Hygiene and Sanitation Officer

Plan International

Yabelo, Ethiopia 🇪🇹

Date: 03-Mar-2023

Location: Yabello, Ethiopia

Company: Plan International

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 85 years, and are now active in more than 80 countries.

Roll Purpose

The main purpose of the job is to implement Joint WASH & WASH-NFI activities for the Emergency/Disaster Rapid Response project which mainly focuses to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all and improving Hygiene promotion services. The post holder will report to the Program Manager and with a dotted line or matrix relationship to the WASH/program Coordinator, the RRM WASH Manager/ Thematic Sector Lead, and others based in the country office.

  • The post holder will have responsibility for the feasibility study, detail design, BOQ, contract management, regular monitoring, WASH construction supervision, quality control, and report preparations of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene facilities. 
  • Provide technical support to district staff and WASHCO members for the planning and implementation of WASH and hygiene practices at the community, school, and health facility levels in the target villages
  • Work in collaboration with community members, local health staff such as community health workers and the women development army (WDA) to implement regular growth monitoring and growth promotion activities
  • Support and promote target selection and lead community dialogue sessions.
  • Facilitate and lead the district stakeholder for the Implementation and integration of WASH and health and nutrition projects.
  • Collect and record any documentation about the project history for learning, and reporting 
  • She/he will ensure a smooth working environment and teamwork within Plan International Ethiopia the respective field staff and across the WASH, health and nutrition partners

Accountiblity & Responsiblity

  • Responsible for the quality standard of all sanitation & Hygiene promotion works
  • Ensure that the WASH promotion activities of the project are implemented according to the approved donor and government agreements.
  • Planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and review of response activities as per the agreed document with donors and partners.
  • Carrying out needs assessments and identifying activities to increase awareness and enhance hygiene behavior change.
  • Report request of material needed for the Sanitation & Hygiene promotion activities and design IEC material according to the specific targeted group (adults, children, and persons living with disabilities).
  • Design, monitor and implement WASH promotion activities according to the identified needs. These may include but are not limited to: conducting sex and age-segregated consultations with the affected community, WASH kits distributions, WASH kits use demonstrations, water treatment, and water quality monitoring, training and follow-up of community health workers, and cleaning campaigns.
  • Design, monitor and implement WASH promotion activities that keep the community and the staff safe from the risk of WASH-related diseases.
  • Provide daily/weekly reports to the immediate supervisor. Provide monthly and quarterly reports for line managers and WaSH Project Managers
  • Provide WASH promotion-related training for the Water Management Committee, governmental technicians, and concerned community members related to measures to remain protected from WASH-related disease and the importance of proper use and maintain WASH infrastructures for the community to remain safe and healthy.
  • Work in close coordination with the community and all its representatives, including women, children, the elderly, and persons living with disabilities to ensure the specific needs and suggestions of all targeted beneficiaries are known. Work in close coordination with the WASH Coordinator and other sectors colleagues to ensure that the overall WASH response addresses the needs of the targeted population, in the respect of dignity and local culture.
  • Develop a checklist for WASH NFI distribution and monitor regular data collection in the field during needs assessments, post-distribution monitoring and, baseline, and end-line surveys.
  • Undertakes any other relevant tasks assigned by the supervisor.

Policy engagement and networking

  • In addition to the Sanitation & Hygiene promotion officer, he/she can serve as a principal representative to WASH thematic networks and clusters in the project areas that have relevance to the project implementation, create collaborative and positive partnerships and alliances, and influence policy that maximizes the impact of the project.
  • Establish links and good relationships with relevant district government authorities, UN organizations, NGOs, academic and research institutions, and the media, in the area of water, sanitation, and hygiene to draw information and knowledge for project efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Makes follow-up and proper documentation and share district government information, and strategies with respect to water sanitation and hygiene.

Partnership development and strengthening

  • Periodically collect project-related and relevant information about other organizations working within the target districts to gain institutional knowledge of the environment.
  • Seeks opportunities for different kinds of partnership for enhanced quality project implementation.
  • Provide technical assistance and build the capacities of WASHCOs, clubs and local partners in project management.
  • for smooth project implementation of the project Facilitates communication and interaction between partners/collaborators

Relationship Management / Communications

  • Reports to: project manager & Program Coordinator

Key relationships

  • Internally: The job holder has a close working relationship internally with the following departments and/or functions:
  • Field teams (all officers); PA team and CO staffs
  • Externally: The job holder has a close working relationship externally with the following departments and/or functions:
  • Program beneficiaries, local government sector offices, particularly zonal and woreda Agricultural Office, Zonal and woreda water development, DRMC offices and. NGOs operating in PA. 

Child Protection and Gender Equality Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate commitment to Plan’s child protection policy through implementing the policy in its entirety, and report any actual or potential risk situations following the reporting procedures, being aware of abuse and risks to children, being vigilant, and becoming familiar with the Child Protection Policy.
  • Raise children’s rights/protection awareness and the importance of gender equality and respect for diversity within Plan and amongst partners and community members.
  • Child protection and gender equality policies are understood by the staff and partners.
  • Ensure equal participation and benefit of boys and girls and children with disabilities in all phases of project implementation.
  • Ensure enough budget and resources are allocated for gender equality activity in their respective area annual plans and project activities.
  • Support partners in understanding plans’ gender equality strategy and program criteria and capacity-building activities on gender as part of the regular work at the field level.
  • Ensure the representation of Plan Ethiopia in their respective project from gender equality perspectives.
  • Plan Ethiopia has put in place a CP policy that all of its staff must adhere to and sign.

