WASH Project Manager


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Lead the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) team in Leer, designing and implementing WASH services for beneficiaries in Leer County. Major responsibilities include: assessing WASH needs; designing projects; contributing to proposal preparation; managing project implementation; reporting on objectives, timeframe and budget; providing technical support and line-management to staff; ensuring quality standards are met;  and liaising with local authorities and other stakeholders.

Project Overview

Medair’s goal in Leer County is to reduce morbidity and mortality in vulnerable populations through the provision of emergency nutrition and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) services and to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of affect populations.

Take a look at Medair’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene work.


Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired and motivated by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure. Internationally recruited field and headquarters staff lead the organisation, supported by nationally recruited staff to implement programmes locally.


Field based position in Leer, South Sudan. Take a look at Medair’s work in South Sudan.

Starting Date

As soon as possible

Initial Contract Details

Full time, minimum 12 months

Key Activity Areas

Project Management

  • In collaboration with the Project Coordinator, project teams, and Advisors, develop program strategy.
  • Manage the schedule and budget to implement the logframe and activities.
  • Monitor project indicators and communicate project performance on a regular basis.
  • Ensure quality of program implementation and activities.
  • Represent Medair at coordination meetings and through relationships with external partners (eg community leaders, government officials, UN agencies and other NGOs).

Technical Design & Oversight

  • Ensure technical quality of program implementation and activities.
  • Select and evaluate appropriate technologies to achieve project goals.
  • Provide technical input and support to the team on project activities (e.g. construction specifications, training approach, infrastructure design, etc.). 

Staff Management & Leadership

  • Line manage WASH team: providing support, constructive feedback, coaching.
  • Conduct formal staff appraisals and performance monitoring.
  • Lead regular WASH team meetings, reviewing project progress and planning ahead.
  • Provide updates on wider humanitarian and political context and coordination with other partners.
  • Recruit new staff (with support from HR and Advisor) and provide training as needed.
  • Ensuring Medair HR policies are followed and integrate Medair values into regular activities.


  • Develop procurement plan at start of project cycle to forecast procurement needs.
  • Coordinate with support and logistics managers to facilitate procurement of supplies in Juba, Nairobi or at HQ level. Note: most supplies cannot be procured locally and are delivered via air-transport.
  • Ensure adequate stock of critical supplies at all times, particularly factoring in seasonal access limitations (wet season).


  • Assess the cost of activities in relation to scope, schedule and logistics to plan and forecast spending.
  • Manage the WASH budget, tracking expenditure against planned.
  • Authorisation for procurement of items up to 5000 USD.
  • Give input to monthly Cash Needs Forecast, to ensure adequate cash reserves are kept in the field to cover foreseen and unforeseen activities.


  • Support the security focal person with security management when needed.
  • Ensure the WASH team adhere to standard operating procedures Medair has in place.
  • Promote strong planning and communication within the team (especially day-to-day vehicle planning and use of communication equipment).

Field – Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Live, work and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings.
  • Instigate and contribute to prayer times within internationally recruited staff and HQ teams.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international programmes and HQ prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.


  • University degree in a WASH-related field (civil engineering, hydrogeology / hydrology).


  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).

Experience / Competencies

  • 2 years post-qualification professional experience in a relevant field.
  • Experience working in a WASH programme in a developing country, preferably in a humanitarian context.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the links between the hardware (water, sanitation facilities) and public health and hygiene promotion.
  • Able to prioritise clearly, oversee multiple tasks and delegate wisely.
  • Strong project management, organisational, and communication skills.
  • Creative, open-minded, flexible, self-learner.
  • Team-player with good inter-personal skills.

Profiles sought for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) roles in the field

Relief experience

  • Professionals with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience (Experienced Relief Workers).
  • Professionals with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience (New Relief Workers).


  • Experienced professionals in a relevant Medair sector of expertise.
  • Overseas intercultural experience.


  • Fully committed to the Medair values; to reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, and external contacts.

Personal qualities

  • Able to live and work in a multicultural team under difficult conditions.
  • Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit.


  • Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.

Final selection

  • All potential candidates for field positions must successfully complete the Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC). Information, dates and related costs can be found via this link.

Benefits Package provided to all Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS)

  • Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss Headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing.
  • Security training for those going to insecure environments.
  • Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country.
  • Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service).
  • Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food).
  • Annual leave.
  • Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post-assignment coverage, including debriefing.
  • Disability insurance.

Specific benefits for Experienced Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience)

  • A salary based upon the grade of the position and experience of the position-holder, starting from USD 1,700 per month.
  • Contribution matching programme for retirement savings.
  • Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts.
  • Highly subsidised contribution to Medair ROC travel and accommodation costs.

Specific benefits for New Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience)

  • USD 300 per month.
  • As soon as 12 months relief work or its equivalent has been completed, a salary based upon the grade of the position, starting from USD 1,700 per month, and other experienced relief worker benefits.

Working Conditions

  • This is a field-based position and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced.

Application Process

Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications.

Only English-language applications and CVs will be reviewed.

Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.