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WASH Manager at IRC – KENYA


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3 Year
Male, Female, Both
Bachelor Degree


  • Organization: IRC – International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Lodwar
  • Grade: Mid level – Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Managerial positions


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is global humanitarian help, relief, and improvement non-governmental organization. It was founded in 1933 as the International Relief Association and altered its name in 1942 after amalgamating with the alike Emergency Rescue Committee. The IRC answers to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and assists people to survive and rebuild their lives by restoring health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to mankind. The organization provides assistance in different areas such as primary health care, reproductive health care, environmental health, child survival, blindness treatment and prevention, and assistance for victims of sexual violence. The IRC has a high rating for accountability and finance.


The duties for WASH Manager at IRC – KENYA are:

Project planning and design

  • Spearheaded rapid/field needs review including Baseline surveys in WASH activities and determining most technically proper water supply and sanitation options.
  • Guide in the design and development of relevant specifications for WASH initiatives.
  • Develop and implement an appropriate and effective WASH strategy in consultation with other WASH staff and field managers.
  • Help in the identification of and planning for disaster risks.

Project performance 

  • Handle the WASH projects to meet the project objectives within the approved budgets and time frame.
  • Continuously observe and supervise WASH activities, overseeing the technical design, execution, and evaluation of progress.
  • Check and approval of tender documents including technical specifications, bill of quantities, drawings, and terms of reference.
  • Assure integration of DRR, beneficiary participation and accountability mechanisms in all aspects of the project.

Project monitoring and evaluation

  • In consultation with MEAL develop a robust monitoring and evaluation framework within the required standards.
  • Manage WASH activities in strict adherence to IRC Kenya, Kenya government regulations, the donor’s guidelines, and the humanitarian standards.
  • Assure timely delivery of projects activities including payments to suppliers, consultants, and contractors.
  • Assure that up to date project documents are in place including approved work plans, log frame, risk matrix, detailed project performance plan and financial forecasts.
  • Assure water safety and disaster risk management plans for the water supply projects are in place.

Fundraising and networking

  • Develop new proposals, linked to the country SAP, in consultation with the appropriate managers.
  • Partake in relevant networks to ensure IRC is appropriately represented with regard to humanitarian interventions, including relevant UN cluster meetings and line ministries.


  • Assure accurate and timely reporting of WASH interventions including progress reports, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and end of projects reports in accordance with donors’ and IRC Kenya requirements.
  • Provide regular updates on WASH activities and program progress against the work plan as may be required.

Staff Administration 

  • Provide mentorship and specialized supervision for WASH staff including day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc.
  • Simplify regular meetings to assist information sharing between project staff, to assure all staff members are aware of project objectives, progress, and current work plans and to provide the opportunity for feedback.



The requirements for WASH Manager at IRC – KENYA are:

  • Degree in Water Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering, public health, or connected major.  A minimum of Three years’ experience working/programming in WASH, emergencies.
  • Minimum of 3 years appropriate work background in ASAL
  • Background working within a management role in an emergency response.
  • Background working with infectious diseases, particularly in CTCs or with hemorrhagic fever.
  • Demonstrated skills in specialized design and costing of civil engineering works related to community-based water supply and sanitation facilities.
  • Background in community engagement approaches, participatory approaches, and community negotiation
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and sustain effective working relations with a team.
  • Capability to conduct community WASH needs assessment, program planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of WASH activities.
  • Good knowledge of SPHERE and other humanitarian standards
  • Adequate computer application skills (MS-Office, CAD, application software to engineering designs)
  • Background working in multi-cultural (particularly pastoralists in Northern Kenya), multi-disciplinary staff will be an advantage.


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