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WASH Advisor

kabul/ kandahar | Afghanistan

  • Organization: Medair
  • Location: kabul/ kandahar | Afghanistan
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • Closing Date:

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WASH Advisor


Role Overview

Provide technical advice and support to management and project staff, delivers training and ensures quality programming. On a day-to-day basis this involves developing, leading, monitoring and evaluating technical aspects of the country programme activities in the area of WASH. The role includes coordinating and networking at a senior level with national and regional authorities, clusters and other NGOs, providing capacity building for national and international staff, championing best practice (international and Medair) in the programmes and contributing to the overall management of the country programme. The WASH Advisor will advise on assessment and survey design, for existing and new project areas. Provide technical advice and ensure quality programming in WASH aspects of programmes. Provide capacity building for national and international Project Managers. Point of contact in the country programme for GSO sector Technical Advisors. Champion best practice (international and Medair) in the WASH programmes and contributing to the overall management of the country programme.

Project Overview

Medair Afghanistan is a complex and dynamic country programme due to instability related to politics and security. Medair has been operating in Afghanistan since 1996, is currently functioning in a decentralized model and implementing multi-sectoral projects in nutrition, WASH and food security in vulnerable communities in the Central Highlands and Southern Afghanistan.  There are plans to expand the current programme into new areas and potentially new sectors, as well as growing and strengthening local partnerships.

Workplace & Conditions

Field based position in Kabul/ Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

November 2019. Full time, 12 months.

Key Activity Areas

WASH Project Management

  • Provide programme support and technical advice on WASH and disaster risk reduction.
  • Maintain an overview of the country WASH programme and of the regional context, with a view to strategically developing new projects in current sites and / or in surrounding regions.
  • Give technical advice to field managers and GSO on potential involvement in new WASH interventions and internal WASH capacity for implementation.
  • Define appropriate policies, guidelines and protocols for the WASH aspects of Medair’s work in country, with other field managers and in line with relevant government, Sphere and WHO guidelines.
  • Provide technical support to the WASH teams in all project sites, including the evaluation and impact analysis of current projects and the writing of donor proposals and reports within timeframes.
  • Carry out regular monitoring visits in conjunction with other field managers, ensuring that project objectives are met within the stated time-frames and with recognised international standards.
  • Supervise and monitor the development of reporting systems for data collection, analysis and follow-up and feedback to relevant staff, donors, partners and other agencies.
  • Maintain an oversight of WASH supplies ordered for the WASH projects, supporting the WASH and logistics staff in the coordination and quality control of WASH supplies.


  • Develop and maintain relationships with UN, NGOs, donors, partners and other stakeholders, with the objective of raising public awareness of Medair and ensuring good co-operation and partnerships.
  • Seek out relevant networks or task groups on specific WASH-related humanitarian aid issues.

Staff Management

  • Be involved in the recruitment of WASH staff for the country programme, providing advice on technical skills.
  • Ensure that all WASH staff are adequately trained and create possibilities for capacity building, mentoring and coaching, within budget constraints. Plan and develop training material as required.

Financial Management

  • Work with the PC and relevant field managers and GSO staff to plan and construct WASH budgets.
  • Work with the Projects Coordinator to ensure the WASH project expenditure is in line with approved budgets, advising on potential under / over spend and recommending appropriate corrective action.

Quality Management

  • Promote and use the Medair e-library and other operating procedures, ensuring that all standardised formats are used and guidelines are followed.
  • Ensure WASH projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards.
  • Regularly assess and provide feedback and recommendations on the quality of WASH programmes and interventions during field visits and at other relevant times.

Team Spiritual Life

  • Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.
  • Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.


  • BSc in Water / Environmental Engineering or Management or Civil Engineering or Hydrology / Geology
  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).

Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

  Everyone who works as an Internationally Recruited Staff in one of our field programmes must first successfully complete the Medair ROC. Read more for information, dates and related costs.


  • Relevant post-qualification professional experience, in a management position.
  • 2 year overseas experience in relief work with an NGO managing and coordinating WASH projects.
  • Experience of the humanitarian sector in an emergency context. Project Management experience.
  • Computer literate with good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Excellent proposal and report writing skills. Knowledge of Humanitarian Essentials, Sphere and HAP Standards, protection issues and other international humanitarian guidelines and protocols.
  • Knowledge and experience of the principles and the design, monitoring, implementation and evaluation.
  • Good financial management skills. Excellent negotiation/advocacy skills within varying cultural and professional contexts, in particular regarding donors and government officials.
  • Advanced planning, assessment and analytical skills. Good report and proposal writing skills.
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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