Project Coordinator- WASH Systems for Health (WS4H)

Date Posted: 06 May 2024

Job Title

Project Coordinator- WASH Systems for Health (WS4H)

About WaterAid

WaterAid is a global non-government, not-for-profit organisation, working for over 30 years now in changing lives for the betterment in 34 countries around the world. We work to offer clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to underprivileged people globally, through convincing the governments to change laws, linking policy makers with people on the ground, pooling knowledge and resources, and rallying support from people and organisations from different corners of the world – altogether making lasting change happen on a massive scale.

Job Purpose

The Project Coordinator will be the overall management lead for WS4H project implementation in Bangladesh and will work within the envelop of WaterAid Bangladesh’s Universal Access Programme and in close coordination with SNV. The incumbent provides overall leadership and support to the WS4H programme team in WaterAid Bangladesh. This will be accomplished by building and strengthening programme delivery and by providing strategic analysis and support. S/He is accountable for managing all the resources of WS4H Programme in Bangladesh and responsible for maintaining effective management of the WS4H programme through team members in WAB and of partners implementing the project. This role is responsible for overall management of WS4H which includes developing the WS4H programme implementation strategy within the parameters and includes the management, supervision and development of the WS4H staff team also helping identify and hire new staff where needed. The Project Coordinator - WS4H ensures effective management and efficient delivery of WASH Systems for Health (WS4H) project. S/He will work effectively with the Universal Acccess Programme Lead and Director - Programmes and Policy Advocacy to support the overall strategic development and to ensure effective operational delivery of the programme. H/She will also work with various functions within the WaterAid Bangladesh and SNV including: WaterAid Technical Backstopping Team to strengthen project implementation, innovation and influencing; Monitoring, Evaluation Research and Learning (MERL) to ensure that Programme maximises the understanding of its impact; Partnerships management and effective communications for efficient programme delivery; and, People & Organisational development to ensure the development and support of the WS4H project staff and change management. S/He will ensure the necessary support from SNV especially for private sector engagement, digitisation of the municipality utility system etc.

Key Responsibilities

1. Leadership and management of WS4H project: • Lead, motivate, and manage the WS4H project team in a structured, supportive style adhering to the latest practices and policies within WaterAid Bangladesh, celebrating success and ensuring appropriate staff recognition. • Take leadership in communicating and embedding WaterAid vision, values, priorities and aims in WS4H team. • Ensure the WS4H programme is effectively delivered in country, through sensitive leadership of the WS4H team, efficient allocation of the resources available and by working with other WaterAid functions. • Ensure that work is appropriately delegated, and team members are empowered to carry out tasks independently, where appropriate to their skills and capacity. • Support effective communications and joint working within the team and with other teams across the organisation • Be responsible for approving expenditures and disbursements which fall within the Project Coordinator-WS4H financial delegated limit. Recommend to the Universal Access Programme Lead or Director, Programmes and Policy Advocacy and or Country Director all contracts and procurement that exceed the financial delegated limit and provide reliable information to the required detail to enable approvals to be implemented for those expenditures and disbursements. • Lead the regularly review of the progress of project against milestones and take corrective action where necessary, raising issues with the management as required. • Support Team members in their relationship management with stakeholders, facilitating their ability to proactively identify opportunities as well as respond to existing relationships. • Engage in an influencing approach for the delivery of WS4H Programme, advocating for policy and regulatory enabling environments for the sustainability of WASH service delivery to the intervention communities • Be responsible for quality assurance of the services and activity delivered by the team, ensuring appropriate checks and sign offs are in place and adhered to • Champion best practice in embedding the WaterAid Bangladesh values and a learning culture within the team 2. People Management: • Manage staff performance, motivation, cohesion and retention according to WaterAid policies including annual staff appraisals, and in consultation with the People & organisational development function in the WaterAid Bangladesh. • Be responsible for staff well-being, including nurturing a culture of equality and diversity • Work with the people and organisational development in WaterAid Bangladesh to develop the capacity of the team, enabling a greater degree of professional growth, self-reliance and confidence for the future. 3. Strategic direction and planning: • Work closely with the relevant departments of WaterAid Bangladesh to develop the overall implementation strategy for WS4H. • Provide support and strategic direction for the WS4H project which aligns with WaterAid Bangladesh Aims and contributes to achieving the aims. • Ensure that the strategy is appropriately translated into programme implementation through working with the partners. • Develop long-term sustainability of WS4H project implementation model. • Support Go4IMPact team’s learning and development strategy, helping to role model and embed a culture of reflection and learning in the team. • Be cognisant of the wider implications of the programmes, working effectively with other WaterAid Bangladesh programme and functions: Technical, Finance, People & Organisational development, advocacy, monitoring, as appropriate. 4.Reporting and compliance : • Ensure that the donor reporting (both narrative and financial) are done on time and with the necessary quality, taking inputs from the WaterAid Bangladesh relevant colleagues. • Ensure systems are in place to achieve compliance with local legal, Health & Safety standards and with WAB’s standard operating policies and procedures, including but not limited to maintaining an up to date Health, Safety & Security Plan • Ensure contracts are issued to WAB’s standards / funder requirements and are managed effectively • Ensure strict adherence to WaterAid’s ethics and safeguarding policies and pro-actively encourage transparency and openness in all activities • Ensure WS4H programme have a Risk Register, including a category for safeguarding risks, and ensure proactive management of risks, seeking advice from the Risk & Assurance staff as needed. 5.Representation, liaison and communication: • Represent WaterAid Bangladesh where necessary, building and maintaining relationships with in-country service providers, government, donor representatives, national and international development partners, the private sector and those which have international significance to WAB globally. • Where and when necessary, due to geography or function, delegate the responsibility of representing WAB to a colleague so that they can engage with WASH and government stakeholders. • Support effective liaison with the other programmes and staff, in pursuit of achieving highly integrated programme direction and delivery. • Support in communication and building a strong and positive WaterAid Bangladesh brand visibility and recognition in-country, working closely with the Communication Team In Bangladesh • Support, identify and discuss with the Business Development team any potential future funding opportunities which present themselves in-country and provide advice on their suitability and potential alignment with the WaterAid Bangladesh strategic aims These responsibilities are subject to change upon reviewing by the line manager from time to time.

