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WASH Officer

Date: 04-Aug-2022

Location: Amhara, Shewarobit, Ethiopia

Company: Plan International

The Organisation


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.


The position holder will oversee water supply and sanitation facility construction and hygiene promotion activities in a targeted in a target woreda communities: IDP sites, School compounds, and health institutions. Plan International Ethiopia has put in place a CP policy that all of its staff must adhere to and sign.

The main purpose of the job is to implement a Joint WASH NFI Disaster Rapid Response project which mainly focuses to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all and improving Hygiene promotion service. The post holder will report to the Program Coordinator and with a dotted line or matrix relationship to the WASH Coordinator, the RRM WASH Manager/ Thematic Sector Lead, and others based in the country office.

  • The post holder will have responsibility for the feasibility study, detail design, BOQ, contract management, regular monitoring, WASH construction supervision, quality control, and report preparations of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene facilities. 
  • Provide technical support to district staff and WASHCos members for the planning and implementation of WASH and hygiene practices at community, school, and health facility level to the target villages
  • Work in collaboration with community members, local health staff such as community health workers and women development army (WDA) to implement regular growth monitoring and growth promotion activities
  • Support and promote target selection and lead community dialogue sessions.
  • Facilitate and lead the district stakeholder for Implementation and integration of WASH and health and nutrition project.
  • Collect and record any documentation about the project history for learning, and reporting 
  • She/he will ensure a smooth working environment and teamwork within Plan International Ethiopia the respective field staff sand across the WASH, health and nutrition partners;


Project design, implementation, and reporting

  • Responsible for the quality standard of all construction/rehabilitation works
  • Monitor construction/rehabilitation quality in line with the standard
  • Responsible for hygiene and sanitation promotion works
  • Coach project and government staff how to undertake ongoing technical support
  • Conduct field feasibility study to new project sites
  • Follow up proper management of construction sites and take a measurement, quality control, give instruction with the consultation of the WASH coordinator and other hierarchies 
  • Establish and facilitate training to the beneficiary at community, Education, and health facilities/ institutions.
  • Ensure the technical soundness, appropriateness, and general quality in water supply and sanitation and Infrastructure project design, planning, implementation of projects, and Construction Supervision and Contract Administration.
  • Work for effective and efficient thematic area coordination in consultation with the project Health and Nutrition officer and Coordinator and other project staff.
  • Close monitoring and follow-up for smooth and on-time project implementation.
  • Participate in Preparing and developing in consultation with appropriate stakeholders’ annual and multi-year project plan.
  • Record and share good practices and case stories achievements of the project
  • Participate and contribute to the quality and timely reporting and documenting of project activities including preparation of quarterly/yearly project progress reports.
  • Manage and organize training, workshops, and meetings that concern the project at all district levels.
  • Field supervision and quality control of the construction of borehole, Rural, and Urban piped water supply project, rehabilitation, and expansion of civil works, construction of VIP Latrine.
  • The post holder is expected to develop a standard design for all infrastructure supported by the Plan based on the humanitarian and government standard.
  • Participate in the bid process, Prepares Bid documents, and construction agreements, and coordinate contract awards.
  • Prepare take off sheet, cost, and material estimation for payment and planning

Policy engagement and networking

  • In addition to the WASH coordinator, he/she can be Serve as a principal representative to WASH thematic networks and clusters in the project areas that have relevance to the project implementation, to create collaborative and positive partnerships and alliances, and to influence policy that maximizes the impact of the project.
  • Establish links and good relationships with relevant district government authorities, UN organizations, NGOs, academic and research institutions, and the media, in water, sanitation, and hygiene to draw information and knowledge for project efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Makes follow-up and proper documentation and share of district government information, strategies with respect to water sanitation and hygiene.

Partnership development and strengthening

  • Periodically collect project-related and relevant information about other organizations working within the target districts to gain institutional knowledge of the environment.
  • Seeks opportunities for different kinds of partnership for enhanced quality project implementation.
  • Provide technical assistance and build the capacities of WASHCOs, clubs and local partners in project management.
  • for smooth project implementation of the project Facilitates communication and interaction between partners/collaborators

Technical expertise, skills, and knowledge


Educational Qualification and Experience

    • At least Bachelor’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Water Supply, and Environmental Engineering, and related disciplines
    • Minimum 4 years of total experience of which experience in the WASH sector and experience in emergency WASH is advantageous.
    • Experience in WASH facilities construction in a complex and demanding workload.
    • Substantial experience in coordinating, mobilizing community, planning, implementation, supervision, monitoring, and reporting.
    • Demonstrated work experience in designing, supervising, and implementing water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructural programs in the community, school, and health centers.
    • Ability and willingness to travel and work in rural areas where the project is implemented, within approved security frameworks.
    • Strong interpersonal skills, communication, presentation, and facilitation skills, and an ability to train and mentor staff.
    • Desired spoken and written English.
    • Good computer skills (particularly Excel, Word and databases).

Desirable Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector.
  • Knowledge and experience in supervising infrastructures.
  • In-depth knowledge of project cycle management and child-centred community development programming.
  • Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities, and implications to community development.
  • Knowledge of effective participatory Monitoring, Evaluation, and lesson learning systems and the process of project cycle management.
  • Experience in implementation of integrated WASH, Health and Nutrition projects.


Skills Specific to the Post and Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with colleagues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation.
  • Strong negotiation, influencing, and problem-solving skills.
  • Numeracy and the ability to interpret financial data, to understand budgetary processes including planning, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Ability to analyze information and evaluate options including planning skills.
  • Proficient in computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications.
  • Ability to interpret financial data, to provide management support to budgetary processes including planning, monitoring, and reporting.
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility: the ability to operate effectively under a stressful and working environment, often under tight timelines and high donor expectations
  • Child centre development and Gender are aware.
  • Fluency in English and Amharic languages Knowledge and skill of local languages is a plus.
  • High levels of attention to detail and quality

Location: Amhara, Shewarobit

Type of Role: Wash

Reports to: Wash Project Coordinator

Grade: C1

Closing Date: August 10, 2022


Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.


We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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