Hygiene Promotion Assistant

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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Job Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. The IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 conflict zones in the world. We address both the immediate, life saving needs of conflict-affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post conflict societies. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and thorough accountability to those we serve.  The IRC is an international agency with offices in London, New York, and Geneva.  

For the last nine years, the IRC has helped Somali populations address their basic humanitarian needs, while simultaneously supporting localized longer term opportunities. With a strong footprint in South Gaalkacyo (since 2007), Mogadishu (since 2011), Garowe (since 2012), and Dhusamareb (since 2015), the IRC has developed a solid humanitarian portfolio in the field of health, women’s protection and empowerment, water, hygiene and sanitation, and economic empowerment. In addition, the IRC piloted a local governance program in Puntland as a way to bridge local participation and community development.

Summary of Core Duties
The Hygiene Promotion Assistant (HPA) will train IDPs and host communities on proper hygiene practice. Will organize and build the capacity of WMCs (water management committees) and HPs (Hygiene Promoters Committees) in IDP camps and villages throughout Mudug and Galgaduud Regions. The HPA will create links between the IRC, the community elders, the community at large and other stakeholders.
Community Mobilization and Sensitization
To ensure that existing hygiene promotion activities are being undertaken correctly in designated project locations, usually in coordination with other WASH activities.
To facilitate community hygiene outreach for internally displaced people (IDPs) in villages including the host communities.
To participate in surveys of selected communities, and monitor social change and new social information relevant to community empowerment; 
To ensure effective and timely reporting of activities undertaken on a weekly basis.
To identify potential leaders and/or organizers.
Capacity Building
To identify capacity building needs of the beneficiary community and organize focal person trainings
Identify and train VCHPs (volunteer community hygiene promoters), WMCs (water management Committees), School going children based on child-to-child participatory hygiene promotion methods and HPs (Hygiene promoters) in IDP camps.
Organize and conduct hygiene promotion campaigns to ensure hygiene promotion best practices.
Provide timely reports on the field trips, monitoring visits and assessments to the WASH Officer
Compile weekly, monthly and other circumstantial reports as may be required 
Directly under the supervision of WASH Officer but overall answerable to the Senior WASH Officer and EH Coordinator

General Responsibility
Co-operate with other IRC colleagues, Community Elders, Volunteers, partner organizations and community members as part of a network of Stakeholders.
Understand and adhere TO IRC‘s established policies and procedures for administration, Finance, Procurement, Safety and Security management and project management.



A certificate/Diploma in Public health or related discipline, or 2 years of relevant experience with an NGO in community water, sanitation and hygiene program.
Strong communication and organisational skills
Fluency in spoken and written English and Somali
Proficiency in use of computer programs( MS Office, Internet e.t.c)
Experience in the use of community participatory approaches such as PHAST, CHAST and CLTS 

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.