Rural WASH Program Manager

Job Overview

  • Date Posted
    June 6, 2024
  • Location
  • Expiration date
    June 12, 2024
  • Experience
    5 Years
  • Gender
    Both
  • Qualification
    Bachelor Degree
  • Organization
    GOAL
  • Required Languages
    English, Krio

Job Description

 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT 

INTERNAL & EXTERNAL 

General Description of GOAL’s Work in Sierra Leone 

GOAL has been present in Sierra Leone since 1999, with an overall aim to contribute to poverty and vulnerability  reduction through the implementation of integrated, multi-sectoral interventions, with a primary focus on improving  Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) specifically addressing teenage pregnancy.  GOAL is also improving rural water supply, and urban WASH focusing on faecal sludge management and promoting  social inclusion, empowerment, and decent work through systems-based programme approaches and community-led  social and behavioral change. GOAL currently operates in Western Area Urban (Freetown), Kambia, Bombali,  Koinadugu, Moyamba and Kenema Districts, with funding from Irish Aid, Charity Water and DFID, and now the  Community Foundation Ireland for its new blue economy program that is focused on food security and livelihood  improvement.  

General Description of the Programme 

The project, to be based in Western Area Rural & Kambia Districts will address the overall aim of limiting the impact of  climate change on food security and biodiversity damage, while building community resilience to climate change and  improving nutrition, food security and economic livelihoods. The project must be designed to be community-led and take  a gender-sensitive and youth-centred approach, ensuring that gaps, needs, barriers, and opportunities are identified for  women, youth, and vulnerable communities through their direct participation in the project’s activities. This approach  builds on the existing capacities, knowledge, and resources, drawing on local and indigenous knowledge wherever  possible. 

On this note, GOAL Sierra Leone would like to invite well experienced and professional applicants for the undermentioned position: 

Job Title:  Rural WASH Program Manager – WS4HS
No. of position  1 (one)
Country:  Sierra Leone
Location:  Kambia, District
Contract Duration:  6 months (with possible of an extension)
Start Date:  1st July 2024
Reports to:  Assistant WaSH & CC Coordinator
Responsible for:  WASH Systems for Health Systems Strengthening (WS4HS) Project

 

General Description of GOAL’s Work in Sierra Leone  

GOAL has been present in Sierra Leone since 1999, with an overall aim to contribute to poverty and vulnerability  reduction through the implementation of integrated, multi-sectoral interventions, with a primary focus on improving  Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) specifically addressing teenage pregnancy.  GOAL is also improving rural water supply, and urban WASH focusing on faecal sludge management and promoting  social inclusion, empowerment, and decent work through systems-based programme approaches and community-led  social and behavioural change. GOAL currently operates in Western Area Urban (Freetown), Kambia, Bombali,  Koinadugu, Moyamba and Kenema Districts, with funding from Irish Aid, Charity: Water; BOSCH, UNCDF, and IRC/FCDO  and now the Community Foundation Ireland for its new blue economy program that is focused on food security and  livelihood improvement. 

 

General Description of the Programme 

GOAL Sierra Leone interventions support strengthening the health systems to support resilience & sustainable health  through improving health WASH service delivery systems. WASH interventions are implemented in three districts,  namely, Western Area Urban, Kenema and Moyamba district. Other WASH interventions are mainstreamed into  health interventions focusing on WASH in healthcare facilities. The WS4HS focuses on upgrading at least one health  facility per district – Kambia, Bombali, Koinadugu, Kenema, and Moyamba into a canter of excellence health facility  with all the WASH facilities for a standard health facility with Kambia been a pilot case for the year 2024. 

Overview: 

The role of the Rural WASH Programme Manager – WS4HS is to provide overall technical, financial/budgetary, systems,  and administrative coordination to GOAL SL WS4HS project in five districts – Kambia, Bombali, Koinadugu, Kenema,  and Moyamba. This position will coordinate the facilitation of GOAL’s WS4HS project through the WS4HS Engineer  thereby ensuring project objectives are achieved within the project time frame and approved budget. The position  also contributes to advocacy and networking; contribution to development of Rural WASH strategy in GOAL SL; and  mainstreaming climate change in the project. To fully discharge these responsibilities, the post holder will closely work  with the GOAL SL Assistant WASH and CC Coordinator. 

