Project Coordinator – Disaster Risk Reduction

Groundwater Relief


Groundwater Relief ( is a UK registered charity (No. 1167458) that provides technical expertise and services to organisations and government agencies responsible for developing and managing groundwater resources across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Groundwater Relief’s work is facilitated by a team of international groundwater professionals, comprising over 500 registered technical members. Their collective support has enabled Groundwater Relief to undertake over 130 projects in 27 different countries in the past 8 years.


Groundwater Relief is being engaged by the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on a 10-month Disaster Risk Reduction Project within five target counties of South Sudan. The project aims to assess flood and drought risks to ultimately develop a long list of disaster risk reduction interventions that would improve the population’s resilience to natural disaster.

Groundwater Relief is leading a consortium of organisations to undertake this work and develop this long list of options that would be taken for consultation with the Government of South Sudan.

As part of the assessment, a regional hydrological model, a local 2D hydraulic screen model, and a groundwater resources map will be developed to determine the extent of natural hazards and resource availability. This will be combined with socio-economic data collected from households in the target counties to determine the resilience of the populations to these hazards, and therefore to determine the most cost-effective interventions to reduce the populations risk.


We are looking for a Project Coordinator to be based in South Sudan, to coordinate project activities for Groundwater Relief, over the course of the 10-month period. This is a fixed term contract with opportunities for extension.

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Facilitating the management of all project activities in close collaboration with IOM staff throughout the project duration.
  • Facilitating field assessments by consortium members to undertake specific elements of project work.
  • Supporting the socio-economic survey in the project areas, through recruitment and coordination of a field team of enumerators.
  • Supporting a capacity assessment of key stakeholders and institutional tools used to support disaster risk reduction.
  • Working with consortium engineers to conduct environmental surveys and receptor vulnerability mapping across the five counties.
  • Working with the IOM and government stakeholder in Juba to obtain data and information to support the assessment.
  • Working with the project team to support field validation and facilitating community consultation of various long list options.
  • Presentations of long listing options to key stakeholders.


Essential Skills and Experience

  • Fluent in English
  • Relevant degree with an MSc or equivalent qualification in Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Engineering or similar.
  • Experience in project management.
  • A good working knowledge of water resource management or disaster risk management.
  • Demonstrable experience in managing international projects, project budgets and delivering effective and timely outputs under pressure.
  • Ability to engage with a range of different stakeholders, ideally within the humanitarian and development sector.
  • High competency in developing and delivering high quality reports.
  • Demonstrable experience delivering complex ideas to non-technical personnel.

We are seeking an individual with passion and desire to improve the way water resources are developed, and managed, for the benefit of people across the globe. You should enjoy interacting and establishing relationships with different stakeholders on both a technical and social level including government officials, humanitarians, and community members.

We are looking for someone who is highly organised and capable of managing and prioritising tasks. Someone who is able to work within a variety of procurement and logistical systems, in order to ensure project deliverables are met within timeframes.


  • Competitive Salary ranging between £3500 to £4000 per month, depending on experience.
  • The project will cover all accommodation, travel expenses and will offer a monthly per diem.
  • During the project, a rest and recuperation (R&R) period of 2 weeks (including travel time) will be incorporated every 3 months, aligning with the project’s workflow.

How to apply

Start Date: The role will commence by 1st March 2024.

Duration of Mission: 10 months preferable (6 months minimum)

Location: The normal working location will be in Juba, South Sudan, with extensive field visits to the five project locations.


Given the urgent deployment requirements for the Project Coordinator position, Groundwater Relief will close the application period early upon identifying a suitable candidate. We encourage you to submit your application at your earliest convenience. The closing date for this application is Monday 19th February 2024 at 9am GMT.

Please send your application for the role of Project Coordinator to [email protected].

Your application should consist of a covering letter detailing why you are suitable for this position (no longer than 2 pages), and your CV.

Interviews will be held quickly after the closing date.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact [email protected].

Deadline: 19-Feb-24

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