Water Resources Management Specialist – STAWI At Catholic Relief Services

Reports To: Water Technical Advisor

Length of Contract: 5 years

Please note that this position is contingent upon award of the funding opportunity and the USAID’s approval of candidacy*.*

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

CRS has worked in Kenya since 1965. Over the years, CRS’ focus shifted from direct relief and food distributions to a comprehensive development program that works with partners and enhances local capacity. CRS Kenya development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding.

Sustainable, Transformative, Accessible, WASH Innovations (STAWI) Project

Sustainable, Transformational and Accessible Water Interventions (STAWI) project aims to strengthen resilience and expand economic opportunities in targeted northern and southeastern counties through management of water resources, expansion of sustainable water services, and improved use of water within agriculture and livestock market systems. The goal of the project is to 1) Improve governance of water resources and services, 2) increase sustainability of water service delivery, 3) Improve management, efficiency and equitable access to water used for productive purposes and 4) Improve collaboration and learning across stakeholders and strengthen the capacity of county governments for learning and adaptation

Job Summary

As Water Resources Management Specialist, you will support the design and implementation of strategies and interventions related to water resources management. You will collaboratively work with the county government, Water Resources Authority and other stakeholders to facilitate coordinated management of water resource and access to information by various. You will also provide technical leadership to local institutions to explore sustainable approaches to water resource management. Your management and technical knowledge must ensure the delivery of high-quality programming.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership and guidance and ensure quality delivery of the WRM intervention across the target counties
  • Strengthen coordination between water services and water resources management actors in the target counties.
  • Support water resource management institutions in adoption and utilization of data for better resource management
  • Implementation of groundwater related advocacy strategies, including engagement with governmental and private sector institutions
  • Support in the reporting, documentation, and knowledge management for the WRM component and dissemination to key stakeholders.
  • Ensure the water services interventions are informed by water resources management information such as hydrogeological and feasibility surveys
  • Contribute to the implementation of strategies, standards, tools and best practices in the Water Resource Management that effectively engage partners, donors, and county & national government

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Graduate/Master’s degree in a relevant discipline; Environmental science, Natural resource Management, Geography or hydrology required;
  • Relevant professional qualifications an added advantage
  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience in water sector in Kenya and understanding water resource management in drylands
  • Demonstrated experience of successful management, including management of functions of complex, multi-activity projects.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
  • Experience of working in the Kenyan ASAL context.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Able to research, learn and implement new technologies quickly
  • Good technical writing skills
  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
  • Demonstrated commitment to respect, equity, diversity and inclusion including gender equality.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Recognized technical experience and qualifications in sector
  • Demonstrated experience of successful management, including management of functions of complex, multi-activity projects.
  • Staff management experience and abilities that are conducive to a learning environment.
  • Experience engaging partners and strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRS partnership strategy a plus.
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

Required Languages – English Fluency, Knowledge of a main national language.

Travel– Must be willing and able to travel up to 25 %.

Key Working Relationships

Internal: Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Water Technical Advisor, Learning and Adaptation Advisor, Environment and Safeguards Specialist, Country Representative, Head of Programming, Programming staff, Finance Manager, Deputy Regional Director for Program Quality, Regional Technical Advisors, HQ based Public Donor Liaison.

External: Donor, government agencies, partner INGOs and local NGOs, peer agencies, community representatives, private sector actors, including financial institutions.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

What we offer:

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS Kenya strives to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come and work, stay, and do their best.

CRS provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental disability or handicap, medical condition and any other status protected by law. As an equal opportunity employer, CRS will recruit, hire, train and promote persons solely on their qualifications and abilities.

CRS’ emphasis on family values supports benefits, including maternity and paternity leave, policies that promote exclusive breastfeeding, the availability of a baby room at the office, and flexible working hours where possible. Women are highly encouraged to apply

By applying to this job, I understand and acknowledge that CRS requires its staff to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the above safeguarding-related topics.

How to apply

Please note that the positions are contingent upon award of the funding opportunities.

Kindly apply via the link below:

Water Resources Management Specialist – STAWI – Job ID: 220000E4

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