Itad is a leading consultancy providing technical expertise to international development programmes, projects and institutions. Our work covers a range of sectors, including Private Sector Development, Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding, Climate Change, Health, Governance and Social Protection and Livelihoods. We specialise in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) and our work ranges from designing MERL systems for multi-million pound initiatives, to conducting long-term impact evaluations across the world.
We are recruiting a Senior Consultant to join our WASH team. We are looking for a technical expert in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) with a strong project management track record.
You will be part of a growing WASH portfolio, with opportunities to engage in project acquisition and implementation in a technical and management capacity. You will also contribute to the WASH team’s marketing and networking and have opportunities for professional development, particularly of your monitoring and evaluation skills. Travel will be occasional and project-dependent.
The role is based in our offices in Hove (East Sussex) but with travel within the UK and internationally.
An important aspect of the position will be to act as the programme manager of our Independent Monitoring and Verification services of UNICEF’s Accelerating Hygiene, Sanitation and Water for All (ASWA) II programme, which runs across 10 countries. As project manager, you will be responsible for the implementation of our assessment methodology, work plan, quality assurance and risk management plan. You will organise the team’s inputs and the quality assurance of their outputs, prepare global deliverables and report to the client on a quarterly basis.
The successful candidate will be able to quickly establish credible and strong working relationships with team members, clients, partners and stakeholders. In addition, a Senior Consultant will have a proven ability to lead, manage and motivate others to deliver high quality assignments. A clear understanding of commercial drivers and how they can influence both bidding and delivery is essential.
· Provide technical inputs into WASH projects, either in the UK or overseas. In the short term, this is likely to include contributions to the monitoring and verification of WASH interventions run by UNICEF.
· Ensure that assignments are managed on time and to budget, and within agreed company financial frameworks
· Coordinating teams, including internal Itad staff, consultants, and researchers.
· Managing sub-contracted external UK and overseas-based consultants, partner organisations, and consortium members.
· Identify and mitigate risks and challenges to the successful delivery of projects.
· Maintain awareness of current and emerging opportunities, trends and ideas within the WASH space; and contribute to the business development strategy by identifying opportunities to promote our interests/expertise
· Work with the Business Development & Marketing team in the production of EOIs and Proposals, including identifying suitable external associates for project teams and consortia where appropriate
· Contribute to the growth of our reputational capital and positioning as a thought leader by assisting in the development of knowledge capital and products for external use
· Proactively network with clients, partners and consultants to promote Itad’s interests in WASH monitoring, verification and evaluation; and maintain awareness of forthcoming opportunities and the latest developments in the sector.
Professional Expertise & Key Competencies
· Post-graduate degree in an applied development field, ideally relevant to the WASH sector.
· A strong track record in managing and leading projects and assignments for a range of international clients or as a staff member within a major aid agency or NGO (5-10 years).
· Technical expertise and relevant work experience (5-10 years) in the WASH sector, focussed on addressing the lack of access to basic sanitation and safe water supply for the world’s poor.
· Experience in designing and using indicators for the monitoring or verification of WASH interventions (at project or organisational levels) is desirable.
· Technical experience in at least one major aspect of data collection and analysis, such as: evaluation design; monitoring and reporting systems; qualitative methodologies and data collection, analysis and interpretation of qualitative data; survey sampling, survey design or statistical analysis.
· Strong analytical, facilitation, presentation and writing skills.
· Good communication and interpersonal skills, e.g. proven ability to deal with staff, collaborators and partners from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures
· Fluency in written and spoken English. Another UN language, particularly French, would be an advantage.
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