National WASH Cluster Coordinator - Kabul

National WASH Cluster Coordinator

Activation Date: 28 Aug, 2017   Announced Date: 28 Aug, 2017   Expire Date: 11 Sep, 2017


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Employment Type:

Full Time


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Years of Experience:

Bachelor degree 7 years and Master degree 5 years

Contract Duration:

2 year




Bachelor degree 7 years and Master degree 5 years experience.

Close date:

11 Sep, 2017


About RU-WatSIP / MRRD:

Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) is mandated, alongside other rural development programs, to lead Water Supply, sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities through Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Department Ru-WatSIP. Monthly coordination meeting of Water and Sanitation Group (WSG) was transferred from UNICEF to MRRD in 2004. Recently MRRD has been assigned by the Presidential Office to become Deputy of Emergency Response Committee, ‘Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority’. Therefore the proposal to transfer the WASH Cluster Coordination Leadership (WCCL) responsibilities from UNICEF to MRRD is within the national mandate of MRRD and is also in line with the proposition made in the Humanitarian Architecture Review of 2015. There is a growing Global notion and trend that the national capacity needs to be strengthened to impart the overall sectoral (development and humanitarian) leadership to national bodies so that emergency preparedness and response becomes part of agenda of resilient development for sustainable development of the sector. The proposed transition of Cluster leadership role to MRRD is a step forward towards this goal.

The Ru-WatSIP as a department that coordinates the activities in the rural WASH sector and is therefore the appropriate department to take the WASH Cluster Coordination leadership. The main responsibility of this department is to ensure the provision of safe and potable water and sanitation facilities as a basic human need for all rural inhabitants in the country that represents over 75% of the national population. Many donors such as USAID, UNICEF, UNHCR, SDC, DFID, Japan Embassy, UAE and UNDP are providing financial assistance to MRRD for capacity building and implementation of water supply and sanitation projects. The department provides leadership and has a regulatory and coordination role in the Rural WASH sector as laid out in the Rural WASH Policy 2016 that is in the final stage for approval.

Being a national level technical department for Ru-WatSIP, it is also rightly placed to coordinate in emergencies with Department of Public Works that oversees the urban and/town water supply and sanitation infrastructure.  

This ToR replaces the previous  one that was agreed in late 2015 based on which a national WASH Cluster Co-lead was recruited. However, after nearly one year’s of implementation, both the Cluster, cluster lead agency UNICEF and MRRD   realized that there is a need for a dedicated national co-lead that can spent 100 percent of his/her time in supporting and championing the transition process; especially by strengthening the sub-national (provincial capacity) to prepare and respond the emergency in an efficient and coordinated manner. This notion was further ingrained by the national level WASH Cluster capacity gap analysis that identified dedicated national coordinator as one of the most important bench mark or prerequisites of the transition agenda that envisages to transfer of cluster leadership to MRRD in two years’ time, by end of 2018.

The overall purpose of national Cluster co-lead’s position in MRRD is to work together with UNICEF supported Cluster coordinator in putting in place all the prerequisites/ benchmarks and associated actions identified in the leadership transition roadmap (draft), see attached. The national co-lead will progressively take the coordination leadership role from UNICEF already beginning from early 2018 leading to an eventual replacement by Dec 2018. A thorough review of implementation of transition roadmap and readiness of MRRD in assuming coordination leadership role is expected in July – August 2018. Upon satisfactory outcome of this review, UNICEF intends to withdraw cluster leadership role effective 1 Jan 2019 and the national co-lead will be the full-fledged Cluster Coordinator.     

