DT Global Water Supply Monitoring and Capacity Building Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia
DT Global Water Supply Monitoring and Capacity Building Consultant Jobs in EthiopiaJob DescriptionVacancy AnnouncementUnder a five-year contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), DT Global is Under a five-year contract with the U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID), DT Global (FKA DT GLOBAL International Development) is implementing the USAID Lowland Water Sanitation and Hygiene (Lowland WASH) Activity to support increased access to improved drinking water supply sources and sanitation facilities on a sustainable basis, promote widespread adoption of key hygiene behaviors, improve efficiency and sustainability of food production from irrigated and rain-fed agricultural systems, and advance water resource governance and data management.
The Activity aims to expand sustainable water use for agriculture in Somali, Afar and SNNP (lowland areas) regions of Ethiopia with populations vulnerable to drought and climate change.
Under this activity, the USAID Lowland WASH Activity works in collaboration with IRC WASH, to strengthen systems supporting the asset management system (AMS) developed in Somali region.
The WASH Water Supply Monitoring and Capacity Building Consultant (Consultant) will work with both teams in order to facilitate the objectives in the below Scope of Work.
The Consultant will support the Somali Regional Water Bureau (SRWB) in providing sustainable water supply services through the use of improved information and asset management systems.
The Consultant will support the SRWB in the utilization and institutionalization of the Somali AMS as well as sensor-generated borehole information for improved management of operations and maintenance (O&M) and repair activities.
In addition, the Consultant will ensure effective collaboration among partners within Somali, including the SRWB, USAID Lowland WASH Activity, International Rescue Committee (IRC-Jigjiga field office), SweetSense, mWater, IRC WASH, UNICEF (Jigjiga field office), and other partners working in the region to ensure that partners align and coordinate their activities wherever possible.
Moreover, the Consultant will work with the Activity partners to locally drive capacity building, encourage and support use of sensor-generated data for operations and maintenance (O&M), and ensure the documentation of all learning related to the use of the AMS and sensors in an effort to reduce downtimes of rural water schemes thereby improving access to water services across the entire region.
Activities are focused on providing sustainable water supply services through the use of improved information and asset management systems.
The overall duties and responsibilities include
The Consultant will participate in an intensive two-day hands-on training on the customized Somali AMS, customized Surveyor App, and the SweetSense dashboard at the Addis Ababa USAID Lowland WASH Activity office.
The consultant will then participate in two-day intensive self-learning on the general (non-customized) mWater system/portal and Surveyor App, reading and gaining hands-on familiarization with the system by navigating the different features and capabilities with a view to understand the key differences between the customized and general versions of the mWater platform.
Partnership and Development
The Consultant will support the facilitation of capacity building and learning activities within the SRWB in relation to the AMS.
The Consultant will ensure effective collaboration among partners within Somali, including the SRWB, USAID Lowland WASH Activity, International Rescue Committee (IRC-Jigjiga field office), SweetSense, mWater, IRC WASH and UNICEF (Jigjiga field office), to ensure that partners align and coordinate activities wherever possible.
The consultant will work closely work with IRC WASH who are working under a grant to support the implementation of the Somali AMS, in particular with the Technical Team comprised of IRC WASH and USAID Lowland WASH Activity staff.
The Consultant will provide regular reports to the USAID Lowland WASH Activity, along with its partners such as IRC WASH.
Supporting use of the AMS
The Consultant will support the SRWB on the utilization and institutionalization of the Somali AMS as well as sensor-generated borehole information for improved management of operations, maintenance and repair activities, along with improved information to inform key management decisions related to operations and management of motorized schemes.
This will include monitoring the SweetSense sensor dashboard and the Somali AMS on daily basis.
In addition, the Consultant will coordinate activities related to the installation, maintenance and proper functioning of real-time remote monitoring sensors in the region.
Development and Upkeep of AMS and Sensor Dashboard
The Consultant will work with Activity partners to conduct a rapid assessment at the SRWB to identify any key gaps (in terms of staff capacity, organizational structure, equipment, resources etc.) and bottlenecks that may potentially hinder the proper adoption/utilization and institutionalization of the Somali AMS.
The Consultant will also coordinate with the SRWB, mWater, IRC WASH and the USAID Lowland WASH Activity to address gaps or issues related to the Somali AMS to be fixed.
Finally, the Consultant will facilitate the transfer of information from relevant documents (electronic/print copies of well-completion reports, electromechanical and civil work reports etc.) regarding motorized boreholes in Somali, and support with transferring such records into the Somali AMS.
The Consultant will support the development of different forms (e.g. tracking sheets etc.) for the collection of required data to track and document the use of the AMS and related outcomes, and to learn about challenges, propose and identify possible solutions and opportunities.
The consultant will also support in creating an iterative workplans (including operationalization plan for the AMS) for the remainder of the Activity period of performance.
Qualifications,Skills and Experience
Requirements and qualifications for this position include but are not limited to
University degree in a relevant field and a minimum four years’ experience in a similar role related to monitoring, data/database and information management, and managing technical information in a usable format;
Commitment and motivation to strengthen the capacity of government, and to help facilitate and improve the work of others;
A well organized, innovative professional with personal initiative, and an ability to work well in diverse teams but also be productive when working individually with minimum supervision;
Demonstrated ability in institutional capacity assessment and measurement, and experience in capacity building;
Experience in developing and/or using computerized data/information management systems and tools; including mobile based platforms to collect and store quantitative and qualitative data; and
Excellent communication skills, as well as good interpersonal skills, with fluency in English (spoken/written) and working knowledge of Somali language is preferred.
How to Apply
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and updated resume with at least three references and contact information through
www.ethiojobs.net or firstname.lastname@example.org
The application process closes at close of business on May 15, 2020.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.
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