Wavemakers Social Media Content Supporter

Are you a social media enthusiast who is interested in youth, education and the environment? Share your creativity and support the Wavemakers program by researching, developing and sharing content that is relevant to our audiences.

The Position: Wavemakers Social Media Content Supporter 

Purpose of the Role:

Help to research, curate and plan content for Wavemakers social media (Instagram, Twitter & Facebook) on key topic areas.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research and share content
  • Prepare posts for social media
  • Attend monthly or bi-monthly social media planning meeting with staff to prepare content

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Familiar with CAWST, especially youth Wavemakers
  • Experience with social media, especially creating content
  • Passionate about topic areas like environmental education, water, community development, youth leadership, STEM learning

 

Estimated time commitment: 1 hour per week

Department and Supervision: Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives


Application:

If you are already a CAWST volunteer, please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator, Tori D’Avella, at volunteers@cawst.org or 403-243-3285 ext 259 to express your interest in this position.

If you are new to CAWST, please complete the volunteer sign up form.

 

Additional comments:

All CAWST volunteers are invited to participate in a 4-day training workshop of their choice after completion of 40 volunteer hours. CAWST welcomes volunteers searching for work experience, and is happy to provide letters of reference to interested volunteers.

CAWST Booth Host

Are you keen to share knowledge about water and sanitation with the public? We have opportunities to host booths at upcoming Green Calgary events, and we need your help!

The Position: CAWST Booth Host

Purpose of the Role:

Be the primary host of a casual CAWST information booth at any of the following Green Calgary Events. Engage people and help them learn one thing they didn’t know before about water and sanitation. Events include:

  • April 14 at 8:30 am – noon; ATB Walden, 300 – 151 Walden Gate SE
  • April 21 at 8:30 am – noon; IKEA, 8000 11 St SE
  • April 28 at 8:30 am – noon; Community Natural Foods, 202 61 Ave SW
  • May 5 at 8:30 am – noon; ATB Saddleridge, 50 Saddletowne Cir NE
  • May 12 at 8:30 am – noon; ATB WestSprings, 202 – 917 85 St SW
  • May 26 at 8:30 am – noon; Mount Royal University, 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW
  • June 9 at 8:30 am – noon; ATB Rocky Ridge, 3000 – 11595 Rockyvalley Dr NW
  • June 16 at 8:30 am – noon; ATB Douglas Glen, 200 – 11488 24 St SE
  • June 30 at 8:30 am – noon; Green Calgary Association, 100 – 301 14 Street NW
  • May 5 at 9 am – noon: Green Calgary AGM and Environmental Celebration, Mount Pleasant Community Hall

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Pick up a basic booth kit at the office, set up the booth and host it (table and chair supplied by Green Calgary)
  • Share knowledge on CAWST and CAWST Wavemakers
  • Engage people in discussion on water and sanitation
  • Respond to questions on CAWST
  • Track and log volunteer hours with the CAWST volunteer coordinator

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Familiar with CAWST, able to give a brief intro on water and sanitation and how CAWST helps
  • Friendly personality and keen to work with young people
  • Passion to help CAWST spread the word about water & sanitation
  • Organized and reliable

We will provide orientation and a booth kit including informational materials and a short activity.

Department and Supervision: Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives


Application:

If you are already a CAWST volunteer, and you would like to sign up to be a booth host, click here to commit to a shift. If you wish to be a booth host and would like to receive orientation first, please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator, Tori D’Avella, at volunteers@cawst.org or 403-243-3285 ext 259.

If you are new to CAWST, please complete the volunteer sign up form.

 

Additional comments:

All CAWST volunteers are invited to participate in a 4-day training workshop of their choice after completion of 40 volunteer hours. CAWST welcomes volunteers searching for work experience, and is happy to provide letters of reference to interested volunteers.

NextWorldNow Community Investments

NextWorldNow provides resources for projects defined by local leaders to improve the lives and well-being of the people in the community. NextWorldNow will offer at least one ten thousand dollar ($10,000) grant to a selected project. The fund invests are interested in many types of community programs: Civic Participation; Education; Effective Development; Environmental Mediation – Water, Sanitation, Deforestation; Health Care Access and Treatment; Human Rights; Peace and Human Security; Shelter; Smallholder Productivity and Food Security; Sustainable Markets/Livelihood.

Summer Festival Crew Member (multiple positions available with various shifts)

CAWST is looking for individuals interested in setting up, hosting, and taking down our spring and summer festival booth and activities, to raise awareness and understanding of the challenges and solutions to access to safe water and sanitation.

The Position: Summer Festival Crew Member

 Purpose of the Role:

To help set up, host, and take down our fun and engaging CAWST booth at:

Please note: shifts for each festival are available. You will not be expected to be at the booth the entire time listed above.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend a training at the CAWST office (timing TBD)
  • Set up an engaging activity (such as the Poo Toss game, make your own filter, or a photo booth) that informs and engages people on the challenges and solutions of water and sanitation crisis
  • Talk with the festival attendees about CAWST’s model of development and how CAWST is addressing the water and sanitation crisis
  • Share ways to get involved with CAWST and information on Wavemakers and encourage sign ups for our newsletter or membership
  • Share content for live Tweeting during the events
  • Take down the display
  • Track and log volunteer hours with the CAWST volunteer coordinator

Orientation and Training:

  • An hour-long orientation is required. Timing to be determined based on availability.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Familiar with CAWST
  • Friendly personality and keen to work with all ages
  • Passion to help CAWST spread the word about water & sanitation
  • Organized and reliable
  • Willingness to lift heavy items
  • Preference given to those with previous experience
  • Ideally based in Calgary, Okotoks and surrounding area

Department and Supervision: Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives


Application:

If you are already a CAWST volunteer, and you wish to apply for this volunteer position, you can sign up for a shift or contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator, Tori D’Avella, at volunteers@cawst.org or 403-243-3285 ext 259. If you are new to CAWST, please complete the volunteer sign up form and we will email you to confirm.

In your email, please tell us:

  1. If and how you’ve been involved with us in the past
  2. Your general availability for training (1 – 2 hours)

 

Additional comments:

All CAWST volunteers are invited to participate in a 4-day training workshop of their choice after completion of 40 volunteer hours. CAWST welcomes volunteers searching for work experience, and is happy to provide letters of reference to interested volunteers. 

Paint It Blue: Sharing Water Knowledge Coast to Coast and Beyond

Paint It Blue is an annual campaign we run to spark action around World Water Day and to share water knowledge far and wide. With your help, we did just that.

Canada, we want to thank you for all your efforts to Paint It Blue for World Water Day!

Paint It Blue is an annual campaign we run to spark action around World Water Day and to share water knowledge far and wide. With your help, we did just that.


-Galleria Trees on Stephen Avenue Paints It Blue in Calgary, AB. Photo credit: @cccaswell

It is our second year running Paint It Blue and we’re delighted by the growth of water knowledge and water action taken across Canada. This year, 28 Canadian landmarks lit up with blue light from coast to coast. Even those who could not light up offered alternatives, like Proclamations of World Water Day from the City of Victoria and the City of Calgary. And some businesses who caught wind of the campaign took action of their own – Kaffeeklatsch developed a blue latte to raise funds for CAWST, and Urban Thrift painted their display blue by featuring blue clothing and Paint It Blue buttons.


-Team from CAWST WET Centre, Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church Development Program (EKHCDP), in Ethiopia, proudly wearing their Paint It Blue buttons.

CAWST had our annual World Water Day event, shining a light on the action of youth Wavemakers to solve water, sanitation and hygiene challenges. From selling phosphate-free soaps, to raising funds for First Nations water issues in Canada, to travelling to Oaxaca to install biosand filters, Wavemakers are having a positive impact in their communities and globally through their action projects. Some teams are building on their projects from past years to grow the capacity within their schools to take action on water challenges. A huge thanks goes out to our event sponsors, Repsol and TELUS Spark, who made it possible to hold this event! Speaking of Paint It Blue buttons, we nearly ran out this year due to the enthusiasm of businesses and individuals to share them. Our volunteers took buttons all around Calgary to spread the word on water. Tal, our director of Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives, spread the enthusiasm globally, by taking buttons all the way to Ethiopia and sharing a piece of how we spread water knowledge in Canada with our clients. Tal shared a series of “follow the button” posts on social media that have inspired upcoming blog posts – stay tuned to learn more about how water knowledge is shared in Ethiopia by our local partners and WET Centre. 
CAWST was also invited to a variety of other World Water Day events. Inspired by Paint It Blue, SAIT held a new World Water Day event for students and faculty with CAWST as a speaker, and a display from Plastic Free YYC. We were also delighted to participate in YEG World Water Day, which featured speakers like Bob Sandford and many more.

 

Do you have the post-World Water Day blues?


-Arbour Lake School displays their action project at our World Water Day event at TELUS Spark.

Water World Water Day may be over, but we are always open to Painting It Blue! Contact us to get involved, discuss next year’s campaign or book a lunch and learn to share water knowledge within your organization or community.

