Assistant Technical Officer, Water & Sanitation Hygiene

FHI 360

Gamboru, Nigeria 🇳🇬

Position Title:            Assistant Technical Officer-Water & Sanitation Hygiene

Location:                    Ngala Borno state

Supervisor:                Field Coordinator

Project Description:

Northeast Nigeria is currently facing a growing humanitarian crisis with a vast number of Internally Displaced Persons in need of emergency assistance. These IDPs are living among host communities, lacking access to livelihoods and resources, ultimately leading to unprecedented levels of malnutrition and food insecurity. FHI 360 has been working in Nigeria for over 30 years and responded to the humanitarian crisis in the NE for five years. In anticipation of a new project, and in support of ongoing ones, FHI360 seeks an experienced Assistant Technical Officer-Water & Sanitation Hygiene to support our response to the humanitarian crisis in NE Nigeria.         

Basic Function:

The ATO WASH – Officer will provide technical and programmatic support in one of the three field sites. Under the supervision of the Field Coordinator, the ATO WASH- Officer will implement water supply, sanitation, environmental health and hygiene promotion activities in IDP Camps and Host communities. Other responsibilities will include conducting water quality testing for all water points rehabilitated under the program and working with Community Volunteers and latrine users to develop cleaning and maintenance schedules for latrines as well as disseminating hygiene promotion messaging. The role will include coordination with WASH partners at the field level.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Implement WASH activities according to the proposal, as well as proper maintenance and use of WASH equipment.
  • Develop and use appropriate materials for hygiene promotion messaging and training of community-based hygiene promotion volunteers.
  • Timely reporting on program activities (internal and external reports.)
  • Representing FHI 360 externally in both the Humanitarian Community and with Government/LGAs officials as well as developing strong links with WASH and NGO actors. Actively participate in WASH meetings and other Government/UN forums at LGA level.
  • Assist in the coordination and supervision of all the WASH activities in the IDP camps and community in the LGAs.
  • Ensure that WASH activities are delivered as a comprehensive package at the field level.
  • Conduct water quality surveillance/testing programme according to location specific water safety plans.
  • Monitor WASH NFIs supply chain and stock levels in collaboration with warehouse/stores and logistics and coordinate the distribution of NFIs based on needs.
  • Monitor service delivery across all WASH subsectors throughout the IDP camps in the LGA.
  • Ensure appropriate and safe collection, transport, treatment and disposal of all liquid and solid wastes in the IDP camps.
  • Compile weekly, monthly, quarterly plans and reports on general Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion activities .
  • This is not an exhaustive list of the duties and responsibilities of this post and the post-holder may, from time to time, be required to undertake any other reasonable duties and responsibilities as requested including supporting other sectors with WASH expertise.

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:

  • Knowledge of WASH and humanitarian programming in emergency situations.  
  • Technical expertise especially in regard to water supply, sanitation, environmental health and hygiene promotion
  • Ability to work well with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, vendors, consultants, and recipients of assistance.
  • Ability to manage tight deadlines and deliver high volumes of work with minimal supervision.
  • High degree of proficiency in written and spoken English & Hausa communication.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • B.Sc./B.Eng. in Civil Engineering, Water Resource Management, WASH related degree/qualification with at least 1-3 years’ relevant experience.
  • Excellent understanding of WASH activities in humanitarian relief settings.
  • Familiarity with Nigerian public health sector systems and NGOs and CBOs is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with Northern Nigeria WASH context and locations
  • A sound understanding of humanitarian assistance programming is desirable.


FHI 360 is committed to provide a safe environment for all employees, beneficiaries and anyone contracted by FHI 360. This Includes taking measures to protecting vulnerable people from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) by either FHI 360 employees or associated personnel. FHI 360 abides by child safeguarding principles. FHI 360’s Safeguarding Policies apply and flow out to all FHI 360 staff, board members, volunteers, and partner staff (subcontractors, consultants, vendors, and subrecipients), regardless of the funding mechanism or amount of contract, agreement, or purchase order.

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.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding:FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

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.

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