WASH Coordinator

 (via ReliefWeb)
Terre des Hommes Foundation Child Relief
Maiduguri, Nigeria
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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We are looking for our delegation in Nigeria for a

WASH Coordinator

Position Start Date: 1st of January 2019

Duration: 6 months, to be confirmed if funding available

Location: Maiduguri - Nigeria

Terre des hommes does not set closing dates for this position; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled

Contractual conditions:

Expatriate contract under Swiss labour code 3’400 CHF (~2’950 €) 4’750 CHF (~4’100 €) net /month according to experience x 13 times, Vacancy: 25 days annual leaves local accommodation and transportation, Health insurance, accident and medical repatriation insurance, return flight.


Tdh has established a Country Office in Nigeria since the last quarter of 2017 to try to complete the covering a part of the needs of crisis affected people. For the moment, the organization is operating only in Borno State, essentially in the Eastern Part of the State, the Eastern Crescent -> from the North-East (Cross Kuawa, Kukawa, Monguno) to (Konduga, Gwoza, Banki). Some of the operations are implemented with the collaboration of a local partner (CHAD). TdH is targeting people's affected by the crisis by addressing some humanitarian gaps related to the access to some primary needs (Water Supply, Non Food Items distributions, Hygiene Promotion) or social basic services (as Child Protection, Educational Support, Primary Health Care…).

In term of WASH, TdH is currently working in 2 locations, Mafa (Mafa LGA) and Rann (Kala Balge LGA) by providing to both IDPs and Returnees: sustained access to safe water and adequate sanitation facilities, as well as NFI kits completed by Hygiene promotion sensitization.

In Mafa in particular (since October 2017): Tdh has constructed latrines and showers, distributed basic hygiene kits, installed hand-washing points, created and strengthened local WASH committees (to facilitate community-based maintenance and operation of WASH infrastructure), maintained and repaired latrines and showers already existing, as well as diseminated hygiene promotion messages towards the population.

In Rann in particular (since June 2018):

  • Sanitation: Installation of hand-washing points; building of showers and latrines, desludging or maintenance/repairs of latrines; Drainage infrastructure in flood-prone areas.
  • Water Supply: rehabilitation and maintenance of existing water pumps
  • Water Quality: Bucket chlorination in all water points in town
  • Hygiene Promotion: Distribution of basic hygiene NFIs, distribution of AWD kits, Promotion of hygiene messages.

Main responsibilities:

  • The WASH Coordinator’s role is to lead the supervision of the implementation and the development of the WASH programs or component implemented by TdH in Nigeria.
  • S/He also provide technical support for planning and smooth operation of WASH activities in any defined context in Nigeria (sectoral assessments, project planning and implementation, coordination within WASH team and in a transversal approach with Child Protection and Heath components), recruitment and procurement…).
  • This includes the active involvement in developing and rolling out the country WASH strategy based on the specific context, assessments/needs identified, program implementation of multiple WASH projects and fundraising (new project development and proposal writing).
  • In addition, the WASH Coordinator will support with the overall building of capacity of local staff and stakeholders in WASH.

Function details:

  • The individual will plan and implement WASH projects, foster internal and external networks with stakeholders and donors; provide technical support to the development of funding proposals.
  • The WASH Coordinator will manage, lead and provide direction to the WASH team in line with Country priorities. In addition, where required, the Coordinator will support the program team in obtaining the required government permissions and positively engage with both institutional and private donors. Moreover, the Coordinator will ensure needs assessment exercises, project monitoring, regular reviews, preparation of donor reports, capturing learnings, develop project and implement exit plans.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the essential functions under limited or basic living conditions and unpredictable working environment. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.


  • Provide WASH sectoral leadership and technical support to rapid needs assessments by using ODK / Kobo Tool Box tools and their analysis and ensure their linkage to activity plans and budgets.
  • Assess in-country resources and capacities (human, material and financial) for WASH program roll out as per agreed objectives. In addition, evaluate the strengths/gaps in the capacities.
  • Implement and maintain prescribed reporting systems to monitor and evaluate the objectives, indicators and outcomes of the projects.

Program designing

  • Formulate the overall aims and objectives of the WASH response program through development of a clear WASH strategy for senior Country Management (integrated with other technical sectors).
  • Design an appropriate overall response to the country specific needs, taking into account the needs of the community; the current levels of in country WASH capacity and the overlapping of WASH and other TdH’ sectors.
  • Select and design from an array of appropriate technologies for water systems for the given context, including source selection (ground water, surface water), abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution for new systems and/or the rehabilitation of old Water systems.
  • Select and design the most appropriate form of sanitation system (to include excreta disposal, vector control, solid waste disposal, drainage) taking full account of local conditions, resources, customs and cultural norms.
  • Select and design, in collaboration with other actors a suitable hygiene promotion program that suits the local context and would be widely accepted by beneficiaries.
  • Ensure and advocate for the consideration of cross cutting areas such as; gender, protection, DRR and sustainability within all WASH interventions. Also taking into account the importance of integration with other key sectors such as health and nutrition.
  • Support further development of WASH interventions through the use of project conceptualization and planning skills such as SWOT analysis and Stakeholder mapping
  • Ensure Sphere and National standards are considered through the program cycle and are well documented.
  • Develop concept papers, letters of intent, proposals and budgets related to the above.

