WASH Program Manager

Solidarités International

Khost, , AF

About the mission

SI has been working in Afghanistan for 35 years.

SI is currently implementing Food Security (1 Linking Relief Rehabilitation and Development project, 1 Natural Resources Management project, 1 Rural Development project) and Emergency (1 Food Distribution, 1 Cash For Work) programs. The mission is also managing several WASH projects in Bamyan and Khost provinces.

The opening of new areas is forecasted in the 2016 mission strategy, especially for emergency projects: Nangarhar, Kunar or Paktya.

In Bamyan province: SI is present in this province since 1997 and still works today.

Today the programs implemented are principally focused on Food Security. Programs are now more oriented on mid and long term, with a different approach.

For more information about the Afghanistan mission please refer to our website: http://www.solidarites.org/fr/nos-missions/afghanistan/regards-d-humanitaires

Organization of the mission

SI intervention areas are in three provinces Bamyan, Wardak and Khost with five operational bases and one coordination base in Kabul. At the time of writing, the mission has 10 international staff and 180 national staff.

The coordination team in Kabul is currently composed of 5 expatriates (CD, Admin Co, HR CO, WaSH Co and FSL Co) and 23 national staff.

In Bamyan province, there are three operational bases (Yakawlang, Saighan and Kahmard) and one “transit” base in Bamyan city. The team is composed of four expatriates (Field Coordinator, Deputy Field Coordinator in charge of programs, a WASH PM in Yakawlang and a FSL PM in Saighan) and 80 national staff.

In Khost province, there is one base in the capital of the province. The team is composed of two expatriates (Field Coordinator and Program Manager) and 36 national colleagues plus the Pakistani refugee camp staff.

In Wardak province, there is one base in Maydan Shar city without expatriates and 14 national staff.

About the job

The WASH Program Manager is responsible for implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the operation proposals.

He is responsible for overseeing operational teams assigned to the program.

He guarantees the good performance and the quality of the program(s) activities implemented, and, where appropriate, proposes adjustments or developments to ensure relevance.

Following the failure of negotiations with the Pakistani Taliban, a large scale military intervention was launched by the Pakistan government in North Waziristan Agency in June 2014, targeting non-state armed actors’ hideouts. The operations prompted large scale displacements to  to Afghanistan in Khost and Paktika provinces. Most of these refugees are settled in host communities, among them, 71,000 persons (UNHCR data) gathered in Gulan refugee camp, in Khost Province.

Since mid of September 2014  SI has been present and active for the provision of emergency WaSH response supporting Pakistani refugees fleeing from the military operations. The WaSH emergency response project had been complementarily supported by ECHO, French embassy (CDC) and UNOCHA in Gulan camp. 

Beginning of 2016, Gulan camp was hosting over 11,098 households according to UNHCR data, SI has been managing safe drinking water supply system from 10 boreholes with 41 water distribution points as well as providing water to 5 schools, 1 clinic and 1 ration’s distribution centre. 3,929 emergency latrine material kits have been distributed and benefited to over 10,000 refugee households while over 4,120 transitional latrines were built to improve the coverage of household’s shared latrine with a sustainable design.

The current WaSH activities project funded by ECHO runs since June 2016 and will end in May 2017. 

Specific context of the post:

The challenges of the new project will be to maintain the current level of assistance and being able to answer to the constant movement of the population in and around the camp, as well as to sustain the facilities, to reduce the operative costs and to increase the involvement of the community. Apart from the refugees in Gulan camp, SI is supporting the surrounding host communities. Key elements of the current project are the implementation of solar water pumping systems, interconnection of the 10 boreholes and the creation of Water Users Groups.

As Khost province and its neighbouring provinces host vulnerable populations, the WaSH PM will be involved in the development of new programs, identifying needs and organizing assessments.

The WaSH PM position is based in Khost city. Presence of expatriate in the camp is currently limited to two visits per week following a specific movement protocol, even though to date the situation in Khost city and Gulan refugee camp is stable, no incident targeting NGO being reported. Expatriates can move by helicopter from Kabul to Khost.

The Afghanistan Mission has set up and regularly updates full-packages of security management tools (rules for international staff, rules for national staff, rules for evacuation and hibernation) for every single bases of operations. A mission guideline for Safety, Security and Behaviour is in force and regularly updated. The mission uses a network of SI-salaried Security Focal Persons (Afghan nationals) that meshes all areas of implementation and is centralized at Kabul level.

A strong culture of security management has been developed over the years on the Afghanistan mission together with afghan national colleagues, mixing passive protection, acceptance and deterrence strategies.

Social contacts are limited in Khost city, but possible with UNHCR, MSF, ICRC and INSO which have expatriates in Khost city and regular contacts are held with the respective teams.

SI guesthouse/office has a good Internet network and electricity is available 24/7 thanks to generator and electric back-up system.

Climatic conditions are better than in other part of the country, even though the temperature can sometimes be around 5 degree in winter (from November to March).

Your profile


  • BAC+2 degree in hydraulic and/or water sciences / Technician degree / Bioforce profile will be highly appreciated


  • 2 years’ experience as WaSH Program Manager or related position.
  • Previous experience in implementing WaSH activities in a refugee /IDP camps
  • Experience in working in tense security context with strict security rules
  • Experience in remote project management would be an asset
  • Experience in team management
  • Experience in delivering training and capacity building of staff.

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge of project cycle management, and project reporting
  • Knowledge of delivering WASH services in emergency context
  • Knowledge of SI rules and procedures

Transferable skills:

  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Capacity to work under pressure
  • Good organization skills
  • Good English writing/editing skills


  • Fluent in English (spoken and written)
  • Knowledge of Dari or Farsi is an advantage

Other desirable qualities:

  • Good knowledge of working in an Islamic country
  • Patience, persistence, pedagogic talent
  • Autonomy, rigor and the ability to adapt are indispensable skills
  • Knowledge of the Afghan context would be highly appreciated
  • Good computer skills (Microsoft office package, Google earth pro)

Application process
Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered.
NB : The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension

We offer

Salaried post:  According to experience from 1600 euros gross per month, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly, and a monthly Per Diem of 500 USD.

Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs).

During the assignment, the expatriate is entitled to R&R every three months: one week at three and nine months (with a 500 euro allowance) and two weeks at six months (with a plane ticket back home covered by Solidarités).

CONTACT: Anna FRANGI, Recruitment & Follow Up Officer