WASH Coordinator at International Medical Corps (IMC)

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International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and Nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in under-served communities worldwide.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: WASH Coordinator
Location: Maiduguri / Damboa, Borno

Job Summary

  • The role of the WASH Coordinator is to lead and provide technical support for the planning and smooth operations of WASH activities in any defined context, including active involvement in developing and rolling out the country’s WASH strategy, identifying assessments/needs, supporting program implementation of multiple WASH projects, fundraising, and ensuring the smooth operation of the WASH-related interventions.
  • The WASH Coordinator will also support the overall capacity building of local staff and stakeholders in WASH. The person will plan and implement WASH projects, foster internal and external networks with stakeholders and donors and provides technical support for developing funding proposals.
  • The WASH Coordinator manages, leads, and provides direction to the WASH team in line with country priorities. When required, the WASH Coordinator will support the program team in obtaining government permissions and positively engage with institutional and private donors and International Medical Corps HQ. The coordinator will also ensure project monitoring, regular reviews, preparation of donor reports, capturing learnings, closing of the project and implementation of exit plans when necessary.

 Main Responsibilities

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the essential functions under a limited working environment. The duties and responsibilities listed represent the nature and level of work and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
  • The individual will plan and implement WASH projects, foster internal and external networks with stakeholders and donors, and provide technical support to develop funding proposals.
  • The WASH Coordinator manages, leads and provides direction to the WASH team in line with Country priorities. In addition, where required, the Coordinator to support the program team in obtaining the required government permissions and positively engage with institutional and private donors as well as IMC HQ
  • Moreover, the Coordinator will ensure project monitoring, regular reviews, preparation of donor reports, capturing learnings and is able to close the project and implement exit plans.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive


  • Provide WASH sectoral leadership and technical support to rapid needs assessments in emergency and development contexts and their analysis and ensure linkage to activity plans and budgets.
  • Conduct an initial joint multi-sector rapid assessment to depict the current humanitarian situation in collaboration with other sectoral staff and affected populations; translate the needs into priorities and formulate immediate intervention activities and required resources.
  • Assess in-country resources and capacities (human, material and financial) for WASH program rollout per agreed objectives. In addition, evaluate the strengths/gaps in the capacities.

Program Design:

  • Formulate the overall aims and objectives of the WASH response program through a clear WASH strategy for senior Country Management.
  • Design an appropriate overall response to the country-specific needs, considering the community’s needs, the current levels of in-country WASH capacity and the overlapping of WASH and other IMC sectors.
  • Select and design from an array of appropriate technologies for water systems for the given context (communities, health facilities, camps and Schools), including source selection (ground water, surface water), abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution for new systems and/or the rehabilitation of old Water systems.
  • Select and design most appropriate form of sanitation systems in communities, health facilities, camps and Schools to include excreta disposal, vector control, solid waste disposal, and drainage, taking complete account of local conditions, resources, customs and cultural norms.
  • Select and design, in collaboration with other actors, a suitable hygiene promotion program that suits the local context (communities, health facilities, camps and Schools) and would be widely accepted by beneficiaries.
  • Support further development of WASH interventions through the use of project conceptualization and planning skills such as SWOT analysis and Stakeholder mapping.
  • Ensure and advocate/lobby that the WASH program design considers Health, gender, protection, operation and maintenance and sustainability.
  • Contribute to ensuring that the response is funded through external donors, and manage (HR, admin, implementation) all aspects of WASH interventions.
  • Ensure SPHERE standards, qualitative and quantitative, are considered through the program cycle and are well documented.
  • Develop concept notes, letters of intent, proposals and budgets related to the above.

Management and Implementation:

  • Planned, lead and managed the WASH program in a phased and prioritized manner in full consultation and coordination with International Medical Corps staff and other agencies, both governmental and non-governmental.
  • Lead (alongside the WASH Manager) to build the WASH team’s capacity to respond to the emergency and development phases.
  • Oversee and supervise all infection prevention and control (IPC) activities, including supervision, mentoring, and training and clinical and non-clinical teams.
  • Mobilize and train community volunteers through the WASH team to support WASH/hygiene promotion activities at communities, health facilities, camps and Schools levels and ensure quality hygiene promotion activities are conducted regularly.
  • Ensure that the project management tools, HR plan, indicator plan, Procurement plan, Pipelines, and Work plan are updated regularly.
  • Coordinate with IMC functions (logistics and finance) to conduct the technical evaluation for bidders on WASH infrastructure work.
  • Lead through the WASH team the supervision and follow-up of contractors on all infrastructures under multiple donors funded projects.
  • Lead (alongside the WASH Manager) to ensure on-the-job training to the National WASH team and community-based volunteers with regard to Global WASH standards and approaches for WASH in emergencies (both hardware and software).
  • Ensure gender and protection are considered throughout the project cycle, with women being enabled to influence decision-making around WASH challenges.
  • Ensure WASH program implantation is linked to other IMC key sectors health, Nutrition, gender, child protection and MHPSS.
  • Coordinate with IMC functions (HR and MEAL) to design and develop appropriate supervisory, monitoring and evaluation systems for WASH interventions.
  • Lead (alongside the WASH Manager) to oversee WASH team work plans, vacation schedules, staff training, development and appraisals.
  • Work closely with program support functions (logistics and finance departments) for WASH program supplies and activities planning.
  • Work with the Country Team to prepare donor visits, and accompany any visitors (including donors) to showcase appreciative program activities, progress and achievements on the ground.

