Water and Sanitation Delegate

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

, , EC


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Organizational Context

The Secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (“the IFRC”) works to a Business Model and has a Business Delivery Plan with key commitments that sharpen its focus, clarity, and efficiency and accountability results. The Secretariat, headquartered in Geneva, has five decentralized regional offices: one of which is the Americas, guided by the Secretariat strategies for implementation and areas of focus that builds on the vision of strategy 2020. The Americas’ region is organized in two main hemispheres: a group of service-based departments and geographical configurations of (i) Country Cluster Support Teams and (ii) Country Office(s), as well as the Deputy Regional Director, each of them led by the Regional Director; and another hemisphere: six building blocks composed by (i) Partnerships and Resource Development, (ii) Policy, Strategy and Knowledge; (iii) Communication, (iv) Disaster and Crisis: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, (v) Health and Water and Sanitation, (vi) Logistics, each of them led by the Deputy Regional Director. In response to the earthquake occurred in April 16 in the coastal area of Ecuador, the IFRC in support of the Ecuadorian Red Cross (ERC) launched an emergency appeal. The rural areas of the provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas historically have limited coverage of safe water supply and sanitation. Within the framework of this operation, the ERC will continue providing access to safe water and promoting hygiene, prioritising those communities which had access to safe water prior to the earthquake to re-establish its service. The Water and Sanitation Delegate reports directly to the Operations Manager. This position is located in the EQ operations team in the field offices at the coastal affected areas of Ecuador the overall management of the Appeal is with the Ops Manager.

Job Purpose

The Water and Sanitation Delegate will be responsible for supporting the Ecuadorian Red Cross for the implementation of water and sanitation recovery activities related to the Earthquake emergency operation.

The Delegate must ensure safe water and sanitation to selected communities. He/she will be in charge of implementing the infrastructure-related interventions for water and sanitation access. The position of Water and Sanitation Delegate requires to work closely with health and shelter activities. He/she will also ensure good relationship and coordination with local water and sanitation authorities and other humanitarian organisations working in the area.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Lead the timely implementation of the WATSAN activities forecasted in the revised Plan of Action for the recovery developed between ERC and IFRC.

• Support the ERC staff in the implementation of the water and sanitation activities related to construction of family and community infrastructure.

• Increase the capacity of Ecuadorian Red Cross in the WATSAN sector

• Increase the resilience, in the WATSAN sector, of communities affected by the Earthquake

• Support, develop and train (or arrange appropriate training) for NS staff, in WATSAN hardware/software

• Ensure proper assessments, planning, monitoring, documentation and follow up of WATSAN activities.

• Plan and carry out together with the National Society staff and volunteers the following tasks:
 – ensuring adequate safe water is available to all members of the target group
 – ensuring water quality is tested regularly where appropriate
 – ensure SPHERE standards are attained and maintained where appropriate
 – ensure international and/or national WATSAN standards are maintained
 – ensure adequate sanitation facilities are available to all members of the targeted families

• Contribute to other sanitation needs to be addressed where appropriate (vector control, water management, solid waste management, hazardous waste management)

• Produce regular, timely and accurate financial and narrative reports for the Federation and for donors

• Ensure that the Health and Care agenda is holistic, and encompasses fully WATSAN as part of public and preventative health

• Work as a team member and share views and plans with other Delegates in the country

• Respect and follow the key Federation technical documents (WATSAN policy, WATSAN ERU technical standards. Strategy 2020, Health and Care policies, GWSI, MDGs, SPHERE, PHAST etc.,) and contribute where appropriate to the Global Federation WATSAN/Health agenda.

• Coordinate activities with other Participating National Society

Lateral relationships:
• Establish and ensure effective working relationships with all other staff.
• Ensure an effective working relationship with national society colleagues.
• Ensure effective working relationships with technical and service departments at regional level.


  • Degree or diploma in Water/Sanitation or Civil engineering
  • Degree or Diploma in Public Health or in a Community/Social Development field – Preferred
  • Basic Delegates Training Course or equivalent knowledge – WORC – preferred
  • Further qualifications in Water/Sanitation or Civil Engineering – preferred


  • 3 – 5 years’+ working WatSan experience in a less developed country and/or working
  • Experience of project planning & budgeting, supervision and management to include
  • Experience of working for a humanitarian organisation and/or the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement
  • Experience in working in both emergency and developmental contexts and engaging effectively with beneficiaries especially women and children and other vulnerable groups – Preferred
  • Experience of producing narrative & financial reports – Preferred
  • WatSan experience in a developed country – Preferred

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word-processing)
  • Valid international driving licence (manual gears)
  • Skills in training and developing staff
  • Ability to engage effectively with NS staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, being results focused and accountable, being a team builder and team player, a good communicator at all levels


  • Fluent spoken and written Spanish
  • Good command of English language – preferred

Competencies and values

  • VALUES: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability
  • CORE COMPETENCIES: Communication; Collaboration and Teamwork; Judgement and Decision Making; National Societies and Customer Relations; Creativity and Innovation; Building Trust
  • FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES: Strategic Orientation; Building Alliances; Leadership; Empowering Others


Applicants will need to send their applications together with a letter of motivation no later than the closing date. In order for us to assure a proper comparative evaluation of your application for this vacancy and to enable us to consider your profile against other similar current and future vacancies, we ask that you submit your application taking into account the following:

Important Note!

Please note that the selected candidate will be hired through an international contract:

  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by Federation policies, procedures, plans and applicable international labor law;
  • Only those candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified;
  • The position will be based in Ecuador.