WASH Coordinator - Solidarités International, Pakistan

Closing date:  28 Dec 2011

Solidarités International is a French humanitarian organization which provides aid and assistance to victims of war or natural disaster. For over 30 years the association has focused on meeting three vital needs - water, food and shelter - by carrying out emergency programmes followed by longer-term reconstruction projects. Whilst fully respecting the assisted populations’ customs and culture, Solidarités International’s programmes are implemented through the joint expertise of around 180 expatriates and 1500 local managerial staff and employees. Solidarités International is currently present in Africa (Central African Republic, Southern Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Liberia, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe), in Asia (Afghanistan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar) and in Haiti.

Scarred by conflict and buffeted by earthquakes and floods, Pakistan is a major recipient of aid. In 2010, unprecedented flooding affected 20 million people in Pakistan, a fifth of the population. On inspecting the damage, U.N. Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon said the flooding was one of the worst humanitarian emergencies he had witnessed.

Having previously responded to the earthquake in 2005/6 and the IDP crisis of 2009, in August 2010 SI sent an assessment team to Pakistan. In September the current mission opened, responding to the flooding emergency. The mission has grown quickly and secured partners to respond to the WASH needs of approx 300,000 flood affected people in Sindh Province, Pakistan.

Our WASH projects focus on the provision of safe drinking water, sanitation facilities including waste management and latrine rehabilitation/construction, hygiene kit distributions and hygiene promotion. The mission is emergency relief and recovery focused, also implementing DRR and LRR conscious projects. The areas of intervention for the mission at this time are in southern and northern Sindh Province, in the south of Pakistan.

The WASH Program Coordinator contributes to the development of Solidarités International strategy by proposing sector-based strategies for the whole activities.

He/she specifically the guarantor of the quality and suitability of proposed technical approaches and ensures the appropriateness between SI’s activities and general objectives and needs of the population.

He/she coordinates the project cycle and more particularly the operational monitoring of programs implemented in the intervention country.

He/she contributes to the capitalization process and the improvement of Solidarités International methods and techniques.

Strategic orientation: • Propose and develop a sector-based strategy in accordance with SI’s policies and priorities for Pakistan • Propose and organize diagnostic missions • Support the Head of Mission in the monitoring and analysis of SI intervention sectors and the analysis of the donors’ strategies for the organization’s activities • Be the driving force for putting new programs into place

Relevance and quality of projects: • Propose and organize evaluation missions • Support the Program Managers in setting up a technical approach and assessing the financial, human, and logistical elements of programs to be implemented • Ensure that all programs respect Solidarités International’s annual operational strategy, technical requirements, and the criteria stipulated by financial backers • Ensure the relevance and consistency of all programs vis-à-vis the needs of the populations • Ensure that work meets sustainability requirements and that established norms and standards are respected • Develop team capacities with techniques and new methodologies

Coordination, technical support and operational monitoring: • Ensure that resources from the Tool Box are used correctly in the management of the project cycle • Ensure that the planning and monitoring timetable is consolidated / validated • Ensure that monitoring indicators are in place and relevant • Take part in the monthly review of programs (budgetary, operational, logistical…) • Provide support and advice to the logistics service for the purchase of specific materials • Provide technical and methodological support to Program Managers • Anticipate difficulties relating to how his/her tasks are carried out and facilitate the resolution of problems • Propose the reorientation of activities according to changing context and indicators • Coordinate activities and approach with other humanitarian actors

Capitalization: • Ensure that SI’s capitalization tools are correctly used and disseminated throughout the headquarters (technical unit and desks) • Participate in the centralization and dissemination of procedures, guides and tools linked to activities • Propose improvements to existing tools • Form a network of experts, develop technical partnerships with others actors in the intervention zone and regularly keep the technical unit informed • In coordination with the technical unit, capitalize on the intervention methods and techniques, and on the experiences acquired by SI and others actors in the field. • Ensure that handover reports are written by all Program Managers before the end of their contract

Personnel management: • In conjunction with HQ HR, define the prerequisites for technical position openings and adapt existing criteria if necessary • Welcome and brief expatriates on arrival • Identify training requirements; implement technical training sessions in line with operational needs • Lead workshops, coordination meetings and/or technical exchange programs • Evaluate and assess the performance of collaborators under his/her direct supervision • Supervise adherence to security regulations by personnel under his/her supervision

Reporting / communication / representation: • Support the Head of Mission with fundraising and the negotiation and examination of project proposals • Convey information to the relevant authorities on security matters or any event having a possible consequence on SI activities and the security of the teams • Consolidate activity reports and supervise the preparation of reports and/or amendments • Establish and maintain a communication network and good relations with local/government authorities, donors representatives, UN agencies and other international agencies • Ensure that SI is represented at all relevant meetings or forums

Education: BAC+5 degree in hydraulic and/or water sciences / Engineering degree
Experience: • Previous experience in WASH projects (a previous experience in urban WASH context is a plus due to the implementation of technically challenging water network projects) • Previous experience in humanitarian environment • Previous experience in unstable and volatile environment (conflict / post-conflict situation) • Proven experience in team management and capacity-building

Technical skills: • Knowledge of water resources management • Knowledge of and previous experience in project cycle management • Knowledge of humanitarian actors
Languages: Fluent in English (written, spoken, read). French would be highly appreciated.
Computer skills: Good computer skills (Microsoft office package, internet, hydraulic software, AutoCAD, GIS).

Candidates need to be enthusiastic, wanting field experience, motivated, have experience with an NGO, have a good sense of humour, be organized and committed, and willing to be part of a close team, living and working together.

Salaried post: from 1700 euros gross per month, according to experience, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly, and a monthly Per Diem of 500 USD.

Solidarités International will cover accommodation and travel expenses from the expatriate’s home country to the site of the assignment.

Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 15-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs).

DURATION : 12 months, beginning as soon as possible.