You can also relive the good times by checking out our photo albums on Facebook. Did you get your blue-tiful picture taken at our photo booth? Find your photo, tag yourself and share it with your friends with the hashtags #WorldWaterDay and #PaintItBlue!

 

 


-Paint It Blue buttons and enthusiasm spread far and wide, including to our WET Centre partners in Ethiopia and people all along the way. We even reached new supporters as far away as Cork, in Ireland, who Painted It Blue for World Water Day!


Tori D’Avella is a Public Engagement Officer on the Public Engagement & Donor Initiatives. This is Tori’s first time leading the project team working on CAWST’s Paint It Blue campaign, which reached over 230,000 impressions on social media alone. She is passionate about inter-organizational partnership and systems change, which is the subject of the MSc she is currently pursuing. Tori assures us that her favourite colour is blue.

WASH Skills Development Organization Celebrates its Official Launch

WASH SDO, CAWST’s WET (Water Expertise and Training) Centre in Cambodia, has a new name, website and board of directors – and is officially launching with new energy!

They have a new name, new website, and new board of directors—but they’re still CAWST’s favorite team of Cambodian WASH professionals!


-WASH SDO Launch Celebration

This week, CAWST’s Naomi Mahaffy had the privilege of attending the official launch of WASH Skills Development Organization (WASH SDO) in Cambodia. CAWST has worked closely with this team since 2012. We are delighted to see how their skills, network, and impact continue to grow.

Six years ago, CAWST and Church World Services Cambodia (CWS) partnered to establish the WASH Training Resource Centre (WASH TRC) in Pnom Penh. With support from CAWST, the team at WASH TRC has created, adapted, and delivered numerous training and consulting services in Cambodia. These services help local governmental and nongovernmental organizations build the knowledge and skills required to implement effective water and sanitation programs in rural Cambodia. Last year, with support from WaterAid Cambodia, the team of trainers from WASH TRC decided to register as an independent local organization called WASH SDO.

Today’s launch is a celebration of the many years of work WASH SDO has committed to establish itself as a local organization with a strong network of partners and clients,” said Naomi. “WASH SDO staff created a fun and informative event. Their materials and presentations clearly explained the services they offer and the expertise they can provide. I was inspired by hearing local government and NGO staff share stories of how WASH SDO’s training and consulting services helped them implement better programs.

Naomi sits on WASH SDO’s board of directors, along with representatives from WaterAid, CWS, the World Health Organization, and two local organizations. As WASH SDO expands its services in Cambodia, CAWST will continue to support the team with training material development, technical information, and competency development.

Congratulations to WASH SDO on a successful launch! We wish you many more successes as you build the skills of WASH practitioners in Cambodia.

:  Follow WASH SDO on Facebook to stay up to date on the WET Centre’s exciting new programs, endeavours and achievements.


Naomi Mahaffy, BSC, MASC, is a Global Learning Advisor on the Training & Consulting team at CAWST. Her favourite Cambodian dish is Kuy teav, a delicious rice noodle soup.

Canada Paints It Blue for World Water Day

CAWST, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, is coordinating landmarks from coast to coast in Canada to Paint it Blue for World Water Day. Together we will spark action for safe water for all.

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Canada Paints It Blue for World Water Day

 

March 16, 2017

All across Canada, landmarks will Paint It Blue in honor of World Water Day to inspire and spark action on water issues. CAWST, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, a Canadian charity and licensed engineering firm, helps coordinate landmarks to shine a (blue) light on the global water crisis we face. This year, the campaign Paints It Blue from coast to coast, from Vancouver, BC all the way to St John’s, Newfoundland. The blue light acknowledges the importance of access to safe drinking water for everyone on the planet and the efforts many organizations and governments are taking to find solutions to our water challenges.

Look for the beautiful blue displays of buildings and landmarks near you!

Calgary:

  • Calgary Tower
  • Galleria Trees on Stephen Avenue
  • TELUS Spark
  • ATB Lights at McMahon Stadium
  • SAIT MacPhail School of Energy

Edmonton:

  • High Level Bridge
  • ATB Place
  • Alberta Legislature

Vancouver:

  • BC Place
  • Canada Place Sails of Light
  • Science World
  • Vancouver City Hall
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Vancouver Convention Centre Cauldron Arms

Toronto:

  • 3D Toronto Sign

And Many More:

  • Niagara Falls Illumination Board, ON
  • Kipnes Lantern at National Arts Centre – Ottawa, ON
  • Alpine Club of Canada Hostelling International – Canmore, AB
  • River Park Glen – Fort McMurray, AB
  • Peace Bridge – Fort Erie and Buffalo
  • Fredericton City Hall, NB
  • Halifax City Hall, NS
  • Lethbridge City Hall, AB
  • St John’s City Hall, NL
  • Welland Bridge 13, ON
  • Lumel Studios – Whitehorse, YK

In addition to coordinating landmarks across Canada to Paint It Blue, CAWST is engaging businesses and individuals to take action. From blue lattes, to clothing drives, and educational events, Canadians are taking action on water challenges and solutions.

World Water Day is observed by the United Nations to raise awareness about the lack of safe, clean water for millions around the world. Nearly 1 in 3 people worldwide lack safe, readily available water at home.


About CAWST

CAWST is a Canadian charity and licensed engineering firm. We address the global need for safe drinking water and sanitation by building local knowledge and skills on household solutions people can implement themselves. Since 2001, CAWST and our clients have reached 15.4 million people globally with better water or sanitation.


Media inquiries

Naomi Robinson
Public Engagement Officer
1.403.243.3285 ext. 253

Global WASH Advisor

Are you a WASH specialist with a passion for training? CAWST is not like other organizations, and this position is not like others. We are looking for a unique combination of skills, experience and interests including water and sanitation, international development, and capacity development of WASH practitioners. You believe that everybody can learn, and you love training and supporting others to develop their WASH knowledge and skills. You are enterprising, resourceful, and motivated. You have an insatiable curiosity and are deeply committed to applying your skills and experience to making the world a better place.

Are you a WASH specialist with a passion for training? CAWST is not like other organizations, and this position is not like others. We are looking for a unique combination of skills, experience and interests including water and sanitation, international development, and capacity development of WASH practitioners. You believe that everybody can learn, and you love training and supporting others to develop their WASH knowledge and skills. You are enterprising, resourceful, and motivated. You have an insatiable curiosity and are deeply committed to applying your skills and experience to making the world a better place.

The Position: Global WASH Advisor

Reports to: Directors of Training and Consulting

Type: Full time, permanent

Location: The position is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. International travel is typically four trips per year. Up to 50% of your time will be spent overseas

Position start date: As soon as possible

Application Due Date: Review of applications will begin on March 26, 2018 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled

Compensation: Salary will be discussed in the personal interview so please include salary expectations in your cover letter

Position Summary

The Global WASH Advisor (GWA) is part of CAWST’s Training & Consulting team. In this position you will work directly with client organizations to increase their capacity to start, strengthen and grow their WASH programs. As a GWA, you will be responsible for providing professional technical training and ongoing consulting support to help our clients overcome technical and implementation challenges.

You will also work with Water Expertise and Training (WET) Centres and Training Organizations to strengthen their capacity development services.

Each GWA is assigned responsibility for managing relationships and CAWST service provision in several countries, and developing and executing on their country and regional plans.

You will work closely with all CAWST departments, and in particular with the Research & Learning, and the Virtual Services cross-departmental regional teams.


The Role

Specific Areas of Responsibility 

1. Training, Coaching, and Mentoring

  • Use your expertise and experience to train clients, WET Centres and Training Organizations using a variety of methods including workshops, apprenticing, and mentoring. Your goal will be to:
    • Transfer skills and knowledge so practitioners take effective action, resulting in safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene
    • Develop the capability of practitioners of different skill levels in a variety of roles. Prepare and deliver training workshops and learning exchanges
    • Adapt CAWST workshops and resources to the context and needs of clients
    • Develop and maintain strong client relationships
    • Provide online and face-to-face to support to clients, to help them solve problems and overcome barriers to implementation

 

2. Developing Capacity of Local Partners

  • Work with local partners to develop their skills and capabilities, so they can replicate CAWST’s capacity development services for client organizations
  • Identify new local partner organizations s within your region or countries of responsibility.  Develop relationships and explore opportunities to collaborate
  • Work with local partners to develop strategy and plans, and seek funding
  • Act as project manager, as appropriate, taking responsibility for the capacity development process with the local partner

 

3. Research, Learning, and Communications

  • Actively participate in personal and organizational professional development, in particular in CAWST’s semi-annual Learning Exchanges (January and June)
  • Collaborate with our Research and Learning team to develop, maintain and update education materials, and act as subject matter expert, contributing your skills and knowledge as required
  • Collect images, case studies, stories, and testimonies from CAWST’s work overseas
  • Gather information and provide input to other CAWST teams to guide the development of appropriate training, consulting services, and tools for our clients
  • Provide and review content to ensure materials meet the needs of practitioners, and to ensure technical accuracy
  • Support CAWST’s role in research projects

 

4. Operations Planning and Reporting

  • Develop and execute country and regional strategies and plans, including definition of activities, targets, and budgets
  • Understand and contribute to CAWST’s operations, business cycle, and financial stewardship

 

5. Business/Client Development and Fund Development

  • Research and prepare country and regional strategies.
  • Develop strong understanding of country contexts, client organizations, and key water and sanitation issues
  • Identify potential training, networking and client support opportunities
  • Seek funding to support your operations plan, working closely with the fund development team
  • Contribute to funding proposals that include programs in your region, or area of expertise
  • Develop relationships with potential funders in your countries of responsibility

 

6. Governance

  • Participate in the development of CAWST’s strategic plans, including development of short and long-range performance objectives
  • Assist in the distribution and collection of CAWST’s annual client survey, and contribute as needed to the results analysis

 

Any other duties and responsibilities as directed by the Directors of Training and Consulting.


