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Loughborough University
Leicestershire LE11 3TU UK
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Water, Engineering and Development Centre

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WEDC is one of the world's leading education and research institutes for developing knowledge and capacity in water and sanitation for low- and middle-income countries.

We are based in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University, one of the top award-winning Universities in the UK.

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The Whave team is looking for an Operations Coordinator

 Details of this post are available from the link below.

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MSF seek water and sanitation specialists

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK is interested in receiving applications from candidates suited for a Water and Sanitation Specialist (WatSan) profile willing to work in Ebola response projects in West Africa. If you wish to apply to work with us, please see below for information on essential requirements and recruitment process.

As a WatSan, you will carry out essential support and implementation on all aspects of water supply, sanitation and hygiene in the Ebola treatment centre using full personal protection equipment (PPE) according to strict MSF protocols and guidelines. You will work in shifts as determined by the needs of the facility and/or other activities related to the intervention. You will carry out hands-on tasks, supervision and training with staff, both international and local. WatSans are involved in a wide range of activities within and outside the centre, including: ensuring hygiene and infection control protocols and standards are maintained, dealing with solid and liquid waste, the management of dead bodies and their preparation for burial, preparation of disinfection solutions and the maintenance of WatSan facilities - such as latrines, showers and dressing/undressing areas. The work is likely to be varied, hard and in extremely challenging conditions.

What are the essential requirements?


How long do I need to be available for?

You need to be available for approximately 8 weeks: this includes a week of briefing/training before departure and 6 weeks in project. Concise dates and length of time for when you're available is crucial for planning your work abroad. On return, you will need to follow guidelines on expat health through Public Health England. See Public Health England's guidance document for humanitarian aid workers:

How does the recruitment process work?

Please complete an application via the Working Overseas section of the MSF website:

In your motivation letter, please include interest in working in an Ebola response project. You will be contacted within 48 hours of your application and asked to provide further information in preparation for your interview. After interview, you will be notified within 48 hours if you have been successful.

Successful employment with MSF UK is subject to satisfactory references and applying for a disclosure with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Please note that your application to MSF UK does not guarantee your acceptance onto one of MSF's Ebola response projects. Please contact if you have any questions.

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Urgent: Engineers required for Ebola crisis in West Africa

GOAL are currently urgently looking for WASH Officers – in particular qualified engineers – for their response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. 

A job description is available from the link below.

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Water, sanitation and hygiene specialists provide technical assistance in the Ebola crisis

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) specialists are providing technical assistance in the Ebola crisis through the WASH Cluster consortium of 32 partner agencies of which WEDC at Loughborough University are a part.

The WASH Cluster has been working closely with agencies on the ground to provide an information sharing-platform on WASH in Ebola ( It directly links users to a technical Q&A platform to ask questions of Ebola specialists in real-time.

It also aims to provide up-to-date WASH guidelines, manuals and news in the evolving Ebola response.

The WASH in Ebola Dropbox supports operational agencies responding to Ebola providing all available technical guidelines, manuals, coordination and training related information. These information sharing tools will continue to be updated on regular basis, if you have any relevant documents to share, please send them to

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