06 June 2017

Several WASH Officer Job Opportunities - The Water Trust (TWT)

Organisation:  The Water Trust (TWT)
Duty Station: Uganda

About US:
The Water Trust (TWT) develops and implements Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects to combat disease and poverty in the developing world and allow people to live empowered lives of dignity. TWT collaborates with the local government, village leaders, and community members to enable village, schools, and health centers to create access to safe water, latrines, and hygiene education. Since 2008, TWT has implemented more than 300 projects in Western Uganda, benefitting more than 120,000 people. Headquartered in New York, TWT aims to be a leader in pioneering innovative new approaches to help foster healthy communities.

Job Summary: The WASH Officers will serve as key liaisons for implementing WASH and Environmental Health projects in schools, villages, and health centers. We aim to recruit professionals that specialize in one or more of the settings above and that have strong community development skills, as each role involves some combination of collaboration and/or training with district officers, community leaders, children, caregivers, village health teams, health facility staff, and/or school staff. This is an excellent opportunity for energetic professionals excited to learn new approaches and pilot new programs that aim to sustainably help villages, schools, and health centers to provide healthy environments for children and their families to thrive.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:   
  • Take lead in the implementation of positive behavior changes in assigned villages, schools, and/or health centers to improved well-being and healthy living.
  • Mentor and train community and/or school/health facility staff in catalyzing behavior change in the areas of health and hygiene in their setting.
  • Build the capacity of community members and/or school/health facility staff to manage, operate and maintain critical infrastructure.
  • Significantly contribute to needs assessments of prospective villages, schools, and/or health centers to inform program design.
  • Regularly monitor and ensure functionality of WASH facilities, including improved water sources, latrines and hand washing facilities.
  • Monitor success of behavior change efforts and implement new approaches to foster the development of appropriate norms and habits.
  • Evaluate success of intervention in accordance with organizational policy and maintain related data and records.
  • Develop and submit progress reports on activities as required to meet organization, donor and community reporting needs.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The ideal candidate should preferably hold a diploma in environmental health science, public health or any discipline related to Water, Hygiene and Sanitation with two years of field experience OR the equivalent of five years of relevant field experience.
  • Previous experience implementing WASH and/or environmental health projects on behalf of an international development organization.
  • Strong knowledge and skills in any or all of the following program areas:
  • Schools: WASH promotion tools or other behavior change approaches such as Child Hygiene and Sanitation Training (CHAST).
  • Villages: Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) and household nutrition, Participator Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments (PVCA), sanitation marketing, malaria prevention, and other environmental health approaches.
  • Health facilities: WASH facilities infrastructure management, environmental hygiene and waste disposal.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Experience in hygiene promotion and behavior change communications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Proactive and results-oriented.
  • Comfortable and capable adapting work and priorities to respond to changing situations in order to advance organizational goals and objectives.
  • Strong computer skills, notably in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Able to both work independently with minimum supervision and as part of a larger team.
  • Good spoken and written English.
  • Possesses a valid riding permit and knowledge of road rules.
  • Knowledge of the Masindi and Kiryandongo areas and local languages is desirable
  • Previous experience in conducting Training of Trainers (ToT) sessions at school and/or health facility level is an added advantage

How to Apply:
All candidates who so desire to join The Water Trust in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to apply online at the web link below.

Deadline: 15th June 2017

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