Job Description:

Terms of Reference

The National WASH Cluster Co-lead (NWCC) based in RuWatSIP of MRRD will act a Focal Point of MRRD for WASH Cluster and lead the cluster agenda in Emergency Preparedness and Response on behalf of MRRD for WASH in Emergency (WinE) with the following key responsibilities:


1. Facilitate inclusion of WinE agenda in national policy, strategies and actions:

Work together with Cluster Coordinator and cluster partners in developing WASH in Emergency National Guidelines and support its dissemination and implementation;
Support development /dissemination of needs assessment and humanitarian response performance monitoring tools;
Actively engage in implementing the Cluster Leadership Transition Roadmap in close collaboration with Cluster Coordinator including sound follow-up with MRRD in fulfilling their commitments on the roadmap;
Regularly update RuWatSIP (MRRD) on key WASH Cluster issues and developments through regular participation in the WASH Sector Group (WSG) meetings
In close collaboration with Cluster Coordinator, support MRRD in building the DRR agenda in the RuWatSIP strategies and guidelines and follow-up its implementation;
Act as a focal point of MRRD for WASH in Emergency (WinE) to coordinate and collaborate with other WASH sector agencies, e.g. MoPH, MoE, ANDMA, Municipal WASH departments etc.   
Promote and convene the national WinE coordination platforms with relevant national agencies and advocate / facilitate the inclusion of WinE related clauses and articles in related policies and strategies. 


2. Maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms:

Support good coordination between all WASH humanitarian partners (NGOs, INGOs, International Red Cross/Red Crescent societies, UN agencies and Govt. agencies related to WinE), through effective maintenance of Cluster /sector coordination mechanisms, including working groups at the national and sub-national levels;
Actively participate in WASH Cluster monthly (and ad hoc meetings as necessary), this includes drafting agenda, reviewing meeting minutes and facilitating meetings as necessary;
Promote and secure commitments from partners in responding to needs and filling gaps through appropriate distribution of responsibilities;  Support in maintain the information on all current and potential WASH partners, their capacities and areas of work (including Who, What , Where and by When);
Support and actively participate (and lead as appropriate) in WASH working groups such as Technical Working Group, Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) as necessary;
Promote WASH emergency response actions while at the same time considering WASH within early recovery planning as well as prevention and risk reduction concerns;
Ensure effective links with other Cluster and sector working groups for promoting DRR and resilience;
Support in adaptation of WASH coordination mechanisms over time to reflect the capacities of local actors and the engagement of development partners;
In absence of WASH Cluster Coordinator (WCC) during the transition period assume/ handle his/her duties and responsibilities  including chairing the cluster meetings and setting agendas
Participate in the inter-cluster coordination and other forums such as inter-agency and inter-sector rapid assessments missions and follow-up action;
Represent WASH Cluster sectoral and inter-sector meetings in OCHA and other UN and Non-UN forums as agreed with the WCC; 


3. Strengthen coordination with national/local authorities and other local actors:

Support and strengthen appropriate links with national and local authorities, state institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors and facilitate appropriate coordination and information exchange with them.
Support WCC and co-leads in ensuring appropriate links with national and local authorities including ANDMA in order to foster good coordination and information exchange.  


4. Strengthen application of standards, promotion of participatory approaches and inclusion of crosscutting issues:

Support WASH cluster/sector participants (especially the national/local agencies such as MRRD/PRRD) in awareness and application of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards and commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law;
Ensure partners are aware of and apply the SPHARE and National WinE Guidelines and Standards (being drafted) based on international standard in response planning and execution;
Support partners (including PRRD) applying appropriate approaches and tools including participatory and community based approaches in relation to humanitarian needs assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and responses.
Support integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues in WASH assessments, analysis, planning, monitoring and response (e.g. age, diversity, environment, gender, HIV/AIDS and human rights, disability and accessibility (WASH inclusion) , and environment, transparency and accountability);


5. Planning, needs assessment, response strategies and delivery:

Support in developing tools for effective and coherent WASH assessment and analysis, involving all relevant partners.
WASH assessment and analysis; development (adaptation of generic standards) of standard assessment formats;
Support collating and analyzing WinE data to prepare a appropriate dashboard and 3Ws (maps) depicting progress (achievements) and gaps in WinE;
Working together with WCC conceptualize how sectoral needs can be met through collective preparedness and delivery;
Develop/update WASH response strategies and action plans and ensuring that these are adequately reflected in the overall country strategies such as the Humanitarian Need Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).
Drawing from the lessons learned review WASH cluster progress and performance to inform the revision of strategies and action plans accordingly;


