Medair is seeking a WASH Project Manager for its programme in Madagascar

Role and Responsibilities

Plan, develop, monitor and evaluate the assigned WASH project(s). This involves assessing WASH needs, designing projects, writing proposals, initiating, effectively managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget. Provide technical support, leadership and strategic direction, meeting quality standards in WASH delivery, and managing and training WASH staff.

Take a look at Medair’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene work.

Project Overview

In July 2013, Medair officially launched the Rano Tsara II WASH project, due to last for 42 months. This WASH project will serve over 137’000 beneficiaries within 10 districts, working with the local communities to provide over 700 water points and 800 latrines. The infrastructure will be accompanied by a large-scale behaviour change communication campaign and capacity building process. The identification and training of local enterprises for the construction and installation of new water infrastructure plays an essential role in the project’s objectives to develop the locally available WASH services.


Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure.


Maroantsetra, with frequent visits to Mananara (north east coast), Madagascar. Take a look at Medair’s work in Madagascar.

Starting Date

November 2014

Initial Contract Details

Full time, minimum contract of 24 months

Key Activity Areas

WASH Project Management

  • Manage the assigned WASH project(s) in order to meet the project objectives within budget and within the allotted time frame.
  • Develop and implement an appropriate and effective WASH strategy in consultation with other WASH staff and field managers.
  • Set clear objectives and indicators for WASH activities in collaboration with the WASH staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities.
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to Medair, donor and other applicable timeframes and formats.

Staff Management

  • Line-manage various team members, including development and training, appraisals, the resolution of conflicts and taking disciplinary measures in coordination with the HR Manager.

Financial Management

  • Manage the WASH budget for the assigned project(s) and ensure all expenses are according to budget and meet the Medair standards with regard to financial management, including accountability and good governance.
  • Collaborate with the wider Medair team in order to ensure correct procedures and anti-fraud measures are respected.

Communication and Coordination

  • Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the WASH team, Medair in-country and HQ WASH managers, advisors and other relevant stakeholders.


  • Support the logistics activities of WASH staff, particularly in relation to the purchasing of supplies and equipment for the assigned WASH activities.  In particular, assist the sector managers in defining material and equipment needs for the project activities in terms of specifications, quantity and timings in order to ensure an early planning of procurement and logistic needs.
  • Ensure a good level of communication and sharing of information with the support team in order to ensure that the implementation of water infrastructure activities respect Medair’s procedures.


  • BSc / MSc in Water / Environmental Engineering or Management or Civil Engineering or Hydrology / Geology desirable


  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written)
  • Strong working knowledge of French (spoken and written)

Experience / Competencies

  • 2 years post-qualification professional experience in a relevant field
  • Management experience in a WASH context
  • Experience working in a WASH programme in a developing country, preferably in a humanitarian context desirable
  • Experience using GIS software desirable
  • Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian standards such as Sphere and HAP
  • Good communicator
  • Ability and willingness to manage project implementation
  • Good numerical, report writing and administration skills

Medair Standard Working Requirements for the Field

  • Experienced professionals in a relevant field; Overseas intercultural experience
  • Committed Christians; commitment to the Medair values
  • Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written
  • Working knowledge of French, spoken and written, for French-speaking field programmes
  • Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.
  • Successful completion of Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)
  • Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, external contacts
  • Able to live and work in a multicultural team under difficult conditions
  • Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit


  • A salary based upon the grade of the position and the experience of the position-holder
  • Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing
  • Security training for those going to particularly insecure environments
  • Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country
  • Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service)
  • Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food allowance)
  • Annual leave; Death and disability allowance
  • Contribution matching programme for retirement savings (for experienced relief workers)
  • Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts
  • Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post- assignment coverage, including debriefing

Working Conditions

  • This is a field position based in Maroantsetra, with frequent visits to Mananara and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced.
  • The security situation in Maroantsetra and Mananara is stable – the main threat will be from cyclones.

Application Process

Follow this link:, check if you are an Experienced or New Relief Worker and that you fit our standard working criteria, then:

a)      apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your  profile) or

b)      apply for a Medair ROC (where we can try and match your competencies to our vacancy needs).

Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.

Research Fellow in Global Assessment of Water Security, Environmental Change Institute in the University of Oxford [deadline 11 August]

ECI is seeking to appoint an experienced water researcher with a strong track record of publication in the scientific literature and a genuine motivation to address water challenges of global significance. The applicant may come from a hydrological, water resources systems or water economics background, with experience of modelling at a range of scales, ideally including regional and global scales.

Grade 8: £37,756 – £45,053 p.a.

This is a fixed-term post for up to 18 months in the first instance, with the intention to extend to 24 months subject to satisfactory project progress.

You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement when you apply.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 11 August 2014. Interviews will be held on 5 September 2014.

Job Description and Person Specification

To apply go to the ECI website.

Project Officer, International WaterCentre (IWC), Australia [deadline 17 June]

The International WaterCentre (IWC) is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic person to join its projects team and contribute to capacity development, training and applied research activities of the centre.

Position responsibilities

  • Administer and manage capacity building, applied research and training projects including managing partner relationships;
  • Participate in and provide input in various team contexts and projects across a range of integrated water management topics;
  • Contribute to project management including preparation and delivery of high quality project outputs as well as meeting reporting and budget requirements.