The Person

This important role requires an energetic person who has a special combination of skills and attributes.

Education

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in engineering, sciences, public health or other relevant discipline

 

Experience

  • Minimum 3-5 years’ work experience implementing WASH programs in the international development context
  • Minimum three years’ experience delivering WASH training, and WASH related capacity development services
  • Demonstrated track record of commitment to poverty alleviation through water, sanitation and hygiene

 

Skills and Attributes

  • Excellent WASH technical knowledge and significant experience implementing projects in the following:
    • Household water treatment
    • Sanitation and excreta management
    • Hygiene or health promotion and behaviour change
    • Water supply and treatment
  • Excellent written and verbal communications, with the ability to target different and cross-cultural audiences to build rapport, engage, and motivate individuals
  • Able to create a participatory learning environment and use a range of cross-cultural, participatory training, and facilitation methods
  • Entrepreneurial, innovative, and open to change
  • Problem solver, resourceful, and able to troubleshoot technical problems quickly and effectively
  • Strategic and proactive in coordination and project management
  • Service-oriented and consistently seeks to provide a high level of professional service to clients and colleagues
  • Able to handle multiple tasks and balance priorities with various projects and stakeholders
  • Easily and quickly establishes credibility with clients and other stakeholders
  • Professional and diplomatic approach; works well independently, within teams, and across teams
  • Enjoys international travel, able to work in challenging situations in different cultures, and easily adapts to different contexts
  • Proficient with Windows-based computer programs, e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint

 

Language

  • Fluent written and spoken English required
  • Fluent written and spoken Spanish and/or French is an asset

To Apply

Please apply by sending your cover letter, resume, and completed questionnaire to cawstHR@cawst.org.  Review of applications will begin on March 26, 2018 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Please note: Only resumes from candidates eligible to work in Canada will be reviewed; and only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

 

Questionnaire

Please answer all questions to the best of your ability. Be as specific as possible and try to keep each answer under half a page.

  1. What has motivated you to consider working at CAWST?
  2. What excites you the most about this role?
  3. What is your philosophy on education and training?  Please support with an example of experience you have had in training delivery and your role in the delivery.
  4. What was one of the most difficult problems you have faced in an international development context, how did you handle it, and what was the outcome?
  5. Of your technical experience, what do you believe is most relevant to the Global WASH Advisor role with CAWST?
  6. What are your long-term career goals and aspirations? Where do you see yourself in five years?

Organizational Background

CAWST is a Canadian charity that focuses on the principle that safe water and basic sanitation are fundamentals necessary to empower the world’s poorest people and break the cycle of poverty. CAWST transfers knowledge and skills to organizations and individuals in low- and middle-income countries through education, training, and consulting services. Since 2001, CAWST’s global client network, including governments, community-based charitable organizations, local enterprises, international development agencies, and educational institutions, has helped 15.4 million people get better water or sanitation.

The Financial Post newspaper named CAWST one of the Top 25 Charities in Canada in 2015. Read the article.

Our vision is a world where people have the opportunity to succeed because their basic water and sanitation needs have been met.

Our mission is to provide technical training and consulting, and to act as a centre of expertise in water and sanitation for the poor in developing countries.

CAWST values equitable opportunities, sustainable solutions, and collaborative and inclusive processes. We recognize and accept differences in cultural, religious and political processes.

“I Can Now Walk with My Head Up”

This is the inspiring story of Florence, who thanks to water education, has become an agent of change in her community.

Through education, training and sheer determination, Florence recast her role in life. She built a better, healthy future for herself and her family, and she is transforming the lives of people in multiple communities. As Florence’s story demonstrates, educating women is key to economic empowerment and healthy communities.

CAWST provides training and consulting support to organizations that place women and water at the centre of breaking the cycle of poverty, by combining technology and capacity development. We train organizations like Global Women’s Water Initiative (GWWI), who in turn trained Florence.

Education offers the greatest opportunity to effect sustainable change, and to do so at the scale needed.


Watch Florence’s Story: A Tale of Transformation

I can now walk with my head up. Women can come to me. Schools, teachers can come to me.
-Florence, Community WASH Educator

 

Coffee with CAWST: Tal Woolsey

One of our longest-standing staff members, some say Tal is the heart of CAWST. Tal is currently transitioning from a role as International Technical Advisor to Director of Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives. No matter where Tal resides in CAWST, he will always believe in people’s potential. Read on to learn more about this quirky and energetic early bird.

Safety Never Takes a Holiday

Current Role: Director of Public Engagement & Donor Initiatives (PEDI)

What fills your days? 

Right now? Confusion.

Given the dynamic nature of CAWST, the clarity of the position of Director of PEDI is currently nebulous.
What I mean by this is that I still have a role as an International Technical Advisor, and I have to complete that role in both Zambia and Ethiopia before I can fully engage in the directorship of PEDI activities.

It’s an exciting time – but there’s always a fine line between excitement and fear… and I’m not sure which side of the line I’m on right now.

What is the best part of your day?

Being with the PEDI staff, and watching their creativity blossom. It encourages me because I don’t consider myself that creative. So, being surrounded by creative people fuels me. Not that I’m more creative because of it, but I feel more confident that we will achieve what we intend through our PEDI pursuits.
Those are the highlights of my day.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A welder. Because my father was a welder. I actually did learn to weld. I didn’t enjoy it.

What is a fun fact about you that most people don’t know?

I am an amputee.
When I was a kid, I was in a motorcycle accident and ended up having two toes amputated on my right foot. So this is a warning to all motocross enthusiast to always wear protective gear. I wasn’t wearing riding boots; if I had been, they might have saved the day. Or, at the very least – my toes.

There’s my fun fact. Safety never takes a holiday.

What brought you to CAWST?

After working in Haiti for a number of years, I knew I was going to leave. I also knew I was meant to remain in this field. By this point I had a three-year relationship with CAWST. I liked what CAWST did. I liked their vision and mission.
Camille [our founder] was visiting Haiti and she asked me what I was going to do after I left Haiti. I told her I was going to work with her. She said “When you get back to Canada, come and see me”.

What is it about water that speaks to you?

Nothing.
I’ve never viewed my role as having much to do with water. It has to do with people. Relationships. Helping people reach their potential and achieve what they’re striving to achieve.

Where is your favourite place to travel?

Vancouver Island. I feel blessed that I’ve been able to travel all over the world.
But when people ask me that question – what’s your favourite place on the planet – it’s still Vancouver Island. We are blessed here in Canada to have a place like that. We’ve got many of them. Most of my favourite places on the planet are in Canada. I’m lucky.

What will be different about CAWST in 10 years?

The dreamer in me believes that CAWST won’t be needed in 10 years. The pragmatist in me knows that there will still be a role for CAWST.
My hope is that CAWST would not only be playing a leadership role in the countries that we work in, but also within the developed world as well. Helping those of us that are blessed beyond all measure to understand that that comes with inherent responsibility.

What surprises you most in this line of work?

How committed people are to changing the world. From those that are working to transform their communities – and work tirelessly at that transformation. To those in the North American or Canadian context that are also just as willing to work tirelessly to change the world.

What’s one of your greatest gifts?

I believe in people.

Within my role – or the role I’m leaving as an International Technical Advisor – I look for individuals that have a desire to transform their communities. I’m able to walk alongside them and help them to develop the skills that will lead them to being the transformation agents they want to be.
It’s not always easy to see the diamond… but that’s my gift. I believe anyone can learn and grow to their fullest potential.

Want to see Tal in action? Check out Wash That Sand.

Coffee with CAWST  is a blog series, where we have coffee and conversation with some of the outstanding people behind CAWST. Please let us know what you think, ask questions and stay tuned for more!

Global Learning Advisor

Do you want to support clients to provide effective training on water, sanitation, and hygiene? Are you looking for a new challenge and a novel way to apply your instructional design, training, and facilitation skills? We are looking for an exceptional individual with experience in training, instructional design, water, and sanitation, to develop the capacity of our clients globally.

Do you want to support clients to provide effective training on water, sanitation, and hygiene? Are you looking for a new challenge and a novel way to apply your instructional design, training, and facilitation skills? We are looking for an exceptional individual with experience in training, instructional design, water, and sanitation, to build the capacity of our clients globally.

The Position: Global Learning Advisor.

Reports to: Directors of Training and Consulting.

Type: Full time, permanent.

Location: The position is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. International travel is typically four trips per year. Up to 50% of your time will be spent overseas.

