South Sudan: State Focal Point – WASH Cluster




South Sudan

Job Title:

State Focal Point – WASH Cluster

Contract Grade: B

Contract Length: 1 Year

Date Needed By: 25th May 2016

New Post or Replacement: Replacement

Accompanied / Unaccompanied: Unaccompanied

Exact Job Location: Bentiu, Unity State, South Sudan

Reports To: Internally: Programme Director – Emergency

Externally: National WASH Cluster Coordinator

Responsible For: Coordinating roles and responsibilities in the WASH cluster response in Unity State, including ensuring adherence to agreed standards and operational guidelines regarding the overall WASH cluster coordination.

Liaises With: Concern Country Director, WASH partners in Unity State (including UN agencies, INNGOs National NGOs), CCCM, OCHA, Assistant Country Director Systems, Assistant Country Director programmes, Area Coordinator, WASH Programme Manager, Emergency nutritionist, and other Officers in Unity state.

Job Purpose: To lead and coordinate the implementation and strategic development of the WASH response in Unity state, incorporating risk and vulnerability, inequality and protection, in line with WASH cluster guidelines and terms of reference. Reporting to the cluster, organising/chairing state WASH cluster meetings and attending national WASH cluster coordination meeting wherever possible. In addition, to prepare response matrixes for the state for EP&R where gaps arise.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Coordination & representation:

· In coordination and collaboration with Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), humanitarian clusters and partner agencies, develop and support plans for development and management of WASH facilities in Bentiu PoC sites.

· Ensure partners harmonize response strategies by developing contingency plans, strategies that address current needs of beneficiaries in Bentiu IDP camp as well as the whole state.

· Coordinate overall WASH response activities in Unity state, including ensuring adherence to agreed standards and operational guidelines and terms of reference of WASH Cluster

· Ensure appropriate dialogue and consultation with WASH implementing partners, beneficiaries and host government, making sure where relevant they are involved and/ or informed in needs assessment, delivery of WASH services /assistance and development/implementation of durable solutions.

· Chair the WASH Cluster meetings within the POC sites and various field locations and update the WASH Cluster Coordinators at Juba and the CCCM Coordination team at Bentiu

· Coordinate services delivered by WASH NGOs in accordance with agreed standards and ensure integration and coordination with health, nutrition and NFI/shelter interventions in the state.


· Provide information, support and guidance to the WASH cluster agency assessment teams to be deployed in Unity state

· Overall provision of technical and strategic guidance to the Cluster agencies and Concern’s WASH programme in Unity state.

· Contribute to the development of strategies for a WASH cluster at State level that links to the National WASH strategies.

· Establishing an open dialogue with the relevant authorities to enable discussions on any problem that is related to WASH in and outside the Camps in the efforts to comply with obligations of the government, UN agencies and humanitarian organizations.

· Supporting community ownership of facilities in Bentiu PoC through supporting strategic documentation as well as dialogue between partners and the community.

· Coordination and monitoring of services delivered by WASH NGOs in accordance with agreed standards

· Referring issues that cannot be resolved at the Bentiu level to the National cluster coordinator

· Representing the WASH Cluster at state level meetings with the government authorities as well as in donor visits and cluster team visits.

· Support the WASH Cluster coordination team in organising field visits by prioritizing areas that need support in terms of coordination and preparing ToRs for such missions.

Programme Cycle Management & Technical Guidance

· Take lead on technical support and advise Managers and Officers of WASH implementing partners in both UNMISS camps and rural environment on planning, design, and construction of WASH facilities and services, borehole drilling, development and construction.

· Technically support the WASH cluster in organizing, executing, analysing and reporting on needs assessments and surveys

· Support the national WASH Cluster in information management by supporting in collection of 5Ws, as well as Bentiu PoC WASH data, e.g. Current water, latrine, showers ratios, etc.

· Ensure maintenance of WASH infrastructure and support WASH partners to secure funding.

· Assisting the WASH agencies in defining the standards and indicators that are to be applied in particular responses requiring camp sitting.

· Identification gaps in the provision of WASH and assistance and avoiding duplication of activities in Bentiu PoC as well as in Unity State

· Ensure timely reporting to the WASH cluster, WASH partners and Concern on the progress of implementation and performance of WASH response to achieve Humanitarian Minimum Standards in WASH sector

· Provide support and guidance on identifying and promoting best practices and appropriate design and construction of WASH related facilities and systems, considering environmental, sustainability and appropriate technology issues.

· Representing the WASH cluster in state level assessments, as well as IRNAs. The SFP will also be required to take field visits in different parts of Unity for fact finding missions as well as to offer support to partners (both technical and software, e.g. hygiene promotion.


Essential Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

· At least a relevant BSc. degree (Water/Environmental/Civil Engineering, )

· At least four years working in emergency settings for an international NGO in the field of WASH, with at least 2 years’ experience in the coordination and management of emergency WASH programmes

· Good experience and understanding of coordination roles

· Experience and sound understanding of the mechanisms required for ensuring WASH hardware sustainability and supporting rural communities to establish rural water tariff mechanisms in line with national Government policies; as well as a good grasp of appropriate methodologies for achieving sustainable behaviour change in WASH

· Capacity building experience, including identification of training needs and training experience

· Proven ability in report writing, research and documentation

· Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation techniques and a good grasp of project cycle management.

· Experience of collaboratively working with international NGOs National NGOs and UN Agencies

· Excellent communication skills in English and proven experience in leading coordination meeting and negotiations.

· Good analytical, planning and time management skills.

· Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel

· Strong personality that can relate to agencies and build sustainable relations between the WASH Cluster and partners


· English language skills

· Knowledge of AutoCAD and GIS software packages

· Cluster coordination skills

Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:

· Ability to organize and prioritize workload, using initiative when appropriate

· Good team player, flexible and capable of working with a multinational country team,
politically and culturally sensitive

· Ability and willingness to live in basic conditions for long periods of time, to walk to areas which are inaccessible by road, to work in isolated rural areas and to live and operate in sensitive safety & security environments.

· Ability to cope with stress, work under pressure often to strict deadlines

· Flexibility, adaptability, sense of humour, and patience

· Ability to motivate and develop skills of others

· Facilitation and interpersonal skills

· Analytical and problem solving skills

· Ability to assess problems and recommend solutions

· Methodical and thorough

· Good leadership skills

All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

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