Shelter and WASH Specialist, LEARN Consortium
Position: Shelter and WASH Specialist, LEARN Consortium
Country Programme: Syria
Base: North East Syria (NES), with frequent travels across NES
Starting date: February 2023
Type of job: full time and paid
Duration of contract: 6 months with possible extension
Line Manager: LEARN Consortium Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) (administrative management provided by the People in Need (PIN) Area Director for NES)
PIN delivers assistance in NES addressing the needs of IDPs and hosting communities in several sectors such as food security, livelihoods, shelter, protection, education and WASH. PIN is a well-established organization in NES with several field offices, direct implementation and more than 400 employees. The main office is in Erbil and provides support services to field teams inside Syria. PIN’s contribution to the Syria humanitarian response is amongst the largest, with an annual turnover of over $35 million across Syria and funding from humanitarian donors including ECHO, BHA, ENI, SDC.
PIN’s key programming sectors in NES include a combination of early recovery and immediate humanitarian response programs in order to:
- Improve water service delivery and ensuring equitable access to Water and Hygiene services, in urban and rural areas;
- Improve food security and access to essential needs;
- Improve access to shelter;
- Support recovery through the rehabilitation of public institutional buildings.
- Improve economic recovery and livelihoods recovery;
- Securing safe learning spaces for children, with access to psychosocial support
General Position Summary:
PIN is looking for Shelter and WASH Specialist for the LEARN Consortium (Linking Emergency Assistance and Response in Northeast Syria). The LEARN Consortium is a consortium of four partners, aiming to provide affected population with WASH, shelter, health, livelihoods, cash and protection assistance in NES. With the supervision from the DCOP, the Shelter and WASH Specialist will have a key role in ensuring quality and coherence within both sectors. The position will work with the Consortium partners’ field teams and provide technical support to partners through developing guidance, supporting implementation and coordination. The position will be hosted with the Consortium Management Unit (CMU) alongside other LEARN technical specialists.
Duties and responsibilities:
• Facilitate cross-partner Shelter and WASH coordination meetings;
• Support strong communication between the Consortium partners, including sector lead agencies;
• Coordinate with other CMU sector specialists to deliver integrated LEARN program (particularly Health, Protection and Early Recovery and Markets Systems (ERMS));
• Review the short and mid-term plans for delivery of project activities, including on referral pathways (particularly related to non-food items (NFIs)) with other sectors of LEARN;
• Maintain up-to-date understanding of NES context and impact of programming to provide timely insights about Shelter and WASH needs and trends in NES, to advise CMU and partners and to anticipate overall strategic problems on the award.
• Support partners in the identification, tracking, sharing and implementation of the recommendations from monitoring and evaluation (M&E);
Provision of Technical Expertise and Donor Compliance
• Contribute to development/revision of LEARN guidelines, standard operating procedures (SOPs) for shelter, NFI and WASH across the Consortium partners and provide timely guidance and inputs; advocate for cross-partner harmonization;
• Ensure protection, accountability and gender are mainstreamed throughout the shelter and WASH activities;
• Provide guidance on donor contractual requirements and other obligations for Shelter and WASH programming;
• Provide technical support to MEAL, including technical activity monitoring feedback to/from CMU MEAL team (e.g., third-party monitoring), and any technical perspective needed for data collection;
• Work constructively with partners’ program and support teams (where appropriate) to propose adjustments, acceleration, and improvement of program delivery;
• Work with partners to incorporate sustainability requirements and exit planning (particularly WASH);
• Work with partners on the technical design for new proposals and coordinate partners’ inputs.
Institutional Strengthening/ Communications
• Support the LEARN Shelter and WASH learning agenda (identification of good practices, pilot initiatives); support the technical lessons learning processes with MEAL Specialist and DCOP, identify contributions and potential for multi-sectoral integration, internal and external referral pathways and create related documents;
• Identify with sector lead agencies elements of institutional learning which could benefit the wider humanitarian community in NES;
• Contribute to communications products as needed.
• Focus on partner understanding and delivery of LEARN’s area-based approach
• Consolidate, process and analyze and conduct technical review of donor reports and submissions (e.g. monthly reports, annual reports, requests for approval, notifications to the donor), including in collaboration with other LEARN technical specialists as appropriate;
• With the support of DCOP/sector lead agencies, lead yearly calls with BHA technical advisors.
Representation/ External Coordination
• Develop and maintain relationship with Shelter and NFI (S/NFI) and WASH NES Working Groups, NGOs and other stakeholders; external coordination and representation at meetings or forums concerning Shelter and WASH activities;
• Work with the Consortium partners to share information on WASH and Shelter/NFI and implementation lessons learned with the wider humanitarian community in NES;
• Work with NES humanitarian actors (where appropriate) to identify where WASH and Shelter can collaborate/integrate/support other programming.
• Induct new LEARN partner staff on LEARN.
Suitable candidates for this position should possess:
- At least 7 years of professional experience within a humanitarian and/or development organization, of which at least 5 years in a senior role;
- Degree and experience in WASH/Shelter- related topics, Architectural Design, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering or similar preferred;
- Experience in construction;
- Proven experience in both Shelter and WASH programming;
- Familiarity with Shelter and WASH technical guidelines of institutional donors (experience with BHA is an advantage) and regional shelter/WASH working group guidelines;
- Excellent communication skills, including fluent spoken and written English; working knowledge of Arabic is an advantage;
- Strong grasp of all stages of program cycle management and quality standards in humanitarian programming, including safeguarding and accountability mechanisms;
- Strong organizational, critical analysis and problem-solving skills;
- Experience of working in complex and volatile contexts, including familiarity with the humanitarian context of Syria or the Middle East, would be an advantage.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
- This position is an unaccompanied position. The position is based in Hasakah city (seat of the CMU), hosted by Solidarites International (SI).
- General security in Hasakah is considered stable, there is a potential for more or less good social life with a number of pre-approved restaurants and shops and growing expat community. The recent events in NES did not affect Hasakah city and Hasakah governorate directly, however the security situation is reviewed on daily basis. Cellular services and internet coverage is widely available. There are number of health services available with a medevac mechanism for NGOs, plus MSF (or some other health org) is based nearby and can provide an assistance. There is reasonable access to most consumer goods.
- The position is expected to be able to travel to other LEARN Consortium, including PIN, offices for visits to Derik, Menbij Kobane, Dez-e-Zor and other locations.
- Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and PIN's/SI’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
- Salary as per PIN salary scale (subsistence allowance of 1 350 EUR and hardship allowance of 400 EUR is already included): 4050 EUR
- Accommodation in SI’s guesthouse on LEARN’s expenses
- 25 days of paid leave annually (two days of paid annual leave for every calendar month); additional 5 days of RnR leave
- R&R benefits according to PIN's policy (additional 10 paid R&R leave days per annum and a contribution towards an additional quarterly flight for every 8 weeks spent inside NES)
- Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence (or other selected country) once per every 6 months of completed work;
- Regional flights twice per year. The international staff has PIN’s support in leaving the base after every 3 months.
- Reimbursement of the costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with visa application procedure;
- Free 24/7 medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online;
- Reimbursement of the medical check-up before and after the deployment;
- Travel health insurance;
- Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)
- E-learning platform, frequent webinars and other opportunities for your capacity building
- In addition, a team of dedicated colleagues fosters a friendly and fair work atmosphere.
How to apply:
Are you interested in this position? Send us your CV (no longer than 4 pages) and short cover letter via our application form. Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled.
People in Need staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need Code of conduct and key policies (available at: https://www.peopleinneed.net/key-policies-4142gp).