WASH Program Manager - American Refugee Committee International, Somalia

Closing date:  18 Nov 2011

American Refugee Committee


RESPONSIBLE TO: Team Leader STATUS: Full Time SUPERVISORY CAPACITY: National staff; local partner groups

The Somalia country program of the American Refugee Committee (ARC) is actively responding to current drought and famine crisis in Somalia from an operation base in Mogadishu and a support base in Nairobi. ARC is working closely with national and local authorities and with a number of Mogadishu-based international and national organizations to galvanize concerted and coordinated lifesaving humanitarian assistance to the people in need. ARC is also partnered with a number of local groups in Dhobely, Somalia where the needs are dire due to famine, drought, floods, and war.

ARC is not new to supporting the needy peoples of Somalia. It previously initiated humanitarian assistance programs in Somalia in March 1993 with funding from OFDA, Stichting Vluchteling and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The first location of ARC’s interventions was Bardera District in the Gedo Region and later worked in other Districts such as Hagar, Afmadou and Badhade districts through to 1997. ARC now plans to marshal resources and work with other INGOS, local NGOs, government and regional authorities with a view to consolidating existing gains by all partners. The interventions will address the multitude of needs in Somalia, WASH, shelter, health, protection. Through this ARC program; Somalians will be able to access services that have been limited or missing.

The purpose of the Program Manager WASH is to manage all WASH programming at the border area Dhobely, Somalia and eventually Liboi, Kenya. The WASH Program Manager will design and construct appropriate water and sanitation infrastructures as well as collaborate with government and local partners to work towards meeting the needs of the populations ARC serves. This position will also be responsible for developing, training, and implementing standard operating procedures for WASH in line with the WASH cluster and best practices. This will include monitoring of the WASH program and management of the budget. The incumbent will also conduct assessments for program strategy/design and will develop concepts and proposals with PDU and the Somalia team that are in line with the ARC WASH strategy. It will also be essential to identify programming opportunities in Kenya as well as a possible expansion in Somalia.

Program Management and Coordination 70% • Design and construct appropriate water supply and sanitation infrastructures. • Collaborate, plan and negotiate with government officials to fulfill water and sanitation needs for Refugees and IDPs. • Manage water supply, sanitation/waste disposal and associated construction projects. • Manage hygiene promotion activities of local partners. • Develop, document, and implement written protocols and standard operating procedures for water and sanitation programs. • Conduct initial and in-service training for sanitation workers. • Establish and maintain a regular system of project monitoring and evaluation. • Ensure adequate budget monitoring.

Program Development 30% • Conduct ongoing assessment and evaluation of program needs and consult with the Team Leader, WASH Technical Advisor, and the Somalia Country Director, regarding appropriate adjustments in program design or implementation strategies. • Develop concept papers, proposals, and budgets in collaboration with Program Development team. Ensure the timely submission of technical and activities reports from partners and from field personnel and oversee management of local water and sanitation staff. • Assist in identifying potential areas of operation in Kenya to develop a cross border program in collaboration with the Team Leader, WASH Technical Advisor, and Program Development Unit. • Any other duties as assigned by the Team Leader.

EDUCATION, TECHNICAL SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED • Water, Civil or Sanitation Engineer, or related university degree. • Minimum three years experience in managing and implementing Water and Sanitation programs in war affected areas or rural and remote environments. • Strong personnel and program management skills to include solid organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. • Familiarity with private, US government, UN and multi-lateral donors. • Demonstrated success in proposal development and securing donor funding (UN, USG, EU, etc.). • Familiarity or experience with SPHERE Standards.

KEY BEHAVIORS & ABILITIES • Ability to work in unstable insecurity environments • Ability to adapt to changing requirements • Ability to be remotely managed and manage remotely • Ability to work independently and in a team • Fluency in English • Willingness to travel and live in difficult security situations.

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