Project Officer

IRC WASH

Any IRC office in Africa 🇺🇸

IRC is looking for a project officer to support the Change Hub team. To be based in Africa. Deadline: 30 December 2021

To provide project support and help deliver our Global and Africa Regional Programme activities, IRC seeks a project officer to be part of our Change Hub. 

About IRC

IRC is an international NGO that works with governments, Civil Society Organisations, entrepreneurs and people around the world to strengthen and support public systems for water, sanitation and hygiene service delivery. Our mission is to drive change that leads to everyone in the world having access to safe and climate resilient water, sanitation and hygiene services.

With over 50 years of experience, IRC runs large-scale programmes in eight focus countries, and smaller projects in more than 22 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is supported by a team of over 90 staff across the world, and has offices in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Mali, Niger, Uganda and  additional offices in the Netherlands and the United States.

The vacancy

To support our mission we are looking for a Project Officer to support the Change Hub team that delivers IRC’s Global and Africa Regional Programmes. The position is full-time, initially for one year, with possible extension based on performance. These programmes are implemented by virtual teams so it is possible to be located at any of the IRC offices in Africa.

Main responsibilities

You will provide critical support to a wider range of project and programme activities under the Global Programme and the Africa Regional Programme.

You will initially report to IRC’s Change Hub leads; if the position extends beyond one year, you may transition to reporting to the Africa Regional Programme lead.

Specific responsibilities

You will provide support to a wide range of activities including:

  • Organisation and delivery of online (and if possible) face-to-face meetings and events of all kinds from internal programme, project and team meetings to high-profile external events
  • Documentation of meetings and activities
    • Support to core processes such as planning and reporting
    • File management
    • Basic research and analysis tasks including support to activities such as surveys or online interviews, data entry and simple analysis
    • Support the organisation of the 2022 All systems go symposium in Africa, and the 2023 All systems connect symposium in The Hague, The Netherlands
    • Other programme management support activities.

Core competencies

  • Self-starter with ability to work independently and remotely (virtually) with colleauges located in other offices or countries
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and French is required, others languages an advantage e.g. Swahili, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic  
  • Good computing skills including some of the following tools and platforms: Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, Project, PowerPoint, virtual collaboration tools such as Mural, Zoom, etc.
  • Ability to manage time and tasks of yourself and other team members  
  • Passionate about multi-lateral collaboration and motivated by the issue of improving water and sanitation services.
  • At least two years experience in an office environment, and preferably, working in multi-cultural contexts
  • At least a master’s degree in a relevant subject, preferably with a thesis project
  • Experience working with international organisations or collaborations, preferably on issues related to human rights and development
  • An interest in social media and networking are an advantage.

Skills and experience

  • At least two years experience in an office environment, and preferably, working in multi-cultural contexts
  • At least a master’s degree in a relevant subject, preferably with a thesis project
  • Experience working with international organisations or collaborations, preferably on issues related to human rights and development
  • An interest in social media and networking are an advantage.

Details of the position

The candidate will initially be offered a one year contract for full-time work (40 hours per week).

The position is in line with IRC’s Project Officer level. The exact remuneration rate will be determined in accordance with the experience and qualifications of the applicant, based on the salary scales of the IRC Office where the candidate will be based. 

Start date from 1 February 2022 or as soon as possible.

There is a preference to appoint a candidate who can work from one of IRC’s African focus country offices in Ouagadougou, Accra, Kampala, Bamako or Addis Ababa. IRC also has project teams and partners based in Kigali and an office in The Hague.

Candidates are kindly requested to respond with a short motivation letter explaining their interest in the position. In this letter, please briefly explain what supporting a global organisation of water, sanitation and hygiene researchers and influencers means to you, as an indication of how you define success in this role.

In addition please share a concise curriculum vitae before 31 December 2021 to IRC, attn. Marion Giese at [email protected] or P.O. Box 82327, 2508 EH, The Hague, The Netherlands. Job interviews will be scheduled online in the week starting 17 January 2022. For additional information please visit our website at www.ircwash.org.


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