Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Caritas Unit Software Advisor Job in Kenya


Caritas Switzerland and Caritas Luxembourg are non-governmental aid agencies and members of Caritas Internationalis. Caritas works worldwide and adheres to international humanitarian principles (NGO code of conduct). Caritas Switzerland and Caritas Luxembourg act in the frame of a MoU as a consortium in the Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa. 

They operate a joint Liaison Office in Nairobi, have Country Offices in Somaliland (Hargeisa) and
South Sudan (Torit) and a Representative in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa).

Caritas Switzerland/Luxembourg is currently seeking to recruit a WASH Unit Software Advisor to complement the Regional WASH Unit. 

The WASH Unit provides technical assistance, training and advice to WASH projects in Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa.

Position: WASH Unit Software Advisor
Reporting to: WASH Unit Coordinator
Duration: 1 year (with possible extension)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya with regular travel within Kenya and to South Sudan, Somaliland and Ethiopia
Key tasks & responsibilities
Development of WASH related skills, knowledge, methods, tools and guidelines
  • Build up and maintain relevant internal and external WASH documentation and WASH products (e.g. reports, toolkits, manuals, factsheets etc.) in Caritas’ resource centre and organise knowledge management and experience sharing activities and events;
  • Assist the development and dissemination of tools and training programmes, in particular on hygiene and sanitation promotion, and community mobilisation; and
  • Development of WASH factsheets and guidelines to set standards for Caritas WASH projects (for example on organising CHAST trainings and tool kits, hygiene campaigns, community management of water supplies, etc.);
  • Assist in the development of a regional WASH strategy.
Provision of technical assistance to Caritas staff and Caritas partners in the region
  • Provide technical assistance in relevant WASH themes (e.g. sanitation, hygiene promotion, community management);
  • Training of Caritas staff as well as key staff of partners on WASH related methods, tools and guidelines and provide guidance and technical support as required (e.g. CHAST, PHAST, CLTS, KAP surveys);
  • Support Caritas staff as well as key staff of partners in WASH proposal development, KAP and baseline surveys, report writing and PM&E, and provide guidance and technical support as required;
  • Facilitate contacts between training institutions /consultants and local partners for further training and assistance; and
  • Establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with key partners including Caritas Kenya, Catholic Dioceses, Caritas Internationalis Member Organisations, local and international NGOs, CBOs and local authorities
Monitoring of Caritas Switzerland WASH projects in the region in collaboration with country WASH teams
  • Visit Caritas projects and partners periodically to monitor achievement of indicators and quality of implementation and provide internal feedback;
  • Produce travel reports and summaries of discussions where appropriate;
  • Assist in preparation and participate in evaluations of Caritas WASH projects;
  • Coordinate WASH PM&E activities in the region and periodically facilitate regional meetings on PM&E in order to share information and lessons learned and identify best practices; and
  • Periodically review and upgrade the WASH PM&E system in consultation with regional M&E staff
Represent Caritas Switzerland at meetings and liaise with partners and donor agencies in the region
  • Support the WASH Unit Coordinator in representing Caritas Switzerland/Luxembourg and actively participating in coordination meetings organised by local partners, network or um-brella organisations or donor agencies and guaranteeing information flow back to the rele-vant countries and/or Head Office
Provide general backstopping support to the programmes in the region as required;
  • Assist in the elaboration WASH strategy for engagement in each country in the region and periodically review the strategic document;
  • Assist in the development of concept notes and project proposals together with the Head Office in Switzerland and the WASH Country Teams in line with Caritas strategies and back donor requirements; and
  • Assist in identification of and pursue regional funding opportunities 
Essential requirements & qualifications
  • Advanced University degree in a relevant field (e.g. public health, social sciences, environmental sciences or another field relevant to international WASH related development assistance);
  • At least five years professional work experience with a non-governmental organisation, including fieldwork experience preferably in Somaliland, South Sudan and/or Ethiopia;
  • Proven track record in training, capacity building, PM&E, and PRA methodologies;
  • Strong analytical capacity – working and thinking on an academic level;
  • Outstanding communication and advisory skills (e.g. experience with (technical) advisory services; facilitating meetings, workshops and training for varied audiences);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Flexibility, good interpersonal and networking skills, ability to work in multi-cultural envi-ronment and sensitivity to cultural values; and
  • Knowledge of the Caritas network and the structures and relief and development activities of the Catholic Church is an added advantage. 
 Contract start: September 1st, 2013 

If you feel you fit the required profile, please let us know how your qualifications, experience and career ambitions match the requirements of this position. 

Send your application letter explaining your motivation by latest July 28th to jobs.nairobi@caritas.ch indicating ‘WASH Unit Software Advisor’ on the subject line.

Please also provide a full Curriculum Vitae (CV) that contains details of your qualifications, experience, present position, current remuneration, earliest date of availability, names and telephone contacts of three referees.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted



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