WASH Sector Manager

World Vision
Beira, Mozambique
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
Portuguese or Spanish


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The Emergency WASH Sector Manager will lead the World Vision SAFCER (Southern Africa Floods and Cyclone Emergency Response) WASH response program and provide a technical oversight of all WASH activities in humanitarian settings and management of WASH programs during deployment in coordination with the WASH Mozambique National Office. While managing the transition to NO at the end of the response.

On 14 March 2019, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall near Mozambique Beira City, leaving devastating loss of life and large-scale destruction of assets and infrastructure in its wake. In the following days, some entire villages were submerged as flood waters rose across the central region of the country in the provinces of Sofala, Zambezia, and Manica. An estimated 1.85 million people have been affected by the cyclone and the subsequent floods within the three provinces.

World Vision has established an Emergency Management Structure based in Beira (Sofala Province) for the Mozambique response in order to effectively coordinate efforts across multiple levels of the organization and through the UN Cluster system. The Mozambique Response Plan aims to reach 150,000 affected people through the provision of support in the following sectors: WASH, Child Protection, Health and Nutrition, Food and NFIs, Livelihoods, Protection and Education.

  • S/He will be responsible for technical advice and input on design, implementation and operation of water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives and practices in coordination with the NO MozWASH Team Leader.
  • To provide specialist technical advice and input to the design, implementation and operation of water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives and practices in WV humanitarian program in Mozambique in coordination with the NO MozWASH Team Leader.
  • To work with WV National Office (NO) and Response team and cluster to initiate and lead water, sanitation and hygiene promotion projects in Mozambique in response to Cyclone Idai.
  • To provide technical leadership and advice in the assessment, design and implementation of water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities in WV humanitarian response program in Mozambique.
  • To position WV as a preferred partner and sector lead for donors and agencies in WASH for the response program in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
  • The position holder will support the organizations growth in the WASH sector while directly managing and supporting staff working to implement World Visions WASH portfolio in coordination with the WASH Mozambique NO.
  • Manage the transition from emergency WASH to early recovery.


Provide sector leadership for timely and appropriate delivery of WASH activities. This will include the following:

  • Insure WASH is included assessments to identify robust WASH response.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of WASH programs with programs and operations team and develop an integrated WASH plan, budget, program and detailed implementation plan that is aligned with the SAFCER strategy.
  • Ensure monitoring of frameworks are understood and effective in meeting needs of affected populations.
  • Engagement with Donors and other partners to ensure that WV is a viable partner.
  • Management of the WASH staff and promote technical excellence and application of minimum standards including CHS, Sphere and ensure cross cutting themes are incorporated into design.
  • Coordinate with other sectors to promote integrated programming in emergencies when possible.
  • Work collaboratively with Grants Acquisition and Management team to develop WASH fundraising plan and support rollout of plan. This is likely to include donor positioning, donor interaction, strategy development, proposal submission.
  • Coordinate with finance in the design and management of budgets.
  • Develop key messaging in emergencies for media teams as related to WASH.
  • Assist in recruitment of the appropriately qualified local and expatriate staff to implement WASH programme.
  • Participate in WASH Management team meetings and update the response on actions related to WASH at programs and operations meetings.
  • Review and refine WASH programs including their budgets as and support baseline measurements.
  • Represent WV at key coordination forums such as with Cluster and/or national, local government and civil society planning meetings.
  • Ensure that WV work and plans are included in all reports including 4Ws.
  • Document and share lessons learned.
  • Develop and implement sector plans with community engagement and utilizing Do No Harm approach.
  • Determine sector organizational structure and staffing plan and ensure reviewing/adjustments of JDs/ appropriate budgets as well as contribute in setting of performance indicators.
  • Ensure sector programme and project logframes refer to technical standards, consider government standards, Sphere Standards, WVI Humanitarian Accountability and Protection and are aligned with the organization DADDs and sector packages.

