Rural Water Supply Service Advisor

SNV Nepal

At SNV we believe that no-one should have to live in poverty. We are dedicated to a society in which all people, irrespective of race, class or gender, enjoy the freedom to pursue their own sustainable development. We focus on increasing people's incomes and employment opportunities in productive sectors like agriculture as well as on improving access to basic services…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Lalitpur
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 7+ Years
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    Job Category Development & Project
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    Job Qualification : Bachelor
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    Posted Date : Oct 31, 2021

Job Description

Contract type: National employment contract

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation with long-term, local presence in over 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. With its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation – by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. SNV will continue to position itself as a premium organisation and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline. SNV works across three sectors: Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

Project Overview

Under WASH sector, one of the projects being implemented in Dailekh and Sarlahi districts by SNV Nepal is Beyond the Finish Line (BFL)- Inclusive and Sustainable Rural Water Supply Services. This project is funded by The DFAT Australia, Water for Women (WfW) Fund. The project is being implemented in four Rural Municipalities (RM) of Dailekh and four Rural Municipalities of Sarlahi Nepal. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to improved health, gender equality and social inclusion, and well-being of the rural communities in Nepal by supporting inclusive, sustainable, and resilient rural water supply services and hygiene behaviour change communication for households, schools and health facilities in two districts as a role model for inclusive WASH services.

The project was designed considering that the burden of poor hygiene and water lies disproportionately with women, girls, poor, low-caste, people with disabilities, and ethnic minority groups. The efforts like; Behaviour change interventions aims at addressing social norms and attitudes in order support inclusion in society at large, to ensure access of potentially disadvantaged groups to water supply and hygiene specifically, and to promote water conservation and water safety such that limited resources can be made available for all.

Building on SNV’s experience in strengthening gravity-fed rural water supply services, SNV has been working with its Area-wide Rural Water Supply Services (ARWSS) to support the local governments to address gender and social inclusion within WASH governance; equality, sustainability and resilience in existing rural water supply services; and improved hygiene for women, men, boys, girls, and people with disabilities. SNV’s WASH programmes are based upon the principle that access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a human right, and that local government is the duty bearer of that right. SNV’s role is to strengthen the capacity of local actors and systems to enable these rights within the population in their area. SNV is working in both gravity-fed and groundwater areas to develop models and practices that are applicable across the country.

Job Description

The RWSS Advisor will support the Project Leader RWSS and project team with technical insights, advisory services and interventions to the project implementation level under the Water for Women Fund supported Beyond the Finish Line-inclusive, sustainable and resilient rural water supply service project. S (he) identifies the opportunities and areas for improvement, to ensure quality delivery of services. The Advisor gives inputs to the PL RWSS, BFL team and the local partners in order to meeting the project objectives and realise successful interventions applying SNV’s Area-wide Rural Water Supply Services (ARWSS) approach. The RWSS Advisor’s work will contribute in achieving the expected impact and outcome indicators on following capacity outcomes:

  • Improved capacity of local government to lead multi-stakeholder sector planning, monitoring and targeting of investments following the human rights principles using evidence-based, transparent, and gender and socially inclusive decision-making.
  • Improved performance of rural water supply implementers (construction of schemes) and operators of waters supply services to provide gender and socially inclusive, resilient, and sustainable water supply services.
  • Strengthened post-construction support services, on technical, management, financial and social aspects for operators to deliver gender and socially inclusive, resilient, and sustainable water supply services.
  • National learning and harmonisation by using Project learnings to develop role models for gender and socially inclusive, resilient, and sustainable services and wider gender and socially inclusive outcome.

Responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Overall, the RWSS Advisor will work with and support the Project Leader, GESI Advisor, WASH Engineer, District Coordinators, MEL Advisor and GESI Officer for accelerting the implementation of inclusive, sustainable and resilient Rural Water Supply Service project in four Rural Municipalities (RMs) of Dailekh and four RMs of Sarlahi.
  • The four Rural Municipalities of Dailekh have prepared Rural Water Supply Strategy. In Sarlahi the process is ongoing. The RWS Advisor will provide professional support to the district team, local partner and RMs for existing RWS improvement with facilitation and use of GESI sensitive investment priority planning process.
  • Support Rural Municipalities for motivating and setting up quality test labs, provide trainings on climate resiline water safety planning and smooth operation process of labs at RM level.
  • Provide technical and professional support in preparation of tools/implementation of capacity buidling activites  for example: CB needs assessment, training design, training delivery to RMs, Wards, Servicer providers on RWS operational managment model, water quality test lab setting, water tarriff setting, budgeting, procurement and qaulity monitoring process.
  • Work with WASH Engineer to develop and desing economic and person with disability friendly models of rural water supply structures, so that local partner team and RMs can scale up of practcing inclusive, accessible and resilient Rural water supply structure (tap stands, tubewells) design.
  • Capacitate project team and Rural Municipalities on GESI and Climate Change resilient planning and implementation of rural water supply services.
  • Capacitate Rural Municipalities on rural water supply scheme data base maintaining and updating.
  • Capactiat the RM and Ward level techincial team, WASH focal person and WASH CCs at Ward, RM level on the post- construction support services;
  • Ensure the quality of works at sites are as per the drawings and the Engineering Norms & Standards.
  • Prepare GESI inclusive, safely managed water services, stories, blogs, documents on good practices contribute for preparation of knowledge products.
  • Use the projects’ baseline, Mid term assessment results on impact and capacity indicators for addessing the issues reated to level of service improvement at households, school and health facilities.
  • Maintain coordination with relevant WASH sector stakeholders at national level and provincial level as per need and use the forums for sharing learning from the project.
  • Any other assignment as assigned by line manager which contributes in achieving the impact and outcomes results

Required Qualification & Experience

  • Bachelor’s in civil engineering or equivalent with minimum 7 years’ experience in rural water supply schemes survey, inclusive and accessible design, estimation, drawing and construction WASH infrastructures.
  • Experience on climate change hazards, impacts on WASH sector and resilience aspect in Rural WASH.
  • Experience on capacity building training design, delivery at district, rural municipality for service providers/operators for smooth functioning and sustainable use of rural water supply services (post- construction supports).
  • Experience on climate resilience water safety planning, water quality testing, setting up of the water quality testing labs and operation skill would be essential.
  • Experience in projects monitoring, mentoring local government for quality monitoring of inclusive and accessible rural WASH projects.
  • Knowledge and experience on climate change hazards, impact and resilience measure and GESI sensitive for Rural water supply service provision will be an added value.
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently to rural municipalities and rural water supply scheme sites (with two-wheeler driving licence).
  • Good communication/team- work skill.
  • Good (English and Nepali spoken, writing, translation and typing skill);
  • Experience with training manual/ strategy/ guideline development and facilitation,
  • Ability to work under pressure and within the tight timeframe.

Additional Information

Report to: Project Leader, RWSS

Duty Station : Kathmandu with frequent visits to WfW-BFL project areas Dailekh and Sarlahi

Contract Duration : November 2021 – June 2022 (with possible extension as per project need)

Required Number of Position : 1

How to Apply

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV (not more than 3 page) with motivation letter (not more than 1 page) by clicking on the “I’m interested” button before 15 November 2021. 


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