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WASH Programme Manager

Juba (South Sudan)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Juba (South Sudan)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-01

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DRC is operational in South Sudan since 2005, working with the overall aim of achieving durable solutions for displaced populations. The Danish Demining Group (DDG) started Humanitarian Mine Action in 2006.

Danish Refugee Council main program objectives (2018-2020) in South Sudan are:

  • To save lives and alleviate suffering among displaced people and their hosts
  • To reduce displacement related risks and support and facilitate solutions
  • To promote peaceful, inclusive and resilient societies and address root causes to displacement

DRC primarily operates across Upper Nile and Unity states, both of which are heavily affected by conflict and experience high numbers of internally displaced populations as well as refugees in need of humanitarian assistance. DRC has operational bases in Maban, Malakal, Kodok and Aburoc in Upper Nile and in Bentiu, Mayom, and Ajuong Thok in Unity state, supported by a country-office in Juba.

DRC recently developed important multi-sectorial mobile response teams based in Juba able to rapidly respond to new and urgent humanitarian situations countrywide at short notice to conduct assessments and responses


Overall purpose of the role: 

 Under the direct supervision of the Emergency Manager, the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Shelter/NFIs (S/NFI) Program Manager is responsible for the overall strategic and project planning, implementation, coordination, leadership and quality assurance of DRC’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Shelter/Non-Food Items (S/NFI) program in South Sudan. The WASH and S/NFIs Program Manager will implement DRC’s emergency response program in WASH and S/NFIs including including defining the technical specifications and supervision of WASH and Shelter  infrastructure works as well as the development of community and household facilities management schemes and practices through capacity development



Program development and implementation

  • Develop tools and undertake a rapid WASH and Shelter/NFIs needs assessment in South Sudan to inform program design and wider WASH and S/NFIs strategic direction for IDPs, refugees, returnees and conflicted/other disaster affected communities.
  • Based on findings of needs assessment and in coordination with internal and external stakeholders, develop a response plan, mobilize resources and timely implement DRC’s WASH and S/NFIs. response.
  • Assess, design, develop bill of quantities, mobilize and supervise the development of new and and repair of existing water and shelter facilities for affected people in accordance with standards set by the government as well as with Spheres.
  • Ensure compliance with DRC and international policy, procedures and practices throughout emergency response activities, including adherence to Do No Harm principles, GBV guiding principles, and Child protection minimum standards.
  • Together with the Emergency Manager and Grant Coordinator, identify funding opportunities and develop proposal and budget.
  • Identify and develop strategic and complimentary entry points for DRC WASH and S/NFIs program. This may include exploring and developing strategic partners contributing to quality and scaling up of programs.
  • Provide strategic and technical guidance to program staff; developing tools/guidance documents such as Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for WASH and S/NFIs initial startup phase activities funded by different funding partners including by the South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) and DINIDA.
  • Develop a WASH and S/NFIs strategic framework/road map which can inform for DRC’s South Sudan emergency response and promote DRC’s values culture and beliefs, and that the strategy is gender and conflict sensitive.  
  • Play a proactive role in integrating WASH and S/NFI strategy with other sector strategies to ensure maximum impact; working collaboratively with other technical coordinators/managers to ensure that minimum protection and sector specific technical standards are met.
  • together with Emergency Manager and Mobile Response Team, actively participate in the development of emergency preparedness and response capacity.

Coordination and Representation

  • Identify and develop strategic and complimentary entry points for DRC WASH and S/NFIs program. This may include exploring and developing strategic partners contributing to quality and scaling up of programs.
  • Represent DRC and actively participate in coordination and other forums with external stakeholders, including humanitarian partners, donors, government.

Human Resources

  • Initiate and participate in the recruitment, the induction, the management and performance review of all WASH and Shelter/NFIs program staff taking into consideration of gender balance and other appropriate considerations.
  • Supervise and provide capacity building trainings to the staff of DRC and implementing partners as well as to community based structures.


  • Ensure full compliance with DRC and donor financial guidelines and policies while managing the project(s).
  • In consultation with Grant and Finance, actively participate in the preparation of budget in project proposal development.
  • Monitor budgets to ensure the timely utilization of all resources, spending is in line with project timelines and implementation schedules and adjust budget forecasts when needed. 

Supply chain and Safety

  • Develop supply/procurement plans for WASH and Shelter/NFIs program activities and coordinate with the Supply Chain Manager for their delivery to the field as per project planning.
  • Closely work with the Emergency Manager and safety adviser in planning and implementing appropriate safety measures that safeguard DRC team and assets during deployment. Ensure staff compliance with security management rules and procedures.

The responsibilities listed in the JD are not exhaustive and may be readjusted according to operational needs but will remain in line with the overall purpose of the role.


About you 

To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a positive, mature leader with a proven track record of developing effective initiatives, programmes, and impact.  


In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ five core competencies: 

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process
  • Collaborating: you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: you take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values

Moreover, we also expect the following:  

Essential qualifications: 

  • At least 5 years’ experience in the field of working for international humanitarian organization in complex conflict settings, including a minimum 3 years’ experience in a managerial capacity.
  • Bachelor’s degree is a must and preference to a Master’s degree in a relevant subject, such as water/hydraulic/civil engineering.  
  • Strong technical knowledge on water supply, sanitation and hygiene.
  • Knowledge of community mobilization, water and sanitation social management, hygiene promotion methodologies and public health basics is an asset.
  • Solid experience in project development and management; including ability to lead on rapid assessments, design, implementation, monitoring; with good skills in proposal writing/reporting and budget.
  • Excellent technical knowledge of WASH and shelter/NFIs standards and principles with demonstrated capacity to develop effective responses/modalities in accordance with the relevant frameworks.
  • Commitment to integrate gender, protection, conflict sensitivity and accountability into programming.
  • Strong capacity in influencing and engaging a range of stakeholders; with proven representational skills and the ability to advocate in line with humanitarian principles
  • Demonstrate ability in thinking creatively and practically to improve the quality of programming and achieve greater impact.
  • Strong capacity building, facilitation, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work flexibly in a diverse team; with proven leadership skills
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Knowledge of Arabic an asset


  • Strong initiative and self-motivated, with a strong commitment to teamwork and humanitarian principles.
  • Ability to multi-task and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines. 
  • Identify priority activities and assignments, adjust priorities as required.
  • Aptitude and openness to change, with an ability to lead change management



Availability: 15th October 2019

Duty station: Juba including frequent of travel for DRC operational locations; this is a non-family and unaccompanied positon.

Reporting: Emergency Manager 

Duration: 1 year, contract possibility of extension, subject to performance and funding. 

Contract: Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates available at under Vacancies graded as Band F2 - Manager.

Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (  All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels.  In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap. 

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees.  We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.



All applicants must send a cover letter (max 1 page) and an updated CV (max 3 pages) in English. The cover letter should outline your personal motivation for applying and your key qualifications for the position. Apply online on our page Current Vacancies at Applications sent by email will not be considered. 


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews will be conducted as the applications are reviewed.


Closing date for applications: 1st October 2019


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