General Statement of Purpose of the Contract
Strengthening water, sanitation and hygiene programming is in line with USAID’s Global Water Strategy and efforts at overall development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. These targets have a focus on improved water supply, sanitation, hygiene and control, and eradication of water borne diseases. Increasing access to potable water and improved sanitation and hygiene are essential to achieving targeted health outcomes and sustained economic growth and poverty reduction. Increased emphasis on water, sanitation and hygiene improvements and a demonstrated gap in sanitation and hygiene attainment in West Africa creates the need for a dedicated WASH specialist to coordinate this activity area across multiple country offices, and to provide technical and programmatic support from USAID/West Africa.
The position will provide leadership, program management and technical support for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) water and sanitation-related programs. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Program Management Specialist will: 1) Contribute to efforts to design and manage regional programs and targeted bilateral mission programs that focus on improving water supply, sanitation and hygiene; 2) Lead effortsto monitor and evaluate all mission activities contributing to improved watersupply, sanitation and hygiene; 3) Provide overall technical analysis and guidance to the mission on strategies to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene; 4) Serve as a liaison between USAID and other United States Government (USG) agencies, national and regional WASH partners in government, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and donor agencies. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist is expected to guide, coordinate, manage and monitor the expanding and high-profile water, sanitation and hygiene related portfolio of the region, leading to successful outcomes. He/She must interact with a range of bilateral colleagues involved in the sector, maintain oversight of the overall sector impacts and ensure the efficient use of resources.
Statement of Duties to be Performed
A. Program Management 60%
1. Develop concept papers, scopes of work, USAID program/project activity design documents and support bilateral and multilateral donor coordination related to the design of water, sanitation and hygiene related programs.
2. Support the design and implementation of targeted water, sanitation and hygiene program and activities with the goal of ensuring that program design and implementation will achieve planned results and USAID goals.
3. Lead the development of a performance-monitoring plan for all Mission activities contributing toward the objectives of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act and its associated directives and contribute to data collection and synthesis.
4. Document development impacts and resolve implementation issues in an efficient and professional manner.
5. Develop, maintain and strengthen working relationships with key partners, including national ministries, local governments, international organizations and other donors, private sector, NGOs, universities and the media to identify and implement efforts to increase synergy among the key stakeholders.
6. Compile, analyze, and disseminate, on a regular basis, to USAID mission staff and USAID/Washington, progress in achieving sector objectives together with commentary on issues and recommended solutions.
B. Sector Leadership and Strategy 25%
Lead efforts to identify, prioritize and address policy and institutional constraints impeding the attainment of sustainable access to improved urban and rural water supply and sanitation in the country. Help to identify, prioritize and address key technical challenges in water and sanitation service provision and management in the region. Identify opportunities to use available USAID resources to expand water supply and sanitation coverage and improve hygiene and leverage resources from other related funding streams, e.g., food security, sustainable landscapes, nutrition, etc. Play a key role in identifying and coordinating among the various USG and internal USAID water, sanitation and hygienerelated activities and players. Actively engage with government, other donors and organizations involved in the sector to promote collaborative planning toward long-term sustainable solutions.
C. Advisory and Technical Services 15%
1. Provide briefings to USAID and its partners on the status of USAID water, sanitation and hygiene activities in West Africa or in priority or aligned countries in the region.
Prepare and deliver presentations on the same issues to local government and USG officials and international and local program partners and colleagues.
2. Provide technical input to program and strategy design and planning based on knowledge of international best practice and the particular constraints presented in country.
3. Provide assistance in defining the type of assistance needed by the Mission, facilitate discussions with water and sanitation service contractors, and schedule delivery of this assistance.
4. Carry out other tasks to support the achievement of USAIDs mandate and objectives, as directed by supervising officer.
Supervision Received: The incumbent works under the general supervision and policy guidance of the Environment/WASH Officer, who will review and approve his/her work plan and performance measures. The incumbent is also expected to collaborate with the Program office where appropriate.
Supervision Exercised: The incumbent serves as AOR and Activity Manager for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene activities in the Mission, and monitors grantees /contractors working in water and sanitation.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
In order to be considered for the position, a candidate must meet the Minimum Qualifications.
Applications will be pre-screened and only those that meet the Minimum Qualifications will be considered. These are the minimum qualifications necessary to be considered for the position:
a. Education: A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in environmental management, public health, engineering, social and behavioral sciences, economics or related field is required.
Demonstrated proficiency in computer-based software application and processing isrequired.
b. Prior Work Experience: At least 5 years of demonstrated practical experience in urban and rural water supply, sanitation, and hygiene improvement, including work in the countries in West Africa. The position requires a combination of managerial, technical, and analytical abilities combined with the demonstrated ability to manage resources and programs. Expertise in the areas of sustainable rural or urban water supply provision, basic sanitation improvement, hygiene promotion especially done in support of water and sanitation access improvements, sector policy reform, or program design is required.
c. Language Proficiency: Fluency in English and limited French is required. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. Language proficiency may be tested.
MARKET VALUE: GHS 131,716.00– GHS 197,595.00 equivalent to FSN-11
In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of USAID/Ghana. Final compensation will be negotiated within the market value.
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: The period of performance is five (5) years, estimated to start November 2020. The services provided under this contract are expected to be of continuing nature executed by USAID through a series of sequential contracts, subject to availability of funds, satisfactory job performance and need for continued services.
PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Accra, Ghana with possible travel as stated in the Statement of Work.
ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: All interested candidates eligible to work in Ghana.
Cooperating Country National (CCN) is defined as an individual who is a cooperating country citizen, or a non-cooperating country citizen lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the cooperating country.
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CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: October 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm local time.