Technical Coordinator (WASH)


Erbil, Iraq 🇮🇶

Background on ACTED

Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential. ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential. We go the last mile: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. With a team of 4,300 national staff 300 international staff, ACTED is active in 35 countries and implements more than 450 projects a year reaching over 11 million beneficiaries. 

Country profile

Country Profile

Number of projects 44

Number of areas 6

Number of national staff 212

Annual budget (EUR) 18,14M

Number of offices 6

Number of international staff 21

Position context and key challenges

ACTED has been present in Iraq supporting conflict affected populations since 2004 and currently operates in 15 regions. For the last 4 years, our team of 350 people has been responding to the Syrian refugee and IDP crisis, notably in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where ACTED supports over 1.5 million people. Our multi-sectoral approach addresses the most urgent needs of internally displaced people and refugees by ensuring their protection, delivering life-saving food assistance, providing shelter and non-food item packages with lifesaving items and improving their living environment in and out of camps through camp management and Water, Hygiene and Sanitation activities.

Position profile

1. External Positioning

1.1. External Relations

a) Act as key ACTED representative on wash in Iraq

b) Ensure external representation of ACTED in wash sector, vis-à-vis country and local authorities, other project stakeholders, donors and partners

c) Participate in and report (internally) on wash technical and sectoral meetings, clusters and working groups involving all relevant stakeholders such as donors, NGOs, UN Agencies, inter-governmental institutions

d) Ensure effective coordination and collaboration with key stakeholders and partners, i.e. NGOs, civil society organizations, community groups, and government counterparts who are working on wash

e) Identify opportunities to collaborate and coordinate efforts with other organizations to ensure our activities build upon – rather than replicate – the work of others.

1.2. Project Development

a) Collect and analyse primary and secondary data related to the wash sector in Iraq

b) Analyse the activities in the wash sector and relevant stakeholders

c) Identify the needs of the most vulnerable populations through regular visits and literature review, and through the design and implementation of relevant needs assessments in close collaboration with AMEU

d) Lead wash project conceptualization workshops

e) Provide technical inputs into proposal design and ensure new or adapted projects for the wash sector focus on maximizing efficiencies, impact and integrated approaches

2. Internal Wash Technical Support and Coordination

2.1. Coordination

a) Support the development and maintenance of a coherent wash strategy across ACTED’s areas of intervention in Iraq

b) Promote harmonization of approaches and methodologies across the different wash projects by developing and monitoring use of common tools, as well as creating opportunities for experience sharing and learning

c) Brief Project Managers about main wash issues, and updating them on a regular basis.

d) Organize internal wash meetings on a monthly basis.

2.2. Technical Leadership

a) Define wash project implementation modalities and methodologies (including, but not limited to technical specifications, identification and registration of beneficiaries, distribution and sensitization)

b) Lead the development of all technical tools related to wash projects (ToRs for consultants and evaluators, ad hoc reports, capitalization reports…);

c) Analyse the appropriateness, adequacy and potential impact of all interventions in the wash sector based on known contexts and needs

d) Provide technical support to the Project Managers and other wash staff to implement the ACTED wash projects to a high quality standard;

e) Liaise with wash technical staff on a regular basis to ensure technical assistance is provided to projects when needed

f) Disseminate tools, research, best practices and lessons learned internally and externally through publications, networks, working groups, events, and conferences.

2.3. Staff Capacity Building

a) Participate in the recruitment and training of wash staff members

b) In coordination with Project Managers identify individual training needs and ensure access to training and professional development opportunities appropriate to the skill gaps and needs

c) Provide training to projects teams on ACTED activities and wash best practices

d) Develop training material for different trainings to share within the wash project teams

e) Develop capacity-building programmes for local actors (including partner NGOs and relevant local services providers) on wash


Degree in civil engineering, water engineering, WASH, or related courses;
At least 5 years of experience in project implementation on the field, preferably in an international context;
At least 3 years of experience in water supply, water quality, sanitation, WASH infrastructure construction, and related fields;
Being a strong team player;
Familiarity with the aid system, and ability to understand donor and governmental requirement;
Excellent communication and drafting skills;
Ability to coordinate and manage staff and project activities;
Proven ability to work creatively and independently both in the field and in the office;
Ability to organize and plan effectively;
Ability to work with culturally diverse groups of people;
Ability to travel and work in difficult conditions and under pressure;
Fluent English skills required;
Knowledge of local language and/or regional experience is an asset.


Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
Additional monthly living allowance
Free food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse
Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance

Submission of applications

Please send your application including cover letter, CV and references to [email protected] under Ref: WASHTC/IRQ