WASH Program Manager

Solidarités International

Malakal, , SS

The conflict between Northern and Southern Sudan is known as the longest war in Africa. Six and half years after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Nairobi in January 2005, South Sudan became the youngest country in the World on July 9th 2011, after a referendum.

In 2013, new rounds of violence erupted. Following East African mediation efforts and the threat of United Nations sanctions for both sides, a peace agreement was signed in 2015. Following Machar’s return to Juba in 2016 and his appointement as vice president, a new breakout of violence happened in Juba in July 2016. Machar was replaced as vice-president and fled the country as the global conflict erupted again. In the coming months at least, the general security situation is likely to remain precarious and volatile in the whole country.

Up to 300,000 (even more) people are estimated to have been killed in the war. More than 4 million people have been displaced in a country of 12 million, with about 2 million internally displaced and about 2.1 million having fled to neighboring countries (Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, DRC…). Almost 7.1 million people are food insecure in the country.

SI has been operating in South Sudan since 2006, and has developed activities in emergency and post emergency contexts, particularly in rural and semi-urban areas.

SI currently runs WASH and FSL interventions benefiting IDPs and host communities in Raja (Western Bahr El Gazal), as well as WASH activities in the PoC in Malakal, and provides emergency WASH assistance in informal settlements in Upper West Nile state. SI also intends to launch a cholera preparedeness&response programme in Juba.

The main axis of SI’s country strategy are as follows:

  • Address the most urgent needs of conflict, epidemic (including cholera) and natural disaster affected population
  • Contribute to strengthening the resilience capacities of agro and agro pastoral communities affected by conflict and climate events.
  • Contribute to reducing the prevalence of water borne diseases and malnutrition through integrated WaSH in camp (formal/informal), WaSH in health and WaSH in nutrition approaches in rural and urban settings.
  • Challenge common approaches to hygiene promotion and sanitation and pilot innovative methodologies and technologies, through research studies, and partnerships with academic institutions; study the impact of humanitarian interventions on cholera prevalence.

The coordination is based in Juba (5 expatriates). The Raja base which was opened in 2017 counts 3 expatriates, while the Malakal base, with 2 expatriates also supports activities along the Nile.

The program:

The security situation in Upper Nile State remains volatile with frequent fighting between SPLA and SPLA-IO forces, triggering movements of population. A great number of Shiluk populations have settled down in Aburoc as well as in the neighboring Oriny, Detwok, Manyo. Providing them with access to safe water and sanitation facilities is a main priority, through rehabilitation of boreholes, building of latrines, distribution of WASH kits, hygiene promotion etc…

Budget volume: circa 500.000 USD – co-funding SSHF and CDC.

About the job…

General objective:

The Program manager is responsible for the good implementation of the program, and, if needed, suggests adjustments or developments to ensure its relevance. He/She will be responsible for providing continuous technical support, training, and orientation to the programme team

While based in the Malakal POC, the PM is expected to travel frequently to the informal IDP settlements along the Nile where the WASH response is being implemented.

Priorities for the 2/3 first months:

  • Assess and launch the CDC (French) funded project implementation
  • Recruit and manage the project team to achieve the objectives
  • Ensure the timely implementation of activities and that SI’s quality standards are met.
  • Flexibility in order to adapt the program to emerging constraints and evolving nature of needs and interruption of the planned activities
  • Ensure smooth partnership with other WASH partners implementing activities in the area ( ICRC, IOM, CORDAID and World Vision)
  • Contribute to SI’s programming strategy in South Sudan

Responsibilities and main activities:

The responsibilities:

He/she is the line manager of the operational program teams and works along with the logistics and administrative department to ensure that the activities are timely delivered and comply with our quality standards. Under the supervision of the Field Coordinator, his/her responsibilities include:

  • Implement the activities as designed and monitor quality and achievements
  • Propose adjustments or developments to maintain project relevance when necessary.
  • Coordinate activities with the program team and other departments of SI and INGOs in the area of intervention.
  • Supervise the programme team.
  • Prepare timely and accurate reporting to SI for donors and internal data collection and monitoring

Your profile


  • Good understanding of project cycle management
  • Coordination and networking with other agencies in the area
  • Capacity to develop rapid understanding of context
  • Experience in managing a rapid emergency project in a complex emergency
  • Capacity to cope with change/flexibility.
  • Good in risk and safety analysis for project and staff


  • Strong management and training skills
  • Strong capacity of adaptation to stressful and basic living conditions
  • Ability to work in insecure, conflict and stressful condition and under tight schedule


  • Fluent English – written and spoken

Living conditions

Living condition in Malakal are good within the Humanitarian Hub gathering many NGOs. Your office and your individual room are in containers with AC.

Regular field visits are expected and during assessments where you will live with some staffs under a camping tent with basic accommodation conditions.

Internet and Phone network are available in Malakal. In Aburoc only internet and in some location there will be no internet and communication will be via satellite phone.

Si will offer you

A salaried post: according to experience from 1980 euros gross per month, (1800 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 700 USD.

Vacation: during the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time-off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 750 USD allocated by Solidarités International). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités International will cover travel costs).

Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

Application Process

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

If you are committed, dedicated and willing to contribute, please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered. 

NB:  The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your understanding. 

Contact: Caroline Bedos, Recruitment & Follow-Up Officer

For further information about Solidarités International, please check our website:  http://www.solidarites.org/en/