Sanitation and Hygiene Officer – International Rescue Committee Vacancy Announcement

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer – International Rescue Committee Vacancy Announcement, February 19 2023



Organization: International Rescue Committee – IRC

Position: Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Location: Melkadida/Helewoyni, Somali

Employment: Full Time

Deadline: February 23, 2023




Job Description


The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international NGOs, provides relief, rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable people and communities over 42 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in nine regions in Ethiopia, 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.

Scope and background:

Reports to Environmental Health Manager and is accountable for technical oversight & support in creating safe and clean living environment and raising awareness on safe hygienic practices for clients   of projects in Hargele, Dolobay, Helewoin and Melkedida areas and building the capacity of EH staff.

Major key Responsibilities:

Project implementation:

  • Coordinate with the relevant government partners and communities to identify Sanitation and Hygiene needs of communities
  • With support from EH Manager, design, and undertake/take part in quantitative/qualitative assessments to identify key risky hygiene behaviors, to set baseline and measure project achievements.
  • Work with beneficiaries’ representatives to identify volunteers/incentive workers for hygiene promotion/education.
  • Work with clients to select site and design to build latrines, water points and other WASH facilities for vulnerable groups, and ensure needs of most vulnerable are taken in to account at all stages of hygiene promotion intervention/s.
  • Ensure that Sanitation and hygiene promotion are implemented in a timely and professional manner, according to design specifications and performance indicators and in line with donor requirements and beneficiary needs.
  • Ensure accurate documentation of Sanitation and Hygiene promotion activities and experiences at field and office level.
  • Maintain close contact with Environmental Health Manager with in  the IRC field sites to ensure effective technical, logistical and management support for all aspects of project implementation.
  • Conduct regular monitoring and technical support visits to project sites.
  • Conduct needs assessments, project review assessments.
  • Coordinate with HEALTH sector to conduct Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) assessments in health facilities, with  Hygiene Promotion Specialist, Senior MEAL Officer  and other technical unit members to ensure targeted support and effective, quality programming.
  • Work with Senior Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Manager on development, testing, printing, and positioning of culturally appropriate IEC materials, and monitoring tools and ensure proper use of the same.

Monitoring & evaluation:

  • Prepare detailed work plan for hygiene promotion/education activities and ensure proper implementation of the same.
  • Maintain a regular system of project progress monitoring and evaluation.
  • Strive to increase program quality during project f implementation. Develop/maintain systems to measure impact and quality in assigned projects.

Capacity building:

  • Recruit, train, manage and supervise Environmental Health Agents and community health volunteers basics of participatory hygiene promotion/education, methods/approaches, and communication and facilitation skills on
  • Organize/coordinate capacity building trainings to WASH Cos , woreda and zonal water and health office experts
  • Prepare detail capacity building training reports,
  • Track and document sex segregated clients data reached by the interventions

Logistics /Finance:

  • Liaise with IRC Administration, Logistics, and Finance Departments to ensure smooth operations and appropriate support to field staff.
  • Raise and follow up on purchase requests, conduct equipment and materials inspections and ensure timely supply of materials to site.
  • Develop and maintain tools to supervise project progress, financial commitments and expenditures against budgets.
  • Maintain budget plans & monitor spending for allocated EH budgets.


  • Provide timely trip reports and/or monthly reports to EH Manager
  • Ensure and coordinate timely production of monthly reports by EH staff based on qualitative and quantitative indicators of project status.
  • Complete and share monthly reports within agreed timeline.
Below are the requirements for Sanitation and Hygiene Officer – International Rescue Committee Vacancy Announcement

Job Requirements

  • Experience in a humanitarian setting (refugee camps, rural development, or emergency response).
  • Proficient in Windows, MS office programs, email, and database tools.

  Educational Requirements:

  • University Degree in Environmental Health, Public Health, Nursing, Community Development, Health Education, or any other related field from recognized University

Preferred experience & skills:

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience for degree holders and 1 year of relevant experience for Post graduate holder – Essential in the sector.
  • Relevant work experience on hygiene promotion with I/NGO in development, emergency, or refugee settings – Preferable
  • Very good written and spoken English – Essential and Tigrigna is an asset.
  • Previous experience of implementing participatory hygiene promotion and sanitation methods (e.g., PHAST, CLTS/H, CHC, CHAST) and organizing campaigns on key hygiene themes
  • Previous experience of implementing institutional (schools & health facilities) hygiene promotions/educations; – Preferable
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as to work autonomously when required; – Essential.
  • Very good at computer- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and e-mail)

Language Skills:

  • Proficient in English writing and speaking skills.
  • Knowing local language is advantageous.

How to Apply

Candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply only through the below IRC On-line recruitment website:



Please include 3 references from current and former employers.

Applications will not be returned. IRC discourages phone calls or personal visits.

Only applicants meeting the minimum qualification will be short listed and contacted

            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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