WASH Program Manager

Solidarités International

Erbil, Iraq 🇮🇶

Humanitarian context / SI intervention

To date, 11 million people are in need of assistance in Iraq, with 3.3 million people internally displaced (HRP 2017), and massive waves of displacement expected in the coming months with the operations to retake ISIL-held areas ongoing.

It is estimated that 400,000 people remain in Western neighborhoods of Mosul with very limited access to humanitarian assistance. In addition, more than 235,700 people have fled from west Mosul and are currently displaced in camps and emergency sites, with the majority being located in the southern corridor of Mosul.

Adequate provision of water and sanitation services is particularly challenging. The quantities currently available do not reach minimum humanitarian standards (15L/day/person) due to the limited capacity of the WaSH sector and the scarcity of safe water sources. To date partners are providing a minimum of 5 L/day/person of safe water to cover basic needs (drinking, cooking, basic hygiene) and provide water of lower quality for the remaining needs. Humanitarian actors are gradually scaling up with installation of emergency surface water treatment units and rehabilitation of existing water treatment plants.
In addition, 400,000 civilians are estimated to remain in western neighborhoods of Mosul to date, with highly limited or nonexistent access to humanitarian assistance. Population vulnerability is heightened and their coping capacity limited due to several years under ISIL occupation that have seriously eroded livelihoods and basic service provision. Access to basic items (in particular food and fuel) is reported to be dangerously low.
Water provision in West Mosul is a major challenge as some of the main water treatment plants are still under IS control. In addition, part of the distribution network is damaged and provision of fuel to run the accessible water treatment plant is lacking. The population relies mainly on bottled water and on the numerous existing shallow boreholes providing water of poor quality. Humanitarian actors are working on the rehabilitation of the accessible water supply infrastructures; nevertheless a large part of the city will be in need of emergency assistance for the next few months. Medical actors’ reports important numbers of diarrheal cases and skin diseases, which is worrying with the spectrum of Cholera season approaching.
Therefore, there is a strong need to maintain and further increase the capacity to provide both residents in West Mosul and IDPs (in and out of camp) with basic services assistance, with water provision being a key priority.

Thus, Solidarites International opened a mission in January 2017 to contribute to address the needs of the Mosul-crisis affected populations, and since then SI is conducting an emergency programme in Iraq to respond to those unmet needs related the Mosul crisis with a 2 pillar strategy:

  • Life-saving Response: Provision of emergency WASH assistance to vulnerable populations affected by the Mosul conflict
  • Sustainable support: Support rehabilitation of water infrastructures damaged/destroyed to ensure a more sustainable access to safe and sufficient water.

To that end, SI is responding from Hamam Al Alil, 30KM South of Mosul city, with a WaSH response aiming at running an emergency surface water treatment station (SWAT) , distribution of drinking water via water trucking, distribution of hygiene kits, hygiene promotion and provision of emergency sanitation. SI is in the process of launching interventions to respond to needs in West Mosul.
To be noted that SI is also establishing a partnership with a Health actor (INGO) to ensure an integrated WASH & HEALTH response including WASH/rehabilitation support to health facilities.

Further assistance in livelihoods is also being considered.

Organization of the mission

The country coordination is based in Erbil, while the operational bases are located in Hamam Al Halil with expectations that a second base could be opened in Mosul when access becomes possible.

The team is composed of 5 expatriates and 10 national employees so far

Erbil yet is a relatively stable area within the Iraqi Kurdistan. There is currently no curfew in place on the mission and international staff can move around in Erbil with some limited security rules. No expat is currently spending the night outside of the KRI. Should the security situation evolve and allow for so, then the security protocol will be adapted accordingly

About the position

In order to support the scale up of WASH programs, maintain coordination efforts and ensure quality programming, SI is looking for a highly motivated professional with an emergency response background.

The WaSH PM is in charge of implementing the activities and achieving the objectives defined by the projects. He/she is in charge of supervising the operational teams allocated to his/her program. He/she also guarantees the proper execution and the quality of the implemented program and, if applicable, suggests adjustments or developments to ensure its relevance.
He/she will be under the supervision of the WaSH coordinator and will receive technical support from him/her.

Key responsibilities and priorities

  • Implementation and follow-up of the WaSH emergency response activities
  • To ensure consultation with intended beneficiaries, local authorities to identify appropriate WASH activities considering needs
  • To define and implement the monitoring and evaluation schemes of all activities together with the MEAL program manager
  • To coordinate the local teams (WASH officers, Team leaders, Technicians)
  • To participate in the writing of concept notes and proposals by proposing a technical approach and a financial, human and logistical scope for the programs to be implemented
  • To support the Logistics Department for the purchase of WASH materials and equipment

Your profile


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in engineering, water network management, or similar field is desirable; it can be balanced by experience Minimum 2 years with INGO specialized in Humanitarian assistance.
  • Previous experience in program management of a WASH project
  • Experience in conflict/post-conflict contexts, preferably with experience in supporting emergency response;
  • Previous experience with SI preferable

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Capacity to provide leadership and be a unifying force;
  • Ability to delegate;
  • Strong management and training/capacity-building skills;
  • Display initiative with solid organizational and communication skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure, with peaks of heavy workloads;
  • Adaptability to changing work environment and possible volatile security situation;


  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Arabic is an asset.


  • Commitment to the fundamental principles of SI’s charter and ethos.

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

A salaried post: According to your experience and starting from 1.750 euros gross per month plus a monthly Per Diem of 750 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.

Break: 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: Corinne LORIN, Recruitment & Follow-up Officer