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Regional Technical1 Adviser – South Asia

  In this job description, ‘technical’ refers to both approaches and technologies for delivery of water,
sanitation and hygiene services. In other words it includes both ‘software’ (social, financial and
institutional aspects) and ‘hardware’ (natural science, environmental and engineering aspects)
Job Description

Job title:                          Regional Technical2 Adviser – South Asia
Place of work:                      Based in one of the WaterAid’s Country Programmes in
                                    South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan) or in
Band:                               C for UK based location. Different grades will apply if located
                                    outside of the UK
Reports to:                         Head of Region – South Asia
Manages:                            None


The Regional Technical Advisers (RTA) will be members of the regional teams, in the
International Programmes Department of WaterAid (WA). They will also be key
members of WaterAid’s global technical support function, working closely with the
Technical Support Unit (TSU). The role of the International Programmes Department is
to support, resource and enable delivery of our global strategy at the country, regional
and continental levels. The role of the regional teams is to support and develop the
capacity of our country programmes in the region to maximise their impact at the
national and regional levels, contribute to the development of a strong WASH sector
and thus enable the poor, marginalised and excluded people realise their rights to
equitable and sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene. The role of technical
support in WaterAid is to enhance standards of service delivery in our own Country
Programmes as a basis for our wider influencing of sustainable and inclusive water and
sanitation services at national scale.

In addition to the generic job purpose and accountabilities set out below, the
RTA for the South Asia Region will be trans-regional, focusing on Sustainability and
Quality Assurance in WASH service delivery.

Job purpose

The RTAs will lead on ensuring that the technical quality of delivery of our programmes
is consistent with national and global best practice in the sector. The RTAs will be
responsible for raising standards of technical competence in country programmes to the
highest levels. They will provide independent advice and assurance to senior
programme staff at the country and regional levels on the technical quality of our work
and that of our partner organisations, to enable the Country Representatives and the
Head of Region to take necessary follow-up action. As the lead technical people in the

  In this job description, ‘technical’ refers to both approaches and technologies for delivery of water,
sanitation and hygiene services. In other words it includes both ‘software’ (social, financial and
institutional aspects) and ‘hardware’ (natural science, environmental and engineering aspects)

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region, they will develop partnerships and collaborations with national and regional
organisations to deepen our knowledge and promote our experience.

Key accountabilities

1. Technical and Advisory Support :

     Review Country Programme approaches and technologies for water supply,
      sanitation and hygiene promotion in the light of national and global good practice
      with guidance from the Regional Team and TSU.
     Support country programme technical staff to raise standards of service delivery
      carried out through Country Programme partners.
     Support country programme and partner staff in the quality assurance of project
      design, implementation and monitoring in order to achieve technical excellence and
      long term sustainability of water and sanitation services.
     As part of WaterAid’s global technical support function, use WaterAid’s thematic
      frameworks – Sustainability, Water Security, Urban, Sanitation, Hygiene, Equity and
      Inclusion, Disaster Management - in supporting country programmes to adapt these
      to their respective contexts. Contribute to future developments of these and related
      guidance documents.

2. Capacity3 development :

     Identify key areas where capacity gaps exist in WaterAid country offices and among
      partners and provide support to address these gaps with guidance from the Regional
      Team and TSU.
     Identify key resources / organisations within the region and at the global level, which
      can provide support to country programme and partner staff.
     Monitor effectiveness of capacity development inputs to ensure they address the
      challenges identified.

3. Quality Assurance, monitoring and evaluation :

     Ensure that adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place that can offer a high level
      of quality assurance to the Country Representatives, Regional Programme Manager
      and Head of Region with guidance from the Regional Team, TSU and the
      Programme Effectiveness Unit.
     Implement Head of TSU’s plans for assuring consistent adherence to global
      standards of quality and technical excellence.
     Review periodically the quality of technical delivery, advise senior managers at
      country and regional levels and propose remedial actions with guidance from TSU
      and follow up on these actions and on recommendations of country programme
      evaluations and technical assessments.
     Participate in country programme and other evaluations.

    Used here to refer primarily to shortfalls in skills and experience.

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1. Learning, Innovation and knowledge management :

   Identify and promote good practices in the region that enable us to achieve high
    levels of technical excellence.
   Undertake systematic documentation of our experiences for sharing.
   Identify learning’s from other regions and organisations that can be adopted,
    adapted or replicated within our regions and country programmes.
   Host, co-ordinate, anchor discussions and seminars on technical issues to promote
    our knowledge and understanding.
   Write papers with other RTAs and TSU to disseminate our experience more widely,
    especially at key regional and global events like Africasan, Sacosan, Stockholm
    Water Week.
   Actively encourage innovation in the technical spheres of our work, and explore
    possibilities of these being scaled up and replicated.

