WASH Officer via ReliefWeb

Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid

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About HIJRA:

Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international humanitarian and development organization that positively contributes towards improving the living standards and conditions of those adversely affected by disasters and conflict in the Horn, East & Central Africa by implementing WASH, Health, Education, Livelihoods, Community service & development and Protection programs in the region for a period of more than 20 years.
HIJRA with funding from the UNHCR in Uganda is implementing a multi-Sectoral Program for refugees in Oruchinga settlement (Isingiro district), Nakivale settlement (Isingiro district) and Nyakabande Transit Center (Kisoro district). HIJRA, in a strategy to expand existing program implementing team, is now seeking for a qualified person willing to offer Humanitarian services in the position of WASH Officer to be based in Nakivale – Isingiro District.

Job Summary:

The WASH Officer will support the Sector Lead in the development of WASH strategies for the settlement camp including the upcoming challenges of the management of the infrastructure systems on completion. In order to ensure wider reach out to the refugees and ensure their close involvement in the delivery and management of the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) services, the incumbent will need to establish an appropriate consultative and monitoring framework which would draw the experience and expertise of a wide range of actors both internally and externally. The WASH officer will be responsible for provision of professional technical support and guidance on activities within the areas of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH). Furthermore, the incumbent is required to play a lead role in formulating appropriate project proposals and assistance activities that should be incorporated into the relevant operation programs of HIJRA. The WASH Officer will receive the technical backup and support from the Public Health Engineer currently based in Oruchinga Resettlement Camp.

Reporting Relationships:

The post holder will be responsible to the Field Program Coordinator.


  1. Provide technical assistance to HIJRA offices and program in the development, integration and mainstreaming of appropriate and cost effective WASH programs.

  2. Undertake needs and resource assessments with partners in order to prioritize needs and activities in provision of services to refugees and others persons of concern to HIJRA.

  3. Support operations in Uganda to define the level and scope of HIJRA involvement, expressed in terms of overall and operational objectives during emergency situations as well as in care and maintenance and repatriation/reintegration programs.

  4. Support operation in Uganda to participate in review and analysis of relevant project proposal and budgetary submissions presented by UNHCR partners.

  5. Ensure that project plan and proposal submitted to UNHCR for funding adhere to internationally accepted standard.

  6. Maintain and update WASH contingency plan for potential epidemics, refugee and returnee movement.

  7. Work in a multi-sectorial and coordinated approach in co-operation with Governments, UN agencies, non-Governmental organizations (NGO’s) and other humanitarian partners.

  8. Work closely with UNHCR program, field and protection staff to identify priority WASH and key data requirements for program planning and monitoring to ensure that minimum UNHCR and international standards are being met.

  9. Use community-based approaches, including clear involvement of refugees in the hygiene promotion and others sector that are related to WASH.

  10. Ensure regular update and share information within UNHCR as well as with relevant Government, UN and NGO counterparts and donor communities.

  11. Monitor and evaluate country-level WASH program against standard UNHCR and international indicator to ensure that program are evidence-based and implemented in a comprehensive and cost effective manner.

  12. Make provisions for the installation of WASH services in any new camp or camp extension identified for the settlement of refugees.

  13. Facilitate capacity strengthening activities of HIJRA, UNHCR and its implementing/operational partners to address key areas of WASH importance to refugees and other persons of concern.

  14. Build the capacity and competence of UNHCR’s Public Health and WASH staff.

  15. Ensure WASH is adequately addressed in in-house capacity building activities of the agency such as emergency and operations training.

  16. Prepare, in close coordination with partners and relevant government entities, Operation and Maintenance plans of the infrastructure systems.

  17. Prepare, in close coordination with partners and relevant government entities, solid waste management plans.

  18. Provide guidance and recommendations on WASH programs in Uganda.

  19. Represent HIJRA in WASH meetings.

  20. Provide technical monitoring of activities.

Competencies, Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

· University degree in Water and Sanitation Engineering/Water Resources Development and/or postgraduate degree in one of the Civil Engineering disciplines (Water Supply and/or Hydrology) or Sanitation/Hygiene Engineering.

· Minimum 8 years (6 years with advanced university degree) of relevant work experience.

· At least 3 years of this experience should be in a capacity directly relevant to the current position in an international humanitarian organization dealing with large scale emergencies or displaced/refugee situations.

· Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of WASH.

· Demonstrated experience in organizing and conducting training activities and information campaigns in the areas of environmental sanitation, natural resources management, water quality, bore-hole drilling, vector control and appropriate technologies are important elements for this post.

· Proven technical expertise in the area of WASH assessment including surveys, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and coordination is required.

How to apply:

Application Process:
Qualified Candidates are requested to submit an Application letter and Curriculum Vitae including telephone and emails contacts of three referees including your current/most recent employer.

Applications, addressed to the:

Country Program Manager

Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief AID (HIJRA)

P.O. Box 37703, Kampala, Uganda

Should be sent by email to: [email protected]. The subject line should read WASH Officer.

Applications must be submitted not later than close of business on 20th December, 2016. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

For more information regarding the organization please visit our website www.hijra.or.ke. HIJRA is an equal opportunity employer.