Lab Assistant (WASH)

Harem, Syria 🇸🇾

Job Purpose:

To ensure that GOAL supplies quality drinking water to beneficiaries, the WASH Lab Assistant will be responsible for carrying out all laboratory experiments to test the water quality. The lab assistant will also be responsible for testing the quality of fuel that GOAL is supplying to the water station generators

Duties, objectives and competencies

  • Properly collect water samples from households, water stations and any other water point as necessary;
  • Properly collect fuel samples from water stations and any other point as necessary;
  • Carry out laboratory assessments to test water quality attributes including but not limited to faecal coliforms, free and total chlorine, pH, and turbidity;
  • Carry out laboratory assessments to test fuel quality attributes including but not limited to Flash Point, Water Content, Sulphur Continent, Cetane Index, Total contamination
  • Complete data entry into correct data collection software;
  • Liaise with water unit staff and GOAL WASH team to ensure the ability to regularly collect water samples;
  • Work closely with water units lab assistants and provide the required knowledge and training to Water Units staff to ensure their ability to carry out water tests independently;
  • Work alongside Monitoring and Evaluation team as required;
  • Provide feedback for the design of water and fuel quality testing as necessary;
  • Prepare and maintain fuel and water quality reports;
  • Provide the WASH DPM with daily and weekly water quality results, alerting the staff of extreme poor water quality tests immediately;

 Requirements (essential):

  • Degree level qualification in chemistry, or other related discipline;
  • Proven experience in Laboratory activities, and handling laboratory’s equipment;
  • Proven Experience in field water treatment and quality control;
  • Ability to travel and work in Syria up to 5 days per week;
  • Keeping organizational confidentiality;
  • Ability to manage and prioritise a varied workload in a rapidly changing work environment;
  • Willingness to learn and to take on extra duties as required;
  • Good computer skills including Microsoft word and excel;
  • A flexible approach to work and willingness to work additional hours or on weekends as required;

Requirements (desired):

  • Previous NGO experience in humanitarian work;
  • Working fluency in English (is an advantage)


GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

The deadline for applying for this position 28th Feb 2018