WASH Rapid Response Roster

Netherlands Red Cross
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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We help to strengthen resilience of vulnerable people exposed to hazards and crisis situations and we respond to disasters and conflicts to save lives and alleviate suffering. In the Netherlands with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally through technical assistance, supplies and money. Together we act before, during and after disasters to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people.

We do this without regards to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion. Our seven principles guide our humanitarian work: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

The International Assistance department is responsible for all Netherlands Red Cross international support for victims of disasters and conflicts and for vulnerable people exposed to hazards.

The International Assistance department is building a delegate pool for WASH emergency response. For this purpose we have opened a call for applications.

Position title: WASH Rapid Response roster member of the Netherlands Red Cross

Time period: 1 to 3 months per deployment

Status: Single posting

Purpose of the position

This vacancy concerns application for admission to our Emergency (Rapid Response) Roster as a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Delegate, for deployments of 1 to 3 months. It does not concern a specific, nor permanent, position within the Netherlands Red Cross. Members of the Rapid Response roster can be deployed in ERU (Emergency response Unit) context or individually.


An Emergency Response Unit (ERU) is designed to offer immediate assistance and is normally operational for up to four months. An ERU is composed of trained delegates who deploy with standardized equipment.

The Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) ambitions build a roster of trained WASH specialists ready to be deployed anywhere on short notice in response to international emergencies (natural disasters, conflicts, war zones or health emergencies). Delegates work closely with the Host (local) Red Cross/Red Crescent National Society to provide specific services where local WASH infrastructure is damaged, temporarily out of service, out of reach or insufficient to cope with the needs.

The NLRC is seeking delegates for its WASH roster available to be deployed as part of a new ERU configuration or individually. This new Emergency Response Unit, the Water Supply Rehabilitation ERU Module (WSR), will be set up and led by the Norwegian Red Cross with support of the NLRC. The WSR ERU will consist of a team of specialised WASH experts that can restore or rehabilitate the existing water supply infrastructure including hygiene promotion to a vulnerable population after an emergency. With a focus on increasing the capacity of the host National Society, the WSR ERU team’s tasks will include providing sufficient water of drinking water quality to a vulnerable population through restoring and improving of water abstraction (such as pumping), treatment or protection of water sources as well as improving water storage and distribution. Working through the host National Society with communities and/or local water authorities, the WSR ERU team will work to improve the sustainability of that infrastructure and were possible using greener sustainable technologies (e.g. solar instead of generators).

Individual deployments concern WASH coordination and technical profiles within the Global IFRC Rapid Response mechanism and will be part of a multi-disciplinary team and work in close coordination and collaboration with the Host National Society.

Summary statement and responsibilities

The principal tasks of the Water Supply Rehabilitation (WSR) ERU are:

  • Assessment of needs and resources; planning for water treatment and supply.; monitoring of activities and public-health conditions; preparing and managing the end of the deployment.
  • To establish access to safe water for a population of 15.000 to 50.000 people by engagement of local contractors and initiating procurement to bring water supply infrastructure online.
  • Planning, design, implementation and monitoring of hygiene promotion activities with a focus on establishing or supporting community water committees to ensure sustainability of water supply systems, including assessment, community mobilisation and hygiene information, education and communication targeted at promoting protective hygiene practices and community management of water supply infrastructure.

For the WASH roster we are looking for people with experience in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and we will be prioritizing to recruit people with an availability of up to 3 months, but those with shorter availability (5 weeks) are also encouraged to apply.

Depending on the context we are looking for people with experience in WASH to fill the following roles either in ERU or individual deployments:

  • Team leader (manager with experience of emergency WASH and extensive knowledge of Red Cross and ERU systems)
  • WASH Coordinator (for IFRC Emergency operations)
  • Water quality specialist (capable of set up and operation of water quality lab)
  • Hygiene promoter/community mobiliser (with public health training and skills)
  • Water supply specialist (civil or environmental engineer or water infrastructure technician. Required competency to be based on context)
  • Hydrogeologist (depending on context)
  • Sanitation expert


  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in water and sanitation engineering, civil engineering, Public Health or relevant technical WASH specialization including logistics
  • At least 3 years professional experience in design and implementation of water, sanitation and hygiene projects in development and /or emergency contexts.
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken). French, Spanish and/or Arabic are an asset
  • For the purpose of rapid deployment, applicants must reside in a Schengen country with a maximum of 5 hours travel from Amsterdam Schiphol International airport (see application form for further details).
  • Applicants must be able to work and live in difficult and demanding working conditions, due to the nature of emergency operations and proximity to disaster-affected areas or war zones. The following conditions are to be expected in the field:
  • Very basic living standards,
  • Long hours of work in a demanding context with limited resources,
  • Movement restriction,
  • Stressful rapidly changing environment with limited information to make decisions
  • To be accepted onto WASH roster, you must complete our recruitment process (application, interview, reference checks) and complete the four Movement compulsory online trainings. You may be required to attend additional role specific or security and safety trainings.

Key skills and competencies

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Conflict Management
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Cultural awareness
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Motivating Others
  • Personal resilience

We offer 

  • A full time appointment (based on 40-hour work week) for 1 – 3 months.
  • A flexible and human centred working environment in an international environment with a variety of international organizations. 
  • Well balanced employment conditions (including basic housing and travel insurance).


Please send your CV and motivation letter stating availability, relevant professional experience and experience with cross cultural cooperation and communication (max 700 words) with reference to Rob Vugs before 16th of November to https://werkenbij.rodekruis.nl/en/Vacancy/Apply/170039/wash-rapid-response-roster-member-of-the-netherlands-red-cross.html

Only applications and CVs in English will be considered.

For more information about the position, you can contact Jan Heeger, jheeger@redcross.nl  

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