WASH Specialist
Save the Children

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WASH Specialist

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TEAM/PROGRAMME: WASH, country office    
LOCATION: Based in Kathmandu, with frequent travel to Field Offices
Term: Fixed term till October 2015 with high possibility of extension

Child Safeguarding Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

ROLE PURPOSE: The WASH Specialist Lead will be expected to lead on sectoral assessment, programme design and master budgeting, coordination, recruitment at national level and overall technical and implementation oversight of the WASH program. The Specialist will also be expected to support fundraising efforts and fulfil donor reporting and liaison requirements. 


Reports to: Director of Program Development and Quality (hierarchical link)/ WASH Advisor (functional link).
Staff reporting to this post: 
Direct: WASH Coordinator
Budget Responsibilities: all WASH budgets across the Nepal WASH program 
Role Dimensions: lead WASH HR, project, budgets, strategy and coordination at national level


Programme Support:

  • Lead on WASH 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.
  • Development of WASH sector response plans and master budgets and contribution to SCI’s overall response strategy.
  • Technical review and oversight of WASH engineering designs and hygiene promotion programmes
  • Proactively promote high quality WASH technical approaches within the Nepal country program
  • Working closely with the Director PDQ, support fundraising for the WASH sector, including development of high quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with donors’ technical advisors.
  • Prepare and oversee WASH programme implementation to ensure timely delivery of programme activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management and work plans).
  • Prepare/finalize timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SCI requirements and any relevant external donor requirements. 
  • Working closely with the HR team, identify WASH staffing needs (both national and international), and ensure rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
  • Working closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation team put in place a sector M & E plan, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build technical field staff in carrying out the work.
  • Working closely with the Accountability lead put in place accountability activities for your thematic area, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in WASH programme design.
  • To ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.

Capacity Building:

  • 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:

  • 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, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.
  • Take steps to document lessons learned, from WASH programmes, for wider dissemination.
  • In collaboration with senior programme staff, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
  • In collaboration with the HQ 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.


  • 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.
  • To perform such other responsibilities as agreed with line management.



  • 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


  • Education to Masters level in Public Health, Water Engineering, or a related subject



  • 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 and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working 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


  • International experience
  • Experience of working with partners

Equal Opportunities 
The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Health and Safety
The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Additional job responsibilities
The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the Post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.    

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