Project Manager Watsan Road Map via ReliefWeb

Médecins Sans Frontières

Barcelona, , ES

Context and General Objective of the Post

During the last years MSF OCBA operations have experimented a big growth and contexts have become more complex. The OCBA strategic plans are highly focused on emergency response in highly insecure/volatile context, and on hard to reach populations. A Watsan Road Map (Watsan humanitarian relief integrated in OCBA core activities) has been developed to reinforce watsan capacity in MSF OCBA emergency response. It focuses on the onset of the emergency response for displaced population and in water and sanitation supply, since day one of an emergency and for the first two months.

The road map diverts in activities from several departments and working groups within MSF. To ensure that we are able to orchestrate a good progress, we are looking for a project manager who will coordinate and integrate all the working groups towards the same common goal.

With this Watsan Road Map, we aim to improve three areas:

  • MSF reactivity to respond fast to the emergencies

  • MSF capacity to contextualize the emergency response and transfer it to other actors

  • The ability to monitor and assess the impact of our interventions

Responsibilities and Main Tasks

Accountable to the Head of Operational Logistic Unit, the Project Manager coordinates the roadmap execution assuring definition, alignment and follow-up of the project activities. S/he will also complement and further develop the project road map for its full and successful implementation.


  • Design strategies, tools and trainings and ensure full integration within HQ departments.
  • Monitor and evaluate the road map results and impact; propose adjustment or re-orientation when needed.
  • Ensure the coordination of the activities of several departments and working groups within MSF in order to avoid duplication of efforts, ensuring efficacy and fluidity in the achievement of the project objectives.
  • Assure resources planning and budget follow-up for the project execution.

Main tasks

  • Coordinate and monitor project activities with the different MSF departments and focal points.
  • Define and review the Watsan Emergency Response in the different countries of MSF interventions. This might imply travelling to specific context and lead/co-lead workshops with key players.
  • Frame country specific response strategies of emergency Watsan response.
  • Compile country specific strategies of Watsan Emergency response and establish a general watsan emergency strategy response for IDPs.
  • Define trainings in which some of the key activities/tools/products and progresses of the Road Map Project are presented. This implies the review of training content and component for WaSH in emergency.
  • Participate in trainings and workshops in which the Project should be presented, and vulgarized.
  • Defining the terms of reference of the support team that will assist the project for punctual assignments, like baselines, trainings review or midterm reviews, etc.
  • Decide and steer on the different innovation technologies or methodologies that might be implemented in the field in order to improve the emergency response and its monitoring.
  • Capitalize the lessons learned on the innovations and activities conducted.
  • Be aware of similar initiatives that might arise within MSF and beyond to coordinate and complement efforts, capitalize on achievements and avoid duplication.
  • Be part of the steering committee of the Project, participate in the meetings, take minutes and update the project proposal accordingly and lead communication among the different stake holders within the project.
  • Network with key stake holders in the humanitarian sector that are leading the Watsan emergency response to capitalize in lessons learned.
  • Define, compile and analyse the key indicators that monitor the appropriation of the road map in the field.
  • Gather all interested parties fully informed on the progress and engagements accomplished
  • Control the leading time of the project and success of achieving main milestones
  • Present regularly the evolution of the project

Selection Criteria

  • Knowledge of the humanitarian field and specifically in Watsan Emergency Responses
  • Previous field experience with MSF is an strong asset
  • University degree in field relating to WHS
  • Management skill – knowledge in project management methodology
  • Project management education and experience
  • Fluent written and spoken English and French


  • Good written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to set priorities and organize his/her own work


  • Commitment to MSF’s Principles
  • Cross-cultural Awareness
  • Behavioural Flexibility
  • Stress Management
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Results and Quality Orientation
  • Service Orientation
  • Planning and Organising
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • People Management and Development


  • Based in HQ with potential travelling (maximum 40% of his/her working time)
  • Temporary contract of 1 years, extendible to 2 years
  • Full time work.
  • Annual gross salary: 35,964.18 € (divided into 12 monthly payments) + secondary benefits based on MSF OCBA Reward Policy.
  • Practical working conditions while in the field are as per the MSF-OCBA guideline.
  • Starting date: April 2018

How to Apply

  • To apply, all applicants should please send their CV and cover motivation letter under the reference “PM Watsan Road Map” to [email protected]
  • Please submit your CV and cover letter in ONE file and name the file with your LAST NAME
  • Closing date: 15th of March 2018.
  • Replies will only be sent to short-listed candidates.
  • Médecins Sans Frontieres, as a responsible employer, under article 38 of “Ley de Integración Social del Minusválido de 1982 (LISMI)” invite those persons with a recognized disability and with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply for the above mentioned position. Médecins Sans Frontieres, as a responsible employer, under article 38 of “Ley de Integración Social del Minusválido de 1982 (LISMI)” invite those persons with a recognised disability and with an interest in the humanitarian area to apply for the above mentioned position.