The Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering and to improve the situation of vulnerable people. The NLRC helps, protects and takes care of people that are victims of war, conflict and disaster, and those who need assistance because of other circumstances. Within our international work, improving rural and (peri-)urban vulnerable people's health and dignity constitutes a significant part of our work.
NLRC has been present in the Philippines since 2011, supporting the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) with longer term resilience projects in the thematic areas of disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness, health, WASH and Disaster Recovery. These projects are implemented in Metro Manila, Mindanao and Eastern Visayas.
Position title: WASH delegate – engineering profile with WASH experience in urban settings
Duty station: Manila (Philippines) with frequent travel to local project sites in other regions in the country
Time period: 12 months
Starting Date: 1 august 2015
Status: Single/Non family posting
The Netherlands Red Cross in the Philippines is currently supporting projects of Philippine Red Cross in the thematic area of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH):
- The current 3FM Diarrhoea Water and sanitation project has been implemented since January 2014. The project plans to target 25,000 people in Tondo slum (Barangay 101) in Manila ) where many urban settlers live. It is focusing on the reduction of childhood diarrhoea through hygiene education and the provision of water and sanitation facilities. The project includes a heavy engineering sanitation component in schools and communities in an urban setting and therefore solid technical support is required
- In Cebu, the project SWF "Sustainable and resilient pro-poor Water supply Fund" will tackle the root causes of the lack of safe water supply to the poor, lack of resilience of water supplies after natural disasters, and incapacity to carry out distribution projects. This will be achieved through extensions to the existing MCWD's (Metropolitan Cebu Water District) distribution systems so that continuous and safe water will be supplied to a total of 80,000 additional people, of which 30,000 belong to the poorest people in the slums of Cebu. In addition, the project will enhance health gains through community programmes, which will provide support and expertise in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Health Promotion, Food Security and Disaster Risk Reduction in the poor communities of Cebu.
Summary statement and responsibilities
The primary responsibility of this position will be providing with the necessary project management and hardware/engineering support to Philippines Red Cross required to implement effectively the water and sanitation activities.
- Support the design and implementation of sanitation systems for communities and schools in close coordination with local authorities in Tondo slum.Help to assess ground conditions, set up maintenance systems, and train involved stakeholders (incl. community members) in arranging repairs of facilities.
- Support in the preparation of technical drawings, BOQ, specifications for water and sanitation infrastructure, etc. if necessary. Drafting technical designs and helping to determine best technical practices.
- Assist PRC in developing , negotiating and managing contracts with service providers (may include preparing tender documentation and evaluating capacity and quality of contractors).
- Monitor directly on the ground the quality of the construction work in communities and schools. Make necessary visits to field sites to ensure that quality work is being completed, and monitoring the events/outputs to ensure the timely completion of the project.
- Supervise and mentor the two YEP engineers already deployed in Philippines by NLRC.
- Support, develop and train (or arrange appropriate training) for NS staff, in WatSan hardware and in project planning, budgeting, reporting and proposal writing if necessary.
- Support implementation of the project "Sustainable and resilient pro-poor water supply" according to approved project documents.
- Support and encourage PRC in liaising with and engage effectively with Government bodies at all levels, NGOs, CBOs, community groups, beneficiaries and the private Sanitation sector when appropriate.
- Produce regular, timely and accurate financial and narrative reports for the 3FM framework in NLRC Headquarters.
- Ensure that the project activities encompasses fully with the three elements of the WASH sector: water, sanitation and hygiene promotion and that hardware activities are fully integrated with the software dimension (led by PRC).
- Respect and follow key technical standards in the WASH sector at international level (Sphere standards, MDG agenda, etc.) and also NLRC WASH strategy and guidance and IFRC standards (IFRC WatSan policy and Global Water and Sanitation Initiative).
- Co-ordinate activities with other Participating National Societies (PNS) active in the WASH sector in Philippines through appropriate internal RCRC coordination mechanisms.
- Budget holder for the two Projects (3FM and SWF). The budget holder is responsible to ensure that expenditure charged is appropriately allocated and correctly stated. Authorization of such expenditure will be exercised by a combination of transaction approval, monitoring actual expenditure requisition against the approved budget line, clarifying funds available and making sure donor earmarking requirements are met. Monitoring and management of procurement following standard NLRC Procedures.
- Identifying and proactively pursuing new opportunities for WASH promotion programming (stand-alone and/or integrated projects) and developing proposals, project documents and budgets for new projects.
Position in the organization
This position will report to Country Representative with a functional line to Resilience Advisory Unitat NLRC HQ office).
- Degree or diploma in Water/Sanitation or Civil engineering
- Degree or Diploma in Public Health or in a Community/Social Development field
- Demonstrated experience in providing technical assistance to field staff in project design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
- Further qualifications in Project management, Public Health or community Development
- Minimum 5 years working experience in a less developed country
- Experience of working for a humanitarian organization and/or the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement
- Experience in working in urban developmental contexts and engaging effectively with beneficiaries especially women and children and other vulnerable groups
- Experience of project planning & budgeting, supervision and management to include monitoring and evaluation
- Experience of producing narrative & financial reports
- Self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word-processing)
- Skills in training and developing staff
- Ability to engage effectively with National Society staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, being results focused and accountable, being a team builder and team player, a good communicator at all levels, having professional mastery over their technical area, having leadership qualities and encouraging others to take the lead when appropriate, having managerial effectiveness.
- Show solid capacities in management of budgets; management of resources; monitoring; supervision and control; reporting; communication; networking; management of self; management of others; inspiring others; forming vision; organization building.