Back Water Governance Programs Manager Lebanon

Position: Water Governance Programs Manager Lebanon

Reporting to: Deputy Country Representative for Programmes

Collaborating with: Water Advisor and Senior Hydraulic Engineer, in addition to Support departments

Managing: 2 Project Coordinators supervising field teams

Location: Lebanon, Bekaa, Zahle office with frequent visit to Field Areas

Type of contract: a first 3 (three) month collaboration contract subject to verification of the achievement of specific objectives (these objectives will be agreed together with the Country Representative upon arrival on assignment); a second collaboration contract of 9 (nine) months renewable, following the positive evaluation of the first three months of contract

Starting date: ASAP

Gross Salary: to be defined according to the candidate’s profile

Application deadline: 4th of November 2021

General Description

WeWorld-GVC, recently constituted from the merger of two NGOs, is an Italian secular and independent organization working since 1971 in international cooperation and humanitarian aid. Present in 29 countries with 128 projects, WeWorld-GVC operates in the following areas of assistance: human rights (gender equality, prevention and combating violence against children and women, migration), humanitarian aid (prevention, emergency relief and rehabilitation), food security, access to water, health and hygiene, education, global citizenship education, quality teaching and international volunteering. WeWorld-GVC works mostly with girls, boys, women and youth, actors of change in every community for a fairer and more inclusive world. Supports people overcoming emergencies and guarantees a life with dignity, opportunities and a better future through human and economic development programs, in the framework of the 2030 Agenda. Joining the WeWorld-GVC team means being part of the development of a dynamic organisation where the contribution of each staff member is promoted and valued, working together towards the collective achievement of shared goals and vision. At present, the main donors are Italy (AICS), the EU (DG ECHO), UNICEF, OCHA, and Belgium (DGD).

Working context

WeWorld-GVC has been working in Lebanon since 2006 and is now supporting vulnerable populations through WASH, shelter, basic assistance and protection interventions aiming at increasing the resilience of the concerned communities, in North Bekaa (Baalbek-Hermel Governorate) and in Akkar. WeWorld-GVC is implementing projects supporting public water and wastewater services in partnership with other organizations and funded by different donors (AFD, EU-MADAD). WeWorld-GVC’s Water Governance Program uses a three pillar approach of Infrastructural Improvement to improve service delivery, Capacity Building to to improve Water Establishments’ management and cost-recovery, and Community Engagement promoting water accountability and public participation.

Within this framework, WeWorld-GVC seeks to recruit a Programs Manager to set-up and lead the implementation of two 3-year projects commencing within Q1 2021. They will be responsible for successfully implementing WeWorld-GVC’s components of the projects, in close cooperation with the project partners and the consortium coordinators, beneficiaries, and stakeholders. The thematic focus of the position is institutional capacity development of regional water utilities, generating social cohesion through improved service provision and participatory water governance.

Purpose of the Role

The Programs Manager manages organizational Programs at the country level ensuring quality from development through execution. Identifies programming opportunities and areas where the organization can demonstrate its value and relevance. Builds relationships with donors and national counterparts creating a network of collaboration and highlighting the value the organization brings. Manages International and National Staff and budget.

Main functions and duties

Project Management (70%)

  • Be responsible for the supervision and management of WeWorld-GVC water projects in the Bekaa Valley
  • Conduct procurement processes in collaboration with the logistics and finance department
  • Closely monitor the contracted works and directly liaise with the consultants and contractors
  • Initiate and conduct assessments, baseline surveys, beneficiaries satisfaction surveys and end line surveys ensuring stakeholder participation
  • Plan and supervise the implementations of local and national communication and awareness campaigns
  • Monitor and assess the progress of implementation of activities and devise corrective measures as and when required, ensure that project impact is maximized and lessons learnt are continuously documented and shared
  • Initiate and ensure regular monitoring and evaluation assessments are conducted in collaboration with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) department to ensure the quality of the programme,
  • Coordinate the elaboration of reports and ensure the timeliness and accuracy of information provided, as well ensuring confidentiality of sensitive information, for instance in: periodic operational plans and any subsequent additions and extensions, intermediate and final reports, requests for changes to be approved by donors, dissemination materials
  • Identify financial resources necessary for the implementation of the project and plan, construct and manage budgets for the assigned projects in collaboration with finance and logistics

