WASH Officer (Engineer)

FHI 360

Axum, Ethiopia 🇪🇹


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 Tigray, focusing on emergency health, nutrition, and WASH activities to support the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality.  


Under supervision of the WASH Coordinator, the WASH Officer_ Engineer is responsible for supporting all scale-up of public health engineering components of the WASH activities in FHI 360 implementation areas in Tigray region. The WASH Officer – Engineer will be responsible for helping the WASH Coordinator 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 both public health engineering and promotion of components of the program implementation adheres to appropriate international standards and Ministry of Health guidelines. .


  • Support the WASH Coordinator in facilitating the process of establishing smooth and fulfilling work relationships with host government offices and their implementing arms.
  • Ensure a timely startup of planned WASH construction related undertakings in the upcoming response scale up in Tigray region.
  • Assist the WASH Coordinator and technically support the WASH assistants in the design, implementation and oversight of all PHE and PHP undertakings of the overall WASH responses.
  • Represent FHI 360 at various levels of WASH platforms including the WASH Cluster and its technical working groups.
  • Deputize the WASH Coordinator and/or WASH Officers during their absence.
  • 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.
  • Draft design bills of quantities, specifications, and cost estimates for proposed public health engineering interventions including for renovation of health facilities.
  • Regular produce and share timely progress updates to the regional WASH cluster and other relevant parts in consultation with his supervisor.
  • Draft internal and external reports in English at required intervals.
  • Guide and support WASH assistants to discharge their duties
  • Identify infrastructural and IPC problems within health facility settings and 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.
  • Participate and lead technical assessments as required – including KAP surveys and detailed damage status assessments. Prepare relevant reports and ensure good documentations are in place, including pictorial reports that will inform FHI 360’s humanitarian efforts.
  • Take the lead and support WASH assistants-engineers to prepare detailed procurement, supply, and spending plans for identified WASH PHE&PHP undertakings.
  • Support the WASH coordinator to ensure effective follow up while tracking the spending’s against the plan to ensure they are implemented within the budget frame and in compliance with FHI 360 and donor requirements.
  • Supervise and produce progress reports on implementation of planned basic rehabilitations and infrastructural improvements at IDPs, community and inside health facilities.
  • Support and guide field assistants, contractors, skilled and unskilled labors and volunteers in closely and daily following up WASH related interventions implementation to meet the anticipated quality standards.
  • Support in processing relevant written external communications as required.
  • Any additional tasks assigned by the supervisor.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Proficiency with database management software and on-line search tools required.
  • Development of scope of work and deliverables for partners, consultants, etc.
  • Has sensitivity to cultural diversity and understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.
  • Articulate, professional, and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner with clients and staff.
  • Basic working knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures with providing technical support for technical research studies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with using Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data, identify errors, and prepare reports.
  • Ability to solve problems and implement corrective action as needed.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English.


There are 31 FHI 360 development competencies, of greatest 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. Marshals people, time, and resources efficiently. Arranges information in a useful manner and orchestrates multiple activities at once.
  • People Management (Making Others Great) – Facilitate professional development of staff by providing challenging, learning assignments and opportunities. Shares and solicits feedback monthly at the very least. Helps establish compelling development plans. Assigns responsibility and accountability for tasks/decisions. Monitors process, progress, and results. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best.
  • Creating and Managing Systems and Processes – Recognizes the need for standardization and balances client and organization need in systems design. Anticipates the effects of process change on people while optimizing task efficiency and simplicity.
  • Employees are expected to possess or have high potential for the development of these three fundamental competencies.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Works on problems of moderate scope that require analysis or interpretation of various factors.
  • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.
  • Builds rapport with internal and external staff.
  • Decision may affect a work unit or area within a department.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Has no supervisory responsibility.
  • Receives general instructions on routine work, detailed instructions on new assignments or projects.
  • Typically reports to Senior WASH Officer.

Education: **

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Water engineering or any relevant field of study.

Experience: **

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Water engineering or any relevant field of study.
  • 3-5 years of national work experience in NGO setting, working on emergency and development WASH or any other humanitarian project is strongly required.  
  • Knowledge of engineering soft wares including Autocad, Watercad and EPHanet is an asset.
  • Experience representing employer at relevant platforms and liaising with key stakeholders.
  • Willing to travel frequently and for extended period of time to FHI 360 operational locations.
  • Fluent in local language and excellent in English.

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.

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:

  • 10% – 25%

Date Revised: 09/13/2021

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.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development