Somalia nationals: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist

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Action Against Hunger USA
Mogadishu, Somalia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
English and Somali


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Organizational background:

Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) has been conducting humanitarian programs in Somalia Since May 1992. Currently, Action Against Hunger is conducting its humanitarian activities in Somalia focused on treating and preventing malnutrition, increasing access to clean water and appropriate sanitation, strengthening the food-security and the livelihoods and thus boosting the resilience of communities in Somalia as well as emergency response via program bases in Somalia.

The Positions and Responsibilities:

Action Against Hunger Somalia is looking for a suitable Somali National to fill the position of WASH Specialist. The position will be based in Mogadishu -Somalia. The WASH Specialist reports hierarchically and technically to the Head of WASH Department


The WASH Specialist is to lead in the implementation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions in conformity with the Action Against Hunger standards, international standards and Somalia national policies; ensuring the technical quality and relevance of the interventions.

The WASH Specialist‘s core responsibilities will include but not limited to the following:

Mission 1: Contribute to defining the country strategy as well as the strategy and positioning of the WASH technical department

  • Understanding and analysis of the humanitarian situation regarding WASH and the context of intervention by the field teams, and its continuous, systematic and thorough monitoring
  • Dissemination of information gathered and analyzed both internally and externally
  • Production of the mission sectoral strategy document in line with Action Against Hunger international and national frameworks
  • Contributing to the mission strategy and the Action Against Hunger sectoral strategy
  • Accounting for DRM in WASH strategy and projects, including participation in drafting the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP)
  • Integrating the WASH sector with the other technical sectors (FSL, MHCP, NUT)
  • Monitoring the implementation, revision, and accountability of the WASH mission strategy
  • Contributing to the technical and operational advocacy strategies of the mission, the region, and headquarters (in line with the advocacy objectives defined in Action Against Hunger reference documentation)
  • Identifying the themes for sectoral advocacy specific to the mission, in collaboration with the Deputy Country Director

Mission 2: Coordinate the identification of needs and the formulation of project proposals

  • Coordinating the identification of WASH humanitarian needs
  • Formulating and implementing feasibility studies of WASH projects (public health, technical, socio-economic, cultural and environmental aspects)
  • Involving the logistics and Finance departments in the design/review of WASH projects
  • Contributing to seeking donors for his/her sector, holding technical discussions, and exchanging information with these donors
  • Participating in donor visits whenever requested by the Country Director
  • Producing the WASH sections of project proposals in accordance with donor formats and deadlines

Mission 3: Oversee the implementation of, and ensure reporting on, programs/projects

  • Validation of the key stages and methodologies of the projects being undertaken (timetable, systematic KAP survey (baseline/final), technical studies, call for tender, specifications, community approach, external evaluations.)
  • Providing technical support (direct and at a distance) to the PM, whilst alerting or sharing information with the Field Coordinator
  • Ensuring that monitoring and evaluation systems are in place and that their results are integrated to guarantee improvement of the projects
  • Timely validation of the WASH parts of reports, internally and to funding agencies, as well as project amendments, with team contributions

Mission 4: Guarantee the quality and accountability of projects

  • The technical program conformity with international rules, guidelines and standards, and the Action Against Hunger framework documents and technical works
  • Building the overall standard of project implementation to maximize their impact (cf. DAC criteria of OECD)
  • Ensuring, by use of Action Against Hunger specific monitoring (project quality, field visits, external audit), that norms, national, and international standards of technical quality (inc. SPHERE and WHO) are respected
  • Issuing and following up technical recommendations
  • Alerting the Country Director and the Technical Advisor at headquarters to all major difficulties encountered in applying recommendations and/or necessary adaptations
  • Alerting the Country Director and requesting that the precautionary principle be taken in the case of major risks to public health
  • Promotion of external and internal evaluations of projects, in line with the Action Against Hunger evaluation policy
  • Promotion of transparency and ethical standards in projects by highlighting complaints& feedback mechanisms, particularly in respect of the beneficiary population
  • Promotion of safety measures for both staff and the wider population in the implementation of WASH projects (work sites), in collaboration with the PM and the Logistics Department

Mission 5: Ensure the active participation of Action Against Hunger in national sectoral coordination and technical forums and develop sectoral partnerships

  • Representing Action Against Hunger in sectoral coordination at national and sub-national levels (sectoral and/or cluster) and with the technical authorities
  • Interaction with regional sectoral coordination mechanisms (inc. RECA)
  • The Action Against Hunger contribution to the various action plans in the WASH sector (Consolidated Appeal Process, Flash Appeal, Inter-Agency Contingency Plan, Hyogo Framework for Action, national sectoral strategy etc)
  • Internal and external technical communications concerning WASH projects (in liaison with the Deputy Country Director/Field Coordinator)
  • Promotion of sectoral partnerships (civil society, NGOs, authorities, private sector) and capacity building

Mission 6: Team management

  • The functional and/or hierarchical management of WASH personnel
  • Evaluation of the technical performance of WASH teams (PM, Deputy Head of Department, Specialists)
  • Developing WASH competencies throughout the mission

Mission 7: Promote capitalization, technical development and research within the WASH Department

  • Consolidation and transmission to headquarters of capitalization within the WASH sector at the mission level (technical developments, pilot projects, innovative or little documented approaches, operational approaches which may serve as a reference for the Action Against Hunger network, successes and failures, contextual analyses etc)
  • Supervision of capitalization duties undertaken by PMs and the WASH Department
  • Sharing experience with actors in the WASH sector at country and regional levels
  • Maintaining continuity in respect of the WASH expertise and the history of the mission
  • Applying new approaches proposed by Headquarters or at mission level
  • Reporting to Headquarters on technical development and research requirements and on the implementation of projects (notably in response to calls for internal and external research projects)
  • Supervision of research projects
  • Exploring the modalities of scientific and technical partnerships (laboratories, universities, private sector)
  • Developing his/her technical skills in line with the evolution of the sector

Qualifications, experience and competencies

  • Degree in WASH related studies (engineering, public health, geology)
  • 3 years of professional experience, including at least 2 humanitarian missions (Action Against Hunger /Other NGO)
  • Excellent inter-personal, communications and representative skills (written, oral, cross-cultural).
  • Skills in training and management
  • Capacity to write reports
  • Analytical capacities
  • Able to identify the problems and to provide solutions
  • Professional and responsible
  • Motivated ,Open-minded
  • Culturally sensitive/ability to work with multicultural teams
  • Flexible ,Creative, Responsible, Autonomy
  • Remote management
  • Team management (make a team work together, make a team understand their objective…)
  • Capacity building, training
  • Ability to manage a team in a mature and impartial manner
  • Good knowledge of Excel and Word
  • Fluent in Somali and English (oral and writing)


Applications, should include a CV with cover letter and 3 professional references to be sent via email to:

 not later than 12 July 2019 clearly mentioning the position on the subject line WASH Specialist

Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

This position is open to Somalia nationals