Field Support Team (WASH Cluster Coordinator)

Switzerland 🇨🇭

General description of the position

The FST (Field Support Team) will be focused upon providing both direct and indirect support to WASH coordination platforms. All members of the team may also be deployed to or provide support to FST target countries or operations worldwide. All members of the team, although having distinct technical portfolio’s and profiles, are expected to contribute to improved and strengthened WASH coordination (pre, during and after operations) and relevant WASH capacity building activities. All the FST will ensure the functioning of the FST to support coordination and appropriate capacity building, linking with other clusters / actors and response mechanisms at global level, whilst ensuring that FSTs have the tools, capacity and resources they require to sustain high levels of performance in all aspects of their work. Similarly, all team members are expected to contribute to inter-cluster/sector harmonization and cross cutting issues of gender, age, diversity, advocacy, environmental sustainability and accountability to affected populations and ensure dissemination of information, and learning and capacity building through to FSTs.


The Preparedness Officer will support CAST (Cluster Advocacy Support Team)/CLA and the FST Management function in resourcing partners and cluster/sector participants for the effective management and functioning of WASH coordination platforms, encompassing the following:

  • Work towards capitalising further on the measurable impact and relevancy of the FST and delivering coordination functions in accordance with the IASC defined cluster functions.
  • Develop a good understanding of the objectives of the FST concept, reflecting the strategic direction of the Global WASH Cluster and the means by which this position is expected to contribute overall to operational coordination and capacity building.
  • Capture and document lessons learned, best practices and standards at global level
  • Support hub coordination officers in creation of their work-plans and budgets.
  • Establish and maintain consistency, quality and timeliness of reporting, as per requirements set out by the FST Manager, Geneva.
  • Contribute to and where required manage any formal agreements or legal frameworks relative to the position.
  • Attend and propose seminars, workshops and meetings relevant to the position as appropriate.
  • Provide or contribute to the provision of visibility actions to further promote the FST, GWC and its supporters and partners.
  • Support the implementation of ‘real-time’ reviews and evaluations during and post operations, develop further mechanisms to inform and gather feedback on coordination and FST deployments, work to define better how the FST works within a framework of accountability and ensures needs based programming.
  • Support the decision making the FST manager by ensuring a clear system to consolidate, share, analyze and report/disseminate information critical to decision making.
Do you fit the requested profile ?


  • Degree, or relevant combination of qualifications and experience, in public health in emergencies, water, social sciences, institutional development, water or sanitation engineering or related field.
  • Minimum five years field management experience in WASH emergency humanitarian contexts
  • A good understanding of the humanitarian policy environment including current knowledge of the latest policies, research, international standards and developments in the field in the humanitarian sector.
  • Experience in liaison with stakeholders, ability to build relationships and networks with  international donors, UN agencies and INGOs, national authorities, local partner agencies
  • Fluently spoken and written English required. Another language mastered (especially French, Spanish or Arabic) is highly desirable.

Knowledge and skills

  • Proven negotiation, communication and advocacy skills.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, develop, plan monitor and evaluate programmes, as well as to teach skills and build team capacity.
  • Ability to encourage and contribute to a climate of team-working and collaboration in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Recognised leadership and supervisory skills; motivates and empowers others.
  • Ability to analyse and present diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
Specific conditions / Salary

Status: Fixed Term contract of 5 months – Executive Level

Annual Salary: Salary between 54,8 and 62 K€ gross over 13 months, Per-Diem supported by UNICEF when in the field, 19 days of extra leaves (RTT)/ year, complementary health insurance (covered 80% by ACF)