WASH Project Manager/Technical Advisor

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Dohuk, Iraq 🇮🇶

Context of the position

The mission of the French Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate all human suffering, and contribute to all efforts related to protection, social welfare, prevention, education and health care.

The French Red Cross is operational in northern Iraq since 2013, especially in Dohuk, Ninewah and Erbil governorates. FRC is providing assistance in a range of sectors including wash, livelihoods, shelter and relief. The Iraq programme presently employs about 80 national staff and 9 international staff.

The French Red Cross works in partnership with the local branches of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS).

In 2016, FRC will continue its emergency and recovery assistance for Syrian refugees, Iraqi IDPs, returnees and most vulnerable host communities. This will include in particular:

  • Continuous development of synergies with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society.
  • Joint FRC/IRCS contingency planning and emergency response for new waves of people displacement induced by the ongoing conflict or for poorly-covered vulnerable population.
  • Provision of sustainable wash facilities & services for Syrian refugees in Domiz camp (the Kurdistan’s largest camp, with more than 45 000 people), and for the IDP population in the event of new funding opportunities.
  • Expanding livelihoods program in northern Iraq support in order to increase the economic opportunities of the most vulnerable population (abused Yezidi women and SGBV/trafficking victims, Syrian refugees, etc.) .
  • Promotion and improvement of the access to education for the Syrian refugees and host communities children in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The position

She/he is responsible for supervising wash programs at all stages of the project management cycle. She/he ensures the overall success of the program by making sure the wash team completes the defined activities while adhering to internal standards and contractual obligations; and that the program is completed on time, within budget and with acceptable quality.

She/he provides technical leadership and quality control in the management, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of FRC’s wash projects.

She/he identifies humanitarian needs through monitoring of the evolving situation; context analysis to contribute to the development of future programs; and internal coordination to reinforce AAH’s integrated approach.


A- Project management

  • Oversee the wash interventions to ensure they are of quality and in compliance with the project proposal and FRC’s response strategy.
  • Make sure the wash programs are implemented using best practice tools for effective project cycle management (work plan, spending plan, procurement plan, etc.).
  • Collect relevant information to guarantee to match the project to activities and outcome indicators, as well as to actual refugees needs.
  • Develop specific methodologies and tools on wash and promote a culture of learning so that lessons learned and good practices are documented and shared for institutional memory and learning.
  • Liaise regularly with FRC Finance and Logistics departments to ensure the support necessary to carry out activities according to FRC policies and procedures.

B- Grant management and reporting

  • Manage and oversee the FRC grants related to projects he/she implements.
  • Manage the project budget; oversee all budget expenditures in collaboration with the finance department.
  • Prepare internal and external reports within agreed deadlines using FRC and donor formats.
  • Prepare a monthly report for the Head of Delegation.

  • Classify and archive by computer the key project documents, according to the arborescence defined with the WASH department.
  • Proposes capitalization subjects to the WASH department and takes an active part in their realization.

C- Team management & technical support

  • Ensure the proper management of the project personnel, in close collaboration with the FRC administration department (update job descriptions, recruitment process, performance appraisals, etc.).
  • Supervise the project staff directly and ensure good coordination within the team.
  • Ensure that the project staff abide by the FRC rules and regulations, especially those related to safety/security
  • Recommend and implement a capacity building/development plan for project staff based on capacity needs assessments.
  • Strengthen specifically the capacities of the wash deputy program manager.
  • Train and provide technical support on Wash soft approach and activities in term of method and design.
  • He/she ensures “on-the-job training” on hygiene promotion (emergency standards, CHAST/PHAST methodology, communication…), according to the needs/requests.
  • Train and provide technical support on hard wash approach and activities in term of method and design.

D- Coordination and representation

  • Represent the FRC to all stakeholders – local authorities, international/ /local partners, community leaders, donors to enhance cooperation and coordination.
  • Actively participate in coordination mechanism with network partners and host community to ensure information sharing, coordination of interventions and enable meaningful participation of host communities.
  • Liaise with partners, particularly through the EL/SC cluster/working group/coordination mechanism, to share findings and any issues of relevance and/or concern related to the ERD projects.
  • He/she oversees the collaboration with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society in the wash field.
E- Support the definition of FRC WASH strategy
  • Analyze and report on the evolving wash needs in northern Iraq and provide recommendations for interventions.
  • Participate in the development of proposals, budgets and concept notes for future FRC wash interventions.
  • Liaise with the other program senior management in order to promote and develop a wider programming strategy and increased coordinated approaches for wash as an integral part of the wider programming.

Hierarchical link

  • She/he works under the responsibility of the head of delegation.
  • She/he is the line manager of the deputy wash program manager.

Functional links

  • In FRC delegation

She/he collaborates with the FRC departments (logistics, administration), and the other program coordinators / managers.

  • In FRC at regional and HQ level

She/he collaborates with the FRC regional PMER.

She/he collaborates with the WASH technical advisor based in the HQ – Paris.

The profile of the candidate


  • Degree in water engineering / public health with experience in water, sanitation, hygiene and health education projects.

Experience and skills

  • 3-5 years’ experience in wash sector.
  • Knowledge and practical experience of water and sanitation.
  • Capacity to facilitate trainings.
  • Experience in budget monitoring.
  • Management experience at project level.
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to produce project documents.
  • Ability to read and abstract information from a variety of sources/formats.
  • Supervisory skills with proven ability to manage a demanding workload.
  • Training provision and teamwork abilities.
  • Previous experience working for conflict environment an asset.
  • Strong knowledge of the community mobilization methodology.
  • Experience or knowledge of the Red Cross movement would be an asset.
  • Experience in Middle East would be very appreciated.


  • English compulsory.
  • Arabic and/ or Kurdish are a plus.
Location : Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan
Duration: 07 months
To be filled by: June 2016
Deadline for applications: 22 June 2016


  • Passport valid for more than 6 months at the moment of departure
  • Up-to-date vaccination card / fitness for travel

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