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Humanitarian WASH Manager Manager at Save the Children Nigeria

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Humanitarian WASH Manager

Job ID: 220000VG
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Grade: Nat 2 / Int 4
Reporting to: Deputy Response Team Leader /POM
Reporting to position: WASH Coordinator / Officers

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3.  The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context, all posts are considered to be level 3.
  • As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.
  • The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.


  • The Humanitarian WASH Manager is based in Borno and s/he leads the WASH sector in the CAT 2 emergency response in Borno and other selected locations.
  • The Manager with limited support, leads on sectoral assessment, programme design, programme implementation, budget management and provides technical input to ensure quality programs.
  • The Manger develops the sector strategy of the master budget. The Manager leads in technical coordination and supports fundraising, recruitment and procurement.
  • The Manager plays a sectoral leadership role within the response team, ensuring WASH programs are of high quality and meet recognized standards.
  • The Manager supports colleagues and works to ensure that broader sector coordination mechanisms are functioning effectively.
  • The Manager mentors and builds the capacity of Save the Children and partners’ staff.
  • The Manager plays a leading role in national and state sector technical working groups.

Main Responsibilities

  • Lead on WASH or multi-sectoral technical assessments in coordination with other Save the Children thematic areas and/or other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.
  • Lead on developing WASH sector response plans and master budgets and contribute to Save the Children’s overall response strategy.
  • Develop technical standards for all WASH construction and hygiene promotion programming within emergency contexts adhering to humanitarian standards.
  • Provide technical oversight of WASH engineering designs and hygiene promotion programmes as well as proactively promote high quality WASH technical approaches within the country programmes.
  • Lead on fundraising for the WASH sector, including development of high quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with donors’ technical advisers.
  • Oversee WASH programme implementation to ensure high quality, timely delivery of programme activities, for example, monitoring against log frames.
  • Lead on the preparation of timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal and external requirements.
  • Work closely with the human resources team and identifies WASH staffing needs for the emergency programmes, and ensure rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
  • Identify WASH programme supply needs together with logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan.
  • Working closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation team put in place a WASH sector M & E plan, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build technical field staff in carrying out the work.
  • Working closely with the accountability lead puts in place sector accountability mechanisms, ensuring that feedback is incorporated into programme design and learning disseminated to the wider WASH sector.
  • Ensure minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct and other applicable standards.

Capacity Building:

  • Develop WASH learning needs assessment and capacity building plans for both Save the Children and partner’s staff, linking capacity building initiatives to wider opportunities identified via coordination and networks.
  • Coach and mentor Save the Children WASH coordinators, officers as well as their national level counterparts.
  • Oversee development of training material that will improve the different components of WASH portfolio within Save the Children.

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Help shape broader sector strategies through influence of and leadership within inter-agency coordination forums, such as the WASH cluster, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.
  • Take the initiative in documenting lessons learned, best practices and case studies to shape in-country strategies and programme approaches, and contribute to broader sector learning.
  • Pro-actively identify advocacy opportunities, case studies and research opportunities which link with wider organisational strategic objectives, and turn these into action.
  • Play a leadership role in shaping WASH communications and media priorities in line with thematic priorities, acting as a spokesperson when required.


  • Demonstrate leadership in relation to Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • Deliver high quality results and development effective relationships with country programme staff which enhances the reputation of Save the Children.
  • Demonstrate leadership in relation to Save the Children policies and practices regarding child protection, Code of Conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • Help be responsible for the security of all staff. Ensure that the security, health and well-being of staff are ensured and staff management and other processes and policies and systems reflect Save the Children principles of equity and fairness.
  • To perform such other responsibilities as agreed with the advisor line management.

Core Behaviours
Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:

  • Demonstrates leadership in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation
  • Translates complex contextual information into response planning

Achieving results effectively:

  • Builds accountability mechanisms into large and complex programmes
  • Ability to take a range of potentially complex and conflicting information and take decisions
  • Designs and implements processes to incorporate learning
  • Ensures measures and metrics are in place to track performance in large and complex programmes

Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:

  • Puts mechanisms in place to ensure effective collaborative working across boundaries
  • Identifies and supports learning and development needs of partners
  • Develops high performing teams

Operating safely and securely:

  • Helps team members to practise stress management through prioritisation of workloads and modelling of appropriate self care
  • Monitors security risks and ensures organisational protocols are consistently followed by staff
  • Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organisation can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms

Managing yourself in a pressured and changing environment:

  • Facilitates others to carry out their roles and responsibilities in difficult circumstances
  • Able to remain positive and effective in the face of multiple challenges.
  • Inspires others by clearly articulating and demonstrating the values, core purpose and principles that underpin humanitarian work
  • Demonstrates personal integrity by using one’s position responsibly and fairly

Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:

  • Evaluates the opportunities and risks of each idea and solution to make informed strategic decisions.
  • Uses global networks to influence strategy or action
  • Demonstrates managerial courage by willingness to confront difficult situations and take potentially unpopular decisions
  • Conveys complex issues with clarity, brevity and confidence
  • Openly talks about doing things differently, pushing the boundaries and ways of working
  • Develops and implements processes to ensure that the workplace is inclusive and the talents of individuals are harnessed to achieve individual and organisational success.

Qualifications & Experience

  • BA / BS in Engineering or equivalent required. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of experience working in the water and sanitation field including emergency response.
  • Advanced knowledge of water and sanitation engineering and training in the use of a variety of water equipment including emergency mobile water treatment and storage unit, sanitation kits, water treatment chemicals, design of boreholes, rehabilitation of hand dug wells, pipe lines, basic knowledge of treatment of sewages as well as concrete storages, etc.
  • Previous experience of programme management.
  • Ensures that systems are in place for longer-term operation and maintenance of all water supply and sanitation facilities and that projects are implemented in a consultative and participatory manner with beneficiaries.
  • Demonstrated depth and breadth in participatory methods to engage local communities in needs assessments, design and implementation of local, culturally acceptable water and sanitation interventions.
  • Support the long-term capacity building and programmatic integration of water and sanitation into Save the Children core programming in health, with particular emphasis on hygiene promotion and environmental sanitation.
  • Commitment to, thorough understanding of, and able to train staff in participation and accountability approaches.
  • Guide water and sanitation teams towards an integrated approach with other Save the Children programs to address community health needs, as well as cross-cutting themes such as gender.
  • Demonstrated ability to set up monitoring & evaluation systems in large complex programmes.
  • Demonstrated ability to set up learning and development processes.
  • Proven ability of mentoring and coaching.
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports in English.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.
  • Capacity and willingness to be flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of Save the Children’s mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.


  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant contexts.
  • Specific experience of designing and managing DFID, ECHO, OFDA, GAC, BHA and other major donor projects.

Working Conditions

  • Humanitarian staff members are available and ready to respond to emergencies and will normally work unusual hours and often-in stressful and insecure environments.
  • We know that great people make a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Closing Date
4th March, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Due to the volume of applications received, Save the Children may not provide feedback to all applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as received. Save the Children reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary.
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