Project Officer -SanMark and Construction Quality (Ghanaian Nationals Only)

Catholic Relief Services

  • Tamale, Northen

  • Published : 2023-01-17
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Job Description

  • Job Title Project Officer -SanMark and Construction Quality

Description

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work are accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, water and sanitation agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Summary: (10 Months Contract)

As a member of the Integrated Community Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement (ICOWASH) project team, you will be accountable to provide support for the implementation of sanitation marketing in the project intervention districts and report on the progress and quality of latrine construction in target communities and households as well as the operationalization of sanitation entrepreneurs and sales agents in latrine products design, promotion and sales in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work in serving the poor and vulnerable. You will organize trainings and meetings with district level actors (e.g., Business Advisory Center, etc.), and attend same to review ongoing activities and develop actions for future programming. Your thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits those we serve.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Play lead role in the effective roll-out of sanitation marketing activities in project districts in line with the Rural Sanitation Model Strategy (RSMS).
  • Support in the technical design of household latrine products and review of bill of quantities/material schedule to ensure the estimated costs are reasonable and cost effective to enhance the work of sanitation entrepreneurs.
  • Work with sanitation entrepreneurs and sales force to ensure that the poor and most vulnerable are reached with sanitation marketing services through various innovative means.
  • Support in developing communication materials (promotional messages, leaflets, brochures, etc.) to increase the desire for household latrines in beneficiary communities.
  • Regularly monitor the progress and quality of construction at the business location of all sanitation entrepreneurs, ensuring compliance with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and best practices. Map business locations of sanitation entrepreneurs and their clients using Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D).
  • Build relationships and coordinate with local government authorities and beneficiaries to accept sanitation marketing products and to advocate for utilization by beneficiary communities.
  • Support CRS to maintain accepted WASH and infrastructural standards for the sector and ensure that project staff, partner agencies and recipient communities understand and adhere to these standards including sustainability measures.
  • Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustment to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
  • Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.
  • Support accountability through supporting project evaluation activities and assisting project efforts to collect and analyze data per specified mechanisms and tools. Actively seek and respond to feedback from partners and project beneficiaries.
  • Required Languages - Mampruli, Dagbani, Gurnne and Talen

    Travel - the position is based in Mamprugu Moagduri or Talensi District with extensive travel to project communities (80% Travel to project communities).

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Observation, active listening, and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgement.
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and community members.
  • Attention to details, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
  • Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
  • Great time management and ability to work to meet deadlines in multiple tasking environment.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Building and Construction, Construction Management, Water Resources or Business and related disciplines, Accounting and other relevant qualifications.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in project support. Experience in the field of Sanitation Marketing, WASH infrastructure design and inspection and for an NGO would be a plus.
  • Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
  • Experience using MS windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Possession of a valid license to ride a motorcycle.
  • Knowledge of local language would be a plus.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities (none)

    Key Working Relationships:

    Internal: Regional /HQ technical advisors, Head of Programs, WASH and other line managers, Project Manager, Senior Project Officer for WASH, Community Mobilization, SILC, M&E, and other Project officers.

    External:  Government partners and service providers (Contractors)

    Responsibilities

  • Play lead role in the effective roll-out of sanitation marketing activities in project districts in line with the Rural Sanitation Model Strategy (RSMS).
  • Support in the technical design of household latrine products and review of bill of quantities/material schedule to ensure the estimated costs are reasonable and cost effective to enhance the work of sanitation entrepreneurs.
  • Work with sanitation entrepreneurs and sales force to ensure that the poor and most vulnerable are reached with sanitation marketing services through various innovative means.
  • Support in developing communication materials (promotional messages, leaflets, brochures, etc.) to increase the desire for household latrines in beneficiary communities.
  • Regularly monitor the progress and quality of construction at the business location of all sanitation entrepreneurs, ensuring compliance with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and best practices. Map business locations of sanitation entrepreneurs and their clients using Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D).
  • Build relationships and coordinate with local government authorities and beneficiaries to accept sanitation marketing products and to advocate for utilization by beneficiary communities.
  • Support CRS to maintain accepted WASH and infrastructural standards for the sector and ensure that project staff, partner agencies and recipient communities understand and adhere to these standards including sustainability measures.
  • Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustment to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
  • Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.
  • Support accountability through supporting project evaluation activities and assisting project efforts to collect and analyze data per specified mechanisms and tools. Actively seek and respond to feedback from partners and project beneficiaries.
  • Qualifications

    Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Building and Construction, Construction Management, Water Resources or Business and related disciplines, Accounting, and other relevant qualifications.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in project support. Experience in the field of Sanitation Marketing, WASH infrastructure design and inspection and for an NGO would be a plus.
  • Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
  • Experience using MS windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Possession of a valid license to ride a motorcycle.
  • Knowledge of local language would be a plus.
  • Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

    These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship
  • ***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

    Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

    Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

    CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people - especially children and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse and harm.

    CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    About Us

    Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

    About the Team

    CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people - especially children and vulnerable adults - to live free from abuse and harm.

    CRS welcomes candidates from the countries and regions in which we work. In the event the successful candidate is an expatriate or global telecommuter, the anticipated duration of the assignment is informed by a term limit, based on the type and level of the job and the needs of the agency.

    CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

       
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