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WASH Sector Leader

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Job title
WASH Sector Leader
Viet Nam
Asia and Pacific
Type of job
temporary contract

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Job description
Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has over 1300 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence. In its Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV aims more explicitly for systems change during project preparation and implementation - by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organisation and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline. SNV has been working in Vietnam since 1995 and has an excellent track record in WASH, Energy and Agriculture. For more information on our works in Vietnam, please visit our website: Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge, and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development. For more information on SNV, visit our website:  

Job Description

Background SNV’s WASH initiatives in both a rural and an urban context will provide access to improved drinking water services and/or improved sanitary facilities for 5 million people from 2019 to 2022. Access to water and sanitation is a human right, and we work with local governments to realise that right in their area, aiming at area-wide services. Our work improves environmental health by reducing pathways for disease transmission, and reduces both untreated human waste and wastewater. Long-term sustainability lies at the core of our work. We strengthen public governance around WASH services, support institutional changes and capacity, develop financially viable services, and improve asset management of existing WASH infrastructure. This includes strengthening the roles of civil society and the private sector in advocacy and operation, as well as promoting sector and stakeholder dialogue and reflection about changing needs and standards in the light of increasing urbanisation and the Sustainable Development Goals. In Vietnam, our focus lies on urban services. In support of the National Plastic Action Partnership and the Government’s goal to reduce plastic waste mismanagement by 75% by 2030, SNV now proposes implementing the Clean Cities for a Green Vietnam (CCGV) Project. CCGV will pave pathways for eliminating leakage of plastic waste in the environment in four major cities - Haiphong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hue. As a direct result of the project, these cities, with an approximate total population of 19 million people, will gain access to a more efficient plastic waste management services model wherein 133 KTPA of plastic waste will be prevented from leaking into the environment, which represents a 17% decrease in current levels of plastic leakage. The envisaged CCGV project is part of our urban WASH programme and currently the main project in our WASH portfolio in Vietnam. OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION SNV seeks a talented, entrepreneurial, result-oriented and proven professional who will work with the Vietnam country team to implement CCGV and further build SNV’s urban WASH programme. THE WASH SECTOR LEADER 1) Is responsible for the overall quality of the WASH programme content, actively contributing to business development efforts, and steering the quality of technical advisory services of SNV WASH programmes in-country; 2) Is the project manager on at least one project, in this case the CCGV project 3) Is responsible for donor reporting and stakeholder relations 4) Enhances the quality and visibility of our WASH programmes and position SNV within the broader national WASH sector (including waste); 5) Contributes to documentation and knowledge development in the sector, by bringing in best practice from multiple countries The WASH sector leader reports directly to the Country Director and collaborates closely with the WASH global sector team. RESPONSIBILITIES - Strategic Leadership: oversee country level WASH strategy aligned to corporate WASH frameworks; - Programme Management: deliver effective project results, planning and monitoring,   financial management, and donor reporting; - Advisory Services: lead complex assignments, set benchmarks for results, and monitor   quality of advisory services of the WASH sector team; - Business Development: at times, engage with key donors and external partners in-   country where appropriate; contribute to technical proposal writing in English; - People Management: lead, manage, and coach the team of SNV advisors, local partner    organizations and consultants; - Monitoring & Evaluation: ensure uniform understanding and practice in planning,   reporting, monitoring, and evaluation of WASH project(s) in line with SNV’s internal   frameworks; - Representation & Promotion: develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders to   ensure efficient implementation of ongoing project(s), actively participate in external and   internal networks, and position SNV’s work; - Knowledge and learning: facilitate learning, documentation and evidence-based   knowledge development, in collaboration with SNV’s global team and partners.   Specifically: bring in best practices from other SNV countries, and lead analysis and   research, strengthen documentation and publications ; - Relationship Management: ensure quality donor relationship management related to     ongoing and new programmes/projects; - Contribute to SNV country programme coordination as a member of the Country   Management Team.


Master’s degree (or foreign equivalent) in a discipline related to governance, environmental science, urban sanitation, or related field. - 10+ years of relevant experience in leadership/advisory positions in development, of which at least 5 years in a management role; - At least 5 years of experience working with or for local governments in Southeast Asia in a relevant sector. - Understanding of municipal solid waste and/ or sanitation management, i.e. around regulation, enforcement and incentives, experience with financial, design, management elements of 3Rs/SWM systems. - Proven communication, conflict resolution, facilitation, and decision-making skills. - A thorough understanding of the aspects influencing sustainable urban service delivery beyond the community level, experience in broader plastic waste management is desired. - International work experience in-country and the ability to effectively coach and lead a team of advisors in a multi-cultural setting. - Proven track record in project management, specifically in project planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and financial management; - Entrepreneurial skills and attitude, as well as commitment to work with local partners in complex settings; - Established international networks and strong relationship management skills; - Good analytical, writing skills, and capabilities to steer applied research - Interest to collaborate, contribute to and learn from peers in SNV’s global WASH network; - Excellent intercultural leadership, teamwork, coaching, communication, networking and organizational skills. - Proficiency in oral and written English are required. - Full computer literacy and excellent reporting skills.

Additional Information

Terms of appointment This is a full-time international position based in Hanoi, Vietnam. The successful candidate will be contracted for a 2-year contract, with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and it includes a competitive secondary benefit package. Desired Start Date: 1st January 2022. Female candidates are strongly encouraged! How to Apply Please submit your application via SmartRecruiters on or before xx if you wish to be considered for this position. All information will be held in the strictest confidence. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

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