WASH Manager (Roster for Emergency Responses)

International Medical Corps

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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.


When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene—providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance.

International Medical Corps has established an International Emergency Roster to ensure that emergency positions are filled in a timely manner with professionally qualified, gender balanced, geographically diverse, linguistically able, and a highly motivated corps of professionals. The team includes coordinators, logisticians, doctors and water and sanitation experts. It also includes specialists who focus on protection, prevention of sexual violence and aid for rape survivors and mental health.

Selected Emergency Response Team (ERT) members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 72 hours, whether they are launching into new areas or lending support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers, staff and available specialists who have been interviewed and have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on regular basis as new responders are identified and members update their areas of expertise and other relevant information. Through this expression of interest, applicants are encouraged to submit their profiles so that their information is readily available in the International Medical Corps applicant tracking system.

Job Purpose

The primary function of the WASH Manager (emergency) includes supporting the team in the conducting rapid assessment, planning, design, implementation, supervision, and administration of the WASH technical interventions. These will have a strong link to ongoing or planned water and sanitation, as well as other IMC core sector programs. The WASH Manager will be in charge of the prioritization and coordination of the start-up and management of implementation of the interventions, and often involved in development of concept papers and proposals for emergency scale up interventions in close cooperation with the WASH Coordinator. In addition, the WASH manager will support with the training of local staff and stakeholders in WASH related topics.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. These are common responsibilities for WASH Manager. These could change depending on the nature of the project and context.


  • Conduct initial joint multi sector rapid assessment to depict the current humanitarian situation in collaboration with other sectoral staff and affected population
  • Translate the needs into programme priorities and identify emergency interventions
  • Provide capacity building support for conducting rapid needs assessments and its analysis that is to be linked to activity plan and budgets.
  • Support the assessment of the in-country resources and capacities (human, material and financial) for response with relevant staff and agencies.

Programme Design

  • Enforce the implementation of aims and objectives of WASH response program in line with the WASH strategy.
  • Oversee, design and implementation for water systems for the given context, including source selection (ground water, surface water), abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution for new systems and/or the rehabilitation of old Water systems.
  • Oversee, design and implementation of sanitation system (to include excreta disposal, vector control, solid waste disposal, drainage) taking into full account the local conditions, resources, customs and cultural norms.
  • Implement a hygiene promotion program, which suits the local context and is widely accepted by beneficiaries.
  • Ensure and advocate/lobby that WASH program design is considering Health, gender, protection.
  • Contribute to ensuring that the response funded through external donors, and support the implementation all aspects of WASH interventions.
  • Ensure Sphere standards (both qualitative and quantitative) are considered through the program cycle and are well documented.
  • Develop concept papers, letters of intent, proposals and budgets in respect of the above.

Response Management and Implementation

  • Manage Emergency WASH interventions in a prioritized manner with co-ordination with IMC core sectors and other agencies, both governmental and non-governmental and the WASH Cluster.
  • Work closely with Human Resources team for hiring and building capacity of the WASH team.
  • Ensure gender and protection is considered throughout the project cycle with women being enabled to influence decision- making around WASH challenges.
  • Ensure Emergency WASH program implementation is linked to health, gender, child protection and nutrition.
  • Implement the appropriate supervisory, monitoring and evaluation systems for Emergency WASH interventions.
  • Work closely with program support functions (logistics and finance departments) for Emergency WASH program supplies and activities planning.

Information and Co-ordination

  • Provide regular updates and technical guidance to team on progress, priorities and challenges – verbally and in writing.
  • Represent International Medical Corps to governmental, non-governmental groups and WASH Cluster as needed and assigned with the supervisor
  • Support the programme team in obtaining the required government permissions and positively engage with intuitional and private donors and HQ

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in water and sanitation engineering, civil engineering, or relevant technical WASH specialization


  • At least three years of work experience with designing and implementing emergency WASH (water and sanitation systems) in IDPs, refugee and migrant contexts, maintaining sanitation systems, and implementing hygiene promotion programs; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of WASH sector and its hardware and software components
  • Demonstrated analytical, motivational, communication, project conceptualization and planning skills.
  • Experience in overseeing Emergency implementation, tracking the progress, reporting against the agreed indicators and managing project budget.
  • Experience in emergency and early recovery phases, including assessments and the design and delivery of effective water supply and hygiene promotion interventions in humanitarian and development contexts.
  • Experience and understanding of key intuitional donors’ policies, guidelines and strategies e.g. USAID, OFDA, ECHO, DFID and UN.
  • Demonstrated experience in WASH proposal development and preparation of internal and donor reports.
  • Ability to effectively present information (both written and verbally) and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field, counterparts, senior government.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of linking WASH activities with other humanitarian sectors.
  • Ability to understand gender related challenges within the beneficiary groups
  • Demonstrated experience of working closely with support functions (finance and logistics) on activity and procurement planning
  • Fluency in another language such as French, Arabic, or Spanish is an advantage

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.