WASH Manager

International Medical Corps

Yemen 🇾🇪

Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility for rapid response to emergencies. International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


The primary function of the WASH Manager includes supporting the Emergency Response Team in Yemen in the assessment, planning, design, implementation, supervision, expansion/development and administration of technical interventions. These will have a strong link to ongoing or planned water and sanitation, as well as health and activities.

The WASH Manager will be charged with the prioritization and coordination of the start-up and management of technical interventions, and contribute to the development of concept papers and proposals for interventions in close cooperation with  Programme Director, and WaSH coordinator and other relevant team members.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.

•Provide water, sanitation and hygiene sectorial leadership and expertise in relevant needs assessments and analysis.
•Conduct updated assessment (directly and remotely) of current situation in collaboration with relevant stakeholders; determine priorities and immediate activities and resources. 
•Assess and monitor field based resources and capacities for response (human, material and financial).

•Ensure quality implementation of defined aims and objectives of the overall WASH response program.
•Rapidly adapt design and overall response to the changing situation, taking into account the needs of the community; the current levels of capacity of actors on the ground; and eventual expanding of current programs.
•Plan and manage WASH programs in a phased and prioritized manner with full consultation and co-ordination with International Medical Corps’ staff and other agencies both governmental and non-governmental.
•Select and design water systems including source selection, abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution for new systems and/or the rehabilitation of old systems.
•Ensure appropriate management and operation of sanitation system (including excreta disposal, vector control, solid waste disposal, drainage) taking full account of local conditions, resources, customs and cultural norms.
•Define, in collaboration with other actors, a suitable hygiene promotion strategy for camp and host community contexts.
•Ensure that issues of protection, gender, livelihoods, DRR and environmental impact, operation and maintenance and sustainability are factored into the program design.
•Ensure Sphere standards both qualitative and quantitative are considered and any departures documented.
•Develop letters of intent, concept papers, budgets and proposals in respect of the above.
•Organize with the logistics and finance departments materials and support needed for all activities.
•Build a team that has the capacity to respond to the emergency, and assist in hiring and training as needed.
•Contribute to ensuring that the response is fully funded by external donors, and manage (HR, financial, implementation) all aspects of emergency WASH interventions.
•In coordination with WASH Coordinator design and develop appropriate supervisory, monitoring and evaluation systems for WASH interventions.
•Provide regular updates to supervisor and team on progress, priorities and constraints – verbally and in writing.
Writing up or consolidating reports on chosen subjects in consultation with the WASH Coordinator
•Represent International Medical Corps in WASH and relevant emergency related Cluster activities.
•Manage local national staff working under WASH program, ensuring capacity assessment and capacity building process are in place. 

Human Resources Management
• Assist in the hiring and development of qualified program staff 
• Supervise technical staff to ensure smooth and effective operations 
• Maintain open lines of communications with all field staff

Training/ Capacity Building
• Determine and address training needs for subordinate WASH staff 
• Train senior national staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity and ensure consistency and sustainability of interventions

Working Relationships
• Maintain frequent communication with WASH coordinator and senior management to ensure program activities and objectives are communicated
• Work with Logistics and Finance staff to ensure the timely coordination of programs supplies are within budgeted targets
• Interface with national government and relevant agencies as necessary

• Collaborate with security officer/Team Leader in order to maintain safety and security of staff in the field
• Ensures application and compliance of security protocols and policies by WASH staff

Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.

Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. 

• Bachelor’s degree or higher diploma in water and sanitation engineering, civil engineering, or related field.
• 3+ years of relevant work experience (minimum of 2 years in humanitarian situations; camp settings a plus). 
• Experience in emergency response, including rapid assessments and needs analysis.
• Experience in effective hygiene promotion in humanitarian contexts.
• Demonstrated analytical, project conceptual and planning skills projects, clear and realistic activity timetable development, agreement, and overseeing implementation.
• Good organizational and project management skills with the ability to anticipate project needs, changes and priorities.
• Able to prepare plans and reports, planning, negotiation and leadership skills.
• Willingness to travel in high security areas.
• Profound cross-cultural awareness and sound knowledge of public health issues
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
• Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations
• Ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively
• Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
• Sense of humor
• Fluency in English (both oral and written skills)

• Must be able to travel.
• Must be able to work in austere environments and be flexible to be relocated within Southern Yemen.