Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Roving WASH Coordinator
Job Identification: 4260
Location: Abuja, up to 50% travels
Team: Programme Operations
Job Schedule: Full time
Post Type: National
Job Category: Programme Operations
Reporting to: Rapid Response Manager
- The Emergency WASH coordinator is part of Save the Children Nigeria’s Roving Rapid Response Team responsible for the coordination and supervision of WASH preparedness and emergency response in Nigeria.
- The candidate ensures project’s implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of approved plans and budget to effectively contribute to the achievement of projects’ result and Save the Children strategic goals to address anticipated causes of WASH related disease and provide lifesaving response during an outbreak or crisis such as flooding.
Scope of Role
- Reporting to: Rapid Response Manager
- Reporting to Position: Occasional oversight of deployed WASH Officers and assistants
Key Areas of Accountability
- This post focuses on emergency/humanitarian programming and not limited to any project. The position holder will be expected to contribute to SCI’s dual mandate and support as needed.
- Responsible for coordination of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Emergency response in Nigeria.
- Collaborate with WASH Manager/TA, other TAs and Sector Leads (CP, Education, Nutrition) and Early Warning Systems Manager in monitoring the SC- EWS and other National platforms for risk monitoring, timely identification of triggers and deployment of early actions.
- Prepare predefine interventions to mitigate the impact of a forecasted hazard and/or increasing risk profile.
- Facilitate the mapping and development of context-based WASH Preparedness plan.
- Provide support to ensure smooth and timely start-up and implementation of project activities as per the approved project plans and budget.
- Coordination and engagement with the WASH cluster lead- Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), Rural Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (Ruwassa), other relevant WASH cluster partners and health cluster to mobilize and harmonize resources, and collective monitoring of trends for timely response.
- Support the resource management and prepositioning of WASH emergency stock and facilitate immediate distribution of the relief kits during emergency.
- Lead the project quality implementation, including development of financial and operational planning and implementation in line with the anticipatory actions and preparedness plan.
- Recruitment and activation of rapid response (mobile) volunteers for disinfection activities as per area targeted intervention in coordination with cholera CTC.
- Initiate and facilitate linkages, coordination and integration with other similar partners or related programs/projects for coordinated response.
- Serve as focal point for regular liaison and communication with projects internal and external stakeholders.
- Conducts regular field visits and review meetings and manage all Save the Children resources (equipment, supplies, HR) committed to WASH response.
Budget Management and Donor Compliance:
- Prepare monthly work plan based on approved Detailed Implementation Plan (DIPs).
- Manage budgets jointly with Rapid Response Manager, DDPOs, DPO, including phasing of budgets as per work plans, monthly review of budget versus actual expenditure reports, identification of gaps in financial management and required actions to address them.
- Ensure the project has clear plans (Procurement, Work plan, Recruitment plan, BVA and Phased Budgets).
- Ensure effective and efficient utilization of projects budget and other resources for intended purpose including assigning resources to partners and follow up on budget utilization and project expenditure as needed.
- Work with other internal stakeholders to ensure appropriate staff and partner training and capacity on compliance with donor and organization regulations.
- Work with Awards team to efficiently monitor and track burn rates, reporting and financial compliance issues to proactively identify and address any problems.
Representation and Communication:
- Represent SCI WASH and participate in internal coordination and share up-to-date information within the sector.
- Documents findings and recommendations of field visits for follow-up actions; shares as appropriate.
- Actively participates in the development and submission of program reports, ensuring completeness, accuracy and timeliness.
- Documents lessons learned in specific technical areas.
- Policy Analysis, Policy Engagement and Advocacy for Policy Change
- Contribute to WASH learning and research that supports the sector advocacy objectives and lead the implementation research necessary for evidence-based advocacy.
- Represent the organization at all relevant technical external task forces, working groups, seminars or other meetings as approved by the sector head and use these meetings to negotiate strategic, project and advocacy positions.
- Develop good relations with other NGOs, INGOs and UN agencies working in the sector and where possible forge alliances to influence key actors around advocacy objectives.
