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CARE International MWA KIWASH Senior Technical Advisor Job in Nairobi Kenya

Category: General Jobs in Kenya
Posted: Dec 24, 2013

CARE International in Kenya is looking for a well organized and highly motivated individual who is result oriented to fill the following position:
Job Title: Senior Technical Advisor, WASH Governance and Resilience
Department / Project: MWA KIWASH Project
Supervisor: Chief of Party (CoP) Millennium Water Alliance (MWA)
Location / Duty Station: Nairobi
Date of Employment: This position is contingent on the awarding of funding by the donor.

Ref: STA/12/2013

Grade: TBD
Job Score: TBD

Job Summary & Purpose:

The Millennium Water Alliance seeks a program specialist in WASH governance and resilience for an anticipated 5-year USAID funded WASH program. Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) aims to provide at-scale adoption of sustainable models by a range of program components towards achieving this goal.
Under this arrangement, CARE will contribute to KIWASH one objective namely strengthened WASH services and water resource institutions.
The project will incorporate sustainability of resources and services, upstream/downstream integration, and effective strategies to scale.

CARE is looking for a candidate with appropriate expertise to fill the position of program advisor/specialist on WASH governance and climate change resilience to KIWASH program.

This position entails developing, designing and monitoring of strategies towards addressing water sanitation and hygiene structures governance as well as embracing appropriate community based approaches in resilience to climate change related disasters.

Tasks and responsibilities

R 1: Technical oversight


  • Facilitate linkages between the different actors in the water sector both at National and county levels  to enhance the ongoing WASH devolution process as embraced in the new national constitutions
  • Promote transformation of WRUAs to professional bodies upholding accountability and serving as learning laboratories/models in water resource management and ensure sustainability.
  • Take stock of existing  water resource users associations (WRUAs) and conduct capacity assessment to determine training needs
  • Design systems to facilitate WRUAs to develop functional sub catchment management plans (SMPs)
  • Advise partners on all technical aspects of project implementation, ensuring a unified and effective approach to achieving project impact.
  • Develop guidelines and tools as required for partner KIWASH staff to implement key project activities consistently and effectively.
  • Identify and collate evidence base of context specific promising practices and support dissemination workshops to improve existing practices and introduce new practices and/or ideas among project partners.
  • Ensure that effective engagement is maintained with communities and with local government partners, to ensure responsive and sustainable programming.
R 2: Project monitoring
  • Oversee the WASH Governance and resilience component of the KIWASH project, with a focus on keeping activities on track for completion.
  • Develop detailed activity, budget plans and monitoring tools for the project, and monitor progress against plans ensuring that objectives and indicators are achieved.
  • Maintain regular contact with the KIWASH local implementing partner staff through regular field visits to ensure that the WASH Governance and resilience component of the project is carried out promptly, to a high quality and according to the project strategy.
  • Support the timely preparation of annual work plans and reports to the donor
R3: Coordination & representation
  • Organize and participate in national, county and local stakeholder forums to deliberate, clarify and understand issues on the devolved WASH services and its implication at the community level.
  • Ensure integration across components, learning, sharing and adoption of best practices
  • Represent the project to local communities, government departments, international agencies, local partners and donors as required.
  • Attend relevant meetings as required.
  • Ensure regular communication with CARE Kenya and MWA technical staff for feedback, updates and guidance as required.
  • Create linkages with private sector for sustainable partnerships to address Governance and Resilience of WASH services.
R4: Operations (HR, Logistics and Finance)
  • Ensure that high priority purchases are monitored and prioritized by the logistics team.
  • Ensure that tenders are prepared in accordance with the projects logistics requirements.
  • Monitor and ensure spending against plan, and analyze monthly financial reports.
  • Identify training needs and ensure that members of the project team receive appropriate training to enable them to implement the project strategy and activities effectively.
1. Spending Authority: TBD
2. Supervision: The position report administratively to the Chief of Party (CoP) Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) with technical reporting to the Livelihoods Sector Manager CARE Kenya.
3. Decision Making: Key decisions making with Livelihood Sector Manager and MWA Chief of Party regarding KIWASH implementation as per the contractual obligation.
Contacts/Key Relationships (Internal & External):

Internally: Works closely with MWA KIWASH Chief of Party, Livelihood Sector Manager and other Senior Management Team members of CARE Kenya.

Externally: Members of the Millennium Water Alliance and provides Technical support to local implementing partners on behalf of CARE Kenya.

Working Conditions: The position shall be based in Nairobi with 50% travel to the field in Eastern and Western Kenya.

  • Education: Master’s degree in environmental studies, natural resource management, social studies or equivalent
  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years of experience in a technical or program management role in WASH programming and in particular water governance
  • Experience with institutional arrangements, governance, strengthening and capacity building in the water sector
  • Competencies: Strong Leadership, assessment, management, project planning, analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Good skills in M&E, donor reporting, good command in written and spoken English and basics in computer software.
  • Experience working on USAID contracts preferred
Qualified candidates are invited to send their application letters indicating the reference number, title of the position along with an updated CV and email & telephone contacts of three professional referees to;
The Human Resources & Development Manager,
CARE International in Kenya,
email: [email protected]
so as to be received not later than 5th January, 2014.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
CARE is an equal opportunity employer and promotes gender equity.
Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
CARE International in Kenya does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. (Application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees).


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