WASH Project Manager - Tal Afar

from Terre des hommes Foundation Child Relief
Closing date: 11 Feb 2018

We are looking for our delegation in Iraq for a

WASH Project Manager

Location and working conditions: Tal Afar - Iraq

Start date of post: 15 of February 2018

Duration : 6 months

Conditions :

Swiss salaried contract 2’950 CHF (~2’550 €) < > 4'300 CHF (~3’700 €) net /month according to experience x 13, Holidays: 25 days per year. Local accommodation and transportation, Health insurance, accident and medical repatriation insurance, return flight.


End of June 2016, Tdh launched an integrated emergency WaSH, Child Protection, CCCM and NFI response, following several waves of IDPs resulting from military operations to free Shirgat district, as well as the South Mossul Corridor. Tdh is currently operating in Tikrit, Baiji, Tooz and Shirqat districts. Tdh is also operating in Kirkuk governorate via Cash grant and Child protection assistance.

Main responsibilities:

This position is a non-accompanied, non-family expatriate position.

  • (S)he will be based in Tal Afar but might be in charge of the development of emergency WaSH projects in other areas.

  • The WASH Program Manager is in charge of the development of the intervention strategy and ensures the smooth running of the WASH project in Shirqat and other areas in line with Tdh policies (strategic plan, theme, way of working) and national intervention strategies in order to achieve the results expected within the framework of the project(s): S/he ensures the planning, execution, monitoring and financial management of the project and the human resources.

  • S/he is responsible for supervising and training his/her field teams.

  • S/he ensures decisions and actions are taken in his/her area of intervention and deals with them independently on a daily basis in consultation with the sector coordinator and the Country Representative.

  • S/he ensures that the outcomes of the project(s) s/he is in charge of are achieved.

  • S/he also acts as the link / the synergy between the project for which s/he is authorized and the other projects developed within the delegation.

  • S/he builds up the expertise in his/her field of intervention.

  • S/he collaborates and coordinates with the thematic advisors at headquarters to develop and validate the thematic strategy in line with the Tdh strategic commitments, and conduct advocacy and strategic capitalization actions.

  • S/he collaborates with other Tdh sectors.

Fonction details :

Line Management and Human Resources Management:

  • Daily supervision of WASH teams on the field.

  • Participates in WASH team recruitment and revision of job descriptions.

  • Ensures the whole team has a clear understanding of the Tdh mandate and project.

  • Leads and manages staff, encouraging effective team work and providing supervision and guidance, including regular and constructive feedback.

  • Reports incidents and difficulties encountered with any staff members to the Head of base.

  • Organises and leads weekly team meetings and provides weekly program update and movement plan to the Head of base.

Project Management:

  • Develops, implements and monitors the WASH project, in accordance with multiple objectives, activities and targets outlined within current donor proposals and in line with projects’ budgets.

  • Ensures that activities are appropriately monitored and evaluated and proposes amendments to the WASH strategy, under the supervision of the Program Coordinator and Head of base.

  • Conducts initial and regular assessments of the WASH project and activities outcomes according to the M&E plan.

Project Strategy and planning

  • In collaboration with the Program Coordinator participates in designing strategies and objectives for improved support to beneficiaries and contributes actively in its monitoring, evaluation and revision.

  • Participates in WASH capitalization and lessons learnt.

  • Participates in the review of the strategy for Tdh in Iraq if requested.


  • Oversees the implementation of the database tools.

  • Ensures correct data protection procedures and filing.

Budget Management:

  • (S)he is the budget holder of the Wash budget.

  • Forecasts and follows up on expenditures related to the WASH project.

  • Participates in budget revision exercises.

  • Prepares timely purchase requests in line with the WASH needs.

  • Supports required actions by the administration related to WASH team management and supervision.

  • Identifies logistic and admin support needs related to the WASH project and communicates these to the Head of Base and relevant log/admin support person.

Technical competences

  • Experience in water quality testing protocol.

  • Knowledge of water treatment plants.

  • Ability to determine sanitation strategy in urban contexts.

  • Knowledge in civil engineering and ability to do BoQs for sanitation facilities such as latrines and showers.

  • Experience in mass hygiene sensitization.

Capacity building

  • Coordinates the capacity building support to the WASH team, relevant local authorities, and community workers and community groups, as required by the project, particularly with the Directorate of Water.

  • Provide technical support to WASH team members when needed.


  • Coordinates with other Tdh sectors to ensure implementation of standardised activities.

  • Works in close collaboration and consultation with available government structures, non-government actors, cluster system and community representatives.


  • Represents Tdh in foras and meetings held at community and location level.

  • Develops a network to facilitate the project acceptance and stakeholders’ contribution and ownership under Head of base guidance.


  • Provides compiled meeting minutes reports to the Head of base.

  • Ensures a monthly data analysis reports are submitted.

  • Upon completion of the assignment, submits handover report.

  • Contributes to donor reporting upon request.


  • Complies with Tdh Security Regulations.

  • Reports any security/safety incident and/or risk to the Head of base.

  • Informs WASH staff on security rules defined.

Child Safeguarding Policy

  • Commits to respect the Child Safeguarding Policy. Signs the Code of Conduct.

  • Reports serious cases of abuse on children identified by the team to the Head of base. Strict confidentiality must be respected.


  • Undertakes all other duties that may be determined by the Head of base or the Country representative and that are compatible with the job.

  • Maintains and ensures a culture of strict confidentiality - inter Tdh staff and between Tdh staff and non Tdh employees

Profile :


In particular:

  • Education degree in a relevant field such as hydrology, hydrolic, geology, civil engineering, environmental engineering.

  • Project management experience (management, planning, staff development and training skills) in development programmes.

  • 2 years previous work experience in a relevant position.

  • Proven capabilities in leadership and management required.

  • Good skills in written and spoken English.

  • Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills, and flexibility in cultural and organizational terms.

  • Ability to work well and punctually under pressure.

As well as the following specific « professional » competencies:

  • Leadership

  • Ability to analyze (judgment, practicality) and to synthesize

  • Ability to adapt

  • Organization, discipline, and compliance with deadlines

  • Outstanding ability to listen and negotiate

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills

  • Ability to work under stress in general, and in emergency situations in particular


Please apply on our website:


We will only consider complete online applications corresponding to the required profile. Your application must include a complete CV and a covering letter.

If you are not shortlisted, your file will be destroyed by us, according to the rules on data protection.

If you face difficulties in applying online, please contact our HR department: rh@tdh.ch

Terre des hommes provides equal working conditions for men and women. Furthermore, for candidates with equivalent qualifications and for positions with responsibilities, applications from women are strongly encouraged.

The recruitment and selection procedures of Terre des hommes reflect our commitment for child security and protection.

How to apply:


We will only consider complete online applications corresponding to the required profile.