International Medical Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Start Over with Job Search             If you already have a profile?  Please login here

19-164: WASH Specialist (EMT)
Department:Humanitarian Response
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility for rapid response to emergencies. International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene—providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance. International Medical Corps has established a World Health Organization Emergency Medical Team Type One Mobile (EMT).

The WHO EMT program was developed to ensure and standardize various expectations for medically oriented NGOs. The guiding principles are intended to inform NGOs of the values required to become verified as an EMT: Provides safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered care. Offer needs-based response according to the context and type of Sudden Onset Disaster (SOD) and/or outbreak in the affected nation. Adopts a human rights-based approach to their response; Ensures they are accessible to all sections of the population affected by the SOD and/or outbreak particularly the vulnerable. Treat patients in medically ethical manner consistent with the World Medical Association Medical Ethics Manual.

All EMTs are accountable to: 1. The patients and communities they assist; 2. Host government and MoH; 3. Own organization and donors. EMTs commit to be: 1. Integrated in a coordinated response under the national health emergency management authorities; 2. Collaborate with the national health system, their fellow EMTs, the cluster and the international humanitarian response community.

 Selected EMT members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 72 hours, whether they are launching into new areas or lending support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers, staff and available specialists who have been interviewed and have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on regular basis as new responders are identified and members update their areas of expertise and other relevant information. Through this expression of interest, applicants are encouraged to submit their profiles so that their information is readily available in the International Medical Corps applicant tracking system.


This position will support International Medical Corp’s Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) as part of international emergency responses. The EMT is a mobile platform delivering limited primary health care services and outpatient clinical care with referrals as needed to disaster effected populations. The position will be working with partner staff as well as other volunteers. The position requires ensuring the provision of high quality clinical care in accordance with international standards and International Medicals Corps’ guidance. The position will be expected to coordinate closely with multiple departments in International Medical Corps as well as external partners in the local government and other NGO’s.

The primary function of the WASH Specialist (EMT) includes supporting the team in the conducting rapid assessment, planning, design, implementation, supervision, and administration of the WASH technical interventions. These will have a strong link to ongoing or planned water and sanitation, as well as other IMC core sector programs. The WASH Specialist (EMT) will be in charge of the prioritization and coordination of the start-up and management of implementation of the interventions, and often involved in development of concept papers and proposals for emergency scale up interventions in close cooperation with the WASH Coordinator. In addition, the WASH Specialist (EMT) will support with the training of local staff and stakeholders in WASH related topics.

**NOTE** Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for the International Medical Corps standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will only be contacted when there is an emergency response need for which the responder is qualified for.
This position will not be compensated unless responders are deployed to an emergency response.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.


  • Conduct initial joint health and WASH rapid assessment for deployment of EMT (basecamp) and ensure the site selection is considering the international standards for WASH
  • Technical input in the adequate setting of the EMT (basecamp), and the associated staff accommodation
  • Provide water and sanitation, and relevant infection prevention and control expertise in rapid needs assessments and analysis at existing and new health care structures
  • Translate the needs into program priorities and identify emergency interventions
  • Provide capacity building support for conducting rapid needs assessments and its analysis that is to be linked to activity plan and budgets.
  • Support the assessment of the in-country resources and capacities (human, material and financial) for response with relevant staff and agencies


Program Design

  • Select and design from array of appreciate technologies for water systems for the EMT (basecamp and Mobile units) and staff accommodation in said context, including source selection (ground water, surface water), abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution for new systems and/or the rehabilitation of old Water systems
  • Select and design the most appropriate form of sanitation system (to include excreta disposal, vector control, solid waste disposal, drainage) taking full account of local conditions, resources, customs and cultural norms
  • Select and design, in collaboration with other actors a suitable hygiene promotion programme based out of the EMT that suits the local context and would be widely acceptable by beneficiaries
  • Design appropriate, phased, technical interventions to ensure timely, safe and high quality health care delivery at existing facilities and/or TSDU and staff accommodation, including contingency preparation for potential infectious disease outbreaks as directed
  • Ensure that issues of protection, gender, infection control, climatic conditions, environmental protection, security, access, safe operation and maintenance are factored into the response design
  • Ensure WHO minimum standards both qualitative and quantitative are considered and any departures documented
  • Assist in the development of letters of intent, concept papers, budgets and proposals as directed

 Response Management and Implementation

  • Manage Emergency WASH interventions in a prioritized manner with co-ordination with IMC core sectors and other agencies, both governmental and non-governmental and the WASH Cluster.
  • Work closely with Human Resources team for hiring and building capacity of the WASH team.
  • Ensure gender and protection is considered throughout the project cycle with women being enabled to influence decision- making around WASH challenges.
  • Ensure Emergency WASH program implementation is linked to health, gender, child protection and nutrition.
  • Implement the appropriate supervisory, monitoring and evaluation systems for Emergency WASH interventions.
  • Work closely with program support functions (logistics and finance departments) for Emergency WASH program supplies and activities planning.


Information and Co-ordination

  • Provide regular updates and technical guidance to team on progress, priorities and challenges – verbally and in writing.
  • Represent International Medical Corps to governmental, non-governmental groups and WASH Cluster as needed and assigned with the supervisor
  • Support the program team in obtaining the required government permissions and positively engage with intuitional and private donors and HQ
  • Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.


Compliance & Ethics

Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.



It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report. 

  • Minimum of bachelor's degree in water and sanitation engineering, civil engineering, or relevant technical WASH specialization
  • At least three years of work experience with designing and implementing emergency WASH (water and sanitation systems) in IDPs, refugee and migrant contexts, maintaining sanitation systems, and implementing hygiene promotion programs; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of WASH sector and its hardware and software components specially in health facilities
  • Demonstrated analytical, motivational, communication, project conceptualization and planning skills.
  • Experience in overseeing Emergency implementation, tracking the progress, reporting against the agreed indicators and managing project budget.
  • Experience in emergency and early recovery phases, including assessments and the design and delivery of effective water supply and hygiene promotion interventions in humanitarian and development contexts.
  • Experience and understanding of key intuitional donors’ policies, guidelines and strategies e.g. USAID, OFDA, ECHO, DFID and UN.
  • Demonstrated experience in WASH proposal development and preparation of internal and donor reports.
  • Ability to effectively present information (both written and verbally) and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field, counterparts, senior government.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of linking WASH activities with other humanitarian sectors.
  • Ability to understand gender related challenges within the beneficiary groups
  • Demonstrated experience of working closely with support functions (finance and logistics) on activity and procurement planning
  • Fluency in another language such as French, Arabic, or Spanish is an advantage