WATSAN Team Leader / Environmental Health Team Leader at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

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  • Borno, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) View on Map
  • Post Date : February 21, 2023
  • Apply Before : February 24, 2023
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  • Job ID 22546
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  • Gender Male or Famele
  • Qualifications See Job Description

Job Description

Médecins Sans Frontieres is a private, international organisation. The organisation is made up mainly of doctors and health sector workers and is also open to all other professions which might help in achieving its aims. Médecins Sans Frontières provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of race, religion, creed or political convictions.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: WATSAN Team Leader / Environmental Health Team Leader

Location: Borno
Contract Period: Indefinite

Main Purpose

  • Being responsible for leading the design, technical implementation, acceptance and management of all assigned Watsan interventions (water supply, excreta disposal, waste management, vector control and dead bodies management) and teams in the project. In collaboration with the Medical Coordinator, leads the development of project proposals and/or work plans, when Watsan activities are integrated in medical interventions. For some interventions, in the absence of the Watsan Manager, will be involved directly in the implementation of project activities
  • Adapting and implementing both minimum Watsan standards and monitoring indicators (including reporting procedures) to the context to ensure that MSF’s Watsan standards are reached and protocols are maintained
  • Conducting Watsan assessments in collaboration with project medical teams to identify Watsan needs at the project level, and summarizing findings to the direct line manager and recommending appropriate responses. In emergency response situations at the project level, leading the development and planning of Watsan emergency strategies and resources planning, in collaboration with the medical and logistical teams
  • Guiding processes of Watsan technical support to the project’s medical team in identifying possible “risk factors” (e.g. behavioural practices, environmental sources of infection, and transmission routes) and controlling measures to address modes of transmission of infection and corresponding ways of controlling spread. Monitoring the strict application of safety measures in all Watsan activities in the project
  • Ensuring proper Watsan staffing, coaching and supervision at the project level, in close coordination with the project’s HR department and Watsan Managers, all the associated processes (recruitment, briefing, training, performance evaluation, development and internal/external communication) to ensure both that the number and the skill levels of the team is appropriate. Serving as mentor and providing guidance to first time mission Watsan Managers in the application of Watsan activities and tools
  • Compiling and analysing statistical and monitoring data of Watsan activities at the project level and ensuring regular and detailed reporting of results (e.g. SitRep; quarterly, donor or local authority reports), proceedings and problematic situations. Ensuring multidisciplinary data availability, collection and analysis of any activity impacting health status of the affected population.

MSF Section / context Specific Accountabilities

  • Since the projects of OCB are spread in different states the WATSAN technical referent will be flying between the projects (currently Maiduguri, Kebbi and Abakaliki) in order to give first line support. He/she will base 60 to 70% in the field (shared between the projects) and 30% in Abuja.

Minimum Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Education: B.Sc / B.Eng. in Civil Engineering, Hydraulics, Geology, Sanitation, Health Engineering or Public Health. Watsan in Emergencies Training within or outside MSF is strongly recommended


  • Previous experience in technical aspects of water and sanitation works;
  • Minimum of 2-years of hands on field emergency WHS professional experience in a humanitarian or international development setting;
  • Mandatory: Previous experience in cholera outbreak and wastewater management are mandatory;
  • Desirable: experience in or familiar with implementing and promoting the use of two or more of the following activities (water supply, excreta disposal, waste and waste water management, vector control, and dead bodies management) in two or more different contexts (disease outbreak, conflicts, natural disasters, refugee/IDP camps, etc.)
  • Languages: English.


  • Computer literacy;
  • Knowledge of drawing with civil engineering software or GIS are assets.

Application Closing Date
24th February, 2023 (5.00PM).

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • The vacancy is open to all residents of Nigeria.
  • MSF is an equal opportunity employer, both men and women are encouraged to apply.

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