Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Concern is the lead-agency of the UK Department for International Developmentfunded (DFID) Building Resilience to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) Consortium in South
Sudan. The aim of the BRACED Consortium is to support vulnerable farmers and agro-pastoralists, particularly women and girls, to become resilient to climate stresses and shocks. The consortium comprises Concern Worldwide (Lead Agency); Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
(ACTED); the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO); and the Sudd Institute. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to contribute to a new approach to evidence-based learning and to develop and strengthen resilience and climate smart innovations in Concern’s programme as part of this role.
The BRACED programme includes a strong emphasis on disaster risk reduction (DRR), which is recognised as a central factor in building community resilience. A key component of DRR in the BRACED programme aims to address vulnerabilities to flood and drought. The Consortium will develop adaptation and disaster risk management plans with flood and drought risk prone communities in the WFPZ.
Adaptation and disaster plans will be developed through participatory workshops which will see to mitigate potential contamination of the environment or of drinking water sources and reduce disaster risks through hygiene promotion across communities at the household level to increase sustainable hygiene and sanitation practices and thus reduce the impact of poor water, sanitation and health (WASH) knowledge, practices and systems, particularly in the context of flooding. In order to address WASH-related hazards,
BRACED seeks to encourage behavioural change through Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and/or
Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) training and the promotion of simple household pit latrines at the community level. In addition, the programme will build the capacity of County
Authorities and Local-level committees to manage WASH-related planning and hygiene promotion through the establishment and training of Hygiene and Sanitation Taskforces.
Reporting to the BRACED Project Manager, the WASH Officer will contribute substantially to the achievement of the WASH and DRR objectives of BRACED through field-level implementation, coordination, technical advice and capacity building support. With support from the Project Manager, s/he will work closely with the BRACED Project Officer and the Assistant Project Officers to ensure that day-today activities are coordinated effectively and implemented according to the work plan. The role includes technical input to all WASH-related aspects of the project cycle, planning and management of WASH activities, and coordination functions as directed by the Project Manager.
The position holder will adhere to the standards of conduct outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and
Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4). As this responsibility the position holder will:
Support and promote the standards outlined in the P4 and the Concern Code of Conduct to their team, partner organisations and beneficiaries, and be committed to providing a safe working environment; and
Contribute to the establishment of measures to reduce the potential for abuse in Concern programmes.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage the implementation of BRACED WASH activities in assigned project locations in Northern
Bahr el Ghazal State ensuring they contribute to the achievement of the programme.
Manage the delivery of WASH activities in the context of Disaster Management Planning in accordance the work plan developed for this programme.
Train facilitators, i.e. programme staff, community-level and other actors, in CLTS and/or PHAST
Oversee the construction of flood-proofed demonstration latrines in targeted geographic areas
Monitor the delivery of WASH activities and ensure their harmonisation with the BRACED consortium programme, including data collection and compliance with the overall M&E project framework
Maintain links to sources of technical assistance and information and disseminate technical information and assistance to team members, communities and other actors.
Train and provide guidance APOs, community-level and other actors to implement the WASH components of BRACED and provide technical and capacity building support where required.
Ensure dissemination of relevant health and sanitation messages through a number of channels, particularly community noticeboards and community meetings.
9. Propose locally appropriate relevant health and sanitation messages for dissemination through the medium of radio in conjunction with other BRACED actors through the Consortium Coordination Unit.
10. Provide guidance to assess and address WASH hazards, build knowledge, promote behavioral change, and promote the uptake of simple pit latrine construction at the household level as part of wider DRR programme components
11. Prepare and submit reports and other documentation as required and submit these to the BRACED
Project Manager according to strict deadlines.
12. Conduct themselves in a professional manner so as not to bring Concern into disrepute
13. Represent Concern Worldwide at relevant meetings at community level and with local authorities
14. Execute any other assigned project roles.
Skills and competence:
Bachelor’s degree level qualification in Environmental, Water and Sanitation engineering, or other disciplines relating to WASH, public health engineering, rural development, or disaster risk reduction.
3 years’ experience in managing and implementing WASH activities, focusing on rural communities.
Strong skills and experience in CLTS and/or PHAST tools
Experience in implementing disaster risk reduction, climate adaptation and resilience building projects.
Sensitivity, diplomacy, tact, good communication skills, together with the capacity to remain calm under pressure and not lose sight of strategic priorities.
Well-developed interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible in demanding solutions.
Good administrative skills in order to work with people at managerial and senior government levels.
Good understanding of humanitarian protection standards, the Sphere Standards, equality and operating within strict codes of conduct.
Demonstrated experience of integrating gender and diversity issues into WASH programmes.
Ability to multi-task and work within deadlines.
Proficient in use of Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook.
Knowledge of databases and skills needed to access, assess, and analyse information.
Basic analytical and statistical skills.
Fluency in English and local languages. Proficiency in the Dinka language is an advantage.
Understanding of the consortium model of working.
Training in project management and/or community development, participatory methodologies and/or
M&E an added advantage.
Interested candidates are requested to submit their applications, CVs and a scanned copy of their National ID to:
HR Department, Concern Worldwide, Nyamlell Field Office, NOT later than 19 th
January 2015 or email it to: [email protected]
The position is open only to South Sudanese nationals.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Submitted applications are not returned.
Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organization, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context staff have a responsibility to the organization to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.
Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.