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30 May 2019

WASH Officer

Job Description

Maansoor Road

Tel: +252 257 2424

Job Description-WASH Officer

The Pharo Foundation is a private foundation committed to the development of Africa. Our vision is an economically self-reliant Africa. Our mission is to facilitate economic independence of the African people through the promotion of sustainable livelihoods and job creation in Africa. We value sharing, passion, respect, humility and collaboration.

In the last four years, we have funded projects worth over US$6 million in Ethiopia, Somaliland, Somalia and South Sudan. These projects are contributing towards improved access to financial services, education, health, water and sanitation.

We are committed to scaling up our work; improving the quality and the effectiveness of our programme selection, design and implementation based on evidence; and achieving significant and lasting improvements in the quality of life of the people whom we support.

The WASH officer is expected to assist and report directly to the Water Development Coordinator (WDC) to organise, plan, promote, implement, monitor and evaluate the WASH activities of the projects, by mobilizing, sensitisation and building the capacity of the community to achieve the WASH programme objectives in line with the Pharo Foundation overall strategy.

Summary of Duties of the WASH Officer:

Mobilize and lead the establishment and/or strengthening of WASH groups and enhance capacity of communities to promote improved clean water sanitation and good hygiene behaviours in Somaliland through integrating implementation with water, education and health sectors and also stakeholders in the Foundation and other institutions.

Key tasks and responsibilities

In general she /he will manage the activities of the WASH Unit in the Water Development Coordination Department of The Pharo Foundation in Somaliland. Specific activities expected are but not limited to:

  • Carry out status and need assessment of sanitation (dry and liquid wastes) and hygiene in the targeted villages or projects.
  • Assess the existence and capacity of the partner implementing agencies, water groups, and sanitation and hygiene communities and plan accordingly for stakeholders’ capacity building activities and engagement of the proper resource persons.
  • Identify legislations, policies and regulations affecting the WASH sector, including limitations and opportunities and, in consultation with the WDC, develop comprehensive guidelines and ensure programme personnel and relevant stakeholders are fully updated.
  • Organise new or capacitate existing WASH Committees (WASHCOs) or Water Committees (WCs) at all necessary administrative units, partnering with the government and The Pharo Foundation policies and strategies.
  • Manage sanitation and hygiene activities using authorised and applicable methodologies and approaches, including PHAST /CHAST/CLTSH.
  • Plan and implement the proper waste management activity using appropriate and accepted approaches of WASH activities.
  • Plan and implement pertinent sanitation intervention as per the approved approaches and guideline and procedure mobilising relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure proper planning, standard design and construction of VIP Latrines in the project target area, particularly in households and institutions –including public, social, health and education institutions.
  • Promote proper utilization and management of latrines with special emphasis in the targeted villages.
  • Plan and implement improved hygiene promotions interventions using accepted tools and approaches.
  • Develop and promote water purification methods in the targeted rural area.
  • Identify the relevant water treatment methods at water sources or reservoirs and at household level, and ensure the awareness and intervention of the applicable water treatment activities to the particular target village or community.
  • Develop a communal ownership, utilization and management strategy of the WASH facilities including water schemes and latrines for the water groups so as to enable the community use of the facilities in a sustained manner.
  • Organise training and awareness creation events on improved sanitation and good hygiene practices for local partners and stakeholders.
  • Ensure and undertake awareness training and applicable promotion works on water treatment /purification, improved sanitation, better hygiene practices.
  • Organise and take part in national and international WASH events and campaigns by identifying the key days and planning on relevant WASH promotions.
  • Mobilise communitiesandprepare agreements with communities for the communities’ participation in terms of project selection, generation, communal works and necessary financial and labour contributions.
  • Lobby for the community contribution for water schemes developments, latrines constructions, or other water and sanitation and hygiene facilities construction and management (utilization fees and repairs).
  • Carry out other related activities as advised and or instructed by the WDC.
  • Prepare daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly action plans and ensure that set plans are in line with the Foundation’s overall principles of community development.
  • Play an active role in the development of monitoring tools to measure the project progress and to monitor all activities.

Job Requirements /Qualities and Skills:

  • A degree in public health, community development, sociology or other related disciplines;
  • Minimum five years’ experience facilitating in WASH, sanitation and hygiene or community development initiatives.
  • A high level of technical expertise in at least two of the following WASH development initiatives: domestic water treatment, liquid and solid waste management approaches and tools, PHAST /CHAST/CLTSH and promotion of or facilitation of sustainable community ownership, use and maintenance of WASH facilities.
  • Familiarity with the rural cultural, social and traditional contexts of Somaliland.
  • Team work that builds on colleagues’ knowledge and expertise to maximise learning, enhance programme teams’ skills and confidence and improve the quality of programming.
  • High level of interpersonal skills with the ability to work across organisations with strong communication and listening abilities and good problem-solving approach.
  • Good understanding of financial requirements of the WASH programme and ability to prepare and manage budgets for the programme unit.
  • A self-starter with initiative and the ability to work alone when necessary.
  • Ability to be creative and innovative in generating new ideas and putting them into practice.
  • Experience in participatory programme development approaches and techniques.
  • Fluency in Somali and excellent command of written and spoken English; and good writing and reporting skills.
  • Proficiency in the use of basic computer applications such as MS Office, the internet, email and other relevant software for the position.
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Passion for increasing access to clean water and improved sanitation for rural Africans.
  • Ability and willingness to travel often in country and occasionally to other countries in the region.

Please send to

  • Your CV
  • A covering letter briefly outlining how you meet the key duties and responsibilities and the required qualities and skills, when appropriate with evidence (maximum 1,000 words).
  • A statement briefly summarising how you will address and solve Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene problems in the context of Somaliland Rural areas (maximum 500 words).
  • Your current or last benefit package and expected benefit package for this position.
  • Deadline for submission of applications is Thursday,20th of June 2019.

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