WASH Program Manager

Solidarités International

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Desired start date: June 10th, 2021
Duration of the mission: 6 months extendable
Location: Latin America

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL (SI) is a French humanitarian organization that provides aid and assistance to victims of war or natural disaster. For 40 years, our organization has worked towards meeting the three basic needs – water, food and shelter – of vulnerable and crisis-affected populations, and has been more specifically committed to fight against waterborne diseases, leading cause of death in the world. SI’s interventions are carried out based on its expertise in the field of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, but also in the essential ones of food security and livelihoods. SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL is currently present in about 20 countries where SI staff – a total of more than 2,300 people comprising expatriates, local staff, HQ employees and some volunteers – implements programs with professionalism and commitment whilst being mindful of respecting other cultures.

SI is present in the area since early 2019, where it first secured funding for a WASH and food security project in partnership with another INGO in and around the capital city, before launching at the end of 2020 a project to improve the access to health and WASH services for migrants.

This project focuses on 2 pillars:

  • Improve access to quality primary healthcare and MHPSS through structural support, including WASH services provision, to health facilities;
  • Improve access to water services and hygiene practices within the targeted communities in vulnerable urban areas

It is a small-size mission, with a Coordination team based in the capital city as well as one operational field base. The team could be led to grow to some extent depending on donors’ feedbacks on recently submitted proposals.


General objective:

The candidate will be in charge of all WASH activities of the above-mentioned project (design, implementation, monitoring and reporting), wich is due to finish at the end of June 2021 but to be continued through new funding expected from July 1st onwards.

The main challenges:

Implementation with a local partner in a low-profile operational context, with the necessity to focus strongly on the capacity-building on INGO tools & processes.

Priorities for the 2/3 first months:

  • Launch new project, recruit &onboard new team members
  • Ensure quality of technical components and propose reorientations as needed.
  • Ensure project team management, formalize collaboration & evaluate training needs with the local partner.


Specific skills and experience:

Specific required skills:

  • Capacity to quickly get on board with an already started project: capacity to rapidly identify stakes and potential difficulties, adaptability, solution-oriented approach, etc.
  • Strong project management skills, perfect command of PCM tools, knowledge of humanitarian NGO environment and specificities
  • Skilled management and ability to train, develop and support staffs
  • Ability and appetence to work with local partners
  • Relatively high level of autonomy

Previous experience:

  • A minimum of 1 year of field experience in WaSH programs in a managing position
  • Previous experience of WASH in communities and WASH in health programs
  • Previous experience of WASH projects in urban context highly appreciated
  • Experience working with local partners highly appreciated
  • Previous experience of ECHO appreciated
  • Previous experience in Latin America appreciated

Soft skills:

  • Good communication skills
  • Reactive, Flexible and resourceful
  • Solution-oriented

Language: Fluency in Spanish & English (oral & written).


A salaried post:
According to experience, starting from 1800 euros gross per month (+ 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly i.e. 1980 euros gross per month)
and a monthly Per Diem of 750 USD

SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.

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 – 1240 USD in case of international flight).

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.

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.


The person will be accommodated in a comfortable GH apartment.

The local area offers multiple social activity opportunities proper to large cities (restaurants, cafes, bars, nightlife, cinemas) as well as beautiful natural sourroundings (mountains, beaches). The expatriate community is however very limited.

It should be noted that the national quarantine system currently in place and the occasional police control on roads do imply some restrictions in movements for expatriates.


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

NB:  The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension. 

For further information about Solidarités International, please consult our website:  http://www.solidarites.org/en/





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