Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome staff and partners of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and commitment to serve those in need.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been working in Ghana since 1958 in Health, Agriculture, Peace Building, Water and Sanitation, Microfinance and Education programs and has long-standing relationships with Church and non-Church partners and communities throughout the country. CRS/Ghana currently has 61 staff with project offices in Tamale and Accra.
Programming (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion)
Walewale (West Mamprusi Municipal, NR, Ghana); Talensi district (Upper East Region, Ghana)
As a member of the Integrated Community Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement (ICOWASH) project team, you will monitor and report on the progress and quality of construction of new and renovated WASH infrastructure being established in target schools, health centers and communities in support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and vulnerable.
You will attend regular construction site visits and will produce pre-construction engineering assessments and document reviews, and ongoing construction monitoring reports. Your thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving the impact of its benefits to those we serve.
Key Working Relationships
- Play a lead role in reviewing the work, records, and reports of consulting engineers, construction managers in the construction/rehabilitation/installation of water and sanitation infrastructure (boreholes with hand pumps, latrines construction/repairs, etc.) and other technical services hired to perform construction related work under the project.
- Support in the technical design of infrastructure and review of bill of materials to ensure the estimated costs are reasonable and comparable to market rates
- Regularly monitor the progress and quality of construction at all WASH infrastructure sites ensuring compliance with CRS program quality principles and standards, donor requirements, and good practices. Map infrastructure construction stages using Information Technology.
- Work with CRS to maintain accepted WASH and infrastructural standards for the sector and ensure that project staff, partner agencies and recipient communities understand and adhere to these standards including sustainability measures.
- Build relationships and coordinate with local government authorities and beneficiaries to approve construction and delivery to beneficiary communities.
- Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
- Complete project documentation for assigned activities. Assist with identifying information for case studies and reports on promising practices.
- Support accountability through supporting project evaluation activities and assisting project efforts to collect and analyze project data per specified mechanisms and tools. Actively seek and respond to feedback from partners.
Regional/HQ technical advisors, Head of Programs, WASH and other line managers, Project Coordinator, WASH Specialist, M&E Specialist, and WASH Officers
Government partners and Service providers (Contractors)
Required Skills or Experience
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Building and Construction, Construction Management, Water Resources or relevant HND qualification.
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience in project support. Experience in the field of WASH infrastructure design and inspection and for an NGO would be a plus.
- Experience in participatory action planning and community engagement.
- Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data preferred.
- Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
- Possession of a valid license to ride a motorcycle.
- Knowledge of local language would be a plus.
Required/Desired Foreign Language:
- Observation, active listening and analysis skills with ability to make sound judgment.
- Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and community members.
- Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
- Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented.
- Great time management and ability to work to meet deadlines in multiple tasking environments.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
- Not Applicable
- Travel Required:
- 75% of time (day trips)
- 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.
- Serves with Integrity
- Models Stewardship
- Cultivates Constructive Relationships
- Promotes Learning
MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) Competencies
More from us:
- Accountability: Improving our accountability to a range of stakeholders through increased participation, transparent communication, responsive feedback mechanisms, and adherence to internal and external quality standards and requirements.
- Analysis and Critical Thinking: Engaging with data, challenging biases and assumptions, posing thoughtful questions, pursuing deeper understanding of evidence through reflection and perspective-taking, and making informed programming decisions.
- Monitoring: Implementing monitoring activities, including timely collection of quality data, set up and maintenance of databases, facilitation of participatory reflection on monitoring results, and submission of timely progress reports.
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