WASH PROGRAM MANAGER (M/F) – GENEINA- Solidarites International


Job Describtion

Job numberSRH04610
Domaine de competenceWater Sanitation and Hygiene promotion
Type de posteOverseas missions
Contract TypeShort term contract


Desired start date:


Duration of the mission:

12 months

Location: Geneina-West Darfur:

Following fighting between the Tigrayan Forces (TPLF) and the Ethiopian Armed Forces (EAF), many Ethiopians fled the hostilities and sought refuge in eastern Sudan. Today there are more than 50,000 refugees, most of whom are in different locations: Tunaydbah, Um Rakuba, Village 8, Hamdayet and Babikri. All along 2021 SI was working mainly in Tunaydbah and launched wash activities in the new camp of Babikri in October – November.

Also, a wash in health program in consortium with PUI and funded by AICS (Italian Cooperation) was launched un July 2021 and will be over end of March 2022.

In terms of wash in camps for 2022, HCR will fund SI in Babikri Camp (approx. 2500 individuals) and other donors are under identification (SHF, CIAA, ECHO) for Gedaref and West Darfour. Main activities implemented in Gedaref are: Latrines construction, supply water through water system, HP, solid waste management, wash in health (in 4 health centers: hardware and HP) and potentially Water trucking in case of needs (contingency funded by HCR).

In Geneina, proposal are under finalization. Proposed activities are related to support in terms of WASH in urban and camps context for IDPs (currently 100 000 IDPs in Geneina).


General objectives

The program manager is responsible for implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the operation proposals. (S)he is responsible for overseeing operational teams assigned to the program, and guarantees the good performance and the quality of the program(s) implemented, and, where appropriate, proposes adjustments or developments to ensure relevance

Specific stakes and challenges

Although Sudan has been opening up more widely to International NGOs for the past two years, it is still governed by strict rules and INGOs’s access depends on Public Institutions (visa, authorization to work, to travel, to recruit national staff etc…). The HAC (Humanitarian Aid Commission) is an essential partner, the only entry point for INGOs to work in Sudan.

The recent coup of 2021 October 25th lead to a high level of uncertainty in terms of Governance as well as donor’s strategy (especially for long terms project). Military power remains contested by an important part of the population and regular demonstrations are organized, mainly in Khartoum.

Part of that, the security situation in Khartoum remains calm in areas not concerned by the demonstration. Internet / phone network can be cut during demonstration but alternative system of internet connection allow to keep a correct connection.

In Gedaref, the current specific situation at the border with Ethiopia needs to be carefully monitored. The Sudanese army has taken back its agricultural land from the area of al-Fashaga used by the Ethiopians (a disputed area for 20 years). On both sides, the militaries have strengthened their presence. Transportation to Gedaref is by the road, for a 7 hours journey.

In west Darfour, pic of intercommunal violence end of 2020 and end of 2021 had lead to massive displacement of population in Geneina and surrounding localities. The follow up of the security dynamic in this complex and volatile context is utmost important in terms of access, communication with local authorties (HAC) and partners. Transportation to Geneina, main city of West Darfour, is organized by UNHAS flight.

More specifically, the WASH PM for Geneina will be responsible for the implementation of at least one (and probably two complementary) projects in opening up the area for SI. Thus, in addition to living along with the difficulties associated with the deteriorating local security and political situation, the PM will have to build (with the help of the FC and the entire Geneina and coordination team) the operational capacity of SI in the area. The PM may also be mobilised for additional diagnostic sessions.

Priorities for the 2 first months :

  • Team recruitment (expected to be launched as soon as ECHO/CDCS projects are confirmed);
  • Program kickoff:

Field coordination (in link with the FC) with NRC to reassess the intervention area. Eventually the PM could be mobilized by the FC for rapid assessment in potential new intervention areas;

Prepare operational and financial management tools;

As a priority and according to the new needs assessment, prepare the response in terms of emergency water distribution (identification of suppliers, sizing of water supply systems, etc.);

  • Technical detailed assessment;
  • Preparation of the implementation of non-priority activities (latrines, waste management, hygiene promotion);



  • At least one year of experience as program manager in humanitarian environments or similar position
  • At least one year of experience as water and sanitation technician or engineer in professional environments or similar position
  • Experience in WASH project management is an asset
  • Substantial experience in a management position in an overseas NGO environment,
  • Strong skills in water network, hydraulic and drilling;
  • Experience in capacity buildings of teams;
  • Skills in humanitarian analysis and external representation
  • Experience in Mozambique is an asset

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge about project cycle management and monitoring tools
  • An ability to analyze information quickly and accurately
  • Good problem solving skills in day to day and crisis situations
  • A flexible approach to managing and prioritizing a high workload and multiple tasks with tight deadlines
  • Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office, Excel, autocad and epanet
  • Extensive report writing skills in English


English is mandatory. Speaking Arabic is a strong asset.

Other desirable qualities:  leadership and management / coordination with partners / planning and prioritization / flexibility / capacity to work under stress / solution making oriented / Team player


A salaried post:

According to experience, starting from 1 800 euros gross per month (+ 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem.
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL also covers accommodation costs in the Guest House and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.


 During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every three months (with 850 USD allocated by SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL). To these break periods, one additional rest day per month worked are granted.

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.


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

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

For further information about Solidarités International, please consult our website:  http://www.solidarites.org/en/

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