2. Regional collaboration and representation :

   Identify key opportunities for the region to be represented to promote and enhance
    our understanding and experience of technical issues on areas of particular interest
    to the region.
   Lead in developing joint proposals for technical research and take part in advocacy
    actions which promote our work, knowledge and experience.
   Influence other stakeholders through focused advocacy in promoting practices that,
    based on our experience and that of our partners, are effective in ensuring
    sustainable access to and use of water and sanitation services.
   Be the key spokesperson in the region on technical matters related to service
    delivery practices.
   Be a member of the Regional Leadership Team and contribute to the effectiveness
    of the region in promoting WaterAid’s mission.
   Be a leading member of WaterAid’s global Technical Support Team, working closely
    with the Technical Support Unit as well as with the Country Programmes in the
    designated region.

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Person Specification


   Masters degree with specialisation in water, sanitation, environment or other WASH-
    related area.
   Sound knowledge of international WASH development and programme delivery.
   Proven experience in WASH sector project design, development and delivery in low-
    income countries.
   WASH sector experience in one or more of WaterAid’s countries of operation.
   Experience of operational planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation
   Thorough technical knowledge of the water, sanitation and hygiene sectors,
    specialising in at least one of these.
   Fluent spoken and written English and good communication skills including proposal
    preparation and presentation.
   Excellent word-processing and spreadsheet skills.
   Networking, establishing and maintaining relations with other organisations.
   Strong team player.
   Commitment to addressing issues of global inequality.
   Ability to travel for up to 12 weeks per year
   Commitment to WaterAid’s values and a working style that reflects these


   Research qualification in WASH-related subject.
   Familiarity with WaterAid’s mission, values and aims.
   Chartered membership of a relevant professional institution
   Organisational representation at forums or discussion meetings.
   Experience of operating in a global organisation
   Familiarity with a WaterAid country programme in Africa or Asia.
   Experience of managing consultants.
   Demonstrable skills in research and innovation on technical issues.
   Representational skills.
   Advanced knowledge of specific technical fields appropriate to WaterAid’s work.
   Languages other than English, relevant to the region of work

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Abbreviated Terms & Conditions
Salary            Starting from £36,032 for UK based location. Different salary will
                  apply if located outside of the UK.
Location          One of the following: London, Dhaka, Delhi, Islamabad or
Working Hours     Full time (minimum 35 hours per week). Core office hours are
                  between 10.00am and 4.00pm
Annual Leave      25 days per year. This increases to 27 after four years’ service.
                  Plus UK public holidays
Contract Period   The post is offered on a permanent contract
Probation         The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a six
                  month probationary period
Benefits          Group Personal Pension Scheme with following contribution rates:
                    Employee’s Contribution        E Employer’s Contribution
                    3%                               6%
                    4%                               8%
                    5%                               10%
                   There is an option for pension contributions to be made through a
                   salary sacrifice arrangement
                  Life Assurance
                  Interest free season ticket loan, available on completion of
                  Employee Assistance Programme with access to 24 hour free and
                  confidential helpline
                  Child Care Voucher and Bike Salary Sacrifice schemes

Note:             WaterAid may consider alternative locations to London if
                  candidates are currently based in any of the following countries:
                  Bangladesh, India, Pakistan or Nepal
                  Terms and conditions including the salary and grade will however
                  differ from those stated above which is for a London based
                  postholder. These will be dependent on salary benchmarks and
                  terms and conditions set in the location. No relocation package will

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Recruitment process
Closing date: 17th June 2012
Interviews: W/c 25th June 2012
To apply, please send us the following:
1. A covering letter of no more than two A4 pages setting out why you are applying,
   how your skills and experience demonstrate that you meet the person specification
   requirements, and what you would bring to WaterAid.
2. A copy of your current CV
3. The names, positions and contact details of at least two referees, including your
   current or most recent employer. No contact will be made with any referee in
   advance of an offer being made, without your prior approval.
4. The completed equal opportunities monitoring form.
5. WaterAid is committed to welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of
   backgrounds, culture and experience, and is signed up to the Positive About
   Disabled People scheme. We will make any practical reasonable adjustments to
   enable disabled people to participate fully in an inclusive working environment.
   Please let us know if you are disabled and need any assistance in making your
   application. Please also let us know if you have any special requirements, should
   you be selected for interview.

Send your application to with the job title in the subject heading

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