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INTERSOS – WASH Specialist – Yemen

INTERSOS sta selezionando un/a WASH Specialist da inserire nella sua operatività in Yemen. Durata 12 mesi. Tipo contratto: Scadenza candidature 07/09/2023

WASH Specialist – Yemen

INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.

Terms of reference

Job Title: WASH Specialist

Code: SR-35-9053

Duty station: 25% Sana’a and Aden and 50% Ibb and 25% Al-Turbah

Starting date: 01/10/2023

Contract duration: Until 30/09/24

Reporting to: Head of Programme 

Supervision of:National staff teams for WASH activities: 2 WASH experts, engineers (2), water quality officer (2), and hygiene promoters (18)

Dependents: non-family

General context of the project

Yemen’s war shows no immediate signs of abating. Yemen announced its first case of the COVID-19 respiratory disease on 10 April 2020, as aid organizations warned the country’s health system, which has all but collapsed since the conflict broke out in 2014, is ill-equipped to handle the crisis. The coronavirus is clearly present in Yemen, but with little testing and limited transparent disclosure on the actual identified cases. It is clear that a COVID-19 outbreak among an acutely malnourished population will have catastrophic consequences. Among the most vulnerable people to the virus at this time are the displaced families who have fled their homes over the years of fighting, with many of them now living in makeshift camps which struggle to access basic services. In many IDP sites there is no water available and sanitation condition are very bad; while we are at the beginning again of cholera season.

The proposed project aims at an integrated multi-sector response (nutrition, protection, livelihoods (ERMS) and WASH sectors) within Ibb and Taiz governorates, further building on the achievement of the previous OFDA funded actions, enlarging the geographical coverage area in order to address specific gaps and needs, covering Dhi-Sufal and Sayyani districts in Ibb governorate (under de-facto authorities control) and Al-Shamaytain and Ma’afer districts in South Taiz, further newly adding, Al-Qahira and Al-Mudhaffar districts in Taiz city (these last 4 districts are under IRG control).

The project will:

  • Support conflict-affected people (including 50% protection cases) to improve and enhance self-reliance and re-integration; supporting people to develop productive assets and livelihoods.
  • Reduce the prevalence of and prevent acute malnutrition among, children under five and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and other vulnerable population groups, while expanding coverage of nutrition services and remove the barriers that prevent families from accessing them.
  • Promote the protection of conflict-affected people, providing for individual case management services and collective PSS for adult and children; by working on the prevention and response side through different service modalities (community centers, outreach, community-based structures).


WASH services, including: a) hygiene promotion, b) solid waste collection, c) improved sanitation facilities and services, d) access to potable water and water for daily use e) access to water quality testing including chlorination, and provision of rapid response and contain the cholera and COVID-19 outbreak in affected communities and prevent the disease spread in most vulnerable communities

General purpose of the position

The WASH expert must ensure that the project meets minimum standards in a cost-effective and timely manner to benefit conflict-affected communities in Ibb and Taiz.

The WASH expert assists the Project Manager in the management, strategic programming, implementation of WASH activities, and achievement of objectives related to the WASH component in the geographic area of competence, as well as in the identification and formulation of new interventions to improve the WASH conditions of the target population according with INTERSOS protocols and the Country Strategy.

Main responsibilities and tasks

  • Designs and improves the technical engineering implementation aspects of the INTERSOS WASH Program in Yemen.
  • Ensures the project will satisfy the needs of the beneficiaries. Provides oversight of water source construction and sanitation projects to ensure quality and acceptance.
  • Organize, manage, and monitor the WASH project activities in Yemen’s central region, ensuring timely and quality implementation in compliance with the defined project strategy as well as INTERSOS and donor guidelines;
  • Undertake a detailed technical assessment of the WASH needs and gaps for assistance in the project target areas to define the exact locations of intervention and the beneficiaries;
  • Coordinate with the logistic, administration, and finance staff to procure all equipment, supplies, and materials required to implement the WASH project activities, ensuring cost efficiency and accountability in compliance with INTERSOS and donor regulations and procedures;
  • Undertake daily field visits to provide technical guidance and supervision, as well as regularly monitor the progress of the WASH project activities;
  • Continuously assess the WASH needs of the target populations in the project areas, periodically update the WASH situation analysis and inform the programme accordingly;
  • Work closely with colleagues to ensure the integration of the WASH project activities with other sectors;
  • Train, coordinate, and supervise the WASH project national staff in Yemen and evaluate their performance.
  • Support the management in preparing the narrative and financial reports concerning the WASH project component, according to INTERSOS and donor requirements;
  • Support the HoM in developing, implementing, and evaluating the mission strategy and programme in reference to the WASH Sector, providing technical inputs and recommendations for new and ongoing interventions in the country.
  • Upholds a high-quality standard by ensuring all programs refer to technical standards, conform to government standards, and are aligned with internal and external strategic objectives.
  • Support and develop capitalization of WASH activities in the mission
  • Proactively participate in WASH cluster and relevant inter-sectoral coordination meetings at national, governorate, and hub levels.

Required profile and experience


MA in Engineering, Geology or other relevant studies Specialized studies – courses on WASH in emergencies, Public Health, WASH Academic

Professional Experience

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in humanitarian WASH programming, including access to safe water, improved sanitation, and environmental health programming
  • Prior work experience in complex humanitarian settings – in the field
  • Prior work experience in the Middle East is highly desirable.
  • Prior work experience in cholera outbreaks response

Professional Requirements


  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Arabic would be an asset (read and write)

Personal Requirements

  • Strong team spirit, comfortable in a multicultural environment
  • People Management and Leadership
  • Strategic vision and planning
  • Ability to work and adapt to different environments
  • Very strong interpersonal skills: strong communication and diplomatic skills
  • Practical and problem-solver
  • High respect and adherence to confidentiality
  • Able to work independently
  • Readiness and ability to move around in Yemen
  • Readiness to commit and adhere to the values, mission, and vision of INTERSOS


Interested candidates are invited to apply following the link below:

Please note that our application process is made of 3 quick steps: register (including your name, email, password and citizenship), sign-up and apply by attaching your CV in PDF format. Through the platform, candidates will be able to track their applications’ history with INTERSOS. 

Please also mention the name, position and contact details of at least three references: two line managers and one HR referent. Family members are to be excluded.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview.


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