WASH Coordinator

Save the Children
Bale, Ethiopia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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THEME/PROGRAMME: Emergency WASH and Nutrition Humanitarian Response. LOCATION: Bale Field Office-Robe


Child Safeguarding:

Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

The role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

The WASH coordinator is primarily responsible for program planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating, conducting surveys designs, feasibility studies, site selections and documentation of Water, Sanitation and other Infrastructures of HUB program. The WASH Coordinator is responsible for the high quality program implementation, policy engagement and advocacy outcomes and other program WASH activities. The WASH coordinator is also responsible for contribution of strong Monitoring and Evaluation systems to measure the impact of the program, for providing technical advice (in close co-ordination with the program senior management team in  Hub and Addis ) and capacity support to staff in the Field/ satellite program office to ensure the WASH work is of high quality and achieves the program objectives, he/she is responsible for ensuring that lessons derived through implementation of projects are well articulated, documented and disseminated both internally and externally; and that engagement with policy makers and key stakeholders achieves advocacy objectives to realize greater change for child. 

WASH Coordinator is responsible water, sanitation and hygiene sector/project in implementing, monitoring and evaluation of water points, sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion activities in their respective districts. The position holder is expected to have sound experience and knowledge on WASH and construction supervision of rural water supply and sanitation facilities. The positions involve construction works, training and monitoring of community, school community, WASH committee members with frequent trips to the project sites, and supervise all physical works construction in the targeted community sites. As part of the assignment the position holder is expected to identify, design and develop training materials/manuals for the WASH Committees’ management; design appropriate technologies (economical, durable and manageable scheme) for safe water supply and sanitation facilities, conduct base line survey and need assessment concerning water supply, and sanitation facilities and services. S/he is expected to liaise with communities, local authorities and other agencies regularly to ensure coordination and effective implementation activities and participate on meeting regarding WASH; collect data and statistics concerning issues that relates with water & sanitation and prepare and submit periodically.  


Ensure that technical quality and standards are considered during project implementation WASH activities design, follow up and evaluation.

 Implement all program activities, as member of a team, such as hand dug wells with alternative energy sources, boreholes rehabilitation, open ponds, new water scheme development, pit latrines, placental pits, incinerators and other WASH infrastructures.

Facilitate and conduct WASH/DRR related trainings in schools and communities.

 Prepare engineering design, bill of quantities, cost estimate of WATSAN infrastructures, and develops monitoring and supervision methodologies.

Participate in construction bid openings, registration and recording of readings.

Conducts construction site handing over, make regular supervision to all construction project sites and evaluates the progress.

 Checking the contractors work schedule, crew formation and material delivery program and commenting on its effectiveness with regard to timely completion of the work.

Notifies any omissions, fault or deviation to the supervisor and other concerned bodies to take timely measures.

Prepare daily duties/schedule in detail in the order of their complexity and supervise the construction works at all critical stages.

 Checking the quality of materials and workmanship for conformity with the requirements of the contract and provide site instructions as required.

 Approving of the contractor’s work to proceed from one stage to another.

Checking, correcting and approving contractors Take-Off Sheet and Payment Request based on the measurements taken and submit to his supervisor.

 Taking responsibilities for the construction work and administration of the contract.

 Checking site daily dairies and schedules and evaluating weekly plans of the contractor.

Take measure if the contractor performs his work less than the schedule as per the contract.

 Contribute to project planning and ensure that interventions are completed in line with project proposals and Terms of Reference (ToRs).

Take measure if the contractor performs his work less than the schedule as per the contract agreement.

Carry on Recording, Documentation and Reporting of attainments and encounters on daily, monthly, quarterly bases as needed.

Organize meeting with the contractor’s staffs on regular basis (weekly, monthly and quarterly).

Prepare monthly, quarterly and annual progress report and conduct provisional acceptance for completed projects.

 Liaise with communities, local authorities and other agencies regularly to ensure coordination and effective implementation of projects.

Liaise with communities, local authorities and other agencies regularly to ensure coordination and effective implementation of activities.

 Develop activity plan for WASH committee and Community agents regarding sanitation and hygiene.

Identify and distribute hand-tools/maintenance kits & water treatment chemicals to targeted communities.

 Conduct water quality analysis at each water scheme, disinfect/treat/ water supply schemes.

 Donor reporting: responsible for writing technical and financial part of the project reports (activity narrative, activity databases, expenditure, beneficiary’s tables, and update of LFA indicators).

Guide and direct program staff both at Field/ satellite office level.

 Organise and lead project coordination meetings.

 Ensure a positive working environment and good team dynamics (solve out potential conflicts and create good team sprit).

 Responsible for overall, monthly and weekly planning of project activities.

Represents WASH programs at all relevant technical external task forces, working groups, seminars or other meetings/forums, which have been identified and approved the Area Office and use these meetings to negotiate strategic, and advocacy positions.

Develops good relations with other NGOs, development and UN agencies etc. working in the sector and where possible forge alliances to influence key actors around advocacy objectives.

Be fully aware of national policies, strategies and other initiatives and developments by government and other stakeholders in the sector or thematic area covered.

Through external contact with relevant counterparts in donor/research agencies, identify new potential funding sources and share with program manager and program director.

 In cooperation with Member Service, provide information and inputs to be used for SCI WASH information and communication materials.

Ensure that the voices of children guide advocacy and policy change objectives and related activities.

Work in close cooperation with Zonal Water and Health Bureaus.

Perform other extra duties as required.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

BSc /MSC Degree in Water Resource Engineering, Environmental Health, Sanitary Engineering, Hydraulics, and Water Resource Development or other related academic background.

 At least 4 years of relevant project management experience in emergencies, or WASH related project’s management in an international NGO or similar organization.

Proved experience and skills to work in coordination with authorities at Regional, Zone, and Woreda level.

Proven experience in preparation of Terms of Reference and contractual agreements for specific WASH related works.

Proven team and personnel management experience.

Experience of managing donor(s) funded projects or programmes.

Technical background and knowledge in construction management and demonstrated work experience in Designing, Supervision and Implementation of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation facilities for community, schools and health centres.

Technical background and knowledge in environmental health and demonstrated work experience in designing & implementing sanitation and hygiene promotion program.

Computer literate and operational knowledge of MS office, and other Engineering-Software (AutoCAD).

 Availability and willingness to travel and work in rural areas/harsh climatic conditions where the project is implemented.

Knowledge and experience in working with communities.

Excellent oral and written English skills & knowledge of the local language of the duty station advantageous.


Demonstrated expertise in both hardware and software implementation of WASH in emergency responses.

 Experience in assessment, WASH facilities design and Bill of Quantity preparation.

  Knowledge and experience in the implementation of sanitation and hygiene promotion tools (PHAST, CHAST and CLTS).

 We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.

 Please add further detail here as required.  For example: This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday

All children learn from a quality basic education and that,

Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.


: Bale

Employee Status

: Fixed Term

Closing Date
: Aug 13, 2020