Senior Specialist (Regional WASH)

Habitat for Humanity
Nairobi, Kenya
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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It’s an exciting time to be part of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) in East Africa! Habitat has recently centered its operations for East Africa in Nairobi as part of its Global Impact 2025 initiative. This is a dramatic change initiative aimed at tripling our scale, impact and funding by 2025. As part of our rapidly growing regional team, you will be a critical member in helping Habitat realize that vision.

The East Africa hub manages Habitat’s operations across the region, including Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Malawi. Nairobi provides access to some of the largest institutions and organizations shaping eastern Africa today. The East Africa team plays a pivotal role in building Habitat’s brand in the market and helping elevate housing as a critical part of the solution to the complex challenges facing this region.

We are looking for candidates who are driven, resourceful and want desperately to help as many families as possible build strength and stability through housing. We want people who are uncompromisingly committed to Habitat for Humanity’s vision and core values of courage (to do what’s right), accountability (to take personal responsibility for the mission and our actions) and humility (to remember that we are part of something bigger than ourselves). Together, we will achieve a world where everyone has a decent place to live.


We are now recruiting a water and sanitation professional for the one-year position of Senior Specialist – Regional Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Reporting to the East Africa Regional Director, this Senior Specialist is responsible for leading the design, implementation and monitoring of WASH infrastructure interventions within East Africa. The purpose of the position is to support the improvement of access to sustainable WASH services and over all wellbeing of communities. In carrying out the work, this WASH professional interacts with other regional/national/headquarters staff, partner organizations and contracted subject matter experts (SMEs).

JOB LOCATION & TRAVEL: Nairobi, Kenya. Travel up to 40% within East Africa.


*Lead WASH business development in the region.
*Conduct technical assessments and data analysis of WASH services.
*Plan and organize capacity building programs for community water management, water quality surveillance and response planning, sanitation and hygiene promotion.
*Support the design and implementation of WASH infrastructure related activities within the region and other Habitat networks.
*Ensure program efficiency and delivery in particular referring to cost effective and innovative solutions to accelerate trend of access with analysis of potential and sector environment.
*Develop Bill of Quantities, and tender documents when necessary.
*Prepare and launch tender bidding procedure for contractor(s).
*Supervise the engineering works related to WASH projects in the region.
*Inspect and certify all WASH infrastructure before contractors are paid, when necessary.
*Provide technical expertise related to the planned WASH infrastructure works carried out by projects.
*Ensure that expenditures and budgets are well-monitored and activities are implemented and completed within budget and on schedule.
*Ensure that all WASH infrastructure are within the acceptable sector and country standards.
*Ensure critical gaps in information, knowledge and understanding relating to water supply, water safety, water resource management and sanitation and hygiene promotion are recognized and addressed by stakeholders in the Habitat programs and partners.
*Draw a capacity building plan and build capacity of Habitat staff on WASH projects.
*Develop technical resources (e.g. strategic framework, standard operating procedures, manuals) to guide WASH Infrastructure interventions, drawing from international best practices, along with field specific observations.
*Develop clear infrastructure monitoring tools (e.g. checklists).
*Participate and represent HFHI in regional WASH sector meetings.
*Support Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team to conduct project monitoring and evaluation of WASH projects.
*Support the resource development team in resource mobilization.
*Document and manage the resources generated from WASH projects monitoring and evaluation for improving future program quality.
*Write WASH reports and submit to the project manager.


*Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Mechanical engineering or Geological Engineering. Master’s Degree preferred. Candidates with a background in business administration with equivalent WASH experience in the field may also apply.
*8+ years’ experience in WASH infrastructure projects (tender procedure, design, planning, implementation, budgeting, reporting, evaluation and monitoring) and good understanding of current WASH sector trends and indicators.
*Strong project management background with the ability to implement projects within budget and time frame.
*Clearly understand development and disaster WASH contexts and must have some years of experience working in both contexts.
*Experience working with multiple donors and understand donor requirements and how to meet them.
*Adult training skills, as well as capacity building, facilitation and presentation skills.
*Report and grant writing skills.
*Fluent in English (oral and written). Ability to speak and write French is an added advantage.
*Ability to think strategically to place WASH beyond “business as usual”; resourceful and creative.
*A high level of diplomacy and networking skills; cross-cultural sensitivity.
*Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
*Good organizational skills including accuracy, consistency, and attention to detail.
*Ability to work under minimal or no supervision, while also able to be a team player and ready to work in a team building environment.
*Computer literate and able to use AutoCAD and ArcGIS.
*Ability to travel up to 40%, mostly within East Africa.
*Active support of HFHI commitments and values:
-Humility – We are part of something bigger than ourselves
-Courage – We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular
-Accountability – We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission
-Safeguarding - HFHI requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work. Managers at all levels have responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children), and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.