Senior Humanitarian WASH Advisor

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Job Summary

Act as focal point in WVI on humanitarian WASH issues for GC Disaster Management, the Partnership WASH team and sector fragile contexts working groups; WASH and innovation donors; UN Agencies including WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR, and WFP and supporting with the coordination bodies for WASH, academic and research institutions, and WASH organizations etc. to position WVI as a credible actor and partner.

  • Minimum Qualification: Postgrad
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 8 years

Job Description/Requirements


Lead WV Disaster Management thinking and work in promoting and understanding of humanitarian water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH) issues, principles, policy and practice – including integrated WASH programming for fragile, urban and displacement contexts and during outbreaks. Lead the WASH component of integrated programming and linking sectors including food security, nutrition, child protection, health, and MHPSS.

Will be available to deployment for up to 3 month periods to provide technical leadership on the ground and remotely to start up new and strengthen ongoing humanitarian responses in rapid and protracted crisis. Lead in the preparation of disaster preparedness in managing prepositioned WASH items in the Dubai warehouse and other identified locations.

Strengthen humanitarian WASH capacity in WV and partner organizations through training, development and dissemination of resources, and mentoring of field-based staff. Facilitate and lead WASH in Emergency capacity building blended learning program, managing the online ecampus portal activities as well as face to face trainings and mentoring RDMT WASH staff.

Act as focal point in WVI on humanitarian WASH issues for GC Disaster Management, the Partnership WASH team and sector fragile contexts working groups; WASH and innovation donors; UN Agencies including WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR, and WFP and supporting with the coordination bodies for WASH, academic and research institutions, and WASH organizations etc. to position WVI as a credible actor and partner.

Provide field-based emergency WASH technical project management, advice and capacity through deployment during humanitarian and protracted crisis in addition to reviewing proposals that include humanitarian WASH in close collaboration with Regional and National GAM units.

Contribute to improving global humanitarian WASH policy, practice and resources through quality analysis, dialogue and documentation and dissemination of field-based research /practice.

Lead thinking on integration of WASH with other sectors for greater outcomes and WASH components of disease outbreak response, NFI and commodity distribution and use of cash.


Humanitarian response and technical support 50%

  • Provide sector leadership and management of timely and appropriate humanitarian WASH and related activities. This will include the following:
  • Oversee the inclusion of WASH and disease outbreak questions in assessments to identify a robust WASH package for the response, as a standalone program and/or integrated into child protection in humanitarian action, health and nutrition or livelihoods & food security programs.
  • Lead the design and implementation of WASH programs and ensure monitoring of frameworks are understood and effective in meeting WASH needs of affected populations.
  • Strategically engage with donors and other partners in a humanitarian response to ensure that WV is positioned as a viable partner for WASH programs.
  • Manage WASH programs including associated project staff and promote technical excellence in the application of minimum standards including core humanitarian standards, Sphere, Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) guidelines and ensure cross cutting themes are incorporated into design.
  • Ensure that WASH is integrated in all programming in humanitarian responses by working with Program Officers and other Sector leads.
  • Lead discussions on Emergency Response Fund (ERF) and Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) process to strengthen financial portfolio supporting WASH in early stages of emergency.
  • Manage and guide the budgeting processes for WASH during the design and program implementation in close coordination with finance.
  • Develop key messaging in responses for media and operational teams as related to WASH and disease outbreak.
  • Lead in recruitment process for WASH qualified local and expatriate staff to implement WASH or integrated programmes.
  • As a member of the response operations team, participate in all operations meetings and update the response leadership on issues and key actions related to WASH.
  • Represent WV at key coordination forums in the field such as within the technical WASH clusters or working groups and/or national, local government and civil society planning meetings.
  • Ensure that WV’s work and plans are well articulated and included in all reports including 4Ws.
  • Document and share lessons learned, best practice and experiences from deployment back to partnership and externally when relevant to influence policy and future programming.

Capacity building and Talent Pool Management 20%

  • Ensure humanitarian WASH competencies are identified and transferred across the organisation and develop capacity building options to ensure skill transfer, capacity building and the implementation of evidence-based WASH interventions/programs.
  • Develop blended learning and capacity building curriculum WASH in emergencies, and integration of cash and other modalities including MHPSS.
  • Facilitate training opportunities for relevant staff and/or interagency partners with a special focus on Regional Disaster Management Teams, TSO and sector leads.
  • Validate and manage of the WASH profiles for deployment pool.
  • Lead the adaption of core WASH project model/ framework for emergencies and fragile contexts.
  • Working with partnership sector teams to find linkages within the core project models to include appropriate humanitarian WASH interventions and skills.
  • Develop guidance notes and training materials as appropriate for NO, RO and GC.