Management and Implementation

  • Plan, lead and manage WASH program in a phased and prioritized manner in full consultation and co-ordination with TdH’ staff and other agencies both governmental and non-governmental.
  • Work closely with Human Resources team for planning and hiring of the WASH team.
  • Build the WASH team capacity to respond to the emergency and development phases by organasizing workshop / training.
  • Ensure gender and protection marker are considered throughout the project cycle, with women being enabled to influence decision making around WASH challenges.
  • Ensure WASH program is integrated with DRR, , Child Protection and nutrition when appropriate.
  • Design and develop appropriate supervisory, monitoring and evaluation systems for WASH interventions.
  • Work closely with program support functions (logistics and finance departments) for WASH program supplies and activities planning.

Information and Coordination

  • Provide regular updates and technical guidance to team on progress, priorities and challenges – verbally and in writing.
  • Regular update of the Wash Shared folder by adding key documentations.
  • Responsible for oversight of staff workplans, vacation schedules, staff training, development and appraisals.
  • Represent TdH to external stakeholders such as governmental and non-governmental groups, Donors and relevant clusters
  • Showcase the work of TdH to Donors and private sector to explore future funding opportunities.
  • Contribute to periodic internal (PMP) and external reporting as per donor and Tdh PCM in Emergency Handbook, respecting deadlines and workflow.

Capacity Building

  • Lead the process to Identify and address staff capacity building opportunities.
  • Lead the process to undertake staff capacity building initiative for the use of tools.


  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in water and sanitation engineering, civil engineering, Public Health or relevant technical WASH specialization.
  • At least five years of work experience with designing and implementing water and sanitation systems in IDPs, refugee and migrant contexts, maintaining sanitation systems, and implementing hygiene promotion programs, including 2 years in a humanitarian setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • An appreciation of WASH in health facilities and outbreak preparedness and/or response.
  • Demonstrated analytical, motivational, communication, project conceptualization and planning skills.
  • Experience in developing WASH strategy, clear and realistic activity planning; overseeing implementation, tracking the progress, reporting against the agreed indicators and managing project budget.
  • Experience in emergency and early recovery phases, including assessments and the design and delivery of effective water supply and hygiene promotion interventions in humanitarian and development contexts.
  • Experience and understanding of key intuitional donors’ policies, guidelines and strategies e.g. USAid, OFDA, ECHO, DFID and UN.
  • Demonstrated experience in WASH proposal development and preparation of internal and donor reports.
  • Ability to effectively present information (both written and verbally) and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, senior government.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of linking WASH activities with other humanitarian sectors.
  • Ability to understand gender related challenges within the beneficiary groups.
  • Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.
  • Demonstrated experience of working closely with support functions (finance and logistics) on activity and procurement planning.
  • Fluent in English is required.

Child Safeguarding Policy:

  • Raising awareness within the Foundation on violence against children
  • Providing guidance to employees and others and defining expectations when it comes to preventing, raising, denouncing and responding to issues of child abuse
  • Reducing the risk of child abuse by selectively recruiting employees and others
  • Reducing the risk of child abuse by developing a culture of open and informed leadership within the organization and in our work with children

We offer an exciting and varied work, useful and meaningful, in a team that wants to make a difference for vulnerable children.

Are you interested? Do you want to face this challenge?


Please postulate on our website: http://www.jobs.net/j/JvsSaAsS?idpartenaire=20007

We will only consider complete online applications corresponding to the required profile.

Your application must include a complete CV and a covering letter. Additional documents such as diplomas and work certificates will only be required in case of an interview.

If you are not shortlisted, your file will be destroyed by us, according to the rules on data protection.

If you face difficulties in applying online, please contact our HR department: rh@tdh.ch

Terre des hommes provides equal working conditions for men and women. Furthermore, for candidates with equivalent qualifications and for positions with responsibilities, applications from women are strongly encouraged.

The recruitment and selection procedures of Terre des hommes reflect our commitment for child security and protection.

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How to apply:

Please postulate on our website: http://www.jobs.net/j/JvsSaAsS?idpartenaire=20007

We will only consider complete online applications corresponding to the required profile.