WASH ADVISOR
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CARE Cambodia seeks a WASH Advisor to assess, design, and implement activities at the nexus of water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition. This unique position will support CARE’s flagship gender-based approach to improve mothers’ and children’s nutritional status, and will involve implementing such activities as improving household sanitation facilities, expanding the supply of household water treatment products, and enhancing hand-washing facilities, among others. A strong emphasis will be placed on supply-side dynamics of WASH provision, including private-sector-led production and distribution, to fulfill the demand of key target groups, namely mothers and children. As the project aims to employ Behavior Change Communication techniques, standardize hygiene and nutrition education, and effect gender-transformative messaging in select communities with chronic malnutrition and high poverty rates, the WASH Advisor is expected to reflect CARE’s holistic approach to household- and community-level water management.

The project will operate within the context of policies and strategies put in place by the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), including the National Strategy for Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene 2011-2025 and the Strategy for Agriculture and Water (2010-13) .

The WASH Advisor will coordinate with other CARE staff – namely a Chief of Party, a Social Behavior Change Advisor, and Nutrition Advisor – to ensure use of modernized sanitation facilities, promote hygiene, and develop an appropriate protection strategy for rural women and children. Moreover, s/he will collaborate with key private sector partners to expand and deepen the range and capability of existing products (some used by ongoing USAID projects), helping to ensure efficient water and related service delivery.

Specifically, the successful candidate will provide water and sanitation leadership and expertise in an assessment of market supply capabilities among local WASH producers and distributors. Upon consulting with women and children beneficiaries, women’s groups, water user associations, community groups, and/or private entrepreneurs, s/he will ensure product sustainability issues are considered and factored into program design. Moreover, s/he will make certain gender is fully considered throughout the project cycle, with women being enabled to influence decision-making around WASH issues.

The successful incumbent will collaborate with USAID staff, counterparts, and the home office to develop and scale-up activities that go hand-in-hand with nutrition interventions, manage the documentation of activity results, create monitoring and evaluation plans, and oversee data collection and analysis. Gender-sensitive interventions may include social marketing, mass media, community mobilization, and other related strategies. The project will complement other USAID efforts in Cambodia. The position is contingent upon award and funding.

Specific duties and responsibilities WASH and nutrition-related product marketing (RFA, Component 2):
  • Launch a comprehensive sanitation marketing effort to help private sector latrine suppliers increase adoption of improved sanitation facilities among all rural residents.
  • Initiate and support the sustainability of a product marketing effort to promote improved drinking water safety or availability at the household level.
  • Document and disseminate experience in key product market areas.
  • Increase commune council participation in the achievement of expanded access to improved sanitation facilities.
  • Leverage USAID/Cambodia’s social marketing efforts
Illustrative activities this position might undertake or support include:
  • Field-testing of innovative product technologies and/or efforts to modify or adapt technologies to increase their affordability or ease of use for the local market;
  • Development of microcredit financing options for (1) consumers to improve affordability of certain products; and/or (2) private sector producers to help expand their operations (within the area specified, of WASH and nutrition-related products);
  • Capacity-building of private sector sanitation product and service provider;
  • Targeted business development services to stimulate emergence of private sanitation entrepreneurs and complementary food manufacturers;
  • Adaptation of technologies for affordability and/or ease of use;
  • Construction by private service provider business or association of “sanitation showrooms”, featuring an array of options along the sanitation ladder may also be supported as one of a variety of approaches to disseminate knowledge and “market” sanitation locally as well as highlight appropriate options for program participants;
  • Documentation and dissemination of experience in key product market areas;
  • Engagement of commune councils in expanding access to new products and services.

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Post-Graduate Degree in social sciences, management, or similar subject (desired) .
  • 5+ years of international project management related experience in one or more of the following fields; WASH, water use, water engineering; health, health communication; gender studies (required).
  • Project Management, including strong budget management and strong report writing skills (required).
  • Proficiency in Khmer; fluency in English (latter required).
  • Significant supervisory experience (required).
Number of Positions: 1

Contract type and duration: 4 April 2014 – 3 April 2019

CARE encourages Cambodian nationals and international candidates to apply.