WASH Specialist

Save the Children

Save the Children has been operating in Nepal since 1976. Our programs to improve the lives of children in Nepal are guided by the National Plan of Action for Children and the UN Millennium Development Goals. As the largest child-focused organization in the Nepal, we cover a wide geographical area with multiple programs that support our vision for all children…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Competitive / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 7+ Years
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    Job Category Health Care | Public Health ,NGO | INGO | Charity ,Programme Management
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    Job Qualification : Master
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    Posted Date : Jun 24, 2021

Job Description

The WASH Specialist will be responsible for technically leading the WASH subtheme, draw upon Health, Nutrition, and WASH strategic priorities ensure that WASH responses in Nepal Country Office is supported with quality technical inputs to drive the child survival breakthrough.  The role will lead strategy development and the technical design and implementation of high-quality programmes that deliver change for children in development programming and emergency settings.

The role supports national advocacy and influencing, while driving strategic partnerships for new business development.  It supports the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while sharing learning across our programmes, teams, and partners. The role will also link with regional health, nutrition, and WASH capacities where they exist, and contribute to regional learning, evidence generation and knowledge management where appropriate. The role will work closely with operations colleagues and with partners in Nepal CO, building their capacity and building ownership and agency of local organisations.

This position will be expected to engage with the country health sector, and coordination mechanisms, as well as represent the organisation with key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health and Population, UN agencies, and key INGOs /CSOs. The role is expected to support development, emergency preparedness, DRR and support the assessment, design and implementation of humanitarian responses with other Health staff in the country setting. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

 KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Technical Leadership (30%):

  • Provide technical leadership for WASH for the Country Office, and set the strategic approach in relation to the wider country strategy
  • Identify the needs and opportunities for WASH programs through situation analysis, feasibility studies, networking and leveraging findings from internal and external studies
  • Build capacity, mentor and build a supportive WASH community across the Country Office, in conjunction with other colleagues in Health and Nutrition.
  • Ensure relevant, evidence-based WASH activities are integrated in Health & Nutrition, Education, Child Protection and Child Poverty programs
  • In consultation with POD colleagues, ensure that WASH activities (as relevant) contribute to child survival goals and meet agency significant benefit standards including sponsorship.
  • Provide on-going and one-off technical support and advice to programs and partners as needed

 Program Development and Design (30%)

  • With the Health Advisor, pursue opportunities for synergistic, inter-sectoral programs to address the holistic needs of children, especially the most deprived. This will include continuously developing and packaging concepts for a range of donors, both for proactive and reactive fundraising efforts, as well as proposal development.
  • Supports in developing new programs/proposals in WASH subtheme in close consultation with Health Advisor, PDQ and the team.
  • Ensure consistent design, methodology, and quality assurance for WASH concepts.
  • Work closely with new business development colleagues to identify and pursue funding opportunities that allow for both integration into broader programmes and standalone WASH projects; engage with technical partners, donors and colleagues across Save the Children
  • Lead the technical scoping, planning, and design and proposal writing during new programme development, and ensure that we design and deliver high quality integrated health programmes for children with public health resources, building on global best practice.
  • Work with Child Rights Governance colleagues to ensure that a rights based approach is reflected in our programme design and implementation (in line with our child rights programming approach), with a strong focus on child participation
  • Promote a Health Systems Strengthening approach as the overarching framework, that supports working in collaboration and partnership with governments and regional bodies, local partners and working towards impact, scale and sustainability.
  • Contribute to organisational learning on health ensuring that learning from our programmes is shared across the Country Office and our partners, as well as with colleagues in the wider regional and global health, nutrition and WASH community in Save the Children.
  • Contribute to strengthening the use of health competencies within training and learning initiatives in the sector.
  • Develop emergency preparedness plans, and conduct sectoral assessments (including gender analysis and disability situation analysis using SC assessment processes and tools) and to design and deliver emergency response and recovery programmes. Monitor trends in order to ensure early action; and lead technical design and implementation and technical coordination of humanitarian responses.

 Ensuring Programme Quality (20%):

  • Provide oversight and guidance to the programme implementation teams to ensure that thematic programme components are technically sound, implementation methods are consistent with national and global strategies, acknowledged good practice (e.g. Save the Children Common Approaches); and are likely to achieve scale, as well as equitable and sustainable results.
  • Promote and monitor integrated programming in a way that increases overall impact of WASH programmes at the community level.
  • Support local partners (government, private sector, CBOs, professional organizations, universities) to design, implement and measure quality WASH programs
  • Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) teams to carry out gender and power analysis, and conduct quality monitoring against international standards through participatory methodologies that promote gender equality and social justice (including child-friendly and gender sensitive/transformative methodologies).
  • Contribute towards the creation of an organisational learning culture that promotes the use of disaggregated data, evidence and analysis (including gender and power analysis) and understands its link to quality and accountable programming; Contribute to strengthening the use of equality-focused programme principles and good practice across themes and sectors.
  • Undertake field visits to project sites; work with implementation teams to understand impacts, operational challenges, and continuously identify opportunities for learning and improvement.
  • With the MEAL team, ensure Quality Benchmarks are appropriate and applied to all WASH programming.
  • Support field teams to identify and carry out operational research related to WASH.
  • Ensure that recommendations on the technical aspects of the projects from evaluations, assessments and MEAL are responded in time and adjustments are made to program and plans as necessary.

Networking & External Engagement (20%):

  • In alignment with Country Office strategy and leadership, engage in strategic positioning with donors, partners and government in-country, and ensure that Save the Children is a partner of choice in WASH.Ensure that Save the Children is influencing and learning from others through national technical coordination and networking bodies such as health clusters and working groups.
  • Strengthen civil society engagement in national dialogues and policy processes through working closely with advocacy and child rights governance colleagues. Ensure that the diverse voices of children, girls and boys are equitably heard and represented in our WASH work.
  • Represent SC in WASH cluster at federal level, any national technical working groups donors, partner agencies, etc. as required.
  • Ensure the quality, clarity and consistency of technical components of internal and external reports (e.g. programme reports, sit-reps, internal updates), working closely with awards, programme implementation and communications colleagues as needed.
  • Leverage and liaise with technical colleagues from across Save the Children, including technical working groups and centres of excellence, ensuring that learning from the Country Office is shared with others and global lessons brought back.

Required Qualification & Experience

Qualification & Experience

  • Master’s degree in public health or related field or equivalent experience
  • At least 7 years’ experience of working in Nepal or elsewhere in WASH in emergency or development settings.
  • Understanding of the WASH sub-thematic area in Nepal, and an understanding of the health priorities impacted on by the regional or neighbouring situation.
  • Familiar with health systems, and health service provision including community health and the engagement of civil society organisations.
  • Good experience in training, and capacity building of workforce and health staff
  • Experience of the national context, strategies and policies to enable advocacy at national / regional level in order to hold duty bearers to account to realise children’s rights, including the right to health services and food.
  • Skilled at networking, representation, and partnership development in order to promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise resources.
  • Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn’t work for children
  • Experience of promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: gender equality and inclusion, adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration and displacement.
  • Demonstrated program design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale.
  • Experience of supporting humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery

How to Apply

Application Information

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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