WASH Program Manager

Solidarités International

South Sudan 🇸🇸

Posted on: 09/02/201
Desired start date: 01/04/2017
Duration of the mission: 8 months
Location: Malakal with daily travels to Wau Shilluk and frequent travels to Juba

About the mission

General context of South Sudan

On July 9th 2011, South Sudan gained its independence, putting an end to a twenty-year civil war between the Khartoum regime and the separatist rebels in the South. The youngest state in the world boasts significant oil reserves but suffers from a lack of development and especially a lack of infrastructure.

For now three years, South Sudan has been facing a civil war. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), one fifth of the population – about 2 million people – were displaced before the events of July 2016.

In July 2016, heavy fighting erupted between rival forces – the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing the former First Vice-President Riek Machar –in and around the capital city, Juba, on 7th July. Following this, the number of IDPs rose to more 3.2 millions, with an estimated 5.1 in dire need of humanitarian help. 

Overview of Solidarités International’s work in the country

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been operating in South Sudan since October 2006, and is strongly focusing on the emergency response to the life-saving needs of populations affected by the recurring armed crises and displacements in the country.

SI has a strong field and coordination-based WaSH expertise. Beyond pure emergencies, SI aims at using it to contribute to the alleviation of malnutrition, water-borne diseases which still plague a substantial part of South Sudan population.  

This commitments works through 2 strategic axes :

  • A country-wise flying deployment capacity, through the Emergency Preparedness & Response mechanism (EP&R), which includes the conduction of rapid assessments and the implementation of emergency short WaSH interventions throughout the whole country. SI is an active EP&R partner, currently setting up a new humanitarian access-related setup and facilitating the reactivity of emergency air deployments for all EP&R partners, in collaboration with a specialized partner.
  • A province-tailored response, through a permanent presence if key cities and provinces (currently Malakal, Upper Nile). SI aims at developping an overall “WaSH package” for the area, being it inside the PoCs or outside in the towns/villages. Complementary interventions (FSL/Cash pilot/shelter projects) can be developed, and a strong focus is put on humanitarian actors’ coordination.

For 2016/2017, SI will focus on 2 areas of improvement:

– Securing proper humanitarian access management tools, in order to maximize its capacity to respond swiftly within the EP&R mechanism, in deteriorating environments.  

– Develop semi-permanent or permanent solutions and response related to displacements in key affected provinces.

You can find all the information about the Solidarités International (SI) South Sudan’s mission here:


About the job:

The program manager is in charge of implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the proposal in Wau Shilluk (informal settlement).

He/she is in charge of supervising the operational teams allocated to his/her program.

He/she guarantees the proper execution and the quality of the implemented program and, if applicable, suggests adjustments or developments to ensure its relevance.

The key priority objectives of the position in Wau Shilluk, Upper Nile State include:

1. Program planning, implementation and monitoring to ensure basic WASH services to most needy people in Wau Shilluk informal settlement. In particular:

  • Community mobilization and community organization in Wau Shilluk
  • Set-up and capacity development of Water Management Committees
  • Implementation of water quality management plan through WMC involvement
  • Implementation of transfer of water supply and provision to WMC control
  • Rehabilitation, improvement, upgrade and operation and maintenance of surface water treatment systems
  • Conduct hygiene kit and NFI distributions
  • Oversee cholera preparedness and response activities: Chlorination activities; establishment of Oral Rehydration Points
  • Key coordinating role with WASH and Health Clusters
  • End line KAP an evaluation assessment design and implementation
  • Oversee implementation of project extension/ modification

2. Financial planning and management of OFDA funds to ensure effective and efficient response

3. Management and capacity building of local team hired for Wau Shilluk.

Your profile


  • Masters’ degree or equivalent in political science, project management, public health, water engineering or a relevant field
  • At least 2 years of professional experience in the humanitarian environment in project management.
  • Proven experience in conflict/post-conflict contexts and insecure environments, with consequent experience in supporting emergency response or early recovery
  • Proven experience in mobilization and community capacity building
  • Proven experience in emergency settings and emergency


  • Significant knowledge and experience of project cycle management
  • Significant strategy and contingency building abilities
  • Knowledge of community based approaches in the WASH sector
  • Team management abilities and cultural awareness,
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills and the ability to multi-task and support and/or fill multiple positions at one time
  • Excellent leadership skills, strong initiative, flexibility and creativity
  • Resistance to stress, difficult living and working conditions
  • Commitment to the job and the organization
  • Knowledge of SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL’s field of expertise and specific tools would be a strong asset


  • Fluent English (written, spoken and read), essential for writing reports and for external coordination.
  • Knowledge of French and/or Arabic is an asset


  • Computer literacy with very good command of MS Office

Application process

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

We offer

SI will offer you:

A salaried post: according to experience from 1600 euros gross per month, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly, and a monthly Per Diem of 700 USD.

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 one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs)

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

Contact: Mano GAUDIN, Recruitment and Follow Up Officer