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It’s hard to believe that today millions of Malawians still don’t have safe water and decent sanitation. and cannot practice good hygiene resulting in immense suffering disease and loss of productivity. WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation By 2030, we want everyone in Malawi to have clean water sanitation and hygiene We believe that we cannot eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development in Malawi without the attainment of rights to water, sanitation and hygiene far all

Do you want to be part of the team that will make this change happen

WaterAid is looking for experienced individuals to play a vital role in contributing towards our mission to transform lives with safe water, sanitation and hygiene in Malawi s unserved communities. The position is based in Lilongwe.

WASH Technical Advisor

Reporting to the Head of Programmes, the WASH Technical Advisor (TA) is a key member of staff in the Malawi Country Programme, tasked with providing strategically focused WASH technical leadership to the country programme. The WASH Technical Advisor will be responsible for providing strategic technical advice and input into the design, development and quality implementation of WaterAid’s work in Malawi providing technical advisory support to WaterAid in its engagement with government, partners, and donors and a wide range of stakeholders and will spearhead technical Innovations in shaping and reinforcing WaterAid s leading role and strategic ambition in achieving transformational change at scale through its work in the country. The role is also responsible for leading technical design, development and quality implementation of construction and sustainable O&M approaches and supporting advocacy in WaterAid’s programmes and projects on water, sanitation and hygiene, ensuring that WaterAid delivers quality standards in construction that adheres to value for money, continuously develops relevant and appropriate technologies and management approaches, develops systems and capacity for ensuring quality delivery at WaterAid and partners, contributes content and engages with influencing initiatives on policy and practice on WASH technologies, models and innovations in the sector. This position will work in close collaboration with other Programme Managers or designated technical specialists and programme quality, fundraising finance and people functions within the Country Programme and from other offices across WaterAid

Specifically, the WASH Technical Advisor will be responsible for.

Technical Support

  • Provide technical advisory, mentoring and capacity development support to WaterAid. partners and other key stakeholders necessary to embed quality standards during design, planning and implementation of WaterAid supported projects and programmes
  • Provide input into technical designs and tender and contract management documents and processes for WASH construction works to ensure that all infrastructure is implemented in line with WaterAid technical design specifications and national standards
  • Lead technical feasibility studies detailed technical and environmental impact and sustainability assessments of identified programme areas and provide recommendations to WaterAid and partners on construction technologies and operational management solutions
  • Identifies gaps and leads relevant research on WASH technologies and sustainable approaches to inform WaterAid and sector policy and practice
  • Actively encourage innovation in the technical spheres of our work. exploring possibilities of these being scaled up and replicated
  • Ensure that WaterAid develops and promotes innovative models for WASH technologies and management approaches that respond to both rural. urban and peri-urban settings with a special focus on vulnerable and excluded communities, poverty social exclusion arid equity gender sustainability and water resources management
  • Ensure that construction works are adequately budgeted for Wring the design of WaterAid programmes, projects and funding proposals development
  • Support partner organisations to ensure that the workmanship and quality of works delivered in WaterAid supported water, sanitation and hygiene projects and programmes is of high standard and meets relevant Government of Malawi and internationally recommended standards as well as WaterAid Quality Programme Standards
  • Ensure that all partners have the requisite technical capacity to implement quality construction works, manage construction contracts and associated risks.
  • Supports partners through capacity building, mentorship and monitoring to ensure that they adhere to Government of Malawi and WaterAid s procurement policies and good practice for all construction works to ensure quality. timeliness and value for money
  • Ensure that WaterAid has up to date systems for management of construction work including costing tool kits sample contracts. construction monitoring tools etc for the entire construction process
  • Ensure that all WaterAid supported work embodies a life cycle approach in the delivery of WASH infrastructure at project programme and strategic levels
  • Ensure that all construction works undertaken in the Country Programme adhere to donor contract requirements, WaterAid Quality Programme Standards and or where applicable National Standards
  • Ensure that WaterAid develops its construction procurement systems to respond to the existing and emerging construction demands including construction in emergencies
  • Provide quality technical inputs to support WaterAidsector engagement and strengthening agenda with relevant partners and stakeholders
  • Liaise with staff in the region and Programme Support Unit, identifies appropriate technical expertise to draw down to support the continuous improvement in the country programme or partners work drawing on teaming from the wider WaterAid community