Compensation: Salary will be discussed in the personal interview. Please include salary expectations in your cover letter.

Position start date: As soon as possible.

Application Due Date: We will review applications on March 26th, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Only resumes of applicants who are legally permitted to work in Canada will be reviewed.

 

Position Summary

The Global Learning Advisor is part of CAWST’s Training and Consulting team. In this position, you will work directly with clients and staff to increase their capacity to effectively design, develop, deliver, and evaluate WASH training. You will support trainers to improve their skills through a competency development process and work with clients to co-develop training materials. You will feedback these experiences to our Research & Learning and our Virtual Services teams, to support them in the design of relevant and timely online and face-to-face training materials.

This is a demanding role that requires a creative, motivated, and enthusiastic individual who wants to contribute to building the capacity of WASH educators globally. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of instructional design, with a focus on content for global audiences, as well as extensive experience developing and delivering workshops or courses for participants from low-income countries.


Specific Areas of Responsibility

  1. Training, Coaching, and Mentoring (40%)
  • Train partners, clients and staff using a variety of methods including workshops, mentoring, peer support, and apprenticeship to effectively:
    • deliver workshops on WASH
    • design workshops on WASH
    • adapt or customize content for a specific client context
  • Develop and maintain strong client relationships, building and sustaining credibility with your clients and potential clients.
  • Support CAWST staff to effectively deliver online and face-to-face training in WASH.
  • Contribute to the delivery of our semi-annual Learning Exchanges to support professional development, knowledge sharing, and feedback within CAWST and client networks.
  • Prepare and deliver webinars, online courses, and training workshops.

 

  1. Instructional Design (20%)
  • Support the design, development, evaluation, and improvement of CAWST’s education and training materials.
  • Develop competency frameworks for different roles in the WASH sector.
  • Develop online and face-to-face training programs for effective knowledge transfer that results in action leading to safe water and sanitation.
  • Develop digital learning tools suitable for clients in low-income countries.

 

  1. Developing Capacity of Local Partners (20%)
  • Work with local partner organizations to build their skills and capabilities so they can replicate CAWST’s capacity development services for client organizations.
  • Identify potential new local partner organizations within the region or countries of responsibility.
  • Work together with local partner organizations to develop strategy and plans, and seek funding for their development.
  • Act as project manager, as appropriate, and take responsibility for the capacity development process with the local partner.

 

  1. Business Development (15% of the time)
  • Research and prepare country and regional strategies.
  • Develop a strong understanding of country contexts, client organizations, and key water and sanitation issues.
  • Identify potential training, networking, and client support opportunities.
  • Seek funding to support your operations plan, working closely with the Fund Development team.
  • Contribute to funding proposals that include programs in your region or area of expertise.
  • Develop relationships with potential funders in your countries of responsibility.

 

  1. Operations Planning, Reporting (~5% of the time)
  • Develop and execute strategies and plans to develop leading, water, sanitation, and hygiene education and training programs.
  • Understand and contribute as appropriate to CAWST’s operations and business services cycle (e.g., department operations planning, monthly operations reports, budget reconciliations, timesheets, and trip reports).

Any other duties and responsibilities as may be required.

 

Education

  • A bachelor’s or graduate degree in instructional design, education, adult education, or equivalent.
  • Preference given to those with a second degree, diploma, or equivalent training in engineering, science, or public health.
  • Certified Training and Development Practitioner (CTDP) designation is an asset.

 

Experience

Ideal candidates have the following experience:

  • International development and education (2-5 years) with focus on at least one of the following areas: capacity development, participatory training, instructional design, effective facilitation skills, mentoring, and coaching.
  • Designing, developing, delivering, and evaluating participatory adult learning workshops or courses.
  • Working in water, sanitation, and hygiene sector in low-income countries is an asset.
  • Experience designing and delivering online training is an asset.

 

Skills and Attributes

You are well suited for this role if you are:

  • Passionate about safe water and sanitation, and your values align with CAWST’s mission and vision.
  • Able to communicate complex ideas in simple and engaging ways.
  • Able to think creatively about challenges, resolve issues, and seek support when necessary.
  • Innovative, flexible, and open to change.
  • Able to balance and manage your own workload according to established business priorities and timelines.
  • Professional and diplomatic; work well independently, within teams, and across teams.
  • Able to quickly establish credibility with others.
  • Proficient in MS Office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

 

Language

  • Excellent communications in English, written and verbal, with the ability to target a variety of cross-cultural audiences.
  • Fluent written and spoken Spanish and/or French is an asset.

 

To Apply

Please apply by sending your cover letter, resume, and completed questionnaire to cawstHR@cawst.org.  Review of applications will begin on March 19th, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Only resumes from candidates legally permitted to work in Canada will be reviewed; and only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

 

Questionnaire

Please answer all questions to the best of your ability. Be as specific as possible and try to keep each answer under half a page.

  1. What has motivated you to consider working at CAWST?
  2. What excites you most about this particular role at CAWST?
  3. What is your philosophy on education and training? Please support your answer with an example you have of developing and delivering face-to-face training, preferably for an audience in a low-income country.
  4. What are your long-term career goals and aspirations? Where do you see yourself in five years?

Organizational Background

CAWST is a Canadian charity that focuses on the principle that safe water and basic sanitation are fundamentals necessary to empower the world’s poorest people and break the cycle of poverty. CAWST transfers knowledge and skills to organizations and individuals in low- and middle-income countries through education, training, and consulting services. Since 2001, CAWST’s global client network, including governments, community-based charitable organizations, local enterprises, international development agencies, and educational institutions, has helped 15.4 million people get better water or sanitation.

  • Our vision is a world where people have the opportunity to succeed because their basic water and sanitation needs have been met.
  • Our mission is to provide technical training and consulting, and to act as a centre of expertise in water and sanitation for the poor in developing countries.

CAWST values equitable opportunities, sustainable solutions, and collaborative and inclusive processes. We recognize and accept differences in cultural, religious and political processes.

The Financial Post newspaper named CAWST one of the Top 23 Charities in Canada in 2017. Read the article.

Paint It Blue for World Water Day 2018

Join CAWST and Paint it Blue for our annual World Water Day event on Wednesday, March 21 at TELUS Spark from 5 – 7.30 pm.

Join CAWST and Paint it Blue for our annual World Water Day event on Wednesday, March 21 at TELUS Spark from 5 – 7.30 pm, a showcase of environmental leadership by Youth Wavemakers. The event has many interactive booths, activities and inspiring speakers, from partners like Green Calgary, City of Calgary, Alberta Tomorrow and Alberta Water Portal. Take action for a thirsty planet and Paint it Blue!

More details and RSVP here.

 

CAWST in the News: ACGC’s 2018 Top 30 Under 30

For her work towards achieving SDG 6 in her community in Zambia, Tikho Lungu, who stars in CAWST’s Youth Wavemakers teaching resources, was recognized by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) among the 2018 Top 30 Under 30 youth.

Tikho Lungu, ACGC 2018 Top 30 Under 30
Tikho Lungu, ACGC’s 2018 Top 30 Under 30.

CALGARY, February 2, 2018 – Every year, to coincide with International Development Week, the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) publishes the stories of amazing young people from Alberta, as well as those working with their member organizations abroad, who are making this world a better place for everyone.  CAWST is a member of ACGC, and this year, Innocencia Tikho Lungu, who stars in the Youth Wavemakers’ teaching resource, Tikho’s Storyhas been recognized among the ACGC’s Top 30 Under 30.

Learn more about Tikho’s extraordinary work in her community, collaborating with Seeds of Hope International partnerships (SoHIP), CAWST’s WET Centre in Zambia, towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, ensuring access to water and sanitation for all.

From the Top 30 Under 30 Magazine:

When I was eleven, SoHIP visited our school with a water, sanitation, and hygiene awareness (WASH) program sponsored by CAWST where we created a group action plan for the school and it was successfully implemented. The program triggered my interest when I realized how badly we were affected by sanitation issues. I became motivated to take measures that would help change our community, so from then on, I started sharing what I learned with other kids my age. All this is possible because I am an action-oriented girl who is inspired to take little steps.

CAWST is delighted to congratulate Tikho on her well-deserved recognition. We look forward to working with ACGC and our fellow members to support extraordinary leaders like Tikho at our WET Centre in Zambia, and other local centers of WASH expertise worldwide. Working together, we are taking steps -both big and little ones- to achieve the Global Agenda.


Read more about the ACGC’s Top 30 Under 30 youth here.

Banner image: CAWST. Tikho (middle) with her family; Zambia, 2017.

Marketing & Communications Advisor

Are you a master of marketing and communications and passionate about International Development? CAWST is not like other organizations, and this position is not like others. Neither are you. You are a self-starter who is excited about engaging the public in CAWST and our cause. You are drawn to this position because you want to make a difference in the world, and your marketing and communications skills are directly transferable to this role.

Are you a master of marketing and communications, and passionate about International Development? CAWST is not like other organizations, and this position is not like others. Neither are you. You are a self-starter who is excited about engaging the public in CAWST and our cause. You are drawn to this position because you want to make a difference in the world, and your marketing and communications skills are directly transferable to this role.

