WASH Senior Officer -MENA

WASH Senior Officer -MENA
Deadline for applications: Friday, August 25, 2017
Contract:
Location: Beirut
Working area: Hazmieh
Job Description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC or “the Federation”) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The Federation is a membership organisation established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” It works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.

The WASH Senior Officer for MENA is a member of the Global WASH Team and supports the IFRC's programmatic vision for WASH and its translation into programmatic interventions, in close collaboration with NS’s, by providing technical advice, support and coordination to the Federation's programmes in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion throughout the resilience continuum (with an emphasis on emergency and recovery contexts).

Job purpose

The WASH Senior Officer for MENA is expected to contribute to the management and supervision of both multilateral and where appropriate bilateral programmes and operations namely (1) delivery of all global activities covered by the WASH programmes (water, sanitation, hygiene) with emphasis on emergency efforts related to the Syria crisis, inclusive both rural and urban with a public health focus. Ensure sound and consistent coordination between Geneva Secretariat, the region and country offices, the National Societies membership, incl. PNS and the wider international and humanitarian network and to ensure linkages and integration in a resilience based program approach (2) contribute to and backstop coordination of WASH support during emergencies and provide growth and quality assurance to developmental WASH efforts (3) as a member provides additional support to the Global WASH Team.

Job duties and responsibilities

            Enable RCRC to be a global leading player in the WASH sector

  • Contribute to and support the coordination of the work of RCRC at relevant regional and on occasion international fora, in publications, conferences and meetings and ensure that relevant advocacy themes are well presented to position RCRC as a global leader in all WASH aspects.
  • Contribute to national societies input in the development of global policies, strategies, guidelines and tools as well as the integration of these standards into the work of RCRC to ensure sound and sustainable WASH programmes and effective public health outcomes.Contribute to and support community led WASH, both rural and urban health related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Work closely, with other members of the Emergency and Crisis Unit as well as the Partnerships and Develop Unit and IFRC Country Offices contributing to ensuring appropriate visibility, resource mobilization and public awareness of the work of IFRC/RCRC.

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    upport National Societies in order to improve its WASH performance

  • Support the mapping of global WASH programming in their respective regions, progress and best practices and priority needs of National Societies especially in the context of developmental and emergency WASH and contribute to the provision of strategy and policy advice to National Societies. 
  • Contribute to the provision of leadership in the scaling up of WASH programmes, especially in developmental and urban WASH, by National Societies in their region.
  • Contribute to providing specific technical support to ensure National Societies are able to effectively incorporate WASH within each stage of the emergency cycle and along the resilience continuum: strengthening of WASH as part of prevention; WASH disaster preparedness; water quality monitoring as part of community disease detection and early warning; emergency WASH response including full spectrum of public health related WASH capacities and WASH during recovery aimed at ‘building back better
  • Contribute to the four cross organizational WASH related work streams: WASH for development through expansion of GWSI; WASH in disasters; WASH during public health emergencies and WASH in Urban Settings. 

    Contribute to coordination of WASH during emergencies

  • With other Global WASH team members actively engage with and provide support to the Global WASH cluster
  • Contribute to and when required backstop the RCRC global WASH surge mechanisms and ensure that the right people with the right skills and equipment are able to be deployed to the right places at the right time to support National Societies WASH needs in their region.
  • Work closely with the emergency health team so as to ensure WASH activities (including hygiene promotion) are directed at areas of highest needs and, particularly during infectious disease emergencies, WASH programs are supporting disease control and prevention of transmission in all relevant settings (clinical, home, environment etc.)

    Contribute to Delivering quality in operations

  • Ensure that tools, guidelines and projects are based on evidence, applicable international standards and follow a resilience based health approach.
  • Ensure that operational questions and challenges are addressed by operational research in partnership with different research institutions and other partners in their region.
  • Ensure that behavioural change components and training are following good standards and are aligned to department wide approaches.As part of quality enhancement programme, contribute to supporting National Societies to develop systems that allow a ‘seamless’ transition from health development to emergency response to recovery, build back better and accelerated development.

    Contribute to an effective, high-quality IFRC team:

  • Be accountable to the Regional WASH Coordinator and the Global WASH Team Leader by providing regular progress reports on results of objectives and risk analysis.
  • Be flexible in work definition according to needs and targets and improve efficiencies and effectiveness within available resources.
  • Be a proactive team member fostering a customer service-oriented culture that values proactivity, continuous improvement, innovation, high performance and cost effectiveness.
  • Foster a co-creative environment with colleagues in the Region and with National Societies including actors in the relevant external environment.
  • Contribute to the proper management of the Regional WASH budget as required, while strengthening financial standards.
  • Resource Mobilization and Reporting Management:

  • Support fundraising efforts by identifying areas of potential interest with relevant donors in close coordination with Resource Mobilization team in the MENA Region.   
  • Support the regional and country delegation to prepare a resource mobilization strategy for Community Based Programmes and by establishing appropriate planning, monitoring and reporting procedures.
  • In collaboration with the Federation Communications and PMER teams produce regular, accurate and timely reports for the Federation and donors as well as documenting inspirational practices, case studies, lessons learned and web stories

    Duties applicable to all staff

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    Actively work towards the achievement of the Federation Secretariat’s goals

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    Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross and Red Crescent principles

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    Perform any other work related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager

     

    Position Requirements

     

      Required

    Preferred

    University degree or diploma in engineering, WASH, Public Health or equivalent professional experience

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    Relevant post graduate degree in public health

     

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    Experience

     

    Required 

    Preferred

    At least 3-5 years working experience in the humanitarian or development sector, with a focus on WASH  

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    Demonstrated professional credibility in the sector and experience working in an international or cross-cultural environment.

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    3 years management and supervisory experience in a multicultural environment, with developing countries and/or with an international organisation at management level

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    Experience working in a RC/RC National Society and/or Federation/ICRC

     

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    Knowledge and Skills

    Required 

    Preferred

    Knowledge of WASH and public health, and experience in practically applying this knowledge into policy, programmes and positioning

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    Programme and project management

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    Results oriented and demand driven individual, entrepreneurial, ability to lead in unprecedented and/or ambiguous situations.

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    Demonstrated leadership and management skills, including the ability to lead within a matrix management structure and utilise talent and experience of team members in a productive way.

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    Outstanding networking, representational, communication and negotiation skills. An ability to be proactive and persuasive.

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    Demonstrated the track record in innovating, contributing to a learning culture, sharing knowledge and new approaches to engaging partners.

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    Professional credibility, able to work effectively at all levels across the organisation

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    Proven good judgment and ability to work with complete integrity and confidentiality

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    High degree of discretion, tact and sensitivity in dealing with internal and external clients and stakeholders at all levels.

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    Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multilingual, multidisciplinary environment.

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Experience required: Education degree: Bachelor Degree Field of education: University degree or diploma in engineering, WASH, Public Health or equivalent professional experience┘łRelevant post graduate degree in public health
Languages
Arabic: Very Good English: Very Good French:
Period: 12 months
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Submission guidelines: For those who are interested in the above-mentioned position, kindly submit your CV with the cover letter to the HR personnel (email mentioned below). Make sure to put the title of the vacancy you are applying to as the subject of your email, otherwise, your application will NOT be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted within 2 weeks after the ad is closed.
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