NIGERIA – WASH PROGRAM MANAGER – GUSAU
Desired start date: ASAP**
Duration of the mission:** 6 months (renewal if funds available)
Location: Gusau, Zamfara state, Nigeria
ABOUT THE MISSION
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL (SI) operates mainly in Northeast Nigeria (NEN) in the state of Borno, more precisely in the cities of Maiduguri, Monguno, Ngala and Dikwa.
The approach of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL revolves around the response to the urgent needs in water, hygiene, sanitation, food security and shelter as well as the prevention and response to outbreaks.
Aside from the emergency response, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL develops early recovery projects notably to restore the livelihoods of the population. This flexibility of approach is a necessity considering the very unstable context characterized by important movements of population, both displacements and returns. The response implemented by the team to counter cholera outbreaks include the disinfection of households, chlorination of water points, and the distribution of “cholera kits”. In addition, SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL ensures the coordination of the Cholera Task Force in the Borno State.
To ensure the basic needs of the populations in the most hard to reach areas, the teams adopted an integrated approach aiming at improving water, hygiene and sanitation, shelter and non-food items conditions. These interventions answer the most urgent needs, while promoting a longer-term impact by building/rehabilitating durable infrastructures. Furthermore, the drilling of boreholes or installation of generators or of solar equipment on infrastructures ensures the sustainability of the access to drinkable water.
In November 2020, SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL led an exploratory mission in Northwest Nigeria (NWN) in the city of Gusau, in the state of Zamfara. In December 2020, SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL started launching its first flood related activities similar to ones already implemented in NEN. In order to sustain this new expansion and carry out the activities, a small base was opened and a small team recruited in the city of Gusau.
ABOUT THE JOB
The general objectives of the position will be to:
- design, write and implement programs in the state of Zamfara
- provide close management of the Gusau Program Team, offer capacity building and support for this new base team
- ensure the follow up and monitoring of ongoing activities and develop new programs
- ensure SI’ strategic objectives are followed, and programs are implemented in accordance with SI’s Standards and Guidelines
- Ensure Liaison with the NEN coordination program team.
Current size of the new Gusau base:
The Gusau team is currently composed of a Field Coordinator and a Deputy Filed Coordinator. An activity Manager and a Logistician Administrator assistant are under recruitment. This team will be strengthened in the coming weeks or months. The program team will be divided in 3 sections: Emergency response team, WASH rehabilitation team (one part being based in away from Gusau, in Anka) and a food security team that would implement a voucher program.
The main challenges:
The NEN’s mission is significant in terms of Human Resources and financial volumes. Nevertheless, SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL’s presence in the NWN is new and its first activities have just been launched.
The security context is highly sensitive in NWN with the presence of active banditry, local community conflicts and activism of armed groups. Security is one of the main challenge and constraints for implementation.
Priorities for the 2/3 first months:
Priorities will be to follow up the opening of the base, actively participate in the recruitment of new program team members, ensure activities are timely and qualitatively implemented, launch new activities. This will include capacity building of the team, follow up of the relationship with WASH providers, identification of the sites for water point rehabilitations and setting up of the Emergency Response Mechanism.
Specific skills and experience:
Besides usual Project Manager’s competences, this position makes necessary to have a large degree of autonomy, a good understanding of emergency response activities, as well as the willingness to work in partnership with local authorities, experience in working in volatile environment.
- Previous experience as WASH and/or Emergency Project Manager
- Experience in capacity building and team management
- Experience in unstable environments
- Experience in project design and writing for donors as well as in data analysis (quantitative and qualitative information from primary and secondary sources) and report writing
- Outstanding communication skills, including on remote
- Problem solving skills
- Analytical skills and proven organization and methodical skills
- Strong commitment to humanitarian work and principles
- Ability to work under pressure, with peaks of heavy workload
- Adaptability to changing work environment and possible volatile security situation
- Capacity to provide leadership, build capacity and work as a unifying force
- Knowledge of SI’s rules, tools and procedures
- Strong stress management skills
Language: English is required, Hausa would be an asset.
SI WILL OFFER YOU
A salaried post:
A salaried position: according to NGO experience, starting from 1980 euros gross per month (including 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly per diem of 600 USD a month. Please note that salary is not negotiable with SI.
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.
Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7 working days break at 3, 6 and 9 months (with 850 USD allocated by SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL).
To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of one additional rest day per month worked, i.e. 12 days in addition for a one-year contract**.**
Social and medical cover:
Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
The position will be based in Gusau, with possible visits in Anka and under certain conditions to other Legal Government Areas The living conditions in Gusau are comfortable, SI has not yet a guesthouse and accommodation and office space is provided in a hotel.
How to apply:
Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English via this link: . CV only applications will not be considered.
NB: The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension
For further information about SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL, please consult our website: http://www.solidarites.org/en/