Capacity Building

  • Conduct training needs assessments and deliver appropriate capacity building programmes for WaterAid staff partner organizations and relevant stakeholders in line with SPD programme demands and existing gaps
  • Ensure that partners adhere to and enforce health and safety standards and have capacity to manage associated risks in all civil works undertaken with WaterAid’s support
  • Ensure that partners adhere to WaterAid’s water quality policy and recommend correction measures if needed
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
  • Ensure that WaterAid has relevant adequate and up to date systems for monitoring of water, sanitation and hygiene construction and all relevant technical aspects
  • Conduct regular and on demand monitoring and support visits to partners to ensure consistency quality and minimum standards are upheld in the implementation of WASH projects
  • Support and guide the continuous analysis adaptation and documentation of key WaterAid WASH experiences and ensure that lessons learnt from programme monitoring are incorporated into implementation approaches and contribute to learning and lead to scalable and sustainable interventions and are shared within WaterAid and within key external communities and networks.
  • Contribute toward WaterAid’s country led reporting processes including PMER core procedures In collaboration with programme managers, contribute to sector learning and promotion of WaterAid s scalable models through various platforms
  • Periodically review quality of technical delivery, use the outcomes to advise managers at country level and partners including proposals for remedial action
  • Follow up on the risk critical quality standards such as water quality testing and also on other recommendations of country programme evaluations and technical assessments and ensures strict implementation of the findings and realignment of the design of our programmes using these outcomes.

Finance and reporting

  • Take an active part in the annual planning and budgeting processes ensuring realistic programme budgets for construction works and WASH infrastructure
  • Manage expenditure within own budget
  • Provide technical quality reports where required
  • Representation and stakeholder Collaboration, capacity and institutional support
  • Collaborate with others and provides advice on and or develops relevant country level standards to meet evolving the country’s WASH service needs in different contexts
  • Represent WaterAid in strategic collaborations to further develop WASH and to ensure WaterAid is benefitting from knowledge shared by other organisations. This will particularly focus on development of WASH standards, WASH sector strengthening, on the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders and especially on the development of service providers. authorities and where appropriate, the role of the private sector in the delivery and operations of these services
  • Work in close collaboration with others to assess institutional capacity of relevant ministries and national departments local municipalities / district administrations utilities, service providers and community actors to deliver water sanitation and hygiene services
  • Support/lead as needed on the design of participatory action plans to strengthen capacity of these institutions to deliver on their technical and O&M mandates.
  • Spearhead the building of construction partnerships with public and private entities as well as donors
  • People Management
  • Ensure effective management of performance of staff in the technical learn, develop team and individual skills and capacity in line with the strategic demands and motivate team
  • Create a conducive environment to ensure engagement and performance

To be successful, you need:

  • Master s Degree in CMI Engineering Water and Sanitation Engineering
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience leading designing delivery and monitoring of WASH facilities in multiple settings in both rural and urban areas
  • Proven experience of leading innovation and influencing practice m the WASH sector
  • Proven experience of managing WASH contracts including the tender process and monitoring the quality of implementation
  • Experience in managing technical experts including outsourced services
  • Experience of building staff and partner capacity and developing systems for WASH infrastructure delivery and familiarity with life cycle approaches
  • Experience in engagement with the WASH sector towards the realisation of the sustainable development goals, including government ministries departments and agencies civil society groups. development partners and communities
  • Experience in coordinating vinous stakeholders such as communities, government bodies, and private operators to ensure effective ongoing water and sanitation and hygiene infrastructure management.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work in both English
  • Intermediate to expert skills in Microsoft Office (specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and infrastructure design applications
  • Extensive experience in development programme management at a senior level
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake and direct high quality rural I urban WASH programmes.
  • Solid track record of working with govenment institutions to influence and direct policy ; practice reform agendas.
  • Detailed understanding et WASH technical and management issues including water security and broader development and poverty reduction themes
  • Experience of conducting formative research and feasibility studies, using the findings to make programme decisions and deliver appropriate design options
  • Proven experience of building capacity of staff and partner organizations especially CSOS and government
  • Track record of developing strategic operational plans.
  • Planning and organising skills and the ability to prioritise
  • Able to build and maintain trusting relationships, negotiate, influence and resolve conflicts with multi-level stakeholders including donor representatives government officials and community level actors.
  • Strong communication skill and ability to effectively convey information and ideas verbally and in writing
  • Experience of leading, managing and motivating others and driving change Commitment to WaterAid’s valued aria a working style that reflects these

How to apply?

Interested applicants should send their current CV with names of their three most recent referees and a motivation letter to recruitmentmw@wateraid.org by 30th October 2020.

WaterAid is committed to ensuring that wherever we work in the world there is no tolerance for the abuse of power privilege or trust. WaterAid reinforces a culture of zero tolerance towards any form of inappropriate behaviour, abuse harassment, or exploitation of any kind. The safeguarding of our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf, is our top priority and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. All staff and volunteers are required to share in this commitment through our Global Code of Conduct.

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