WASH Project Officer
The Programs Department plays a critical role in achieving CMMB’s strategy around improving the lives of women and children, by leading the provision of high quality programs focused on children’s and mothers’ health, and particularly in the development and implementation of our CHAMPS model. This team is also responsible for generating revenue from and partnering effectively with government(s), major foundations, and other major donors, and will help to position and enhance CMMB’s technical capacity and reputation in the field of global healthcare.
CMMB has been working in Kenya for almost 15 years. CMMB works to ensure that the most vulnerable populations, especially mothers and children, have access to quality services in health care, health promotion and illness prevention.
Under the direct supervision of the CHAMPS Project Coordinator, The WASH Project Officer will generally oversee the implementation of Public Health and Social Aspects of WASH project in Athi ward in Kitui South sub-county.
• Identification of training needs and organization of the appropriate trainings for intended beneficiaries including CHVs, community leaders, school health club patrons, health care workers among others.
• Identification of key hygiene practices to be addressed in schools, health facilities and in homes and to engage the community in defining appropriate communication strategies for safe WASH practices
• Mobilization of the affected communities for participation in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of WASH facilities and services.
• Undertaking water quality (microbial, physical and chemical) analysis and purification of water using potable water quality kit, as per water quality technical guidelines approved by the government/WHO.
• Creation of channels for dialogue (water user committees, Parents and Teachers Associations, school’s administration and county water departments to ensure appropriate technical and social interventions in order to secure outcome, impact and sustainability.
Planning and Coordination
• Implementation and monitoring of WASH project activities appropriate to members of the community including children and women.
• Facilitation of the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach through which WASH activities can be implemented.
• Contributing towards development of the WASH program implementation approaches, strategies and the overall (CMMB Children and Mothers Partnerships (CHAMPS) strategy in Kitui.
• Ensuring technical and programmatic quality of the WASH project
• Assisting in preparation of WASH implementation plans or proposals for possible funding.
• Ensuring that program inputs are procured, handled and distributed responsibly.
• Sensitize the community both formally and informally on their role in sustainable water supply and hygiene practices.
• Assisting in the development and/or introduction of new policies, approaches, methods and practices in WASH.
Representation and Networking
• Regularly liaise with the relevant Stakeholders including NGOs involved in water and sanitation interventions for effective implementation of project activities in the operational area
• Compilation of monthly activity reports for inclusion in the qualitative and quantitative reports submitted to Country Office and contributing to the other reports as required.
• You have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental/Public Health, Water management or related field.
• You have a minimum of 4 years’ experience in WASH program in the rural settings.
• You have excellent coordination and networking skills including liaison with WASH stakeholders.
• You have knowledge and experience working on the National Community Health Strategy.
• You have good analytical and writing skills.
• Resource Mobilization and proposal writing experience will be added advantage.
• Experience working in hardship areas in a plus
• You have experience with report-writing
• You have experience working with an NGO • You have experience working with Microsoft Word, Excel and have data analysis software skills • You are comfortable working for a faith-based organization. • You believe in CMMB, where we’re going, and what we can do together to achieve Healthier Lives Worldwide.