The International Rescue Committee Vacancy for a Senior WASH in Emergencies Manager

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst
humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.
Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers
lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee
from war or
disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S.
cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted
and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The IRC is currently implementing programs in Health, Protection, WASH,
Nutrition, Food Security, and Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE)
in Adamawa and Borno States in North-Eastern Nigeria.

The International Rescue Committee is recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior WASH in Emergencies Manager
Employee Type: Regular          
Employee Category: Full Time           
Scope of Work

  • The Senior WASH in Emergencies Manager will ensure the implementation of quality Environmental Health (EH) projects Borno state.
  • S/he supervises other EH staff, and reports to the Environmental Health Coordinator. 
  • The position is based in the IRC Maiduguri field office in Borno state.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage all EH programs at the Maiduguri Office, ensuring timely
    and effective implementation to meet the project outcomes with a special
    focus on the emergency grants.
  • Provide supervison and leadership to the EH staff.
  • Develop work plans to guide and monitor implementation of
    approved grants and support the field teams in the implementation and
    monitoring of the work plans ensuring that activities reflect the
    commitments IRC made to the donor and community.
  • Review all reports prepared by the EH staff and provide
    appropriate feedback to the concerned staff, and ensure that reports are
    written and submitted to concerned bodies in a timely manner.
  • Lead the development of appropriate project management tools to
    plan, review and track progress on projects implementation as well as on
    the utilization of project resources.
  • Ensure that the stated goals and objectives of all EH projects
    are met with strong monitoring and evaluation (M&E) follow up,
    including any required operational research.
  • Review Budget vs. Actual expenditure for EH programs on a monthly basis with staff.
  • Participate in the development of staff development plans for EH
    staff based on performance reviews in collaboration with the human
    resources department and contribute to the training of EH staff
    (mentoring, on-the-job sessions as well as formal trainings).
  • Develop/organize training opportunities to build the capacity of
    the EH staff and local partners in order to transfer skills.  This
    includes staff training in program management areas such as reporting,
    budgeting, monitoring, evaluation, supervision and emergency response.
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Representation and Advocacy:

  • In coordination with the EH Coordinator and Senior Management
    Team, actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with
    key stakeholders in Nigeria including WASH Cluster, donors, government
    actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant
  • Develop strategic partnerships with local organizations, wherever possible.
  • Represent IRC to local communities, government departments, international agencies, local partners and donors as required.


  • Work with the sector coordinator to design Sanitation and
    Shelter structures BOQs that are sound and follow SPHERE standards and
    ensure that structures are culturally appropriated and accepted.
  • Lead the sector teams in the field to comply with appropriate processes for infrastructure improvement
  • Ensure that the program incorporates effective gender strategies for equity and inclusion across program delivery.
  • Ensure that synergies with the health and nutrition teams are created for an integrated program.
  • Ensure that the teams are preparing their activity implementation plans
  • Ensure that protection issues are fully considered throughout
    the project cycle with women, elderly, disabled and most vulnerable
    being included in decision making for all WASH and Shelter issues.
  • Participate in the design of robust M&E plans
  • Guide the project teams to design and deliver hygiene promotion
    activities that are based upon effective formative research and adapted
    to the local context.
  • Together with the sector coordinator, lead on planning of all
    WASH and Shelter project activities setting high quality performance
    targets and ensuring adherence to technical standards, best practices,
    donor guidelines and SHPERE standards
  • Ensure that the selection of the project beneficiaries is based
    on approved criteria and strategies, ensuring beneficiaries are
    consulted and their views taken into account at all stages of the
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  • Master’s Degree in Engineering, Public Health, Hydrogeology or similar.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working with INGOs in the field of
    WASH and with implementation of water supply, sanitation, construction,
    hygiene or infrastructure projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in working in emergency settings
  • Background in situation analysis, WASH assessments and program implementation.
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods, community development and partnership.
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent coordination and networking skills.
  • Excellent computer skills in programs such as: MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • Proven strong ability to provide technical assistance and expert
    advice to staff and partners in infrastructure and related fields.
  • Experience in project management, planning, supervision, quality assurance and reporting
  • Experience working in Nigeria/West Africa a plus.

Specific Security Situation/Housing

  • The Senior WASH in Emergencies Manager will be based in
    Maiduguri. The security situation in Nigeria continues to be volatile in
    the NE with the security level at 3 (orange).
  • The candidate should be prepared to implement programming in insecure environments. This is a non-accompanied position.
  • The Senior WASH in Emergencies Manager will live in shared housing.  

Standards for Professional Conduct
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles
outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are
Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these
values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection
from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace
Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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