Saturday, August 24, 2019

Job Opportunities at Lifewater International (Lifewater)

  e-SBO       Saturday, August 24, 2019
Position:               Area Program Manager
Reports to:           Country Director
Office Location:   Shinyanga, Tanzania
Lifewater International (Lifewater) is a Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve vulnerable populations as a demonstration of God’s gracious love for all people. Lifewater serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. 

Result Statement: I am responsible for producing the following result:
That vulnerable children, families and communities in the Shinyanga DC experience an improved quality of life that is marked by a sustained safe water access free from diarrhoeal diseases. I will achieve this by providing proactive, thoughtful, and accountable leadership and management of program teams, technicians and local stakeholders involved in the designing, management, monitoring and evaluation of Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village (VHV) program strategy in the area of operation under my jurisdiction. 
Reporting Positions:
  • Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator
  • Water/Sanitation Technician
Strategic Work Responsibilities
  1. Lead the Shinyanga Program team with passion, conviction, and in an organized, data-driven and outcomes-oriented manner.
  2. Participate in the recruitment, envisioning, and deploying qualified staff necessary for effective program delivery in the district(s) of assignment.
  3. Lead the development of a detailed implementation plan and guide implementation of the program and ensure monitoring progress towards program objectives.
  4. Develop strategic relationships with district-level stakeholders especially in program operation areas for purposes of leveraging their WASH activities as appropriate.
  5. Liaise with the LI Tanzania Country Director to develop, document, and operationalize all internal processes for program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
  6. Serve as part of LI Tanzania Management Team to support the Tanzania Country Director in developing new plans, and assessing feasibilities of new/strategic areas of operation.
  7. Contribute to LI learning and ongoing improvements through knowledge sharing, tool improvement, documentation, strategic reviews and planning within LI Tanzania .
  8. Lead program team on annual planning and budgeting for all programs and projects in the district of assignment in line with LI planning and budgeting guidelines and timelines.
Tactical Work Responsibilities:
  1. Ensure the quality and integrity of implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines, administrative systems, organization values and established deadlines
  2. Facilitate effective and relevant capacity building events for WASH program staffs and support them in the day-to-day implementation of projects
  3. Coordinate the implementation of baselines, reviews, and evaluations of the programs in close collaboration with HQ.
  4. Operationalize Lifewater program-level M&E system and ensure program and district-level utilization of M&E information.
  5. Build effective partnerships at the district-level and effectively represent Lifewater in relevant zonal forums e.g. Zonal NGO Forum.
  6. Prepares Service Contracts with the knowledge of the Country Office for project activities covering among other the following: vehicle rent, construction contracts, and professional fees.
  7. Prepare annual budgets with Area Program Management team, working through asset and program funding opportunities in alignment with strategic priorities.
  8. Conduct joint team reviews and planning with program staff to enhance performance.
  9. Conduct weekly meetings with each direct report staff to ensure that week planning and priorities are optimal.
  10. Provide 15/5 reports to Country Director on weekly basis.
  11. Facilitate 15/5 reports with reporting staff personnel on a weekly basis.
  12. Carry out any other tasks assigned by the supervisor from time to time.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
-Must have a University degree in either Public Health, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, -Social Work and Social Administration, Development Studies, or related field.
-Must have at least 5 years’ experience in community development preferably in the field of water engineering, sanitation and hygiene or public health, Social Sciences, Social Work and Social -Administration, Development Studies, or related field.
-Must have good analytical and problem solving skills.
-Excellent command of the English language, both written and spoken.
-Knowledge of financial and human resource management.
-Must be able to communicate in a cross-cultural environment.

Position: Director of Engineering Operations 
Location: Shinyanga, Tanzania (with regular travel to Program Areas) - Full-time
Reports to: Country Director
Reporting Positions: Hydrogeologist, Drilling Crew
Indirect Reporting: Program Engineers
HQ Alignment: WASH Engineering Team
Lifewater International (Lifewater) is a Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve vulnerable populations as a demonstration of God’s gracious love for all people. Lifewater serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
The Director of Engineering Operations oversees all aspects of the engineering and drilling operations in Tanzania to facilitate the implementation of the country strategy. Providing leadership, strategic direction, management and evaluation of all aspects of Lifewater Engineering in Tanzania, the Director of Engineering Operations also plays a key role in construction planning, engineering, drilling, logistics, quality assurance and team leadership. 

