WASH Program Coordinator

Samaritan's Purse

Battambang, , KH

Moung Ruessei district in the province of Battambang is a rural area (approx. 45 minutes’ drive from Battambang – the regional capital) that is entirely dependent on seasonal rainfall for its limited agriculture.  The unreliable nature of the rainfall and the increased economic pressure on families has led many people to migrate to Thailand in search of work.

Family members who remain in Cambodia work hard to establish household livelihood enterprises to supply food and money for education for the children but all of this is repeatedly crushed by the annual drought cycle where even drinking water becomes unattainable. This restricts agriculture and small-scale livelihood development and leads to the vulnerable paying exceptionally high prices for low quality drinking water in the dry season.

Battambang province has the highest rate of exploited and trafficked labor migrants of all the provinces in Cambodia.

Oasis of Hope will work to ‘Improve the economic status of households affected by migration’ by providing villages with a reliable water system using groundwater, available surface water systems and piping systems and ensuring direct connection for especially vulnerable households.  This will give people the ability to plan for the future and build a future of hope, breaking the cycle of despair.

What could be more rewarding than helping people escape the strongholds of slavery and trafficking while having the opportunity to share the good news of the Gospel as well?

The WASH Program Coordinator will work alongside the Oasis Program Manager, other sectoral Program Coordinators, SP WASH TA’s and Khmer national staff; to plan, design and implement the activities required to complete the program. They will be responsible for all aspects of the WASH scope of work, including research, monitoring/evaluation, reporting, and program implementation and improvement.  The PC is based in Moung Ruessei with frequent travel required to project locations mostly within an hour away outside of town.


  • Oversee the embedding of the gospel message in all aspects of the program
  • Provide management and guidance to the WASH technical team as required
  • In collaboration with WASH technical staff, develop community engagement and well management training packages – train field staff
  • Work in partnership with Engineering contractors and private water supply companies to design water supply systems for rural villages in Cambodia
  • Coordinate with the M&E department to design, implement and monitor M&E practices related to the well drilling, pipe laying and water supply
  • Work with procurement to oversee the selection of drilling and construction contractors
  • Engage national staff, community and government entities on every stages of the project
  • Train national staff and contractors on design requirements, procedures, and workmanship of drilling, water filtration and piped water systems
  • Supervise and monitor the implementation of water supply projects (drilling, and water distribution systems)
  • Study geophysical and other feasibility studies for well drilling site locations
  • Supervise the pump testing of water wells
  • Prepare well completion reports and/or well log-sheet reports
  • Supervise water quality tests at well locations and tap stands/pipes
  • Actively engage field staff to coach, mentor and develop skills
  • Data collection
  • Produce Monthly Reports and special reports as required


To perform this job successfully, an individual must maintain a personal relationship with and be a consistent witness for Jesus Christ, as well as able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experience working in the design and construction of water systems

Familiarity with the design and construction of of piping systems across a village (head loss & pipe size calculations)

Familiarity with water pump capacities and selection

Familiarity with drilling water bores

Ability to identify different soil types as they are displayed on drill log Foundational knowledge of water filtration systems and pressurized water main systems over long distances, sufficient to liaise with engineering contractors and private water companies.  Strong computer skills including MS Office (ability to utilize drafting and water distribution modelling programs preferred) Willingness to live remote, with occasional travel to Phnom Penh Practical and quick reasoning skills Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously Strong organizational and time management skills Good interpersonal skills Report writing and data analysis Experience living and working in Asian cultures (desired).


The applicant must have Bachelor’s degree (B.A) from four year college or university preferably with specialization in Water and Sanitation (or) Geology (or) hydraulic engineering (or) Civil Engineering with experience of at least 4 years in water supply design. Applicants who have (or are pursuing) advanced degrees will be strongly considered, but anyone with relevant education, credentials and experience is welcome to apply. Twelve credit hours of college-level Biblical studies strongly preferred.


  • Fluent spoken and written English required. 
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and government regulations.
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints. 
  • Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Ability to learn to speak, write and read Cambodian or Khmer language, a plus


  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to generate and interpret bar graphs.
  • Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.


  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. 
  • Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


It will be a fast paced work schedule with tight deadlines and a need to adapt and innovate on the move.

The successful applicant will need to be –

–           A team oriented person

–           Respectful of others skills and contributions

–           Able to work independently on a set of instructions

–           Confident to reach out for assistance when required

–           Sensitive to Khmer culture

–           Able to live in a rural remote area


The project will be implemented in Battambang Province approximately 250 km’s (5 hours bus ride) from Phnom Penh/ 200 kms (5 hours bus ride) from Siem Reap. The Program Coordinator will be required to live in the District capital of Moung Russei (16,000 people). This is a typical Cambodian regional center with local markets, local restaurants, and guest houses, though the town has few expats.

Samaritan’s Purse Distinct Objectives:

PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL – EXALT Christ and share the Gospel while working in His Name around the world

SERVE WITH EXCELLENCE – EXCEED the world’s standard while serving the purposes of God’s kingdom

RESPOND WITH COMPASSIONATE ACTION – EXPEDITE our response to needs as the Lord reveals opportunities to minister

DEMONSTRATE BIBLICAL INTEGRITY – EXHIBIT character and integrity personally, at home and work

WALK IN BOLD FAITH – EXPECT God to do the impossible

Samaritan’s Purse Mission Statement:

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Samaritan’s Purse Statement of Faith:

* We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.  (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17)

* We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.   (Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Ephesians 4:4-6)

* We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.   (Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-4 and 1:29; Acts 1:11 and 2:22-24; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 and 4:15)

* We believe that all men everywhere are lost and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Luke 24:46-47; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; Ephesians 1:7 and 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7)

* We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life.   (John 3:5-8; Acts 1:8 and 4:31; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Galatians 5:16-18; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:6-10)

* We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment.  (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Revelation 20:11-15)

* We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the church.  (1 Corinthians 12:12, 27; Ephesians 1:22-23)

* We believe that the ministry of evangelism and discipleship is a responsibility of all followers of Jesus Christ.   (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15; 1 Peter 3:15)

* We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other.  God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society.  For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female.   (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9)

* We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of evangelism.   (Matthew 9:35-38; 22:37-39, and 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15 and 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10; Colossians 2:6-10; 1 Peter 3:15)

* We believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; and that we must have concern for the physical and spiritual needs of our fellowmen.   (Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10)