Role Overview

Supervise the implementation and coordination of MEDAIR’s WASH project in Southern Madagascar in the Beloha district. Provide leadership, strategic direction, management and evaluation of all aspects of the Medair project in Southern Madagascar, the Project Manager also plays a key role in liaison with local authorities, NGO partners and other relevant stakeholders, team leadership and new project creation and design.

Project Overview

Medair has started a new pilot project in Southern Madagascar in collaboration with the Practica foundation focusing on bringing potable water to the communities living in the commune of Marolinta. The pilot project will test new WASH techniques to capture and store rain water, rehabilitate existing water points and set-up new boreholes where they can be drilled in Marolinta municipality.

Workplace & Conditions

Field based position in Beloha, Madagascar.

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

June 2019. Full time, 6 months with possible extension.

Key Activity Areas

Project Management

  • Oversee the new WASH project in accordance with the project proposal ensuring objectives are met within the required time frame and budget. Ensure preventative and corrective actions are taken.
  • Manage an activity plan covering the time frame of the proposal, including resource needs analysis.
  • Support the Sector Managers in day-to-day decision making as requested.
  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation assessments are conducted and reports made.
  • Maintain an overview of the regional context with a view to the strategic development of new projects.
  • Develop new concepts and proposals. Ensure documents are produced according donor guidelines.
  • Develop an implementation strategy which is appropriate to the country context and strategy.
  • Ensure reporting of activities to Medair, donors, line managers and any other relevant bodies.

 

Representation

  • Seek out and actively participate in local networks or task groups on specific humanitarian aid issues.
  • Accompany donors on field trips and ensure programme details are transmitted in a professional way.

 

Financial Management

  • Construct the budgets in accordance with donor guidelines, in collaboration with the Sector Managers.
  • Monitor project spending to ensure the project is operated in line with Medair and donor guidelines and timeframe for financial accounting and reporting practices.

 

Staff Management

  • Ensure all staff personnel related issues are carried out in accordance with Medair guidelines. This includes recruitment, appraisal, objective setting, development and training, disciplinary action, etc.
  • Hold regular team meetings and, through a consultative leadership style and a transparent, honest and supportive communication structure, develop and build an effective team.
  • Promote the health and security of project staff by ensuring the application of security guidelines, health and safety in the workplace and healthy living conditions and practices.

 

Quality Management

  • Regularly assess and provide feedback and recommendations on the quality of the project and interventions during field visits and at other relevant times.

 

Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.

Qualifications

  • University degree in a field relevant to WASH (civil engineering, hydrogeology/hydrology).
  • Strong working knowledge of English and French (spoken and written).

Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

  Everyone who works as an Internationally Recruited Staff in one of our field programmes must first successfully complete the Medair ROC. Read more for information, dates and related costs.

Experience

  • 2 years post-qualification experience in a management position, preferably in a relief environment.
  • Technical experience with WASH infrastructure (e.g. latrine designs, borehole installation, hand pump repair, and construction of hand dug wells) and software/training (behaviour change communication).
  • Team-player with communication and inter-personal skills.
  • Advanced planning, assessment and analytical skills as well as problem solving ability.
  • Good report and proposal writing skills and good negotiation skills.
  • Committed to team-building and able to develop and train other team members.
  • Advanced leadership and project management skills. Committed to consultative leadership.
  • Capacity to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels.
  • Knowledge of Humanitarian Essentials, Sphere and HAP Standards and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols.
  • Dynamic, mature, creative, open-minded, flexible and self-learner.