6. Capacity building at national and sub-national level in WASH EPR:

In coordination of WCC, lead the efforts of strengthening the WASH ERP capacity of the sub-national partners (especially PRRDs) and civil society with a particular focus on disaster and conflict prone provinces.
Actively engage in supporting the training of PRRD and other local partner staff in WinE based on the capacity gap analysis and understanding of local needs;
Lead in effective rolling out of WASH interagency contingency planning (IACP) at provincial level (establishing and periodic update of (IACP);
Support and monitor the regular (monthly or bi-monthly) WinE coordination meetings in high risk provinces;
Work together with WCC in establishing the information management system within MRRD for WinE, including recruitment and training of MRRD based Information Management Officer  (IMO)


7. Advocacy and resource mobilization:

Support WCC in identifying core WASH advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the HC, donors and other actors;
Work together with MRRD/ Ru-WatSIP in advocating the set-aside budget allocation for WinE (including imbedding of national cluster coordinator and IMO position in MRRD through internal resources);
Gradually engage in advocating cluster priorities and gaps with HC, HCT, OCHA and donor community to mobilize resources. 


8. Observing neutrality, impartiality and inclusiveness in emergency preparedness and response:  

Ensure inclusion of key WASH humanitarian partners in a way that respects their mandates and programme priorities
Act as national focal point for inquiries on the needs, gaps and WASH cluster’s response plans and operations;
Working closely with WCC and co-leads identify ways to reach out WASH response in areas that are considered high security risk and geographically remote and difficult to access.   


9.  Reporting and supervision:

The national co-lead will work based on the monthly work plan informed by WASH Cluster operational plan, transition roadmap and cluster strategy;

Working closely with WCC, the national co-lead will report to the Director of Ru-WatSIP through monthly report and debriefing.

Job Requirements:

Qualifications/ Experience, Skills & Abilities Required:

Master’s degree in subjects/ areas of Environmental Engineering, Public Health (MPH), Hygiene Promotion, Civil or Public Health Engineering, or Anthropology or Management or any other relevant field with 5 years working experience or having bachelor’s degree with 7 years relevant experience. Note, substantial experience may substitute for higher degree qualification.
Practical experience of coordination or management in a relevant field and organization (INGOs, NGOs, UN agencies or Government) with some experience of working rural areas of Afghanistan.
Desirable to have a working experience with international or national humanitarian agencies in Afghanistan;
Ability to work independently and with minimal guidance and ability to lead and guide others
Should have proven communication, coordination and negotiation skills; 
Proficiency in Spoken and Written English is essential.
Fluent in at least one of the national language of Afghanistan, Dari or Pashto.
Computer skills particularly using internet, MS Office and proven typing skills

Ability to travel to provinces frequently and stay in for a prolonged period (at least one week at a time). 


Submission Guideline:

Interested Afghans with the required qualifications and experience should submit their applications electronically through
While submitting your applications please mention the Title of the position plus Vacancy Number in the subject of the e-mail; please do NOT submit any other supporting documentation or educational certificates with your application. If you are short listed you will be asked to submit electronic copies of your educational certificates and if you are invited to written test you will be required to present the original certificates. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date of the position. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for written test Note: In the interests of open and fair competition and a merit based selection process applicants are advised that lobbying for a position , whether by the applicant or by any person acting on his or her behalf, shall result in the immediate disqualification of the candidate from further consideration. Applicants are strongly advised to inform potential supporters of this restriction which shall be strictly enforced.

Please don’t forget to type the Vacancy Announcement Number (578/017/HRCSD/Ru-WatSIP/MRRD) in Subject while applying online. Application without vacancy number will not be accepted.


The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is highly committed to increase women’s participation in government sector therefore women are highly encouraged to apply.


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