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IRAQ – WASH CONSORTIA COORDINATOR (H/F) – ERBIL

Countries
Iraq
Sources
Solidarités International
Closing date
Desired start date: 15/12/21

Duration of the mission: 6 months

Location: Erbil

ABOUT THE MISSION

Solidarites International (SI) is a well-recognised emergency humanitarian actor operating in Iraq since 2017 with strong expertise in WASH sector providing support to most vulnerable population affected by displacement and conflict. The organisation has had a continuous presence in Mosul areas (including the suburb Muhallabiyah), Sinjar, Baaj. The mission has constant presence of 8 expatriates in Erbil/Mosul/ Sinjar/ Bardarash.

The organization is one of the main WASH actors in the country (notably in Ninewa plain and KRI), specialising in water supply and sanitation facilities rehabilitation, operation, and maintenance; distribution of hygiene items at the individual and household level; provision of hygiene awareness and promotion sessions in camps, schools, and households. Through the lead of two consortiums in the implementation of in-camp and out-of-camp WASH response during 2018 and 2019, Solidarités international was able to help providing assistance to more than 145,400 IDPs in the governorates of Ninewa, Baghdad, Salahaldin, Diyala, and Anbar. In September 2019, it has also conducted a quick WASH response in the camps of Ninewa, Salahaldin, and Baghdad with three partners reaching 16,054 individuals. Finally, SI has been providing WASH assistance in the refugee camps of Gawilan and Bardarash through due to the refugees' influx from North-East Syria since 2019. The organization is well recognized and accepted in both camps from the beneficiaries and the camp authorities. Due to its capacity to mobilize funds rapidly, SI has since then built a strong positioning leading the WASH response in sites concerned by the refugees’ influx.

SI is implementing projects through 2 different bases:

  • Sinjar/Baaj in GoI – recovery action for return areas through WaSH and livelihood activites
  • Mosul/Tel Afar in GoI – post-emergency WaSH assistance for population living in informal settlements

In Iraq SI is the lead of two WaSH consortium, one IHF funded and one ECHO funded mainly focusing on providing assistance to IDPs living outside of camp. SI is also implementing activities through a CDCS grant.

ABOUT THE JOB

General objective:

  • The WASH Consortia Coordinator is responsible for the facilitation of consortia strategy formulation and implementation as well as technical advisor dedicated to the consortia (IHF, ECHO) is mainly involved in the follow up and technical counselling of the projects implemented within the consortia.
  • The WASH Consortia Coordinator is member of WASH Cluster Strategic Advisory Group(SAG).
  • He/she contributes to:
  • WASH Cluster work plans and regular reviews to effectively coordinate humanitarian response
  • Development of HNO/HRP and participate in review of standard and reserve allocations and proposals.

The main challenges:

  • He/she support partners within whole project cycle implementation and provide them capacity building according the identified needs
  • Propose adaptation of the consortium strategy according to contextual evolutions
  • Assist to Country Director to represent Solidarités International and consortia towards the donors and key stakeholders

Priorities for the 2/3 first months:

  • Develop partner’s capacity building plans
  • Develop and oversee implementation of consortia accountability framework
  • Promote visibility of the Consortia activities
  • According to access, organize visit in the intervention areas of partners
  • Ensure quality of the data collection and knowledge management within the consortia projects

Responsibilities and main activities:

The Wash Consortia Coordinator will be responsible for providing overall coordination, leadership and technical guidance to the WASH Consortia while ensuring adherence to all projects objectives, performance requirements, and donor regulations and reporting. S/he will serve as the key liaison with consortia partners and Solidarités International.

S/he main responsibility is to guarantee the quality and suitability of the consortia approaches with respect to the needs of vulnerable population targeted by the projects. S/he will support consortia members during whole project cycle and provide them with tailor made capacity building and support.

