WASH Technical Advisor – Syria Response NGO Vacancy | UNGO Jobs

Job Title: WASH Technical Advisor – Syria Response

Country: Jordan
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 20 Jan 2022

WASH Technical Advisor – Syria Response

The Opportunity

In response to the triple water crisis, COVID-19, and ongoing population movements, the Syria Response Office requires a technical advisor to further strengthen and develop its WASH programming, lead on strategic discussion and quality control, and support the Area Offices with programme implementation.

The WASH Technical Advisor leads on WASH components as part of joint sectoral assessments, programme design, concept notes/proposals development as well as overall strategic direction. Additionally, the incumbent is expected to support SRO to promote climate resilient WASH outcomes, at the same time ensuring environmental safeguarding aspects in programming more broadly. The post holder will be expected to mentor and/or do capacity building of relevant country programme staff, and where possible, the staff of implementing partners. With matrix management of the WASH Technical Specialists, the TA will play a key role in updating and overseeing the quality benchmarks and other contextually relevant guidelines. The Advisor will be a part of the Programme Development and Quality Team, working closely with other sectors to promote and further strengthen child-focused integrated response.

WASH is largely a new sector of intervention for Save the Children therefore this role will require someone with experience in capacity assessments, networking and information gathering to further develop and build up an evidence-based portfolio of programmes in line with the context and Country Strategic Plan. The role will have a strong operational focus and, in addition to technical advice, will be expected to support the Area Offices in the implementation of WASH projects (including procurement plan, implementation planning, and optimising quality of technical documentation related to supply chain, etc.)

A knowledge of construction, particularly in aspects related to health and safety, supply chain construction monitoring is highly desirable.

The post holder will be expected to travel to the Area Offices at least 50% of the time.


Reports to: Programme Development and Quality Director

Staff reporting to this post: This is an advisory role with no direct line management responsibility; however, the role provides technical backstopping and guidance to program staff and matrix manage the WASH specialists in the Area Offices.

LOCATION: One of the SRO Offices (Jordan, Turkey or Syria) with expectation to travel to other locations 50% of the time.


Strategy and Programme Development:

  • Lead on WASH technical needs assessments and partner capacity assessments in coordination with other SC 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 the development of the strategic direction for WASH interventions in Syria, ensuring they respond to the overall child-centred and integrated response model
  • In coordination with the wider PDQ team, lead on the development of sector specific high quality concept notes and proposals including engagement with member and donor Technical Advisers.
  • Lead on the design of contextually relevant sector guidelines, tools and quality benchmarks
  • Provide technical checking of WASH engineering designs and hygiene promotion programmes as necessary, and proactively promote high quality WASH technical approaches within country programmes
  • Collaborate closely and provide technical support to the WASH coordinators/managers and the field managers in Area Offices to identify needs and help solve operational challenges
  • In coordination with other TAs, develop and adapt guidance on COVID-19 preparedness and response measures, leading and providing advice to staff across sectors on how to programme for activities through the development of SOPs.
  • Work with other TAs to identify specific areas for WASH integration in other sector initiatives (Education, CP, Health and Nutrition, FSL, etc.) and support integrated programme design that helps in achieving protection and multi-sector outcomes
  • Working closely with the MEAL team to develop sector indicators, MEAL plans and feedback mechanisms across all WASH programmes
  • Provide technical oversight of WASH programme implementation (with staff and partners) to ensure timely and quality delivery of programme activities
  • When needed, identify WASH programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan and provide proactive technical input to WASH construction and tender procurement.
  • Promote a risk-based approach to programming that include sounds assessment, management and mitigation plans.
  • Lead on research and technical studies that explore innovative ways of programming, in line with Save the Children WASH related work streams at regional and / or global level.

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
  • Oversee development of technical training material that will improve aspects of WASH work within Save the Children, at country level and lead on delivery of capacity-building objectives

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies, and take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums, such as the WASH cluster and the WASH Working Group, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed. Take the lead in technical working groups at national or sub-national level where needed. Take steps to document lessons learned, from WASH programmes, for wider dissemination.
  • In collaboration with SC WASH colleagues, feed in learning, experiences and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives.
  • Work with the MEAL and Research Manager to translate learning log into defined action plans that can be shared with operational teams


  • Demonstrate leadership in relation to Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian aid are maintained in accordance with the Sphere and other relevant sector Standards.
  • Ensure the Centrality of Protection and Do No Harm are embedded across the WASH programme cycle

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector.

How to apply:

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