WASH Officer – Sanitation and Hygiene

IRC - The International Rescue Committee

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Job Description

The position holder is responsible for the technical oversight, implementation, monitoring, and regular consultation with project stakeholders on hygiene and promotion interventions. Ensure complementarity with other sectorial interventions, i.e. Health, Nutrition, DRR and livelihood as well as proper coordination, consultation and information sharing with partners and other stakeholders.

Main Responsibilities

The WASH Hygiene officer shall be responsible for the technical aspects of hygiene and sanitation promotion. S/he shall be responsible for planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of high quality, innovative Hygiene and Promotion interventions. She/he will ensure that an engagement approach to working with communities, the local authorities, partners other stakeholders is employed, and all activities are carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs and promotes the full and equal participation of women, men, children, and youth.

Primary responsibilities include:

Project planning and design

- Support in the planning for and Design of the community hygiene and sanitation initiatives and methodology. - Support in the project assessments and proposal development for potential sanitation and hygiene promotions.

Project implementation

- Ensure that the hygiene and sanitation promotion activities of the project are implemented according to the approved donor guidelines and humanitarian standards. - In collaboration with the WATSAN officer, ensure that hygiene and sanitation promotion activities accompany the water supply and sanitation interventions. - Working with the WATSAN Officer facilitate training WMCs, other Community structures (SMCs, CHWs, CHEWs, Youth Groups) and local authorities on improved hygiene/sanitation practices and management.

Project monitoring and evaluation

- Ensure timely delivery of projects activities. - Ensure that up to date project documents are in place including approved work plans, log frame, detailed project implementation plan and financial forecasts. - Documentation of lessons learnt and good practices. - In consultation with MEAL, design and conduct all quantitative and qualitative assessments, KAP surveys, and follow-up assessments with concrete feedback findings.

Fundraising and networking

- Support in the development of technically sound proposals.

Coordination and Collaboration

- Co-ordinate and network with the relevant County Government ministries and departments, , Community based organizations, Faith based organizations and NGOs and other relevant departments in providing technical support and assistance to WASH activities - Liaise directly with communities, and community structures on water supply and sanitation issues as well as other agencies (particularly those carrying out similar activities) regularly to ensure coordination and effective implementation of activities through guidance of the Supervisor/FC. - Under the guidance of the supervisor (or Field Coordinator) contributes towards strengthening of integration of WASH programming with the other key IRC program Sectors


- Develop and delivery in a timely manner monthly, quarterly, semi- annual and end of projects reports in accordance with donors’ and IRC Kenya requirements. - Support development, monitoring and evaluation WASH project indicators and standards - Provide regular update reports on hygiene and sanitation activities and program progress against work plan as maybe required. - Maintain an up to-date activity tracking tool (soft copies and hard copies) of all water supply and sanitation infrastructure related activities. - Actively participate in inter-sectoral activities - Support WASH department in other tasks, roles and responsibilities as may be assigned by the supervisor.


- Degree in environmental health science, community development, social development public health, or related field. A minimum of Three years’ experience working/programming in WASH, humanitarian work or development.

Required Experience & Competencies:

- Minimum of 3 years relevant work experience in WASH, Public health, community development - Strong skills in PHAST, CLTS, sanitation marketing, design for behavior change models essential. - Experience in community engagement approaches, participatory approaches, and community negotiation - Excellent verbal and written communication skills - Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with a team. - Ability to conduct community WASH needs assessment, program planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of WASH activities. - Good understanding of SPHERE and other humanitarian standards - Good computer application skills (MS-Office, application software to engineering designs).

Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons, and several others.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowance.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply. International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants based on merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


Please take note that the International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes.

Added 4 days ago - Updated 3 hours ago - Source: rescue.org