Coordinator (WASH)

International Medical Corps

United States 🇺🇸

Job Title: Coordinator, WASH

Location: United States – , US (Primary)

Category: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Date Needed By: 8/31/2022

Program Description (Background)

This position is for building International Medical Corps talent pipeline. Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for future anticipated positions. Candidates who meet our preliminary requirements will be contacted for interviews. 

Please note: Due to volume, we are not able to contact each interested job seeker. If selected for consideration, you will be contacted by a member of our team to discuss our recruitment process.

Job Description

JOB SUMMARY: The WASH Coordinator’s role is to lead and provide technical support for planning and smooth operation of WASH activities in any defined context. The active involvement in developing and rolling out the country WASH strategy based on the specific context, assessments/needs identified, supports program implementation of multiple WASH projects, fundraising, and to ensure the smooth operation of WASH-related interventions. Besides, the WASH Coordinator support with the overall building of capacity of local staff and stakeholders in WASH.

The WASH Coordinator plans and implement WASH projects, foster internal and external networks with stakeholders and donors; provide technical support to the development of funding proposals. The WASH Coordinator manages, leads, and provide direction to the WASH team in line with Country priorities. Besides, where required, the Coordinator supports the program team in obtaining the required government permissions and positively engage with institutional and private donors as well as IMC HQ. Moreover, the Coordinator ensures project monitoring, regular reviews, preparation of donor reports, capturing learnings, and can close the project and implement exit plans

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


Provide WASH sectoral leadership and technical support to rapid needs assessments in emergency and development contexts and their analysis and ensure their linkage to activity plans and budgets;
Conduct an initial joint multi-sector rapid assessment to depict the current humanitarian situation in collaboration with other sectoral staff and affected population; translate the needs into priorities and formulate immediate intervention activities and required resources;
Assess in-country resources and capacities (human, material, and financial) for the WASH program roll-out as per agreed objectives. Besides, evaluate the strengths/gaps in the capacities;

Program Design
Formulate the overall aims and objectives of WASH response program through a clear WASH strategy for senior Country Management;
Design an appropriate overall response to the country-specific needs, considering the needs of the community, the current levels of in-country WASH capacity, and the overlapping of WASH and other IMC sectors;
Select and design from an array of appropriate technologies for water systems for the given context (communities, health facilities, camps, and Schools), including source selection (groundwater, surface water), abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution for new systems and the rehabilitation of old water systems;
Select and design the most appropriate form of sanitation systems in communities, health facilities, camps, and Schools to include excreta disposal, vector control, solid waste disposal, drainage. It is taking full account of local conditions, resources, customs, and cultural norms;
Select and design, in collaboration with other actors, a suitable hygiene promotion program that suits the local context (communities, health facilities, camps, and Schools), and would be widely accepted by beneficiaries;
Support further development of WASH interventions through the use of project conceptualization and planning skills such as SWOT analysis and Stakeholder mapping;
Ensure and advocate/lobby that WASH program design is considering Health, gender, protection, operation and maintenance, and sustainability;
Contribute to ensuring that the response has adequate is funded through external donors, and manage (HR, admin, implementation) all aspects of WASH interventions;
Ensure SPHERE standards, both qualitative and quantitative, are considered through the program cycle and are well documented.
Develop concept notes, letters of intent, proposals, and budgets related to the above

Management and Implementation
Plan, lead and manage WASH program in a phased and the prioritized manner in full consultation and co-ordination with International Medical Corps staff and other agencies, both governmental and non-governmental;
Work closely with the Human Resources team for planning and hiring of the WASH team;
Lead to build the WASH team capacity to respond to the emergency and development phases;
Oversee and supervise all infection prevention and control (IPC) activities, including supervision, mentoring, and training and clinical and non-clinical teams;
Mobilize and train community volunteers through the WASH team to support WASH/hygiene promotion activities at communities, health facilities, camps, and Schools levels and ensure quality hygiene promotion activities are conducted regularly;
Ensure that the project management tools, HR plan, indicator plan, Procurement plan, Pipelines, Work plan are updated regularly;
Coordinate with IMC functions (logistics and finance) to conduct the technical evaluation for bidders on WASH infrastructure work;
Lead through the WASH team the supervision and follow up of contractors on all infrastructures under multiple donors funded projects;
Lead and ensure on-the-job training to the National WASH team and community-based volunteers concerning Global WASH standards and approaches for WASH in emergencies (both hardware and software);
Ensure gender and protection are considered throughout the project cycle, with women being enabled to influence decision- making around WASH challenges;
Ensure WASH program implantation is linked to other IMC key sectors health, Nutrition, gender, child protection, and MHPSS;
Coordinate with IMC functions (HR and MEAL) to design and develop appropriate supervisory, monitoring, and evaluation systems for WASH interventions;
Lead for oversight of WASH team work plans, vacation schedules, staff training, development, and appraisals;
Work closely with program support functions (logistics and finance departments) for WASH program supplies and activities planning;
Work with the Country Team to prepare donor visits, accompany any visitors (including donors) to showcase and appreciate program activities progress and achievements on the ground;

Information and Co-ordination
Impact and influence within their teams but also include other parts of their program and the external public
Provide regular updates and technical guidance to the team on progress, priorities, and challenges verbally and in writing;
Represent International Medical Corps to governmental and non-governmental groups as needed and agreed with the line manager;
Represent International Medical Corps in WASH and relevant Cluster activities

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 in water and sanitation engineering, civil engineering, or relevant technical WASH specialization. Master’s degree preferred. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
8+ years of relevant progressive experience with at least 5 years of work experience with designing and implementing water and sanitation systems in IDPs, refugee and migrant contexts, maintaining sanitation systems, and implementing hygiene promotion programs, including 2 years in a humanitarian setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Field experience in managing water, sanitation and hygiene program in complex humanitarian settings including in emergency responses;
Experience in emergency and early recovery phases, including assessments and the design and delivery of adequate water supply and hygiene promotion interventions in humanitarian and development contexts
The ability to effectively analyses complex problems and suggest a solution that would have a positive impact;
Ability and understanding of the WASH sector and its hardware and software components;
Ability to effectively present information (both written and verbally) and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, senior government
Demonstrated knowledge of linking WASH activities with other humanitarian sectors.
Ability to understand gender-related challenges within the beneficiary groups
Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret, technical and non-technical in the English language
Experience in developing WASH strategy, clear and realistic activity planning;
Experience and understanding of key intuitional donors’ policies, guidelines, and strategies, e.g., USAid, OFDA, ECHO, DFID, and UN
Demonstrated experience in WASH proposal development and preparation of internal and donor reports.
Demonstrated knowledge of linking WASH activities with other humanitarian sectors.
Demonstrated analytical, motivational, communication, project conceptualization, and planning skills;
Diverse and complex problem solving requiring professional knowledge, field experience, and an understanding of both development and humanitarian work in a complex security environment.
Demonstrated experience of working closely with support functions (finance and logistics) on activity and procurement planning.
Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions.

Additional Technical or Language Requirements


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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