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27 Nov 2018

WASH Cluster Co-Lead (national position)

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Job Description


General information:

  • Organization: Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH)
  • Position: WASH Cluster Co-Lead (national position)
  • Location: Mogadishu
  • Job terms: 3 months, probation with possible extension
  • Starting date: December 2018 / January 2019

About PAH:

Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) is a non-governmental organization which mission it is to make the world a better place. For over 20 years, we have been providing relief in big and small emergencies worldwide alongside with running long-term missions in several countries in crisis. Our interventions – of both humanitarian and development character – have been carried out in 44 countries so far. Our focus is on ensuring sustainable and stable development of regions suffering the consequences of war and/or natural disasters. We possess long-standing expertise in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), but also implement projects in Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), as well as Nutrition and Education. For more information, please refer to

PAH Mission in Somalia:

PAH has been present in Somalia since 2011. With WASH and Nutrition programs PAH supported people from the most vulnerable communities in different regions in Somalia. Our primary focus was to provide safe drinking water through rehabilitation water infrastructure, constructing water distribution systems, and constructing rain water reservoirs. In our work we also focus on other WASH components such as improvement of sanitary conditions, hygiene promotion to make our WASH interventions fully comprehensive. We are implementing ECHO projects targeting the most vulnerable IDP communities in Mogadishu and around as well as UNICEF WASH projects in rural communities and key community institutions in Banadir, Lower Shabelle, Middle Shabelle and Galmudug.

Somalia WASH Cluster.

The Somalia WASH Cluster strives to build upon existing coordination structures making principled WASH action as local as possible to provide timely, effective and appropriate actions to minimize the health impacts of humanitarian and public health emergencies through strengthening of service delivery, addressing gaps, and promoting effective leadership.

The Somalia WASH Cluster will advance the well-being, safety, dignity and resilience of the affected population through coherent, coordinated and integrated WASH response.

Effective and efficient cluster management is a shared responsibility held by all WASH Cluster partners. The WASH Cluster team, led by the WASH Cluster Coordinator, are the impartial representatives of the cluster as a whole and are responsible for the day-to-day coordination and facilitation of the work of the cluster.

The overall objective is to ensure the WASH Cluster is functionally achieving effective humanitarian coordination in the field of WASH response in Somalia. The specific objective of the agreement is to ensure an active involvement of NGO WASH stakeholders in cluster activities to ensure a coherent and effective response by WASH partners in a strategic manner to a humanitarian crisis.

The three expected results are as follow:

  • NGOs concerns and priorities are adequately brought up to WASH co-lead
  • WASH stakeholders are encouraged to participate in WASH cluster events
  • WASH cluster coordination effectiveness is reinforced

Purpose of the position.

The WASH Cluster Co-lead will be expected to work under the day to day leadership and supervision of the WASH Cluster Coordinator to support the implementation of, monitor and evaluate performance against the six core cluster functions and accountability to affected populations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to strengthening pre-existing sectoral coordination by maintaining appropriate links and dialogue with national and local authorities, local civil society and other relevant actors.
  • Contribute to lead and/or co-lead and conduct WASH needs assessment with the WASH partners and other sectors in particular but not limited to Health, Nutrition, Food Security, protection and CCCM/Shelter.
  • Contribute effectively to inter-cluster coordination forums and cooperate with other clusters, Government counterparts, and relevant authorities (as appropriate) in planning, coordination, and operational activities, ensuring that the NGO community is contributing to and sharing responsibilities.
  • Ensure protection and early recovery are mainstreamed and awareness of the different needs and capacities of women, girls, boys and men of all ages, people with disabilities and other diversity characteristics are informing what we do, how we do it and with whom to promote meaningful access, safety and dignity in all phases of the WASH sector response (see note of CoP/GBV below).
  • Participate actively in gap analysis, priority setting reinforcing the complementarity of partner actions by avoiding duplication and gaps.
  • Contribute to ensuring adequate reporting and effective information sharing, reflecting the agreed minimum standards are in place and that all partners contribute on a regular basis to enable appropriate monitoring and evaluation and review the impact of the cluster activities and progress against the strategic WASH Cluster objectives.
  • Participate in reviews of coordination mechanisms and their adaptation over time to reflect the evolving crisis and the capacities of local actors.
  • Co-facilitate regular WASH Cluster meetings, ensuring that discussions are participatory and results-oriented.
  • Promote/support training and capacity building of WASH sector personnel, of partners and national authorities.
  • Represent the interests of the WASH Cluster in discussions with stakeholders on priorities, resource mobilization and advocacy.
  • Ensure adequate contingency planning and preparedness for new emergencies and seasonal adaptation of responses that reflect the actual and potential to scale-up capacities of all partners (local and international).
  • Act as a focal point for receiving NGO concerns in order to raise these with the WASH Cluster Coordinator and the Cluster Lead Agency to strengthen accountability and transparency of the cluster’s decisions and work.
  • Act as WASH Cluster Coordinator Officer in Charge whenever needed.
  • Will be the focal point within the cluster for emergency preparedness and capacity building, with the support of the WASH Cluster team.


General qualifications

  • Be committed to putting aside their NGO’s organizational interest and work on behalf of all cluster members equally
  • Be technically competent in the cluster systems, procedures and governance structures.
  • Able to maintain good relationships with all relevant stakeholder counterparts.
  • Be able to work with diverse stakeholders to develop consensus.
  • Understand and have experience in setting, chairing and preparing minutes of meetings.
  • Know how to present ideas effectively and clearly while listening and acknowledging others’ perspectives and views.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the international humanitarian response and coordination mechanisms, and humanitarian reform.
  • Able to take into consideration the interests of NGOs (international and national) while advocating or lobbying for any cause. The cluster is guided by the principles of neutrality, impartiality and advocacy for all.
  • Able to represent the cluster at any forum.
  • Demonstrate personal and professional integrity in all interactions.
  • Able to provide effective leadership.
  • Pro-active.

Specific qualifications

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

  • Advanced University degree in WASH with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in Humanitarian assistance.
  • Strong leadership and coordination skills.
  • Considerable relevant field experience in WASH projects in humanitarian and development programs preferable with non-governmental organizations and in more than one country.
  • Experience and/or understanding of WASH related issues in humanitarian and development context.
  • Experience in management and capacity building of teams in complex contexts.
  • Proven record of training/skills development of individuals and teams, including partner organizations.
  • Proven ability to analyse complex humanitarian and recovery contexts at local and national level, monitor changes and translate into appropriate strategic planning
  • Good assessment, analytical, monitoring and evaluating and planning skills and project management skills to enable program delivery.
  • Ability to consolidate and triangulate information received from various sources
  • Good communication skills
  • Working experience in Yemen is preferred

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit an application form here  or

including the following documents prepared in ENGLISH:

  • Resume including relevant information on your education and so far work experience;
  • Cover letter summarizing your motivation to join PAH’s team and indicating your experience and skills that you consider useful for this position.

Deadline for applying is December 13th 2018.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited for interviews and tests. Interviews for shortlisted

candidates are planned in Mogadishu. Candidates interested in the position must be ready to attend the

test and interview in Mogadishu. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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