Requisite qualifications, experience, and attributes

Education: • Masters or equivalent degree preferably in Development Studies/Economics/Public Health/MBBS or other relevant social science discipline. Experience: • At least 07 (Seven) years of demonstrated experience in projects of which 03 (Three) years in managing projects with a particular focus on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) with reputed organisations preferably with INGOs, donor agencies or international organisations is required. Working experience in a partnership mode with national NGOs is preferable. • Demonstrated experience of WASH System Strengthening at the local government level preferably at the municipality and union parishad levels and advocacy with DGHS and LGIs. Knowledge: Knowledge on WASH system strengthening and local governance is a must. Knowledge and practical experience of working process of municipality and union parishads is desirable. Skill: Relationship building with LGIs (Union Parishad and Municipality) and national NGOs is preferable. Good communication skills and experience to work with partners and donors; pro-activeness, positive attitude and professional integrity are required as well. Competencies: Must be able to lead a team of professional staff, a team player with mutual trust and understanding in a mixed team, self-motivated, problem solver, demonstrates gender and cultural awareness, effective communicator, capable to work under extreme pressure, ability to prioritize works and meet deadlines. Ready to undertake extensive field visits as required.

Reportable To

Programme Lead- Universal Access


WaterAid Bangladesh Country Office, Dhaka

Working Hours


Contract Tenure

Long Term

Salary & Benefits

Monthly gross salary BDT 127,164/-. In addition, festival bonus, gratuity, life insurance for self, health insurance for self, spouse and children, cell phone allowances etc. are applicable as per policy provision.


Willingness to travel to remote areas of Bangladesh is required; 40 to 50% time should be dedicated to travels.

Ways of Working

Internal: Colleagues of program and other teams under the project/programme. External: Partner Non-Government Organization, Donor and govt. entities.

Apply Instruction

Please include a cover letter addressing the following three key priorities – preferably in three paragraphs: - Your experience and achievements of managing projects especially WASH related projects. - Highlight your track record and successes in System Strengthening, with a focus on WASH initiatives. - Outline your experience and achievements of Advocacy/Influencing within the health system and with LGIs Please visit the following link and apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates will have to be ready to go through an extensive selection process. Any lobbying will be considered as disqualification. Any difficulties faced while submitting application needs to be addressed to Apply Now

Application Deadline: 26 May 2024

Candidates will have to go through an extensive selection process.
Any lobbying will be considered as disqualification

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Job Snapshot

  • Job Type:
    Long Term
  • Location:
    WaterAid Bangladesh Country Office, Dhaka
  • Date Posted:
    06 May 2024