WASH and Food Security and Livelihoods Team Leader

Relief International

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Position: WASH and Food Security and Livelihoods Team Leader (Technical Associate) 

Reports to: WASH-Coordinator – Longechuk

Location: Longechuk County, Upper Nile State, South Sudan

Supervisory Responsibility to: WASH and FSL Officers

Works Directly with: Finance Officer, Logistics Coordinator, HR & Admin Officer, Health and Nutrition team.

About RI:  Relief International (RI) is a home to teams of humanitarian activist-professionals committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with beneficiaries and communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.


RI’s current WASH and livelihoods programing in South Sudan seeks to improve hygiene and health status of the community and  strengthen environmental protection and natural resource management to improve the self-reliance of conflict affected populations including IDPs, refugees and refugee hosting population in Longechuk  County, Upper Nile State. The WASH/FSL Team Leader would join the existing team in Longechuk and will support the implementation of a comprehensive and integrated WASH and Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) program that includes Water facilities rehabilitation, improvement of sanitation access and improving people’s hygiene practices, agriculture, environment, vocational and entrepreneurship trainings, and access to capital. S/he will be expected to provide technical guidance on the full range of diverse WASH and livelihoods activities.


Working under the overall responsibility of the WASH Coordinator/ Area Manager, the WASH/FSL Team Leader will be responsible for provision of technical guidance to WASH and livelihoods program staff and facilitate quality impact-focus interventions on WASH and FSL in project targeted locations. This includes provision of technical advice, capacity building of staff, introducing standardized monitoring and evaluation systems to improve the program qualities integration of WASH, FSL and NUT program implementation where it’s appropriated, analysis and advocacy and building resilience by linking emergency to longer term programming.

He/she will be responsible for the development, start-up, ongoing support, continuing development, and daily technical backstopping of all WASH and livelihoods activities under Relief International in Longechuk . He/she will also work closely with all team members, partners, counterparts to ensure coordination and planning, and be responsible for compiling reports, supporting with M&E, among other tasks.


Leadership & Representation

  • Assist with conducting needs assessments for new proposals for WASH and FSL.
  • Coordinate and work closely with RI other departments and other INGOs in Longechuk to make sure program activities are done as per the proposal and are planned with other implementers.
  • Facilitate integration of WASH and FSL programs activities with the Health and Nutrition program.
  • Maintain internal and external relationships to ensure program success including contacts with government Offices and country program offices, international and local NGOs working in the WASH and FSL sector programming, beneficiaries and general public.
  • Coordinate closely with the WASH and Food Security and Livelihoods Cluster/working group in Longechuk and Upper Nile state.
  • Represent RI professionally to donors, local partners, and other stakeholders.

Program Implementation & Management

  • Responsible for day-to-day implementation of all WASH and livelihood activities including adherence to work plan, management of program staff (approximately 15 local staff), meeting program objectives, and monitoring program activities.
  • Provide strategic direction, technical advice and overall supervision throughout implementation of WASH and FSL projects in Longechuk .
  • Ensure beneficiaries are tracked for various activities and appropriate documentation / information on beneficiaries is collected and recorded
  • Participate in analyses of needs at the community level, assess resources available for addressing the needs of vulnerable households, and suggest innovative approaches for filling gaps in programming.
  • Provide regular internal reporting to WASH Coordinator , using standardized tools (e.g. project-specific monitoring forms)
  • Provide real time technical advice to project staff through direct regular field visits.
  • Ensure that RI provides quality services that meet SPHERE and other international standards.
  • Contribute/inputs  to the creation of reports, ensuring the quality and accuracy of technical information provided as well as the confidentiality of internal information as required;
  • Manage assigned project finances, logistics and materials with guidance and support of WASH Coordinator.
  • Meet the time lines of reports to be submitted to WASH Coordinator ; Draft narrative reports and contribute to the development of financial reports through regular budgetary follow up; 
  • Ensure that technical quality and standards are considered/met  during project implementation:

Team Management

  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • Supervise and orient new team members as necessary.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Contribute to country team building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision making processes.
  • Manage project staff and ensure compliance with donor requirements and staff policy.

Operations, Human Resources, Finance and Compliance Management

  • In coordination with the WASH-Coordinator and Operation Officers, ensure that project related procurement is conducted according to RI’s and donor procurement policies and procedures.
  • Ensure all program staffs are aware of and adhere to all RI’s South Sudan operational and human resources policies and procedures including code of conduct.


  • Share feedback from project team with the WASH-Coordinator /Area Manager and Security management and CD regarding security situation in project field sites.
  • Ensure project staff members are aware of RI’s South Sudan community messaging guidelines.
  • Ensure Compliance with RI’s South Sudan security policies and procedures and ensure that project team members are aware and adhere to RI’s policies and procedures.



  • Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Engineering, Agriculture, International Relations, Development studies or similar field.
  • 2-3 years’ experience of working in WASH and FSL programs in a humanitarian or development context
  • Previous experience of working in large-scale emergency, post conflict and development programs.
  • Previous experience of working with a large WASH and FSL team of international and national staff.
  • Experience with conducting assessments, compiling reports, and directly implementing WASH and FSL projects.
  • Previous experience with coordinating seed/food distributions recommended.
  • Proven ability of mentoring, coaching and training on WASH and FSL related topics.
  • Demonstrated initiative
  • A high level of written and spoken English.
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.

Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve – we expect all team members to commit part of their time to the RI Academy to learning activities that benefit Relief International as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries: Relief International team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability