Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Humanitarian Technical Advisor

Save the Children

Quezon, Philippines 🇵🇭


Asia is one of the most disaster prone regions of the world, but also one with a lot of experience and capacity at peparing for and responding to humanitarian crises. As the regional humanitarian Technical Advisor, you will be responsible for ensuring quality humanitarian responses and supporting development-humanitarian continuum in education in the Asia Pacific region.  The TA is a member of the Asia Pacific Humanitarian Technical Team (HTT), a team mandated to support country offices to prepare for and respond to emergencies; enabling a quality humanitarian response and reducing children’s vulnerability in order to uphold Save the Children’s global ambition to be the humanitarian agency for children. 

Their primary focus of the HTT is threefold:

•    Embedding Quality in Humanitarian Preparedness – working with country offices and the Asia regional office to ensure technical quality across our humanitarian preparedness interventions. This includes working on emergency preparedness plans, participating in  preparedness training, taking an iterative approach to learn from previous responses and other regional experience. Ensure knowledge of technical capacity is shared with the HTT and ARO so it spans cross-sectoral preparedness.

•    Overseeing Sectoral Quality in Humanitarian Response – ensure WASH technical quality in all our humanitarian responses, by maintainining an overview of all categorized responses in the region. This also includes deployment to new or existing emergency responses; backstopping responses; and mobilizing additional regional surge capacity so we have the right people, with the right skills, in the right place at the right time to ensure we deliver, meeting not only our minimum standards but aim for the best quality interventions for children. 

•    Driving Sectoral leadership from an Asia regional perspective – building and leading regional ‘communites of practice’ in WASH, in order to facilitate learning and sharing of best practice and operational realisities between country offices and responses; engaging with internal ‘Save the Children’ sectoral forums incluinging the Humanitarian Working Group (HTWG) and Global Themes; and finally but not least ensuring sustained quality external engagement with key stakeholders, including the UN, Cluster system and donors.


•    A minimum of 7 years’ experience in humanitarian programming in WASH, preferably in South-East and South-Central Asia. 
•    Postgraduate degree in social sciences or other relevant field
•    Experience working in a large-scale emergency response context (suddent onset disaster resulting from natural hazards, refugee crisis/protracted crisis) 
•    An in-depth and current knowledge of international issues related humanitarian WASH 
•    Proven experience in effective WASH programme planning and strategic management, monitoring and evaluation, project development  and report writing;
•    Experience of developing and supporting teams, and the ability to lead, motivate and build the capacity of staff
•    Strong ability to work in a participatory way, strong facilitation skills, and strong ability for true and empowering delegation
•    Ability to analyse information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically.
•    Demonstrated skills in networking and advocacy
•    Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
•    Results focused and ability to develop and drive innovative and pragmatic programmatic and operational  solutions
•    Fluency in written and spoken English. 
•    Ability to travel often at short notice and sometimes to insecure locations

Location: Quezon City

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Closing Date: Nov 24, 2021





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