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Solidarités International seeks to recruit a wash project manager – Monguno, Nigeria

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FonctionsCoordination, Gestion de projet
ActivitésGénie civil, Hydraulique
PaysAfrique, Nigeria


About the mission in Nigeria

Solidarités International started in Nigeria over the summer 2016 with a single project. Then, the mission has quickly expanded and SI is now a major WASH and shelter actor in the Borno State.

The current political and military crisis has affected millions of lives in the area and SI is answering the needs of displaced populations and host communities in Borno State. The targeted areas of intervention are WASH, shelter, logistics, food security and livelihood.

In Nigeria, we currently run seven programs as follow :

  • Multi-sectorial project of 3 years in consortium with ALIMA in Monguno, Ngala and Askira/Uba ;
  • Logistic Platform project in Monguno ;
  • Emergency WASH and Shelter response in Monguno, Dikwa and Ngala ;
  • Emergency WASH in Health project funded in partnership with ALIMA in Maiduguri, Monguno and Dikwa ;
  • Integrated multi-sector lifesaving assistance to Conflict Affected Population in Maiduguri, Monguno and Dikwa ;
  • Emergency WASH response for vulnerable IPDs and host communities in Dikwa ;
  • Emergency WASH response for new onset manmade disaster Ngala LGA.

The mission has potential to continue developing relevant and mandate-based interventions to cover the humanitarian needs in the area and to ensure a real humanitarian impact. The team is staffed with very diverse profiles (former SI, former national staffs from several SI missions, various backgrounds and technicalities). Overall, the atmosphere is very good, people get along well and they love to play volleyball on Sundays.

Here are the key numbers and information about the mission :

  • 5 bases (Maiduguri, Abuja, Dikwa, Ngala and Monguno) plus Coordination Office in Maiduguri ;
  • The number of expatriates is around 20 ;
  • The national staff are approximately 190 ;
  • The total budget of the mission is around 7,7 million euros.

About the job…

The multi-sectorial programs cover targeted areas within two local government areas (LGAs) namely Monguno and Kukawa. It covers two related thematic areas: WASH and Shelter. WASH project activities include: boreholes drilling and rehabilitation borehole maintenance, multi-family, household and communal latrines construction, waste management activities, hygiene promotion in the camps and host communities. Under the shelter sector, the programs cover construction of transitional shelters and distribution of emergency shelter kits in Monguno.

In Monguno, the WASH PM manages a team composed of one PM assistant, two team leaders (Watsan/Shelter and HP/CM).  The technical team is composed of two shelters officers and three water/sanitation officers. The HP/CM team is composed of three community mobilizers and 10 hygiene promoters. Most of the staff have a minimum of six months in the organization and have good experience of the humanitarian work.


General objective of the WASH PM in Monguno :

  • Contribute to the development of the strategy for the site ;
  • Oversee implementation and monitoring of the projects ;
  • Manage and coach the operational program team ;
  • Ensure the attainment of high quality program deliverables and sustained relevance of the activities implemented as per Solidarités International’s and donor standards.


The main challenges :

  • Capacity building of the team including training and motivating the team ;
  • Managing activities in remote areas with access constraints that could affect project activity implementation time frames ;
  • Geological context of the regions: good drinking water can be only found in the middle and deep aquifer (about 400 meters below ground level) ;
  • Close follow up of contractors ;
  • Cholera outbreak is hitting hard Nigeria. The emergency team was deployed and carried out disinfections, case investigation, and targeted hygiene promotion. Pushing for a better coordination will be one of the main tasks as well for data harmonization/collection ;
  • There was a shift in the hygiene promotion strategy to adapt to the context and invest a more user-centered approach. This is not a familiar methodology for the teams, and therefore still a work in progress with need for continuous capacity building.

The specificity of this position is the wide range of skills needed, with a solid interweaving of the soft wash aspects and the hard wash aspects. Therefore, there is not only a need for good technicity, but also a need to understand well the context. As well, good teaching abilities are needed to pass down those skills to the team.

The mission has an outstanding potential, which needs to be further channeled and developed in several directions. Indeed, there are immediate needs (in IDPs camps) that require a quick response, but there are also long-term infrastructures that are been built and therefore need to have their management ensured on the long term.

Your profile

  • Masters’ degree or equivalent in related sectors of WASH, civil engineering, hydrogeology ;
  • Previous field humanitarian experience as a Wash program/project manager ;
  • Experience in tensed context in terms of security ;
  • Experiences in building small scale water distribution network, and used to civil engineering works ;
  • Strong knowledge of water network sizing and design (including building business plans and management system) ;
  • Electrical knowledge (solar supply sizing and installation) would be an asset ;
  • Good knowledge and experience on community based approached, social sciences methodologies, behavior change communication approaches, social marketing ;
  • Good and proven writing and spoken English are required ;
  • Strong HR management skills with field experience in delivering training and capacity building ;
  • Very strong proficiency in Excel, with good data treatment abilities ;
  • Autocad proficiency would be an asset ;
  • Anticipation and self-organization capacities ;
  • Great work and stress management capacities ;
  • Willingness to work in complex and volatile environments.

Familiarity with :

  • Hydrogeology and understanding of sedimentary aquifer systems including artesian systems ;
  • Borehole drilling and knowledge on heavy duty equipment and technics on deep boreholes ;
  • Sizing and implementation of solar powered pumping systems ;
  • Sizing and implementation of gravity-fed networks.

Living conditions

Expatriate staff live in a common guesthouse adjacent to the office. Food is cooked communally in a shared kitchen. Basic household commodities are available in the local market although additional items are procured from Maiduguri. Cognizant of the fluid security situation in the area, rules governing staff behavior and movement are in place. The security situation in the two LGAs of NE Nigeria keeps evolving. As a result, movement restrictions are in place and review frequently.

Si will offer you

A salaried post: according to experience from 1980 euros gross per month (1800 euros base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 600 USD.

Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs)

Application process

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English.

NB :  The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension.

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