WASH Program Manager

Solidarités International

Dohuk, Iraq 🇮🇶

Desired start date: ASAP

Duration of the mission: 5 months

Location:  Position based in Erbil/Dohuk with field trip to refugee camps (Baradarash, Gawilan and Garmawa)

The SI mission has been opened in February 2017, with emphasis on the Mosul response.

SI is the lead agency of an IHF WASH in and out of camps consortium funded by OCHA. 6 international partners and 2 national partner working in Iraq. In addition, SI is the co-coordinator of the Sub National WASH cluster in Mosul with PAH (Polish Organization).

Annual budget of the Iraq mission is around 4MUSD (including the IHF’s partners) with currently 2 ongoing projects (IHF until end of June 2020 and CdCS project to provide WASH services to Syrian refugees in KRI until end of April 2020.

In terms of international HR for 2019-2020, the mission should be composed by: 1 CD; 1 Admin Co; 1 RCO; 1 WASH Specialist; 1 Finance Compliance; 1 Field Co Mosul; 1 WASH PM.

In terms of National HR for 2019-2020, the mission should be composed by: the team in Mosul (+/- 17 staff); 5 staff for the CdCS project and 8 national staff based at Erbil coordination office.

About the job

  • General objectives
    • The program manager is in charge of implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the proposals.
    • He/she is in charge of supervising the operational teams allocated to his/her program.
    • He/she guarantees the proper execution and the quality of the implemented program and, if applicable, suggests adjustments or developments to ensure its relevance.
  • Specific stakes and challenges
    • As the project proposes WASH gap filling activities, the coordination and positioning of SI is a prerequisite.
    • Be flexible with your team to positively respond to gaps and/or new emergencies (flooding…)
  • Priorities for the 2/3 first months:
    • Set-up activities
    • Ensure a good coordination with UN Agencies (UNICEF, WASH Cluster and UNHCR in charge of all refugee issues in Iraq including KRI) and WASH actors.
    • Assess additional needs which could be covered by SI. This includes the positioning of SI as a WASH actor in 2020 in the targeted refugee camps.

Management :

  • PM will work under the direct management of the CD
  • PM will manage a team of 5 staffs (additional daily workers increase this number)

Your profile


  • WASH engineer (diploma) 


  • A minimum of 3 years of experience with INGO working in the sector of WASH
  • Experience in WASH in emergency is a plus
  • Middle East experience an added value, specifically with regards to dealing with local authorities
  • Comfortable with logistic procedure and budget follow-up


  • English written and spoken/Arabic is an asset

Specific skills and experience:

  • Representation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Aptitudes to develop sector strategy in a competitive environment
  • Anticipation, decision making and initiative capacities
  • Capacity to prioritize and stress management
  • Capacity to work in complex and volatile environments

Si will offer you

A salaried position: starting from 1980 euros gross per month (including 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly per diem of 750 USD a month. Please note that salary is not negotiable with SI.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of on 7 working days every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7 working days break at 3/6 and 9 month (with 850 USD allocated by SI). To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of 1 additional rest day per month worked (i.e. 12 days in addition for a 1-year contract)

Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

For further information about Solidarités International, please consult our website:  http://www.solidarites.org/en/

Security and Living Conditions

  • Erbil security situation is stable; however, the situation is prone to changes due to the political situation. Though the living environment in Erbil feels safe, there are still risks, including the risk of car accidents, robbery/theft and sexual harassment (in particular from taxi drivers to female expats). The major risks currently are from ‘wrong time, wrong place’ incidents, such as small arms fire resulting from personal disputes. There is no curfew in Erbil.
  • Dohuk, Bardarash, Gawilan and Garmawa are locations under the control of KRI forces. The security is stable. No major security issues to mentioned. Erbil and those locations can be reached with a maximum of 2h.
  • Security in Mosul city is volatile, but relatively stable day-to-day and is a permissible operating environment for NGOs. This security situation can deteriorate rapidly within the city so strong security processes remain in place and the context is constantly monitored. There is a large presence of armed actors who control different areas (various PMU factions, Iraqi Army, Police etc) which remains a risk for power struggles and security incidents.

Key information about living conditions

Good living conditions in Erbil: individual rooms, fully equipped guest house and office, possibility to walk in the neighborhood, lots of restaurant, no curfew. Nevertheless, movements by foot for female staff alone at night are not allowed due to risks of harassment, dedicated transportation means are identified.

To implement this project, SI will open an office/ guest house in Dohuk and the PM will be based there. Living conditions in Dohuk are good. Some International NGOs have office there and there is no specific movement restriction in Dohuk due to security (except north of Dohuk Governorate). It is possible to come back to Erbil during the week end and for ad hoc coordination meeting.

Application process

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered. 

NB:  The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension