WASH Officer

Company Overview

Action Against Hunger works to save lives by combating hunger and diseases that threaten the lives of vulnerable communities, through nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, health and advocacy.


Location:  Monguno, Borno State

Starting date: as soon as possible

Direct Line Manager: WASH Sector Manager

Objective 1

Overall supervision of water and sanitation construction activities including preparing technical designs and bills of quantities.

Tasks & responsibilities

  • To visit sites and ensure quality assurance of construction being delivered and adherence to design specifications.
  • To coordinate technical workshops in the targeted health facilities with surrounding/close by communities (practical organisation and liaison with the key persons)
  • To make sure that the technical activities are up to the ACF standards (WASH package)
  • Fully participate in and/or facilitate technical assessments.
  • Assist the Sector Manager in the selection, design and construction of water systems, using ground water or surface water, including abstraction, storage, treatment and distribution for new systems or rehabilitation of existing systems.
  • Provide technical assistance to the Sector Manger to assess sanitation needs, provide design/BOQ and implement the most appropriate form of sanitation system, in consultation with male and female beneficiaries, which includes excreta disposal, refuse disposal, vector control and drainage.
  • Consider different maintenance mechanisms, ensuring that they are appropriate to the local context and cultural norms and that facilities are sustainable.
  • Prepare a Written Work Instruction for use on-site to bring clarity to contractor’s roles and responsibilities in each stage of the execution of construction activities.
  • Continually assess emergency needs alongside the Public health promotion team, as requested, especially taking in the broader perspective of public health.
  • Ensure that work meets with SPHERE minimum standards.
  • Ensure that all technical work reflects the needs and preferences of different target groups.
  • Contribute to the writing of timely weekly/monthly activity reports on the project.
  • Assist in the bacteriological and chemical testing of water sources, water storage containers and household drinking water at the point of consumption as defined in the monitoring plan.

Objective 2

Train and build the capacity of staff and partners

Tasks & responsibilities

  • Prepare training tools on relevant technical topics and conduct trainings for both internal staff and external stakeholders.
  • Assist the WASH Sector manager in the development of technical guidelines and tools.
  • Assess areas for improvement and recording lessons learnt for future activities.
  • Responsible for managing WASH technical assistants.

Objective 3

Coordinate with internal staff and local stakeholders to ensure smooth project implementation.

Tasks & responsibilities

  • Liaise closely with the WASH PHP team throughout the planning, design and implementation stages of the WASH technical activities. Hygiene promotion is a vital element in such infrastructure activities, especially in cholera responses.
  • Ensure that effective communication and networking is developed and maintained through partnership and collaboration.
  • Team with local Government and sectoral stakeholders/counterparts to exchange information on WASH technical implementation status.
  • Build a data base of technical support projects and share with relevant stakeholders.

Objective 4

To communicate & report WASH technical activities.

Tasks & responsibilities

  • Coordinating with other disciplinary teams or the on-site construction supervision personnel on technical matters.
  • To compile feasibility and  other technical report for information and guidance in Action Against Hunger.
  • Liaise with Other Team members to develop trainings, Monitoring and Evaluation reports
  • Assist in the preparation of weekly, monthly and quarterly progress reports.
  • Provide full support to WASH Sector Manager in maintaining regular contact with local stakeholders including Government Ministries/Department/Agencies.
  • Preparation of technical progress reports and report verbally and in writing to the WASH Sector Manager as requested to advice on  progress, constraints and any other issues that may impact on work plans.



  • WASH Sector Manager : Technical hierarchical relationship – exchange of information, collaboration, coordination
  • WASH PHP Officer: Collaborate with the hygiene promotion and social mobilization team members to ensure exchange of information, collaboration and coordination


  • Local governmental and non-governmental partners : exchange of information, coordination, training, supervision, influence on choice of technical options
  • Local representatives of international aid organisations : exchange of information


Degree in Water engineering, hydrology, civil engineering, Building and other related fields with minimum of 3 years field experience



  • Previous experience in supervising drilling and construction activities
  • Professional, good organizational capacity, motivated, open, creative, mature, responsible, flexible and, culturally sensitive.
  • Good knowledge of appropriate technology for latrine construction, de-sludging and sludge treatment practices, water source development, solid waste management.
  • Three years relevant work experience.
  • Microsoft Office and designing software Skills (AutoCAD, Outlook, Excel, Power Point, Word).
  • Willing and able to be based and travel regularly within remote areas, where services are limited.
  • Fluency in Hausa, Kanuri and English.
  • Team and contractor management skills.
  • Monitoring and reporting Skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of WASH interventions using the SPHERE standards.
  • Commitment to Action Against Hunger mission, values and policy.


  • Previous experience of work in the humanitarian sector.
  • Good knowledge of the intervention area/s and local economy.
  • Previous experience with Action Against Hunger.

The deadline for this position is Monday, March 25, 2019

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