Water and Sanitation Specialist

Médecins Sans Frontières

Netherlands 🇳🇱

MSF is an international, independent medical humanitarian organisation. We provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. We are a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation. MSF was founded in 1971 in Paris by a group of journalists and doctors. Today, we are a worldwide movement of more than 63,000 people.

MSF coordinates operations through collaborations between global offices. The ‘MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam’ (OCA) is a partnership that is composed of the partners MSF-Canada, MSF-Germany, MSF-SARA, MSF-Sweden, MSF-Holland and MSF-United Kingdom. MSF-OCA has a team of more than 11,000 staff working in 115 emergency projects in about 31 countries.

The office of MSF-Holland located in Amsterdam hosts more than 400 employees, offering direct support to MSF-OCA operations. Around 50 staff focus on recruitment, communication and fundraising and 350 staff are focused on supporting MSF-OCA operations.  

MSF is a civil society initiative that brings together individuals committed to the assistance of other human beings in crisis. As such, MSF is by choice (Chantilly) an association. Each individual working with MSF does it out of conviction and commitment and is ready to uphold the values and principles of MSF. 

At Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Artsen zonder Grenzen, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees. We encourage applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, religions, beliefs, disability status, and all other diversity characteristics.  

Water and Sanitation Specialist

Objectives and responsibilities of the position


Water and sanitation (WatSan) play an important role in our projects, as water is the source of life, but can also spread diseases and cause death.

Your objective will be to prevent and control diseases transmitted by contaminated water or by poor sanitation or hygiene, both within and beyond the health facilities we run or support. As a WatSan specialist, you will not necessarily be focused solely on the health facilities, but may also be responsible for the water and sanitation provisions of an entire refugee camp. Your job will involve maintaining a reliable water supply, constructing or upgrading sanitary facilities and supporting the promotion of hygiene, as well as organising appropriate (medical) waste disposal. You will work closely with the project team (medical and non-medical staff). Your work will include training and supervising locally hired staff.

Candidate profile

  • At least two years relevant work experience in the field of water and/or sanitation
  • Hands-on experience in water, sanitation and environmental or public health, preferably in an emergency or development context
  • Experience in training, coaching and supervision of staff
  • Work or travel experience in developing countries
  • A good command of the English and French language (minimum B2)
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload
  • Ability to work in an international team
  • Willingness to work in an unstable and insecure environment
  • Availability of at least 12 months

Strong Assets

  • Experience in or familiarity with healthcare waste management and vector control
  • Experience with a similar non-governmental organization abroad
  • A good command of the Arabic language

Only applications that meet the above requirements will be considered

Information and Application

If you recognise yourself in this profile and meet the requirements, we welcome you to apply directly via the Apply button on this page and upload the following documents:

  • Your most recent English CV not exceeding 3 pages
  • A cover letter explaining your motivation to work with MSF
  • A clear scan of your relevant diploma’s and certificates

In MSF we are strongly committed to professionalism and responsible behaviour and therefore the final phase of the application process is a background screening. Such screening can consist out of an identity check, check of employment history, reference check and declaration on behaviour.

If you are interested and would like to have additional information, please contact Recruitment, recruitment@amsterdam.msf.org.


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