Strategy development and Evidence base 15%

  • Lead the processes of conducting technical analysis, development and implementation of research for best practice humanitarian WASH interventions and applications to humanitarian projects.
  • Through collaborating with technical specialists to identify successful evidence-based humanitarian WASH programs for adaption in context appropriate programs in partnership with global, regional and local health agencies.
  • Lead high-quality reviews, analyses and reports and/or secondary research on the application of WASH initiatives and practices in programming.
  • Develop systems and reporting mechanisms for disease and water quality surveillance, field investigations, real time evaluation and post project evaluations to test the effectiveness and impact of WASH initiatives and practices.

Networking and partnerships 15%

  • Represent the organization effectively in key forums (Global and regional working groups, UN and academic forum and other WASH related organizations) and build and maintain these networks.
  • Oversee humanitarian WASH inputs shared through the WV partnership DM, WASH team and health team and the appropriate WASH -based IG.
  • With the WASH CoP, engage with FO, RO and SO to share best practices from internal and external groups, during and post responses. Active participation in CoP meetings.
  • Active participating in WASH business team to represent DM WASH issues.
  • Participation in Global Forums to disseminate this information e.g. international and regional conferences, CoP meetings.
  • Being WVI representative on global humanitarian WASH working groups and clusters.
  • Development of partnerships with organizations and agencies to fund and implement WASH or integrated programs.


  • At least 8 years in international humanitarian leadership and involvement in assessment, design, monitoring, evaluation and project management.
  • Proven capacity to establish water sanitation and hygiene programs in all stages of the emergency.
  • Proven ability in programme design and management including assessments, reviewing and writing grants, and evaluation.
  • Proven ability in capacity building including training.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the UN humanitarian reform and cluster system, institution of the UN system and policies and guidelines related to humanitarian affairs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current humanitarian discourse and research in the area of humanitarian WASH, including sound knowledge and understanding of how to use and implement the IASC WASH cluster guidelines.
  • Strong understanding of context and conflict issues in complex humanitarian emergencies.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and facilitating training across different cultures and language contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead rigorous research design, implementation, data analysis and reporting, including knowledge of quantitative (statistical) and qualitative research methodologies/analyses.
  • Proven track record in humanitarian WASH operations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of working cross culturally and working with diversity and ensuring inclusion is part of program work and research.
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in technical dialogues with relevant stakeholders, including government officials and global WASH networks.
  • Understanding of donor requirements and completion of humanitarian funding and grants proposals.
  • Understanding and ability to set up contracts and review tenders.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Post graduate qualifications in Civil Engineering , Environmental Engineering, public health engineering and/or international development or related fields.
  • Detailed knowledge of current approaches to design and construction of small, medium and large scale community water and sanitation facilities in complex humanitarian emergency., with experience in assessing water, sanitation and hygiene promotion/public needs/actions in either a conflict/complex humanitarian emergency
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of hygiene promotion and the relationship between WASH design and disease transmission dynamics including child and maternal mortality. In particular, demographic and major and minor population health morbidity and mortality, the aetiology of diarrhoeal disease, arboviral (VBDs) infections, respiratory infections and WASH’s role in the management of chronic/acute malnutrition and HIV in disease management.
  • Knowledge of Behaviour Analysis.
  • Experience in managing diverse teams.
  • Ability to manage multiple grants.
  • Training qualification.
  • Professional experience in using community engagement practices for the assessment, design and implementation monitoring and evaluation of water, sanitation and health promotion/hygiene projects/programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in working closely within a team, collaboration, or group to analyse and implement WASH programs in local community settings.
  • Demonstrated experience in professional writing on disease modelling, analysis of public health practice or management including sector analysis, problem –identification and problem-solving actions.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with gender, diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience preparing advocacy briefs and fundraising for WASH programs.
  • Completed hostile environment or security training.

Work Environment / Travel:

Travel domestically and internationally up to 50% of the time for deployments (up to 3 months) and technical support additional travel for meetings and coordination.

Ability to work and live in harsh situations with limited support and facilities and possibly hostile environments.

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Overview Job Category: Management Job Type: Full-Time Deadline of this Job:  01 October 2021 Duty Station:  Uganda Posted: 20-09-2021 Requirements Job Description Vacancy title: Regional Coordinator [ Type: FULL TIME…