- Ensure that the voices of children guide advocacy and policy change objectives and related activities.
- Compile, Analyse and interpret WASH response data and provide regular updates to WASH cluster, government and other NGO coordination bodies as requested, and use the information to justify decisions on further resource allocation.
- Participates in identifying, coordinating, and implementing operational research studies to pilot and scale-up effective direct interventions in coordination.
- Programme Quality and Effectiveness
- Ensure that project officers are meeting both internal and donor technical standards and requirements. This includes oversight of implementation quality, reviewing, editing and signing-off reports to ensure they are of an acceptable technical and presentational quality.
- Participate in field-based project monitoring and review meetings.
- Liaise with Programme Operations staff to identify technical support needs of projects and staff, and jointly agree on specific and time bound support needs of projects and staff in relevant technical areas.
- Provide technical training to ensure that the project staff have the necessary skills to technically implement the project.
- Assist project staff in the use of WASH minimum standards and guidelines in emergencies to ensure the quality of work. These include, among others, child participation, child right programming and mainstreaming of gender, diversity and HIV/AIDS.
- Prepare work plans, in consultation with Field manager and WASH technical team and ensure that implementation is up to date.
- Undertake regular field visits to project sites to ensure technical quality and timeliness of ongoing work.
Documentation and Reporting:
- Provide accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for effective strategic and tactical planning in the Nigerian Response.
- Work with MEAL team to ensure quality data is produced, collated, compiled and shared
- Prepare regular/mandated program/project reports for management to keep them informed of program progress.
- Build the capacities of the ERT team to produce quality reports.
Program Finance, Logistics and Administration:
- Assist in staff recruitment and training, conduct performance monitoring in collaboration with HR, and ensure that standards and protocols are adhered to.
- Timely submit the procurement requests for all projects.
- Review and manage program budgets and ensure that there is regular alignment of the budget in regards to expenditures.
- Coordinate very closely with logistics in order to ensure that there is no break in WASH emergency program supplies.
- Organize and follow-up on all other procurements needed for the projects.
- Support safeguarding team in carrying out safeguarding risk assessment and develop a mitigation plan when needed.
- Flag safeguarding cconcerns noticed during programme implementation as well as share good practices identified in the field.
- All children and programme beneficiaries are provided with ongoing, age-appropriate verbal or written information in relevant languages about Save the Children’s Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.
- The post holder may be responsible for additional tasks and duties as and when required to support the overall Country Programme.
- Comply with all Save the Children policies and ensure that staff, volunteers and partners adhere to the highest standards of safe programming and comply with Save the Children’s Safeguarding Policy to ensure maximum protection for children, adults and the environment.
Qualification and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Geography, Public Health or related field. Master’s in relevant fields would be added advantage.
- Recommended a minimum of 3 years management experience in a humanitarian and development environment, including significant field operations experience running emergency programs.
- Experience of emergency program cycle management and well known the intervention area.
- Significant knowledge of humanitarian and development systems, institutions and donors and best practices in emergency management
- Substantial experience and knowledge of effective budget monitoring
- Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.
- Excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills
- Fluency in written and spoken English and at least one major Nigerian Language
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently, live and work in difficult physical conditions in an area of potential insecurity.
- Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s Vision, Mission, Values and Practices
- Demonstrable experience in Rapid Needs Assessment
- Experience in emergency response to cholera and flooding and other WASH related diseases
- Good presentation and facilitation skills
- Proven conceptual skills and an ability to think and plan strategically.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to train and mentor staff
- Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload
- Excellent spoken and written English and local language
- Good computer skills (particularly Excel, Word and databases)
- Knowledge of Save the Children systems and ways of working
- Experience of NHF, BHA, GAC, ECHO, EU funded projects.
Skills and Behaviours (SCI Values in Practice)
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
- Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- Future orientated, thinks strategically
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
- Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- Willing to take disciplined risks
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency.
Application Closing Date
15th November, 2023.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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