Global WASH Coordinator

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Geneva, , CH


IOM has shown a systematic year on year growth of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
programmes, assisting at least 3,750,000 people in 2016 with budgets in excess of 40million
USD in 30 countries. Despite the scale of these programmes, and its lifesaving nature, there
has been no global technical capacity to support WASH programming, and global engagement in WASH cluster and other relevant fora have been limited.

Institutionally WASH programming spans the departments of Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE) for supply, construction and maintenance and Migration Health Division (MHD) for hygiene promotion components.

WASH Within DOE it spans programmes in all phases of response from Preparedness, to
response and into recovery, stabilization and development programming.

Although being omitted from Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF), the WASH sector of assistance is clearly an area of growth for IOM, a major opportunity to save more lives and livelihoods through larger programmes with greater level of technical oversight. This role will coordinate closely with the shelter and settlements team lead to provide increased quality of emergency response from stand-alone programmes to integrated responses. The role will include a significant percentage of field deployments to support operations at country level and ensure technical quality in response.

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Director, Department of Operations and
Emergencies and the direct supervision of the Head, Preparedness and Response Division (PRD), the successful candidate will be responsible to ensure that appropriate tools, policies
and coordination arrangements may be introduced and disseminated within IOM. An important aspect of this post will also be IOM’s integration into global WASH fora, in particular those global coordination platforms coordinated by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in its role of global WASH cluster lead agency.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

1. Liaise closely with shelter and settlements team, PRD/ Transition and Recovery Division
(TRD) and MHD. Manage and develop an extended network of WASH staff within IOM, to form a virtual global team.

2. Establish, develop and maintain links with IOM Country Offices which maintain WASH
operations. Develop an IOM WASH community of practice and a global network of IOM WASH as well as support in the identification of staff through direct contacts or through the
establishment of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with agencies.

3. Represent IOM in the Global WASH Cluster and in other external and interagency fora as

4. Act as a Global WASH Cluster Focal Point in IOM, delivering on the Global WASH cluster
work plan. Engage in other relevant and productive activities of the Global WASH Cluster with the goal of enhancing inter-agency coordination and sectoral capacity.

5. Facilitate inter-cluster coordination for IOM WASH operations.

6. Be responsible for financial, administrative and programmatic oversight of global WASH
projects and ensure that IOM standards and operating modalities are met, and that international best practice is adapted to IOM’s programmatic approach.

7. Follow up on the reporting of WASH programming and ensure regular and proactive
coordination with country level counterparts.

8. Provide surge support to IOM operations as required, either in person or through support in identification of personnel. Identify and maintain linkages with IOM staff, external consultants and develop relationships with potential shelter individuals who can support operations in the future.

9. Ensure timely review of WASH proposals, reports and other documentation developed by
IOM country offices. Ensure that effective and timely support is provided to country level

10. Develop WASH proposals for IOM to enhance operations and to enable sectoral

11. Develop, promote and disseminate research and thinking to enhance processes and
delivery within the WASH sector.

12. Substantively contribute to the development of, and maintain and implement a global IOM WASH strategy.

13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in WASH related subject, such as Engineering, Public Health or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


  • Extensive working experience in WASH programming;
  • Extensive working experience in working with different international organizations (e.g. UN agencies, INGOs, IOs, Donors, IFRC or ICRC) and humanitarian operations;
  • Experience in cluster coordination and programme management;
  • Extensive knowledge of current humanitarian issues with a particular focus on natural disaster-related emergencies, Disaster Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation/Recovery;
  • Good knowledge of shelter-related technical guidelines and standards;
  • Practical experience of operational cluster information management, shelter programme design, implementation and M&E, site planning, shelter design and basic construction management;
  • Exceptional understanding of WASH policy, guidance and research;
  • Advanced understanding of settlement level approaches to shelter; graphic design, basic web technologies and architectural drawing planning software;
  • Advanced skills in site planning, basic WASH programme design and implementation;
  • Practical knowledge of humanitarian reform and operational coordination and cluster information management.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish is an advantage.

Desirable Competencies:


  • Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms;
  • Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders;
  • Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others;
  • Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;
  • Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services;
  • Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others;
  • Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;
  • Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter;
  • Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation;
  • Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;
  • Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are
nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment
system, by 21 June 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 08.06.2018 to 21.06.2018