Local recruitment: Watsan Manager (COVID-19 Intervention)

Médecins Sans Frontières

Mumbai, , IN


  • Position: WATSAN Manager
  • Location of Job: Mumbai
  • Subject/Mission: COVID-19 emergency intervention
  • Duration of the Job: Until end of July 2021 (Renewable depending upon project needs)
  • Monthly Gross Salary: INR 69,882/-
  • Closing Date: 07th May 2021
  • Expected Start Date: ASAP
  • No. of vacancies: 01 (One)
  • Email: [email protected] 


Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters and exclusion from healthcare. We have been present in India since 1999 providing free-of-charge essential healthcare to people in remote areas, and specialist care for people affected by HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, hepatitis C, antibiotic resistance, tuberculosis, kala azar and sexual and gender-based violence. Doctors Without Borders was awarded the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development in 1996 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.

COVID-19 emergency intervention

Today we are facing a new global challenge. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are racing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in over 70 countries, including opening new projects in areas that are becoming pandemic hotspots. In India, Mumbai is as of now considered as one of the biggest hotspots in the country. The rising number of confirmed cases especially in the slum areas requires more focused approaches and interventions. Doctors Without Borders India (DWBI) decided to start an emergency intervention to support and strengthen COVID response in M East Ward by focusing on: –

  • Disease prevention in Govandi slum (health promotion, water and sanitation);
  • Management of COVID-19 ward for mild to moderate cases


Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic Doctors Without Borders India (DWBI) is planning to implement a comprehensive COVID-19 intervention in the M/East Ward (MEW), Mumbai and other parts of Mumbai (Maharashtra) as needed with the purpose of preventing, diagnosing and treating mild and moderate cases of COVID-19 in a dedicated health facility thereby decongesting the current referral hospitals to be able to focus on the severe cases. The project will also implement OPD/Fever clinic to strengthen screening, diagnosis and testing and WASH and health promotion intervention in the MEW community in close collaboration with the Mumbai Municipal Corporation and other actors.

Main Purpose of the Role

Planning, coordinating, implementing and monitoring all logistics activities in the project related to water, health and sanitation, according to DWBI protocols and standards in order to ensure an optimal running of the project

Main Accountabilities

  • Monitoring on a day-to-day basis the implementation of the WATSAN activities in the project ensuring compliance of DWBI standards, protocols and procedures, and reporting to the Project Coordinator on the development of the ongoing programs including the following:
    • Designing, implementing and managing all WATSAN interventions in the project. (including, but not limited to: water supply, excreta disposal, waste management, hygiene, and infection control
    • Conducting routine WATSAN assessments in collaboration with project medical teams to identify WATSAN needs at project level, and making recommendations for response activities to the line manager (e.g. Project/Field Coordinator, WATSAN Coordinator/Referent/Focal Point). Ensuring the WATSAN contribution to the development and planning of emergency response strategies and resources, in collaboration with the medical and logistical teams
    • Ensuring availability, proper purchasing, and appropriate technical specifications of required materials and equipment through planning, organizing and overseeing the inventory of the WATSAN stock
  • In coordination with the medical nursing supervisor team in BKC, accountable for the implementation of the plan for hygiene.
  • DWBI focal point to liaise with BKC Hygiene focal point to improve the hygiene levels in the BKC facility
  • Responsible for conducting training on WATSAN and hygiene.
  • DWBI focal point for ensuring that biomedical waste is disposal is carried out safely
  • Supervise the WATSAN supervisor and the WATSAN technician
  • Overall responsible for compiling periodic project WATSAN reports.



  • Academic background in engineering or an equivalent relevant training WATSAN in Emergencies Training within MSF is strongly recommended


  • Minimum of 6-months of hands on field emergency WHS professional experience in a humanitarian or international development setting
  • Desirable: experience in or familiar with implementing and promoting the use of two or more of the following activities (water supply, excreta disposal, waste and waste water management, vector control, and dead bodies management) in two or more different contexts (conflicts, natural disasters, refugee/IDP camps, etc.)


  • Hindi
  • Marathi
  • English

HR & Benefits (Non-negotiable)

  • Monthly Gross Salary: INR 69,882/-
  • Secondary Benefits (pro rata) as per policies:
    • 13th Month Salary / Festival Bonus
    • 18 Annual Leaves
    • 12 Casual Leaves
    • Other compassionate leaves
    • Medical Reimbursement including dependents
    • Personal Accidental Insurance including dependents

Application Procedure

To apply please email your CV and motivation letter with the subject Ref: Watsan Manager to:

[email protected]

by 7th of May 2021, 6:00 pm.


Due to the current lockdown we arrange transportation for our staff as long as there is no public transport. As this recruitment is for a specific emergency response on COVID-19, it is important that staff only apply for this position if they do not have one of the major risk factors for COVID namely existing cardiac complications, diabetes, hypertension, pregnancy or age > 55 years.