Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sanitation and Hygiene Research Assistant


Sanitation and Hygiene Research Assistant

Based in Jakarta, Indonesia

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation. Founded in
the Netherlands more than 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local
presence in 39 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
SNV is dedicated to a society where all people enjoy the freedom to pursue
their own sustainable development. 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

In Indonesia, SNV works together with local partners to provide technical
expertise in two sectors: Agriculture and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
(WASH). For the WASH sector, SNV is focused on increasing access to safely
managed sanitation and in sustaining positive changes in hygiene behaviour,
by providing scalable, market driven solutions tailored to rural and urban

Background on SNV's programmatic approach to Sanitation and Hygiene

In 2015, around 72% of Indonesia's 138 million urban residents had access to
improved sanitation, an outstanding achievement following an increase by
tenfold in sanitation investment since 2006. Nevertheless, in that same
year, 13% of the urban population was still practicing open defecation and
15% had no access to improved facilities, making for more than 38 million
urban people lagging behind in the country's sanitation challenge.
Additionally, the lack of sewerage and septage management solutions at scale
accounted for 95% of the human waste in the country's cities ending up
untreated on waterways and marginal lands. The progress in sanitation access
in rural areas was also remarkable but not enough for the country to achieve
the Millennium Development Goal for sanitation. By the end of 2015, around
29% of rural populations had no access to a sanitation facility.

Indonesia's National Government developed a specific programme targeting the
elimination of open defecation country wide, the Community Based Total
Sanitation Programme, STBM in Indonesian. The STBM joined a set of
Government led sanitation programmes such as PPSP and SANIMAS. These
programmes gained additional traction with Presidential Decree (185/14) on
Sanitation Provision Acceleration that declared universal access to
Sanitation as a national target to be met by 2019, eleven years ahead of the
Sustainable Development Goals deadline.

SNV works together with National and Local Governments to roll out at scale
and with quality rural and urban sanitation interventions in line with the
country's priorities and targets. SNV's approach includes promoting improved
hygiene behavior, notably for Hand Washing with Soap; increasing sanitation
demand and concurrently develop safe and affordable sanitation products and
services. Identifying financing options both for households and
municipalities is part of our work, as well as developing and scaling up
treatment and re-use solutions. SNV's ultimate goal is to ensure sustainable
sanitation and hygiene for everyone, and as such, issues of equity and
inclusion notably for women, girls and vulnerable groups are central to our

Research plays a key role in SNV's project design and delivery, both to
ensure interventions are tailored to local needs and realities and to
provide evidence for strategic planning and decision making, also for
Government and Civil Society organisations counterparts.

Sanitation & Hygiene research assistant scope of assignment

The Sanitation and Hygiene research assistant will work in a cross-cutting
support role for Rural and Urban Sanitation projects in SNV Indonesia. Under
the supervision of the Project Managers, the Sanitation and Hygiene Research
Assistant key responsibilities are the following:

* Support the design of the sanitation and hygiene researches,
including research scope, methodologies and expected results

* Provide input for the selection of research teams

* Supervise the research activities conducted in the project sites,
across multiple locations (West Sumatra, Lampung and East Java), ensuring
these are being conducted timely and in line with requirements set in ToRs

* Ensure rigorous quality control of research findings and of final
reports by reviewing research reports prepared by the research teams and by
providing critical questioning, requesting clarifications/adjustments (when
relevant) and final validation of results

* Develop research briefs that summarize key findings of researches
that can be shared with a wide range of non academic audiences (including
media, local government counterparts and civil society organisations) and
used for evidence based advocacy processes

Timeline and Level of Effort (LoE)

The assignment will start in the beginning of August and will have the
duration of 6 months, with a provision of 40 hours of services per week.

Expected deliverables

1. SANIFOAM research completed and meeting ToR quality standards

2. SANIFOAM research brief complete

3. Financing mechanisms for sanitation research completed and meeting ToR
quality standards

4. Financing mechanisms for sanitation research brief complete

5. Lessons learned on STBM research completed and meeting ToR quality

6. Lessons learned on STBM research brief complete

7. Sanitation supply chain study completed and meeting ToR quality

8. Sanitation supply chain study research brief complete

9. Sanitation & Hygiene baseline brief complete

Candidate profile

The successful applicant will be able to design and oversee research
progress and outcomes and provide guidance to research teams so they're able
to meet standards set in ToR in a timely and effective manner. He/she will
be able to review and finalize research reports and ensure validity of the
research findings. He/she will be able to communicate complex and lengthy
research findings orally and in writing, notably by preparing clear cut
presentations and by developing user friendly research briefs for non
academic target audiences. The successful candidate will have a basic
understanding on the use of evidence in advocacy processes. He/she will be
knowledgeable on Rural Sanitation & Hygiene. The successful applicant will
be able to interact and communicate with a variety of stakeholders (research
teams, government counterparts, CSO's staff and SNV field team).

Detailed requirements are the following:

* Master degree in a relevant field of study (Public/Environmental
Health, public policies or related)

* Experience in conducting/supervising research and in supporting
research teams

* Knowledge of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene issues

* Be able to summarize and communicate complex information in user
friendly formats for non-academic target audiences

* Display good written and verbal communication skills and good
analytical skills;

* Liaise with colleagues and participate in internal and external

* Work as a member of a team

* Native Indonesian speaker with a good command of English.

Duty station: Jakarta with regular travelling to research locations (East
Java, Lampung, West Sumatra)

Contract duration: 6 months

How to apply?

Please send application letter clearly stating how the applicant meets the
requirements, a financial offer and the CV (all documents in English) to by July 21st 2017 with subject: "Sanitation &
Hygiene Research Assistant".

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