The exciting, fast-paced Marketing & Communications Advisor position at CAWST is crucial to increasing our organization’s profile in North America and making CAWST a household name in Canada.

The Position: Marketing & Communications Advisor

Reports to: Director, Public Engagement & Donor Initiatives

Type: Full time, permanent

Position start date: As soon as possible

 

Position Summary

The Marketing & Communications Advisor is part of CAWST’s Public Engagement & Donor Initiatives department. This position is responsible for educating and motivating the public to take action for safe water and sanitation in developing countries, and for mobilizing the public to support CAWST.

The Public Engagement & Donor Initiatives team works closely with all CAWST departments and, in particular, our International Partnerships team which is responsible for CAWST’s profile and fund development in the international development, water and sanitation, and health sectors.

Specific Areas of Responsibility

  1. Public Engagement in North America
  • Develop and deliver the marketing and communications strategy and oversee its implementation – including campaigns, events, digital marketing, and public relations
  • Develop and maintain a high public profile for CAWST as an innovative, competent Canadian organization making a significant impact on world poverty
  • Lead the development and execution of strategies for targeting, communicating with and engaging individuals and organizations who will be most receptive to CAWST’s vision and mission, such as:
    • CAWST members in North America
    • Philanthropic individuals and companies
    • Community groups:  service clubs, church groups, youth groups and schools, immigrant communities
    • Volunteers
    • Professional associations
  • Coordinate with CAWST’s International Partnerships team to:
    • Implement and refine CAWST’s brand strategy
    • Leverage, maximize, and ensure consistency and clarity across the Canadian public and international sector communications, including technical and non-technical content
  • Work closely with the CEO, Directors and staff, supporting them to deliver on their objectives by providing appropriate tools, materials and presentations
  • Develop and manage communication content (e.g., stories, videos, blogs, infographics), tools (e.g., website, brochures), and channels (e.g., traditional and social media)
  • Conduct the final writing and editing of communications materials
  • Expand CAWST’s traditional and social media presence, adapting to a fast-changing communications environment
  • Coordinate CAWST events and speaking engagements in Canada
  • Provide leadership and direction for the public engagement and graphics teams on day-to-day marketing activities
  • Maintain high standards of accuracy and respectful, positive portrayal in communications
  • Stay up to date on competitive environment and consumer trends, identify gaps and opportunities to engage North American audiences, and pitch ideas to the leadership team
  • Interface with supporters and the public, increasing CAWST’s credibility
    • Develop and maintain strong insight into key water and sanitation issues, CAWST’s model and approach, and our work with clients
    • Deliver presentations on water and sanitation to promote CAWST’s approach, garner support and develop new business relationships

 

  1. Donor Initiatives
  • Support CAWST’s philanthropy initiatives to attract and steward relationships with CAWST’s donors and publicly recognize their contributions to CAWST
  • Work closely with CEO, Director Public Engagement & Donor Initiatives, and fund development staff to grow our revenue stream from individuals and organizations supportive of CAWST’s vision and mission
  • Activate and monitor third party fundraising initiatives for suitability in terms of financial return and alignment with CAWST’s values and reputation

 

  1. Youth Wavemakers
  • Develop and manage the marketing and communications of CAWST’s Youth Wavemakers program to engage and empower youth to take action on global and local water and sanitation issues
  • Leverage this program, its alumni and parents of youth for CAWST’s public engagement initiatives

 

4. Volunteers

  • Recruit and manage skilled volunteers and contractors as needed to support CAWST’s public engagement and fundraising

 

  1. Governance
  • Participate in the development and execution of CAWST’s strategic plans, operation plans and budgets
  • Support CAWST policies and implement procedures

 

  1. Management
  • Provide input on management performance indicators as related to this department
  • Develop the marketing and communications capability of the CAWST team: ensure our people, processes and systems are able to successfully execute on our plans, evolve, and adapt to growth
  • Coach Public Engagement and Donor Initiative staff as required
  • Work with external agencies on refining our messaging, executing our campaign, and media buying
  • Contribute to a professional and high performance work environment
  • Any other duties and responsibilities assigned by the Director of Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives

 

Expectations

  • Achieve targets set out in the annual operations plan
  • Provide clear direction in terms of targeted audiences, progression of engagement and services required based on sound analysis of internal results and external scans
  • Propose and execute realistic strategies and tactics, considering the human and financial resource limitations
  • Effective and efficient delivery of activities listed above
  • Increase engagement level of CAWST members
  • Make CAWST increasingly well known across Canada
  • Contribute to our target of 33% of CAWST budget funded by individuals
  • Competency, commitment, and teamwork 

 

The person

Education and experience

Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline; knowledge of water and sanitation and/or international development is desirable. Proficiency in written and spoken French is an asset.

 

Experience

Minimum ten years’ work experience in:

  • Marketing and communications in a corporate or agency environment
  • Business and/or fund development
  • Multi-cultural environments is an asset
  • Experience in international development or water and sanitation is an asset

 

Skills & Attributes / Qualifications

Understand our cause: Develop and maintain strong insight into the global water challenge and solutions, CAWST’s model and approach, and the importance of building local capacity. This understanding is key to designing the right messaging and strategies to engage a broader public audience to support our cause.

Committed and passionate: A deep conviction of our cause and CAWST’s approach –what CAWST does and how we do it—  as well as  charisma and enthusiasm to engage and motivate the public, are essential to succeeding on this team.

Entrepreneurial and creative thinker: Our public engagement needs to stand out and amplify CAWST’s brand. We examine the tried and true, make new and different connections, and are prepared to take risks and try new ideas.

Adept at navigating a fast-changing communications environment: Success in CAWST’s public engagement and fundraising relies on agile strategies that adapt to the changing marketing and communications environment, staying focused on what works while making quick assessments and avoiding distraction of every new opportunity.

Professional and credible: Represent CAWST in the public sphere and in the fundraising realm in a manner that is consistent CAWST’s vision, mission, values, and professional reputation.

A collaborative approach:all our public engagement activities are executed with input from various roles, in coordination with other teams. You embrace a collaborative approach.

 

Compensation

Will be discussed in personal interview. Please include salary expectations in your cover letter.

 

To Apply

Please send your cover letter, resume, and questionnaire answers (see below) to cawstHR@cawst.org.  The position will be open until filled. No phone calls please. Only those candidates able to work in Canada will be reviewed; and only those granted an interview will be contacted.

CAWST values equitable opportunities, sustainable solutions and collaborative and inclusive processes. We recognize and accept differences in cultural, religious and political processes.

Questionnaire

Please answer all questions to the best of your ability. Be as specific as possible and try to keep each answer under half a page.

  1. What has motivated you to consider this position? Please be specific to the responsibilities of the job.
  2. What is your philosophy on international development? Please support with an example from your own experience.
  3. How do you navigate the fast-changing marketing and communications environment? Please support with specific examples from personal experience.
  4. What are your long-term career goals and aspirations? Where do you see yourself in five years?

Organizational Background

CAWST is a Canadian charity that focuses on the principle that safe water and basic sanitation are fundamentals necessary to empower the world’s poorest people and break the cycle of poverty. CAWST transfers knowledge and skills to organizations and individuals in low- and middle-income countries through education, training, and consulting services. Since 2001, CAWST’s global client network, including governments, community-based charitable organizations, local enterprises, international development agencies, and educational institutions, has helped 15.4 million people get better water or sanitation.

The Financial Post named CAWST one of the Top 23 Charities in Canada in 2017. Read the article.

 

Context for this Job Posting

In support of our Vision and Mission, CAWST is increasing awareness of our cause and CAWST within Canada.

We have successfully increased our profile internationally and plan to do so at home as well. In this way, we can secure the broad base of support needed to help millions more people get safe drinking water. This saves lives and improves health, gives the ability to learn and go to school, and to earn a living and be contributing members of society.

In 2018, we are embarking on a multi-year public engagement and fundraising initiative to create a step-change in awareness and engagement in CAWST and our cause. We will be engaging external agencies to support us with particular aspects of the initiative, with the goal of building our internal capability. This initiative’s success will be measured by the increase in number of CAWST members, volunteers, donors and total dollars donated.

Our revenue strategy is focused on developing diversity across the following funder segments: individuals, community groups, companies, governments, foundations, inter-governmental agencies, and clients. CAWST distributes responsibility across various departments, with the Public Engagement and Donor Initiatives department directly responsible for individuals, community groups, and Canadian companies.

CAWST views our public engagement and fundraising as a long-term, ongoing activity that needs to be adaptive to fast-changing communication tools and channels. We have strong in-house capability and are further building it to successfully take our public engagement and fundraising to a new level.

Achieving SDG 6: The Need for Local Centres of WASH Expertise and How to Do It

CAWST and the SMART Centre Group have come together to share the key lessons learned in our combined 22 years of experience following a capacity development model of establishing and supporting local centres of WASH expertise.

Smart Centre Group

The goal: ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. The task at hand, right now: learn quickly from failure and share lessons learned.

