The facility ‘Dutch Surge Support (DSS water)’ responds to the need for qualified experts to provide support during water related disasters around the globe. DSS water offers a one-stop-shop for international humanitarian organizations looking for water related expertise. Topics include water supply, sanitation and water resources management. DSS water is an initiative of the Dutch Government, in close cooperation with the Dutch Water Sector and the Netherlands Red Cross. Since the start of the facility in 2015, DSS water facilitated the deployment of experts upon requests from UNHCR, UNICEF and WHO for different types of emergencies such as displacements, droughts and flood responses.

To be able to react more adequately to future requests and to broaden the pool of expertise, DSS-water is seeking for motivated experts who want to make available their knowledge and skills for emergency and relieve operations.


Key responsibilities

Providing assistance to humanitarian organizations with the objective to reduce the direct impact of the disaster and alleviate suffering of the affected population. In doing so:

  • To respond effectively and rapidly to major water and sanitation related emergencies anywhere in the world,
  • DSS water experts can be involved in technical support, direct implementation, in making recommendations for interventions and possibly determining mid- to long term strategies for humanitarian organizations working in disasters to meet humanitarian needs.
  • Promote integrated and adaptive (climate-change proof) approaches to regional development, water technology and/or water- and delta management
  • Preparing a mission report including lessons learned and good practices and help to prepare presentations for dissemination to sector partners


Required experience

  • At least 3 years experience in working in an international (multi cultural) context on water, sanitation and hygiene, information management, water resources management/flood management, and other related fields;
  • Proven experience in working under stress conditions;
  • Proven experience in mentoring and capacity development;
  • Experience in effectieve team and project management.

Required skills

  • Analytical ability, adaptive and flexible capacity;
  • Ability to quickly analyse and understand the country context and to develop innovative solutions that meet the specific country/regional needs;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in Dutch and English. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential, French, Spanish and other languages would be an advantage;
  • Ability and willingness to work under pressure in challenging and sometimes insecure environments.
  • Understanding of International Humanitarian principles and policies (local) capacity building.


  • Willing and able to be deployed on short notice to areas affected by humanitarian crises. Duration of missions can vary from 2 to even 12 weeks;
  • Willing to work under pressure and in challenging and insecure circumstances, where limited facilities are at hand;
  • When the expert is employed by a company/organisation the management must approve the deployment of emergency missions;


  • Missions will take place on a reimbursement of expenses basis;
  • Some UN security training modules are obligatory;
  • Travel + DSA and a compensatory fee of max 225 euro/day;


Sandra Cats, Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland, +3165392972

Daniel van Dijk, Netherlands Water Partnership, +31 703043712


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