Roving WASH Cluster Coordinator via ReliefWeb


Erbil, Iraq 🇮🇶

CANADEM is seeking seasoned professionals with previous relevant experience with WASH Cluster Coordination who are available for an immediate deployment to Erbil, Iraq as a seconded expert with UNICEF for a 2 month contract.

Position Title: Roving WASH Cluster Coordinator

Duration: 2 months
Location: Erbil, Iraq
Position Grade: P3

The cluster approach ensures clear leadership, predictability and accountability in international responses to humanitarian emergencies by clarifying the division of labour among organizations and better defining their roles and responsibilities within the different sectors of the response. It aims to make the international humanitarian community better organised and more accountable and professional, so that it can be a better partner for the affected people, host governments, local authorities, local civil society and resourcing partners.

The protracted humanitarian crisis in Iraq, with as many as 11 million Iraqis anticipated to require some form of humanitarian assistance during 2017, is already stretching existing partner and coordination capacity. There are over 41 active WASH partners working across over 18 Governorates in Iraq and KRI with the full time support of 1 National WASH Cluster Coordinator (based in Baghdad); 1 National NGO Co-coordinator (based in Erbil). 2 WASH Cluster IMOs, one based in Erbil and covering Northern Iraq, and another based in Baghdad covering South and Central Iraq are under recruitment. Additional support is also provided through sub national WASH Cluster Focal points in Dohuk, Sulaymaniyah, Kirkuk and Diyala.
The humanitarian crisis in Iraq remains one of the largest and most volatile in the world. The pace of displacement over the past three years is nearly without precedent. In 2014, 2 million civilians were displaced in Iraq; in 2015, an additional 1.4 million were forced to flee. During the past year, more than 650,000 people in areas impacted by the conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have been newly displaced. Every one of the nine major military campaigns during 2016 has created new displacement. Over 3 million Iraqis are currently displaced, living in 3,700 locations across the country; more than one million displaced and refugees are in the Kurdistan Region. In 2017, depending on the intensity and length of fighting in Mosul, Hawiga and Tel Afar, as many as 1.2 million additional civilians may be forced from their homes.

The commencement on 17 October 2016 of the operation to retake Mosul city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marked an escalation of the Level 3 emergency in Iraq. As of 30th January 2017, over 160,000 persons were reported to be displaced from areas surrounding Mosul city, with many more choosing to remain in re-taken villages rather than move to emergency camps. Affected families require a broad range of life-saving and specialized assistance, with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) being an immediate, priority need. WASH needs in both the camps as well as the recently retaken areas remain significant. While rates of displacement in the initial phase of the operation have been lower than initially expected, displacement is expected to rise in the next month as the operations expand to retake the Western Side of Mosul City. Increased fighting on the West side of the city is expected to forces populations southwards, with possibly up to 400,000 new IDPs expected. Assuring re-establishment of critical water supply sources – including water treatment plants, municipal water networks, boreholes, and continued supply of safe drinking water for populations choosing to remain in recently retaken urban centres is a critical priority, and requires significant co-ordination and technical support.

On behalf of UNICEF, the Country Lead Agency for the WASH Cluster, and in support of the Government, the purpose of this post is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response by the WASH Cluster in Iraq.

Specifically, the position is primarily required to support continued response to displacements as a result of the current military operation to retake Mosul. This will include support to vulnerable urban resident populations choosing to stay in retaken neighbourhoods in Mosul city – including assuring re-establishment of critical water supply sources and continued supply of safe drinking water; assuring timely and effective WASH response in IDP in camps and emergency sites; planning WASH support BTW

Was for IDPs anticipated to be displaced from Western Mosul; support to communities hosting IDPs already displaced from Mosul and recent and expected returnees to Mosul. Vulnerable groups in or from the Mosul corridor including Hawija, Tikrit, Qayyarah, and Shirqat will also be included. This will include supporting the planning, coordination and response activities by OCHA (and HoC), Government and Humanitarian partners in a fast paced, complex environment. The position is furthermore required to technically support/build the capacities of established sub national coordination mechanisms and partners in the geographical areas of work (Southern Erbil, Southern Ninewa, Sulaymaniyah and Salah Al Din) to enable them to more effectively supporting preparedness for and response to ongoing displacements, as well as any new large scale displacements and/or returns or any sudden onset emergencies (e.g. cholera, flooding etc.).