Team Management and HR (20%)

  • Ensure the appropriate staffing of the project, planning and implementing specific actions to recruit, manage and motivate staff
  • Ensure that directly line managed staff have clearly defined objectives, understand their responsibilities and receive meaningful feedback on their performance
  • Provide support and advise to project technical and social staff, ensuring clarity over project plans and priorities and encouraging effective teamwork
  • Hold regular team meetings, reviewing team and individual objectives, ensuring team members are kept informed of issues relevant to their work and providing opportunities for feedback
  • Assist the Deputy Country Representative for Programs with establishing and maintaining a collaborative and high performing team and a good working environment

Strategy development and programme development (5%)

  • Provide the Water Advisor with inputs for the development of national strategies for water and wastewater interventions, including technical, social and institutional approaches
  • Support the Deputy Country Representative for Programs by conducting needs assessments in areas of interest, coordinating with relevant staff and developing concept notes / project ideas
  • Input into the development of the WeWorld-GVC strategy, new projects and/or donor proposals

Communication, coordination and representation (5%)

  • Establish and maintain networks with operational and institutional interlocutors involved in the realization of the project
  • Represent WeWorld-GVC at relevant public, coordination and representation meetings involving local stakeholders, authorities, international agencies and NGOs
  • Prepare visits of donor representatives / HQ visitors / other stakeholders whenever requested
  • Participate in all Consortium relevant meetings, as well as relevant sector meetings or other relevant coordination bodies in the target areas

The duties and responsibilities set forth above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to perform additional duties (i.e. Implementation of other specific tasks assigned by the Line Manager and preparation and transmission of additional information requested by HQ).

Job Specifications

Essential Requirements

Qualifications and Knowledge

  • An advanced University degree or equivalent in the field of Water and Wastewater Management, Project Management, or similar
  • Professional mastery of both written and spoken English

Professional experience

  • Minimum 5 years of project management experience in water-related development programs
  • Proven experience with impact-driven implementation of activities and team management, as well as logistics, MEAL and budgeting in collaboration with respective departments
  • Previous experience working with public and private actors and good understanding of water utility management and social and political contexts to foster two-way utility-user accountability
  • Working experience with international NGOs in management of international cooperation projects funded by institutional, private donors and sponsorship programs
  • Previous experience in Lebanon (in the Bekaa Valley, especially in the Baalbek District is an asset) or in rural contexts in the Middle East

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal, staff management and leadership skills
  • Good communication skills, in written and spoken, adapted to different levels
  • Ability to identify, initiate and maintain good relationships with partner organizations, donors and local authorities including building professional relationships with senior decision-makers and influencers/leaders
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and perform under stress conditions
  • High tolerance for lengthy processes and ability to patiently and persistently follow-up
  • Ability to think strategically and conceptually and to translate these into concrete results
  • Capacity to work autonomously and in problem prevention/resolution
  • Integrity in line with the NGO values and ethical standards
  • Cultural, gender, religion, and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Availability to commit for a long-term deployment
  • Strong commitment to WeWorld-GVC Mission

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS

  • High-level expertise in either Infrastructural Improvement (Engineering or similar) or Community Engagement (Anthropology or similar)
  • Knowledge of Arabic
  • Experience in managing programs in consortium
  • Experience in tendering and managing of infrastructural contracts above 0.5 M EUR
  • Experience in managing budgets above 2 M EUR
  • Experience in participatory community engagement processes and/or institutional dialogue

This vacancy is archived.

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