WASH Program Manager

Solidarités International

Raja, , SS

Country: South Sudan

Location: Raja (with some travel to juba)

Duration: 12 months

Start date: 1st March 2020 

SI has started to implement its humanitarian response in South Sudan in 2006. Its long lasting presence has contributed to build a wealth of experience in WASH and FSL assessments, implementation and accountability to beneficiaries. In December 2013, SI became a key WASH actor for IDPs in the PoC of Malakal and implemented construction and maintenance of sanitation facilities, waste management and hygiene promotion activities. Following the displacement from Wau Shilluk, SI is also present in Aburoc since 2017 and was one of the very first actors on the ground to implement WaSH activities, and is currently the WaSH site focal point for the cluster.

SI has also implemented food security activities in South Sudan; piloting large-scale unconditional cash transfers amongst IDPs and host communities in Upper Nile State, as well as seeds distribution in Malakal.

In 2017, SI opened a base in Raja, Western Bahr el Ghazal, where SI has been implementing WASH in Health as well as Food Security and Livelihoods programmes in partnership with ALIMA, notably under OFDA, GIZ and SSHF grants. Thanks to these interventions, SI has managed to reach some of the remote locations in Raja such as Timsaha and Boro Medina, giving a good experience in dealing with the different actors in the area.

Furthermore, since October 2018, SI is implementing a WaSH response for Ebola and Cholera preparedness in Nimule and Juba, especially through IPC WASH and WaSH in Health interventions.

Finally, SI is implementing RRM programs since 2012 in many different settings with various interventions, allowing SI to develop deep knowledge and understanding of the different challenges South Sudan is facing.

The main axis of SI’s country strategy are as follows:

  • Preparedness and response to acute multisectoral needs, through an integrated approach
  • Improvement of the basic services in light of the movements of population and creation of “livelihood” opportunities

The overall budget of the South Sudan mission is circa 2 million USD.

Descriptif du poste

The program manager is reporting directly to the Field Coordinator. He/she 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.

The main tasks are:

1 – Program planning, implementation and monitoring to ensure WASH services to most needy people in Raja county as agreed in SI strategy and in the project proposals.

  • Access to safe and clean water in Raja county (borehole rehabilitation, distribution of WASH NFI)
  • Construction/Rehabilitation of self-built latrines for the most vulnerable households
  • Hygiene and nutrition promotion campaigns in all Raja county
  • Motorization of boreholes for irrigation purposes
  • Different need assessments/Rapid assessments: WASH and multisectorial
  • Ensuring the integration of the WASH activities with: 1/ SI projects with WASH component (OFDA, FFP, ECHO), 2/Other activities: FSL, Protection (partners), 3/ with the other partners for the 3 consortiums (FFP, ECHO, OFDA)

2 – Financial planning and budget follow up to ensure successful WASH services delivery in Raja county

3 – Management and capacity building of local team hired in Raja County for the WASH response

4 – Coordination and representation in the different coordination forums (national and sub national WASH clusters, bilateral coordination with other NGOs)

5 – Support Coordination team and HoM in different policy and security related decision making.

6 – Provision of WASH technical inputs for Raja (WASH focal point for the base) and to the coordination when is it needed

7 – Reporting of the activities (reports, etc.) and participation to the proposal writing to be submitted to a range of donors (such as OFDA, ECHO, FFP, etc.)

8 – Support any other project of the mission when needed

Main priorities for the next months:

Taking into account the access constraints: rainy seasons is cutting off the roads and access to the North and West – the most vulnerable areas that are targeted under ECHO:

  1. Completion of the WASH activities (with quality) for OFDA project
  2. Multisectorial and WASH assessment in the hard to reach areas (Boremedina, Timsaha)
  3. Borehole assessment and rehabilitation in Raja county and mostly in the hard to reach areas (Boremedina, Timsaha)
  4. Capacity building the WASH team for the extension of the activities in Raja
  5. Thinking about WASH contingency strategy – Emergency preparedness with the EP&R team and program coordination

Your profile


  • Sc in Civil Engineering/Environmental Engineering/Environmental Science, Geography, water resources or Wash related project management or a relevant field
  • At least 2 years of professional experience in the humanitarian environment managing similar projects.
  • Proven experience in conflict/post-conflict contexts and insecure environments, with consequent experience in supporting emergency response or early recovery
  • Experience in South Sudan is a plus


  • Significant knowledge and experience of project cycle management,
  • Knowledge of the WASH sector with Good technical knowledge (cf. borehole drilling)
  • Knowledge on estimation, drawing and design of WaSH infrastructures,
  • Team management abilities and cultural awareness,
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills and the ability to multi-task and support and/or fill multiple positions at one time,
  • Strong initiative, flexibility and creativity,
  • Strong resilience and resistance to stress, difficult living and working conditions,
  • Commitment to the job and the organization,
  • Knowledge of SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL’s field of expertise and specific tools would be a strong asset


  • Fluent English (written, spoken and read), essential for writing reports and for external coordination.
  • Knowledge of French and/or Arabic is an asset

Computer skills

  • General computer literacy
  • Knowledge of technical software (like AutoCad)

Comprehensive knowledge and very good command of MS Office.

SI will offer you

Salaried position: A salaried post: from 1980 euros gross per month (including 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 700 USD.

SI also covers accommodation costs (SI guesthouse) and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.

R&R: 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 months (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.


General environement and living conditions

In Raja: SI base opened in 2017 in Raja. SI has it own compound but might host another NGO for programmatic purposes (Nonviolence peaceforce – NP, protection partner for the planned ECHO consortium). The security is calm, but Raja is a very remoted area (1 flight per week to Wau or 8 hours by road to Wau) and there are not many NGO with a permanent presence in Raja (only ALIMA). 

In Raja, SI premises in Raja is a large compound (with a vegetable garden). One main building includes the accommodation and living areas (bedrooms for expats and delocalised staff, kitchen, bathroom) and the office rooms and stock rooms. As mentioned above, the social life in Raja is pretty poor: there is only ALIMA with a full presence in town. However, some NGO staff from other NGO/agencies are coming quite often to Raja (FAO, WFP, etc.) and SI will host NP expats (2-3) for the implementation of ECHO project (depending on funding).


There is an internal curfew from 9/10 PM (depending on the zones) till 7:00 AM in Juba and from 6:00 PM till 6:00 AM in the field for the time being.

In Juba: Beside the current security risks associated to the negotiation of the peace agreement, the main security risk in Juba is robbery and police checks at night. It is possible to walk in the streets during the day (2 people minimum), providing avoiding some places in town. There’s a night driver for movements out of office hours.

In Raja: The security situation remains calm in all Raja county. However, with the on-going negotiations and with the potential signature of the peace agreement, the tensions might raise again and the security remains very volatile (armed groups are still present in Raja county). 

Security rules might be revised according to the new situation.

Application process

If you are committed, dedicated, solutions-oriented and willing to contribute to our programs in South Sudan, we would be happy to hear from 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 understanding.

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





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