The purpose of this position is to ensure the most strategic and highest quality construction of WASH hardware in Shinyanga District Council and other areas as will be identified. This is the foundation for both reaching basic water access in each program area and creating sustainable water delivery for generations to come. You will do this by leading all hardware planning, construction, logistical movement, monitoring, and evaluation activities – both by distance and through regular field visits to each program.
The position will also assist the Country Director in providing leadership to each of the program managers, critical analysis of program data/results, oversight of new program development, preparation of reports for external stakeholders, and by performing regular visits to the field for planning, monitoring, evaluating, and coaching of staff and quality assurance 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to implement each essential function as described below. These functions are done in close coordination with HQ WASH Engineer(s).
Day-to-Day Engineering Management and Leadership for Tanzania Programs (50%)
  • Assist the Country Director in the overall management of Lifewater International Tanzania program activities to ensure the effective and efficient use of financial, human, and material resources within policies, procedures, and work plans.
  • Lead Program Engineering teams in planning hardware, selecting the most appropriate solutions in each situation—in-line with both Lifewater and government standards. Support each team in developing and adhering to weekly (daily as needed) schedules that align with the Lifewater hardware planning process.
  • Lead hardware construction by proactively leading the development of weekly (daily as needed) schedules for all construction activities from identifying contractors to procuring materials in advance of construction to construction oversight to completion and the timely submission of appropriate reports and Akvo forms.
  • Provide oversight of hardware activities including well drilling, spring protection, school rain tanks, and school latrines. This is done through regular site visits, regular support meetings with Program Engineers, and regular review of completed hardware and associated data submitted.
  • Review, approve, and monitor construction contracts for hardware installations (both of companies and of local labor).
  • Support field staff in using Lifewater’s water quality test kit, including use of Akvo Caddisfly, for all hardware constructed or rehabilitated by Lifewater.
  • Work closely with Program Managers to facilitate the VHV program, making sure that the hardware components are aligned with the full program, and that important timing such as training water committees and school O&M training is completed at the correct time. Make sure that no hardware construction begins before community prerequisites are completed.
  • Serve as a member of the Country Management Team (CMT) and support Country Director on organizing CMT meetings and working closely with members on implementation of the Action Areas.
Drilling Management (20%)
  • Proactively oversee management of Lifewater drilling staff and operations, including drilling yard.
  • Support Hydrogeologist in creating and managing a detailed schedule for each drilling season, including all associated logistics, that considers the needs of all Lifewater programs.
  • Coordinate procurement activities with Procurement Officer in advance of drilling, effectively eliminating downtime during the drilling season.
  • Ensure that all drilling equipment and supplies are maintained at the highest level and in the most organized fashion possible, with all preventative maintenance completed on time.
  • Ensure the highest standards of compliance in drilling oversight and quality control.
Technical Quality and Capacity Building (20%)
  • Serve as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Engineering and Drilling in Tanzania , including evaluating effectiveness of hardware installations.
  • Lead in updating and drafting hardware drawings and associated BoQs.
  • Determine the training and capacity needs of engineering and drilling staff and develop action plans, accordingly.
  • Plan for and implement reflective practice and learning events by Engineering program staffs and LI country office for ongoing improvements in program delivery.
  • Support and lead, as appropriate, specific trainings for Engineering staff such as Water Quality Training, Construction Management Training, Akvo forms, etc.
  • Make necessary arrangements for trainings to be conducted by LI HQ in Tanzania .
Proactive Compliance (5%)
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of financial and material resources within the policies and procedures of Lifewater International – Tanzania .
  • Ensure all government standards and reporting requirements for hardware construction are met
  • In conjunction with CD, DPO, and RPMs, support teams in project design, budgeting, developing concept notes, ensuring that projects meet government, and donor planning, programming, monitoring, reporting and financial requirements, including program quality standards. 
Representation (5%)
  • Stand in for Country Director in his/her absence as needed.
  • Interface with national government and relevant agencies to ensure mutual understanding of operations.
  • Attend and represent the organization at coordination meetings which are relevant to country operations activities, including government and sector meetings.
  • Network and liaise with other NGOs, government, other donors to learn and share information on design construction of water, sanitation and hygiene scheme components.
  • Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors.
  • 8-10 yrs of progressively responsible operations management experience, in a WASH National/International NGO setting, including Senior, Country-level positions and with experience with Subject Matter Technicians
  • Bachelor’s degree required (Advanced degree strongly preferred) in in Water, Sanitation, Environmental and Civil Engineering preferred and with hands-on experience in designing appropriate WASH facilities. Registered Engineer preferred.
  • Significant experience in managing WASH programs and field engineers, in rural Tanzania
  • Significant engineering/technical WASH experience related to oversight and construction of rural WASH systems
  • Experience in developing and managing procurement and logistical procedures and policies
  • Skills and knowledge in operational sustainability and capacity building 
  • Hands-on experience in hardware designs including drainable latrines, water points, spring protection, rain tanks, and drilled wells
  • Vast experience in ground water extraction/drilling
  • Strong writing, presentation and reporting skills
  • Demonstrated ability to represent organization in National and Regional-level forums
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and stream-line national policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of operational safety and security practices, including developing standard operating procedures, incident tracking, and evacuation protocols
  • Proven capabilities in leadership required
  • Strong negotiation, interpersonal and organization skills
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint...etc.
  • Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret, technical and non-technical in the English language;
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, senior government and other related regional players.
  • Experience in rehabilitation of boreholes is a plus
  • Contract management
  • Supervision and technical support to field hardware teams
Personal Skills:
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and core values of Lifewater International
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing environments
  • Honest and dependable in all areas including finances
  • Strong desire to work in and serve rural communities
This position will require giving monthly support to each of the program offices in Tanzania

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