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Water Infrastructure Manager

Role and Responsibilities

Implement, monitor and evaluate the tasks assigned, improving access to safe water and sanitation for the target population. This involves assessing water infrastructure needs, initiating and effectively managing assigned water infrastructure project(s) and reporting on the activities in line with the objectives, budget and timeframe laid down in the proposal(s). Provide technical support, the role includes meeting quality standards, enhancing beneficiary participation, liaising with other stakeholders, managing and building the capacities of the water infrastructure staff.

Project Overview

In November of 2013 Medair officially launched a new WASH project in Madagascar entitled “Rano Tsara 2” (Good Water) (Maroantsetra and Mananara District). The project seeks 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. Medair also provides rapid response to post-cyclone emergencies that include a water infrastructure element.


Maroantsetra, Analanjirofo Region, Madagascar

Starting Date

June 2016

 Initial Contract Details

Full time, contract of 12 months

Key Activity Areas

Technical Water Infrastructure Management

  • Provide strong leadership of the assigned water infrastructure aspects of the WASH project, working to ensure both short and long-term positive impacts and outcomes for the beneficiaries, local authorities and local WASH staff.
  • Be responsible for the implementation, management, supervision and support of the assigned Water infrastructure activities in line with the budget, activity plan and time frame of the relevant project proposal(s) and any applicable national and international guidelines and standards.
  • Monitor and supervise water infrastructure activities, overseeing the technical design and execution and evaluating progress through outputs and impacts using both quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Ensure that regular monitoring and evaluation assessments are conducted both against project objectives and to ensure the quality of the programme.
  • Manage the quality construction of all water and sanitation structures.
  • Input into the development of the country strategy, new projects and / or donor proposals.

Staff Management

  • Manage a team of 4 persons, including the resolution of conflicts and taking disciplinary measures in coordination with the HR responsible.
  • Provide support and seek the professional development of the water infrastructure team members.

Financial Management

  • In coordination with the WASH Project Manager (PM), elaborate and define an expenditure plan for the water infrastructure activities planned throughout the project.
  • Ensure a regular review of expenditure of water infrastructure activities in line with the agreed expenditure plan, submitting monthly updates to the WASH PM.

Communication and Coordination

  • Conduct regular update meetings with the WASH PM and actively participate in team coordination and planning meetings.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures within the assigned water infrastructure team, creating links between the two teams based in Maroantsetra and Mananara, and creating links to external WASH resources and contacts.


  • In collaboration with the WASH PM and Logs Manager, define material and equipment needs for the water infrastructure team and water infrastructure project activities.

Quality Management

  • Ensure water infrastructure projects are implemented, as far as is possible within operational constraints, relevant policies and standards relating to WASH service delivery including national, and international (e.g. Sphere and HAP) standards, donor guidelines and other good practice.

Field – Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Live, work and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings.
  • Instigate and contribute to prayer times within internationally recruited staff and HQ teams.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international programmes and HQ prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.


  • Higher level qualification in a technical field, preferably in water and sanitation
  • BSc/ MSc in Water / Environmental Engineering or Management or Civil Engineering or Hydrology / Geology desirable


  • Strong working knowledge of French (spoken and written)
  • Strong working knowledge of English (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
  • Experience using GIS software desirable
  • Technical WASH skills within a humanitarian setting desirable
  • Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian standards such as Sphere and HAP desirable
  • Good report writing skills
  • Ability to enforce procedures; ability to set clear objectives for staff and to delegate
  • Committed to consultative and servant-minded leadership
  • Willingness to be stretched professionally, personally, and spiritually, desirable

Profiles sought for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) roles in the field

Relief experience

  • Professionals with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience (Experienced Relief Workers)
  • Professionals with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience (New Relief Workers)


  • Experienced professionals in a relevant Medair sector of expertise
  • Overseas intercultural experience


  • Fully committed to the Medair values; to reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, and external contacts


  • Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written
  • Working knowledge of French, spoken and written, for French-speaking field programmes

Personal qualities

  • 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


  • Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.

Final selection

  • All potential candidates for field positions must successfully complete the Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC). Information, dates and related costs can be found via this link.

 Benefits Package provided to all Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS)

  • Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss Headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing
  • Security training for those going to 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)
  • Annual leave
  • Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post-assignment coverage, including debriefing
  • Disability insurance

Specific benefits for Experienced Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience)

  • A salary based upon the grade of the position and experience of the position-holder, starting from USD 1,700 per month
  • Contribution matching programme for retirement savings
  • Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts
  • Highly subsidised contribution to Medair ROC travel and accommodation costs

 Specific benefits for New Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience)

  • USD 300 per month
  • As soon as 12 months relief work or its equivalent has been completed, a salary based upon the grade of the position, starting from USD 1,700 per month, and other experienced relief worker benefits

Working Conditions

  • This is a field position based in Maroantsetra, with frequent visits to Mananara. The role should open up other field visits if an emergency response has to be done following the passage of a cyclone.

Application Process

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

  1. apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile), or
  2. 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.

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Communications, Learning and Advocacy Coordinator, Concern Worldwide, DR Congo [deadline: 28 March]

The DRC WASH Consortium, led by Concern Worldwide, seeks a Communications, Learning and Advocacy Coordinator, based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Communications, Learning and Advocacy Coordinator is a key strategic position within the Consortium Coordination Unit (CCU) which coordinates between the 5 INGOs of the Consortium and the external WASH sector.

This is an exciting time to join the DRC WASH Consortium, a £24m rural WASH programme of 5 INGOs funded from 2013-2018 by DFID. In addition to directly developing rural WASH services for over 500,000 people, the Consortium has a strong focus on influencing the wider WASH sector and promoting sector learning.

The Consortium’s communication, learning and advocacy activities include:

  • organising biannual WASH sector learning events which now attract up to 100 participants each time
  • leading advocacy by NGOs on the new Water Law; starting to formalise a learning partnership with the national rural WASH programme
  • developing tools and guides for Consortium members which have been widely shared with the WASH sector; and
  • beginning to develop learning initiatives and networks at provincial level.

The Communications, Learning and Advocacy Coordinator therefore develops and operationalizes: internal communications, knowledge management and learning tools; effective communications and coordination approaches with government partners and other stakeholders; and a strategy for external advocacy and influencing the WASH sector.

For full details see job description.

Note that this is an accompanied position based in Kinshasa. Applications should be made via the Concern Worldwide website by 23 March 2016:

WASH Project Manager – Generic (All Medair field programmes)

Role and Responsibilities

To plan, develop, monitor and evaluate the assigned WASH project(s). Assess WASH needs, design projects, write proposals and initiate and effectively manage and report on projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget. Provide technical support, leadership and strategic direction; meet quality standards in WASH delivery, encourage beneficiary participation, liaise with other stakeholders and manage and train WASH staff.

Project Overview

Emergency Relief and Recovery projects in countries of high vulnerability.


Medair brings life-saving relief and recovery in disasters, conflict areas, and other crises by working alongside the most vulnerable. Its Internationally Recruited (IRS) and HQ staff are inspired by their Christian faith to care for people in need, providing practical and compassionate support, regardless of race, religion, or politics. Medair has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification, worldwide. This certification signifies that Medair effectively delivers goods and services with a focus on beneficiary needs. Founded in 1989, Medair’s unwavering commitment continues to bring hope to the world’s most vulnerable.

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