Country WASH Advisor

Save the Children, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th June, 2015

Job Description

The role

  • The WASH Advisor is responsible for all technical aspects of the Sierra Leone WASH program and providing technical oversight on the Ebola response program.
  • The WASH Advisor is tasked with external facing work, including liaising with MoWR, MoHS, MEST, UNICEF and other WASH agencies working in Sierra Leone.
  • Internally, the WASH Advisor is tasked with liaising with Save the Children's Health, Education, Child Protection and FSL teams to ensure appropriate integrated programming.

Qualifications and experience


  • Prior experience of working within a senior management role within a complex country program.
  • Education to Masters level in Public Health, Civil or Water Engineering, or a related subject, or equivalent field experience
  • Previous experience in an advisory role for a WASH team at national level, including international and national staff members
  • Previous experience of WASH project management and program coordination, implementing WASH programs within donor constraints, on time and within budget
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Demonstrated monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff in WASH technical skills
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent Save the Children effectively in external forums.
  • Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children's mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Previous experience and knowledge of West Africa.
  • Previous experience of health care facility water, sanitation, wastewater and waste disposal and management.
  • Knowledge of Save the Children systems and ways of working.


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