Irrigation Social Organizational and Safeguarding Advisor at SNV

Position: Irrigation Social Organizational and Safeguarding Advisor

Company Description

SNV is a mission-driven global development partner working in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia. Building on 60 years of experience and grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we work on the core themes of gender equality and social inclusion, climate adaptation and mitigation, and strong institutions and effective governance. Together with our team of over 1,600 people, our mission is to strengthen capacities and catalyze partnerships that transform the agri-food, energy, and water systems, which enable sustainable and more equitable lives for all.

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Project Background

The USAID-funded TRANSFORM: WASH is a 7-year project that is under implementation through a consortium of PSI, SNV, and the International Resource Centre (IRC) which is aimed at reducing preventable deaths and illness in Ethiopia due to diarrheal diseases, particularly among children under five.

Through the development and testing of scalable and replicable market-based models, the TRANSFORM/WASH consortium is supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) and the One WASH National Program (OWNP) to increase the use of improved WASH products and services among women and their families. This will be achieved through six interrelated project result areas: increased WASH governance and management capacity at the subnational level; increased demand for low-cost quality WASH products and services, with a focus on sanitation; increased supply for low-cost quality WASH products and services, with a focus on sanitation; increased knowledge base to bring WASH innovations to scale; improved access to water for consumption, hygiene, and sanitation use and Improved access to irrigation services for productive use.

The 18-month Cost Extension project will focus on two more results: 1) Increased access to improved drinking water and 2) increased access to small-scale irrigation facilities for drought- and conflict-affected communities.

Job Description

Summary of the Job:

As an Irrigation and Social Organizational and Safeguarding Advisor, he/she will engage in the successful social organizational and safeguarding project activities implementation, monitoring and evaluation using the project management cycle to meet its intended objectives through increased use of Irrigation and WASH products and services.

The position holder will use his/her capacity to implement TRANSFORM WASH to the quality requirement of donor/USAID; consortium lead/PSI; and other members using SNV’s track record of delivering high-quality WASH products in other similar projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Accompanies the feasibility study and validates site recommendations from a socio-organizational perspective
  • Coordinates and ensures the quality of the social-organizational improvement plan in selected sites in xx woredas
  • Strengthens the capacity of IWUA/IWUA
  • Supports and promotes female leadership in IWUA/WUA
  • Develops, together with the community, site improvement plans for ponds (including local agreements on maintenance and water access)
  • Knowledge Management, Learning, and Innovation
  • Project and process development
  • People/Partnership Management
  • Positioning: Identifies and analyses market opportunities and threats and ensures relevant colleagues are informed. Actively participates in strategic positioning meetings and acts as a knowledgeable face of the SNV organization to the client. Analyses understand and develop (local) networks with relevant stakeholders, and identify new clients.


Education and Skill Requirements:

  • BSc degree in Water Resource Engineering with Social/Environmental background, development studies, socio-logiest or social studies
  • A minimum of five years of directly related experience
  • With strong experience in the Organization and management of small water works (irrigation, ideally also some WASH), GESI experience and Capacity development
  • Knowledge of the working language where the jobholder is based is a mandatory
  • Proven knowledge and experience in undertaking activities aimed at water and irrigation facility construction, rehabilitation, and upgrading project implementation
  • Strong communication skill
  • The ability to detect problems, recognize important information, and link various data to trace potential causes and look for relevant details.


  • Coaching
  • Problem Analysis
  • Focus on Quality
  • Result Oriented
  • Persuasiveness

Additional Information

Contract Type: National

Expected start date: As soon as possible

Duty Station: Adama, Ethiopia with frequent field travel

Contract Duration: Six months with the possibility of extension based on performance and budget availability. 

How to apply

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and a letter of motivation before/on the 28th of January 2024. Please submit your application only via Smart Recruiters. All information will be in the strictest confidence.

If we see that your experience and skills match the requirements of the position, we will contact you to advise you of the next steps in the recruitment process.

SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.


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