WASH Assistant (Engineer)

FHI 360

Semera, Ethiopia 🇪🇹

Organizational Overview:

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender equality, youth, research, technology, communication, and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development and humanitarian challenge in more than 70 countries. FHI 360’s Crisis Response team is responding to the humanitarian emergency in the Northern Ethiopia through an integrated health, nutrition, WASH, and Protection program focused on decreasing morbidity and mortality among the conflict-affected population.

Job Summary:

Under supervision of the Senior WASH Officer, the WASH Assistant is responsible for supporting all scale-up of public health engineering components of the WASH activities in FHI 360 implementation areas in Afar region. The WASH Assistant-Engineer will be responsible for helping the WASH officer in providing technical guidance to contractors, skilled and unskilled daily laborer’s, IDPs and partners at field level under his duty areas of assignment and ensure that public health engineering components of the program implementation adheres to appropriate international standards and Ministry of water and health guidelines.

Accountabilities:

  • Support the WASH officer in facilitating the process of establishing smooth and fulfilling work relationships with host government offices and their implementing arms.
  • Support the timely startup of planned WASH undertakings in zone and zone 2 intervention woredas.
  • Assist and technically support the Senior/WASH officer in the design, implementation and oversight of all PHE and undertakings of the overall WASH responses.
  • Represent FHI 360 at various levels of WASH platforms including the WASH Cluster and its technical working groups when assigned by the supervisor.
  • Deputize the senor WASH officer and/or WASH Officers during their absence.
  • Support the WASH officer in facilitating the process of establishing smooth and fulfilling work relationships with line government offices and their implementing arms in areas of duty assignment.
  • Work closely with other FHI 360 units – including health and nutrition, logistics and finance, HR and administration – to ensure programmatic integrations, effectiveness, efficiency and compliance.
  • Support the officer in drafting internal and external reports by collection and sharing basic primary data from field on regular basis.
  • Guide and support WASH volunteers and WASHCos to discharge their duties
  • Support the WASH Officer in Identifying infrastructural and IPC problems within health facility settings to come up with technical and financial propositions of how they can be fixed.
  • Identify WASH needs within target communities, including identification of water systems, analyzing dysfunctionalities and coming up with technical and financial proposition of how the systems can be restored
  • Support the WASH officer to prepare detailed procurement, supply, and spending plans for identified WASH PHE undertakings under your areas of assignment as needed.
  • Support contractors, skilled and unskilled labors and volunteers in closely and daily following up WASH _PHE related interventions implementation to meet the anticipated quality standards.
  • Any additional tasks assigned by the supervisor.

Competencies

There are 31 FHI360 development competencies. The focus for this particular job will be:

  • Project Management (Planning and Time Management) – accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks (sets objectives/goals/measures). Breaks down work into steps, schedules, task/people assignments. Marshal’s people, time, and resource efficiently. Arranges information in a useful manner and orchestrates multiple activities at once.
  • Problem Solving – analyzes problems, seeks input from others and considers a variety of solutions. Chooses most efficient and effective solutions with attention to the impact that solution has on other projects and tasks.
  • Technical Skills and Learning – lets go of outdated processes and procedures, seeks out resources to enhance technical skills, and readily learns new industry processes, systems and products.
  • Employees are expected to possess or have high potential for development of these three fundamental competencies. 

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Articulate, professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner with clients and staff.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English, fluent in host country language as appropriate.
  • Basic knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures with project design.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office suite software.
  • Ability to problem solve and recommend corrective action as needed.
  • Strong organizational and attention to detail needed to adhere to project deadlines.
  • Effective communications in information shared by ensuring attention is paid to the specific components (i.e., formatting) of the communication, successful delivery and accountability for specific components (i.e., keeping timelines updated).

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Works on problems that are limited in scope.
  • Problems are routine in nature and are standard procedures and policies.
  • Works independently and within a team on special non-recurring and ongoing projects.
  • Exercises judgment within defined practices and policies to perform duties.
  • Decisions made generally affect own job or specific functional area.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Has no supervisory responsibility.
  • Uses independent judgment to determine workflow and priorities.
  • Receives instructions on new assignments.
  • Typically reports to Sr. WASH Officer.

Education

  • Bsc degree in civil engineering, Water engineering or any relevant field of study. Additional two years of experience in a similar position in NGO setting can be considered in lieu of the associate degree/diploma. 

Experience:

  • At least 2-3 years of national work experience in NGO setting, working on emergency and development WASH or any other humanitarian project is strongly required.  
  • Capable to form networks and liaise with local stakeholders.
  • Fluent in local language and excellent in English.   
  • Prior experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO) preferred.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift/move up to 5 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Travel Requirements:

  • Less than 10-25 %

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

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