WASH Officer

The Water Trust
Uganda
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Apply By: 
20 January 2017

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LOCATION(S): Masindi and Kiryandongo

THE ORGANIZATION

The Water Trust develops and implements Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs to combat disease and poverty in the developing world and allow people to live empowered lives of dignity. The Water Trust collaborates with community members, village leaders, local government and WASH service providers to enable villages, schools and health centers to create access to safe water, latrines, and environmental hygiene education. Since 2008, The Water Trust has implemented more than 300 projects in Masindi and Kiryandongo, benefiting more than 120,000 people. The Water Trust is expanding its programs and aims to be a leader in pioneering innovative technological and behavioral change strategies to help foster healthy communities.

OPPORTUNITY SUMMARY

The Water Trust will be filling several WASH Officer positions that serve as key liaisons for implementing WASH and Environmental Health projects in schools, villages, and health centers. We aim to recruit professionals that specialize in one or more of the settings above and that have strong community development skills, as each role involves some combination of collaboration and/or training with district officers, community leaders, children, caregivers, village health teams, health facility staff, and/or school staff. This is an excellent opportunity for energetic professionals excited to learn new approaches and pilot new programs that aim to sustainably help villages, schools, and health centers to provide healthy environments for children and their families to thrive.

MAJOR FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the implementation of positive behavior changes in assigned villages, schools, and/or health centers to improved well-being and healthy living.
  • Train community and/or school/health facility staff in catalyzing behavior change in the areas of health and hygiene in their setting. 
  • Build the capacity of community members and/or school/health facility staff to manage, operate and maintain critical infrastructure.
  • Contribute to needs assessments of prospective villages, schools, and/or health centers to inform program design. 
  • Monitor and ensure functionality of WASH facilities, including improved water sources, latrines and hand washing facilities. 
  • Monitor success of behavior change efforts and implement new approaches to foster the development of appropriate norms and habits.
  • Evaluate success of intervention in accordance with organizational policy and maintain related data and records.
  • Develop and submit progress reports on activities as required to meet organization, donor and community reporting needs.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS 

Essential

  • Minimum of a diploma in environmental health science, public health or any discipline related to Water, Hygiene and Sanitation and two years of field experience OR the equivalent of five years of relevant field experience. 
  • Experience implementing WASH and/or environmental health projects on behalf of an international development organization. 
  • Strong knowledge and skills in any or all of the following program areas:
  • Schools: WASH promotion tools or other behavior change approaches such as Child Hygiene and Sanitation Training (CHAST).
  • Villages: Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and household nutrition, Participator Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments (PVCA), sanitation marketing, malaria prevention, and other environmental health approaches.
  • Health facilities: WASH facilities infrastructure management, environmental hygiene and waste disposal.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Experience in hygiene promotion and behavior change communications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Proactive and results-oriented.
  • Comfortable and capable adapting work and priorities to respond to changing situations in order to advance organizational goals and objectives.
  • Strong computer skills, notably in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Able to both work independently with minimum supervision and as part of a larger team.
  • Good spoken and written English. 
  • Possesses a valid riding permit and knowledge of road rules.

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the Masindi and Kiryandongo areas and local languages. 
  • Experience in conducting Training of Trainers (ToT) sessions at school and/or health facility level.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Click the link below and complete the application by January  20, 2016, at 5 p.m. East African Time. Candidates are encouraged to submit their application early as applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No paper copy applications will be considered.

Due to the number of applications received, we are not able to respond to each application.