WASH Program Manager

Solidarités International
Sittwe, Myanmar
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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About the mission

SI has been in Myanmar since 2008. For the first three years SI worked in the Delta in response to the devastating Cyclone Nargis. In 2011, SI expanded to three new regions (Dry Zone, Rakhine, and Chin State) focusing on Livelihoods, Food Security, Shelter, and WASH. In January 2012 SI expanded to Kachin State to respond to an emergency situation created by the displacement of Kachin population affected by the arm conflict.

SI currently has a coordination base in Yangon, with field bases in the Rakkhine and Kachin States. In 2018, 17 international staff and 265 national staff are working within SI to implement 16 contracts (on-going or finished) in WASH, FSL, Emergency programs (NFI, Shelter, WASH, Food) funded by OFDA, DFID/HARP, ECHO, CIAA, Mairie de Paris (MDP), Centre de Crise (CDC), OCHA and UNICEF.

SI has 2 regional operational bases in Myanmar (with 2 Field Coordinators):

-       In Rakhine State - Sittwe regional base with three areas of intervention in Pauktaw, Rathedaung and Sittwe Townships. Sittwe regional base is composed of 203 national staffs and 7 expatriates.

-       In Kachin State - Bhamo regional base with 2 sub-bases in Lwegel and Myitkyina. Bhamo regional base is composed of 36 national staffs and 3 expatriates.

About the job:

The program manager is in charge of implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the proposals.

He/she is in charge of supervising the operational teams allocated to his/her program.

He/she guarantees the proper execution and the quality of the implemented program and, if applicable, suggests adjustments or developments to ensure its relevance.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Project relevance, quality and design
  • Implementation and operational monitoring
  • Capitalization
  • Personnel management
  • Reporting / communication / representation

ORG CHART POSITION (reporting and functional relationships)

Line manager:  Field coordinator/Deputy Field Coordinator for Program

Functional manager: WASH coordinator

The main challenges of the position are:

·         Management of a large program team

·         Capacity building in resources and installations management

·         Focus on an attentive external communication and coordination

·         Deal with logistics constrains in activities implementation

·         Deal with different grants and intervention areas

Your profile

Education: Academic and practical knowledge of water, sanitation and hygiene is essential. Degree in civil, environmental or construction engineering is essential.


  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant international WASH experience, preferably in emergency or humanitarian contexts
  • Experience in managing team in complex working environment
  • Previous experience in IDP camps and conflict/post-conflict contexts is highly preferred
  • Experience of budget management and donor compliance
  • A previous experience with SI is an asset

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Emergency water supply, sanitation and civil engineer competencies required
  • Strong external communication and coordination skills are required
  • Good knowledge of participatory methods for hygiene promotion (PHAST, CLTS) required
  • Previous experience with water networks is an asset
  • Knowledge in sludge treatment is an asset
  • Ability to manage and prioritize a high workload and multiple tasks with tight deadlines
  • A good understanding of humanitarian issues, including IDPs camp management;
  • Experience of establishing strong working relationships with heterogeneous stakeholders

Transferable skills:

  • Diplomacy and strong communication skills
  • Ability to take initiatives, decisions and work in autonomy
  • Good problem-solving skills in day to day and emergencies
  • Capacity to analyze and report on security
  • Capacity to work in remote areas with difficult access
  • An understanding of and commitment to SI’s mission and values


  • Good communication skills, with very good written and spoken English
  • Knowledge of Bengali, Burmese or Rakhine is an asset

Other desirable qualities:

Myanmar, or at least South-east Asia, experience is an asset.

SI will offer you:

A salaried post: according to experience from 1980 euros gross per month (1800 base salary + 10% annual leave).

A monthly Per Diem of 500 USD.

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.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. Our policy was just modified: from now on, Solidarités offers you 7 working days ever three months, with a 850 USD allowance for each break. In addition to these regular break, SI adds a day off per worked month. These days off as well as the breaks are not deducted from the paid leaves that are paid every months with your salary as they are offered by the organization.

Application process

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