With a population of over 150 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. Political unrest, poor governance and corruption have led to decades of water shortages, while the population has increased rapidly.
Though there is surface and ground water, rapid population growth, particularly in urban areas, has not been supported with additional resources. Only 11% of people have access to safe sanitation and 42% live without access to clean water.
Funding for water, sanitation and hygiene is low and there is little coordination within the government. The poorest and most marginalised people live in unofficial slum settlements using expensive private services.
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The WASH Manager will support the delivery of the Cummins Access to WASH Project in Abuja.
The post holder will support planning, strategic implementation approaches, WASH service delivery including urban sanitation, documentation of WASH policy development and review process, influencing and advocacy priorities of WaterAid Nigeria (WANG) at the national and state level. This will include WANG project/programme management at state level, surveys, research and reviews of public policy themes related to the WASH sector as required to drive delivery of an influencing led programme for WaterAid Nigeria.
The job holder will play a key role in coordinating Sanitation and Hygiene related approaches for state level projects generating evidence to support evidence-based advocacy by WaterAid with a view to improving access to WASH in Nigeria. The job holder will also be responsible for delivering the approach, plans and activities for sector strengthening & support, ensuring that the design and intent of the field level programming is aligned with that agenda, and that evidence generated from WANG field
Key Deliverables include;
Under the guidance of the Head of WASH, support the development of approaches and plans aimed at reducing WASH sector bottlenecks at national and State levels in Nigeria
In collaboration with the media team, build networks for WANG's work on CSO participation and citizenship engagement on WASH governance, urban water and sanitation sector reform in Nigeria.
With the support of the communication unit, develop case studies, position papers, policy messages /briefing notes, web articles etc. on key WASH sector issues to achieve influencing outcomes of WaterAid work in Nigeria.
In collaboration with the Advocacy and Communication Team, receive and analyse legislations related to WASH at State House of Assembly and prepare reports that convey impact of policy and legislative proposals on WASH access within specific jurisdictions of state and LGAs.
With the support of the Head of WASH, document and share learning on WASH policy issues and civil society engagement, citizenship engagement/empowerment, rights of stakeholders, gender, equity and inclusion
With the support of the Head of WASH synthesise findings and recommendations from completed research(es) conducted by WaterAid Nigeria into practical WASH programming actions.
Represent WaterAid in relationships with decision-makers (national CSO, donor, and government (national and state) forums related to WASH to persuasively advocate for WaterAid's change agenda and continuously build and sustain WaterAid's reputation;
Provide specifics on demand research and gather information as may be required to develop concept notes and proposals to grant funders
To be successful in the WASH Manager role , you must meet the following requirements:
Must have a University degree in Development studies, Environmental/Public Health or the Social Sciences or related fields. A Master's degree in Public Health, Education and Awareness and any of Project Management, international development /, human rights, sociology, public policy or political science will be an added advantage.
Minimum of 8 years' experience of which at least 4 must be in the area of WASH Programme/project management, sanitation and hygiene promotion, community management policy development and advocacy with any reputable national/ international/ donor agency.
Experience with building capacity of implementing partner organizations especially CSO's and government.
Strong in proposal writing, project design, implementation strategies, monitoring evaluation.
Sound knowledge of basic project management approaches, experience with conducting formative research and using research outcomes to make programme decisions.
Experience in developing strategic & operational plans. Able to effectively organise self and others, plan and prioritise in line with such plans.
Excellent relationship building skills. Able to build and maintain trusting relationships, negotiate, influence and resolve conflicts. Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with multi-level stakeholders including donor representatives, government officials and community level actors.
Membership of a relevant professional body
Previous work in a think tank
Experience of setting up and managing major research projects
Existing links/network in the WASH Sector
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