Location : Mutare
Position Status : Full Time
Start date : 22 May 2020
About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.Working in disasters and providing humanitarian assistance in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner communities to put bold solutions into action—helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. Mercy Corps has been operational in Zimbabwe since 2003 implementing programs in WASH, Agriculture, Livelihoods and social protection. The organization has wide experience in both rural and urban WASH programming in Zimbabwe.
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps Zimbabwe’s WASH programming in Manicaland province has supported the response and prevention efforts against waterborne diseases like cholera, typhoid and worked with government structures building capacities of local institutions to respond and prepare for emergencies and deliver water and sanitation services to target communities. Mercy Corps has successfully implemented and managed projects funded by different donors like the USAID, ECHO, EC, OFDA, CERF, UNICEF and other UN Agencies. Mercy Corps WASH interventions are focused on rehabilitating communal and institutional WASH infrastructure, distribution of NFI kits, public health promotion and good waste management. Mercy Corps works closely with the government technical institutions supporting key district, provincial health teams and extension agents through resources in kind, joint planning,assessments and response. Mercy Corps is the WASH focal lead agent for Manicaland Province,representing and coordinating the WASH Sector partners in the province.
Mercy Corps will be implementing a number of WASH projects in Manicaland Province in collaboration with UNICEF funded by different donors mainly focuses on environmental health, hygiene promotion,sanitation and water supply. Mercy Corps is also supporting COVID response in the province working with local authorities and government technical ministries. The broad aim of the WASH program is to help target communities, local authorities and health authorities to create awareness of the COVID-19 outbreak, strengthen their surveillance and response capacity in case of an outbreak. Mercy Corps believes in the promotion of public-private partnerships approaches and promoting cost effective water and sanitation technological innovations in WASH. The program will work closely with the local authorities, government technical ministries and collaborate with other development partners in the project area
General Position Summary
The WASH Manager will be responsible for the successful implementation of the project in the target areas and coordination of the project activities. The incumbent is expected to monitor all the project indicators and oversee documentation of learnings and best practices from the project activities for sharing and incorporation into future initiatives. The project requires active engagement with stakeholders in the roll out of social marketing programs for household water treatment products and other related activities. The incumbent will work closely with technical line Ministries, Local Authorities and target communities to improve community knowledge, behavior change and promote best practices in water, sanitation, health and hygiene. In addition to supporting rehabilitative works, access to quality safe potable household water and health and hygiene promotion, this position oversees the monitoring and evaluation of the project
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Arrange and facilitate grant kick-off meetings with local authorities, government officials and other development agencies as might be required.
- Oversee the day-to-day implementation of the project activities in the target areas.
- Monitor project budget and track all expenses to ensure efficient and effective use of available resources.
- Mobilize all locally available resources in collaboration with the local authorities for the successful project implementation.
- Participate in field level coordination meetings such as the rural district development coordination (RDDC) and district water and sanitation subcommittee (DWSSC) meetings.
- Ensure that all project targets are met on time, with efficient and effective use of available resources. Track and report on all project indicators as defined in the project proposal document.
- Compile and submit monthly, quarterly and annual reports as well as other reports as requested by the Senior Programme Manager, Country Director or the donor.
- Prepare stakeholder and donor field visits to the project in liaison with the Senior WASH Manager.
- Participate and contribute to the country strategic framework on WASH programming.
- Contribute to project proposal generation or any other strategic document as may be requested by the senior country management team.
- Submit regular progress reports to the Senior Programme Manager and local authorities as required by the law.
- Network and liaise with other development agencies in the project areas and explore opportunities for collaboration.
- Conduct himself/herself both professionally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission in Zimbabwe.
As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
ACCOUNTABILITY TO PROGRAM PARTNERS
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards community accountability reporting mechanisms,specifically to our program partners and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging program partner communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Reports Directly to : Senior Program Manager
Works Directly with : WASH team, Finance and Operations teams
Knowledge and Experience
- Minimum 5 years’field experience in water and sanitation programs, experience in both rural and urban contexts preferred.
- At least 3 years’ experience of project leadership with coordination roles or functions at district or regional level.
- Experience in the implementation of piped water schemes a critical component of the roles.
- Budget monitoring and tracking
- Experience in working with diverse project partners
- Degree in development work or water and sanitation related studies.
- Strong knowledge of community appraisal approaches (PRA, PHAST, PHHE)
- Good report writing, data analytical and research skills
- Fluency in written and spoken English, ability to speak and understand Shona
- Strong planning and organizational skills
- Proven capacity to work in a multidisciplinary environment
- Strong computer skills especially in MS word and excel
- Ability to trouble shoot,investigate and make recommendations for solving some of the problems encountered during implementation of the project.
The WASH Manager must be a conscientious worker with an excellent sense of judgement. Has the ability to multi task and to work effectively with a wide stakeholder as well as to work under pressure.Must possess relevant experience to the position. Has the ability to work as both a team leader andpart of a team coordinating with project personnel.
Please send one document that includes your cover letter describing your interest,qualifications,3 contactable references and your CV to Mercy Corps Human Resources at the following address firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications should be clearly marked with the position applied for in the email subject line.
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity organization and encourages both female and male candidates to apply.
Mercy Corps has a zero tolerance for exploitation in communities we serve hence all interested candidates should declare in their applications that they do not have a violation of protecting beneficiaries against exploitation and abuse in their career lives.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Shortlisting will proceed as applications are received
Deadline: 15 May 2020