Humanitarian Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Advisor

Site Save the children

Contract length: 1 year renewable

Child safeguarding

Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

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.

Role purpose

The Humanitarian Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Advisor will be a key member of the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assitance funded Pro-WASH & Scale (Practices, Research, and Operations in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene and Strengthening Capacity in Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Environment) activity. The purpose of Pro-WASH & Scale is to strengthen the design, coordination, implementation, and overall effectiveness of key sector-specific interventions across BHA’s food and nutrition security portfolio in emergency, early recovery, risk reduction, and resilience (ER4) activities. The Award’s technical intervention areas include WASH, agriculture, livelihoods, markets, infrastructure, natural and water resource management, climate change, and disaster risk reduction.

The Humanitarian WASH Advisor will support the implementation of humanitarian WASH activities under an integrated research, learning, and capacity-strengthening strategy. This includes supporting activities under these core purposes:

  • Purpose 1: Capacity strengthening and localization
  • Purpose 2: Applied research, adaptation, and knowledge management
  • Purpose 3: Coordination and collaboration

Scope of role

  • Reports to: WASH Technical Director for the USAID/BHA funded Pro-WASH & Scale Activity
  • Dimensions: The Pro-WASH & Scale activity supports USAID/BHA partners whose work spans more than 60 countries.
  • Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key areas of accountability

Technical Guidance and Support (55%)

Capacity Strengthening

  • Provide targeted remote and in-person technical support to BHA Implementing Partners (IPs), local and regional partners, national and international working groups on humanitarian WASH, to deliver quality programming, research studies, capacity-strengthening, learning activities, and other technical assistance needs as requested by the donor or implementers.
  • Design and deliver remote or in-person technical assistance, training, mentorship, or coaching using evidence-based training packages, technical guides, and tools developed by Pro-WASH & Scale and other entities as well as identifying training opportunities and institutions and linking partners to those.
  • Provide technical support to contribute to the outcomes of the WASH Road Map Initiative Working Group 2 for capacity development and professionalization.
  • Learning: Support peer-to-peer learning by designing cross-site visits, peer-to-peer learning journeys, and knowledge-sharing activities for humanitarian partners

Quality Assurance

  • Contribute to the development and pilot testing of an emergency drinking water quality training package for implementers.
  • Provide data collection/analysis support for activities such as WASH assessments and evaluations in emergencies.
  • Coordination and Collaboration: Contribute to requests from Regional and National Working Groups, Global WASH Cluster’s Technical Working Group (TWG), the WASH Sector Roadmap initiatives, and other humanitarian WASH initiatives to identify and implement priority activities (based on partners’ demand) including mapping research, learning, and capacity strengthening gaps and opportunities, updating standard and customized training modules, and working with national TWGs to customize and pilot test such materials

Program Learning, Knowledge Management, and Innovation (30%)

  • Knowledge Management: Contribute to project desk mapping and validation exercises to identify existing research, learning and capacity strengthening strategies, needs assessments, and prioritization exercises related to humanitarian WASH, including capturing best practices around localization and translating research into practice for WASH in Humanitarian Response.
  • Research and Innovation: Monitor new developments, approaches, and evidence within the humanitarian WASH sector, starting from the 2021 WASH gap analysis, identifying evidence gaps and priorities for research and future documentation as well as contribute to identifying innovations to improve WASH interventions in humanitarian programming.
  • Coordination and Collaboration
  • Work with IPs, Pro-WASH & Scale colleagues, the communications team, USAID BHA, and other stakeholders to develop, document, and disseminate project findings, best practices, lessons learned, and scale up efforts for technical and non-technical audiences. This includes organizing and contributing/participating in webinars, international events, and drafting content for learning briefs, stories, social media, video tutorials, and other formats to increase engagement.
  • Work with Pro-WASH & Scale leadership to identify and build partnerships and/or networks with external agencies and organizations including multi-laterals, NGOs, and contractors to share and promote humanitarian WASH research, learning, and innovation, and pursue opportunities to disseminate developed tools, with a special focus on local partners.
  • Support internal and external humanitarian WASH learning and represent Pro-WASH & Scale at global forums including workshops, conferences, and meetings.
  • Identify and link practitioners to research, learning, and capacity-strengthening opportunities conducted by other organizations (e.g., academic institutions, research bodies, and other international agencies).

Project Management/Coordination (15%)


  • Ensure that Pro-WASH & Scale work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Governments in West Africa and the Sahel, Central and Southern Africa, and East Africa, and the Horn regions.
  • Participate in regular Pro-WASH & Scale team meetings and coordination meetings with Save the Children humanitarian WASH colleagues to support internal knowledge sharing and coordination.

Project Management

  • Work with the Pro-WASH & Scale Technical Director and Award Management to provide input into Scopes of Work, Expressions of Interest, and RFAs to solicit short-term technical advisors and research and learning partners.
    Review Pro-WASH & Scale’s WASH products translated to French for quality assurance.
  • Work closely with Award Management, Country Offices, and procurement colleagues to undertake logistical preparations for events/activities.
  • Reporting: Contribute to Pro-WASH & Scale’s routine activities such as activity reporting, program monitoring, work planning, operational planning, monitoring and evaluation activities, and other donors and SC requirements.

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Behaviours (Values in Practice)


  • holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modeling Save the Children values
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to
  • deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance, and
  • applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their personal development, and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future-orientated thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members, as well as external partners, and supporters
  • values diversity sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • approachable, good listener, and easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.


honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates the highest levels of integrity


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, environmental sciences, public health, or a related discipline or equivalent experience
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience.

Experience and skills


  • Must be Francophone or able to provide highly specialized technical support in French and have good communication skills in English.
  • At least 3 years of proven humanitarian WASH experience across (e.g., internally displaced persons camp/refugee camps, natural disaster, urban, and/or rural WASH)
  • Ability to undertake international travel primarily in countries with USAID/BHA funded programming including field offices, up to 20% of the time
  • Demonstrated strong technical knowledge of promoting hygiene, sanitation, and water supply in emergency and humanitarian contexts. Such experience should also include coaching and training others on these approaches and working with WASH coordination mechanisms (e.g. Clusters)
  • Exceptional adult education, facilitation, and training skills, with experience designing curricula, tools, and other learning/training materials for adult audiences in multiple country contexts.
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels, both internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining an environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience with USAID/BHA funded programs preferred or in countries with USAID/BHA funded programming.
  • Additional language skills in Swahili, Spanish, Arabic, or Portuguese would be an additional asset.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties per the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties per SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Female applicants are especially encouraged.

14 JUL 2023 – 00:59 UTC

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