WASH Manager
Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners from civil societies and government, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We reach approximately two million population and invest over 30 million US dollars annually to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in Health and Nutrition, Education, Child Rights and Governance and Child Protection, Child Poverty, HIV & AIDS, and Humanitarian.

WASH Manager

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TEAM/PROGRAMME: Health and Nutrition/WASH

LOCATION: Kathmandu with at least 60% time in the working districts

CONTRACT LENGTH: Fixed-term grant

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners from civil societies and government, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We reach approximately two million population and invest over 30 million US dollars annually to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in Health and Nutrition, Education, Child Rights and Governance and Child Protection, Child Poverty, HIV and AIDS, and Humanitarian.

As a dual mandate organization; Save the Children Nepal Country Office is implementing both humanitarian and development WASH projects in different area of the country. Currently two WASH projects are being implemented. 1. Post-Earthquake Reconstruction in Nepal funded by DFID with partnership with Mott Macdonald. The project is operating at Nuwakot and Rasuwa district with aim to provide sustainable access to water supply and sanitation facilities along with improve hygienic behaviour of the earthquake affected population at Nuwakot and Rasuwa districts. 2. Flood Recovery project funded by ECHO. This project is implementing at Banke district with aim to support the recovery flood affected beneficiaries through Water supply, sanitation and hygiene activities. In this context, SC is seeking to recruit dedicated and qualified candidates as the fixed-term WASH Manager with technical and managerial expertise to develop concept and proposal, ensure quality implementation and providing strategic inputs to Country Ooffice. 

The position will involve provision of managerial and technical support as well as identification of appropriate intervention strategies and methodologies to achieve greater impact to children in Nepal, contributing to the global objectives of Save the Children International. The post is also responsible to ensure mainstreaming DRR and GESI into WASH and health programme/projects. This post is also expected to support fundraising efforts and fulfil donor reporting and liaison requirements. The WASH Manager is expected to work closely with the thematic team of Save the Children, implementing partners and to lead on sectoral assessment, proposal development, project planning, coordination, procurement and resource management meeting the desire quality. This position require extensive field/site visit and worked closely with the SC field offices and implementing partners from planning onwards to implementation and further operation and management of intervention carried on the project. This position is expected to identify the capacity gap of the WASH team and deliver series of capacity enhancement training/orientation to SC and partners WASH team. This position need to establish and maintain good coordination and collaboration with the consortium partners, government line agencies particularly with Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS), Ministry of water supply and sanitation, Gaunpalikas/Municipality, Water Supply and Sanitation Division office (WSSDO), National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), and WASH agencies at National, Provincial and district level. Further the position holder is expected to work with humanitarian team for WASH preparedness and response in upcoming disaster in the country. 


Programme Support:  60%                                                                                

  • Responsible for management of the overall WASH programme and ensure efficient, effective and quality delivery of activities, including budget planning and tracking, forecasting and HR management
  • Ensure that the WASH programme is implemented in a consultative, participative, transparent, and gender sensitive way.
  • Develop WASH sector operation, implementation, response plan, and contribute to Save the Children’s overall response strategy.
  • Provide technical checking of Water and Sanitation engineering designs and hygiene promotion programmes as necessary, and proactively promotes high quality WASH technical approaches within country programmes.
  • Coordinate with different program/project units; exchange the good practices and implement complimentary action at the project area to scale up the outcomes. 
  • Promote community participation in project implementation including disaster affected children and their families.
  • Work closely with Program Operation Director for the development of a health, Nutrition, HIV and WASH country programme with strong synergies between the different elements.
  • Prepare/finalize timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements. 
  • Identify WASH programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan.
  • Ensure implementation of an M & E plan for your projects, linking to donor reporting requirements, and capacity build technical field staff in carrying out M&E activities.
  • Put into place accountability activities for your project, ensuring that feedback from children and their families is considered.

