9 Jan 2017

National WASH & Infrastructure Coordinator

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Job Description

Title:         National WASH & Infrastructure Coordinator – Somalia Program

Location:   Mogadishu with frequent visits to DRC Field offices in Somalia

Start of Contract & Duration:  March – August 2017, 6 months renewable

Background

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a protection of human rights framework, DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict. Program includes protection, livelihoods, food and NFI distribution, water and sanitation, and advocacy amongst others. There are 4 main program offices in Somali region, one in Yemen, one in Kenya, one in Ethiopia and one regional office in Nairobi. There are also non-operational region wide initiatives, focusing on advocacy and capacity building, which are supported from the Nairobi regional office. Currently, there is over 250 DRC staff in the region.

Purpose

The position of the National WASH & Infrastructure Coordinator is an overall coordination of the technical Infrastructure sectors of DRC construction projects in Somalia, in support to the ongoing management conducted by the WASH & Infrastructure Manager in Somalia. This will include providing the requisite support to program activities that require engineering support including livelihoods and shelter projects. The core responsibilities will be assisting the TM (WASH & Infrastructure Manager in Somalia) in supervising the project implementation, networking and liaison, communication, capacity building and field staff mentorship, monitoring, reporting & evaluation. The Coordinator will also assist the WASH & Infrastructure Manager in Somalia to oversee the work of the Field Engineers (in Somalia).

The Coordinator will assist in reviewing and monitoring projects both at proposal and implementation stages to ensure engineering QC (Quality and Control) including adequate safe guards against environmental impact. S/he will provide capacity building for DRC local engineers, community facilitators and local authorities / district engineers, in the use of the various technical templates used in the design and in progress reporting of the community sub projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Travels to those areas where the WASH & Infrastructure Manager in Somalia is not allowed to undergo visits for security reasons.
  • Provide technical engineering support to Somalia infrastructural activities (therefore not solely shelters), in addition to other funded construction project activities.
  • Maintain adequate Infrastructural standards for the sector and ensure that project staff, partner agencies and recipient communities understand, accept and adhere to these standards.
  • Assist in designing various Infrastructure technical templates including bill of quantities, bill of materials and reporting formats, based on a pre-determined list of community sub projects identified in the course of the implementation of the projects (e.g. primary schools, health posts, irrigation systems, etc.).
  • Assist in designing and editing drawings submitted by the Field Engineers in line with DRC Standards.
  • Provide support to the Field Engineers in the establishment of a database of market construction unit prices and material prices, updated at least on quarterly basis.
  • Assist in reviewing the technical specifications, engineering designs and work schedules to ensure consistency with the most appropriate technology and existing ministry /sector standards.
  • Ensure the projects are implemented with the set designs, BOQs and BOMs, and project budget lines are expended within approved limit as stipulated by individual donors’ guideline as far as construction work is concern.
  • Ensure the construction project activities are well coordinated and implemented in an integral manner so as to ensure effective and efficient utilization of physical and human resource during implementation.
  • Ensure that all infrastructure activities are respecting the approved DRC Policy for Infrastructure that provides the policy framework for the delivery of infrastructures according to social and cultural norms. The policy aims to inspire DRC/DDG operations to increase the quality of the works of the funded construction projects and thereby to improve the development of the standards in any DRC/DDG operations.
  • Regularly review the physical progress reports to ensure accuracy and consistency in reporting.
  • When needed – Representing DRC in National Shelter/NFI clusters technical issues related to infrastructure with close consultation with the WASH & Infrastructure Manager in Somalia, Program Coordinators and relevant AOM/AOC.
  • Coordinate with AOM/AOC and Program Coordinators in requisition, procurement and delivery of project input materials, supplies and labor as far as construction work is concerned.
  • Assist in proposal writing throughout the year.
  • Assist in the contribution of to the creation and compilation of the annual operation plans and project proposals whenever required.
  • Document, share and strive to solve difficulties that may be encountered in implementation of the construction projects.
  • Regularly conduct training sessions for field engineers and community facilitators (who will in turn train communities and local authorities) in the use of the various technical templates including bill of quantities, bill of materials, and technical reporting templates etc.
  • Train field engineer on collecting materials prices and construction unit prices, including data entry and analysis – especially in those areas where the WASH & Infrastructure Manager in Somalia cannot reach.
  • Share regular Report upon completion of every mission.
  • Share “Success Stories” in a regular manner.
  • Any other reasonable task as may be assigned by the WASH & Infrastructure Manager in Somalia or the Senior Management Team and the DRC Regional Infrastructure Coordinator.

Reporting

The post holder reports to the WASH & Infrastructure Manager in Somalia, and will work in close collaboration will National field engineers and AOM/AOCs and Program Coordinators and with technical guidance from the Regional Infrastructure Coordinator. For program development issues, the post holder will assist the WASH & Infrastructure Manager in Somalia, while working with the Program development and Quality Manager and other technical coordinators to enhance program synergies.

PERSONAL SPECIFICATION

Essential:

  • Post-graduate degree in Civil/Architectural Engineering or other relevant post-graduate degree.
  • A minimum of 8 years of field experience in emergency and displacement situations.
  • A minimum of 10 years of construction experience.
  • Knowledge of participatory approaches and tools to community planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English is required. Extensive experience in report writing and editing is required.
  • Good command of computer programs and applications with significant capabilities in computerized database and spreadsheet construction, and their practical application. Practical knowledge of AutoCAD, Archicad, ArcGIS or other GIS programmes is required.

Preferable:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a minimum of guidance.
  • Willingness and physical ability to perform field missions in areas under restricted movement and high security conditions.

General

Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html)

Posting details:

Interested and qualified internal candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit their applications which should include a 1-page cover letter clearly stating their motivation and qualifications and CV to drcjobs@drcsomalia.org with the subject heading ” National WASH & Infrastructure Coordinator” not later than Friday January 27, 2017

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