WASH Project Manager

D.R. Congo


Field based position is based in Bunia, D.R.Congo.

Starting Date & Initial Contract Details

ASAP. Full time, 24 months. 

Role Overview

Working as a senior member of a diverse team who are committed to serve the world’s most vulnerable with practical and compassionate care the Wash Project Manager has a vital role to play in community mobilisation as well as access to safe water and sanitation for the target population. 

This involves effectively managing the assigned WASH and infrastructure project(s) in line with the objectives, budget and timeframe laid down in the proposal(s). The role also includes: 

Enhancing beneficiary participation, Managing and training local staff, Implementing control and quality procedures in cooperation with the M&E Manager and the Project Coordinator, Assessing, planning and initiating new infrastructure and WASH projects / proposals.

Project Overview

WASH projects to be implemented in Ituri Province alongside mainly emergency health focussed projects targeting displaced, war affected and vulnerable populations in NE Congo. Developmental typed projects aimed at long term and sustainable behaviour change in general population and state health employees to improve public health outcomes.

Our Culture

Key Activity Areas

Technical Management 

  • Be responsible for the implementation, management, supervision and support of the assigned infrastructure and/or WASH project(s) in line with the activity plan and time frame of the relevant project proposal(s) and any applicable national and international guidelines and standards as well as providing support to the WASH & Infrastructure Advisor in developing new standards 
  • Manage the quality construction of all infrastructure structures, ensuring good maintenance and sustainable processes are put in place especially helping to involve more the local communities drawing on similar experience in WASH projects, namely helping to improve the current committees setup 
  • Ensure that regular monitoring and evaluation assessments are conducted both against project objectives and to ensure the quality of the programme, with reports being made to the relevant field managers. This will be done through frequent visits to field locations and involve a lot of travelling 
  • Work towards the continual improvement of the processes and the technical implementation of the infrastructure WASH programme. In particular help implementing a better framework and give feedback on how to both have better ensure quality of the work being done while keeping paperwork to reasonable amount 
  • Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability (BA) in all aspects of the project. Help integrate beneficiary participation into the existing project(s) framework: committees, random selection of casual labourer for interview and help develop new ways in integrating BA into infrastructure project(s) 

Staff management 

  • Manage and oversee the assigned team including recruitment, day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc.  
  • Hold monthly team meetings with the assigned team(s), reviewing team and individual objectives, ensuring team members are kept informed of issues relevant to their work and providing an opportunity for feedback. Ensure the assigned team(s) members receive relevant and appropriate supervision, coaching, mentoring and training in order to develop their personal and professional skills, knowledge and understanding. This may be through on-the-job training and taught sessions 

Financial Management 

  • Work with the relevant field managers to plan, develop and manage budgets for the assigned project(s) 
  • Coordinate and oversee petty cash requirements of the assigned team(s), ensuring all required paperwork is completed accurately and in a timely manner 

Communication and Coordination 

  • Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the assigned team(s), Medair in-country and HQ managers and advisors and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. beneficiaries, community leaders, local and national government officials, UN agencies and other NGOs) 
  • Represent Medair at relevant local level coordination meetings involving local authorities, UN agencies and other NGOs 


  • Manage the correct and timely procurement (within budgetary constraints) of all necessary Infrastructure and WASH supplies and equipment for the assigned activities, ensuring minimum stocks are maintained and items are stored and distributed correctly and timely  
  • Ensure the careful use, regular servicing and appropriate replacement of all equipment, within budgetary constraints, for the assigned project(s) 

Quality Management 

  • Promote and use the Medair e-library and other operating procedures, ensuring that all standardised formats are used and guidelines are followed. Ensure that most up to date documents are used across the project(s) 
  • Implement, as far as is possible within operational constraints, relevant policies and standards relating to current operations including national, and international (e.g. Sphere and HAP) standards, donor guidelines and other good practice.  

Delegated Responsabilities 

  • Pro Achievement of the assigned project(s) outcomes within the budget and the agreed time frame 
  • Management of the relevant aspects of the budget for the assigned project(s) 

Team Spiritual Life 

  • Reflect the values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts. 
  • Work, live, and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings. Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement. 
  • Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international prayer network. 


  • Higher level qualification in a technical field, preferably in water and sanitation  
  • Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written). 

Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)

What is the ROC and why is it required?


  • 2 years post-qualification professional experience in a relevant field 
  • Computer literate with good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Outlook 
  • Strong Christian commitment. Passionate about serving the poor. Self-motivated 
  • Team-player with good inter-personal skills. Good communicator, able to pass on information efficiently. Willingness to support others and to share workload. Aptitude for community mobilisation and capacity-building 
  • Excellent organisational skills. Able to oversee multiple tasks. Able to prioritise clearly. Able to enforce procedures Able to set clear objectives for staff and to delegate. Committed to consultative and servant-minded leadership. Previous management / leadership experience. Able to take the initiative in project decisions 

All new deploying international staff to Medair’s country programmes (and other roles which require field travel) should be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID vaccine, supported with a COVID vaccination certificate as evidence.