Senior WASH Advisor (Humanitarian Surge Team)

Save the Children

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We are looking for an experienced and flexible individual to join us as Senior WASH Advisor in our Humanitarian Surge Team (HST). Internationally mobile, you will support emergency response, preparedness and capacity building, through to surge and desk support for new and ongoing WASH, health and nutrition programmes.

As Senior WASH Advisor, you will play an important role, building organisational expertise in humanitarian WASH support for medical structures, nutritional centres and affected communities. As part of the Humanitarian Surge Team you will be deployed for short, medium-term assignments for surge capacity to a country programme by either filling a WASH advisory vacant position and/or adding further skills and experience to country programmes. In addition, you will:

  • Support programmes in chronic complex and new emergencies, whilst contributing to our ambition for growing the quality and reach of our WASH, health and nutrition programmes
  • Lead the WASH emergency response where Save the Children is scaling up and where we need immediate emergency expertise, in a medium or large-scale complex emergency
  • Be involved with capacity building of individuals and/or country programmes to ensure that programmes are being run effectively and with required quality
  • On occasion carry out rapid assessment, programme design, coordination, support fundraising, capacity analysis, monitoring & evaluation activities or recruitment and procurement in emergency responses
  • Provide technical leadership to analyse and support WASH work.

To be successful you will be educated to Masters Degree level or higher in WASH engineering, civil, hydraulic, environmental engineering, and related fields, or have equivalent field experience.  A proven leader with excellent analytical and communication skills, you will have significant experience in the design and implementation of Humanitarian WASH programmes internationally. In addition, you will have:

  • A proven track record of developing programme strategies, plan, protocols and guidelines
  • Considerable experience in needs assessment, programme evaluation, programme development and writing funding proposals and reports
  • Substantial proven experience of supporting programmes through distance management
  • Considerable proven experience of confidently and professionally representing organisations to the WASH sector and donors at senior level
  • A flexible approach to managing and prioritising a high and diverse workload in a fast paced environment with tight deadlines.

Language skills in French and/or Arabic are desirable, as is experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts.

All members of our HST team are available and ready to be deployed anywhere in the world at short notice.  You will normally work unusual hours, undertake a lot of travel (up to 80% of the time) and will often work in stressful and insecure environments. In return, you will receive 35 days Annual Leave per year, medical insurance while on deployment, travel and accommodation provided for, paid R&R, gross salary paid from UK plus hardship allowance, complexity allowance and expensive posting allowance where applicable.

At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.

We are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, promoting and providing equal opportunities in employment. To see our full statement please visit this link:

Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. If you share our mission, are passionate about making it happen and strongly believe you can contribute then join us and we’ll give you every opportunity to succeed. We look forward to hearing from you.

Closing date: 18th February 2018

The “take home” remuneration of the successful candidate will be reduced to the extent that tax, social security and similar contributions are payable.  Tax and social security liabilities, whether collected by way of payroll witholdings, or by self assessment, depend on a large range of factors including the state of residence of the individual, location where duties are performed, state of citizenship, state of domicile etc.

Save the Children UK is committed to creating an inclusive working environment, promoting and providing equal opportunities in employment. To see our full statement please visit this link:

Save the Children UK has a comprehensive benefits package. To see our full offer please visit this link:

Interview expenses: Candidates should note that unfortunately it is not our policy to reimburse expenses accrued when attending interviews at Save the Children UK unless you are requested to attend an interview in an alternative location to where the role is based.

Pre-employment Checks: Any Employment with Save the Children UK will be subject to the following checks prior to your start date:

  • a satisfactory police record check to include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an International Criminal Record Check (If applicable)
  • receipt of satisfactory references
  • proof of eligibility to work in the national location for this role