Emergency WASH Coordinator

International Medical Corps

, , EC

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.


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.


Skills & Requirements:

  • Bachelors 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)