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Medair is an international humanitarian organization established in 1988. Medair has been operating in Afghanistan since 1996 with programs mainly in the Health, Water & Sanitation, and Livelihoods sectors with significant reconstruction activities in remote areas. Current projects are Water & Sanitation, Food Security, & Disaster Risk Reduction.

An Integrated Emergency Response: Medair aims to respond to high levels of food insecurity, malnutrition, and morbidity in Tirinkot district.  The project intends to improve and extend WASH services including water supply infrastructure and hygiene practices to improve outcomes for vulnerable families.

Job Description:

Overall Purpose

To implement project activities relating to community relations, water need assessment, distributions and conducting wash activities in the field and monitoring.

Project Overview

An Integrated Emergency Response: Medair aims to respond to high levels of food insecurity, malnutrition and morbidity, which have been significantly affected by drought and conflict conditions.  Building upon Medair’s decades of experience in the Central Highlands and Kandahar, Medair’s current projects intend to improve and extend utilization of lifesaving preventive and curative nutrition and health services by mothers, PLWs and children U5; to increase access to clean water, to reduce vulnerability to water-related and other preventable diseases, and to improve and increase food security for the most vulnerable families through food voucher distributions.

This specific project supports three CHCs to provide primary health services, with complementary improvements to their water, sanitation, and waste management facilities.


Specific responsibilities

  • Foster clear communication and good relationships with community leaders through all phases of the project.
  • Ensure the WASH activities are provided in a timely manner to all project sites.
  • Ensure and monitor the quality of the technical work in the field (constructions/repairs of WASH infrastructure) and supervise the contractor in all stages of the construction work.
  • Report to the WASH Supervisor (and Project Manager) on a regular basis on the progress of all activities and field activities and outputs.


General responsibilities

  • Immediate notification of any suspicion of fraudulent activity amongst staff and external links.
  • Adherence to Medair values and to contribute to the wellbeing of the team as an active member.
  • Adherence to relevant legal framework of Afghanistan.
  • Adherence to all NRS Regulations and Security Standard Operating Procedures and always maintain confidentiality.




  • Input to and adhere to comprehensive activity plan (GANTT) for the duration of the project.
  • Organise and monitor construction teams of skilled and unskilled workers according to the plan (timely)
  • Ensure quality of materials and work according to drawings and BOQs
  • Water point construction
    • Technical supervision for well
    • Oversee construction of water points and hydraulic network
  • Latrine construction or repair: Oversee construction of plumbing system, repairing of existing facility and sceptic tank cleaning by contractor.
  • Ensure full beneficiary participation in area of responsibility and ensure a good communication to Health Centre leader on all phases of the WASH project.
  • Ensure accurate and timely input for the reporting of activities to line manager (weekly, monthly, quarterly, final reports) using Medair and Government Templates.
  • Assist in monitoring programme activities and ensures the beneficiary feedback is addressed and recorded
  • Adhere to the security guidelines employed by Medair on site, en-route, and help ensure all security procedures are followed.

Job Requirements:


Educational Background

  • Civil Engineer
  • Additional education in Hydrology, Hydrogeology, plumbing


Relevant Experience

  • 3-5 years of experience in the same field/position required (WASH Technician, supervision of water point construction, plumber, conduction of technical WASH assessment, logistic)
  • Experience as a construction foreman in WASH sector with drilling experience
  • Able to follow instructions, and prioritise tasks assigned
  • Experience with an NGO
  • Experience in logistic
  • Experience in WASH activities in Health Centre


Language Skills 

  • Fluent in spoken & written Pashto
  • Basic English (English will be tested at interview)
  • Fluent in spoken and written English


Computer Skills 

  • Good basic working skills with Microsoft Office
  • Experience using online surveys
  • Competent using excel



  • Enthusiastic to work for an international NGO, to assist vulnerable communities in Kandahar province
  • Willing to work in the field in a technical area
  • Willing to commit to the Medair values of Integrity, Hope, Dignity, Compassion, and Accountability



  • Clear communicator with colleagues, Project Manager and communities, willing to share information



  • Prepared to adapt to a conservative rural community culture
  • Willing to work and travel in remote locations with basic living conditions, as this is a field-based position
  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt to changes in location
  • Flexible to perform other tasks in order to facilitate the programme
  • Flexible in working hours, up to 6 days a week


Character & Initiative

  • Respect rural communities and behave in an appropriate manner.
  • Honest in dealing with Medair staff and beneficiaries
  • Oriented toward solutions and problem solving

Submission Guideline:

Interested applicants should forward their CV and applications via this link: (copy & paste and open with a new page)

by not later than 30-November-2022, late applications will not be considered after 5pm. 

For technical questions only, please message

Note: PLEASE indicate the position vacancy number & position tittle both in your CV  or  in your Cover Letter. 

“Medair is committed to safeguarding the protection of beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and partners, and particularly children. Therefore, we do not employ staff whose background we understand to be unsuitable for working with children. Medair staffs are required to give the utmost respect to, and comply with, Medair’s accountability policies and best practices”

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