Consortium WASH Specialist (Syria)

Solidarités International

Erbil, , IQ

  • Job number: SRH03786
  • Domaine de competence: Water Sanitation and Hygiene promotion
  • Statut: Salarié
  • Type de poste: Overseas missions
  • Country: Syria
  • Contract Type: Short term contract

About the mission

Desired start date: 01/05/2021
Duration of the mission: 5 month, with possible extension if donors’ funding secured
Location: based in Erbil with frequent trip to NES

The LEARN Consortium is a partnership between four (4) International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs). As multi years program funded by the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), it leverages the respective expertise from the four partners to deliver Health, Shelter and WASH services to Internally Displaced Persons in North East Syria (NES). The main activities being implemented are related to the rehabilitation and running of Primary Health Centers (PHCs), emergency WASH (water distribution and rehabilitation of water infrastructure) and distribution of essential kits (new arrivals, hygiene, shelter repairs). The program incorporates a Rapid Response Mechanism.

The four implementing partners are based in, and implement throughout, NES. The Consortium Management Unit (CMU) is the oversight structure for the program that aims to facilitate smooth coordination, oversee program delivery, lead donor communications, ensure compliance and manage risk. The CMU is led by the Chief of Party (Jordan) and Deputy Chief of Party (NES), together with a team of Specialists.

About the job

  • General objectives
    • The WaSH Specialist, as technical advisor of the project, contributes to the implementation and adaptation of the LEARN sector strategy and the wider LEARN strategy, including facilitating integration of WaSH with other LEARN sectors.
    • He/she specifically supports the quality and suitability of technical approaches implemented by LEARN partners, including a focus on WASH in health, and ensures the humanitarian justification and appropriateness for the needs of the local population.
    • As a WASH Specialist, he/she has a focus on compliance, quality and suitability of technical approaches implemented by LEARN partners in WASH, through harmonized strategies, approaches, tools and coordination.
    • He/she leads on WASH coordination within the LEARN governance structure.
  • Specific stakes and challenges
    • Deployment of a multi-partner, multi-million dollar project in a complex area of intervention
    • Coordinates and supports consortium partners, both technically and also in communication, harmonisation and integration to achieve the aims of the project, taking into consideration partner’s experience and sector approaches in its areas of intervention
    • Develop a positive work relationship internally to the consortium, as well as externally towards WaSH actors present in the area
    • The position requires a high mobility inside and outside the intervention area
  • Priorities for the 2/3 first months
    • Push for year 2 implementation, which is currently accelerating, including timely and quality donor submissions.
    • Increased focus on monitoring, compliance, quality and learning lessons, with the implementation of program lessons learnt and decision trackers, MEAL checklists and other tools.

Main activities:

Strategic orientation

  • Propose and develop, under the lead of SI WaSH Coordinator, a sector-based strategy in accordance with SI’s policies and priorities for the project.

Relevance and quality of projects

  • Frame assessments technical tools and methodologies to be carried out for the project

Coordination, technical support and operational monitoring

  • Ensure that resources available at SI, mission and LEARN levels are used correctly in the management of the WaSH project cycle.

Personnel management             

  • Welcome and brief expatriates working on LEARN WaSH activities

Reporting / communication / representation

  • Consolidation of LEARN WaSH activity reports and supervise the preparation annexes linked to WaSH activities for reports and/or financial donors

ORG CHART POSITION (reporting and functional relationships)

  • Line manager: LEARN Deputy Chief of Party
  • Line report(s) on base: WaSH national Counterpart
  • Functional manager: HQ WaSH Advisor

Your profile


  • Advanced diploma in related technical field

Previous experience:

  • Strong experience in WaSH Project Management and Coordination (at least 2 years of the latter).
  • Experience in the health sector mandatory (possibly COVID response)
  • At least 5 years of professional experience within a humanitarian and/or development organization.
  • Familiarity with WASH technical guidelines of institutional donors, humanitarian standards and Global WASH Cluster guidelines.
  • Experience in supporting emergency response.
  • Background of WASH in health mandatory
  • Experience in a consortium setting would be an asset. 


  • Capacity building and training expertise.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent communication and representation skills.
  • Excellent abilities to coordinate with people of different sectors/departments.


  • Full English proficiency;
  • Knowledge of Arabic would be appreciated.

SI will offer you

A salaried post:starting from 2860 € gross per month (including 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly), according to experience (+100€/year of humanitarian experience on an equivalent position +50€/year of experience on a non-equivalent position), and a monthly Per Diem. Please note that the salary is not negociable with SI. 

Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7 working days break at 3, 6 and 9 months (with 850 USD allocated by Solidarités).

To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of one additional rest day per month worked, i.e. 12 days in addition for a one-year contract.

Living conditions

The candidate will be based in North East Syria, and Erbil sometimes (in Iraq), and share his/her time between the main guesthouse and the field guesthouse to allow closer proximity to the sites of project implementation.

In the main base, living conditions are comfortable with some opportunities and places to socialize. In the operational bases, living conditions are more basic with less opportunities and places to socialize.

The perdiem rate for NES is 700 USD a month, for Erbil is 750 USD a month.

Specific constraints related to security

Security inside NES is volatile and justifies specific arrangements for accommodation and displacements in the areas of intervention. Adherence to strict security procedures is necessary, while the security levels can vary according to the different geographical locations and the changes of context.

Application process

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered.


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