Donor Reporting

  • Prepare and provide all the necessary technical and information inputs to prepare quarterly, mid-term and yearly reports and end-of-project report deliverables, as per standard templates and direction provided, including all narrative and financial content and associated annexes.
  • Prepare and submit monthly narrative reports, including updates on project progress and outstanding issues to the line manager and communication department as necessary.
  • Identify and communicate any issues related to project delay to the line manager, and other concerned bodies and include relevant mitigation/contingency plans.
  • Assist and ensure that results of any internal Plan-led or external donor-led audits are addressed.
  • Provide technical support for government partners and program unit staff on effective M and E applications. 
  • Identify, document, and disseminate best practices, success stories, and stories of changes from within and outside the Plan to staff and other development partners.
  • Ensure project learning and achievements are documented and disseminated widely.
  • Ensure all project documentation is filed and organized for accountability purposes.

Dealing with Problems:

  • The post holder will coordinate field-based staff in collaboration with any other department to ensure the highest level of program quality and overall impact. This will encompass strengthening accountability, planning, management, adherence to policies and procedures, and promoting a culture for the delivery of results.
  • The position involves a high degree of complexity in resolving a wide range of challenges that typically occur in project management. The post holder will demonstrate the ability to solve problems, think strategically while implementing projects, and introduce innovations as needed to meet the demands of a dynamic operating environment while ensuring Plan systems and policies are adhered to.
  • Understands organizational strategies and contributes to their fulfilment by supporting his/her team to play their roles and implement programs in accordance with organizational values, goals, and requirements. 
  • Working at the community and district level to give support to partners and sector staff influences PA colleagues to adhere to required implementation standards in an integrated manner to support the sustainability and effectiveness of the PlE programs.

Key relationships

To maximize overall Project impact through the optimized contributions of others, the post holder will be required to initiate, develop and maintain a range of working relationships, including with government counterparts, implementing partners, community organizations, and other development organizations within the region/project area.

Internally s/he must have an effective working relationship with the programs department, PA staff, and the Project team is essential. The job holder will have frequent communication with his line manager, the program area staff and support staff at Plan International Ethiopia, colleagues at Plan National Offices, and various internal staff networks.

Technical expertise, skills, and knowledge


Educational Qualification and Experience

  • University degree in Environmental Health, Water supply, Public Health or a related subject. Adequate experience in the field will substitute for formal qualifications.
  • Minimum 4 years of solid experience of which experience in the Sanitation & hygiene promotion work in the WASH sector and experience in emergency WASH is advantageous.
  • Experience in WASH facilities construction, maintenance & Rehabilitation in a complex and demanding workload.
  • Substantial experience in coordinating, mobilizing community, planning, implementation, supervision, monitoring and reporting related to the role
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work in rural areas where the project is implemented, within approved security frameworks.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication, presentation, and facilitation skills and an ability to train and mentor staff.
  • Desired spoken and written English.
  • Good computer skills (particularly Excel, Word and databases).

Desirable Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector.
  • Knowledge and experience in supervising infrastructures.
  • In-depth knowledge of project cycle management and child-centred community development programming.
  • Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities, and implications to community development.
  • Knowledge of effective participatory Monitoring, Evaluation, and lesson learning systems and the process of project cycle management.
  • Experience in the implementation of integrated WASH, Health and Nutrition projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with colleagues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation.
  • Strong negotiation, influencing, and problem-solving skills.
  • Numeracy and the ability to interpret financial data, to understand budgetary processes including planning, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Ability to analyse information and evaluate options including planning skills.
  • Proficient in computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications.
  • Ability to interpret financial data, to provide management support to budgetary processes including planning, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility: the ability to operate effectively under a stressful and working environment, often under tight timelines and high donor expectations
  • Child centre development and Gender are aware.
  • Fluency in English and Amharic languages Knowledge and skill of local languages is a plus.
  • High levels of attention to detail and quality

Additional Skills Specific to the Post

  • Fluency in English and Amharic languages Knowledge and skill of local languages is a plus.
  • High levels of attention to detail and quality
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with colleagues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation.
  • Strong negotiation, influencing, and problem-solving skills.
  • Numeracy and the ability to interpret financial data, to understand budgetary processes including planning, monitoring, and reporting
  • Ability to analyze information and evaluate options including planning skills.
  • Proficient in computer skills and use of relevant software and other application


  • Good knowledge of the area and local custom
  • Basic computer skills (desirable and advantageous)
  • Languages required:
  • High level of the local language skill (mandatory), Amharic, and English languages;

Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organisation by being open, honest and transparent. We hold ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others, while doing what we say we will do.

We strive for lasting impact

We strive to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, responsive, focused and innovative.

We work well together

We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organisation, including our sponsors and donors. We actively support our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams, across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners.

We are inclusive and empowering

We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge inequality in our programmes and our workplace. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.

Location: Borena

Type of Role: Emergency Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Officer

Reports to: Project Coordinator

Salary: xxx

Closing Date: March 10,2023

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates. 





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