Mercy Corps Water Security Team Lead Jobs in Ethiopia

Mercy Corps Water Security Team Lead Jobs in Ethiopia

The Position

The Water Security Team Lead will provide overall leadership and management of all aspects of Mercy Corps’ ‘Water Security Crisis Modifier’. The Team Lead will be responsible for supervising all start-up activities of the program, building a high-performing team, setting quality performance targets and ensuring adherence to technical standards, best practices, and donor guidelines.

The Team Lead will ensure effective partnerships with government, private sector actors and communities, and will have oversight for multiple technical consultancies. The Team Lead will possess a strong program management background including ability to manage multiple diverse stakeholder relationships.

Essential Responsibilities

Strategy and Planning

  • Set the strategic direction for the program by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve program objectives.

  • Manage the program adaptively, with flexibility to adapt the strategy depending on technical assessments and feedback from stakeholders.

    Program Management

  • Oversee program startup and ongoing program management and administration of teams in Addis and Shabelle Zone of Somali Region.

  • Review and analyze existing and evolving institutional, policy, legal, and regulatory framework for water services as it relates to the government of Ethiopia’s plan for water supply and sanitation investments and align Mercy Corps water security program activities accordingly.

  • Support the institutionalization of water service delivery models in line with cluster standards and prevailing government regulations in Ethiopia.

  • Lead implementation of all technical components of water infrastructure projects in full coordination with other staff members.

  • Manage the technical team including the Senior WASH Engineer, Regional Water Security Manager, Water Security start-up manager (STA), consultants, and contractors, and provide overall supervision and monitoring of engineering designs and construction activities in the field. Provide support to team through constructive feedback and coaching to ensure implementation is on track. Organize workflow and ensure that duties or delegated tasks are clearly communicated and carried out.

  • Ensure that all minimum program/ construction management standards are met and that strong structures are in place for smooth completion of the projects.

  • Work closely with the technical team to develop timely and realistic plans.

  • Conduct frequent site visits to provide construction management supervision including oversight of work onsite, materials testing, report development, verification of quantities.

  • Build capacity of service providers to participate in governance dialogues and to become advocates for good governance in the management and implementation of business plans to ensure a favorable enabling environment for expanded and improved service delivery.

  • Work with the Senior WASH Engineer, Mercy Corps headquarters infrastructure team, Mercy Corps Crisis Response Start-up Advisor, and Mercy Corps Water Security Regional Manager based in Gode to coordinate and communicate with local authorities, program third party monitoring consulting firm, donor, and other implementing partners to avoid overlapping and obtain all necessary no objection certifications.

  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not jeopardize its operations in the field.

  • Working closely with Mercy Corps Ethics Team to support them to conduct spot checks to ensure infrastructure projects are as per technical documents and donor guidelines are followed.

  • Lead QA/QC process ensuring all technical reviews are conducted according to best practices.

  • Other duties assigned by the RIPA Chief of Party.

  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.

  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into
    all activities as appropriate.

  • Ensure program implementation is on time, target and within budget, using effective M&E systems to reach desired impacts.

  • Fulfill Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.

  • Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards.

    Team Management

  • Develop the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.

  • Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.

  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.

  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.

  • Hire, orient and lead team members as necessary.

    Finance & Compliance Management

  • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely and informative reporting in line with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures.

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.

    Influence & Representation

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other stakeholders.

  • Represent Mercy Corps programs with national and international media and participate in community activities as appropriate.

  • Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure.

  • Maintain high ethical standards and treat people with respect and dignity.

    GEDSI (Gender, Equality, Diversity and Social Inclusion)

  • Adherence of gender minimum standards

  • Allocate budget for GESI related activities and staff capacity building on GESI.

  • Make sure GESI issues are properly reflected during program management.

  • Support the organization’s commitment to age and gender inclusive team building process.

  • Promote an inclusive and equitable workplace culture.

  • Support Staff Capacity Building on Increase staff knowledge of GEDSI

  • Coordinate with GEDSI Technical Team Improve gender-responsiveness of program /Project MEAL system.

  • Increased commitment to Gender Equality Diversity and Social inclusion.

    Minimum Qualifications & Transferable Skills

  • At least 5 years of senior program management experience in water-related sectors is required, including experience of implementing medium/large water infrastructure projects.

  • A Masters’ degree in Water/Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Water Utility, Public Health, Business Management or other relevant social science.

  • At least 8 years’ experience working on water and sanitation sector programs at international or national level.

  • Experience of private sector development in relation to water services or other sectors is preferred.

  • Clear understanding of the key performance indicators of a public utility will be preferred.

  • Experience in working on urban water supply systems; small towns water supply systems, community-based water supply and sanitation program implementation and operation essential.

  • A good understanding of operational challenges of water service providers in Ethiopia – with specific focus on the drought affected regions of Ethiopia.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience strengthening policy, institutional and regulatory frameworks for improved WASH services.

  • Must have excellent English writing and communication skills.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Water Security Team Lead Jobs in Ethiopia

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