, and that they are gender-sensitive according to the context of intervention. Special attention should also be brought to beneficiaries’ safety.
CAPITALISATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING
- Update, improve and create when needed Standard Operating Procedures
- Assess the capacity of PU-AMI staffs, define action plans and organizes on-the-job coaching and conducts capacity building initiatives with relevant PU-AMI staff (Programme Managers, Logisticians, medical staff) especially with those in charge of the rehabilitation works in Health Facilities (rehabilitation officer)
- In close collaboration with PU-AMI medical team, organizes short trainings for the health facilities on technical operations and maintenance of water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management services.
- Contributes to the review of PU-AMI Mission’s strategy in Yemen, providing insight on the WaSH situation, needs and possible development/expansion of the existing programme and activities.
- Participate to external WASH coordination meetings and other working groups or meetings as required and feeds the mission with relevant inputs (donor strategy and funding opportunity, technical recommendations, epidemiological surveillance…).
The WaSH Manager will work:
- Under the Direct management of: Deputy Head of Mission for Programs (based in Sana’a)
- Under the technical supervision of: WaSH HQ Technical referent (based in Paris HQ)
- Functional links with: Logistics Coordinator (based in Sana’a) and base logisticians (based in Hodeida and Mokha), rehabilitation officer (based in Sana’a), field and deputy field coordinators (based in Hodeida and Mokha)
- No direct supervision of staff at the moment.
Required knowledge and skills
University degree in a field relevant to WASH-related field (eg. civil engineering, hydrogeology/hydrology/hydrochemistry).
Hygiene promotion in humanitarian settings
Education Degree (Diplomas and/or certificates)
knowledge and skills
Mandatory (will be tested)
Required Personal Characteristics (fitting into the team, suitability for the job and assignment)
- Good communication and negotiation skills
- Analytical capacity
- Capacity to work in an autonomous manner
- Experience in problems linked with humanitarian crises
- Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).
- Willingness to actively contribute to the capacity building and mentoring of key staff members
- Attention to details and to the context of intervention
- Flexibility/adaptability to changing context and operating constraints
Willingness to travel extensively to PU-AMI’s current areas of intervention and possibly to new areas for the conduction of assessments.
If you believe that you have the qualifications and skills to excel in this position, please send a one page cover letter and a CV in English as well as relevant diploma and other certificates by email email@example.com no later than August 09,2020. The subject of the email should be heading « Wash Manager (national) – Sana’a ».
Only applications respecting these criteria will be considered. Do not apply unless you meet minimum application requirements or you will not be considered.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted,