State WASH Specialist – Water at WaterAid Nigeria

WaterAid is an international organisation whose mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Through their partners, they have reached 2 million people with safe water and 3 million people with sanitation last year.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: State WASH Specialist - WaterLocation: Bauchi StatePay band: Grade EContract type: 2 years fixed term (renewable)Reports to: State Programme LeadTravel: 60 % travel to field location within the stateTeam descriptionWaterAid Nigeria is almost midway into the implementation of its 2016-2021 country programme strategy which is focused at delivering a more influencing led programme over a 15 year horizon.This new country strategy outlines key shifts required to catalyse change and achieve maximum impact for our work in Nigeria. The recalibration of WaterAid Nigeria’s structure and programming architecture has placed the state as the focus of our work to maximize the desired impacts.This position will work as part of the Programmes Directorate which leads the delivery of water and sanitation services as well as policy analyses for influencing, institutional capacity, sector strengthening, and related support services.Job PurposeUnder the direct supervision of the State Programme Lead, the State WASH specialist (water) will drive programmatic activities that will deliver model water services in communities, schools and health facilities as well as engage key stakeholders of WASH in the State for scaleup and replicability.This position will support the strengthening of institutional capacity of the structures set up to address water issues in the target LGA and the State at large.The role will also build and maintain effective collaborations with key state agencies including the state ministries of Water Resources, Health, Education, State Primary Health Care Development Agency, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) etc and Rural Water supply and sanitation Agency (RUWASSA)Key AccountabilitiesWASH Programmes Delivery:Take leadership for the effective implementation of rural water facilities to deliver clean water that meets the WaterAid critical minimum water quality standards.Work in close collaboration with the Sector Capacity & Support Manager to assess institutional capacity of RUWASSA, Ministry of Water resources, LGAs, Utilities, private sector and community actors to deliver water services and to develop management models; use the results of the capacity assessments to design participatory action plans to strengthen capacity of these institutions to deliver water serviceAs part of the State programme team, work with partners to build ownership and accountability for programmes in line with the programme quality standards outlined in the WaterAid programme accountability framework; make suggestions for improvements where gaps exist.Ensure work plans to deliver all WaterAid funded programme activities are developed with strong inputs and participation of state partners, CSO’s and stakeholders; support partners agree to and commit to implementing the workplan and deliver key milestonesFacilitate and supervise the feasibility studies and design of technology and management models; promoting and supporting the scaling up/replication of such models across the LGA’s and in the state financed projectsEnsure all infrastructure constructions to be implemented in the state are in line with WaterAid technical designs specifications and national standards. Support state and LGA’s to replicate similar standards and models in state and LGA financed constructionsEnsure the mainstreaming of WaterAid key programme delivery approaches in the state including EIG (equity, inclusion and gender), sustainability models, Pro-Poor Approach, Risk Management, Health and Safety strategies/guidelines/policies etcImplement and manage activities in line with WaterAid’s strategic direction and specific grant donor requirements; monitor and evaluate progress in line with WaterAid’s PMER standards and guidelines.Foster effective synergy and collaboration with WASH related stakeholders including health and education service providers to leverage their activities to improve water access in the state.Identify and develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with key Water, Sanitation and Hygiene stakeholders in the state (e.g. government, donor community, service providers and utilities) and maintain them over time; build and maintain effective network and collaboration with partners and key sector actors to achieve improved WASH access for the state.Work in close collaboration with communication team colleagues and voices from the field officers in the state to generate success stories, videos and case studies showcasing the quality of WaterAid work in the state.Develop a viable system than ensure the maintenance of services (WASH) and that involves community structures, state structures and private operators (district mechanics);Support the state institutions and LGAs to develop their procurement and quality assurance processes for water facilities construction for communities, health facilities, schools and public placesSupport the functionality of community management structures in line with best practices in every location where WaterAid has supported construction of water infrastructure 

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