Scaling-up of WASH service coverage will require a focus on both affordable infrastructure and enabling environments. CAWST and the SMART Centre Group are focused on both through capacity development of local providers of WASH products and services. As part of this work, both groups have been following the model of establishing and supporting local centres of WASH expertise. Each centre is unique, housed in an existing in-country organization and provides capacity development services on technical and non-technical WASH solutions and approaches. Between us, we have a combined 22 years of testing this approach. We can unequivocally say that it is a key part of achieving SDG 6, and we have come together to share our key lessons learned:

Lesson 1:  Local WASH centres are worth the long-term investment

  • Long-term follow-up support after training is vital to effective capacity development of an individual, especially in the case of entrepreneurs, who often encounter business challenges.
  • Locally embedded centres can reach people that an external organization cannot: Grounded networks, know-how, and understanding of the context are invaluable and not replicable. Ingrained local organisations are a rich source of knowledge about endogenous best, second best, and worst practices.

CAWST’s Water Expertise and Training (WET) Centre in Afghanistan, housed in the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees (DACAAR), was the first WET Centre to become functionally and financially independent, due to high demand for capacity development in the country and an inability of external organizations to supply much of that demand. From 2011-2015, over 1 million community members benefitted from WASH projects implemented by the centre’s 1,378 clients.

 

Lesson 2:  Create enough critical mass and identify leaders at various levels

  • The commitment of the centre’s personnel is critical, yet challenging. Especially in the context of informal systems in developing countries where personnel turnover is high, developing the capacity of many to ensure enough critical mass of expertise over time is important.
  • Look for the entrepreneurial spirits and provide long-term coaching. Sustained business is essential: entrepreneurs need to sell their products and services profitably, so they will continue even if the centre ceases to exist.

More than a decade ago, the Southern Highlands Participatory Organisation (SHIPO) started accelerating access to WASH products and services by working relentlessly on capacity development and coaching of the private sector. There are now more than 40 small local companies who have produced over 3,000 wells, 11,000 rope hand pumps, and other SMARTechs throughout the country. SHIPO was the first WASH Centre of expertise within the SMART Centre Group. Key to its success has been its focus on market-based technologies and the promotion of (supported) self-supply (household wells).

 

Lesson 3:  The host organization must meet certain quality standards

  • The local host organization leadership’s commitment to the vision is critical.
  • Look for champions within the host organization – someone with the passion and network to make change happen, situated within an enabling environment (or with the ability to create an enabling environment). A champion must be able to effect change within institutional or structural limitations.
  • A base level of organizational capacity is necessary to develop technical and training capacity.

CAWST’s WET Centre in Zambia, housed in the Seeds of Hope International Partnerships organization, has adopted the model of training existing networks of community sales agents in WASH topics to increase implementation of a range of healthy home products while earning an income.

 

Lesson 4:  Flexibility is key

  • All stakeholders must share the willingness and ability to be flexible: A WASH centre needs to have an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit. Centres need to be able to adapt to sector needs and trends.
  • Innovation and capacity development – not only in technology, but also in marketing and other business skills – is essential. A centre needs to pursue various channels to generate income, like selling training and consulting support and implementing projects.

In Tanzania, VETA (The Vocational Education and Training Authority) has included the rope pump in its curriculum based on the cooperation they have with the SHIPO SMART Centre. They are also planning to add manual drilling in the near future.

 

Lesson 5:  Engage with local networks

  • If the centre is represented and active in relevant networks, it will increase legitimacy and business opportunities. Be innovative in how you integrate the centre into these networks– seek to add value and establish a fundamental niche service.
  • Being part of an international network such as WET Centres and SMART Centres increases knowledge exchange, learning from each other and innovation.
  • Linkages to the formal education sector, vocational training, and employment standards (e.g. job profiles) should be made where possible. To support scale-up and sustainability of impact it is critical to get the knowledge and expertise embedded in national (vocational) training curricula.

 

Locally embedded knowledge and skills as well as pursuing innovative and affordable approaches such as training local private sector actors are essential to reach water and sanitation related development goals. CAWST and the SMART Centre Group will continue to apply these lessons and spread practice in the sector around establishing local education and training centres.


About the authors

The SMART Centre Group is a network of endogenous WASH training centres in Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, with additional centres starting up in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Niger and Nicaragua. SMART stands for Simple, Market-based, Affordable and Repairable Technologies. SMART Centres train technicians in production and maintenance of SMARTechs and coach entrepreneurs in business skills like marketing so that they can deliver WASH products and services to a range of customers.

CAWST is a Canadian charity and licensed engineering firm that acts as a global centre of expertise in WASH capacity development. CAWST addresses the global need for safe drinking water and sanitation by developing local knowledge and skills on simple, affordable solutions that people can implement themselves. To reach more people and to ensure that knowledge and skills are truly retained locally, CAWST partners with existing in-country organizations to create Water Expertise and Training (WET) Centres that deliver CAWST-like capacity development services of their own. Independently of CAWST, the seven WET Centres across 3 continents have provided services to 658 client organizations whose projects have reached 3.7 million people with better water or sanitation.

CAWST in the News: CAWST Co-Founder David Manz Hailed Among Most Compelling Calgarians

Dr. David Manz, inventor of the biosand filter, who co-founded CAWST in 2001, was named one of our city’s most compelling Calgarians by the Calgary Herald.

Dr. David Manz, CAWST co-founder and inventor of the biosand filter.
Dr. David Manz, CAWST co-founder and inventor of the biosand filter.

CALGARY, January 3, 2018 – Every year, the Calgary Herald shines a spotlight on 20 individuals who are making their mark on our city. This year, they have recognized Dr. David Manz, co-founder of CAWST and inventor of the biosand filter, as one of Calgary’s 20 Compelling Calgarians for 2018!

Get to know the Calgary Herald’s 20 Compelling Calgarians for 2018, and read the article about Dr. Manz.

From the Calgary Herald article:

Manz modified traditional slow-sand filters, making them smaller and more suitable for household use. In containers made of concrete or plastic, layers of prepared sand and gravel remove pathogens and suspended solids from contaminated drinking water. (…) [He] co-founded the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) in 2001, donating his technology and associated training programs.

CAWST is delighted to congratulate Dr. Manz on this well-deserved recognition. Dr. Manz’s biosand filter invention, as well as his vision and generosity, have been integral to bringing safe, clean water to millions of people around the world.


Learn more about the biosand filter here and at manzwaterinfo.ca.

Banner image: CAWST. Biosand filters; Nepal, 2016.

CAWST Recognizes David P. O’Brien, OC as an Exemplary Canadian

2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada, one of our highest civilian honors to recognize outstanding achievement and service to the nation. CAWST’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, David P. O’Brien, OC is an Officer of the Order of Canada and we recognize his achievements and contributions in honor of the 50th anniversary.

2017 was a big year for Canada. In addition to our 150th anniversary of confederation, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada, one of our highest civilian honors. The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

David P. O’Brien, OC, Chairman of CAWST’s Board of Directors, eminent Canadian businessman and philanthropist, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008 “for his contributions as a respected corporate leader, and his support for post-secondary education across Canada.” Mr. O’Brien has made a tremendous contribution in Canada and internationally.


Kisii County, Kenya. August 30, 2017. David O’Brien during a visit to Kisii County, Kenya.

Mr. O’Brien is recognized for his leadership as CEO of Canadian Pacific Limited, where he partitioned it into five public companies and moved the head office to Calgary. Mr. O’Brien also negotiated the merger of PanCanadian Energy Corporation and Alberta Energy Company to create Encana Corporation.

Perhaps lesser known is that Mr. O’Brien, along with his wife, Gail O’Brien, are equally eminent philanthropists and become deeply involved with the causes they support. CAWST finds itself in remarkable company with the likes of the National Arts Centre, Sick Kids Hospital, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, and universities including University of Calgary, McGill, and Concordia.

Mr. O’Brien treats philanthropy like a business investment, but with a social impact on investment. He only invests in organizations that are “efficiently run, address issues that truly matter and are poised to be significant players,” says Mr. O’Brien.

Mr. O’Brien started investing in CAWST in 2004, calling the organization a “little engine that could.” A “small but mighty” organization, Mr. O’Brien cites leverage and sustainability as key to CAWST’s success. To date, he has invested over $25 million in CAWST, enabling it to expand its reach from two to 194 countries and to an impact of 15.4 million people with better water or sanitation.

His involvement in CAWST is as an engaged Chairman of CAWST’s Board of Directors. He takes it upon himself to understand the water and sanitation sector and strategic organizational decisions.

In 2017, Mr. O’Brien travelled with Shauna Curry, CEO, and Tal Woolsey, International Technical Advisor, to four countries in East Africa to see CAWST’s impact and challenges first-hand. The two things that stand out most for Mr. O’Brien from visiting local communities are “the logistical challenges in developing countries and the leverage of investing in local organizations.”

CAWST acknowledges and thanks Mr. O’Brien for his contributions to Canada.

Behaviour Change (Basics) in 5 Minutes

Why is it hard to stick to our New Year’s resolutions? Because whether in WASH or in other matters, behaviour change is hard. Here are some basics on this fascinating topic, to support you in understanding, and then undertaking, behaviour change initiatives as part of your WASH programs.

