WASH Program Manager

Save the Children

Mogadishu, , SO

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.

Role Purpose:

To contribute to Save the Children’s capacity to meet its drought response and child survival objectives in Somalia, through the provision of quality water and sanitation programmes in emergencies.  The role will specifically address coordinating water and sanitation activities, including construction or rehabilitation needs in emergencies through assessment, programme design, management, capacity building and evaluation. The role exists to develop direct emergency water and  sanitation programmes and strengthen and provide technical support for Save the Children’s core programme sectors of health, education, child protection and hunger reduction where required.

Contract Duration: 12 Months

Location: Somalia/Somaliland

Qualifications and Experience

Person Specification

  • A degree in public health, with experience in WASH engineering and hygiene promotion activities in an NGO context. Ideally some of this experience will have been in an emergency situation. Experience can substitute for qualifications but not vice versa


  • Extensive experience (minimal 5 years) of WASH programme management in humanitarian or fragile state contexts
  • Experience in WASH assessments, project design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Ability to write clear, well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
  • Commitment to SC’s Child Protection Policy
  • Computer literate (ability to use advanced excel)
  • A basic level of written and spoken English and good command over Somali


  • Experience of and ability to represent SC work in external meetings.
  • Experience of community mobilisations, distributions and hygiene promotion
  • Ability to work hands on implementation capacity
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible, and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.

Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Protection Policy

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at www.savethechildren.net/jobs

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.