The incumbent would be based in Erbil, but would be expected spend a proportion of their time (up to 40%) traveling in other accessible Governorates, predominantly in the Ninewa and the Northern Region but including the South and Centre Region if necessary and as support is required. An important part of the role is taking part in assignments from Erbil for day assessment and monitoring to Mosul, Kirkuk and recently retaken areas as part of OCHA multi cluster response or technical support to Unicef/Cluster missions.


The post holder has joint responsibility with the Cluster Lead Agency, the National Cluster Coordinator and Co-coordinator, resourcing partners and all cluster participants at sub-national level for the efficient management and functioning of the WASH Cluster level encompassing the following:

  • Ensuring continued, effective engagement with OCHA/HoC led inter cluster and government coordination mechanisms established to support preparation for and response to the Mosul offensive;
  • Supporting related WASH Cluster priority processes (e.g. funding appeals, resource mapping, strategy development etc.) related to planning and response to the Mosul displacements
  • Strengthening sub national coordination mechanisms in Dohuk, Sulaymaniyah and Kirkuk , to include as possible NGO/UN Agency and Government co- coordination arrangements and build the capacity of focal points to more effectively undertake their coordination functions
  • Technically supporting and reinforcing sub national coordination mechanisms in Dohuk, Sulaymaniyah, Kirkuk where urgent needs emerge as a result of large scale displacements and/or returns or any sudden onset emergencies;
  • Covering critical coordination gaps at any other sub national level where urgent needs emerge as a result of large scale displacements and/or returns or any sudden onset emergencies
  • Strengthening sectoral coordination to achieve increased predictability and accountability of the Cluster;
  • Building complementarity of partner actions: avoiding duplication and gaps;
  • Ensuring adequate resources are mobilized and are equitably allocated for the effective functioning of the cluster and its response;
  • Effective and comprehensive integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, including age, gender, environment and HIV/AIDs;
  • Maintaining flexibility within the cluster to respond to changes in the operating environment, evolving requirements, capacities and participation;
  • Effectively using and transfering information to, from and between cluster participants and other stakeholders;
  • Interacting with other clusters (including through inter-cluster coordination fora), humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners;
  • Being accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms;
  • Monitoring performance of the core cluster functions at the relevant sub-national level.
  • Ensuring that there is effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination with the National Cluster coordinator.
  • If necessary, identifying and build key local capacities (government/NGO) to undertake the co-ordination functions in the longer term.

Key required Technical and Core Competencies

  • Technically competent in the WASH sector and in the cluster approach;
  • Demonstrate personal and professional integrity in all interactions;
  • Be able to work with diverse stakeholders to develop consensus;
  • Know how to present ideas effectively and clearly while listening and acknowledging others’ perspectives and views;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the international humanitarian response and coordination mechanisms, and humanitarian reform;
  • Have an understanding of humanitarian funding mechanisms and response processes
  • Have an understanding of humanitarian principles and how to apply these.
  • Able to clarify complex strategies for operational implementation;
  • Communicates, works and networks effectively
  • Demonstrates leadership where required
  • Builds and motivates the cluster coordination team at sub national level
  • Understanding and experience of Municipal Water and Sewage supply systems would be an advantage

The post holder will have at least CEFR level B1 in the following languages:

  • English

Kowledge of Kurdish/Arabic is an added advantage



  • University degree, preferably at an advanced level, in a subject area relevant to the WASH cluster
  • Extensive work experience relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications.

Formal training in cluster coordination an advantage.

At least 5 years progressively responsible humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO, including coordination in the first phase of a major emergency response relevant to the WASH Cluster.

How to apply:

If you have all of the above-mentioned skills, please register with CANADEM before contacting us. This can be done on our website at Then send an email no later than the 20th of March, 11:59 pm EDT (applications will be review on a first one first serve basis) to [email protected] with a Subject Line: “UNICEF-WASH Cluster Coordinator-Iraq”. In your email, please include an updated resume, date of availability, your current location, and a phone number where we can reach you.