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Project/ Department Summary
Mercy Corps works in places of transition, where conflict, disaster, political upheaval, or economic collapse present opportunities to build more secure, productive, and just communities. Providing emergency relief in times of crisis, we move quickly to help communities recover and build resilience to future shocks, and promote sustainable change by supporting community-led and market-driven initiatives. Recognizing both the great potential and the complex challenges faced by the Middle East, since 1989 Mercy Corps has been implementing a range of humanitarian assistance and development projects tailored to the specific needs of the region and of those communities where we work.
Mercy Corps has worked across Iraq’s 18 governorates since 2003, implementing relief and development projects more than a third of which has focused on the specific needs of refugees and displaced persons. Mercy Corps Iraq current goal is to work with new and existing civil society, public and private sector partners to meet immediate and long-term needs by strengthening communities’ ability to rebuild amidst increasing crisis. Mercy Corps Iraq focuses on (1) a relief-to-resilience pathway to meet the needs of conflict-affected communities leveraging agency expertise in conflict management and civil society development (2) a humanitarian response that empowers conflict-affected populations to meet their own needs (3) partnering with conflict-affected adolescents to address their diverse needs, promoting leadership and linkages with civil society
General Position Summary
The WASH Project Manager will oversee the implementation of WASH project to support water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in Jadda camp and Haj Ali camp. This position is a management position with supervisory and managerial responsibilities, including direct project management responsibilities for the WASH project. Reporting to the Head of WASH Program, s/he will oversee and develop high quality design and implementation of emergency response projects to effectively address the humanitarian gaps and needs while building a base for later activities of early recovery. S/he is responsible for ensuring that projects run smoothly by providing technical leadership, supervising, training and mentoring the WASH project staff, and coordinating the implementation of WASH activities. The WASH Project Manager plays key roles in the implementation of the safety and security procedures, project development, proposal development, and providing input into the overall country project strategy.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
- Manage implementation of the WASH project, including hygiene education, water and sanitation infrastructure rehabilitation, construction and services;
- Engage community members and local partners in the verification of beneficiary households that promote accountability;
- Manage the distribution of hygiene kits, dignity kits and other NFIs that are an integral part of the project;
- Oversee the successful implementation of project activities, ensuring that teams are following work plans, that activities are on schedule, and that project deliverables are completed as promised;
- Identify priorities in term of assessments, designing and overseeing Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) and other surveys;
- When security permits, conduct field assessments, makes recommendations about the needs and vulnerabilities of the target populations in regard to water, sanitation and hygiene issues, and develop and implements feasible yet sound technical solutions;
- Conduct regular monitoring of project activities and project impact, per Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning and in accordance with existing related guidelines; (HAP, SPHERE and donor regulations)
- Actively participates to preparation of tender and contracts, including technical specifications of works to be performed by contractors;
- Write monthly reports and other donor based reports or organizational based notes for PD to review and submit;
- Work closely with vendors and contractors, as well as participate in vendor assessment and selection;
- Assist in proposal / concept note development and report writing as necessary;
- Budget management;
- Ensure that communities are informed about our projects and what we do, are aware of their entitlements, are comfortable to give feedback and that feedback is used to improve the quality of our projects;
- Provide technical direction and advice in emergency response in insecure environment, and develop work plans in collaboration with the team;
- Hire, Supervise, train and mentor the national staff and local partners;
- Develop and implement a comprehensive staff and local partner (if any) training series to build team capacity in the area of WASH and M&E;
- Work with partners and Utilities to strengthen linkages with other actors to enhance organizational learning which directly impacts staff performance and productivity;
Representation and Coordination
- Represent Mercy Corps at the WASH cluster meetings;
- Liaise with local officials including the Local and the Regional Water Utility, Sanitation Utility, Health structures, local NGOs and project partners, local religious leaders and other community members to ensure support for and acceptance of Mercy Corps projects in the AOR;
- Develop and maintain working relationships and coordinate with relevant international and local agencies active in the water and sanitation sector of an emergency response, including donors, other humanitarian and human rights organizations, local authorities and local partners,
- Represent Mercy Corps at local coordination meetings.
- Examine and pursue funding opportunities from donors and partners, in coordination with senior management (including developing and submitting concept papers, proposals, etc.)
- Ensure all activities are gender sensitive and follow Mercy Corps’ Gender Equity Policy;
- Apply Do No Harm standards to ensure activities do not have detrimental effects on vulnerable communities;
- Contribute to monthly reports and other ad hoc reports to meet donor and internal requirements;
- Participate in internal office coordination and planning meetings and workshops;
- Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
- Other assigned tasks, as necessary.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: WASH Engineers and Hygiene Promotion Officers in Jadda camp and Haj Ali camp
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Head of WASH Program
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Program, M&E, Operations, and Finance Teams
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
- BSc or Master’s Degree in Water Resources Engineering, Water Treatment Technologies, or Civil Engineering, public health with WASH-related experience.
- Demonstrated expertise with at least four years of relevant project management experience, including implementation of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Promotion projects.
- Demonstrated expertise in emergency response project management in highly insecure environments.
- Commitment to local capacity building and the ability to engage local stakeholders in project design and implementation.
- Demonstrated capacity to collaborate closely with INGOs and national NGOs. Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of UN agencies, and other NGOs.
- Good organizational and project management skills and the ability to anticipate project needs.
- Proven ability to work cooperatively with colleagues of other departments in a team environment, and to lead a diverse group of national and international staff.
- Understanding of participatory methodologies for project design, implementation and evaluation.
- Knowledge of humanitarian standards and codes, including SPHERE and HAP.
- Working understanding of procurement, administration and finance systems.
- Must be able to strategically manage and guide staff on project and office activities and security issues.
- Fluent English and Arabic essential.
The successful candidate will have proven experience working effectively and respectfully with host country government and other authorities, NGO, and CBO representatives, and will have effective verbal and written communication as well as multi-tasking, organizational, and prioritization skills. S/he will have demonstrated attention to detail while keeping a strategic view, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines, and work independently and cooperatively with team members, and will have an interest and ability to travel and work in insecure environments. Sensitivity to multi-cultural international development work and ability to train and facilitate dialogue among a diverse group of individuals with various skill sets and working styles are all critical, as is a commitment to working with community members to make concrete improvements to their livelihoods and living conditions. An ability to creatively problem-solve, to juggle multiple priorities under tight deadlines, and to calmly and diplomatically deal with unexpected and sudden events impacting project operations are also essential, as is patience, tenacity, and a good sense of humor.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES:
Successful candidates should meet the education and experience requirements in the position descriptions for the vacant positions. S/he must be self- motivated, creative, tolerant, and able to work in difficult, stressful environments and follow Mercy Corps procedures. S/he must respect diversity and gender equality at the workplace.
Interested candidates should submit their CVs to the email address email@example.com before the deadline indicated below.
Please indicate on the subject of the email the title of the position you are applying for, for full position description for the noted posts, please visit websites NCCI and F-Job.
ALL APPLICATIONS/ CVs SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 16th, 2019 at 16:00.
Mercy Corps will review CV’s and applications on a rolling basis (i.e., as applications are submitted).
Potential candidates for the post will be contacted for an interview and processed according to Mercy Corps Human Resources policies and procedures. As soon as qualified candidates are identified the positions will be closed automatically. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for potential interview. Any documents submitted will remain with Mercy Corps and will not be returned to candidates.
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer. Females are highly encouraged to apply.