WASH Project Manager (Ukraine & Poland)


Ukraine 🇺🇦


Field position based in Ukraine.

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

As soon as possible, Full time, 3 to 12 months.

Role Overview

The WASH Project Manager plans, develops, monitors and evaluates the assigned WASH project(s). This involves assessing WASH needs, designing projects, writing proposals and initiating and effectively managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget. Providing technical support, leadership and strategic direction, other important aspects of the role include meeting quality standards in WASH delivery, encouraging beneficiary participation, liaising with other stakeholders and managing and training WASH staff.

Project Overview

Due to the war in Ukraine, there are vast needs for access to safe water and sanitation both in the areas welcoming displaced people and in areas where infrastructure has been damaged. The role requires someone agile to implement small- and large-scale water, sanitation and hygiene improvements in partnership with local water authorities (Vodakanals), including training of key community staff. The role will involve travel to support our various bases, and mentoring Medair staff.

Key Activity Areas

WASH Project Management

  • Manage assigned WASH projects in order to meet project objectives within the budget and allocated time frame.
  • Provide strong leadership of the assigned WASH project(s), working to ensure both short and long-term positive impacts and outcomes for the beneficiaries, local authorities and local WASH staff.
  • Implement appropriate and effective WASH strategies in consultation with other WASH staff and field managers.
  • Set clear objectives and indicators for WASH activities in collaboration with the WASH staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities.
  • Continuously monitor and supervise WASH activities, overseeing the technical design, execution and evaluation of progress through outputs and impacts using both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability in all aspects of the project.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to Medair, donor and other applicable timeframes.
  • Develop new proposals, linked to the country strategy, in conjunction with the relevant field managers.

Staff Management

  • Line-manage the WASH Manager(s) of the assigned project(s), including day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc. It may also be necessary to line manage other WASH project staff.
  • Facilitate regular meetings to assist information sharing between project staff, to ensure all staff members are aware of project objectives, progress, current work plans and to provide the opportunity for feedback.
  • Provide coaching and supervise staff in order to develop ownership and full responsibility for WASH activities.
  • Assess the training needs of WASH staff and ensure that appropriate training is provided/conducted.

Financial Management

  • Manage the WASH budget for the assigned project(s) and ensure all expenses are according to budget and meet the Medair standards with regard to financial management, including accountability and good governance.

Communication and Coordination

  • Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the assigned WASH team, Medair in-country and GSO WASH managers and advisers and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. beneficiaries, community leaders, local and national government officials, UN agencies and other NGOs), with the objective of ensuring good cooperation and partnerships.
  • Participate in WASH coordination meetings and other working groups or meetings as required, representing Medair and feeding back to the WASH staff and field managers on relevant issues.


  • Support the logistics activities of WASH staff, particularly in relation to the purchasing of supplies and equipment for the assigned WASH activities.
  • Liaise, as necessary, with the WASH, logistics and finance staff to ensure items are procured, transported, stored, managed and accounted for correctly.

Quality Management

  • Promote and use the Medair e-library and other operating procedures, ensuring that all standardised formats are used and guidelines are followed.
  • Ensure WASH projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards i.e. Sphere and HAP standards.

Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.


  • Master’s or Batchelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or Water / Environmental Engineering / Management.
  • Preferably, registration with a professional engineering body
  • Excellent working knowledge of the English language (spoken and written).


  • 2 years post-qualification professional experience in a relevant field.
  • Management experience within a WASH context.
  • Ability and willingness to manage project implementation.
  • Experience of tendering and managing contracted work.
  • Good numerical, report writing and administration skills.
  • Problem solving and technical WASH skills within a humanitarian setting.
  • Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian standards such as Sphere and CHS.
  • Team-player with good inter-personal skills and willingness to support others and to share workload.
  • Aptitude for community mobilisation and capacity-building.
  • Experience in training / mentoring / coaching staff.
  • Able to prioritise clearly, oversee multiple tasks and to take initiatives in project decisions.
  • Able to enforce procedures and to set clear objectives for staff and to delegate.
  • Committed to consultative and servant-minded leadership.

All new deploying international staff to Medair’s country programmes (and other roles which require field travel) should be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID vaccine, supported with a COVID vaccination certificate as evidence.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development