Level   13

Reports to (Hierarchical)

Head of Mission

Reports to (Functional)

Logistics or Medical technical referent in the cell/ Logistics department or Watsan advisor

Job Family

Logistics or Medical or Operations

Main Purpose

As a member of the Country Management Team (CMT), being responsible for defining, developing and coordinating the Water Hygiene and Sanitation (Watsan) program in the mission, according to MSF protocols, standards and procedures in order to improve the health and living conditions of the target population (in contexts with a major Watsan program)


  • Defining the mission’s Watsan strategy and monitoring system for the Watsan needs in the country, ensuring the integration of the Watsan component in the mission activities as well as in the operational priorities as defined by management. Providing the required Watsan annual planning and project reporting, including budget planning. Collaborating with other members of CMT for quarterly, donor or local authorities reports
  • Ensuring initial assessments or exploratory missions in collaboration with medical teams, identifying Watsan needs in the country
  • Developing and leading appropriate Watsan responses in collaboration with CMT members (for but not exclusively in emergency scenarios)
  • Developing community participation strategies related to improvement of Watsan practices, engaging local authorities or other non-governmental actors to enhance cooperation, local ownership, and environmental scope of projects in the field
  • Undertaking and coordinating operational research work in relation to Watsan technical enquiries in the field, and contributing to Watsan institutional learning on aspects of emergency response and other environmental health themes (Under the guidance of the Watsan Referent in HQ) and ensuring multidisciplinary data availability, collection, analyses of any activity impacting health status of the affected population
  • Ensuring the availability of required Watsan materials and equipment in the mission in collaboration with the Logistics Coordinator and the Watsan Referent in HQ
  • Coordinating the implementation of centralized Watsan reporting systems, project standards and indicators (both qualitative and financial) in order to ensure quality, terms and costs in collaboration with the other CMT members Defining and evaluating the HR set-up related to Watsan team (team sizes, JD, organigrams, division of tasks and responsibilities), managing the different Watsan teams in the mission and participating in the selection, the follow-up (training-coaching) and evaluation of the staff under his/her supervision in close collaboration with the Administration Coordinator and CMT


  • Academic background in engineering or an equivalent relevant training
  • WHS in Emergencies Training within MSF is strongly recommended


  • Essential, at least 2 years of Watsan related professional experience, preferably within MSF
  • Experience in or familiar with implementing and promoting the use of two or more of the following activities (water supply, excreta disposal, waste and waste water management, vector control, and dead bodies management) in two or more different contexts (conflicts, natural disasters, refugee/IDP camps, etc.)
  • Desirable public health background or experience

Language Level Description

C1  Proficient User

Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Technical Skills

This job doesn't have technical skills.

Transversal Competencies

Strategic Vision

Has an overview and links current actions with organisational objectives

  • Contributes towards the global vision.
  • Relates the objectives of his/her project to MSF’s objectives.
  • Is able to distinguish between working activities that give value to MSF’s objectives and those that do not.
  • Sets and maintains an order of priorities in his/her work according to MSF’s strategic objectives. 

Service Orientation

Anticipates clients’ needs

  • Anticipates the need to offer information about the services provided.
  • Offers services that deliver added value to clients.
  • Responds to clients’ needs even when the demand is not explicit. 
  • Thinks about the effect of his/her actions on others.
  • Is proactive in ascertaining the future needs of clients and understanding their underlying needs. 

Teamwork and Cooperation

Builds team spirit within the organisation

  • Fosters and encourages collaboration between members of different teams, services and departments, even in difficult situations.
  • Explains to others (in meetings, speeches, etc.) the importance of working in teams.
  • Acts by example. 


Uses actions and indirect influences to persuade

  • Gives solid and coherent arguments to support his/her points to the interlocutor, stressing the key information.
  • Uses different communication tools and means (internal and external resources) to get the message across.
  • Selects communication strategies to have a persuasive impact on the interlocutor.
  • Seeks backup from experts and third parties to strengthen his/her point of view.
  • Manages his/her emotions. 

People Management and Development

Works on the growth and development of team members

  • Offers each team member an equal opportunity to succeed.
  • Publicly acknowledges good performance and positively reinforces it.
  • Considers the personal development of each team member and proposes an individual development plan. 

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