WASH Senior Programme Manager

Save the Children

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Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with c15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Contract length: 1 year, unaccompanied

The role

Save the Children’s origins lie in emergency response, and this has remained central to our work ever since. Our approach integrates our emergency and development work, through the medium of our country programmes. With the increasing frequency and severity of emergencies world-wide the organisation is increasing its capacity to support programmes in both sudden onset and chronic emergency situations.

The WASH Senior Programme Manager will be deployed to the field as support to the programme manager in Myanmar and will take a senior management and technical role in the Rakhine crisis response. The WASH Senior Programme Manager will be expected to lead on sectoral assessments, programme design and master budgeting, coordination, and support fundraising, recruitment and procurement in the WASH sector, and will support the national PM in leading the WASH component of a consortium providing WASH, livelihoods and nutrition assistance in Emergencies in Myanmar.

The post holder will be expected to mentor and capacity building existing country programme WASH staff.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Prior experience of working within a programme management/advisor role within a complex country programme in an emergency response or fragile state
  • Prior experience of international deployment
  • Education to Masters level in Public Health, Water Engineering, or a related subject, or equivalent field experience
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Ability to work in an advisory capacity
  • Proven capacity to train and coach staff in WASH technical skills
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent SCI effectively in external forums.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.


  • Strong experience in Community Based Participatory Approaches, PHAST, social marketing, etc.
  • Experience of working and living in Asia (Myanmar preferred)
  • Experience working in Acute Watery Diarrhoea and WASH emergency response
  • Experience in a protracted emergency context
  • Experience working on WASH programmes in a transitional camp context
  • Experience of development WASH programming

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

This is a re-advertisement. Those who have applied previously do not need to re-apply. Due to the urgency of filling this post, processing and interviews happen simultaneously. The post may be filled even before the closing date of applications. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

To see a full a job description, please visit our website at www.savethechildren.net/jobs

Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.

Location: Rakhine, Myanmar

Contract – Full-Time

Closing date: Monday 29 August 2016

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified