Myanmar nationals: WASH Manager

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Loikaw, Myanmar
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Description

The IRC is seeking a WASH Manager with an engineering background who will be responsible for water and sanitation construction and maintenance activities that are integrated part of the SBCC activities in the health, nutrition activities of the $3 million donor funded multi-year Kayah Integrated Nutrition project. Funded by LIFT, a multi-donor trust, the project has the overall goal to improve resilience of individuals and communities to respond to shocks, stresses, and risks. Specifically this will be achieved by working toward the specific objective of improving the nutritional status of women and children through improved nutrition, hygiene and sanitation practices and access to nutrition and WASH services. The project is implemented in partnership with a consortium of partners and in close coordination with the Department of Social Welfare. The WASH manager will be responsible for providing technical oversight and management of WASH construction activities, mentorship and quality control in the field for both IRC and partner staff related to the renovation and construction of (village) built water systems and school latrines as well as family built household latrines, and ensure integration of WASH activities across the wider program.


The WASH manager is responsible for:

Engineering and technical

  • Providing technical support and quality management of all WASH activities within the Kayah Integrated Nutrition Project, both in support of IRC implemented WASH activities as well as those WASH activities of implementing partners
  • Providing full oversight to the IRC technical WASH team in Loikaw.
  • Supported by the IRC Senior WASH Manager, provide training to all (IRC and partner) WASH and SBCC staff in (among others):
    • Development of the design of low-cost household and school latrines with strong community participation.
    • Technical support to the construction low-cost household and school latrines.
    • Providing technical support to communities in the renovation and cleaning of wells, water ponds and possibly spring catchments.
  • Join forces with the IRC-Sr. SBCC Manger in providing training to all (IRC and partner) WASH and SBCC staff in
    • (Environmental) hygiene promotion including community hygiene.
    • Implementation of Community Health CLTS approach activities in target villages.

Project management

  • Prepare Annual and Monthly Work plans according to the Project Logframe.
  • Provide the Project Director and the IRC Senior WASH Manager with the forecast of activities.
  • Prepare Monthly Spending plans and manage WASH related budget lines for the project.
  • Report on monthly progress against the work plan.

Team management

  • Oversee the work of the WASH officer(s).
  • Support Performance Evaluation of the WASH officer at regular Intervals.
  • Where necessary participate in the recruitment of new members of the project team.
  • Coordinate closely with partner agencies to provide mentorship and support as well as technical oversight for all WASH engineering activities implemented by partner agencies.

Coordination, information sharing, monitoring and report writing

  • Monitor the progress of field activities in all project sites, ensuring that project data is collected on time and according to standards.
  • Coordinate closely all WASH activities with IRC’s implementing partners, in particular, their WASH focal points and project managers.
  • Engage closely with partnership team to coordinate partner monitoring visits, learning meetings, and capacity building opportunities
  • Through the project coordination meetings keeping the Project Director as well as other team members informed on the progress and constraints of the WASH activities.
  • Coordinating all KIN WASH activities with the Nutrition, MEAL, and WPE components of the KIN Project.
  • Coordinate with Township government agencies as needed and/or requested by the Project Director/Sr. WASH Manager.
  • Support the Project Director  with preparing the donor and other reports.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering; public health degree is a plus.
  • At least three years of professional experience managing water and sanitation programs, some of which with International NGOs.
  • Experience in implementing the CLTS, CHC, PHAST approach 
  • Experience in maintaining data collection and monitoring systems.
  • Good understanding of humanitarian principles of humanity and independence.
  • Ability to work and travel in remote areas.
  • Having a valid driving licence for motorbikes

Professional Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
  • Good communication skills, in particular listening skills
  • Proven staff management and team building skills
  • Capable of training staff and motivating community support.
  • Ability to work well both within a team and independently, in a challenging, politically sensitive and fast-paced environment.
  • Experience in basic report writing.
  • Operational knowledge of Microsoft Office software and basic GPS mapping, and AutoCAD design.
  • Good English language skills, both verbal and written.

Myanmar nationals with relevant skills sets and proven experience of working at international level are strongly encouraged.