Regional WASH Coordinator

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Panama City, Panama 🇵🇦

Job Purpose

The Regional Wash Coordiantor (RWC) is responsible for planning and managing the WASH regional work and supervise all WASH projects that are implemented in the region.

The Regional Wash Coordinator (RWC) is responsible for working to support National and sub national level WASH Clusters in the Zone/Region to build their capacity to respond to WASH emergencies and WASH in development. The Coordinator must ensure achievement of WASH goals in the region, through health education and community participation, and trough the improvement of capacity of national societies and sub-national emergency WASH coordination mechanisms.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

The Regional Wash Coordinator (RWC) provide regular technical guidance, coordination, supervision, support and advice to country based WASH actors including Federation WASH and Health Delegates and/or NS counterparts as appropriate. The RWC will pay attention to the needs of local offices of INGOs and to those of local partners and strive to ensure the fullest participation possible by all relevant actors. Country based WASH cluster coordinators are technically accountable to the RWC who should ensure that WASH Cluster standards and international standards are maintained and WASH project are fully implemented and evaluated, including WASH component in DREF and Appeals.

  • Act as lead professional in WASH within the ARO region to ensure provision of technical support and advices to national Society teams 
  • Work towards the achievement of WASH regional goals, achieve outcomes of DREF and appeals operations through effective managerial and lateral relations and teamwork. 
  • Support and monitor country adaptation and roll-out of Global WASH Cluster concept and tools tailored to specific country-level needs 
  • Attend the locations of significant emergencies, support, mentor and advise management and staff of responding agencies. 
  • Map existing regional and national WASH sector capacity (resources, response and coordination mechanisms and expertise) around operations.
  • Assess levels of cluster awareness and participation, and identify barriers to participation and major impediments to effective coordination with particular emphasis on countries where national clusters are inactive, underperforming or non-existent.
  • Identify capacity building priorities and appropriate approaches to develop capacity, co-ordinate and support training and provide ongoing technical support to partner NGOs and governmental institutions.
  • In collaboration with the UNICEF, and other agencies and partners, contribute to the regional coordination, develop a regional work plan and support the elaboration of programme and project within WASH. 
  • Complete the identification and prioritisation of high-risk countries in the region (emergency risk ranking) and, 
  • On the basis of the mapping exercise and risk ranking, support the development and annual updating of regional WASH Cluster Contingency Plans and, in countries at high risk of disaster, instigate a contingency planning process in national clusters. 
  • Work in close collaboration/ liaison with the other Regional WASH coordinators of other IFRC regional offices, to ensure a consistent approach across regions while maintaining relevance to the American and Caribbean specific contexts
  • Review procedures and guidelines for Emergencies and for planning, in order to improve the IFRC action on WASH in the region.
  • Create strategic links between the regional and national clusters and bilateral donors.
  • Advocate for the best practices exchange among PNS and RCNS of the region. Ensure the creation of relationship and networks with key internal and external partners in order to share learning and service improvements. 
  • Promote best practices and lessons learnt within the clusters and ensure establishment of appropriate technical standards for the humanitarian response. This includes promoting and guiding national clusters in their adherence to minimum standards, including SPHERE and other recognised sectoral humanitarian standards, the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct.
  • Ensure integration of cross-cutting issues (gender, protection and HIV mainstreaming, disaster risk reduction and accountability to beneficiaries) in policies, tools, training, and strategic planning.
  • Maintain records and information and provide timely reporting.
  • As budget holder, plan manage and monitor expenditure and provide timely and accurate expenditure records and meet financial reporting requirements as needed.


  • Degree or Diploma in Water/Sanitation, Civil engineering, Public Health or in a Community/Social Development field
  • Postgraduate education in public health, preferred


  • At least 5 years’ experience of working with disaster-related Water/Sanitation interventions
  • Experience in international disaster response operations, preferred
  • At least 5 years’ experience with Red Cross/ Red Crescent emergency response and knowledge of Disaster Management tools (ERU, TL or FACT) tools
  • At least 5 years’ minimum project management experience
  • 5 years providing training and facilitating workshops or coaching on WASH 
  • Experience designing and implementing project on Development, Public Health, Urban WASH in different contests
  • Experience in finance management

Knowledge, skills and languages

Detailed knowledge of WASH global and regional strategies
Excellent writing and communications skills
Excellent Analytical skills
High knowledge in computing systems (MS Office)
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and achieve results through collaboration
Ability to take initiative to create new processes from scratch and act to fill and identify gaps
Demonstrable accountability
Ability to lead working group and to work well in a multicultural team
Excellent stress management skills
Availability to travel frequently and assist deployment on WASH
Interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivit


  • Fluent spoken and written in English and Spanish

Competencies and values

Values: Respect for diversity; Integrity; Professionalism; Accountability

Core competencies: Communication; Collaboration and Teamwork; Judgement and Decision Making; National Societies and Customer Relations; Creativity and Innovation; Building Trust

Managerial competencies: Managing Staff Performance; Managing Staff Development; Strategic Orientation

Functional competencies: Building Alliances; Leadership; Empowering Others


A letter of motivation must be submitted along with the application no later than the closing date. In order to ensure a proper comparative evaluation of your application for this vacancy and to enable us to consider your profile against other similar current and future vacancies, we ask that you submit your application taking into account the following:

Important Note:

Please note that the selected candidate will be hired through a national contract under the Panamanian labour law; therefore only Panamanians as well as foreign applicants with valid and current residence and work permit in Panama will be considered for this vacancy;

  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by Federation policies, procedures, plans and local labour laws;
  • The closing date is midnight Panama time;
  • Only those candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified.

The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.