Hygiene Promotion/PLA Officer, International Rescue Committee – IRC Vacancy Announcement


Hygiene Promotion/PLA Officer, International Rescue Committee – IRC Vacancy Announcement; December 2 2023



Organization: International Rescue Committee – IRC

Position: Hygiene Promotion/PLA Officer

Location: Aleta Wondo, SNNPR

Employment: Full time

Deadline: Dec 7, 2023






Job Description


Background of IRC:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities that support them, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. At-work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. IRC leads the way from harm to home. Began work in Ethiopia, 1999 in response to severe drought that happened in Ethiopia’s Somali region. Currently, providing assistance in ten different regions implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.

Job Overview/Summary: 

The Hygiene Promotion officer includes but not limited to  working on ensuring of  the charity: water Community-led WASH Interventions project through Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) approach , supervising of the implementation of community action plan, strengthen school WASH club, organizing of community mass sensitization campaign, designing and developing of IEC/BCC materials,  organizing qualitative and quantitative survey, properly manage the budget allocated for the charity water Community-led WASH Intervention project and properly supervise the   Environmental Health Agents.

Major responsibilities include

–  Serve as the focal point for all activities related to hygiene and Sanitation in the assigned woreda.

·   Conduct a community assessment; support implementation of PLA in reviewing of the community action plan and follow up the proper implementation of the action plan.

·   Conduct assessments, planning, organizing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the community hygiene and sanitation activity and school hygiene activity programs in the project areas.

·   Directly supervise and provide support to the capacity building Assistants and the Environmental Health Agents who base at kebele level.

·   Conduct/participate the appropriate Environmental Health (EH) Knowledge, Practice, and coverage (KPC) surveys during survey design, data collection, data entry, analysis, and reporting to monitor and evaluate the impact of EH and hygiene promotion activities.

·   Facilitate in the selection, designing, pre-testing, developing, dissemination and evaluation of appropriate hygiene educational materials for effective hygiene promotion program.

·   Support in promoting field tested and practical community participatory approaches and effective hygiene promotion techniques for enhancing hygienic behavior, sanitation improvements, and community management of water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities.

·   Facilitate periodic meetings and integrating community with WUA and school WASH club on regular bases.

·   Provide information on technical problems of water systems & feedback to the technical team on time.

·   Ensure community participation in various activities and suggest best experiences on managing/ operate & maintain their water system.

·   Work along with other HP team and Environmental Health Officer to build linkage with other activities of the project by incorporating the out puts from PLA process.

·   Ensure proper handover of water schemes to the water committee and respective Woreda water offices.

·   Ensure proper compilation and maintain training materials for users.

·   Ensure that active community mobilization and participation in both water and hygiene sanitation community action plan was proven by using different community approaches and networking system.

·   Provide support for the Water team and work in collaboration with the EH officer other team in community action plan implementation.

·   Ensure the project resources including the construction materials in all kebeles of the intervention woreda are well monitored and properly used for the project purpose without any abuse and submit the material utilization report of the woreda to the EH manager, in every two weeks.

·   Make sure that the Capacity Building Assistants and EHAs have been performing their tasks per their key Goal setting and play coaching role by providing consistent feed backs in regular base.

·   Ensure all the community action plans and the hygiene promotion activities are implemented by the whole community in the intervention kebeles of the respective woreda.

·   Prepared and submit success story of the project including with good picture monthly based.

·   Prepare a monthly progress report and weekly update and submit to the Senior HP/PLA officer per the reporting time scheduled!

·   Organize and ensure the documentation of every Hygiene and Sanitation activity, formative assessments, KPC survey and capacity building activities both in hard and soft copies supported by pictures.

·   Make sure the EHAs maintain proper documentation of the PLA output, success stories, best practices, in their respective areas.

·   Facilitate in documenting health related data and keep records on activities of hygiene promotion and sanitation activities including sanitary inventory per kebele, list of beneficiaries, community participations and contributions and the like.

·   Facilitate in organizing training and workshops for the government partners and the EHAs and coordinate in preparation and organizing all the required training materials.

·   Maintain strong working relationship with respective IRC staff and other partners. Coordinate and communicate with IRC staff on the ground, the water team and HP team,

·   In collaboration with EH manager, manage the proper utilization of the allocated budget for the Hygiene and Sanitation activities under the project and liaise with IRC’s supply chain and finance for effective implementation of the intended activities as per log frame of the proposal.

·   Prepare spending and activity plan and share with the team and technical unit for their input.

·   Support the EHM/ senior HP/PLA Officer properly use the budget tracking tools like open and closed purchase request tracking tools, follow upping and reviewing of BVA.

·   Prepare HP/PLA Officer realistic cash projection for the planned activities and ensure that the proper cash burring is per the cash projection.

·   Identify the capacity support needed to the government partners (health, water, education and other relevant), develop institutional capacity amongst partners organizations.

·   Actively take part and facilitate woreda level WASH steering committee with Government and other partners working in the area.

·   Facilitate in working with relevant local government and non-government partners in identifying and developing appropriate hygiene promotion messages.


Job Requirements


·   BA/Bsc or Diploma in rural development, environmental health/public health or any relevant field with participatory learning and action experience.

·   At least 2 years of proven experience for first degree holders and 5 years relevant experience for diploma holders with community mobilization activities in the field and WASH experience.

·   One years of experience for post plus graduate degree in relevant field

Preferred experience & skills:

·   Proven ability in facilitation of participatory approaches and community mobilization skills, experience in PLA approach   is an advantage.

·   Supervisory /basic managerial skill

·   Technical and report writing skills.

·   Good communication and interpersonal skill

·   Have technical background and knowledge in environmental health and demonstrated work experience in designing and implementing hygiene and sanitation promotion programs.

·   Committed and strong attitude towards community empowerment, Strong inter-personal skills with a proven ability to work as a team member under difficult conditions.

Language Skills: 

·   English is a must and knowledge of local language is advantage.


How to Apply


Candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply only through the

below IRC On-line recruitment website:






Your application letter/cover letter must include the following information:

  • Name of the position you have applied for
  • Date of application
  • Summary of your qualifications and experience
  • Motivation/objective of why you have applied for the job
  • Please include at least 3 references from current and former supervisors.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

IRC is an equal employment opportunity employer.  IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


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