WASH Coordinator

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 Coordinator is the technical advisor of the mission for the WASH department. He/she contributes to the development of Solidarités International strategy by supporting identification of uncovered needs, proposing a sector-based strategy and overseeing the quality of the programs implemented by the mission. He/she ensures SI representation and active contribution to the technical and sectorial working groups at national level, taking leadership on the definition of the strategy for Iraq in all coordination fora. He/she ensures proper and timely reporting of SI interventions, builds up the technical skills of the program team and provides technical support to the WaSH Program Manager.

Key responsibilities and priorities

  • Implementation and follow-up of the WaSH emergency response activities and adjustment if required and according to the evolution of the situation.
  • Close monitoring of the WaSH humanitarian needs in the targeted areas and other surrounding if possible.
  • Recruitment, training and management of the WaSH team
  • Coordination with partner organization(s) in the ground and through relevant clusters and working groups
  • Logistics and budget follow-up of the wash programs. Close and constant collaboration with support departments (HR, admin and logistics)
  • Design and development of new projects if required

Your profile

Experience / background:

  • Strong WaSH technical background or proven experience in WaSH programme management
  • Previous professional experience in a WaSH PM/Coordinator position is mandatory.
  • Previous experience in an emergency and volatile context
  • Experience in external coordination and representation with clusters, donors and local stakeholder
  • Previous experience in the Middle East would be an asset.

Soft skills:

  • Problem-solving skills and ability to make decisions
  • Outstanding communication skills, including excellent diplomacy skills with the ability to influence and negotiate.
  • Analytical skills and proven organization and methodical skills
  • Strong interest in the context and strong commitment to humanitarian work and principles
  • Ability to work under pressure, with peaks of heavy workload
  • 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 2.200 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 Office