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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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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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Two Rapid Response Team Water and Sanitation Engineer posts vacant at Oxfam

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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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Ebola crisis: The International Medical Corps seeks WASH Technical Advisor

Ebola crisis: The International Medical Corps is looking for a WASH Technical Advisor – based in London, Los Angeles, or Washington (DC). Please see attached or contact:

Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor
International Medical Corps
1st floor, 245 - 258 Goswell Road
London, EC1V 7EB
Office: +44 (0) 207 253 0001

WASH Technical Advisor - Ebola Response
LOCATION: International Medical Corps UK, London, or
International Medical Corps, Washington DC or
International Medical Corps, Los Angeles, CA

REPORTING TO: Ebola Response Management Team Leader and
Global WASH Advisor

This is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa. The outbreak in West Africa is worsening, WHO, CDC, INGOs and other local and international organizations are working to ramp up the response. On August 8, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the current Ebola outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Currently, International Medical Corps is conducting a situational analysis of the response in both Sierra Leone and Liberia to assess the gaps and determine complementarity with other agencies and Ministries of Health. Contingent upon agreements with the Liberia and Sierra Leone Ministries and securing appropriate levels of funding, IMC propose to support the management of isolation units, referral pathways for lab testing, contact tracing and referral systems in affected communities.

International Medical Corps is seeking an experienced Infectious Diseases Specialist for a six month contract to assume the Ebola technical leadership role at HQ level. The person will have prior field experience in management of Viral Hemorrhagic fever

The WASH Technical Advisor will provide overall technical guidance to the HQ and field based Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Technical Unit Advisory Group supporting the Ebola Response. The Advisor will work with country teams to develop and/or finalize strategies based upon current standards, protocols and approaches for Ebola prevention and response. S/he will work with country teams to develop/finalize key guidance documents (as informed by WHO, CDC, UNICEF and MSF) related to Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) including infectious waste management, chlorination and disinfection and cleaning protocols and standards. S/he will contribute to the design of an integrated approach to encompass health, nutrition and WASH case management and oversee technical knowledge management, dissemination and documentation.

The WASH Technical Advisor will assume the following roles and responsibilities;


Mark Buttle (WEDC alumnus) reports on the situation of the Ebola crisis in Africa

Mark Buttle (WEDC alumnus and Humanitarian WASH Advisor, Save the Children UK) reports on the situation of the Ebola crisis in Africa.

Mark, who has returned from Sierra Leone, warns that the international community must act now to stop the Ebola crisis worsening.

Read more from the BBC link below.

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Loughborough ranks top for quality of student life

Analysis of recent data has placed Loughborough University top for quality of student life, followed by the University of Bath and Durham University.

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'Waterlines' Ebola article open access

Waterlines have made an article on ebola response measures open access – and it might be useful for you or your colleagues. Please do pass on this link freely.


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Obituary: Eng. Shillingi, WEDC alumnus

It is with sadness that we announce the news of the death of Eng. Shillingi, a WEDC alumnus from the 1980s, who died of cancer yesterday.

Eng. Shillingi was the sitting Director for Water Resources Management in Uganda. For further details and the photo, please see the link to a Uganda newspaper below.

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#37WEDC for the WEDC Conference

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Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Congratulations to Dr Julie Fisher of WEDC, now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Congratulations to Dr Sam Kayaga of WEDC, now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Mike Smith joins Journal of Research and Technology editorial board

Mike Smith, Senior Programme Manager at WEDC, has been asked to join the editorial board for the Journal of Research and Technology, which is managed by Islamic University of Gaza. The appointment will be initially for two years from January 1 2014.

Fiches Techniques en Situation D'urgence

Fiches Techniques en Situation D’urgence (WHO Technical Notes for Emergencies)

Ces fiches illustrées de quatre pages ont été préparées par le WEDC pour l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé afin d’aider les personnes qui travaillent dans un contexte d’urgence, à planifier des réponses adéquates aux besoins urgents et de moyen terme des populations dans le secteur de l’eau et de l’assainissement.

These four page highly-illustrated notes have been prepared by WEDC for the World Health Organization to assist those working immediately or shortly after an emergency to plan appropriate responses to the urgent and medium-term water and sanitation needs of affected populations.

Translated by Solidarités International |

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