Emergency WASH Specialist

Melbourne, , AU


The Emergency WASH specialist will provide a technical oversight of all WASH activities in humanitarian settings and management of WASH programs during deployment.

  • To provide specialist technical advice and input to the design, implementation and operation of water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives and practices in World Vision International humanitarian programs and responses.

  • To work with WV Regional Offices, National Offices and Learning centers, and International Agencies to initiate and lead water, sanitation and hygiene promotion response in specific humanitarian emergency contexts.

  • To provide technical leadership and advice in the assessment, design and implementation of water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities in humanitarian emergency contexts.

  • To provide technical guidance and support to enable World Vision partnership offices to improve policy development and practice, generate robust field-testing and evaluations and influence water, sanitation and hygiene promotion programming, within Government and NGOs alike.

  • To position WV as a preferred partner and sector lead for donors and agencies in the Water, sanitation and hygiene.


Emergency Response to Category III Disasters:

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 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 HAP, Sphere and ensure cross cutting themes are incorporated into design.

  • Coordinate with other sectors to promote integrated programming in emergencies when possible.

  • Begin discussions on ERF process to strengthen financial portfolio supporting WASH in early stages of emergency.

  • 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.

  • 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 and experiences from deployment back to partnership and externally when relevant.

Capacity Building:

  • Ensure WASH in emergencies competencies are identified and transferred across the organisation and develop capacity building options to ensure skill transfer and capacity building.

  • Facilitate WASH in emergencies training opportunities for relevant staff.

  • Validate and support SMEs for WASH in emergencies to help build a cadre of competent deployable WASH staff.

  • Through working with other sector staff across WV partnership. This includes, health, nutrition, protection, child protection, education, livelihoods and economic development.

  • Develop Guidance notes and training materials as appropriate for NO and learning centres.

Evidence Base:

  • Through providing technical analysis and support in the development of research for best practiced WASH designs and applications to WVI humanitarian projects.

  • Through collaborating with health sector specialists to identify successful evidence based WASH programs for adaption in context appropriate programs in partnership with global, regional and local health agencies.

  • Through 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.

  • 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 (Global and regional WASH clusters, UN and academic forum and other WASH related organizations e.g. WaterAid) and build and maintain these networks.

  • Provide leadership in the WV partnership for WASH in emergencies within the CoP and actively participate on leadership meetings and represent HEA issues.

  • Support the learning centres to incorporate emergency preparedness and response into their strategies.

  • Participation in Global Forums to disseminate this information e.g. Global WASH cluster and Working groups, international and regional conferences, CoP meetings.

  • Development of partnerships with organizations and agencies to fund and implement WASH in emergency programs.


  • Post graduate qualifications in Civil Engineering , Environmental Engineering, public health engineering and/or international development.

  • Proven capacity to establish Water sanitation and hygiene programs in all stages of the emergency.

  • 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 French, Spanish or Arabic an advantage.

  • Excellent computer skills.


  • 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 50% of the time. (Ability to be deployed up to 3 months at a time during an emergency).

  • Ability to work and live in harsh situations with limited support and facilities and possible hostile environments.