Emergency WASH Coordinator

International Medical Corps

Bangladesh 🇧🇩

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 WASH Coordinator role overarches to lead and provide technical support for planning and smooth operation of emergency WASH activities for Bangladesh context. This will include active involvement in devising and rollout of Emergency WASH strategy based on the assessments/needs identified, programme implementation of multiple WASH projects, which are well coordinated with IMC core sectors. The role will be involved to support resourcing and required fundraising. IMC places its heart in training of local staff and stakeholders in WASH related topics.

Duties and Responsibilities

The individual must have enough experience to plan and implement the WASH projects, foster internal and external networks with stakeholder and donors, provide technical to support development of funding proposals. The WASH Coordinator must have the capacity to manage, lead and provide direction to the WASH team. In addition, where required support the programme team in obtaining the required government permissions and positively engage with intuitional and private donors and HQ. Moreover, to ensure the project monitoring, regular reviews, to review the weekly and donors reports, capture the learning for quality and able to close the project and ensure exit plans.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the essential functions with limited or basic living conditions and working environment.

1. Assessment

  • Conduct initial joint multi sector rapid assessment to depict the current humanitarian situation in collaboration with other sectoral staff and affected population; translate the needs into priorities and formulate immediate interventions activities and required resources. Moreover, the assessments to cover the WASH needs in community and in Institutional facilities.
  • Provide WASH sectoral leadership and technical support for conducting rapid needs assessments and its analysis that is to be linked to activity plan and budgets.
  • Assess in-country resources and capacities (human, material and financial) for response with relevant staff and agencies.

    2. Programme Design

  • Formulate the overall aims and objectives of WASH response programme through a clear WASH strategy for senior Country Management.
  • Design an appropriate overall response to the current emergency, taking into account the needs of the community; the current levels of in country WASH capacity and the overlapping of WASH and other IMC sectors.
  • Select and design from array of appreciate technologies for water systems for the said context, including source selection (ground water, surface water), abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution for new systems and/or the rehabilitation of old Water systems.
  • Select and design the most appropriate form of sanitation system (to include excreta disposal, vector control, solid waste disposal, drainage) taking full account of local conditions, resources, customs and cultural norms.
  • Select and design, in collaboration with other actors a suitable hygiene promotion programme that suits the local context and would be widely acceptable by beneficiaries.
  • Ensure and advocate/lobby that WASH programme design is considering Gender, protection, DRR and environmental impact, operation and maintenance and sustainability.
  • Contribute to ensuring that the response is fully funded by external donors, and manage (HR, financial, implementation) all aspects of emergency WASH interventions.
  • Ensure Sphere standards both qualitative and quantitative are considered through the programme cycle and are well documented.
  • Develop concept papers, letters of intent, proposals and budgets in respect of the above.

    3. Response Management and Implementation

  • Plan, lead and manage WASH programme 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.
  • Work closely with Human Resources team for planning and hiring of the WASH team.
  • Build the WASH team capacity to respond to the current emergency.
  • Train and supervise WASH staff and volunteers. This may involve the writing of work schedules, training plans and appraisals.
  • Ensure gender and protection is fully considered throughout the project cycle with women being enabled to influence decision- making around WASH challenges.
  • Ensure WASH programme implantation is linked to DRR, gender, child protection and nutrition
  • Design and develop appropriate supervisory, monitoring and evaluation systems for WASH interventions.
  • Work closely with programme support functions (logistics and finance departments) for WASH programme supplies and activities planning.

    4. Information and Co-ordination

  • Provide regular updates and technical guidance to team on progress, priorities and challenges – verbally and in writing.
  • Represent International Medical Corps to governmental and non-governmental groups as needed and agreed with the supervisor
  • Represent International Medical Corps in WASH and relevant emergency related Cluster activities.
  • support the programme team in obtaining the required government permissions and positively engage with intuitional and private donors and HQ
  • Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

    5. 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. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in water and sanitation engineering, civil engineering, or relevant technical WASH specialization
  • At least three years of work experience with designing and implementing water and sanitation systems in IDPs, refugee and migrant contexts, maintaining sanitation systems, and implementing hygiene promotion programs, including 2 years in a humanitarian setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability and good understanding of WASH sector and its hardware and software components
  • Demonstrated analytical, motivational, communication, project conceptualization and planning skills;
  • Experience in developing WASH strategy, clear and realistic activity planning; overseeing implementation, tracking the progress, reporting against the agreed indicators and managing project budget
  • Experience in emergency response, including rapid assessments and the design and delivery of effective water supply and hygiene promotion interventions in humanitarian contexts.
  • Experience and understanding of key intuitional donors’ policies, guidelines and strategies e.g. OFDA, ECHO, DFID and UN
  • Demonstrated experience in WASH proposal development and preparation of internal and donor reports.
  • Ability to effectively present information (both written and verbally) and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, senior government
  • Demonstrated knowledge of linking WASH activities with other humanitarian sectors.
  • Ability to understand gender related challenges within the beneficiary groups
  • Demonstrated experience of working closely with support functions (finance and logistics) on activity and procurement planning.
  • Fluency in English