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Water Project Manager Job at Project Zawadi

Job Opportunity at Project Zawadi, Water Project Manager

Water Project Manager  

Candidate will lead all aspects required for successful design implementation and long-term sustainability of water projects at each of PZ schools

Job Title: Water Project Manager

Job Description: Project Zawadi’s mission is to partner with communities, schools, and teachers to support quality education for Tanzanian children and youth.  Project Zawadi (PZ) is a small non-profit organization that provides support via three programs: Student Sponsorship, School Support (Model Schools), and Teacher Training (Tenda Teachers).

The Model Schools program currently partners with four rural government primary schools to address various needs, including strategic planning, infrastructure (construction) projects, water projects, model farms, leadership development, school safety, and student support (via student clubs, life skills, and career counseling). These needs and how to meet them are identified in five-year strategic plans developed for each school via a participatory, community-based process involving teachers, school administrators, parents, village elders, and students. Work is done primarily in the area around Nyamuswa Village, Bunda District, Mara Region but may require travel in Tanzania.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will lead all aspects required for successful design implementation and long-term sustainability of water projects at each of PZ’s model schools.  The successful candidate will:

  • Lead efforts to assess current water sources and community water needs at the model schools and local communities.
  • Lead efforts to evaluate and determine the cost of various options for water collection (e.g. wells and/or catchment), storage (e.g., distributed and/or centralized, above ground and/or below ground) and distribution required to meet identified needs at model schools
  •  Lead efforts to select final design of water system at model schools
  • Lead efforts to identify and select partners (NGOs, government, fund is)required to evaluate, design and implement water projects at model schools
  •  Prepare and execute contracts/agreements with selected water partners and manage contract performance.
  • Manage the design and implementation of water projects at multiple model schools simultaneously
  • Develop materials, facilitate training and implement processes/systems required to support the long-term operation and maintenance of water delivery systems at partner schools and communities, including WASH hygiene training.
  • Manage and mobilize key stakeholders (e.g., local communities, school staff, local government PZ program staff, PZ Advisory Board, PZ Board of Directors) to support successful design, implementation, and sustainability of water projects
  • Perform all duties in a timely and accurate manner
  • Perform additional responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications for the Job

Bachelor of Science in Irrigation and Water Resources engineering or related field or comparable work experience is required. Experience designing and implementing water projects is also required. Experience involving design and implementation of community projects in rural areas, public meeting facilitation, programmatic evaluations, and public speaking is a plus.

Key Competencies:

  • Strong program design and management skills.Detail oriented, organized, and able to juggle priorities across multiple projects
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills including financial assessments
  • Uncompromising honesty and commitment to excellence
  • Professional behavior and respect for others
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in both English and Swahili
  • Ability to communicate effectively with key stakeholders, including strong listening skills
  • Ability to work proactively, independently and collaboratively
  • Comfortable with ambiguity
  • Pragmatic and decisive. Able to take a position and defend it
  • Coaching and mentoring skills
  • Solid computer and social media skills with fluency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

To Apply: 

Send ONE email with ONE attachment that contains a cover letter and CV with the subject line “Water Project Manager” to bsinger@projectzawadi.org and joel@projectzawadi.org. In the cover letter explain why you want the job and describe your salary history and requirements.

Deadline to apply: Aug 28, 2020.

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