WASH Coordinator

Solidarités International

Aden, , YE

Desired start date: March 1st, 2020

Duration of the mission: 9 months

Location: Aden

SI opened its mission in Yemen in 2017, establishing its coordination in Aden. With the support of the Emergency DESK, SI mission was able to quickly acquire operational capacity, which was first deployed in Lahj Governorate, for implementation of WASH and Food Security Programming. Over the course of 2018, SI expanded the geographical scope of its intervention, and established presence in Al Turbah and Al Mokha in Taizz Governorate. With the opening of Al Mokha base late 2018, SI was one of the first humanitarian actors to start operations on the “West Coast”, which are now covering the southern districts of Hodeidah Governorate, close to one of the main frontlines of the conflict. In Al Turbah, SI is now looking at expanding its programming to emergency and early-recovery interventions, as well as its outreach to the city of Taizz, which after Hodeidah has been the second main frontline of the war. 

For the year 2019/20; the mission has a forecasted budget of about 10M Euros. It operates from Aden, where the coordination is based, and 2 operational field bases located in Al Turbah and Al Mokha. The mission is composed of 15 expatriates and about 100 national staffs and is funded by OFDA, CDC, YHPF, DutchMoFA and ECHO. SI Programming in Yemen focuses on addressing immediate food needs of communities at risk of famine, as well as providing timely response to displacements of population and AWD/Cholera outbreaks. Its portfolio is primarily composed of WASH Emergency projects, along with unconditional cash distribution. Strategic and institutional priorities for the mission in 2019/20 is to strengthen its Emergency Response capacity, and develop operational capacity in Taizz city. In parallel, and where feasible, SI is looking at implementing early-recovery interventions. 

About the job

General objective:

Under the management of the Deputy Country Director (DCD), the WASH Coordinator acts as a technical advisor and overall functional manager of the WASH Programs.

He/she contributes to the development of Solidarités International strategy by proposing a sector-based strategy in the field of WASH.

He/she specifically guarantees the quality and suitability of proposed technical approaches and ensures the appropriateness of WASH activities and general SI objectives to the needs of the local populations.

He/she coordinates the project cycle and more particularly the operational monitoring of WASH programs implemented in the intervention country. He/she contributes to the process of capitalization and the improvement of Solidarités International methods and techniques in the field of WASH.

Priorities for the next months :

  • Technical support and quality control, and gap filling (if required) to the programs in Al Mokha.
  • Technical support and quality control, and gap filling to the OFDA program in Al Turbah.
  • Technical support and quality control, and gap filling) to the ERT activities

Management :

The WASH Coordinator directly line manages the Deputy WASH Coordinator (national staff). He has functional link with the Program Managers on the bases. Field Coordinators are strongly involved in program management and are the line manager of the Program Managers. The WASH Coordinator has a strict technical advisory and functional management component.

Responsibilities and main activities:

Strategic orientation

Relevance and quality of projects

Coordination, technical support and operational monitoring


Personnel management             


Communication / representation / External coordination

Your profile

Specific skills and experience:

The applicant must demonstrate strong appetite for roles and responsibilities related to technical advisory and functional management programming. Significant prior experience in overseeing emergency and early-recovery projects in complex humanitarian environment is required.

Education and experience :

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering or Hydraulic Engineering is strongly preferred. Alternatively, strong technical skills must be clearly proven by means of extended professional experience with engineering.
  • At least 5 years’ experience as WASH PM.
  • Prior substantial experience in unstable environment (conflict / post conflict country).
  • Experience in implementing/supervision emergency and/or early recovery projects.
  • Knowledge of the sub-region/prior experience in Yemen is an asset.

Knowledge and technical skills

  • Good and proven writing and spoken English are required.
  • Knowledge of emergency and/or early recovery programing.
  • Technical knowledge of Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH, and/or MEAL is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

Soft skills:

Transferable skills

  • Organizational and analytical skills;
  • Experience in delivering training and capacity building of staff;
  • Knowledge of project cycle management, and project reporting;


  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Skill transfer ability highly appreciated;
  • Anticipation and self-organization capacities;
  • Great work and stress management capacities;
  • Willingness to work in complex and volatile environments.


  • Good and proven writing and spoken English are required;
  • Arabic speaking is an asset;

SI will offer you

A salaried post: According to experience, starting from 2640 euros gross per month (2400 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 750 USD

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

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time-off is implemented at the rate of one break after two months spent on the field. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 2nd, 4th, 8th and 10th months (with 750 USD allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the field (Solidarités will cover travel costs).

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.

Living conditions and Security :

The situation in terms of security remains tense in Aden and its surrounding Lahj governorate, due to the proximity of the frontline, the political unrest and the presence of armed opposition groups such as IS and AQAP. Main identified threats for Aden are crossfire (wrong location at the wrong moment), kidnapping or hostage taking (even though there is no proven history of kidnapping of expatriates in recent period), crowd mob and road accidents. To mitigate these risks, SI has developed strict security rules that the applicant needs to be ready to abide to.

The field office in Aden is shared with the guesthouse (same building). It is located 5 minutes-drive from the coordination office, which also shares guesthouse and office. Security rules in Aden are rather restrictive, with a curfew at 8 pm, extended to 9 pm in the area where most INGOs are located. Expatriates are allowed to go to the supermarket, to one gym, one restaurant, and two beaches (including one reachable by boat). Guesthouse is comfortable as per middle-east standards (large rooms with AC, good-standard bathrooms with running water). A gym and rest area have recently been built on the roof of the Guesthouse to improve expatriates’ living conditions. 

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 

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





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