WASH Cluster Lead

Solidarites International

Renk, South Sudan


The Renk WASH cluster Lead will be responsible for supporting the coordination of WASH actors in Renk, in collaboration with the Upper Nile WASH Cluster and the national WASH Cluster. The purpose of this position is to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response by WASH actors in Renk.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Lead WASH Sector coordination within Renk in order to respond to emergency situations effectively and improve the delivery of WASH services in affected areas;
  • Develop and support implementation of a service continuity planning strategy;
  • Inclusion of key humanitarian partners with specific attention to local actors, NGOs, UN agencies based in Renk;
  • Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms. This includes organizing regular multi-lateral and bilateral meetings, developing meeting agendas, sending minutes and following up/supporting the progress on action points;
  • Actively coordinate with national/local authorities, state institutions, local civil society, and stabilization actors;
  • Ensuring adapted information management monitoring functions to maintain 4Ws planning, reporting and information sharing as required, in collaboration with the Upper Nile WASH Cluster and the national WASH Cluster;
  • Contributing to advocacy and resource mobilization which includes draft reports and briefing notes on the situation and developments in the context and needs, in collaboration with the Upper Nile WASH Cluster and the national WASH Cluster;
  • Ensuring needs assessment and analysis which includes relevant contributions to multi-sector assessments, in collaboration with the Upper Nile WASH Cluster and the national WASH Cluster;
  • Ensuring the application of appropriate standards. In collaboration with relevant technical leads in the sector to discuss, share relevant technical standards and guidelines for best practice. This includes working with the national and regional WASH cluster Lead to develop and promote common or rationalised approaches between coordination hubs;
  • Undertaking the planning and strategy development including an active leadership on the continuity of services planning for Renk
  • With support of the national cluster, updating service mapping of activities with Renk based partners as appropriate, develop and agree with Renk based partners on critical activities);
  • Ensuring participatory and community-based approaches, in order to ensure relevance and appropriateness of WASH response in Renk;
  • Undertaking training and capacity building in collaboration with the national and regional WASH Cluster and relevant technical leads in the sector to facilitate technical training and capacity building

The main challenges:

  • Complex multi-sectorial context a with huge volume of activity.
  • Dense humanitarian coordination.
  • Difficult WASH context with a humanitarian situation under the standards.
  • A lot of WASH partners working in a vast area.

Priorities for the 2/3 first months:

  • Being familiar with the specific context of the Sudan crisis and the sectorial context in Renk and South Sudan sectorial strategy.
  • Being familiar with the local humanitarian coordination and local authority system to be able to collect properly information.
  • Partner mapping in Renk.


Education / academic background:

  • High degree diploma is recommended (Generalist, Bioforce, tehnical related to WASH).

Specific skills and experience:

  • A first experience on a similar position
  • 5 years or more in the humanitarian sector
  • Substantial experience in Cluster
  • Substantial experience in managing and organize meetings
  • Good organizational and coordination skills.
  • Master of the MS office pack, including Excel.
  • Ability to multitask and deal with stressful situations.
  • Capacity of negotiations with suppliers and authorities.
  • Good experience in WASH in mergency and in communities
  • Previous experiences with Solidarités International on support positions are strongly appreciated.
  • Previous experience in South Sudan or in a complex emergency is an asset.
  • A flexible approach to managing and prioritizing a high workload and multiple tasks with tight deadlines.
  • Good stress management.
  • Ability to take decisions and work in autonomy.
  • Strong capacity to ensure external coordination with mutliple stakeholders in the humanitarian community


  • Fluent in English, written and spoken. Arabic is an asset.

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