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Senior WASH Officer

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, the organization’s mission is the enduring purpose: to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster, including the climate crisis, to survive, recover and gain control of their future.

The IRC has been working in Somalia since 2006, providing essential services to conflict and disaster-affected communities. The IRC has been operational in Banadir (Mogadishu), Puntland, Galmudug, and Southwest State implementing interventions in the areas of livelihoods, WASH, governance, peacebuilding, women’s protection and empowerment, nutrition, education, and health reaching hundreds of thousands of conflict and drought affected people.


The Senior WASH Officer will be responsible for the overall planning, implementation, and monitoring of the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) program in the assigned location. This position reports to the WASH manager. The Senior WASH Officer will be responsible for supporting the field-based WASH team for the successful implementation of WASH project activities, including WASH infrastructure constructions and renovations in the project area, through the capacity advancement of WASH team members. The senior WASH officer will be supporting the WASH manager in all aspects of oversight, technical supervision, and management and providing input for the development of project technical proposals and reporting. He or she will represent the IRC’s WASH team in all the coordination during the absence of the WASH manager.


Program Management and Implementation

  • Develop annual and quarterly WASH program implementation plans and ensure timely implementation of activities in line with IRC and donor requirements.
  • Ensure the quality implementation of WASH activities in accordance with international standards and best practices.
  • Ensure that all WASH activities are implemented in a participatory and community-led manner with the active engagement of beneficiaries and local stakeholders.
  • Work with the WASH manager to identify opportunities for expanding WASH programs and services in the assigned locations.
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting on WASH program activities, including data collection and analysis and the compilation of regular progress reports.

Technical Support and Capacity Building

  • Provide technical support and guidance to IRC staff, partners, and community members on WASH program activities, including water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion.
  • Develop and deliver training programs on WASH topics, as needed, for IRC staff, partners, and community members.
  • Conduct regular field visits to monitor and support the implementation of WASH activities and provide technical advice and guidance to field staff and partners.
  • Ensure that all WASH activities are conducted in accordance with IRC and donor guidelines, policies, and procedures.

Coordination and Partnership

  • Represent IRC in WASH-related meetings with donors, government officials, and other stakeholders, as needed.
  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships with relevant government agencies, non-governmental organizations, IRC partners, and other stakeholders working in the WASH sector.
  • Work closely with other IRC sectors to ensure integrated programming and effective coordination of activities.

Budget and resource management

  • Monitor WASH program budgets and expenditures and ensure that all activities are implemented in accordance with budgetary and financial guidelines.
  • Support the development of WASH program budgets and proposals for new funding opportunities.
  • Ensure that all WASH program assets and resources are utilized effectively and efficiently, and that inventory and asset records are maintained.


  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, environmental health, public health, or a related field
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in implementing WASH programs in emergency and/or development contexts.
  • Experience in managing grants from institutional donors such as BMZ and GFFO, DFID, UNICEF, and/or ECHO.
  • Strong technical expertise in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion.
  • Excellent project management, capacity-building, and training skills.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, multicultural environment.
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required. Knowledge of local languages is an advantage.

How to apply

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Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Diversity and Inclusion: at IRC, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. Organizations that are diverse in age, gender identity, race, physical or mental ability, nationality, and perspective are validated to be better organizations. More importantly, creating a safe workspace environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best is the right thing to do. So, bring your whole self to work.

Female Candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. In keeping with our core values of Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality, IRC strives to maintain a work environment built on mutual respect in which all individuals treat each other professionally, and free of bias, prejudice, and harassment. IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of IRC Persons in any work setting. All IRC staff, wherever they are located, are accountable for creating an environment free of discrimination, harassment, bullying, and retaliation.

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