Advisor, Global WASH Technical Unit, Intl

International Medical Corps

Poland 🇵🇱

Ukraine 🇺🇦

Job Title: Advisor, Global WASH Technical Unit, Intl


Poland – PL
Ukraine – UA (Primary)

Category: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Date Needed By: 7/1/2022

Program Description (Background)

International Medical Corps, which has a history of providing healthcare services and training in Ukraine that dates back to 1999, is expanding its activities in the country and the surrounding region in response to the war there.

The situation throughout Ukraine is deteriorating rapidly as the conflict intensifies, prompting a sharp increase in humanitarian needs as access to essential services and supplies are disrupted and more and more people flee their homes. In addition, millions of Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries, including Moldova, Poland and Romania, increasing pressure on host governments as they work to provide shelter and essential services to the new arrivals.

Our response activities will include operation of mobile medical teams and providing emergency and primary health services, mental health and psychosocial support, gender-based violence services, child protection, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene. If requested, we also are prepared to deploy our Emergency Medical Team and mobile health facility to provide emergency and primary healthcare wherever it is needed.

Position includes travel in Ukraine and border countries. 

Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Measles and any other mandatory vaccine requirement (country dependent) prior to deployment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.  Applicants should be aware that for certain positions involving emergency deployments, accommodations that involve remaining unvaccinated against COVID-19 may not be deemed reasonable. International Medical Corps will engage in the interactive process on an individualized basis in light of each particular role.

Job Description

JOB SUMMARY: To technically and strategically support and prioritize the IMC WASH intervention in support to the international program platforms and country programs. The priorities include, building capacities, technical design and monitoring of WASH programs and cross cutting areas that addres integration, gender, knowledge management and learning. The advisor will provide technical support to strengthen the organization’s WASH capacity and further enhance WASH representation and program quality in the assigned region(s).

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation:


•    Support the rollout of IMC global WASH strategy, protocols, policies, and international best practices to adopt; advice on SPHERE standards, both qualitative and quantitative, are considered through the program cycle and are well documented;
•    Provide technical guidance to WASH assigned field staff and country teams at all stages of the program cycle (assessments, grant and proposal writing, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation); gender and protection are considered throughout the project cycle, with women being enabled to influence decision-making around WASH/IPC challenges;
•    Support the development of technical guidance for WASH interventions in humanitarian responses and development settings in collaboration with other technical advisors; 
•    Conduct the joint multisectoral assessments with IMC sectoral counterparts to ensure integrated programming;
•    Champion data use for decision making and building of evidence for WASH  best practices based on IMC’s interventions, and ensure that field teams incorporate these into their programs;
•    Advice on technical designs based on relevant, appropriate technologies for water, sanitation, hygiene and infection prevention and control in context (health facilities, communities, camps, and Schools); 
•    Advocate/lobby program integration; that WASH program design considers other sectoral areas, including Health, gender, protection, operation, maintenance, and sustainability;
•    Emergency preparedness and response– support the contingency planning and pandemic preparedness as directed by the supervisor for any emergency and timely response; 
•    Actively engage with all relevant technical leads and operational and program development team members to identify and respond to opportunities for WASH activities in current program areas;
•    Review and approve the WASH components of program development (CNs, proposals) in accordance with the proposal review and signoff process; 
•    Provide technical capacity building of the assigned platform through coaching, mentoring, and on-the-job training, Community of Practice,  during the field’s visits and remotely on global WASH standards and approaches for WASH in emergencies (both hardware and software); International Medical Corps in WASH and relevant Cluster activities;
•    Represent International Medical Corps at national/platform meetings with governmental donor agencies, various UN Agencies, the WASH Cluster, and conferences and meetings of health and WASH organizations. 

Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.

Code of Conduct
As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.

If this is a supervisory position, one must set an example of ethical behavior through one’s own conduct and oversight of the work of others; ensure that those who report to you have sufficient knowledge and resources to follow the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct & Ethics; monitor compliance of the people you supervise; enforce the Code of Conduct & Ethics and International Medical Corps’ policies, including the Safeguarding Policy and the Protection from Harassment, Bullying and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Policy, consistently and fairly; support employees who in good faith raise questions or concerns.

It is all staff shared responsibility and obligation to safeguard and protect populations with whom we work, including adults who may be particularly vulnerable and children. This includes safeguarding from the following conduct by our staff or partners: sexual exploitation and abuse; exploitation, neglect, or abuse of children, adults at risk, or LGBTI individuals; and any form of trafficking in persons. Staff are also responsible for preventing violations to our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any violations to the Code of Conduct and Ethics or Safeguarding Policy, you have an obligation to report.

Equal Opportunities
International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

Job Requirements


  • Typically, a Bachelor’s degree degree in water sanitation engineering or related field. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
  • Typically, 10+ years of experience in managing and capacity-building WASH staff at various levels (HQ and Country levels), including 8 Years in humanitarian field;
  • Professional WASH/IPC training and qualification in WASH.
  • The ability to effectively analyze complex problems and suggest a solution that would have a positive impact on International Medical Corps needs
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, including the ability to write technical documents and give a presentation to colleagues
  • Proven experience in capacity building
  • English proficiency is required 
  • French and/or Arabic is desirable
  • Commitment to be deployed at very short notice to respond to humanitarian emergencies and fill gaps in the field (up to at least 75%). 

Additional Technical or Language Requirements

Eligibility to work in the European Union or Ukraine desirable. Fluency in Russian, Ukrainian, Polish or other relevant language preferred.


All offers of employment at International Medical Corps are subject to satisfactory references and background checks. International Medical Corps participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme from the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR). In accordance with this, we will request information from an applicant’s previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.





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