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An MSF wat-san (water and sanitation) team at work in the Ebola treatment center in Kailahun, Sierra Leone 2014.

As a water and sanitation specialist with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) your main task is to prevent and control waterborne diseases, within and surrounding the health facilities we support. 

To work as a water and sanitation specialist with MSF is a rewarding and challenging role. You will have the opportunity to test your abilities in new ways. You work closely with the other departments in the project - including medical, technical  and administrative colleagues - and you often manage locally hired water and sanitation staff.

Role description

The tasks and responsibilities will vary based on the type of project you work in. These could include ensuring basic water and sanitation standards in our health facilities, or constructing and supporting entire water provision systems in refugee camps. Ensuring a safe and adequate water provision, constructing or upgrading sanitation facilities as well as ensuring safe and appropriate disposal of medical waste are all responsibilities you will have. A portion of the role includes coaching and training of locally hired staff. 

Working as a water and sanitation specialist may also include other activities leading to an improved health situation, such as analyses of medical data and development of health educational material to train and inform the local population regarding water and sanitation topics. 

Working with MSF | Water and sanitation expert

Role requirements

In addition to the general requirements to work for MFS, you need:

  • Relevant academic degree
  • At least two years of professional practical experience working with water and sanitation

Desirable qualifications

  • French speaking
  • Knowledge in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and/or Russian
  • Experience of people management and/or activity management
  • Experience of delivering training and/or coaching others
  • Previous humanitarian work experience


Your safety and security 

We take safety and security seriously. This video explains the risks our staff face and the lengths we go to keep them safe.

Please watch this before you decide whether or not to apply for this job.

Ready to apply?

Working for MSF is a commitment, rather than just an adventure or a job opportunity. Make sure you have read and understood the information on Life on assignment

We can only accept applications from Swedish and Finnish residents (Swedish/Finnish citizens and those eligible to work in Sweden or Finland).