Capacity Building:

  • Capacity assessment of WASH staff (particularly coordinators) and develop a development plan which includes skill transfer. Facilitate WASH in emergencies training opportunities for relevant staff.
  • Ensure that WASH staff understand the importance of working with other sector staff in the responses. This includes, health, nutrition, protection, child protection, education, livelihoods and economic development.
  • Adapting national training materials as appropriate for NO and learning centres.
  • Ensure that that all co-ordinators and team leaders are providing proper leadership and support to the projects according to their area of expertise and based on a defined action plan with Sector Lead.
  • Work on empowering team members to take the appropriate decisions and actions and call for regular meetings for the unit staff.
  • Assist staff in understanding and adapting project models to local contexts in alignment with local strategy.

MEAL and Evidence Base:

  • Formulate guidelines, processes, measurements, and standards for the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of WASH projects in collaboration with other advisers and MEAL.
  • Ensure that accountability mechanisms are in place for community and stakeholders feedback on sector are reviewed with communities based on the concept of Community Based monitoring and evaluation.
  • Through providing technical analysis and support in the development of research for best practiced WASH designs and application of core project models in the setting.
  • Through collaborating with health sector specialists to identify successful evidence based WASH programs for adaption in context appropriate programs local health agencies.
  • Facilitate the production of high-quality reviews, analyses and reports and/or secondary research about the application of WASH initiatives and practices in programming.
  • Through development of systems and reporting mechanisms for surveillance, field investigations, real time evaluation and post project evaluations to test the effectiveness and impact of WASH initiatives and practices.
  • Develop a WASH plan aligned with the WVI Humanitarian Accountability Framework.
  • Through developing specific tools and indicators to assist National offices for writing good WASH proposals.

Networking and Partnerships:

  • Ensure the organization is effectively represented in key forums WASH clusters, UN and academic forum and other WASH related NGOS and organizations) and build and maintain these networks.
  • Seek opportunities for interagency collaboration.
  • Continue leading in Buzi WASH co-cluster.
  • Support the learning centres to incorporate emergency preparedness and response into their strategies.
  • Consider participation in WASH technical working groups, conferences and forum to disseminate work.
  • Development of partnerships with organizations and agencies to fund and implement WASH in the Mozambique response.
  • Coordinate with the Global Centre and SARO regional office to ensure strategic alignment of the WASH sector.


  • Post graduate qualifications in Civil/ Environmental Engineering, public health and/or international development.
  • Excellent knowledge of English. Portuguese knowledge would be an added value.
  • Excellent networker.
  • Ability to work in, and contribute to, a collaborative team-building environment.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to project areas frequently.
  • Excellent analytical/ problem solving skill and detail orientation.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in emergency and WASH.
  • Has experience in working with UN and/or INGO and other partners in the WASH sector.
  • Proven ability in programme design and management including assessments, reviewing and writing grants, and evaluation.
  • Proven ability in capacity building including training.
  • At least 5 years in international humanitarian response and development work.
  • Ability to communicate cross-culturally and sensitive to other cultures.
  • Understanding of donor requirements and completion of emergency response funding and grants proposals.
  • Understanding and ability to set up contracts and review tenders.
  • Registration with national engineering or public health body.
  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English with Portuguese or Spanish.
  • Excellent computer skills.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Understanding of the humanitarian architecture and the cluster system.
  • Detailed knowledge of current approaches to design and construction of small, medium and large scale community water and sanitation facilities in complex humanitarian emergency., with experience in assessing water, sanitation and hygiene promotion/public needs/actions in either a conflict/complex humanitarian emergency.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of hygiene promotion and the relationship between WASH design and disease transmission dynamics including child and maternal mortality. In particular, to demographic and major and minor population health morbidity and mortality, the aetiology of diarrhoeal disease, arboviral (VBDs) infections and WASHs role in the management of chronic/acute malnutrition and HIV in disease management.
  • Experience in managing diverse teams.
  • Ability to manage multiple grants.
  • Professional experience in using community engagement practices for the assessment, design and implementation monitoring and evaluation of water, sanitation and health promotion/hygiene projects/programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in working closely within a team, collaboration, or group to analyse and implement WASH programs in local community settings.
  • Demonstrated experience in professional writing on disease modelling, analysis of public health practice or management including sector analysis, problem –identification and problem-solving actions.
  • Experience preparing advocacy briefs and fundraising for Water sanitation and hygiene programs.
  • Completed hostile environment or security training.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time.
  • Ability to work and live in harsh situations with limited support and facilities and possible hostile environments.