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25 Apr 2019

WASH Officer at Save The Children

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Save the Children is an exciting and dynamic organization that follows a holistic approach to achieve more for children and use its resources in an efficient and sustainable way. In every programming we aim to achieve results at scale, build partnership to influence others and increase our impact; look for  innovate solutions to the problems children faces, campaign for better practice and ensure that Children’s voices are heard.


Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. We are an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.


Save the Children offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development. If you are interested to work in an organization that is determined to achieve dramatic change for the most vulnerable children, we encourage you to look through the job profile below.


Job Title WASH Officer
Code 004
Place of Work Lege hida, Gura dambole, Raiatu, Dawa Kachne and sewane
Programme/Unit Emergency WASH and Nutrition Humanitarian Response.
Monthly Salary in ETB As per the organization Scale
No. of Positions 5 (Five)
Reports to Health & Nutrition Coordinator
Length of Contract 10 months with possibility of extension




The position holder shall be reporting to the WASH coordinator. The WASH Officer (Engineering) will be responsible for overall implementation, supervision and monitoring of water roof installations and water trucking  to promote integration and coordination with the woreda, partner agencies, and community leaders working in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. And provide technical guidance and training on proper usage/operation and maintenance of water and sanitation facilities. Additionally, the WASH Officer (Engineering) will provide technical support to emergency responses and to other sectors on environmental health related activities. Over 100% of time will be spent in the field..







à    Support WASH Coordinator in planning, designing, development and overall budgeting and, preparation of all water roof installations, water trucking and hygiene and sanitation related documents for implementation of public promotion activities.

à    Ensure active participation and involvement of woreda water and health offices, local government and community structures and beneficiaries in planning, implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of environmental health activities.

à    In collaboration with local government and community leaders, identify local skilled and unskilled labor, follow SCI established procedures for their engagement, manage and supervise them, keep track of attendance and work log sheet, prepare and ensure timely payment for their labor.

à    Ensure timely procurement of water roof installation materials, manage and be accountable for installation materials on sites in collaboration with community leaders and water management committees.

à    Together with Community Mobilizer and Environmental Health Agents (EHAs), mobilize communities for active participation and involvement in planning and implementation for development, operation and maintenance of water facilities including contributing to capital investment and establishment of a cost recovery mechanism for operational costs.

à    Lead the process of conducting detailed assessments for project sites, draft layouts and designs of water supply systems, developed in a participatory process that incorporate the needs of the community, including those of women and vulnerable members of the community. Whenever necessary, advice WASH Coordinator on possible relocations based on assessment findings and discussions with woreda administration.

à    Participate in bid evaluation and analysis for installation of water and sanitation systems.

à     Conduct water quality surveillance and testing, build project and woreda water/health bureaus staff in carrying out water quality testing at water points and households.

à    Participate in development of new proposals and review of Wash sector strategy.

à    Participate in recruitment and training of WASH Agents and water management committees.

à    Perform other official duties assigned by immediate supervisor.


à    Promote integration and coordination with the Woreda, partner agencies, and community leaders working in the water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector.

à    When assigned by Woreda coordinator and WASH Coordinator, represent SCI at zonal, sector, cluster coordination meetings, and provide prompt feedback.


à    To submit biweekly and monthly program activity plans to the Woreda coordinator, Wash coordinator, and be responsible for the implementation, supervision, monitoring and reporting of all project activities.

à    Submit biweekly and monthly activity reports to wash coordinator.

à    Participate in preparation of sector reports for submission to field offices.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

à    Ensure regular monitoring of program activities to determine the success of interventions and recommend changes in program design to the Wash coordinator.

à    Participating in baseline and evaluation of Knowledge, Practices and Coverage (KPC) surveys to determine how far sector indicators have been achieved.

à     Implement and improve existing water and sanitation monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure their appropriateness and completeness.

Supervision :

à    The position has no direct supervisee; however, the jobholder will indirectly supervise one Community Mobilizer (CM) and one (SHP). This includes:

à     Mentoring and developing the capacity of the CM and SHPs in carrying out.

à    Assessments, water quality testing and promotion of participatory approaches and maintenance of water and sanitation facilities.

·         Liaise with Community Development promoters, Sanitation, and Hygiene Promoters to provide regular feedback on the performance and areas for improvement for CDP and SHPs.


Job Requirements


à             B.Sc. Degree/Diploma in Civil Engineering, Water Supply and sanitation Hydrogeology/hydrology water management engineering, Environmental Engineering and other related field.

à             Two years of relevant experience for the Degree holders and 4 years for the Diploma holders in implementation of Construction, related Hygiene & sanitation preferably WASH projects in humanitarian, NGO Proven knowledge of hydrology and Construction management.

à              Computer literacy in MS word, Excel and CAD is necessary.

à             Fluency in English and Somali language both spoken and written.

à             Skills and Abilities;

à             Familiarity with the culture.

à             Ability to work in stressful conditions, with limited social services, sometimes insecure and limited movements.

à              Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and in a highly results oriented work culture.

à             Knowledge, skill and experience in participatory methods for promoting ownership.

à             Team player who is able to work collaboratively and with people of diverse backgrounds.

à             Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.

à             Commitment to the aims and principles of SC including willingness to abide and enforce the Child Safeguarding Policy. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support

How to Apply

Interested applicants who met the MINIMUM requirements should send the following through [email protected] before or on May 5, 2019.

a.     A CV (not more than 3 pages)

b.    A cover letter (not more than one page)

c.     A one-page table summarizing your educational background, work experience, technical skills and competencies to facilitate the screening process. Refer the vacancy announcement while doing this.

Please DO NOT SUBMIT copies of transcripts, academic degrees or recommendation letters with the application. You should provide them upon request otherwise your application will reject.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU STATE THE CODE OF THE VACANCY ON THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL ensuring that the job title is clearly stated in the cover letter. All applications should be received within 10 working days of this advertisement.

We need to keep children safe and as such, our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will, therefore, be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

In the selection of its staff, Save the Children is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities.

Note: All travel costs should be covered by the applicants, if invited for written exam or interview.  

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