WASH Assistants via ReliefWeb

International Medical Corps

Maiduguri, , NG


International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training, relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, non-political, non-sectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations.

International Medical Corps has been operating in Nigeria since November 2013. It currently has its country office in Abuja and field offices in Kano, Sokoto and Maiduguri where it is implementing emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects, building capacity of local health systems and structures, ensuring the provision of quality, accessible Nutrition and Health Care for Children under five years of age.

International Medical Corps is therefore looking for suitable candidates to fill the positions of WASH Assistants to be based in its Maiduguri office.


Job Summary

Under the supervision of WASH Officer, the WASH assistant will be responsible to participate in hygiene campaigns, to participate in house to house Hygiene promotion, and to prepare written material for the field, elaborate clear and adapt message for beneficiaries, as well as oversee the hygiene promotion and other WASH activities conducted by the community hygiene volunteers. The WASH assistant will also take an active role in identification of beneficiaries and distribution of WASH NFIs to target beneficiaries in assigned communities. They will also support the WASH technician in the day to day supervision and follow up of infrastructure work that is implemented by IMC through contractors at community level.


The WASH Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Selection and training of the hygiene promoters (VCM).
  • Collection of bio data for both VCMs and beneficiaries in communities.
  • Input beneficiaries’ data into spread sheet in preparation for distribution of NFI kits in communities.
  • Train and monitor VCMs on how to conduct hygiene promotion sessions and fill their log sheets properly document topics discussed, advice provided, document issues of concern for IMC follow up action, number of attendees to sessions, etc…
  • Collection of VCM log sheet on monthly basis and certifying work done by VCMs.
  • Identification of the most appropriate messages regarding the target population.
  • Organise training sessions and participate in facilitation in IDP camps and host communities.
  • Evaluate the necessary material needed for a campaign/activity.
  • Mobilise the community on change of behaviour regarding hygiene practices.
  • Participate in hygiene campaigns, doing shows in schools and at community level and IDP camps in close coordination with community volunteers
  • Actively participate alongside community volunteers in identifying locations/sites for WASH infrastructures (latrines construction/rehabilitation, borehole drilling/rehabilitation, etc) in the beneficiary communities.
  • Animate focus group, giving clear messages on good hygiene practice.
  • Report the progress of the work to the supervisor and the Head of project
  • Report possible problems or conflict during the activities or any other issues that requires IMC follow up/ action
  • Conduct House hold assessments.
  • Conduct the Distribution of water, hygiene and sanitation items.
  • Collection of water sample from household and source and also conduct quality tests using the delaqua KIT
  • Write daily reports on VCMs evaluation, water testing and NFI distribution.
  • Relating closely with VCMs to identify informal settlements in host communities.
  • Relate with M & E in providing accurate data for impact analysis during post distribution survey and also to input into monthly and quarterly reports
  • Regular reporting of Hygiene Promotion activities to supervisor/ WASH Officer
  • Provide support to other areas of the department as may be required by the supervisor.


  • Minimum of Bachelor Degree or HND in public health, social sciences, education, or related fields
  • Strong communication skills
  • Two (2) to Three (3) years of experience working with an NGO
  • Experience in hygiene promotion in local communities, with children and vulnerable people,
  • Experience in community mobilization and participation,
  • Strong Computer skills (Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint),
  • Fluent in English language (reading and writing).
  • Able to communicate fluently in Hausa and / or Kanuri is an advantage
  • Good understanding of the culture in area of assignment (Maiduguri/Borno State).
  • Familiarity with the local culture, ability to develop respect from a wide range of people and strong ability to communicate effectively on hygiene matters.
  • Experience implementing PHAST or CLTS behaviour change methodology.
  • Prior experience in humanitarian response programs is an added advantage.
How to apply:

Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.

All applications should be addressed to the Human Resource Manager, International Medical Corps via the email: [email protected]

Candidates MUST state the position and location they are applying for as the subject of their email, otherwise applications will not be considered.

Application letter and curriculum vitae should be in a single Microsoft Word Document.

Deadline for submission is 14th March, 2017