Strategic planning and project leadership

  • Facilitate consortia strategy development.
  • Lead the development and execution of a program-wide strategy developed by consortia Steering Committee
  • Lead the development of detailed implementation plans, flowing from strategic work-plans, and ensure the delivery of the latter
  • Manage the Consortia Management Team (MEAL assistant, Finance and Compliance specialist).
  • Have regular visits to the field sites and partner’s offices
  • Work on contingency plans to allow continuation of the consortia activities and support partners to develop exit strategies for each area of intervention
Technical support and operational monitoring and evaluation
  • Oversee development of program tools and guidelines
  • Develop capacity building plans for all consortium members and ensure relevancy of the training sessions
  • Support partners and MEAL assistant to implement consortia accountability framework and ME tools
  • Approve the quality criteria and performance indicators of WaSH programs proposed by the program managers and are in line with donors expectations.
  • Ensure that monitoring indicators for the project (donor’s, internal) are relevant and followed up
  • Take part in the monthly review of programs (budgetary, operational, logistical…)
  • Provide a technical and methodological support to program managers for the planning and implementation
  • Ensure regular progress monitoring is taking place by the technical referents
  • Support technical aspects of the projects implementation
  • Supervise and support the WaSH program managers, monitor and evaluate WaSH activities implemented
  • Ensure that regular lessons learnt workshops are organized to improve the mechanism, and maintain a high level of project quality
  • Conduct regular progress review meetings to ensure each consortia partners are following the implementation plans
  • Propose the reorientation of WaSH activities according to changing context and indicators

Coordination and representation

  • Facilitate collaborative partnerships between consortia lead and members
  • Facilitate and create good conditions to ensure fluid internal communication between the consortia partners and WASH teams
  • Ensure that coordination of actions is articulated as a structural mean to improve the timeliness, inclusiveness, transparency and connectedness of proposed action within existing coordination set-ups.
  • Co-Chair the Consortia management unit meeting, Technical working group and Co- Chair Ninewa WaSH sub Cluster
  • Incorporate technical inputs from the Consortia Management Unit & Technical Working Group to maintain a high level of project quality and promote continual improvement of the consortia response.
  • Lead external representation of the consortia with IHPF, Working Groups, UN agencies, other humanitarian actors and National Authorities
  • Ensure the consortia actively coordinates with all necessary forums and stakeholders, to reduce on-going and future humanitarian needs, increase resilience and assist a durable recovery.
  • Ensure that the consortia’s advocacy strategy aims at stimulating specific changes at policy level and addressing critical gaps in the current response

Project delivery

  • Coordinate delivery of the project’s objectives and accountability to consortia partners and the donor, and ensure compliance with donor contractual requirements
  • Ensure major risks and obstacles are identified and remedial actions taken with agreement of consortia partners
  • Oversee the overall programmatic, logistic and financial performance of the consortia, and ensure they are in line with the agreed project, and in compliance with SI’s requirements
  • Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria.
  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
  • Ensure proper financial management, procurement, administration and human resources needs of the program are conducted within the consortia policy and with the maximum benefit to the program.
  • Prepare monthly reports to the consortia steering committee
YOUR PROFILE

Specific skills and experience:

  • Masters’ degree or equivalent (in WaSH related specialization or political sciences, law, development…)
  • At least 5 years of field experience (as program manager, coordinator or consultant) in humanitarian and/or development field
  • Ideally basic knowledge of Shelter and livelihood
  • Good knowledge of the donors strategies and regulations (ECHO, IHF)
  • Experience in accompanying local partners
  • Multi-project support experience
  • Experience in semi-remote management is an asset
  • Experience in Iraq or Middle East countries appreciated
  • Experience in solar pumping, water treatment plant, reverse osmosis, waste management is a strong asset
  • Good knowledge of data management and analysis (with at least the mastery of one software: excel, R or stata)
  • Experience with reporting and proposal writing

Soft skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Anticipation and self-organization capacities
  • Great work and stress management capacities
  • Willingness to work in complex and volatile environments
  • Ability to coordinate different organization with very different backgrounds and objectives
  • Diplomacy

  • Facilitation skills and ability to moderate debate between partners with different technical background and capacities

Language:

  • Good and proven writing and spoken English are required
  • Arabic speaking is an asset
SI WILL OFFER YOU

A salaried post:
According to experience, starting from 3080 euros gross per month (2800 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 750 USD

SI 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 on 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 month (with 850 USD allocated by Solidarités).

To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of 1 additional rest day per month worked > i.e. 12 days in addition for a 1-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.

LIVING CONDITIONS:

There are good living conditions in Erbil:

One fully equipped guest house with 5 bedrooms, 5 to 10 minutes from the office by walk.

It is possible to walk around the neighborhood in Ankawa area and there are many shops and restaurants, some bars and restaurants. There are parks in the city where you can walk or go running, and many malls and shops which sell a very large variety of goods. Expats can face street or taxi driver harassment, in particular female expat staff. It is recommended that expats do not walk alone late at night or take unknown taxis on their own.

How to Apply

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English via this link: https://emea3.recruitmentplatform.com/syndicated/private/syd_apply.cfm?id=PULFK026203F3VBQB6G8N8NX4&nPostingTargetID=67610. 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/