Why is it hard to stick to our New Year’s resolutions? Because whether in WASH or in other matters, behaviour change is hard. Here are some basics on this fascinating topic to support you in understanding, and then undertaking, behaviour change initiatives as part of your WASH programs.

The importance of behaviours in WASH

The realisation of Sustainable Development Goal 6; “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”, requires focusing not only on understanding, developing, and increasing access to appropriate technologies, but also on incorporating behaviour change programming into water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions[i]. This focus on behaviour change is especially important for reducing the practice of open defecation, and increasing access and use of safely managed water (targets 6.1 and 6.2).

Many WASH initiatives have fallen short of having a lasting impact on improving people’s health and well-being because they failed to adequately address the behaviours that are required to adopt and meaningfully use a technology[ii]. With this in mind, conversations around behaviour change are increasing; numerous models explaining behaviour, with accompanying guides outlining their application in the development of an impactful behaviour change strategy, have been, and are continuing to be, developed.

Behaviour change strategies are programmes and activities designed with the intention to influence and change behaviour patterns[iii].

 

What is a behaviour?

Behaviour (sometimes also called practice) is the way we act in response to internal and external events. Behaviour can be broken down into the following three parts:

1. An observable action…
2. By a specific target audience…
3. Under specific conditions.[iv].

 

An example of a behaviour is:

After defecating in the household latrine, mothers of children under the age of five wash their hands with soap.
An example of a behaviour is: After defecating in the household latrine, mothers of children under the age of five wash their hands with soap.

Thinking outside the box when approaching behaviour change

Historically, typical behaviour change strategies in WASH have simply relied on providing information and increasing knowledge about the health risks associated with a behaviour[v]. However, as our understanding of behaviour change increases, we are beginning to realize that the reasons for our choice of behaviour are not always so straightforward, and initiating a change is not always easy to do. We are increasingly acknowledging that effective change campaigns should be informed by clear understandings of the factors that drive our choice of behaviours[vi].

As our understanding of behaviour change increases, we are beginning to realize that the reasons for our choice of behaviour are not always so straightforward, and initiating a change is not always easy to do.

Depending on which of the numerous models you use to conceptualize and explore a behaviour, it can be understood to be influenced by a whole range of interacting factors, including;

  • psychosocial determinants: like our perceptions of risk, attitudes towards a behaviour, perception of our ability to perform a behaviour etc.[vii];
  • a set of universal motives; for example, disgust, the desire to nurture, or attract mates[viii];
  • the context or behaviour setting, for example, norms and practices of others in the community or policies, laws, and elements of the enabling environment[ix];
  • the tools and infrastructure required to perform a behaviour; for example, handwashing behaviours may be influenced by the types of soap available, and the quality of the space to perform this behaviour;
  • and many, many more.

 

Learn more about behaviour change

Learn more about how behaviour can be understood using the Behaviour Centered Design approach (here), and the Risks, Attitudes, Norms, Abilities, and Self‐regulation (RANAS) model (here).

 

Coming up from CAWST

CAWST is currently undertaking some exciting projects around behaviour change.

  • A Behaviour Change Guide, which will introduce behaviour change theories and models relevant to the WASH sector, and will provide a practical guide for designing an effective behaviour change intervention, is currently under development.
  • We are also excited to be collaborating with Action Contre la Faim and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on a project that explores determinants of handwashing behaviours and appropriate formative research methods that can be applied in humanitarian contexts. The full findings of this research, including practitioner resources, will be available in 2018. Read more about this project, which is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • Finally, sanitation specific behaviours and demand creation strategies are being explored in our upcoming Sanitation Implementation workshop (currently under development).

Stay tuned for updates on these and more resources on this fascinating topic, to support you in to support you in understanding, and then undertaking behaviour change initiatives as a part of your WASH programs.

 

References

[i] United Nations, “Sustainable Development Goal 6,” Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, accessed December 21, 2017, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg6.

[ii] Susan Michie, Maartje M van Stralen, and Robert West, “The Behaviour Change Wheel: A New Method for Characterising and Designing Behaviour Change Interventions,” BioMed Central 6, no. 42 (2011).

[iii] Michie, M van Stralen, and West.

[iv] William Smith and John Strand, “Social Marketing Behavior: A Practical Resource for Social Change Professionals” (AED, 2008), www.drexel.edu/~/media/Files/greatworks/…/Social-Marketing-Behavior-Book.ashx.

[v] Hans-Joachim Mosler, “A Systematic Approach to Behaviour Change Interventions for the Water and Sanitation Sector in Developing Countries: A Conceptual Model, a Review, and a Guide,” International Journal of Environmental Health Research 22, no. 5 (January 31, 2012): 431–49, https://doi.org/10.1080/09603123.2011.650156.

[vi] Mosler.

[vii] Hans-Joachim Mosler et al., “How to Achieve Evidence-Based Behaviour Change,” Strategic Environmental Sanitation Planning 13 (2012).

[viii] Robert Aunger and Valerie Curtis, “Behaviour Centered Design: Towards an Applied Science of Behaviour Change,” August 18, 2016, https://doi.org/10.1080/17437199.2016.1219673.

[ix] Aunger and Curtis; Mosler et al., “How to Achieve Evidence-Based Behaviour Change.”


Kelly James is a Knowledge and Research Advisor on the Research & Learning team at CAWST. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies and Economics from the University of Calgary. Kelly is planning to stick to her New Year’s resolutions in 2018.

A Key Element to Achieving Optimal WASH Learning

A great lesson plan is essential to facilitate optimal learning experiences. These basic components of a lesson plan will help you deliver engaging and high-quality training in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

A great lesson plan is essential to facilitate optimal learning experiences. Let’s walk you through some basic components of a lesson plan to help you deliver engaging and high-quality training in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

Why use Lesson Plans?

There are many things to consider when you are preparing to deliver a lesson. For example:

  • How will you ensure that your learning outcomes are met?
  • How will you connect the content of the lesson to participants’ existing knowledge?
  • How will you make your lesson engaging and teach to different learning styles?
  • How will you give participants an opportunity to practice their new knowledge and skills?
  • How will you assess what the participants learned during the lesson?
  • How will you ensure that participants remember what you are teaching them?

A lesson plan is a tool that helps you respond to each of the questions above. When we create a lesson plan we take the time to carefully think through what and how we want participants to learn. This helps us to make the most of the time we have with participants and ensure that they are achieving the learning outcomes.

A great lesson plan helps us to facilitate optimal learning experiences and achieve the desired learning outcomes.

So how do you create one? This excerpt from our upcoming Trainer Essentials on Creating Effective WASH Training walks you through some basic components of a great lesson plan to help you deliver engaging and high-quality training in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

4 Components of a Great Lesson Plan

Each component of a lesson is designed to meet the learner’s need for motivation, connection to existing knowledge, practice, and a safe learning environment. By thinking carefully through the flow of a lesson, delivering captivating introductions, participatory activities, and thorough reviews, you can support participants in achieving the learning outcomes.

1. Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes define the purpose of a lesson. They are short statements describing the knowledge, skills, or attitudes that participants should acquire by the end of a lesson. The activities in the lesson should be designed to meet the learning outcomes. Each lesson plan should reference the overall learning expectations listed in the participant competencies.

Sharing the learning outcomes at the beginning of the lesson helps participants to understand what is expected of them and how they should focus their energy. Checking learning outcomes at the end of the lesson helps participants to assess how effectively they are meeting their learning goals (Boundless, 2016).

As trainers, having a clear understanding of the learning outcomes allows us to adjust a lesson plan to more effectively support the learners in reaching the outcomes. Assessing whether the learners have reached the outcomes helps us to gauge the effectiveness of the lesson.

2. Introduction


Participants may discard what we teach them if they consider it irrelevant or unimportant. We need to introduce topics in a way that is novel, engaging, and relevant to participants’ experience to stimulate their interest. The introduction is often called the hook or bridge because it grabs the attention of learners and entices them to learn more about the topic of the lesson. The introduction:
• Motivates participants to engage with the topic
• Connects the topic to participants’ existing knowledge and experience
• Helps participants to understand the learning outcomes of the lesson. (Froelich, 2009)

A short activity, story, question, reflection, or statement is used to capture learners’ attention and connect their previous knowledge to the topic of the lesson. During the introduction, the learning outcomes are also shared so that participants know what to expect and what to work toward during the rest of the session  (UBC, 2016).  The introduction is also an opportunity for us to assess what participants already know about a topic and learn more about their motivations. This information helps us to tailor the information delivered during the main activities in the lesson.

3. Activities


The deepest learning is achieved through participatory activities. These participatory activities are designed to build knowledge, skills, and attitudes. They are organized in a logical flow that builds upon participants’ existing knowledge. Information is delivered in small, manageable chunks. Time is provided for practice and assimilation of new content. The information is also delivered in a way that addresses each of the learning styles.

The activities in this section of the lesson include a mix of large group discussion, small group or partner work and discussion, and hands-on activities to promote active learning. By slowly building up the complexity of activities, participants gain the knowledge and confidence they need to be successful in learning. This is essential in maintaining a safe learning environment and continuing to motivate learners.

