WASH Project Manager

 (via ReliefWeb)
Première Urgence Internationale (PUI)
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)


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Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or those hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads in average 200 projects a year in the following sectors of intervention: Food Security, Health, Nutrition, Construction and Rehabilitation of infrastructures, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Economic Recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in 23 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

Humanitarian situation and needs

Bangladesh has been the second theatre of the Rohingya crisis for more than 30 years. The Muslim minority has faced decades of repression and discrimination in its home country Myanmar/Burma, precisely in the north of Rakhine State, resulting in many of its members seeking refuge in neighboring Bangladesh, in the southern region of Cox’s Bazar. Since the events of the 25th of August 2017, over half a million Rohingyas crossed the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh, making this the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency. In mid-October 2018, there were more than 837 000 cumulative refugees in the country, as 300 000 Rohingyas were already in Bangladesh following previous waves of displacement. The sudden surge in the number of Rohingyas arrivals has stretched the capacities of humanitarian organizations/agencies operating in Bangladesh. These new arrivals are being hosted in camps for registered refugees, but also overcrowded makeshift settlements, including schools, community centers, religious buildings, and with local families. New clusters of settlements have also been set up and continue to expand.

The Rohingya crisis is creating immediate needs for cross-sectorial assistance. Concerns for the newly displaced persons include lack of access to food security and nutrition, need for WASH facilities, shelter, health, psychosocial support (PSS), gender and protection issues and Restoring Family Links (RFL) services.

Our actions in the Field

Based on the strategy established during the exploratory mission in October, PUI has been implementing Site Management activities in the main refugee site since the end of 2017. PUI has also started to implement Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities in Teknaf area since October 2018. The Site Management operations have been developed in Camp 19 (under IOM funding) and the WASH activities are being developed in Camp 24, 25 and 27 (under CDCS – French MoFA funding).

While PUI first intervened in Bangladesh through a portage system organized with HI, since PUI has obtained its registration in May 2018, a new strategy has been developed and PUI is now operating independently with a primary focus on Site Management, WASH and Protection mainstreamed and PUI is now willing to deepen the current intervention sectors. A Health proposal has also been submitted to ECHO and is still under examination.

Click here for more information on our actions in Bangladesh.

As part of our actions in Bangladesh, we are looking for a WASH Project Manager.

The overall objective of the WASH Project Manager is to contribute to the development and ensure the correct implementation of WASH programs/activities in Teknaf in order to improve the living conditions of the Rohingya refugee population and host communities.

Main tasks and activities

  • Strategy: He/She contributes to the development of new interventions based on identified needs.
  • Programs: He/She of and ensures the proper implementation, supervision, quality and monitoring of the different component of the project(s) under his/her responsibilities, identifies needed modification and proposes them to his/her supervisor.
  • Human Resources: He/She supervises the WASH team (PUI employees, daily workers and volunteers)
  • Logistics and administration: He/She provides logistical and administrative monitoring of activities under his/her responsibility.
  • Representation: He/She represents the organization with partners, local authorities and stakeholders involved in the implementation of programs in Cox’s Bazar district.
  • Security: He/She contributes to efforts aimed at ensuring compliance with safety rules at the site, and transmits all information relating to safety concerns to his / her immediate supervisor.

Training and Experiences

  • Training : Project Cycle Management. Education/Training in WASH. Humanitarian Standards.
  • Experience: At least, 2 years as a manager of humanitarian projects. Experience in emergency type and development type programming.
  • Languages: English is required.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent data collection / Analysis skills

Required Personal Characteristics:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Leadership skills and an ability to make decisions.
  • Ability to show authority, if necessary.
  • Analysis (discernment, pragmatism) and synthesis abilities.
  • Adaptability
  • Organisation, attention to details and respect of due dates.
  • Great ability to listen and to negotiate.
  • Ability to remain calm and level-headed.
  • General ability to resist stress and in unstable circumstances particularly.
  • Flexibility, patience and reactivity

Mobility: Regular field visits in Teknaf

Proposed Terms

Fixed-term contract: 6 months

Starting date: As soon as possible

Monthly Gross Income: from 1 815 up to 2 145 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI

Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

Housing in collective accommodation

Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)

Break Policy : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance

Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months.

To know more about our job offer, look at the complet job description on our website!


Please send your application (CV and Cover Letter) to Aude-Cécile Leroy, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates, at