PURPOSE OF POSITION:
To take the lead in developing an organization-wide industry leading integrated Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) strategy and approach for World Vision Afghanistan (WVA); coordinate the design/development of WASH interventions throughout WVA programming; ensure relevant to context WASH industry best practices and innovations are applied and effectively implemented.
Take the lead in developing WVA’s WASH strategy and approach:
Design and coordinate implementation of WASH situation analysis and needs assessment exercises in each zone.
Conduct an evidence of change and capacity assessment of current and recent WVA WASH endeavors to determine lessons learned and best practices that can be applied to future WASH programming.
Canvass experience of other WASH implementers in the country to identify practices and innovations relevant to WVA programming.
Develop an organization-wide integrated WASH strategy and approach for WVA that is relevant and feasible for our context, innovative in nature, and aligned with WVI approaches/systems as far as they add cost effective value to programming in Afghanistan.
Coordinate the design/development and scale-up potential of WASH interventions and capacity throughout WVA:
Identify WASH grant funding opportunities and take the lead in design and proposal development, but also provide technical assistance to other project design efforts that include or could include a WASH component.
Develop/identify written material for guiding WASH implementation, for community awareness raising/education, and for positioning WVA for efforts related to WASH advocacy.
Provide/organize WASH-related technical and community process capacity development/learning opportunities for zonal based WVA supervisory and field staff.
Ensure WASH programming quality is optimized and evidence of effective change is demonstrated, documented, and leveraged:
In partnership with WVA’s MEAL team, develop a sound M&E framework for WASH programming that focuses on providing evidence of sustainable change and rationale for scale up.
Ensure quality control of WASH initiatives and compliance with government policies/standards and international standards such as Sphere, DO NO Harm related principles of Social and Behavior Change, and gender/highly marginalized inclusion.
Together with WVA’s Communications Manager, develop and disseminate WASH related promotional and evidence-based communications products.
Represent WVA and act as focal point in national, regional and international WASH related forums and networks:
Represent and posture WVA in WASH related clusters, forums within Afghanistan.
Network/interact with WASH related professionals and initiatives within the MEER region and the larger WVA partnership, such as the WV WASH CoP.
Explore partnerships with research institutions to provide an evidence-base in order to leverage additional funding and to establish credibility for WASH programming in Afghanistan within the WVA partnership and beyond.
Identify and interact with potential partners for joint implementation of WASH programming in Afghanistan, either as sub-grantees or for forming consortiums.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Advanced degree in a relevant field.
Advanced written and oral English skills. (Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively, both in spoken and written English).
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
Understanding of the workings of major donor agencies.
Knowledge of project cycle elements, M&E systems design and management.
Understanding of integrated rural community development programming and processes.
Thorough knowledge of MS Office, Lotus Notes and data management and analysis software such as SPSS.
Strong capacity building and facilitation skills.
Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible world view, emotional maturity and physical stamina.
Self-starter who can work independently under pressure and who has ability to manage work tasks without direct supervision.
Strong ability to work with and relate to diverse personality types, to practice relational and ideological tolerance, and to contribute to a positive organizational culture.
Ability to maintain performance expectations and healthy social interactions in psychologically stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.
Willing to travel as required.
Able to live and work within a fragile context and restricted environment.
Commitment to World Vision Core Values, Vision and Mission Statement.
Familiarity with grant requirements of major donors such as EU, ECHO, DFID, CIDA, AusAid, etc.
Minimum three (3) years’ experience in WASH programming at a field program level.
At least 2 years work experience in a WASH technical leadership position.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Mentoring within cross cultural contexts.
Minimum five (5) years of development and/or relief work at the programmatic level.
Experience in integrated program/project cycle management.
Experience living and working in a fragile context.
Position is based in Herat, Afghanistan, with possible travel up to 25% of the time (local and international).
Expatriates in Herat work intensely together in close quarters office space and also live together in a team house. It is critical that each of them has the ability to both find “personal space” for themselves and honor the personal space of others, and to practice a high level of relational and personality tolerance.