Preferred position location: Johannesburg, South Africa. Other locations within Southern Africa where WVI is registered to operate
*Please submit your CV in English.
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:
This leadership position is to ensure that World Vision Southern Africa (SAR) Field Offices (FOs) work towards sustained outcomes and lasting transformation in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programming across the region. The Regional WASH Technical Director will provide expertise related to business plan development, quality programming, technical guidance, resource acquisition, risk management and capacity building. Together with SAR Field Offices and World Vision (WV) Partnership teams, this role will contribute to the definition of standards for technical WASH programs that are aligned to global industry practice.
This position has the responsibility of raising WV’s profile as a thought leader on WASH transformational programming. Part of this role includes making significant contributions in external engagement and the development and maintenance of strategic partnerships that support effective advocacy, demonstrated policy influence and increased resource development in the WASH sector. The position will also provide leadership in planning, mainstreaming and scaling up of WASH evidence-based practices throughout the region.
In addition, it will provide thought leadership around the measurement of evidence and impact and the learning feedback loops on WASH within the framework of a multi sector collaborative approach that enhances child well-being.
In line with the changing role of the regional office to focus on the key aspects crucial to the delivery of Our Promise, this role ensures that the minimum requirements of the regional office are met by enhancing accountability and programme quality for impact, strategy alignment and implementation monitoring. This role, working with FO teams will empower and equip WASH technical staff to execute WASH programs that clearly demonstrate impact on the wellbeing of children. This position will further ensure stewardship of resources including leading risk management conversations and action plans, and promoting efficient WASH operating models that demonstrates impact and resource acquisition for the WASH sector.
20% WASH Integrated into Field Office Strategies and Programming
Grow the scope and quality of WASH programming in WV SAR operational areas:
- Provide technical guidance in WASH programming, ensuring quality design and implementation of the WVI WASH core project models and supporting approaches in all WV programming contexts in alignment with strategy.
- Ensure strategic integration and/or mainstreaming of WASH in other technical sectors according to their context and priorities.
- Coordinate and track implementation of regional WASH business plans in alignment with FO strategies, context and priorities.
- Conduct regular performance reviews of the targets set as part of the regional strategy scorecard.
- Collaborates closely with regional office colleagues to strengthen effectiveness of operations and deliver maximum value to field offices.
25% Technical Guidance, Supervision & Quality Assurance
Promote the Adoption of WASH Quality Standards across all WV’s Ministry including Programming, Advocacy and Disaster Management:
- Provide technical oversight and support to major WASH initiatives in the region.
- Provide leadership in mainstreaming, integrating and scaling up evidence-based best practices in WASH in emergencies.
- Provide technical support to FOs and RO Strategy Evidence and Learning team in the development, adaptation and scaling up of WASH project models and approaches that contribute to child well-being outcomes.
- In collaboration with WASH GC, support FO WASH programming leads in the quality assurance & review of WASH projects/programs implementation and management, review expenditure reports for the FO WASH grant and sponsorship projects and advice accordingly.
- Monitor WASH programs in the region by providing direction, input and feedback to ensure effective and efficient program delivery.
15% Knowledge Management, Learning, Research and Impact
Working closely with the regional Design Monitoring, Evidence & Learning team, lead regional and country-specific research on WASH evidence of impact in WV’s programming:
- Establish systems and processes for WASH knowledge generation, management and dissemination across the region.
- Develop research agendas for WASH to enhance evidence of impact; engage research institutions and universities in mission critical /operational research to solve key problems/issues identified by stakeholders.
- Establish a regular cycle of documenting and knowledge management of WASH project successes and impact to improve programme implementation, re-design, strategy revision, policy advocacy, and external publications.
- In collaboration with GC WASH, promote adoption and scale up of promising practices, project models and innovations in NOs.
- Generate regional level periodic reports on WASH and facilitate and/or participate in learning events that drives learning and innovation in SAR.
