Roving WASH Construction Coordinator

Plan International

Addis Ababa, , ET

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Dimensions of Role:

  • Responsible for project design, overseeing implementation and monitoring while ensuring quality program delivery of the overall WATSAN program activities. 
  • Given that a significant and increasing amount of the work is done through partnership, a key aspect of the role is nurturing, developing and facilitating the achievement of results through partners.

Typical Responsibilities – Key end Results of the Position:

Project design, implementation and reporting

  • Ensure the technical soundness, appropriateness and general quality in water supply and sanitation project design and planning.
  • Provide leadership into the water supply development project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; assess the outputs, outcomes and impact of program interventions and activities in the program unit.
  • Prepare and develop in consultation with appropriate stakeholders annual work plans and project plans.
  • Under the Country Lead leadership contribute to the development of concept notes and proposals.
  • Ensure effective and efficient management of financial resources, including review and check project budgets, monitoring expenditures, and implementing cost control measures.
  • Ensure M&E and learning in close collaboration with the M&E team.
  • Ensure quality and timely reporting and documenting of project activities including preparation of quarterly/yearly program progress reports.
  • Ensure the mainstreaming of CP, Inclusion and DRR in the program unit.
  • Provide timely coordination and guidance in the delivery of water supply services in PIE supported programs areas.

Policy engagement and networking

  • Serve as a principal representative to WASH thematic networks and clusters to promote effective program implementation, to create collaborative and positive partnerships and alliances, and to influence policy that maximizes the impact of the country program.
  • Establish links and good relationships with relevant government authorities, NGOs, academic and research institutions and the media, in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene to draw information and knowledge for program efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Makes follow up and proper documentation of regional government policies, strategies and plans with respect to water sanitation and hygiene.

Partnership development and strengthening

  • Periodically collect information about other organizations working within the region to gain institutional knowledge of the environment.
  • In support of the regional manager, manage the parternship in a holistic and reciprocal manner.
  • Make it a business to know about other organization in the region.
  • Seeks opportunities for different kinds of partnership for enhanced quality program implementation.
  • Provide support to partner staff, coaching for results and support to the water, sanitation and hygiene thematic area team as well as in their individual development and performance management.
  • Facilitates communication and interaction between partners/collaborators and Program Unit finance team.

Dealing with Problems:

Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required solving them

  • Resolves challenges typically occurring in water, sanitation and hygiene programme management at the CO & PA level, while introducing innovations as needed to meet the demands of a dynamic and sometimes unpredictable operating environment while ensuring Plan systems and policies are adhered to.
  • Ensure the highest level of project quality and its link with the overall country program. This will be strengthening accountability, planning, management, adherence to policies and procedures, promoting a culture for delivery of results, both short and long term.

Communications and Working Relationships:

Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact

Externally: Initiate, develop and maintain a range of working relationships, including with consortium lead and member organizations, government counterparts, and other development organizations within the region.

Internally: Effective working relationships with program unit staff, with Plan staff in general and various internal staff networks.

Knowledge, Skills, Behaviors, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:

Educational Qualification and Experience

  • BA Degree in Sanitary or Hydraulic Engineering with at least 5 years relevant experience in water supply and sanitation development out of which 2 years of NGO experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the management (feasibility study, design, construction, supervision etc) of water supply and sanitation projects.
  • Experience in contract document preparation, negotiation management, and development of bid documents, Bill of quantities and specification, as well as supervision and administration of projects.


  • Knowledge of the water, sanitation and hygiene sector.
  • In-depth knowledge of project cycle management and child centred community development programming.
  • Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development.
  • Knowledge of effective participatory M & E and Research systems and processes.

Skills Specific to the Post

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with colleagues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation.
  • Strong negotiation, influencing and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to analyze information and evaluate options including planning skills.
  • Proficient in computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications.

Commitment to Plan Ethiopia Values:

  • Integrity, Unity/Oneness, Accountability, Excellence , Embracing Change, Speed/Agility

Leadership Attitudes & Behaviours

  • A predisposition to collaborate positive engagement with other parts of the organisation.
  • A commitment to communicate in a timely manner.
  • Relates to people in a friendly, open manner and engenders trust from other staff.
  • Humble, supportive, ethical and service oriented.
  • Able to work with minimum supervision.

Physical Environment and Demands:

Based at CO level in in Addis with at least 50 % field travel