Project Manager

  • Contract
  • Full Time
  • Nkeyema, Zambia
  • Salary: N/A
  • January 19, 2021

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Project Manager

Nkeyema, Zambia

Deadline: 19th January 2021
Interviews: Last week of January 2021
Salary: Market related with excellent benefits, including a transport allowance
Contract Duration: 3 years

It’s hard to believe that today 844 million people do not have clean water and 2.3 billion do not have a decent toilet – around one in three of the world’s population. Every two minutes a child under five dies from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.

We started because no NGO like us existed. We’ll end when no organisation like us is needed. In the meantime, we’re making great progress – since 1981, we have reached 25 million people with clean water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation across the various countries where we work.

WaterAid Zambia is recruiting key experts for an upcoming European Union Funded project entitled Strengthening rights to education through provision of inclusive, clean and healthy learning environments in schools in Nkeyema and Mwandi Districts, Western Province, Zambia.

This project aims to contribute to promoting access to inclusive and equitable education of children and young people (particularly girls, young women and children with disabilities) in Zambia by improving the learning environment in targeted schools in two districts, Nkeyema and Mwandi, in Western Province.

The project will focus on modelling designs and installing inclusive, accessible and gender-responsive WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) facilities, building capacity and strengthening knowledge and awareness among intended beneficiaries in gender, disability and inclusion and social accountability. The project places emphasis on hygiene promotion component that will strengthen response to the COVID-19 threat in the selected schools and surrounding communities

We’re looking for people who share a commitment to our vision. We’re looking for people with an appreciation and respect for different people and ideas, and the energy and expertise to help tackle the most important challenges.

In return, you can expect to get inspiration from the change you help make happen, a sense of belonging and the feeling of being part of a global community. You will also experience stimulation and fulfilment, the chance to grow, and space to be yourself at your best. This is our pledge to you.

WaterAid Zambia is looking for a Project Manager to play a vital role in our mission to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone in Zambia by 2030.

The purpose of this job is:

  • Undertake accessibility audits for WASH infrastructure (and general infrastructure) in target schools in the 2 districts
  • In collaboration with the department of infrastructure under MOGE, National council for construction, and WA guidelines and life cycle costing to design appropriate WASH infrastructure technologies
  • Rehabilitate and install inclusive WASH infrastructure facilities i.e. (Solar powered water networks, female friendly ablution blocks that include facilities for menstrual health),
  • Establish, train and support WASH committees in CSE and production of hygienic low cost and climate friendly sanitary materials for girls in schools and for income generation for the schools to sustain provision of sanitary materials
  • Support the creation of safe spaces for girls and boys to discuss menstrual health and comprehensive sexuality education.
  • Support the development of national standards for sanitary products for schools (addressing safety and environmental concerns)
  • Roll out operation and maintenance (O&M) guidelines and establish and train school WASH committees in O&M and integrate skills such as plumbing
  • Adapt and roll out hygiene behaviour change using the ABCDE Approach for WASH clubs (hand washing with soap at critical times, food hygiene, proper water storage and treatment, menstrual hygiene and use of a clean toilet
  • Undertake training on equity and inclusion for focal point persons in schools and planners at district level.
  • Identify and support income generating activities in schools to support sustainability of WASH services
  • Support the production of a creative package and distribution of IEC materials on menstrual health and comprehensive sexuality education in schools
  • Conduct training for teachers in planning lesson management and use of locally available resources etc
  • Facilitate Teacher Group Meeting (TGMs)for skills enhancement among teachers
  • Train parents CAGs/PCSCs/PTAs in resource mobilisation (IGAs &Saving groups) school and school governance for project sustainability.
  • In collaboration with ZAPD, conduct training for Project staff, PCSCs/PTAs, social workers and teachers in disability awareness using the rights based approach to support the rights of all children including those with disabilities
  • Facilitate linkages/referral systems for school children living with disabilities to service institutions that provide specialized services for people living with disabilities
  • Work with local media (TV& radio) messaging to create awareness among members of the public especially in the project target areas about disability, WASH rights and MHM in particular
  • Conduct monthly /quarterly /bi- annual monitoring of activities by project staff and stakeholders
  • Train CAGs, traditional leaders, traditional counsellors, faith leaders ,civic actors and learners to advocate against attitudes, beliefs and practices impinging upon girls’ participation in education
  • Support development of quality education service delivery including monitoring mechanisms for implementation of WASH standards and MHM guidelines in schools led by learners (use of score cards)
  • Support interface meetings between learners and ministry of education for feedback and engagement on WASH services and learning environment and advocate for full implementation of Menstrual Hygiene Management guidelines for schools for timely provision and adequate distribution of menstrual products to schools
  • Establish and train school WASH clubs using the Human Rights Based Approach( HRBA)
  • Conduct inter school debates and quizzes on children’s rights to education including those living with disabilities for learners
  • Facilitate Community Action Groups (CAGS) to hold interface meetings between duty bearers (government) and rights holders (community) to support children and youth’s complete primary education up to secondary level
  • Support CAGs to advocate for full implementation of Menstrual Hygiene Management guidelines for schools for timely provision and adequate distribution of menstrual products to schools
  • Facilitate dialogue meetings with key stakeholders to support the implementation of the school re-entry policy for girls who fall pregnant and married off
  • Participate in network meetings with other like-minded organisations for increased voice and leveraging resources for adoption of appropriate and inclusive WASH facilities and educational services in schools at National and district level
  • Support media awards through MUSUZ on best media coverage for children educational rights particularly for those living with disabilities.
  • Produce one communication feature product (video, case study etc.) for the action in each district

To be successful, you will need:

  • A Degree in Development Studies from a recognized University, or professional qualifications in or other related discipline required
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in programme planning, development and management at managerial level in WASH
  • Experience in participatory monitoring and evaluation approaches and proven experience in water and sanitation work in the Zambian context.
  • Experience in developing and managing projects, including staff, budgeting and budget management.
  • Experience in implementation of integrated programmes and experience in leading development of models and approaches and packaging learning
  • A clear understanding of WASH programming and policy contexts
  • Experience of development and management of teams and partner organisations
  • In-depth knowledge of participatory approaches, facilitation and training techniques.
  • Sound knowledge of hygiene promotion and sanitation issues.

Willing and able to travel, predominately to WaterAid and partner locations within the CP with some travel in and outside the region.

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If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, send your application, consisting of a letter of interest and a CV, via email to [email protected] using “Project Manager” as the subject. Please provide details of at least three relevant references and clearly indicate details of your current remuneration package.

Please note: in order to apply for this role, you must demonstrate your eligibility to work in Zambia.

WaterAid is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We particularly encourage applications from women who are underrepresented at this level in the organisation.

WaterAid is committed to ensuring that wherever we work in the world there is no tolerance for the abuse of power, privilege or trust. WaterAid reinforces a culture of zero tolerance towards any form of inappropriate behaviour, abuse, harassment, or exploitation of any kind.

The safeguarding of our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf, is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. All staff and volunteers are required to share in this commitment through our Global Code of Conduct. We will conduct the most appropriate pre-employment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained.

WaterAid is an equal opportunity, disability-confident employer and committed to achieving the highest standards of diversity, fairness and equality.

Only candidates shortlisted for interviewing will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date for applications.

No recruitment agencies please.

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