Emergency WASH Advisor


Job Description


Work Location : Kenya - Nairobi Type of Post : Unaccompanied Other Possible Location : Remote Work Location Funding : APPROVED Expected Travel : up to 50% Type of Contract : Language Requirement : English Application Deadline : Employee Duration : Short Term Contract

CARE USA provides leadership for global teams of technical advisors in CARE’s core Emergency sectors of WASH, Emergency Food Security and Health Equity and Rights. The Emergency WASH team sits within the Humanitarian Affairs Department and also works closely with development WASH colleagues in Food and Water Systems.

CARE is seeking an Emergency WASH Advisor, who will provide specialized support to CARE emergency WASH programs. The role will be responsible for ensuring a quality, gender-sensitive approach to CARE’s emergency WASH programming by: deploying to Emergency Response locations to assess, Design and implement emergency WASH programs which are acknowledged as sector-leading in respect to the different needs of women, men, girls and boys, and other vulnerable groups; providing remote support to CARE offices on emergency WASH issues.

The incumbent of this position will be required to travel for up to 60% of the time on emergency response deployments at short notice for periods of up to 8 weeks at a time. Travel could include Capacity Building and Emergency Preparedness support to Country Offices, CARE emergency team meetings, trainings, and external events.


Ensure that country offices and CI members receive technical assistance in the emergency WASH sector in order that CARE interventions meet established quality criteria. Deploy as necessary to provide technical assistance in country. Capacity building of CARE Country Offices on emergency WASH. Support to emergency WASH team knowledge management priorities on areas including environment, Disaster Risk Reduction and WASH nexus. Proactive and regular liaison with other sectoral teams (shelter, food security and sexual and reproductive health) to ensure integrated humanitarian response.


At least five years cumulative experience in emergency response / humanitarian aid, with exposure to preparedness, response and Disaster Risk Reduction as well as academic qualifications, preferably to Masters level, in a relevant field (development studies, public health engineering, public health, gender studies, Community Development etc.). Demonstrated ability to design and manage appropriate emergency WASH programs, with specialist skills in hygiene promotion, public health engineering, or WASH Coordination, or (ideally) a combination of these. Proven experience of, and a passion for, gender in emergencies especially gender mainstreaming including WASH assessment, implementation of specific gender equality WASH programming, monitoring and evaluation, and an understanding of gender-based violence in the context of WASH emergencies. Understanding of research, innovation and learning methodologies in the emergency WASH sector, and a proven track record of supporting the planning, implementation, evaluation, documentation and presentation of field-based applied WASH research. Excellent representation and negotiation skills with stakeholders including donors, the WASH Cluster, the UN and other INGOs. Demonstrated high level of communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to create and foster collaborative and productive relationships with internal clients and external organizations. Highly desirable language skills: English fluency and preferably a second relevant language (e.g. French, Spanish or Arabic). Proven leadership ability and personal attributes of a high order including, strong initiative and drive and, a record of innovation and achievement, and influencing skills. Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to challenges, with the ability to work independently in a geographically dispersed team as well as to work effectively in a small, diverse and busy team environment, occasionally in difficult circumstances with poor living conditions.

* Remote to CARE USA hub countries.

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