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FH/Kenya (Food for the Hungry) Job Readvertisement - Millennium Water Alliance Director

FH/Kenya (Food for the Hungry), a Christian Relief and Development NGO seek to recruit for the following position:
Job Title: 
Millennium Water Alliance Director
 WASH Location: Nairobi with occasional travel to the field
Reports To:
 Country Director (CD) Closing: 16th July, 2010

This position is responsible for the coordination and overseeing the work of Millennium Water Alliance in Kenya.

The MWA Director will expand the scope and size of MWA’s influence in water issues in Kenya, advocating for improved integrated water systems with appropriate Kenya government counterparts and key donors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Key Result #1 – Leadership, Coordination and Management

  • Coordinate all MWP activities among the partners (CARE, WV, LI, LW, FH, and CRS).
  • Provide leadership to and coordinate with the partners in Kenya and US to ensure successful implementation of grant funded projects won by MWA Kenya. Manage, supervise, lead, and support the Secretariat Staff. Act as the liaison between the MWA and the MWP in Kenya.
  • Obtain quarterly, end-of-program reports, and other required reports from implementing partners: review; request revisions; consolidate and submit them to MWA US.
  • Ensure that the reports are prepared in a timely manner and in accordance with donor and MWA requirements.
  • Ensure that financial records are maintained in accordance with MWA and FH policies and procedures.
Key Result #2 -Strategy Development and Resource Development
  • In consultation with and under the tacit approval of the MWA Kenya Program Management Group and MWA (US), develop a strategy for MWA in Kenya.
  • This strategy should be innovative and clear-minded to address WASH issues in areas of the country that suffer from poor access to water and sanitation facilities, poor hygiene and related illnesses, and inequitable distribution of resources related to these.
  • The strategy should take into account the neediest most vulnerable locations and populations.
  • Directly related to a program strategy, the MWA Director will facilitate the development and implementation of an aggressive resource development and diversification plan to help meet the needs outlined by the program strategy.
Key Result #3 – Representation and Advocacy
  • Work closely with the Government of Kenya (Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Education, and other relevant departments) to collaborate and ensure alignment with GOK strategic initiatives.
  • Initiate and facilitate undertaking of Action Researches and adaptation of innovative and low cost technology options.
  • Facilitate the development of strategies for learning, advocacy and communication.
  • Participate in fora geared toward policy formulation and implementation utilizing the formidable gathering of organizations in MWA Kenya for the purposes of influencing the water, sanitation and hygiene policies of the Kenyan government in favor of the poor communities.
Key Result #4 – Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
  • Lead in facilitating joint planning and progress review with partners.
  • Ensure the exchange of ideas across MWP and facilitate these exchanges.
  • Strengthen collaboration and linkage between program partners working in water, hygiene, and sanitation.
  • In consultation with and under the tacit approval of the MWA Kenya Program Management Group and MWA (US), establish a common monitoring and evaluation system in all the interventions and disseminate important program documents and other technical materials.
  • Document lessons learned and produce six-monthly reports focused on lessons learned.
  • Monitor and enhance the partnership using various partnership tools.
  • Monitor the work, progress and quality of implementation and compliance of partners with the terms of their agreements and work plans.
  • Develop, monitor and evaluate program indicators and standards for use by all the MWA partners.
  • Initiate and facilitate research to test innovative WASH technologies and make recommendations to PMG.
  • Identify, document and disseminate best practices and lessons learned

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty/function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Educational level:
  • Masters in environmental studies, development, engineering, public health, or similar field with at least 7 years in design and implementation of programs in development context.
  • Experience with international NGOs or UN Agencies is an added advantage.
  • Good understanding of Kenyan government policies and structures related to water systems and SPHERE standards desired.
  • Computer fluency required (MS Office, web, etc).
  • Proven ability to convene and/or chair high profile meetings
  • Proficient in Program Cycle Management (Planning, Assessments, Concept/Proposal Development, Implementation, Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation) and fundraising
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to complete tasks on schedule with a high degree of accuracy
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with staff, partners, and volunteers
Other Competencies/Attributes:
  • A team player, capable of building working relations with people from across Kenya and around the world
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, emotional maturity and physical stamina (may work long hours)
  • Ability to take initiative, a team leader able to work with minimum supervision
  • Good understanding of consortium dynamics. Ability to maintain working relationships even in the face of challenges
  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.
  • Willingness to travel out of major city limits to each members sites.
  • Ability to conduct community water needs assessment, program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of water and sanitation activities
  • Proposal/concept paper writing skills for fundraising.
  • Ability to network with the Government, other NGOs and International Organizations such as WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, etc.
  • Able to manage human resources for optimum effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications quoting current remuneration, updated CV with three referees, day telephone contacts to: Human Resources Manager, P. O Box 14978 - 00800 Nairobi or email address
 only short listed candidates will be contacted. Those who applied previously need not apply again.

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