WASH Delegate

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Organizational Context

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC or “the Federation”) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The Federation is a membership organization established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The Federation is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The Africa Region is organized through cluster offices covering the National Societies in Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, West Coast, Sahel and Central Africa as well as country offices in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia. The food security crisis in the Horn of Africa continues to deepen. Exacerbating water and food shortages, a large scale acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) outbreak has been affecting Somalia since Oct 2016. This outbreak has now spread to Ethiopia, Puntland and Somaliland. The poor rainfalls in 2016 which resulted in drought is affecting more than 50% of the population. Loss of livestock, shortage of water, pasture and food as consequence of the drought is estimated to have displaced 535,624 people between 01 Nov 2016 and 31 Mar 2017 (UNHCR, April 2017). In Somalia, the humanitarian situation is worsening for a large swath of the population. The food security situation has deteriorated significantly across the country during in the past months, with an increasing number of people facing crisis and emergency (IPC Phase 3 and 4). The increased levels of acute food insecurity and lack of emergency food assistance are causing rising mortality rates and severe long-term impacts on livelihoods and assets. Somalia currently has one of the worst infant and young child feeding and micronutrient indicators in the world. Also contributing to the deteriorating humanitarian situation was an outbreak of measles in parts of the country. With water and food shortages due to the drought, a large-scale acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) outbreak has also affected Somalia since fourth quarter of 2016. The outbreak had reached serious proportions in Somaliland and Puntland, which are the areas targeted by the IFRC funded Emergency Operation. An emergency appeal was initially launched in March 2016 to respond to the drought. Following the worsening outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) in Somaliland and Puntland the IFRC launched another operation in March 2017. These operations will be combined during the next operational revision, planned for June 2017. The implementation of the above activities requires the recruitment of a WASH Delegate.

Job Purpose

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) Delegate for the Somalia Emergency Operation is responsible for supporting the Somalia Red Crescent Societies’ (SRCS) water and sanitation activities, in addition to hygiene promotion, towards achieving the goals set by the Emergency Plan of Action as a priority. The Delegate must ensure safe water, adequate sanitation, health and hygiene education are delivered to target affected population. Activity implementations will be done with community participation and integrated public health WASH approach, while supporting every opportunity for WASH capacity building within the host National Society.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

The WASH Delegate will work closely with the SRCS at all levels where practical while assisting relevant NS staff and volunteers to effectively implement the activities and achieve operational targets. the Delegate will plan and implement together with the SRCS staff and volunteers to improve health and reduce vulnerability of the beneficiaries. Specifically:

  • Improve availability and access to safe water to all members of the community or target groups.
  • Improve availability and access to improved and appropriate sanitation facilities to all members of the community or target group, while ensuring other sanitation needs are addressed where appropriate (vector control, waste water management, solid waste management, hazardous waste management).
  • Work towards the improvement of hygiene behaviour in a participatory way with the community (PHAST).
  • Ensuring the coherence of all WASH activity (hygiene promotion, safe water provision and adequate sanitation).
  • Where feasible provide technical support to SRCS for integration of one WASH concept into WASH interventions.
  • Support the operationalizing and contextualization of the IFRC Africa Region Cholera framework to Country context.
  • Work closely with the SRCS to better assess evolving needs of affected population and targeted groups, while maintaining close collaboration with relevant departments (OD, DMC).
  • Provide support to SRCS, particularly with any hardware component of the WASH component of any recovery plan of action, working closely with national counterpart and departments, including logistics and procurement.
  • Manage the WASH plans and budgets and ensure compliance with IFRC standards and donor requirements.
  • Provide technical support to the SRCS and ensure enhancing the capacity of national colleagues.
  • Support, develop and train (or arrange appropriate training) for SRCS staff/volunteers related to WASH.
  • Manage hardware/software activity implementation and project planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting as appropriate.
  • Coordinate WASH activities with other Movement partners (ICRC and PNS in country).
  • Produce regular, timely and accurate financial and narrative reports for the Federation and donors.
  • Work as a team member and share views and plans with other Delegates and Senior Management.
  • Respect and follow the key Federation technical documents (WATSAN policy, Strategy 2020, Health & Care policies, GWSI, MDGs, SPHERE, PHAST etc.) and contribute where appropriate to the Global Federation WATSAN/Health agenda.


  • Relevant university degree
  • IMPACT, Basic Delegates Training Course


  • Minimum 3 years working experience in WASH capacity in a less developed country
  • Experience implementing Hygiene Promotion programmes.
  • Experience working on programme implementation with local actors and/or partners.
  • Experience of working for a humanitarian organisation and/or the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.
  • Experience in working in developmental contexts and engaging effectively with beneficiaries especially women and children and vulnerable groups.
  • Experience of project planning & budgeting, supervision and management to include monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience of producing narrative & financial reports.

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word-processing)
  • Valid international driving licence (manual gears).
  • Skills in training and developing staff


Fluent in written and spoken English.

Competencies and values

  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Judgement
  • Decision making
  • Results focus and accountability
  • Managing performance