Closing date

Desired start date: 18/10/21

Duration of the mission: 9 months

Location: Amuda


Considering the absence of Cluster system in NES, the area is experimenting a unique inter-partner coordination system that is steered by INGOs, within the Whole of Syria UN-led coordination system. SI is leading the WaSH Working Group in this system and hosting the position of the Coordinator and Information Manager. The NES Wash Working Group is based in Amuda in NES, according to security conditions. The NES WASH Working Group is part of coordination system under the umbrella of the NES Forum and in link with the Whole of Syria mechanism based in Amman.


General objective:

The WASH Sector Working Group coordinator (WWG Co) will be responsible for supporting sector coordination of WASH actors in Northeast Syria in collaboration with the Whole of Syria (WoS) WASH Cluster and the Northeast Syria NGO Forum. The purpose of this position is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response by WASH actors in NES.

The WASH Working Group in NES is one of the three hubs that is part of the Whole of Syria WASH Cluster.

Responsibilities and main activities:

The WWG Coordinator is pivotal in strengthening and sustaining the coordination effort of WASH Sector within NES in order to respond to emergency situations effectively and improve the delivery of WASH services in the region.

The purpose of this position is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response by WASH actors in NES, with liaison to coordinate with humanitarian operations operating from Damascus.

The position-holder will be SI staff and will report directly to SI DCD program. However, the position-holder will be accountable to WASH partners in Northeast Syria, the WoS WASH Cluster and the NES Forum. The position-holder will not be directly involved in the delivery of SI projects.


Role description:

  • Inclusion of key humanitarian partners with specific attention to local actors, NGOs, UN agencies based in NES;
  • Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms. This includes organizing regular multi-lateral and bilateral meetings, developing meeting agendas, sending minutes and following up/supporting the progress on action points;
  • Actively coordinate with national/local authorities, state institutions, local civil society, and stabilization actors;
  • Ensuring adapted information management monitoring functions to maintain 4Ws planning, reporting and information sharing as required, in collaboration with the WoS WASH Cluster and NES NGO Forum;
  • Contributing to advocacy and resource mobilization which includes draft reports and briefing notes on the situation and developments in the context and needs, in collaboration with the WoS WASH Cluster and NES NGO Forum.
  • Ensuring needs assessment and analysis which includes relevant contributions to multi-sector assessments, in collaboration with the WoS WASH Cluster and NES NGO Forum.
  • Ensuring the application of appropriate standards. In collaboration with relevant technical leads in the sector to discuss, share relevant technical standards and guidelines for best practice. This includes working with the WoS WASH cluster to develop and promote common or rationalised approaches between coordination hubs.
  • Undertaking the planning and strategy development including an active leadership on the continuity of services planning for Northeast Syria. With support of the WWG IM, updating service mapping of activities with Damascus based partners as appropriate, develop and agree with Damascus based partners on critical activities).
  • Ensuring participatory and community-based approaches, in order to ensure relevance and appropriateness of WASH response in Northeast Syria.
  • Ensuring appropriate attention to priority cross-cutting issues such as Protection, Age, Gender, Disability and Environment in the WASH response in Northeast Syria.
  • Ensuring the WASH emergency preparedness and that response plans are updated and that operational capacity of NES cross borders partners is regularly updated and compiled with Damascus based partner’s capacity mapping.
  • Undertaking training and capacity building in collaboration with the WoS WASH Cluster and relevant technical leads in the sector to facilitate technical training and capacity building.
  • Actively contributing to Inter-Sector coordination. The position-holder will be responsible for actively participating in other relevant coordination mechanisms in Northeast Syria. The position-holder will work in collaboration with the WoS Sector Coordinators and NES INGO Forum Coordinator to ensure adequate and appropriate liaison and coordination with the other WG/Sector and Coordination fora in Northeast Syria to ensure/facilitate contextual analysis, needs assessments and access to beneficiaries and sites/structures.


Specific skills and experience:

  • Be technically competent in the WASH sector with minimum 3 years of experience of project coordination in humanitarian WASH response including water distribution, construction and rehabilitation of WASH facilities, Waste management and hygiene promotion.
  • Be technically competent in the cluster approach and standards, ideally previous experience in cluster coordination;
  • Have an understanding of humanitarian funding mechanisms (HPF, CERF, CHF and Flash Appeals processes);
  • Have a strong command of humanitarian principles and how to apply these;
  • Able to develop a cluster strategy and to clarify complex strategies for operational implementation;
  • Able to lead of technical standards and ensure minimum humanitarian intervention with consideration to incorporation of other thematic issues such as health, protection and gender;
  • Understand the links between emergency response, recovery, and the transition to development/stabilization;

Soft skills:

  • Demonstrate personal and professional integrity in all interactions;
  • Be able to work with diverse stakeholders to develop consensus;
  • Know how to present ideas effectively and clearly while listening and acknowledging others’ perspectives and views;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the international humanitarian response and coordination mechanisms, and humanitarian reform;
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Strong level of autonomy


  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal is mandatory;
  • Fluency in Arabic is an advantage, but not essential.


A salaried post:
According to experience, starting from 2860 euros gross per month (2600 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 700 USD

SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate's country of origin and the place of assignment.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of on 7 working days every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7 working days break at 3/6 and 9 month (with 850 USD allocated by Solidarités).

To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of 1 additional rest day per month worked > i.e. 12 days in addition for a 1-year contract**.**

Social and medical cover:
Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.


The candidate will be accommodated in SI guesthouses in Amuda, or in Erbil, according to the security conditions.

The candidate will be based in Amuda in the North East of Syria, according to the security conditions. She/He will live in the SI guesthouse(s). Living conditions in Amuda (NES) are comfortable with functional markets and services. The humanitarian community is moderately present and there is space for socialisation and extra work activities. It is important to notice that because of the continuous evolution of the security context, special restrictions/decisions could be applied to international staff work and personal movements and trips.

In Erbil and Amman, where the role may travel occasionally, security levels are good and restrictions are very limited.

Field visit: Security inside NES is volatile and justifies specific arrangements for accommodation and displacements in the areas of intervention. Adherence to strict security procedures is necessary, while the security levels can vary according to the different geographical locations and the changes of context. Fields missions and special arrangements for accommodations will be decided in close coordination with SI NES Area Coordinator under the leadership of SI Country Director.

How to apply

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English via this link: CV only applications will not be considered.

NB: The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension

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