WASH Coordinator

Save the Children

Jijiga, Ethiopia 🇪🇹

Child Safeguarding:

Child Safeguarding Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people


Save the children is the world’s leading independent organization for children.  Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity and integrity, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.

The WASH Coordinator, will be part of the Integrated Multi-Sectoral Life-Saving Response to Crisis Affected Children and their Families Babile woredas of Somali Region, aiming at supporting local communities, returnees and IDPs affected by the recent crises. The incumbent of this position represents SC values and principles in interactions with beneficiaries, staff and external audiences. These values and principles include commitment to the mission of Save the Children international, team orientation, quality management and leadership development, introducing systems and procedures to strengthen staff motivation and productivity. S/he will be expected to work closely with the target communities; the project team, area offices and respective operational districts and regional level stakeholders. S/he will be responsible for the design, the timely implementation of the WASH activities at community and institutional level and their monitoring as per the approved project document, government and donor requirements and Save the Children standards.


Reports to:  Jig-jiga FOM

Dimensions: Save the Children works in all regions in Ethiopia with a current staff complement of approximately — staff and current expenditure of approximately $90+ million each year.


  •  Support WASH Coordinator in planning, designing, development and overall budgeting and, preparation of all water roof installations, water trucking and hygiene and sanitation related documents for implementation of public promotion activities.
  • Ensure active participation and involvement of woreda water and health offices, local government and community structures and beneficiaries in planning, implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of environmental health activities.
  •  In collaboration with local government and community leaders, identify local skilled and unskilled labor, follow SCI established procedures for their engagement, manage and supervise them, keep track of attendance and work log sheet, prepare and ensure timely payment for their labor.
  •  Ensure timely procurement of water roof installation materials, manage and be accountable for installation materials on sites in collaboration with community leaders and water management committees.
  •  Together with community mobilizer and environmental health agents (EHAs), mobilize communities for active participation and involvement in planning and implementation for development, operation and maintenance of water facilities including contributing to capital investment and establishment of a cost recovery mechanism for operational costs.
  • Lead the process of conducting detailed assessments for project sites, draft layouts and designs of water supply systems, developed in a participatory process that incorporate the needs of the community, including those of women and vulnerable members of the community. Whenever necessary, advice WASH Coordinator on possible relocations based on assessment findings and discussions with woreda administration.
  • Participate in bid evaluation and analysis for installation of water and sanitation systems.
  •  Conduct water quality surveillance and testing, build project and woreda water/health bureaus staff in carrying out water quality testing at water points and households.
  •  Participate in development of new proposals and review of Wash sector strategy.
  •  Participate in recruitment and training of WASH Agents and water management committees.
  • Perform other official duties assigned by immediate supervisor.


  • University degree in public health or a related subject. Adequate experience in the field will substitute for formal qualifications.
  • Minimum 4 years of total experience of which 2 years in WASH emergency interventions in NGOs or similar organization.
  • Experience in WASH facilities construction in a complex and demanding workload.
  • Substantial experience in coordinating, mobilizing community, planning, implementation, supervision, monitoring and reporting.
  • Demonstrated work experience in designing, supervise and implementing water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructural programs in community, school and health centres.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work in rural areas where the project is implemented, within approved security frameworks.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication, presentation and facilitation skills and an ability to train and mentor staff.
  • Desired spoken and written English.
  • Good computer skills (particularly Excel, Word and databases).


  • Knowledge of the area and region where the post is located.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.  The duty station of the position holder will be in Babile Woreda of Fafan Zone Somali Regional State in Ethiopia. This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

How to apply for external: https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en

Location: Jijiga

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Closing Date: Sep 24, 2021