Jobs at WaterAid International Socialwork

Job Title: Programme Coordinator – Small Towns

WaterAid’s Vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Our mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities, WaterAid works with partners to maximize its impacts for policy change/influence.

WaterAid works through supporting local organizations and government authorities to design low cost sustainable projects using appropriate and affordable technologies that can be managed by the community itself.  WaterAid also seeks to influence the policy change through government and other key international organizations to secure and protect the right of poor people to safe, affordable water and sanitation services.
Job Summary: The Programme Coordinator – Small Towns will take lead in managing the development and implementation of all our small towns-Wide WASH Plans in all WaterAid targeted districts. You will ensure that the outcomes of our small towns work are integrated into WAU’s bigger influencing picture.
The incumbent will play a significant role in supporting the Government of Uganda, through the districts where WaterAid works, to create small town support programmes within the relevant government institution that is able to delivery WASH services at scale.
This will entail improving capacity for planning, implementation, collaboration and coordination of WASH networking activities and stakeholders at the Local Town Council Authority level, including ministries and departments, municipal authorities, utilities, NGO’s, Civil Society Organizations and other special interest groups.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Steer the development and implementation of WAU’s Small Towns strategy in line with the CSP and WaterAid’s Global Small Town Guidelines etc. Actively support the town council authorities to develop and implement town-wide water and sanitation plans to scale up WASH coverage in target districts.
  • Actively Facilitate development of suitable approaches to ensure sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services to small towns’ communities. This will involve providing sound technical and institutional advice to WaterAid and its partners in relation to effective delivery of water, sanitation and hygiene services to the poor and vulnerable groups in target communities
  • Technically support urban authorities in the design of, and adherence to, physical development plans (town master plans) that take into consideration issues of faecal sludge management, solid waste management and water supply.
  • Support and advise WaterAid partners in the preparation of coherent, prioritized and realistic annual and quarterly plans for their water, sanitation and hygiene activities based on the Situation Analysis of the towns in concerned districts and in line with the District’s Development Plans (DDP’s) and their town master plans.
  • Support the partners to develop transparent, decentralized, planning and implementation processes that are inclusive of, and responsive to, the demands of communities within the small town settlements alongside district development plans.
  • Actively monitor the implementation of the partners’ annual and quarterly plans and report on progress towards agreed objectives and that partners prepare and submit high quality financial and progress reports in a complete and timely fashion.
  • Support the partners (through the provision of information, advice and appropriate training) to develop and apply an implementation methodology that is consistent with the WaterAid’s programmatic approach.
  • Facilitate verification of beneficiaries and ensure that data on beneficiaries are disaggregated accordingly.
  • Actively contribute to research and influencing activities conducted by WAU alongside  WA’s Global research themes on Waste Management, Sustainable sanitation, Sector financing IWRM, water and poverty, sustainability, Working with Decentralised Government etc
  • Take lead in supporting the town council authorities on WASH coordination and develop and maintain good relationship with officials in town authorities and with Utilities and private sector in the respective localities through regular feedback, attendance of project review meetings, local councils meetings, etc.
  • Work closely with other teams, plan and test service delivery models (e.g. on WASH as a business), lead in the documentation and dissemination of best practices and promotion of learning across WaterAid and partners on small towns and in improving understanding of technical and programmatic issues
  • Participate and contribute to WaterAid and its partners participation in national WASH and international events were applicable and to develop and maintain external relationships and collaboration with other actors in support of the small town programmes.
  • Perform any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as reasonably required as the above is given as a broad range of duties and is not intended to be a complete description of all tasks. It is important to note that the responsibilities may change to meet the evolving needs of the way WaterAid works.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal WaterAid candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies; Social Sciences, Urban Development; and/or Water Engineering.
  • Five or more years’ proven experience in conducting Water Engineering, coordination with local town council authorities and utilities and application of market-based solutions for water and sanitation promotion especially within the urban or small town setup with exposure to community based related issues.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of population dynamics and data analysis for planning and resource allocation
  • Prior training in M&E is an added advantage
  • Active participation in studies and research on poverty and its impact on social development or experience of capacity building of NGO development partner organizations specifically in urban development and town planning
  • Extensive knowledge of entrepreneurial approaches and market based services provision
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with commitment to WaterAid’s values and working styles.
  • Good skills in presentation, documentation and information management.
  • Commitment to addressing issues of Equity & Inclusion and pro poor approaches.
  • Good networking, facilitation and co-ordination skills.
  • Knowledge of Project Management in relation to the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene specifically for the Uganda Sector.
  • Significant experience in participatory project planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation and participatory approaches such as social marketing.
  • Excellent computer knowledge of packages like Excel, MS Word and Access, SPSS and MS Projects.
  • Good report writing skills, including experience in producing proposals, reports, and other informational documents.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested with a desire to work with WaterAid should send their filled application forms, Download here, via e-mail to
NB: Please enter the name of the role for which you are applying in the Subject line of your email.

Deadline: 17th April, 2014

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