Programme Manager (Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)) at International Organization for Migration

Position Title: Programme Manager (Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH))

Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3

Type of Appointment: Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 27 September 2022

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission and the direct supervision of the Emergency and Post-Crisis (EPC) Programme Coordinator, the Programme Manager (Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)) will contribute to the implementation of a growing WASH project portfolio in Ethiopia and support the effective implementation of IOM emergency WASH operations within the country.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Lead the development and execution of the overall WASH strategies, for IOM in Ethiopia, aiming towards integrated programming across the humanitarian, peacebuilding, and development nexus, with particular emphasis on protection and environmental health mainstreaming and risk mitigation.
  2. Lead the technical components of the WASH programme (including but not limited to: Emergency, Early Recovery, Development; Cluster Coordination and Gender-based violence (GBV) mainstreaming and response), and oversee compliance, ensuring the quality implementation of the required activities for the successful completion of the different project’s activities in line with donor requirements and IOM rules and regulations.
  3. Ensure sound financial management of projects to guarantee alignment with internal and donor requirements. Safeguarding that the budget lines are respected and monitor burn rates for the effective use of the funds.
  4. Ensure appropriate and timely resource mobilization for the successful implementation of WASH interventions. Manage and monitor technically and administratively the WASH teams in the country. Ensure that adequate and relevant capacity building are provided to the members of the team and transfer key skills.
  5. Ensure that the WASH programme is driven by a sound Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework that leads to continuous improvement and fine-tuning of systems and processes.
  6. Proactively identify programme development opportunities in Ethiopia, resource mobilization avenues, new thematic areas of technical intervention and strategic partnerships that would promote the expansion of IOM’s WASH portfolio and prepare proposals for funding.
  7. Liaise effectively with donors at local and regional levels to ensure good relationship aimed to strengthen the WASH programme in Ethiopia.
  8. Coordinate closely with the Programme Support Unit regarding project developments, monitoring and reporting. Develop internal tools for activities monitoring.
  9. Actively liaise with the WASH Cluster, other WASH agencies, government authorities/entities and any other relevant stakeholder to ensure that IOM technical activities are coordinated according to agreed standards, to avoid duplication, violation of national regulations or contravention of operational agreements set by the humanitarian community in Ethiopia.
  10. In coordination with the Resources Management Unit and Procurement and Logistics Unit, oversee all WASH programme related procurement efforts for supplies and services, ensuring that the processes are transparent and in line with IOM and donor’s regulations. Provide the necessary resources to effectively monitor all contractual agreements with service providers and/or implementing parties.
  11. Make sure that the relevant and necessary information is transmitted downstream to all the members of the WASH team on a timely manner. Prepare project reports, situation reports, programme updates as necessary and/or as requested by the management and ensure that all the project data and information is archived and shared appropriately.
  12. Ensure cross-cutting issues are integrated in the WASH programming such as GBV, Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), Disability Inclusion, Environment and other cross cutting issues related to mainstreaming in coordination with the Protection team.
  13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Public Health, or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.


  • Previous experience managing/coordinating WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene)programmes in emergency post-crisis context.
  • Experience working with UN agencies, an international organization or Non-governmental organizations (NGO).
  • Field experience in a complex humanitarian emergency or post-conflict environment.
  • Experience in environmental project implementation, including engineering and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) activities in the region.
  • Experience in partnership engagement and management.


  • Excellent organization and creative thinking skills
  • Excellent report writing and analytical skills, proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • In depth knowledge of the broad range of WASH and Shelter related subject areas dealt with by the Organization.
  • Good working knowledge of Ethiopia and the African region is an advantage.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of French, Spanish, and/or Ethiopian local languages is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (

Required Competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
  • Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required for individuals hired on or after 15 November 2021. This will be verified as part of the medical clearance process.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications HERE, via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 27 September 2022 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For further information please refer to:

No Fees:

IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

Requisition: VN 2022 306 Programme Manager (Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)) (P3) Addis

Ababa, Ethiopia (57761339) Released

Posting: Posting NC57761340 (57761340) Released

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