Senior WASH Programme Manager (Civil engineer) based in Kolkata

Terre de hommes Foundation, an international NGO working for the rights of children in 34 countries, is currently seeking a Senior WASH Programme Manager (Civil engineer) The India Delegation office is situated in Kolkata. All projects implemented in India are through local NGO partners.

Location:  Kolkata, with frequent and extended travel to projects in Andaman Islands and Andhra Pradesh

Supervisor: Country Delegate 

Supervises: Currently no staff supervision but possibility of a junior field based engineer in Andhra Pradesh exists. Working closely with the WASH regional advisor and the WASH resource person in Switzerland, by seeking advice proactively if need arises.

Duration of assignment:  Initial contract for 1 year, renewable based upon performance. Starting date:  not later than 1st   May 2010 

The candidate will have the overall management responsibility over a WASH/health project on the Andaman Islands and potentially a future one in Andhra Pradesh. He/she contributes with technical support to WASH components of other projects in India. Besides, he will be the focal point for WASH issues in our delegation team. In emergencies, he/she participates in assessment and planning of relief and rehabilitation activities related to WASH.     

Short projects description:

30 months project on Baratang Island, aiming at rehabilitation of sanitation and water supply infrastructure of all 8 schools on the Island, coupled with an intensive hygiene education component. Additionally, the project will provide household latrines and health & hygiene education on community level. The project works closely with Panchayats and facilitates development of Village health plans within the framework of NRHM.  The project is implemented by a local NGO partner.

Potential 36 month project in Andhra Pradesh, aiming at construction of approx. 500 pour flush and 100 ECOSAN latrines, rehabilitation of sanitation facilities in 15 schools, improvement of operation and maintenance of existing water supply infrastructure in collaboration with Panchayats, intensive hygiene promotion and awareness campaign in 18 villages. Implemented through a local NGO partner.

Managerial Responsibilities

  • Overall Management of WATSAN project(s) as the priority commitment with a   role in planning, monitoring and technical support in WASH components of other projects in the country implemented through local partners.
  • Represent Tdh in the field, with professionalism, honesty and commitment. S/he will respect local customs and local conditions and ensures good communication among Tdh and partners.
  • Ensure timely delivery of the agreed outcomes of the project as outlined in the project proposal    and thus contributing to overall project/programme success. Propose, when deemed necessary, amendments to the strategy.
  • Monitor expenditure of project(s) and ensure that they are in line with budgets.
  • Monthly written reporting to the supervisor on project outcomes. Reporting to the resource person/regional advisor, as agreed with the Delegate.
  • Collaborate with MCH programme officer regarding community mobilization and work in the villages.
  • Prepare donor reports in the prescribed format after receiving reports from partner organisation.
  • To undertake other related tasks that may be determined from time to time by the Country Delegate.


Technical Responsibilities

  • On site supervision of the projects, in close collaboration with the Senior Manager and engineer from the partner organisation.
  • Carry out testing of water quality using Del Agua kit in all schools and explore potential water treatment solutions.
  • Propose waste water treatment solution after septic tank in order to guarantee environment protection (estimation, design) construction material and labour costs quotations.
  • Check the statement of materials used for constructions& repairs and the total cost (materials, labours, tools) every month (follow up of the building cost).
  • Supervise procurements and participate as member in the procurement committee for tendering processes.
  • Monitor progress and quality of construction & repair activities, control of timetable and financial statements.
  • Ensure compliance with technical standards agreed in the project proposal and always in consistency with internationally accepted standards.
  • Participate in assessment, strategic planning, and elaboration of technical plans using AutoCAD and BoQs for new upcoming WASH projects (long term and emergencies).
  • Participate in elaboration of training material / provide training of trainers related to operation and maintenance of WASH infrastructure and hygiene promotion.

Child Protection Policy

  • Commits to respect the Tdh Child Protection Policy
  • Commits to inform the delegation office and to deal with any case of any allegations or possibility of transgression, even potential, of the Child Protection Policy.

Candidate specification

  • A qualified civil engineer with a minimum of 5 years post qualifying work experience in water and sanitation project, preferably in the development sector. Proven experience of managing projects for at least 3 years in a senior post is imperative.
  • A thorough and contemporary knowledge of water and/or sanitation issues in India (preferably sanitation). Experience / knowledge of Ecological Sanitation will be a distinct advantage.
  • Willingness to travel regularly and extensively to the project areas is imperative.
  • A definite asset would be experience of having worked in emergency settings.
  • Process and outcome oriented individual who can work independently and is a self starter.
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills. Able to maintain smooth relations with partner organisations, and tactfully and respectfully communicate with both Government and Community stakeholders.
  • Is fully computer literate and additionally can also work in AUTOCAD
  • Fluency in Hindi and English. Good command of written English. Other languages especially Telegu is an advantage.  

Tdh looks for a candidate who is self directed and looks to grow professionally with Tdh over a longer time span. The candidate must strongly believe in and possess the skills to work hands on with the partners to add value and deliver tangible results in favour of the beneficiaries of the project.



Recruitment & Remuneration

Based on the candidates experience and expertise Tdh offers a competitive package of remuneration. Interested candidates should apply with full bio data to by 10th of April 2010Salary expectation with current salary to be mentioned along with a minimum of 2 references.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The recruitment and selection procedures of Terre des hommes reflect our commitment to child security and protection.


April 10, 2010 12:00AM