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WASH Officer Job in Lodwar, Turkana

Position: WASH Officer 

Functionally Responsible To: Project Coordinator (PC) 

Technically Responsible To: Project Health Coordinator (PHC) 

Working With: Kenyan Ministry of Health authorities at district level and Health Facility Staff, Merlin field team, CHW’s 

Location: Lodwar, Turkana 

The Purpose of the Job 

The overall objective of the position is to develop, implement, monitor and report on all WASH technical aspects of Merlin’s projects in assigned areas of Turkana. S/he will ensure that field staff and partners adhere to technical and standard protocols in WASH. Train and mentor staff as well as participate in WASH assessments, surveys and proposal design processes. 

The WASH Officer will work under the supervision of the Project Health Coordinator and in close collaboration with the MOPHS authorities and staff at district and community level. 

Position Summary: The officer is responsible for the ongoing management, continuing development, and daily supervision of all activities under Merlin’s linked water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion objectives. 

Essential Responsibilities and Duties: 
  • Facilitate Rapid Hygiene & Sanitation Promotion with special attention to hand washing with soap at critical times in coordination with DPHO, MoH and other relevant partners.
  • Distribution of emergency WASH supplies e.g. soap, jerricans ,HWTS technologies e.g water filters and chlorine tablets and training in their use.
  • Assessment of WASH needs in the Health Centre/Feeding Centres and identification of necessary repairs to WASH infrastructure.
  • Report on the status of WASH infrastructure in Health facilities & Outreaches, coordinate with District Water Officer & DPHO for rehabilitation/repairs to WASH infrastructure, supervise & monitor progress.
  • Mobilization of community groups & training on HHWTS & hygiene promotion activities,
  • Conduct community assessments to identify critical requirements for program interventions with a particular focus on returnees, women, and vulnerable populations.
  • Maintain ongoing Merlin WASH activities focused on water point construction and rehabilitation, household and community sanitation, hygiene promotion, and community mobilization / sensitization
  • Promote and work to expand community capacity on WASH, with sensitivity to the political and cultural context.
  • Consult with beneficiary groups, community leaders, and relevant line ministries while planning project implementation
  • Conduct and design WASH activities with the utmost sensitivity for the safety and well-being of beneficiaries.
  • Review and write all WASH and WASH-inclusive proposals, reports, assessments, research in consultation with the PHC and other field and country office senior staffs.
  • Actively support timely, substantive, and appropriate documents that lead to funding support from donors in coordination with the PHC.
Qualifications & Requirements: 

This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment. 

An advanced graduate degree in Environmental Health Science or related fields preferred, it can be substituted with relevant and equivalent experience 

Demonstrated leadership, written, communication and teamwork skills. 

Experience with data collection and analysis. 

Experience living and working in an insecure environment and with local communities. 

At least 2 years experience working with an INGO, developing and implementing WASH activities 

Demonstrated statistical survey, analysis, presentation skills, logistical planning and problem solving skills 

Applications including cover letter, CV, references and salary history should be sent to: 

Project coordinator, 
Merlin Turkana, 
P.O Box 93, Lodwar. 


So as to reach him not later than 14th of September, 2011 5.00 PM. 

Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply. 

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted

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