15% Resource Development and Grant Management
Contribute to resource acquisition, grant management and retention of new and existing donors:
- Provide technical hands-on support to Field Office grant acquisition and management efforts; support the design of good quality WASH programs that incorporate WV distinctive including faith and transformational development, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) and child protection for sustained child wellbeing.
- Work with field offices and support offices to develop a sustainable pipeline of WASH grants.
- Monitor and provide quality assurance in the implementation of key WASH grants in accordance with donor requirements.
- Maintain relationships with WASH technical support staff in various donor and partner organizations.
10% External Engagement and Cross Functional Networking
WV’s capability recognised as a thought and practice leader on integrated WASH:
- Support strategic partnerships with research/academic/ practitioner networks on WASH
- Actively participate in regional and global technical networks and fora on WASH and facilitate WVSAR’s contributions to industry discourse and good practice.
- Ensure key WASH-related relationships with strategic partners, donors and government are managed effectively
- Influence national and regional policies around core advocacy objectives related to WASH (especially with regard to the SDGs), working closely with the regional Communications and External Engagement team
10% Capacity Building and Development
Continuous and targeted capacity building:
- Ensure Field Offices capacity in WASH is continuously improving to meet and exceed global minimum expectations and quality standards.
- Lead and provide guidance to the talent development and capacity building of FOs staff to implement the WASH capacity building framework and plans; and other global capacity building initiatives including the DRI WASH capacity building programme.
5% Risk management and Safeguarding
Risk management and mitigation:
- Regular review of all audit reports with a WASH component. Provide support to field office staff in the drafting of management responses and the implementation of WASH related audit (and investigation) recommendations.
- Work with regional office, field office and global center colleagues to identify and address systemic risk issues related to WASH.
- Provide technical leadership for developing and monitoring on-going risk management processes assuring accountability, safeguarding, transparency and integrity to children, programme communities and donors.
- Ensure alignment to safeguarding principles and practice in program design, monitoring and evaluation; ensure all WASH partners including those at the community level receive safeguarding training and orientation.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Broad and deep experience in several organizational functions, especially in international development and management.
- At least ten years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in WASH programming in various contexts and countries.
- Excellent conceptual, analytical and strategic skills.
- A demonstrable track record of critical and analytic thought that influences organizational direction and change, and forges strong partnerships.
- Strong ability to communicate complex technical or policy issues in simple and clear terms.
- Significant experience leading WASH and or public health strategies and programs in international organizations.
- Proven track record of leadership within an international organization.
- Proven ability to provide authoritative input and solutions on strategic issues.
- Project management and proposal development experience.
- Work experience in the Southern Africa region.
- At least five years’ experience of managing staff and coaching for performance. Demonstrated success in coaching staff to be more effective and take on greater responsibilities.
- Masters’ degree in Public Health, Water Resource Management, Social Sciences or related fields such as economics and environmental health is required.
- Training or certification in integrated water resources management, behaviour change, market-based solutions, and other WASH areas (documented experience alternately accepted).
- Excellent written and spoken English.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
- Proficiency in Portuguese and/or French.
- Formal qualification in project management or quality assurance standards.
- Deep technical knowledge on program quality, reporting and impact.
- Knowledge of the gender equality/inclusion/diversity capacity needs of NGO staff, and how to address them.
- Ability to manage multiple requests and prioritise according to strategic needs, applying an agile approach to decision-making and execution.
- Experience negotiating with multiple business units in a large, federated structure, preferably in a matrix management environment.
- Able to enable an efficient, effective and transparent flow of information, across entities and with key stakeholders.
- Excellent communication skills that effectively represent an organisation’s mission and values internally and externally.
- Compelling influencer and communicator – able to inspire, build consensus and bring people together around common vision and goals.
- Seasoned collaborator with faith based organizations.
- Ability to engage virtually with a dispersed team in different locations.
The position requires the ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time, often to insecure and fragile contexts.