Caritas Emergency Technical Consultant Job in Hargeisa, Somaliland

Organisation
Caritas Switzerland and Caritas Luxembourg are non-governmental aid agencies and members of Caritas Internationalis. Caritas works worldwide and adheres to international humanitarian principles (NGO code of conduct). 
Caritas encourages people to take charge of their own fate and does this by promoting local initiatives that sustainably improve the living conditions of the socially disadvantaged, advocating the conservation of natural resources, supporting civil conflict resolution and peace building, cooperating with local partners and strengthening their own commitments.

Caritas Switzerland and Caritas Luxembourg act in the frame of a MoU as a consortium in the Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa with a focus on education, strengthening of civil society, food security and water hygiene and sanitation. We operate a joint Liaison Office in Nairobi, have Country Offices in Somaliland (Hargeisa) and South Sudan (Torit) and a Representative in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa).

Caritas Switzerland and Caritas Luxembourg are currently implementing an Emergency Response in Somaliland sustaining the livelihoods of IDP and minority groups in the urban centres of Hargeisa, Burao and Las Anod. 
The goal of this project is to improve the livelihoods among seven IDP, returnees and minority group camp populations in three cities in Somaliland through the provision of and enhanced community management of basic WASH services that support livelihoods and human health’.
The expected outcomes of the project are: 
(1) Increased access to safe and drinkable water facilities using appropriate technology, 
(2) Increased and sustainable access to sanitation facilities, 
(3) Increased household hygiene awareness and proper use of water and sanitation facilities through community trainings, capacity building and campaigns, and 
(4)Enhanced capacity of communities, local authorities in the establishment, sustained management and maintenance of water, hygiene and sanitation services.
 
Caritas Switzerland and Caritas Luxembourg is seeking the services of a dynamic Emergency Technical Consultant, well versed and experienced in Emergency Preparedness and Response

Position: Emergency Technical Consultant
Reporting to:
Head of Somaliland Livelihood & Community Based Infrastructure(L&CBI)Department
Duration: Two months
Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland
 

Output 
Under the overall coordination of the Head L&CBI Department, and the working directly
with the Emergency/IDPs Project Manager and his team, the Emergency Technical
 
Consultant will be responsible for the following:
  • Support in establishing the Emergency Response Unit and preparing a draft strategy and project development working paper that will guide Caritas on possible scale up of the Emergency IDPs project in line with Country Strategy 2012-16;
  • Support in establishing national communication strategy for Caritas programme in Somaliland and setting up a communications office;
  • Support in revision and finalisation of, bylaws and IDP management training manual ;
  • Assist IDPs project in preparing post KAP survey report on Emergencies and the final project reports
Key tasks
 
Inception phase – first week
  • Familiarise with the Caritas Programme in Somaliland including current projects, line ministries, target beneficiaries, partners and other key stakeholders;
  • Understand the Country Programme Strategy 2012-16, have information search meet-ings with the key staff and scrutinise the current implications in the implementation of the activities towards Emergency project development(e.g. beneficiaries’ selection, community participation, water and sanitation and capacity building requirements and stakeholder involvement, etc.);
  • Understand and familiarise with the IDPs project documents and revise project log-frame;
  • Understand the work for the M&E Unit on emergencies by supporting implementation of current M&E procedures, guidelines and existing tools (being developed);
  • Familiarise with internal and external communication flows, existing means and chan-nels and the nature of IEC materials used
Implementation phase – from second week onwards
 
The Emergency Technical Consultant, in collaboration with the Project Manager and under the supervision of the Head of L&CBI Department, will be responsible for supporting establishment of Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit, communication guidelines and M&E Unit updates, in conformity with programme technical and financial proposals and with grant contract established with the donors.
 
In this context, the Emergency Technical Consultant will be responsible for steering the existing team to achieve of the following tasks:
  • Establish Emergency Response Unit and prepare draft strategy and project development working paper that will guide Caritas on possible scale up of the Emergency IDPs project in line with Country Strategy 2012-16;
  • Assist in developing a system of communication and guidelines with all stakeholders to ensure that the flow of information is guaranteed and that the wider public is well in-formed through publications and media on the results of the project, as well as guide-lines for IEC development and dissemination;
  • Assist the ongoing IDPs project in development of final KAP survey report and finalisation of other project documents/reports;
  • Any other task related to the programme that may arise and assigned by the head of L&CBI Department or the Country Representative 
Qualifications
  • MPA in project management, community development, development studies or related field;
  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in project management, of which 3 years shall be at inter-national NGOs;
  • Good knowledge of preparing strategy and project development working paper on Emergency for IDPs, refugees and minority communities;
  • Technical knowledge in development M&E guidelines and effective tools;
  • Experience in drafting communication strategies and guidelines and knowledge on the improvement of public relations;
  • Skills to coordinate the activities of several development partners, including ability to conduct a dialogue between actors, to work in a team with good listening skills;
  • Professional experience in a management role for donor funded programmes;
  • Good knowledge of new tendencies in development cooperation;
  • Experience in working on similar assignments in the Horn of Africa or Africa ;
  • Knowledge of Somali context will be a definite advantage;
  • Must be computer literate, with knowledge of MS Windows, Word and Excel
Competences
 
Communication
  • Excellent English communication (spoken, written and presentational) skills;
  • Ability to present and defend difficult positions to external partners, stakeholders, sen-ior officials, to persuade people with varying points of view, and to present information in a concise and accurate manner
Teamwork
  • Excellent interpersonal and proven negotiating skills;
  • Ability to establish and maintain trust and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
Leadership
  • Proven ability to provide effective leadership and transfer advice and knowledge to external partners, stakeholders, senior government officials and staff at all levels;
  • Proven ability to plan and organise the work in an organisation and provide advice and guidance to others;
  • Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment, including ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff 
Contract start: As soon as possible 
Application
 
If you feel you fit the required profile, please let us know in a cover letter how your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the consultancy and submit the following documents:
  • Your technical proposal summarising your understanding of the assignment, the pro-posed approach and tools to be used;
  • Your financial proposal providing cost estimates of daily consultancy fees;
  • Your proposed workplan for the consultancy days, including earliest date of availability; and
  • You CV and the names and telephone contacts of three referees for whom you have carried out similar assignments
Send your quotations latest by 29th of July, 2012 via email to jobs.nairobi@caritas.ch indicating ‘Somaliland, Emergency Technical Consultant’ in the subject line.
 
Due to the urgent need of the consultancy, applications will be reviewed on daily basis and recruitment may take place before the closing date. 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 


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