Summary of Responsibilities: 

The Rural WASH Program Manager – WS4HS will play a pivotal role in supporting the implementation of WASH facilities  in healthcare facilities under the FCDO-funded project titled ‘WS4HS’ in five districts – Kambia, Bombali, Koinadugu,  Kenema, and Moyamba. Primary responsibilities include implementation, coordination, technical support, monitoring,  and reporting. The selected candidate will work closely with rural women, community leaders, and various  stakeholders to implement strategies that promote sustainable fisheries, improve nutritional outcomes, and support  diversified livelihoods. 

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct on-site supervision of constructed WASH facilities in the assigned operational areas. Strictly  monitor and supervise all contractors hired for construction and service provision. 
  • Provide technical and administrative support to the district WASH Programme team.  Develop project proposal and budget with support from the district WASH team. 
  • Provide quarterly and completion donor report.  
  • Track and monitor budget. 
  • Liaise with relevant line ministries, district government, community stakeholders and other  implementing partners.  
  • Supervise and appraise project staff. 
  • Prepare and share project status report on a weekly basis. 
  • Prepare contract documents. 
  • Conduct technical analysis during bidding process. 
  • Prepare purchase request for project. 
  • Facilitate the development of project action plans and supervision tools. 
  • Track and monitor the supply of equipment and materials to the worksites, and  
  • Ensure compliance project staff follow GOAL SL policy at all time.  

Safeguarding  

  • Maintain safe working environment for all staff/beneficiaries. 
  • Ensure risk mitigation measures are in place and adhered to. 
  • Ensure staff/beneficiaries fully understand Safeguarding reporting procedures. 
  • Ensure Safeguarding measures are implemented within areas of responsibilities. 
  • Ensure do-no-harm to children and vulnerable adult we meet. 
  • Follow-up, and address, Safeguarding issues appropriately.

 

Qualifications and Experience: 

Education: 

  • The candidate must have a minimum of a first degree in Sanitary, Environment, Civil Engineering, or a related  field of study. A master’s degree is preferred. 

Experience: 

  • Minimum of 5 years working with a reputable NGO. 
  • Must have a very strong knowledge in WASH projects/programs. 
  • Experience in working with relevant line ministries, district councils, and other government authorities. 

Skills and Competencies: 

Essential: 

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Proficiency in project management, including planning, monitoring, and evaluation. 
  • Excellent in working as a group. 
  • Computer skills with sound working knowledge of Microsoft Office and relevant computer-based programs.
  •  Excellent organizational skills, ability to work on own initiative with an innovative approach.
  • Able to communicate effectively and build strong relationships with people in many different environments.
  •  Good negotiation and conflict resolution skills. 
  • Strong experience in conducting/organizing workshops, training, or meetings. 
  • Capable of producing reliable and timely reports and familiar with community research methods.
  •  Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  •  Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. 
  • Proficiency in data collection and analysis, and familiarity with reporting requirements. 

Desirable: 

  • Fluency in written and spoken English. 
  • Fluency in Krio 
  • Ability to priorities tasks and manage time efficiently. 
  • Ability to work independently. 
  • Strong motivation and organizational skills. 
  • Flexible with the ability to cope with stressful situations. 
  • Honest and transparent in all dealings. 
  • Ability to work as a team player. 

Other Requirements: 

  • Willingness to travel frequently to rural and remote areas. 
  • Commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. 

General terms and conditions. 

GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum  protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring  the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the  course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any  candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offers made are also subject to  police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunity employer. 

Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to  the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse,  sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this ongoing commitment to  safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

 

Safeguarding 

Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to  the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse,  sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to  safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.  

Accountability within GOAL 

Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any  candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability: 

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety,  confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols. 
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our  programming area. 
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner. 
HOW TO APPLY 

Interested candidates should apply with: 

An application letter clearly justifying how they meet the selection criteria. 

Recent Curriculum Vitae including names and full contact addresses of three (3) referees, one of  whom must be their current or most recent employer. 

Candidates must state the position of each referee and his/her relationship to the candidate.

A copy of a valid labour card must be attached to ALL applications (written or electronic)

Police Clearance will be required from the successful candidate. 

 

If you have these skills and interested in joining our committed and dynamic Team, please send your cover letter and  up-to-date CV to jobs@sl.goal.ie. on or before 5:30 pm – 12th June, 2024 please note that a copy of the application  letter must be sent to the NGO Desk Officer, Ministry of Labour, New England or emailed to:  employmentdesk71@gmail.com 

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview. 

GOAL provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex,  colour, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.  

“FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY”