WASH Technical Referent for HARP Consortium

Solidarités International

Sittwe, , MM

Desired start date: 01/11/2018
Duration of the mission:  18 months
Location:   Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar

SI has been in Myanmar since 2008, first in the Delta in response to the Cyclone Nargis. In 2011, SI expanded to three new regions (Dry Zone, Rakhine, and Chin State) focusing on Livelihoods, Food Security, Shelter, and WASH. In 2012, SI started emergency response to people displacements due to violence in Kachin and later in Rakhine (between armed forces in Kachin State and between communities in Rakhine). SI has a base in Sittwe which is responsible for managing programs in Sittwe and Pauktaw T/S (emergency programs for IDPs), and in Rathedaung T/S since October 2013.

SI currently has a coordination base in Yangon, with field bases in the Rakhine and Kachin States. Each office is operational with a Field Coordinator and between 35-200 colleagues.

About the job…

The WASH Technical Referent for HARP Consortium (WTR) will manage and support the Activity Managers for the implementation of activities under the of the HARP consortium project in Sittwe, Rakhine State. He will provide technical expertise on the Water and Sanitation aspects of the project to the consortium, SI ensuring the lead in WATSAN for the consortium. S/He will ensure overall responsibility for the implementation of this complex programme as well as representation of SI within the consortium.

HARP: Provision of Life-Saving Humanitarian Assistance to Children and their Families Affected by Violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. This project occurs in Sittwe camps and among a consortium led by Oxfam, in 22 camps and villages covering 97,647 people. Activities are mainly focused on water, sanitation and Hygiene. SI is the WASH focal point for Community Engagement in nine camps and the responsible for infrastructure construction and faecal sludge management.

The WTR  will help the FC to represent SI programs to partners and stakeholders SITTWE

The main challenges of the position are:

  • Complex program management, including high financial and logistic coordination and follow up
  • Technical WASH expertise
  • Representation and communication within the consortium and representing the Consortium at Rakhine WASH Cluster and with Donors or other visits (this includes high level representation)
  • Coordination with the partner


  • Implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the operation proposals.
  • Responsible for overseeing operational teams assigned to the program.
  • Guarantees the good performance and the quality of the program(s) implemented, and, where appropriate, proposes adjustments or developments to ensure relevance.
  • Responsible, on behalf of SI, of the coordination with the WaSH Consortium partner lead by OXFAM.
  • Responsible in consolidate and put in practice the technical expertise in order for SI to fulfill the role of technical lead for infrastructure construction and faecal sludge management
  • Capitalizing the lessons learnt, best practices and approaches in the field into SI behavioral change and community engagement strategy.

Your profile

Education: Master level education in Behavioral sciences or WASH engineer

Experience: at least 7 years of international experience, preferably in emergency AND recovery contexts; experience in complex ethnic and/or religious contexts preferred, sensitive environments (post-conflict, conflict), IDP/refugee camp experience is an added value

  • Previous experience in similar position or as WASH coordinator mandatory
  • Previous experience working within a consortium mandatory
  • Previous experience of project management in NGO / humanitarian fields mandatory
  • Previous experience with Solidarites International is a plus
  • Proven Experience in team management and in training, capacity building.
  • Experience in development projects in semi-permanent settlements is a valued asset.

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • WASH and community engagement programming experience
  • Technical knowledge on feacal sludge management
  • Team management, coaching and capacity building.
  • Monitoring and evaluation,
  • Report writing
  • Strategic thinking,
  • Able to quickly understand complex situations and to coordinate both emergencies and long-term programs
  • Sound knowledge in assisting behavioral change methods and approaches including BCC, ABC etc.
  • Knowledge and experience in applying and training in WaSH (PHAST, CHAST, CLTS)
  • Knowledge and experience of additional tools such as art therapy or forum theatre is highly appreciated.

Transferable skills: Diplomacy, tact and sensitivity in dealing with ethnic division in tense environments, good social skills to work as part of a large team and live in shared accommodation (up to 7 people at the same time), very good organization skills and tasks prioritization.

Languages: Fluent English (the mission is an English speaking /writing mission).Burmese are added assets.

Other desirable qualities: Myanmar, or at least South-east Asia, experience preferred.

Living conditions

Sittwe is the capital of the Rakhine State.

From Yangon, it takes 1 hour by flight to get to Sittwe. There is constant flight all the week between Sittwe and Yangon.

Sittwe is a town located on the Bay of Bengal. The environment is quite conservative and basic, but social life remains possible, with some good restaurants and bars. Walking in the street is usual practice, and despite the tensions that do exist between the Rakhine and the presence of expatriates – mainly perceived as biased somehow -, the relationships with the population is all right.

The office and expat guesthouses are situated in Sittwe town.

The guesthouses are equipped with basic furniture (beds, tables, cupboards…) and mosquito nets, bed linen, towels and fans.  A cook can prepare dinner upon request.

The guesthouses are comfortable (, with a large common area, private bathrooms in almost all the rooms, AC in rooms, TV, etc…) and a proper kitchen area. The office is situated 5 minutes from the guesthouse by car. Expatriates can also move independently in bicycles or by foot.

Si will offer you …

A salaried post: according to experience from 2420 euros gross per month, (2200 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 500 USD.

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.

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 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). 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 will cover travel costs)

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

Application Process

Does this description fit you? 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 comprehension 

Contact : Sebastiano SIRINGO, Recruitment & Follow Up Officer