WASH Coordinator Non-profit Careers – Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Title:    WASH Coordinator
Organisation: Danish
Refugee Council (DRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Community
Services Officer
About US:
The Danish Refugee
Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on
all aspects of the refugee cause in more than 36 countries throughout the
world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons
(IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of
forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC
works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct
for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.
Job Summary:   The WASH Coordinator is responsible for
coordinating strategy and operations within the West Nile WASH sector. The
position exercises technical line management responsibilities over the West
Nile WASH staff. The WASH Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that managers
and other employees are provided with the right expert advice and support to
set strategy and assure operational quality and compliance with standards and
procedures. He/She is accountable for the quality provision of WASH support and
the ability to effectively coordinate others within the technical line. He/She
will have delegated budget authority, and is expected to contribute to
important management decisions. He/She will support WASH activity
implementation teams in Rhino Camp, Yumbe, Kuluba and other locations of West
Nile region.  The WASH Coordinator must
demonstrate technical understanding of all facets of WASH including Water
Engineering, Sanitation and all forms of Hygiene programming including
Menstrual Hygiene.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide technical line management to WASH staff through respective
    Base Managers.
  • Plan and coordinate staff development processes.
  • Provide input into staff performance management, and recruitment
  • Conduct engineering works including development of designs, BOQs and
    monitoring construction/engineering activities.
Coordination and
  • Collaborate with technical partners and stakeholders including local
    authorities, funding donor staff at regional level as well as providing
    technical support in advocacy activities related to WASH.
  • Provide technical quality oversight on the operations of DRC’s
    implementation partners in WASH activities.
  • Represent DRC at WASH coordination engagements at either regional
    level, country level or beyond.
  • Cultivate good relations with key WASH actors, including UNHCR,
    NGOs, donors, non-state actors and government departments through
    effective and regular attendance at technical meetings/clusters and
    bilateral meetings.
  • Develop and quality checked reports for various stakeholders.
Sector Development,
Monitoring & Documentation
  • Actively participate in program operational and long term planning.
  • Ensure prudent utilization of and accountability for resources
    allocated for WASH activities.
  • Development of WASH concept notes, project plans, budgets and
    funding proposals for sector development. 
  • Develop and support mechanisms to undertake gap analysis in WASH and
    initiate development of new WASH intervention areas. 
  • Responsible for technical guidance to the efficient and effective
    program implementation of all WASH projects within timeframe, budget and
    quality standards.
  • Develop WASH technical standards for capacity building trainings of
    sector staff in West Nile. 
  • Develop a monitoring scheme, which includes performance and impact
    indicators for all WASH components and related activities. 
  • Develop data base system and data collection tools and ensure
    quality data collection, data entry and undertake analysis and produce
    reports and provide feedback to relevant stakeholders.
  • Regularly monitor WASH activities and provide timely inputs and
    feedback to the Base Manager, Program Manager and Country WASH Coordinator
    to enhance WSH program implementation.
  • Coordinate with the MEAL Coordinator for conducting relevant
    baseline survey, mini surveys, needs assessment data, End line surveys and
    quality assurance are conducted.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, biannual, end year reports and activity
    work plans and share with relevant stake holders.
  • Lead the technical project planning, developing detailed
    implementation strategy, harmonizing approaches and methodologies for
    project implementation across the West Nile WASH grants.
  • Organize well planned donor missions to WASH field sites. 
  • Development, coordination, planning, implementation, monitoring and
    reporting mechanisms for use by the WASH sector in West Nile.
  • Conduct assessments and fact-finding missions to sustain engineering
    works and facilities.
  • Assisting in the preparation of project proposals for external
    donors and participate in negotiations to defend them.
  • Conceptualizing and developing sectoral and local strategies in
    close co-operation with the Program Manager.
  • Ensure that the programmes are implemented in accordance with DRC
    standard regulations and operational procedures, WASH technical standards
    and national standards and procedures.
  • Monitor all WASH program financial budgets, expenditures,
    procurement (including procurement planning) and inventories in accordance
    with DRC operations handbook, donor regulations and DRC specific
  • Ensure adherence to DRC Security procedures according to the DRC
    Operations Handbook and local security rules.
  • Provide technical support to project teams in conducting
    consultations with stakeholders in the project target areas including but
    not limited to the government authorities (particularly OPM_, UN Agencies,
    other NGOs and civil societies for the project start up. 
Staff Development
and Management
  • Provide technical line management to WASH Team leaders based at the
    field base location.
  • Collaborate with Base manager in developing WASH staff performance
    measurement and targets and appraisals based on the set targets.
  • Conduct regular field visits to operational sites to provide
    technical support to WASH teams.
  • Uphold DRC’s code of Conduct and principles of accountability.
  • Participate in procedures related to recruitment, staff development,
    warning and dismissal as required, with a mind-set of anticipation and
    expectation as opposed to reaction. 
  • Design and conduct or outsource technical trainings for the key WASH
    staff to ensure highest level of technical standards are sustained.
  • Coordination: Maintain close and good relations with all relevant
    stakeholders including the other Base Mangers of other NGOs, UN
    organizations, OPM, local authorities, line ministries, donors, DRC
    partners and internally with all staff and in particu;lar other sector
  • Transparency: Conduct self and responsibility in a transparent way.
  • Reporting: Timely compile required reports for all relevant
    stakeholders as required.
  • Follow up all DRC / DDG Procedures for Security, Finance, Logistics,
    HR and Administration.
  • Uphold DRC’s international code of conduct.
  • Carry out any other duty as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Danish Refugee Council WASH Coordinator
    job placement should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.
  • Five years of experience in an INGO or similar/related position
    which must include engineering, sanitation, financial management and asset
  • Substantial water engineering experience in rural settings,
    development sector work experience.
  • Good interpersonal, communication skills with proven experience in liaising
    with local authorities.
  • Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management.
  • Experience in civil or water engineering management and proven
    organizational skill.
  • Good understanding of donor trends, guidelines and procedures.
  • Experience dealing with national partners and local/government
  • Professional background in working with internally displaced persons
    and/or refugees is an advantage.
  • Good experience in training and liaising with national NGOs.
  • Experience working in multicultural work settings.
  • Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines; 
  • A team player and the ability to work with limited supervision; 
  • Flexible, pro-active, and with the ability on follow through on
How to Apply:
All candidates are
encouraged to apply online at the link below.
Deadline: 18th July 2018
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