WASH Specialist


Yemen 🇾🇪

General context of the project

The projects will provide emergency Health and Nutrition (H&N) services, integrated with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and protection services for all conflict affected people in two districts in Ibb (Dhi Suffal and Al-Udayn), in an inclusive manner, with special focus on IDPs and women and children. INTERSOS will pursue reduction of mortality and morbidity in the two districts by supporting provision of lifesaving health and nutrition services in existing health facilities (HFs), which will be rehabilitated with main focus on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) improvements so as to prevent/reduce spreading of water-borne diseases. In parallel, emergency protection services will be provided in the HFs, with outreach in the HF catchment area whenever required. Community volunteers will ensure community acceptance, and work on cultural barriers mitigation towards all urgent needs and risks related to H&N, protection and WASH. Direct referrals from health, nutrition and WASH teams will help in the identification of the most vulnerable cases, while referrals from protection to H&N and WASH services will be equally beneficial to achieve the project’s objectives.

General purpose of the position

The WASH expert must ensure that the project meets minimum standards, in a cost effective and timely manner to the benefit of conflict affected communities in Ibb and Taiz.

The WASH expert is assisting the Project Manager(s) in management, strategic programming, implementation of WASH activities and achievement of objectives related to the WASH component in the geographic areas of competence, as well as in the identification and formulation of new interventions in order to improve the WASH conditions of the target population according with INTERSOS protocols and the Country Strategy.

Main responsibilities and tasks

Design and improve the technical engineering implementation aspects of the INTERSOS WASH Program in Yemen.

– Ensure the project will satisfy the needs of the beneficiaries. Provides oversight of water source construction and sanitation projects to ensure quality and acceptance.

– Organize, manage and monitoring the WASH project activities in Yemen targeted regions, ensuring timely and quality implementation in compliance with the defined project strategy as well as INTERSOS and donor guidelines;

– Undertake a detailed technical assessment of the WASH needs and gaps for assistance in the project target areas to define the exact locations of intervention and the beneficiaries;

– Coordinate with the logistic, administration and finance staffs to procure all equipment, supplies and materials required to implement the WASH project activities, ensuring cost efficiency and accountability in compliance with INTERSOS and donor regulations and procedures;

– Undertake daily field visits to provide technical guidance and supervision as well as regularly monitor the progress of the WASH project activities;

– Continuously assess the WASH needs of the target populations in the project areas, periodically update the WASH situation analysis and inform the programme accordingly;

– Work closely with the colleagues to ensure the integration of the WASH project activities with other sectors;

– Work closely with HR department to build the capacities of the WASH project national staff in Yemen and regularly evaluate their performance.

– Support the management in preparing the narrative and financial reports with reference to the WASH project component, according to INTERSOS and donor requirements;

– Support the HoM on the development, implementation and evaluation of the mission strategy and programme in reference to the WASH Sector providing technical inputs and recommendations for new and ongoing interventions in the country.

– Coordinate with MEAL department to ensure all forms, surveys are according to the program indicators and objective.

– Upholds a high standard of quality by ensuring all programs refer to technical standards, conform to government standards, and are aligned with internal and external strategic objectives.

– Support and develop capitalization of WASH activities in the missionProactively participate in WASH cluster and relevant inter-sectoral coordination meeting at national, governorate and hub level.


  • MA or BSc in Engineering, hydrology, Geology, or other relevant studies
  • Specialized studies – courses on WASH in emergencies, Public Health, WASH Academic

Professional experience

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in humanitarian WASH programming for MSc and 6 years of experience for BSc, including access to safe water, improved sanitation, and environmental health programming
  • Prior work experience in complex humanitarian setting in the field
  • Proven practical experience in WASH or construction project implementation, including experience in large scale water, Sanitation and construction works construction and contract management
  • Prior work experience in the Middle East is highly desirable
  • Prior work experience in cholera outbreaks response

Professional requirements

  • High respect and adherence to confidentiality
  • Able to work independently
  • People Management and Leadership
  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in Auto CAD, EPANET 2, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Demonstrated experience in staff capacity building and supervision
  • Readiness and ability to move around in Yemen
  • Able to commit and adhere to the values, mission and vision of INTERSOS


  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Arabic would be asset (reading and writing)
  • Ideally Arab native speaker with excellent English skills

Personal requirements

  • Strong team spirit, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment
  • Strategic vision and planning
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to work and adapt in different environments
  • Very strong interpersonal skills: strong communication and diplomatic skills
  • Practical and problem-solver

Generas Conditions – Type of duty station: Non family duty station

RemunerationAccording to position and seniority
TransportationRound-trip flight. For any mission lasting at least 12 months, at 9 months one free plane ticket to the Country of residency and back to the mission for the humanitarian worker
Medical insuranceMedical Insurance; reimbursement for vaccines, medical certificate and PCR test for deployment; psychosocial support on request
Annual leave2.5 days per month
Installation costsN/A
School feesN/A
InductionOnline orientation course
Notes 1INTERSOS applies a “Learning & Development Policy” which includes the possibility to receive capacitation and to participate in internal and external training. Priority will be given to Staff working for INTERSOS for more than two years. Staff with a seniority >2 with a demonstrated good performance and high commitment will be invited to be part of the INTERSOS Pool and to create their “Personal Development Plan”. They will be then accompanied individually by the Personnel Development Coordinator to shape their capacity-building plan.
Notes 2The categorization of Family, Non-Family, and Accompanied Duty stations is subject to security criteria.

General Condition – Accomodation: Shared Guesthouse

General Condition – R&R: 6 days of R&R each 8 weeks + 600$ allowance





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