WASH Coordinator

Plan International

Bamenda, , CM

Plan International is an independent non-profit development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. 

We believe in the power and potential of every child. However, these are often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. In addition, it is 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. Moreover, 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 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


Working in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan International aims to reach as many children as possible, especially those who are excluded or marginalized with high-quality programs that offer sustainable benefits by increasing their income and working in partnership with other key stakeholders. Plan International is committed to providing an answer to the problems of children in emergency situations in our countries of intervention.

Given the current humanitarian crisis in the North West region of Cameroon, Plan International is committed to providing vital humanitarian assistance especially in the domain of health, water and sanitation. The WASH project is to enable the Internally Displaced and well as host communities have safe access to adequate essential needs and basic WASH services.

The WASH Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of WASH components of the project. She/He shall ensure adherence to donor requirements and that processes are aligned to PLAN’s procedures and approach, integrated with other PLAN programs, and complies with corporate mandates.

Dimensions of the Role

  • Oversee the operational and technical follow-up of WASH activities.
  • Ensure that the project has proper planning in place.
  • Ensure proper and timely follow up on implementation versus planning.
  • Ensure proper communication to senior management on possible risks/issues in the implementation of the projects.
  • Ensure that the gender dimension and any other cross-cutting issues important to the design, implementation and development of WASH activities are considered and that activities reflect the needs of the group and individuals especially children, the elderly and persons with disabilities.
  • Provide technical input to the Plan International Team and Local Partners in the implementation of WASH activities, especially trainings, which are appropriate to specific sectors of the community, e.g. children, youth, women and men.
  • Provide technical guidance to Field Staff and Local Partners in the mobilization of local councils for WASH, and volunteers as appropriate for participation in planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the WASH component of the project.
  • Review/Draft Activity Design Outlines for WASH activities for the project team and partners.
  • Facilitates donor requirements such as timely reports, project documentation, and progress update.


Under the supervision of the ERM the Wash Coordinator will have the following responsibilities:


  • Supervise all construction works in the field of assignment by conducting prompt monitoring visits
  • Prepare technical reports of the project
  • Ensure construction costs, government regulations, potential environmental hazards, and other factors are done in planning stages as well as the risk analysis
  • Validation of works executed in terms of quantity and quality with the submission of a report from the WASH Technician.
  • Provide the necessary technical support for the proper implementation of the work to WASH Technician.
  • Consolidate and submit weekly reports giving the progress of the work on the ground;
  • Submit a final report upon completion of the work.
  • Oversee the setting up of management committees for the various infrastructures in accordance with national standards for the sustainability of the project done by the WASH Technician.

He / she will be in charge of:

  • Analyse and report on project monitoring data and proposal development data;
  1. Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

In collaboration with the WASH team and other projects in the response, the WASH Coordinator will also be able to:

  • Coordinate the carrying out of rapid crisis assessments and develop intervention strategies;
  • Harmonize the collection of information from the various stakeholders in the WASH sector in the field (relations with partners, participation if necessary in thematic meetings organized by the relevant agencies, …);
  • Preside over coordination meetings of WASH activities with partners in the field.

Information and Co-ordination

  • Organize monthly coordination meetings with project stakeholders in its area;
  • Organize monthly project coordination meetings with the entire implementation team;
  • Maintain close collaboration with other partners in the area; Involve as much as possible the representative of local ministries structures;
  • Produce and transmit weekly and monthly reports of activities to the ERM;
  • Collect the best practices and lessons learned during the implementation of the project in its assignment area;
  • Ensure visibility of the project in its area of intervention;
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the ERM.

Human Resources and Administration

  1. Participate in all planned trainings of the project
  2. Shall work closely with the government technical services and ERM.

Dealing with Problems:

  • Maintain neutrality to the on-going crisis.
  • The job requires intense interventions on the field, in areas often at risk. This requires prudence, vigilance and compliance with security instructions.
  • Excellent and creative leadership skills will be utilized to properly implement the activities, in accordance with the standards, principles and with possible resistance from colleagues as is often the case in emergency response work 
  • S/he should work under pressure and accept travels and stays in areas often austere.

Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Key relationships

  • Keeps and maintain low contact with children, their families and communities
  • Maintains a high contact with partners at the Regional, divisional and community levels
  • Maintains medium contact with local partners.

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge


Qualification and Experience

  • First Degree in a discipline related to WASH (hydraulics, civil engineering, rural engineering, sanitation);
  • Knowledge on Plan International is an added advantage.
  • Have at least two years of experience in monitoring construction work in humanitarian / development;
  • Good knowledge on project management and design will be added advantage
  • Be able to speak English. Ability to speak the local language of the assigned zone will also be an added advantage.
  • Has experience in working with children and youths (boys and girls)
  • Good knowledge of the area is an added advantage
  • Have proven competence and experience in monitoring latrine construction work or similar work;
  • Have knowledge in CLTS


  • Timely and effective delivery of project activities and other outputs (reports, etc.)
  • Commitment to child protection, gender equality and participation
  • Skills in participatory assessment, water hygiene and sanitation related activities
  • Good computer skills (Microsoft Words, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer)
  • Ability to network with grassroots structures as well as work with government stakeholders
  • Good team spirit 


  • Commitment and adherence to humanitarian values and standards,
  • Not been involved in any child protection issues
  • Demonstrates neutrality in the current socio-political crisis.
  • Works with trustworthiness and integrity
  • Resilience/Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including stress, high security risks, diversed cultural contexts and harsh living conditions. Works and lives with a flexible, adaptable and resilient manner.
  • Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity.
  • Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive under pressure.


  • Empathy on issue affecting children rights and equality for girls
  • Good planning and organizational abilities
  • Team work
  • Integrity
  • Humility

Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

  1. Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  2. Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  3. Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  4. Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  5. Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  1. Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  2. Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  3. Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  4. Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  1. Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  2. Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  3. Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  4. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  1. Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  2. Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  3. Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  4. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

Physical Environment

  • Work in hot and cold climate

Level of contact with children

Medium level: Low interaction with children

 To apply for this job, kindly click on “Apply”. Your application should include:

  • A cover letter
  • A comprehensive CV including details of two referees, one of whom should be your current of most recent supervisor
    Location: Bamenda – CAMEROON
  • Closing date: April 15th, 2020

Plan International Cameroon operates in an equal opportunity environment and actively encourages diversity.  Only applications received in French or English, will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Plan international has a child protection and gender equality policies that are integral part of the recruitment process.





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