Emergency WASH Coordinator

International Medical Corps

Haiti 🇭🇹

Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility for rapid response to emergencies. International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Hurricane Matthew is making a path through Jamaica, Haiti and Bermuda, bringing dangerously high winds, heavy rains, and flooding. Already there are reports of landslides, washed out roads and homes; and people seeking shelter, food and care.   International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Unit has two emergency response teams in the area poised to be on the ground as soon as they can do so.  Our current program team in Haiti has been ramping up preparation efforts and are ready to respond as well. 

International Medical Corps anticipates that once the hurricane has passed  and contingent on funding is made available,  a core ERT group will be deployed  to Haiti and Bermuda to provide a multi-sectoral relief program that  may include primary health services,  basic medical supplies and drugs, emergency feeding programs for the most vulnerable, water and sanitation activities, and complementary food distribution. In addition, IMC’s activities may also provide both immediate relief as well as sustainable improvements in the health system, by offering hands-on training to local medical counterparts. All IMC programs are focused on rehabilitating the existing infrastructure and avoiding the creation of a parallel system.  

This position is  anticipated and contingent on funding.


The WASH Coordinator’s main tasks lie in the assessment, analysis and prioritization of urgent WASH response needs, the designing, implementation and coordination of emergency WASH interventions, and the training of local staff and stakeholders in WASH related topics.


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

1. Assessment
• Provide water, sanitation and hygiene sectoral leadership and expertise in relevant needs assessments and analysis.
• Conduct initial rapid assessment of current situation in collaboration with health workers and affected population; determine priorities and immediate activities and resources.
• Represent International Medical Corps to stakeholders and Governmental and non-Governmental agencies
• Assess in-country resources and capacities (human, material and financial) for response with relevant staff and agencies.

2. Programme Design
• Define aims and objectives of the overall WASH response programme.
• Design an appropriate overall response to the current emergency, taking into account the needs of the community; the current levels of capacity and cooperation within the Health structures; and eventual expanding of current programs.
• Select and design water systems including source selection (ground water, surface water), abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution for new systems and/or the rehabilitation of old systems.
• Select and design the most appropriate form of sanitation system (to include excreta disposal, vector control, solid waste disposal, drainage) taking full account of local conditions, resources, customs and cultural norms.
• Select and design, in collaboration with other actors a suitable hygiene promotion strategy
• Ensure that issues of protection, gender, livelihoods, DRR and environmental impact, operation and maintenance and sustainability are factored into the programme design.
• Ensure Sphere standards both qualitative and quantitative are considered and any departures documented.
• Develop letters of intent, concept papers, budgets and proposals in respect of the above.

3. Response Management and Implementation
• Plan and manage WASH programme in a phased and prioritised manner with full consultation and co-ordination with International Medical Corps’ staff and other agencies both governmental and non-governmental.
• Ensure gender is fully considered throughout the project cycle with women being enabled to influence decision- making around WASH issues.
• Organize with the logistics and finance departments materials and support needed for all activities.
• Build a team that has the capacity to respond to the emergency, and assist in hiring as needed.
• Contribute to ensuring that the response is fully funded by external donors, and manage (HR, financial, implementation) all aspects of emergency WASH interventions.
• Design and develop appropriate supervisory, monitoring and evaluation systems for WASH interventions.

4. Information and Co-ordination
• Provide regular updates to supervisor and team on progress, priorities and constraints – verbally and in writing.
• Represent International Medical Corps to governmental and non-governmental groups as needed and agreed with the supervisor
• Represent International Medical Corps in WASH and relevant emergency related Cluster activities.
• Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. 

• Bachelor’s degree (emphasis in Water/Public Health/Sanitation)
• 7+ years of relevant work experience (minimum of 5 years in humanitarian situations; camp settings a plus) or equivalent combination of education and experience.
 • Experience in emergency response, including rapid assessments and needs analysis
• Experience in hygiene promotion in humanitarian contexts
• Ability to work in extreme weather conditions
• Profound cross-cultural awareness and sound knowledge of public health issues
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
• Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations
• Ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively
• Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
• Sense of humor
• Fluency in English (both oral and written skills)