Information and Coordination:

  • Impact and influence will be within their team and include other parts of their program and the external public.
  • Provide regular updates and technical guidance to the team on progress, priorities and challenges – verbally and in writing.
  • Represent International Medical Corps to governmental and non-governmental groups as needed and agreed with the supervisor
  • Represent International Medical Corps in WASH and relevant Cluster activities.
  • These duties and responsibilities are not comprehensive enough to describe all activities, and other tasks may be assigned from time to time by the country team (CT) and/or Technical Unit (TU).

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning:

  • Ensure new program proposals adhere to donor requirements and expectations regarding MEAL, demonstrating the country’s mission’s commitment to quality, accountability, and continual improvement.
  • Support the MEAL team on community feedback and complaints for community-based feedback and response mechanisms (CBFRM).
  • Ensures findings, lessons, feedback and evidence from the previous project cycles inform future program strategy, planning and design.
  • Regularly work with the MEAL team to support the complaints handling.


  • As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization, maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards, and adhere to those standards.
  • All staff shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation of our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. Suppose staff see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities. In that case, the staff has an obligation to report them.
  • International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

Job Requirements

  • At least five years of work experience designing and implementing water and sanitation systems in IDPs, refugee and migrant contexts, maintaining sanitation systems, and implementing hygiene promotion programs, including 2 years in a humanitarian setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Field experience in managing water, sanitation and hygiene programs in complex humanitarian settings, including in emergency responses;
  • Experience in emergency and early recovery phases, including assessments and the design and delivery of adequate water supply and hygiene promotion interventions in humanitarian and development contexts.
  • Experience in developing WASH strategy, clear and realistic activity planning;
  • Experience and understanding of key intuitional donors’ policies, guidelines, and strategies, e.g., USAID/BHA, ECHO, FCDO, and the UN;
  • Demonstrated experience in WASH proposal development and preparation of internal and donor reports
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions.
  • The ability to effectively analyze complex problems and suggest solutions to have a positive impact;
  • Ability and understanding of the WASH sector and its hardware and software components;
  • Ability to effectively present information (both written and verbally) and to respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, and senior government;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of linking WASH activities with other humanitarian sectors;
  • Ability to understand gender-related challenges within the beneficiary groups
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, Office 365, PAMS, and SharePoint (minimum requirement).

Ethical conduct for IMC staff:

  • International Medical Corps maintains a code of standards of conduct that shall govern the performances of its employees engaged in awarding and administering contracts.
  • No employee, officer, or agent shall participate in the selection, award, or administration of a contract supported/ by donor funds if a real or apparent conflict of interest would be involved. Such a conflict would arise when the employee, officer, or agent, any member of his or her immediate family, his or her partner, or an organization that employs or is about to employ any of the parties indicated above, has a financial or other interest in the firm selected for an award.
  • IMC officers, employees, or agents shall neither solicit nor accept gratuities, favors, or anything of monetary value from contractors or parties to the sub-agreement. These standards shall provide for disciplinary actions to be applied for violations of such standards by IMC officers, employees, or agents.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse:

  • Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps  

Application Closing Date
21st October, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CV to: imcnigeriavacancy@internationalmedicalcorps.org using the Position as the subject of the email.


  • International Medical Corps never asks job applicants for a fee, payment, or other monetary transaction.If you are asked for money in connection with this recruitment, please report to International Medical Corps at the reporting email address provided at the end of this document. International Medical Corps’ Reporting email address: www.InternationalMedicalCorps.ethicspoint.com
  • Please do not submit your CV or application to the reporting email address, it will not be considered for review

Equal Opportunities

  • International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.
  • Due to the urgent need of the position applications received will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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