> Click here to download a detailed role statement (PDF).

How to apply

International WaterCentre
PO Box 10907, Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Qld 4000

Interested applicants: please submit a CV and response to selection criteria (5 pages maximum each) by close of business Thursday 17 July

WRM / WASH Consultant or Senior Consultant at OPM [deadline 15 July]

Oxford Policy Management Limited (OPM) is one of the world’s leading international policy development and management consultancies. We enable strategic decision-makers in the public and private sector to identify and implement sustainable answers to social and economic questions in low- and middle-income countries.

We are seeking to recruit a Consultant or Senior Consultant in our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) portfolio. More details on the application process are available at

The candidate would manage projects and undertake technical work related to both WASH and Water Resources Management (WRM). Our core expertise lies in WASH economics and finance, alongside a strong cross-sectoral reputation for process and impact evaluation and political economy analysis.
OPM’s WASH team was established in 2012 and has quickly built up a portfolio of interesting research and policy work for clients including DFID, the World Bank, and the Government of Tanzania. Our current projects focus on Value for Money and Sustainability in the WASH sector, diagnostics for Faecal Sludge Management, and evaluating a £75m WASH results-based finance fund.

The responsibilities of a WASH / Water Resources consultant include:

  • Delivery of technical work across a range of issues, including both short-term diagnostic and research work and long-term sector reform projects;
  • Playing an active role in the three-strong WASH team, including technical leadership on work related to WRM;
  • Working across teams with staff from other portfolios, such as health, education and climate change;
  • Supporting the acquisition, implementation and management of WASH and WRM projects, including working alongside officials from international agencies and partner governments;
  • Developing your technical skills and capacity in WASH and WRM, and building on your existing profile and network with other practitioners and clients.

Essential criteria:

  • An excellent academic record including a Masters degree in a subject related to water, economics or similar.
  • A strong track record of relevant work experience on WRM, and ideally also WASH, in an international environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of WRM and WASH policy and practice, and an ability to apply this knowledge analytically and practically in a consulting context.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients, both verbally and in writing, and to work effectively as part of a team.
  • The ability to multi-task and manage multiple deadlines;
  • Working knowledge of at least one language, in addition to English, would be an advantage.

The recruitment is for a full-time position and is based at our head office in central Oxford. However, applicants should be willing to undertake work-related travel to international locations. In the longer-term, your location is more flexible.

OPM offers a competitive salary, a good pension scheme and generous holiday entitlement.

Job descriptions for both Consultant and Senior Consultants levels are available. However, OPM will establish the most appropriate level for each candidate based on their skills and experience, as part of the interview process. All candidates should apply using our application form, sending this together with their CV to the email address

Closing date is end of play on Tuesday 15 July

Interviews are expected to take place during 11 – 21 August.

Research Assistant/Associate Professor at The Water Institute at UNC

The Water Institute at UNC
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Type of Appointment: Fixed-Term Faculty
Position Title: Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor

Position Summary: The Water Institute at UNC wishes to recruit a Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor to serve as Associate Director for Research, and work alongside Professor Jamie Bartram (Director), Professor Pete Kolsky (Associate Director for Teaching and Learning), Institute research team members, and other staff.

Position Details: The incumbent will conduct and guide research in their area of expertise.  They will lead and manage the identification, development, and submission of proposals aligned with Institute focus areas. In cooperation with the Director they will oversee implementation of the overall research effort of the Institute, and develop and maintain strong and effective partnerships with collaborators.  In cooperation with the Director and Associate Director for Teaching and Learning, the incumbent will support the implementation and progressive refinement of the Institute’s strategic plan. The successful applicant will teach and mentor graduate and/or undergraduate students and guide post-doctoral researchers in methods and applications within their domain(s) of expertise.

Education Requirements: A Doctoral degree in public or environmental health or a related field.

Qualifications and Experience: A minimum of five years of post-doctoral experience is required, with evidence of progressive career and scholarly development.

For more information, please see the UNC Human Resources website.

New WSSCC fixed-term posts in research/policy, advocacy/communications and national engagement (UN P4/P3 levels)

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), based in Geneva, Switzerland, has the following job openings:

To apply, click on the links above, or visit


Medair seeks a WASH Manager – Madagascar

Role and Responsibilities

To implement, monitor and evaluate the tasks assigned, improving access to safe water and sanitation for the target population. Assess WASH needs, initiate and effectively manage assigned WASH project(s) and report on the activities in line with the objectives, budget and timeframe laid down in the proposal(s). Provide technical support, meet quality standards, enhance beneficiary participation, liaise with other stakeholders, and manage and build the capacities of the water infrastructure staff.

Project Overview

Medair is officially launching a new WASH project in Madagascar (Maroantsetra and Mananara District). This is to facilitate the emergence of a private public partnership to help sustain the development of local structures and appropriate innovative technologies for a real improvement in hygiene and access to clean water and sanitation. The WASH Manager would also be expected to support any new project(s).


Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure.


Maroantsetra, Analanjirofo Region, Madagascar

Starting Date

October 2014

Initial Contract Details

Full time, contract of 24 months

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