Humanitarian WASH Adviser

Save the Children

London, , GB

We are looking for a committed and passionate individual to join us as Humanitarian WASH Adviser, taking leadership in advising Humanitarian WASH programmes across Save the Children. 

Working in more than 120 countries, we do whatever it takes to create breakthroughs in the way the world treats children. Our Humanitarian department integrates emergency and development work, through our country programmes. It increases our capacity to meet the assistance and protection needs of children and their families affected by crises. Together, we save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential.

As Humanitarian WASH Adviser you will provide programmatic support to Save the Children’s emergency WASH programmes both practically and through capacity building, policy and innovation work within the organisation. You will be deployed to the field at short notice to set up new emergency WASH programmes or provide technical backstopping for WASH related emergencies. You will conduct, guide or initiate assessments and design programmes in humanitarian contexts to generate funded WASH responses; and provide technical assistance and conduct evaluations as appropriate. You will also:

  • Lead on delivery of WASH Capacity Building programmes globally
  • Drive the development of plans to address WASH programme capacity gaps in collaboration with the Humanitarian Capacity Building team and the Humanitarian and Leadership Academy.
  • Support in the development and dissemination of training materials.
  • Work on programme policy, innovation and learning to contribute to in-house key strategies, implementation plans and monitoring systems
  • Work on monitoring and evaluating programme quality in Save the Children’s humanitarian WASH work with adherence to common frameworks (e.g. Sphere, Red Cross/NGO Code of Conduct) and to ensure that work is in line with Save the Children’s child rights programming approach.

To be successful you will have extensive experience working internationally in the design and implementation of humanitarian WASH programmes, through senior roles, and have a track record in delivery of high quality emergency WASH response programmes. Direct first phase emergency response experience and experience supporting programmes through distance/ remote management are also essential. You will need to be flexible and adaptable in difficult environments, and have the ability to travel to remote and often insecure locations up to 40% of time.  You will have a  Master’s degree or higher in WASH engineering, civil or structuring engineering, a related field or relevant experience. You will also have:

  • Ability and experience of policy work and research in the WASH sector, and the development and delivery of training courses.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in difficult environments with competing demands and priorities.
  • Proven track record of developing programme strategies, plan, protocols and guidelines.
  • Considerable experience in needs assessment, programme evaluation, and programme development and writing of 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.
  • Excellent verbal and written language skills in English.

The ability to travel to remote and insecure locations, often at short notice, up to 40% of the year is essential.

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.

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: 17th June 2018

Please note, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and interviews will commence before the application closing date. Early applications are encouraged.

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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