WASH Technical Advisor Job in Kenya

Terre des hommes (Tdh) - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Terms of Reference: WASH Technical Advisor

I. Background to the Consultancy

WASH activities are closely related to health goals as they represent basic requirements for any health care service.

However, WASH essential services, infrastructures and knowledge are often lacking in many health care facilities (HCF) and at community level, thus decreasing the accessibility and quality of health services for children and pregnant and lactating women and having a direct impact on children’s health including nutrition status.

WASH interventions contribute to improve health, IMCI and nutrition services and practices in health care facilities and communities.

As a consequence it is expected to decrease the risk of diarrhoeal disease and environmental enteropathy in children under 5, and nutrient absorption and immunity and risk of deteriorating nutritional status.

Tdh implements an integrated health and WASH program aiming at improving access to quality health, IMCI and nutrition services for pregnant women and children under 5 years old in Garissa County through the provision of basic water, hygiene, sanitation and infection prevention and control services in 15 health care facilities (HCF) and surrounding communities.

II. Purpose of the Consultancy

The WASH technical advisor will be responsible of the initial technical assessment, planning, implementation, and technical supervision of WASH activities in Lagdera, Dadaab and Garissa Sub Counties in Garissa County under the guidance of the Project Manager.

III. Expected outcomes

Conduct any technical data collection needed for the identification of WASH needs in the health facilities supported by Tdh with the Kobo toolbox tools.

Prepare the technical description of renovations, constructions or improvements related to WASH infrastructure and services at health facilities.

Prepare the required documentation for the contract of the service providers for WASH activities following the instructions of the Logistics Manager.

Prepare any document, procurement procedure or technical description required for any needed WASH equipment’s, materials, or services.

Develop, implement, and monitors the WASH projects, in accordance with multiple objectives, activities and targets outlined within current donor proposals and in line with projects’ budgets

Ensure that activities are appropriately monitored and evaluated and proposes, and amendments to WASH strategy, under the supervision of the Project Manager.

Provide technical support to WASH team members as needed.

Technical competencies and requirements

Strong knowledge in civil engineering and rural hydraulics and ability to develop accurate bill of quantities for WASH facilities construction and rehabilitation

Strong technical drawings skills (CAD) and rigor in the technical specifications of the work to be carried out

Skills in the logistical processes of construction management, including tender documents, preparation and monitoring of construction contracts Knowledge of national and international standards in terms of construction, especially in health centers facilities including water supply, sanitation and biomedical waste management.

Experience and competence in mobile data collection (Kobo and/or ODK collect)

Monitor and inspect progress of construction works, by making regular follow up visits to construction sites and make sure that construction works are performed within the agreed deadlines and by respecting the quality standards previously defined

Check delivery of materials (quality control), overall supervision of the construction sites and make sure that works are done according to technical specifications and are corresponding in terms of quality.

Maintain proper records of all tests carried out to ensure quality compliance to construction sites

Certify all payments after verification of work performed at sites in coordination with the project manager.

Attend site meetings with contractors and stakeholders at regular intervals, and elaborate minutes of meetings.

Advise on works that might eventually incur extra costs, on time (variations to the contracts, time and cost, if any, shall be verified and appropriate decision should be taken with the Tdh team)

Propose recommendations related to improvement of methods and quality of works

Liaise with all relevant institutions to guarantee an effective progress and conclusion of all construction in all sites including the defects liability period


Provides compiled meeting minutes reports to the project manager

Ensures a monthly data analysis reports are submitted

Upon completion of the assignment, submits handover report

Contributes to donor reporting upon request

Elaborate all technical documentation related to the construction/rehabilitation work conducted


Comply with Tdh security regulations.

Reports any security/safety incident and/or risk to his supervisor


Undertake all other duties in relation to its area of expertise that may be determined by the project manager, the logistics manager, or the head of programs.

Maintain and ensure a culture of strict confidentiality - inter Tdh staff and between Tdh staff and non Tdh employees.

Commits to respect the Child Safeguarding Policy and the global Code of Conduct.

Reports serious cases of abuse on children identified by the team to his/her line manager with strict confidentiality.

Education / Qualifications:

A BSc in civil engineering or environmental engineering is required

Any other degree or certificate related to environmental health or rural hydraulics will be considered an asset


At least 3 years’ technical experience in WASH related work within international NGOs

Previous experience in emergency response required.


Fluent in Swahili, Somali and English (written and spoken)

IT Knowledges:

Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite, knowledge on mobile data collection tools (ODK/Kobo), ability to use CAD software to design technical solutions and draw technical drawing

The tasks and responsibilities defined in this job description are not exhaustive and can evolve depending on the project needs.


3 months since the signature of the contract.

Required documents to be submitted

Curriculum vitae/resume with cover letter

Expected fee for the consultancy service

Names and contact details of professional referees

How to Apply

All interested candidates to submit the above documents to ken.tenders@tdh.ch on or before 16th June 2023 at 5pm.