Water and Sanitation Specialist

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Context Tripoli

With a population of 1.8 million people, Tripoli is the biggest city in Libya. Since the beginning of the civil war in 2011 until now, the city has been in constant decline. Ongoing conflict, lack of legitimate governance, criminality, and a massive population migration have led to the collapse of law and order, social services and the healthcare system, the latter suffering from a lack of supplies, HR, and maintenance of essential medical equipment. Adding to the general instability of the country, Libya is a convergence point for human smuggling and trafficking, in attempt to get across the Mediterranean to Europe. People caught in these movements are the most vulnerable – victims of violence, extortion, forced labour, and deliberate neglect of basic needs. MSF-OCA is currently working in several detention facilities, housing refugees/migrants who have been detained for various reasons within different structures around Tripoli. Conditions in the centers are below standard and water, sanitation and hygiene (WHS) are key areas needing improvement to benefit the health of the detainees and ensure a more dignified time in custody. The effects of the WHS standards in the Detention Centres are directly linked with disease and illness amongst detainees. MSF provides basic medical care, provides Non Food Items (NFIs), carries out distributions, refers critical cases to hospital and will implement Mental health activities outside of the Detention Centres( DC’s).

Your job

The WatSan is responsible for conducting and following up on assessments in the DC’s. Interventions include appropriate improvements in water quantity and quality and improvement of the general hygiene conditions as well as some aspects of infection control in the health care project. Solutions to some of the problems will, more than likely, require good problem solving skills and a strong sense of prioritisation in difficult circumstances.

Place within the organization

  • Hierarchically accountable to the Medical Coordinator and functionally to the Logistics Coordinator.

Main Responsibilities

  • Conduct assessments (in collaboration with medical teams if appropriate), identifying the Water Hygiene and Sanitation (WHS) needs and present findings and possible/appropriate responses or solutions,
  • Present, plan and implement interventions to improve WatSan related conditions for detainees,
  • Participate in developing proposals and planning of interventions in line with the overall project/mission strategy,
  • Carry out direct implementation of planned activities with, if necessary, hands-on approach and/or direct supervision of works contracts,
  • Engage local authorities or other non-governmental actors (when present) with the objective of providing better humanitarian assistance to the beneficiaries at the level of WHS,
  • Plan and organize the purchasing of required materials and equipment, in order to ensure appropriate technical specifications, stock management and timely deliveries;
  • Supervise any local staff engaged in the WHS/WatSan activities and train them and any other staff as necessary,
  • Link health data from the medical clinics and interventions with the WHS intervention in close collaboration with the medical team,
  • Provide up-to-date reports giving an overview of achievements, plans and constraints.
Requirements for Water & Sanitation Specialists


  • Academic background in engineering or an equivalent relevant training preferred;
  • A good command of English (minimum level C1) and a second language (French, Arabic minimum level B1);
  • At least 2 years work experience in a development, emergency or post-conflict setting, in WatSan interventions;
  •  Strong project management skills;
  • Organized and detail oriented, with an ability to multi-task;
  •  Must be able to function effectively in a fluid, loosely structured, but complex work environment and to set appropriate priorities and deal effectively with numerous simultaneous requirements.


  • Leadership;
  • Security awareness and management;
  • Networking & Building Relationships;
  • Cross Cultural awareness.


  • Location: Tripoli, Libya
  • Minimum commitment: 9 months
  • Annual gross salary: based on MSF-OCA Reward Policy
  • Housing and other secondary benefits based on MSF- OCA Frame for Network Units
Application process

Please read the job description thoroughly before applying and make sure you meet the criteria outlined above. Before starting your application (by clicking on the apply button below), please take the following into consideration. We require several documents during the application process online. We advise you to gather and prepare these documents first before applying. Only complete applications can be considered.

We require:

  • Your most recent CV.
  • A cover letter explaining your motivation to work with MSF, what assets and skills would contribute to MSF practices, and elaborating further on both your training/coaching experience, as well as your management capacities (responsibilities, number of people you managed, and the context in which you worked).
  • If you are currently working for MSF or have done so in the past as national staff in one of our projects, we require that you upload a recommendation letter for expatriation from your HrCo, Project Coordinator or Head of Mission and two of your most recent MSF evaluations.
  • A clear scan of your relevant diploma’s and certificates.