Programme Development and Quality:   15%                                  

  • Lead WASH aspects of technical assessments in coordination with other SC thematic areas and/or other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.
  • Work with Health and Nutrition Advisor / PDQ Director to develop project plans and budgets, contributing towards an overall thematic programme plan and master budget.
  • Design WASH programme activities, infrastructure designs and hygiene promotion activities which contribute to WASH, health, nutrition, education and livelihood outcomes for children.
  • Working closely with Health and Nutrition Advisor / PDQ Director, support fundraising for the WASH sector, including development of high quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with donors’ technical advisors.

Capacity Building:  10%                                                                       

  • Identify the capacity gap of WASH and Health, Nutrition team of SCI on development and humanitarian WASH and facilitate the orientation/training to needed staffs for effective program implementation
  • Identify learning and training opportunities for SCI staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
  • Oversee development of technical training material that will improve aspects of WASH work within SCI, at country level. 

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning: 10%            

  • Ensure that SCI's work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums, such as the WASH cluster, WASH working group and technical expert group ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.
  • Take steps to document lessons learned, from WASH and related WASH of Health, Nutrition programmes, for wider dissemination.
  • In collaboration with senior programme staff, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
  • Establish and maintain coordination with WASH team of members, HQ and Regional’s WASH technical team. Seek technical advice as per requirement of country office program. 
  • In collaboration with the HQ and Regional technical teams, feed in learning, experiences and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives.
  • To identify opportunities and material to contribute to WASH communications and media work, acting as a spokesperson when required.

General:  5%                                                       

  • Deliver high quality results in line with the current proposals and SCI country strategy.
  • Comply with SCI policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • Help be responsible for the security of all staff. Ensure that the security, health and well-being of staff are ensured and staff management and other processes and policies and systems reflect SC's principles of equity and fairness.
  • Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
  • To perform such other responsibilities as agreed with line management.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • Ensures beneficiary and partner feedback is incorporated into programme design, planning and learning
  • Actively manages risk and takes action to reduce risk
  • Makes changes to improve performance as a result of information received
  • Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects
  • Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organisation can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms
  • Undertakes effective risk assessments and develops contingency plans
  • Takes appropriate, coordinated and consistent action to handle situations of personal risk and risk for others
  • Gives constructive feedback to enhance capabilities and responsibilities to another for the purpose of his/her development
  • Works to ensure that the workplace is inclusive and the talents of individuals are harnessed to achieve business success


  • Builds own awareness of the bigger global picture by using a broad range of sources to gather data
  • Demonstrates managerial courage by confronting difficult situations and seeking resolution, and stating willingness to champion ideas
  • Openly talks about doing things differently, pushing the boundaries and ways of working


  • Actively engages in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation
  • Develops strategies for teams to work across traditional boundaries, working in diverse environments
  • Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance
  • Fosters collaborative, transparent and accountable relationships through partners
  • Uses negotiation and conflict resolution skills to support positive outcomes
  • Helps team members to practise stress management through prioritisation of workloads and modelling of appropriate self-care
  • Demonstrates approachability and trust by listening carefully to others and valuing their contribution, and making others feel comfortable by being open and honest about their thoughts and feelings
  • Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses


  • Demonstrates flexibility to adapt plans and make decisions in rapidly changing environments
  • Able to assess and analyse key issues in the humanitarian situation and formulate actions around them
  • Leads on the development of an organisational response based on an understanding of the contexts


  • Remains focused on the objectives and goals in a rapidly changing environment
  • Remains effective and retains perspective in the face of difficult or demanding situations



  • Master’s degree in Water Engineering, Water Resource Management, Civil Engineering, Public Health, or related subjects
  • Minimum of 7 years of working experience in WASH sector, including 3 years of experience in WASH project management/advisory role at national level in a humanitarian or development context
  • Previous experience of managing a WASH team at national level
  • Previous experience of WASH project management and programme coordination, implementing WASH programmes within donor constraints, on time and within budget
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff in WASH technical skills
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums
  • Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • Fluent in written and spoken English 
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible for field visit and accommodating in difficult circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of SCI. In particular, a good understanding of the SCI mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Experience of working with Implementing partners
  • Experience of coordination and collaboration with National level government stakeholders 

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