Senior, Water & Sanitation Advisor Delegate, Haiti Assistance Program

American Red Cross (ARC), Port Au Prince, Haiti

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationMonitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd February, 2015

Job Description


o The Senior WASH Delegate provides technical assistance in the designing, planning, monitoring, evaluation and exit/transition of HAP’s WASH promotion response and recovery programs. S/he is expected to play an active role in collaborating towards the achievement of programmatic objectives of the HAP strategy, in particular those related to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.  S/he will identify opportunities for program growth and will support in proposal development. The Sr. WASH Delegate promotes good practices, knowledge management and institutional learning around approaches to WASH promotion, ensuring that ARC programs are implemented in accordance with sector specific industry standards.  As part of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Network, s/he will actively support and build the technical capacity of ARC staff and other Movement partners, in particular of the Host National Society. The delegate will report to the Head of Technical Coordination Unit and works collaboratively with the Accountability, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (AMEL) Unit. The position may require up to 30% travel.
o This is a full time position for a minimum of 366 days with the possibility of extension. This is an unaccompanied post.


The Sr. WASH Delegate‘s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Support to Program Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Exit/Transition:
o Designing water, sanitation and hygiene promotion specific strategies in alignment with the Government of Haiti (GoH), HAP, Movement strategies and industry standards, principles, goals and objectives.
o Contributing to the development of integrated program models.
o Identifying community and government resources and seeking to integrate the water, sanitation and hygiene promotion program with existing structures and capacities.
o In coordination with Program Managers, Partnership Coordinator and NHQ sectoral technical staff, ensuring effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of WASH promotion activities according to approved plans and budgets of projects funded by HAP whether directly implemented or implemented by RC/RC and non-RC/RC partners.
o Actively contributing to the development of systems, procedures, tools, associated methodologies and key project documents to ensure successful management and implementation of sector-specific and/or integrated projects.
o Advising on the successful exit strategy and/or handover of sector-specific activities.
o Providing project management support and oversight when required.
o Contributing to the review of program reports with project teams.
o Communicating mission, purpose, strategic goals and programme objectives among project staff (including incoming staff) to create mutual understanding and coherence.
o Ensuring ARC water, sanitation and hygiene promotion programs are in alignment with humanitarian industry standards, RC/RC Movement and ARC guidelines and policies.
o Documenting and promoting good practices, knowledge management and institutional learning around WASH approaches and incorporating lessons learned, best practices and technical innovation in plans and project designs.
o Providing supports in the technical management response to program reviews, monitoring and evaluations.
o Actively mentoring ARC staff.
o Closely monitoring and communicating technical program performance, tracking and advising Senior Leadership on technical issues that could adversely impact American Red Cross programming in Haiti.
o In particular, documenting urban wash related initiatives, best practices and innovation.
o Contributing to the production of materials such as presentations, annual reports, training materials, positions papers, proposals, etc. relevant to the incumbent’s area of expertise.
o Providing WASH technical support to cholera related projects/programs, whether implemented directly by HAP or indirectly through RC/RC or non-RC/RC partners.
o Fostering positive, collaborative, integrated and effective work relations with internal as well as external stakeholders.
o Participating in the recruiting of technical staff and consultants.
o Providing technical inputs to the development and management of RFA and RFP process in WASH promotion subjects, as required.
o Supporting in complex tendering process for design, construction, and supervision contracts for water and sanitation.
o Backstopping for other team members when required.

HAP Program Development:
o Identifying and proactively pursuing new opportunities for WASH promotion programming (stand-alone and/or integrated projects) and developing proposals, project documents and budgets for new projects.
o Actively participating in cross-departmental and cross-regional WASH initiatives which directly relate to HAP and/or broader ISD strategies.
o In the event of an emergency, providing technical support to the response lead.

Coordination within RC/RC Movement and with External Partners:
o Ensuring effective coordination and complementarity between ARC and partner projects.
o In close collaboration with immediate supervisor and Director Country-Programs, representing the American Red Cross and liaising with counterparts from HRC, Participating National Societies, the Federation and the ICRC, relevant GoH agencies, as well as external partners active in the country in order to minimize duplication and maximize coordination.
o Contributing to building the technical capacity of HRC staff, volunteers and partners, where appropriate.


o Bachelor’s degree in public health, engineering or related discipline, required.  Master’s degree preferred.
o Minimum of five years of WASH experience in emergency response, recovery or development operations in both rural and urban settings.
o Demonstrated experience in providing technical assistance to field staff in project design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and in the use of WASH promotion approaches such as Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHaST) and Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).
o Experience in developing urban and rural solid waste management programs
o Experience in sanitation marketing concepts would be an added advantage
o Demonstrated ability to adapt and work effectively in dynamic and demanding operational envionment.
o Familiarity with Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement highly desirable.
o Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively and in a collegial fashion with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.
o Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and achieve results through collaboration.
o Computer proficient, especially in MS Office required.
o Excellent written/verbal communication skills in English (essential) and French/Haitian Creole (desirable).
o As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, well-qualified women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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