WASH Programme Manager

Solidarités International

, , AF

About the mission

SI has been working in Afghanistan for 35 years.

SI is currently implementing Food Security (1 Linking Relief Rehabilitation and Development project, 1 Natural Resources Management project, 1 Rural Development project) and Emergency (1 Food Distribution, 1 Cash For Work) programs. The mission is also managing several WASH projects in Bamyan and Khost provinces.

The opening of new areas is forecasted in the 2016 mission strategy, especially for emergency projects: Nangarhar, Kunar or Paktya.

In Bamyan province: SI is present in this province since 1997 and still works today.

Today the programs implemented are principally focused on Food Security. Programs are now more oriented on mid and long term, with a different approach.

How the mission is organized

SI intervention areas are in three provinces Bamyan, Wardak and Khost with five operational bases and one coordination base in Kabul. At the time of writing, the mission has 10 international staff and 180 national staff.

The coordination team in Kabul is currently composed of 5 expatriates (CD, Admin Co, HR CO, WaSH Co and FSL Co) and 23 national staff.

In Bamyan province, there are three operational bases (Yakawlang, Saighan and Kahmard) and one “transit” base in Bamyan city. The team is composed of three expatriates (Field Coordinator, Deputy Field Coordinator in charge of programs and a FSL PM in Saighan) and 80 national staff.

In Khost province, there is one base in the capital of the province. The team is composed of two expatriates (Field Coordinator and Program Manager) and 36 national colleagues plus the Pakistani refugee camp staff.

In Wardak province, there is one base in Maydan Shar city without expatriates and 14 national staff.

About the job

The wash program manager is responsible for implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the operation proposals.

He is responsible for overseeing operational teams assigned to the program.

He guarantees the good performance and the quality of the wash program implemented, and, where appropriate, proposes adjustments or developments to ensure relevance.

Specific context of the post

The WASH Program Manager is responsible for the qualitative implementation of WASH activities which are parts of SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL programs in the districts of Yakawlang and Saighan of Bamyan province.

At the time being, SI has one on-going project in Bamyan province:

CHP – Central Highlands Rural Development Programme – March 2013 to June 2017 (NCE on-going for March to June 2017).

The CHP is implemented by a consortium of three NGOs (SI, GERES (leader) and MADERA) funded by French Development Agency (AFD). The activities combined food security, WASH and natural resources management. This project is implemented in Yakawlang, Saighan and Kahmard districts.

Up to the end of 2016, WASH activities are implemented in Yakawlang district only. The on-going activities include water supply (construction of small scale water networks, spring protections, boreholes, dug wells, and distribution of Bio Sand Filters), sanitation (construction of demonstration households’ latrines, rehabilitation/improvement of public latrines at schools and clinics level) and hygiene promotion (hygiene promotion campaign at village, school and clinic’s level).

In 2016, the national team dedicated to WASH activities is formed by 10 persons (4 female HP officers, 3 foremen, 2 sanitation officers, and 1 WASH supervisor). Since February 2016, the team has no dedicated PM in charge of the activities. This gap was filled out by the Deputy Field Coordinator with a strong support of the WASH Coordinator. The WASH Program Manager will thus have to provide a strong support to the team in terms of design, organization, follow-up and monitoring of the WASH activities in order to complete all activities on time.

In the frame of a No-Cost Extension in 2017, SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL plans to implement WASH activities in Saighan district. These activities will be designed in 2016 before the bases closure (mid-December 2016).  The WASH Programme Manager will be the focal point in charge of the needs assessment, preparation of design, drawing and BoQ, budget forecast, sizing of the team, launching of procurement process, etc.

An expatriate Field Coordinator is responsible for all activities in Bamyan province. However, given the workload, the Field Coordinator focuses more on support activities, security and representation/external coordination, and works in close collaboration with an expatriate Deputy Field Coordinator in charge of all programs implemented by SI in Bamyan province including WASH activities.

In charge of the WASH activities implemented in the area, the WASH Program Manager is in constant relation with the Deputy Field Coordinator and the WASH Coordinator in Kabul.

The WASH Program Manager takes part to the needs assessment and proposal writing.

Your profile


  • BAC+2 degree in hydraulic and/or water sciences / Technician degree / Bioforce profile will be highly appreciated


  • 2 years’ experience as Wash program manager or related position.
  • Previous experience in implementing wash activities in a refugee /IDP camps
  • Experience in working in tense security context with strict security rules
  • Experience in remote project management would be an asset
  • Experience in team management.
  • Experience in delivering training and capacity building of staff.

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge of project cycle management, and project reporting.
  • Knowledge of delivering WASH services in emergency context.


  • Fluent in English (spoken and written)
  • Knowledge of Dari or Farsi is an advantage.

Other desirable qualities:

  • Good knowledge of working in an Islamic country.
  • Patience, persistence, pedagogic talent.
  • Good computer skills (Microsoft office package, Google earth pro).

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

We offer you

Salaried post:  According to experience from 1600 euros gross per month, plus 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).

During the assignment, the expatriate is entitled to R&R every three months: one week at three and nine months (with a 500 euro allowance) and two weeks at six months (with a plane ticket back home covered by Solidarités).

CONTACT: Anna FRANGI, Recruitment & Follow Up Officer