WASH Programme Manager via ReliefWeb

Save the Children

Erbil, Iraq 🇮🇶

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Contract length: 6 months

Role Purpose:

The WASH Programme Manager will lead programme management in North East Syria and will take a senior management and technical role in North East Syria. The post holder will be expected to lead on sectoral assessments, programme design and master budgeting, coordination, and support fundraising, recruitment and procurement in the WASH sector, and will lead the WASH team in providing WASH assistance in Emergencies in North East Syria.

The post holder will be expected to mentor and capacity building existing country programme WASH staff.


Essential * Prior experience of working within a programme management role within a complex country programme in an emergency response or fragile state * Education to Masters level in Public Health, Water Engineering, or a related subject, or equivalent field experience * Strong experience in Community Based Participatory Approaches, PHAST, social marketing, etc. * Previous experience of managing a WASH team at national level * Previous experience of WASH project management and programme coordination, implementing WASH programmes within donor constraints, on time and within budget * Strong budget and grant management experience, preferably managing multiple funding sources (including experience of managing major institutional donors such as ECHO, DfiD and OFDA) * Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability * Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills * Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity * Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff in WASH technical skills * Experience of representation and ability to represent SCI effectively in external forums. * Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors * Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports * Excellent communication skills * Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy * A high level of written and spoken English * The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.


  • Experience of working and living in THE Middle East
  • Experience working in Acute Watery Diarrhoea and WASH emergency response
  • Experience in a protracted emergency context
  • Experience working on WASH programmes in a transitional camp context
  • Specific experience of designing and managing ECHO ,DFID and OFDA projects

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Please apply in English using your CV and cover letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.

Due to the urgency of the position, CVs will be reviewed on rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

How to apply:

Application Email: Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to: ‘[email protected]