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Syria WASH Adviser - Syria Response

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years


To provide guidance and overall technical support in enhancing World Vision Syria’s capacity in WASH programming.

To coordinate, manage resources and support the implementation of WASH activities to Syrian Refugees and host communities within Syria.


Program Development Leadership:

  • Facilitate and formulate the local WASH strategy within the framework of the country operational strategy.

  • Coordinate with the Global Centre and MEER regional office to ensure strategic alignment of the WASH sector.

  • Formulate guidelines, processes, measurements, and standards for the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of WASH projects in collaboration with other advisers and MEAL.

  • Design and carrying out assessments as needed in conjunction with Health and Nutrition.

Develop an integrated WASH plan, budget, program and detailed implementation plan that is aligned with:

  • Response strategy.

  • Coordinating mechanism strategy.

  • Sphere Standards.

  • WVI Child Well being outcomes.

  • WVI Humanitarian Accountability Framework.

  • Include sector focused advocacy issues and cross-cutting themes in design where appropriate.

  • Develop and implement sector plans with community engagement and utilizing Do No Harm approach.

  • Ensure that accountability mechanisms are in place for community and stakeholders feedback on sector as well as semi-annuals are reviewed with communities based on the concept of Community Based monitoring and evaluation.

  • Determine sector organizational structure and staffing plan and ensure reviewing/adjustments of JDs/ appropriate budgets as well as contribute in setting of performance indicators.

  • Contribute to the recruitment of relevant staff for each project.

  • Ensure sector programme and project logframes refer to technical standards, consider government standards, Sphere Standards, WVI Humanitarian Accountability and Protection and are aligned with the organization DADDs and sector packages.

  • Ensure that the compliances with grants, technical standards and budgets are met.

Leadership and Capacity Building:

  • Coach /mentor /manage the unit members: Delegation of authority/ responsibility with clear standards of accountability, etc.

  • Ensure that that all team members are providing proper leadership and support to the projects according to their area of expertise and based on a defined action plan with Sector Lead.

  • Work on empowering team members to take the appropriate decisions and actions and call for regular meetings for the unit staff.

  • Assist staff in understanding and adapting project models to local contexts in alignment with local strategy.

  • Identify the capacity needs in the areas of WASH programming and develop plans for building the capacity of the projects staff and partners in collaboration with P&C department and Program Managers.

  • Identify two focal persons in the field to build their specific capacities in the sector’s principles, minimum standards and other vital knowledge in order to have them as back-ups for the specialist’s role in case of transition needed and for more sustainability of programs / planning in the organization.

  • Build the capacities of partners (whether local government entities or at the national level as well as CBOs).

Leadership in the area of Relationship building, Networking and Fundraising:

  • Represent World Vision at interagency coordination and donor meetings on WASH.

  • To meet, build relationships and coordinate with the UN, NGO/INGOs and WASH fora.

  • Seek opportunities for interagency collaboration.

  • Strengthen and establish a strong network of national partners and stakeholders.

  • Liaise and network with other WV entities within the partnership for sharing and dissemination of best practices, information access, and resource acquisition.

  • Ensure WV’s WASH projects/programs are highlighted in the media in coordination with the communications department.

  • Share with management alarming trends or new parameters that could affect the implementation of current or future projects in a certain sector.

  • Work collaboratively with Grants Acquisition and Management team to develop WASH fundraising plan and support rollout of plan. This is likely to include donor positioning, donor interaction, strategy development, proposal submission

  • etc.

Learning and Research:

  • Ensure experiences and lessons learned are shared among the team of commodities field staff.

  • Collaborate with MEAL department, local and/or international research institutes in-country and identify potential opportunities for joint research initiatives.

  • Ensure accurate assessments are conducted in the relevant fields to come up with accurate findings when needed and evidence based information.

  • Ensure that reflection meetings are conducted on a regular basis to document lessons learned and make sure that these lessons learned, whether from previous or ongoing projects, are taken into consideration for future projects designs and implementation.

  • Identify new trends and opportunities to feed in new projects models or technical approaches.

  • Test new project models / technical approaches and/or new areas of coverage.

  • Share any alarming information or relevant one related to programming with the Response Sector in order to adjust or modify any necessary programming.

Support Implementation, Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Strengthen the quality of WASH interventions in coordination with operations staff, programme staff and DME.

  • Provide ongoing assistance and coaching to related field staff in order to ensure timely and quality implementation of projects ’activities.

  • Review and refine WASH programs including their budgets as and support baseline measurements.

  • Oversee the implementation of projects in WV’s area of intervention through establishing appropriate monitoring system in close collaboration with MEAL dept.

  • Provide technical input and recommendations to procurement activities related to services that affect the quality of WASH programs.

  • Review, analyze, and provide feedback on the WASH based component of program / projects reports (including assessment reports, PDDs, monitoring and management reports as well as evaluation reports).

  • Ensure compliance to organizational and donors standards in the management of WASH based programs.

  • Ensure quality and timely reporting in line with donors and SOs standards.

  • Intervene, when necessary, at procurement level, to facilitate/find solutions to material purchase difficulties or delays that are affecting the program quality implementation.

  • Assist in setting up appropriate indicators and tools for monitoring along with the M&E department and establish systems to extract relevant information when needed for each sector.

  • Review MEAL data with Programmes and Operations to make operational improvements.

  • Review context analysis with Programs for better adaptation to sector plan and implement early warning systems in all sectors to be able to detect any new context information.

  • Establish and implement internal monthly sector reporting system in coordination with DME.

  • Provide inputs for grants/donor and programme milestone reports to Programmes as per schedule as well as review all semi-annual and annual reports related to the sector.


  • Perform other duties as required from the Direct Supervisor.


  • Master Degree in a social science, Public Health or Water Management.

  • Excellent knowledge of English. Arabic knowledge would be an added value.

  • Excellent networker.

  • Ability to work in, and contribute to, a collaborative team-building environment.

  • Willingness and ability to travel to project areas frequently.

  • Excellent analytical/ problem solving skill and detail orientation.

  • Strong understanding of WASH processes and models.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in emergency and WASH.

  • Has experience in working with UN and/or INGO and other partners in the WASH sector.


  • Clear understanding of the workings of major donors.

  • Strong communication skills both oral and written.