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WASH Specialist Job in Nairobi Kenya


Caritas Switzerland and Caritas Luxembourg are non-governmental aid agencies and members of Caritas Internationalis.

Caritas works worldwide and adheres to international humanitarian principles (NGO code of conduct).

Caritas Switzerland and Caritas Luxembourg act in the frame of a MoU as a consortium in the region East and Horn of Africa.

They operate a joint office in Nairobi and country offices in Hargeisa (Somaliland) and Torit (Sudan).

Caritas Switzerland / Luxembourg is currently seeking to recruit a WASH Specialist to complement the WASH Unit.

The WASH Unit in Nairobi provides technical assistance, training and advise to WASH projects in the region (Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa). 

 WASH Specialist 

Reporting to:
 WASH Unit Coordinator 

 Nairobi, Kenya with regular travel to Sudan, Somaliland and Ethiopia 

 As soon as possible 

Duration: Open

Key tasks & responsibilities
  • Providing technical assistance to the Swiss Water Consortium’s projects and activities in Eastern Africa and Southern Africa and promote knowledge sharing between consortium partners and projects;
  • Providing strategic and technical assistance to Caritas’ WASH projects in the region (at different phases of the project management cycle: e.g. project design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation);
  • Training, capacity building and workshop facilitation on WASH related topics and development of WASH related participatory methods and tools; and
  • Acting as WASH Unit Coordinator when the WASH Unit Coordinator is out of office.
  • Advanced University degree in a relevant field (e.g. public health, water supply, social sciences, environmental sciences or a field relevant to international WASH related development assistance);
  • At least five years professional work experience with a non-governmental organisation, including fieldwork experience preferably in Somaliland and/or South Sudan;
  • Proven track record in training, capacity building, PM&E, and PRA methodologies;
  • Strong analytical capacity – working and thinking on an academic level;
  • Outstanding communication and advisory skills (e.g. experience with (technical) advisory services, facilitating meetings, workshops and training for varied audiences);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, knowledge of German will be an added advantage;
  • Flexibility, good interpersonal and networking skills, ability to work in multi-cultural environment and sensitivity to cultural values;
  • Knowledge of the Caritas network and the structures and activities of the Catholic Church is an added advantage.
Special Remarks: 

This is a national position. Qualified women are especially encouraged to apply.


If you feel you fit the required profile, please let us know how your qualifications, experience and career aspirations match the requirements of this position.

Send your application latest by 15th of September 2011 via email to indicating ‘WASH Specialist Nairobi’ in the subject line.

Please provide an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) with details of your qualifications, experience, present position and remuneration, earliest date of availability, telephone contacts and names of three referees.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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