Humanitarian WASH Advisor (Asia-Pacific Region)

Save the Children

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Save the Children is a leading Australian humanitarian agency.  With more than 90 years working with children, we are at the forefront of saving children’s lives when emergencies strike. Our Asia Pacific Technical Support Team (APTST) is a team of technical specialists that support our country teams across the region.

Where you come in:

As the Asia Pacific Humanitarian WASH Advisor, you will provide in-person and remote support to country teams across the region on all technical issues related to WASH. This involves proactive support to country teams to prepare and respond to WASH-related emergencies, as well as wider strategy development and programme planning. It requires deployment at short notice to support first phase emergency response activities and establishing appropriate, integrated WASH response programmes.

In order to deliver quality programmes, the Asia Pacific Humanitarian WASH Advisor helps build staff technical skills/capacity through training, networking and mentoring. In collaboration with remotely based technical and capacity building teams, the role fosters and supports technical innovation and learning initiatives. As part of the regional technical group, the Advisor represents Save the Children’s country/regional/global WASH teams in Asia-based coordination mechanisms, and advocates for appropriate child-orientated WASH approaches in humanitarian contexts.

If we could compose the perfect you…

You have significant experience working in emergency response contexts, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, including previous first phase emergency response experience.  You have direct experience in providing clear, concise technical advice to a diverse range of staff, and are passionate about proactively promoting high quality WASH interventions within country programs.  Your technical knowledge will be coupled with experience of managing and building the capacity and a regional community of practice around a team of international and national staff and providing program management/technical support across multiple locations. You have a Masters in Public Health, Water Engineering, or a related subject, or equivalent field experience, and have built up a reputation for innovation, collaboration and technical excellence in the WASH sector.

You will be willing to travel for around 50% of the year, with deployment lengths from a one week visit to a couple of months in the event of a breaking emergency.  You will be available and ready to be deployed anywhere in the region at short notice.  You will frequently work unusual hours and often in stressful and insecure environments.

Working at Save the Children is more than just a job. It’s the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for children and working with others who feel the same. You will be rewarded by the opportunity to work for an organisation which will invest in your professional development and career aspirations.  In addition, you will be offered a comprehensive rewards package, including relevant insurances, and 30 days annual leave and 10 public holidays. The postholder will be based in a Save the Children Country Office in in Asia-Pacific, location open to discussion.

Interested? Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking on one of the buttons in the ‘Apply’ section below.

Applications close: 5pm (AEDT) Sunday 2 April 2017

As part of the selection process, you may be required to undergo a pre-employment medical assessment to help us determine your suitability for the role. Save the Children Australia is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check where necessary, and sign our Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct.

We know diversity makes a positive difference and you can be a national of any country to apply for this position, and are not required to relocate to Australia to take up the role.