National Programme Officer (Sanitation Specialist)

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Amman, Jordan 🇯🇴

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and part of the Swiss Embassy in Jordan. The Swiss Cooperation Office in Amman implements and monitors the Swiss Confederation’s humanitarian aid and development programme in Jordan, Syria and Iraq.

Jordan Context

The water sector in Jordan is characterized by an increasingly severe water scarcity, with existing water supply resources steadily depleting. This increased demand is the result of a high natural population growth rate, the arrival of several waves of refugees, climate change, the additional demands created by economic development, and more than half of Jordan’s water resources being used for agriculture. In figures, Jordan’s annual renewable resources of about 140 m3 per capita per year are far below the global threshold of severe water scarcity of 500 m3 per capita per year. Alternative water resources and efficiency strategies are therefore needed to optimize the use of this scarce resource. To meet this challenge, one of the areas that need to be developed is the reuse of “reclaimed” water for agriculture and for domestic needs, where recycled water would be appropriate. In rural areas there is also a need to develop small-scale waste water treatment facilities to produce “reclaimed” water and to raise awareness on how to use it.

Regional Context – SDC Regional Water Programme

The Swiss Cooperation Strategy Middle East 2015-2018 has set the Water intervention targets to enhance resilient, sustainable and conflict sensitive water management. The outcomes of the strategy are:

  • Improved access for conflict-affected and vulnerable people to safe water and sanitation, as well as equitable access to water for food production.
  • Improved integrated water resources management (IWRM) in the Orontes, Yarmouk and Tigris river basins.
  • Water-related disaster risks (natural and/or man-made) are better mitigated in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

In Jordan, SDC’s engagement is specifically focussing on the first and the third outcomes, focussing on providing access to safe drinking water and to sanitation for vulnerable people at household level (mainly refugees), while at the same time working on improved water resource management at a more systemic level. The goal is to engage in specific niches having a medium to long-term impact on the improvement of water management. One of these niches is the reuse of treated wastewater and Faecal Sludge Management and

Sanitation Specialist

To meet the challenge of spreading the reuse of treated wastewater and Faecal Sludge Management across Jordan, SDC is looking for a mature, convincing and well-connected Sanitation Specialist who fully understands the context and who has the necessary skills, determination, diplomacy and passion to drive behaviour change in this highly sensitive field at local, regional and national levels.


The mission of the Sanitation Specialist is to make a tangible, sustainable contribution in the field of treated wastewater and Faecal Sludge Management in Jordan.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Establish, develop and nurture strong relationships with key stakeholders at local, regional and ministerial level, with the aim of gaining support for decentralised waste water treatment projects, the reuse of treated wastewater , and for Faecal Sludge Management.
  • Engage policy makers at local, regional and ministerial level, with the aim of legalising and making compulsory the reuse of treated wastewater in agriculture and at household level, where drinking water can be substituted with “reclaimed” “waste” water, for example for car washing, watering gardens and plants and flushing toilets.
  • Identify and document “success stories” across Jordan in the areas of reuse of treated wastewater, Faecal Sludge Management and biogas production.
  • Promote best practices in the field of reuse of treated wastewater, Faecal Sludge Management and biogas production, with the aim of convincing users of the appropriateness and usefulness of these solutions.
  • Guide and follow up the team of consultants hired to implement the SDC “Sanitation Solutions for Underserved Communities in Jordan” project.
  • Support SDC’s directly-implemented projects in Jordan, providing overall technical and conceptual guidance and assuring overall coordination and knowledge management.
  • Fulfil other tasks as defined based on the progress of the projects and the specific competences of the Sanitation Specialist.
  • Participate in Program/Project Cycle Management, by: Preparing appraisal documents and internal requests for funding; Planning, monitoring, and supervising a number of cooperation projects; Project monitoring and internal report writing; Preparing and conducting monitoring missions to partners and projects; Contributing to the overall operational, administrative and financial monitoring of the Water domain; Networking with public organizations, International Organizations, NGOs and other donors.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

Accountability and reporting

A Middle East Regional Water Program Officer based at the Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) in Amman is in charge of developing regional coherence in the water sector by fostering dialogue and exchange between the various SDC Country Offices, the SDC Experts seconded to various UN agencies and the SDC Jordan Water Team in Amman. The Sanitation Specialist will be accountable to the above-mentioned Middle East Regional Water Program Officer.

The Sanitation Specialist will abide strictly by SDC’s Code of Conduct, Rules and Regulations, and at all times promote the interests of SDC in Jordan and the Region.


  • Excellent written and oral knowledge of Arabic and English.
  • Good IT knowledge and MS-office skills.
  • Pronounced personal, social skills.
  • Proactive and flexible working style.
  • High motivation and commitment for humanitarian aid.
  • Mature and trustworthy personality

Experience and Education

  • Bachelor degree in Engineering / Environmental Engineering or equivalent.
  • Enthusiasm to work in a culturally diverse organization.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in water and sanitation related project management and implementation in Jordan and/or in the Middle East. 5 years’ practical experience in international cooperation in the WASH domain.
  • In-depth knowledge of appropriate decentralized waste water treatment, Faecal Sludge Management and biogas production.
  • Extensive experience with the analysis of political, social, economic and cultural contexts in developing countries or transition countries, and with the consequences of these in development programs.
  • Extensive knowledge of the challenges in the water sector (e.g. reforms, development of strategies, public-private partnerships), preferably in the Middle East region.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with local and international actors.


Place of work: Amman with frequent travel in the country and in the region.

Beginning: February 1st, 2018

Deadline: 10.12.2017

Contract: One Year Contract