During the lesson, we have the opportunity to discover more about learners and to adjust activities according to their individual strengths, challenges, and interests. Not all participants will move through activities at the same pace. Similarly, some may be more interested in certain aspects of a subject than others. Activities need to be designed with enough flexibility that individual learners can explore things at a different pace and depth, while still providing continuity and a clear path for all participants.

4. Review

The review gives participants an opportunity to reflect on their learning and begin to practice communicating or applying their new knowledge and skills (Froelich, 2009). During the review, participants do a short activity to practice what they learned again. This helps to consolidate their newly acquired knowledge, skills, or attitudes.  The review is also a time to assess what participants have learned, if the learning outcomes were met, and if there are any gaps in participants’ understanding. It is important to remember that the review is not the place to introduce new ideas or concepts; it should focus solely on content that has already been covered in the topics of the lesson.

 

Supporting Lesson Plan Components

In addition to these components, CAWST lesson plans include a list of required materials to deliver the lesson, a reminder of key points, trainer tips, and recommended readings. These components further support the trainer to deliver an effective lesson and the learner to achieve optimal learning in WASH.


References

Boundless. (2014, 06 27). Learning Outcomes. Retrieved 03 25, 2015, from Boundless Education: https://www.boundless.com/education/textbooks/boundless-education-textbook/curriculum-and-instructional-design-3/lesson-plans-and-learning-objectives-16/learning-outcomes-51-12981/

Froelich. (2009). Effective Lesson Design: A basic conceptual outline. Retrieved from Looking at Learning: http://www.lookingatlearning.org/downloads/Effective%20Lesson%20Design.pdf

University of British Columbia Wiki. (2012). Mini-Lessons Basics/BOPPPS Model for Planning Lessons (Teaching and Learning). Retrieved from UBC Wiki: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Mini-Lessons_Basics/BOPPPS_Model_for_Planning_Lessons_%28Teaching_and_Learning%29


 Learn more


Stay tuned for our Trainer Essentials on Creating Effective WASH Training, to be released in  2018.

To learn more about becoming a more effective trainer in WASH, see our Trainer Collection: Effective WASH Training Workshop.

CAWST offers a variety of training and consulting support services to help you improve your WASH training skills and design effective education initiatives. Find out more about our Delivering and Creating Effective WASH Training services.

 

Lisa Mitchell, MES, is a Director, Training & Consulting, on the Training & Consulting team at CAWST. 

Colombia introduce nueva legislación para mejorar el acceso a agua segura en poblaciones dispersas

En Colombia, una nueva legislación abre la puerta a la implementación a gran escala de innovadoras soluciones de agua y saneamiento. Estas soluciones no tradicionales mejoran el acceso efectivo al agua, saneamiento e higiene en zonas rurales y dispersas, impactando favorablemente la salud y calidad de vida de las personas que viven en poblaciones remotas.

Leer la versión original de este artículo, en inglés. | Read the original version of this article, in English.

A nivel mundial, se reconoce cada vez más ampliamente que los sistemas centralizados convencionales de alcantarillado y agua entubada no son la única solución para proporcionar un alto estándar de servicios de agua y saneamiento. Estos enfoques tradicionales se pueden complementar con sistemas de saneamiento sin alcantarillado y con sistemas de suministro y tratamiento de agua no conectados a la red, para complementar la cadena de servicios en diferentes contextos: urbano, periurbano y rural.

En Colombia, por ejemplo, recientemente se promulgo el Decreto 1898, una innovadora legislación sobre el acceso universal a los servicios básicos. Este decreto reconoce que para alcanzar la cobertura total de agua y saneamiento para las poblaciones más vulnerables (esto es, en las denominadas zona rural y zona rural dispersa), los mecanismos tradicionales son insuficientes. Esta nueva visión abre la puerta a que las agencias gubernamentales reconozcan, evalúen y acepten soluciones alternativas viables y adecuadas al contexto para mejorar la calidad de los servicios de agua y saneamiento en poblaciones remotas, las cuales históricamente han carecido.

A través de su nuevo enfoque, Colombia tiene la oportunidad de encabezar un precedente importante, sentando un ejemplo para otros países de América Latina que enfrentan desafíos similares en su búsqueda de cobertura universal. El éxito de tales programas en Colombia demostraría a otros gobiernos y/o a las grandes instituciones internacionales la viabilidad de implementar soluciones a escala tales como el tratamiento de agua a nivel domiciliario y sistemas de saneamiento descentralizado.

El Ministerio de Vivienda, Ciudad y Territorio (responsable de la implementación de proyectos de agua y saneamiento) encabezó esta nueva legislación colombiana. El Decreto 1898 reconoce explícitamente la importancia de la coordinación entre los ministerios, lo que es un buen augurio para lograr el acceso universal mediante una combinación de enfoques. Como resultado, también participan los siguientes ministerios: el Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural, el Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social (responsable de la calidad del agua) y el Departamento de Planeación.

En muchas partes del mundo, los diferentes ministerios tienen diferentes competencias y mandatos, lo que a menudo presenta una barrera para implementar soluciones prácticas. Por ejemplo, en un país hipotético, imaginemos que un ministerio en particular reconoce cómo el tratamiento de agua a nivel domiciliario podría ayudar efectivamente a las poblaciones vulnerables a lograr un mejor acceso al agua potable, las cuales han carecido de acceso a agua limpia para beber debido a la falta de una solución asequible y apropiada que cumpla con los estándares existentes. Por otro lado, un ministerio diferente es responsable de los estándares de calidad del agua. Las decisiones tomadas por este segundo ministerio se basan en estándares diseñados para sistemas de agua urbanos tradicionales en red. Aunque representarían una mejora significativa en estas poblaciones vulnerables, no se implementarían las tecnologías alternativas porque no cumplirían con estos estrictos estándares tradicionales. Esta falta de coordinación entre los ministerios afecta en particular a las personas de menores ingresos que viven en áreas remotas, ya que terminan consumiendo agua contaminada con materia fecal. Bajo cualquier estándar, esta agua no es segura para beber.

En contraste, el nuevo enfoque colaborativo e interministerial de Colombia sobrepone esta barrera, promoviendo la aceptación del tratamiento domiciliario del agua y el almacenamiento seguro (TANDAS) a nivel político. Esto es muy prometedor para alcanzar poblaciones desatendidas en las zonas de crecimiento urbano y periurbano, así como en comunidades rurales remotas y dispersas.

The Multi-barrier Approach to Safe Water

 

Iniciando TANDAS en Colombia

En una coyuntura clave en el desarrollo de esta nueva legislación nacional, CAWST realizó un seminario TANDAS en Colombia para desarrollar la capacidad de una variedad de partes interesadas. Reunimos con éxito a 28 representantes de gobierno, ONGs, instituciones académicas, acueductos rurales, sindicatos, Clubes Rotarios, y fabricantes y distribuidores de productos de TANDAS. Fue critica la participación de las instituciones gubernamentales involucradas en el desarrollo de legislación relevante al tema, como el Viceministerio de Agua y Saneamiento Básico y el Ministerio de Salud.

El seminario fue organizado con el apoyo de CAPD (Asociación Canadiense para el Desarrollo Participativo, por sus siglas en inglés) y Fundación Red Proyecto Gente (FRPG), quienes a través del Programa Agua Sana promueven el TANDAS e implementan filtros de bioarena para que las familias necesitadas tengan agua limpia en sus hogares. El taller incluyó una presentación sobre el Decreto 1898 por un representante del Viceministerio de Agua. Iván Castro y Rocío Robayo de FRPG desempeñaron papeles clave en el seminario, tanto en su organización como en el apoyo a CAWST para facilitar. Este seminario no hubiera sido posible sin el apoyo financiero brindado por WorleyParsons Foundation. Agradecemos las valiosas contribuciones de todos los colaboradores y participantes.

El taller transmitió información independiente basada en investigaciones sobre las diferentes opciones de tecnología TANDAS para el enfoque de barreras múltiples. Además, proporcionó a los participantes conocimientos y habilidades para evaluar estas opciones en función a las poblaciones a quienes está dirigida, así como directrices clave para la implementación de los programas TANDAS. Además de alcanzar estos objetivos, también sirvió como oportunidad para que los participantes de diferentes áreas del sector WASH (agua, saneamiento e higiene, por sus siglas en inglés) compartan sus experiencias, y para que el sector público y otras instituciones se comprometan a colaborar en la aplicación de la nueva legislación para atender las necesidades de las comunidades rurales colombianas. Este fue de definitivamente el mayor logro de este evento.

CAWST está inmensamente entusiasmado de ser parte de esta obertura en la historia de Colombia. Esperamos con interés la oportunidad de continuar apoyando el desarrollo de capacidades en WASH en todos los niveles del gobierno, desde las comunidades locales y municipales hasta las agencias gubernamentales nacionales.


Para obtener más información sobre los servicios de capacitación y consultoría de CAWST en América Latina, por favor comuníquese con Eva Manzano, asesora técnica internacional: emanzano@cawst.org. Eva habla español, inglés e italiano.