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We are looking for committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position:
Position: Water Systems Advisor
Location: Nairobi County
Program / Department Summary: USAID’s Office of Food for Peace recently awarded funding to a Mercy Corps-led consortium of Kenyan and international partners for a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Turkana and Samburu counties.
Through a phased approach that emphasizes evidence gap analysis, as well as partnership, learning, and co-creation with government, civil society, communities, and the private sector, this program aims to drive sustained reductions in acute malnutrition in both counties.
Mercy Corps’ NAWIRI consortium brings together the global leadership, research capacity, technical expertise, and implementation experience necessary to partner with local institutions to test, adapt, and scale evidence-based solutions.
The program requires a robust county-centered design with government leadership, active engagement from communities, the private sector, and civil society. Together we will sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition for vulnerable populations in Turkana and Samburu counties.
General Position Summary: The Water Systems Advisor will be responsible for working with program partners to develop and scale new models for water governance, assess and pilot new technologies for water transport and storage, and build their overall technical abilities on water systems.
S/he will play a pivotal role in building the capacity of NAWIRI partners, local partners, county government staff and other stakeholders in the principles and practices of water systems. The Water Systems Advisor will design and conduct appropriate training modules and mentor staff, colleagues and partners in order to build their capacity in the field of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
Essential Job Responsibilities
Vision and Strategy
- Support the Technical Director and Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) by providing vision and strategy to the program’s water systems approach and how it integrates into the overall technical direction and implementation.
- Forge strong, institutional linkages and maintain a productive working relationship with USAID, Government of Kenya, the CRS consortium and other relevant partners in water-related activities.
- Assist in defining and analyzing NAWIRI practices and priorities across all partners; identifying opportunities for integration and synergies within other sectors such as nutrition, livelihoods, and governance.
- Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed; promote and model a culture of learning and adaptive management.
- Ensure that cross-cutting aspects of the program such as gender equality, social inclusion, youth, climate adaptation, and resilience are included and well integrated into the water systems strategy and activities.
- Contribute technical expertise that feeds into a dynamic community of practice of NAWIRI staff and partners; sharing best practices across all NAWIRI areas and workstreams, while seeking opportunities to build NAWIRI staff’s capabilities.
- Collaborate with different program components including research, implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and learning to drive overall effectiveness and coherence of program strategy within and between Phase 1 and 2.
- Represent NAWIRI at all relevant water-related meetings/workshops and other stakeholder meetings as requested.
For the detailed Position Descriptions and application procedure for the roles, please visit the following link: https://bit.ly/2DPdLfb