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RURAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Vacancy Announcement WASH TECHNICAL OFFICER

Vacancy Announcement
WASH TECHNICAL OFFICER
Under the project: SUPA
ToR Prepared by: Theresa Sayavong
Report to RDA project manager with cc CARE SUPA project manager in LNT and PSL
Work location Based in Luangnamtha with travel and support WASH activities LNT 60% and
PSL 40%
Start date: August, 2018
End date: December 2019
BACKGROUND:
The Rural Development Agency (RDA) is seeking applications for WASH Technical Officer for the
“Scaling Up convergent Programme Approaches to improve food and nutrition security in the northern
uplands (SUPA)” project, funded by the European Union. The objective of the project is to improve food
and nutrition security of ethnic women living in remote upland areas, their families and communities.
PURPOSE:
The WASH Technical Officer is responsible for technical support and leadership for all WASH activities
under the project in Luang Namtha Project. The WASH Advisor (in conjunction with the CLTS Technical
Officer and WASH Advisor) will advise, train and direct all District Coordinators (DCs) and Project
Officers (POs) on various activities as well as build and maintain strong connections with the Government
of Lao (GoL) Provincial and District Water Supply in the target provinces. This position is based in the
Luang Namtha provincial office and is reporting to the SUPA Project Manager for the province and the
RDA project manager.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The WASH Technical Officer is responsible for WASH activities as described in the project and will
enforce them in term of verifiable impact, appropriateness, efficiency, effectiveness, coverage, coherence,
sustainability and contextual transversal issues.
Train Village Water and Sanitation Committees members, project staff and GOL counterparts on personal
and environmental hygiene and the importance and practice of safe water and sanitation management
Organize with CDO, CDAs, GOL counterpart and WASH committee community-wide water, sanitation &
hygiene promotion events including construction demonstrations and distribution of selected materials
(including behavioral change approach)
Train and support CDO, CDAs and GOL counterpart in a modified approach to Community Led Total
Sanitation (CLTS) and School Led Total Sanitation (SLTS), incorporating nutrition and water safety
planning.
Coordinate for HHs to access materials for latrine construction
Coordinate (in partnership with project management) the construction of minor water supply systems in
selected districts based on the findings of a preliminary water systems analysis.
Train and support WASH committees to establish and strengthen management and accountability structures
and systems
Train WASH committee members on basic maintenance of water infrastructure and how to access existing
support services for major maintenance works
OBJECTIVE
Objective 1: Responsible of the implementation of water supply and sanitation activities according to the
SUPA project:
• Capacity building by providing TOT, refresher and on-the-job training to
project staff and GoL partners in WASH packages
• Implementation of water supply and sanitation basic infrastructures
• Follow-up of water quality
• Lead Follow-up of LANN 7, CLTS, and SLTS
• Design and implementation of hygiene behavior change activities as distribution kits, design of
trainings, didactical materials…
• Monitoring of implemented activities:
• Activity indicators (Activity Progress Report)
Objective 2: Coordination and reporting within RDA, CARE and with Partners
• Support and Liaising with technical departments in Phongsali and Vientiane for support and
orientation of the strategy
• Elaborating report from district coordinator, to technical team leader and project manager during
the first month then monthly
• Capitalization of all data regarding all activities implemented (use of databases), regarding the
assessment and activities follow-up, in coordination with project partners and other technical staff.
• Elaborating report of activities
Objective 3: Budget follow up
• In close collaboration with the operational team and the technical team lead, following up the
expenses and planning future spending.
Objective 4: Responsible for the good functioning of the WASH logistics
• Technical follow up and validation of WASH purchase orders
• Identification and selection of new suppliers for the project together with the logistics
• Follow up of WASH material
Objective 5: Relations with local authorities and partners
• Coordinating and information exchange with INGO, local NGO and possibly WASH Cluster group
• Coordinating with GoL local authorities: oral and written reporting, respect of national guidelines
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Leadership of all WASH activities
– Assist project manager in coordination with GoL partner at district and provincial level, planning,
reporting and support admin-finance tasks within location based.
– Plan, direct and implement with operation team all aspects of project implementation related to
WASH activities, including ensuring that all Partners meet their obligations under the project, and
meet CARE, RDA and EU compliance standards
2. Collaboration and Coordination
Manage proactive and responsive relationship with Project Partners, Government stakeholders, and other
partners in the field, under the direction of Provincial Project Manager.
3. Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Communication
Establish and maintain effective project reporting, monitoring, evaluation, and communication
systems. Submit timely accurate, share best practices to all stake holders professional reports that meet
donor and RDA, CARE requirements
4. Financial management
Manage project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to
RDA, who then submits to the lead Partner.
5. Learning Evidence
Consistently look for more effective and efficient implementation methods and opportunities to increase
impact. Facilitate learning of best practice by ensuring a continuous learning process is developed and in
place with key staff and partners/sub-grantees.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
List education, knowledge & skills, licenses preferred, and all experiences required to perform this position
in a fully competent manner.
• At least a University degree or Technical Certification and 5 years’ experience in community
development with a focus on WASH
• At least 5 years’ experience working in the field and with GOL on WASH projects.
• Demonstrated experience working with ethnic minority groups in rural communities in Lao PDR.
MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
REQUIREMENTS TO QUALIFY FOR THE POSITION:
• Technical training and demonstrate knowledge on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector
• In depth knowledge of CLTS, SLTS, and Water Safety Planning.
• Knowledge of LANN a plus.
• Good understanding of WASH Lao Government policies, laws, and institutions and ability to work together with various stakeholders.
• Ability to identify and plan work strategically and to work to deadlines.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in Lao. Basic oral and written communication skills in English.
• Ability to train others, ability to provide technical guidance and support to operation staff.
• Possess strong organizational, IT, and writing skills.
• Ability to function efficiently and effectively with little day-to-day supervision.
• Willingness to travel to the districts and villages on a frequent basis (at least 50% of travel time).
• Demonstration of high self-motivation, honesty and integrity, transparency, accountability,
flexibility, willingness to learn from others, and ability to work under the pressure.
Please submit CV, Cover letter and other related documents via info@rda.org.la CC to
vilakhone@rda.org.la or contact Vilakhone Sayyavong, tel: 020 23425331
Application close date 13 August 2018