WASH Officer Job Opening at Save the Children

Save the Children International is a ‘dual mandate’ organisation and as such equal priority will be given to both humanitarian and development work.

This is the only way we will be able to ensure that some of the fundamental rights that we believe children have, such as survival, safety and constant access to protection and education can be guaranteed. As part of a commitment to work with children through humanitarian interventions Save the Children will support programmes in both sudden onset and chronic emergency situations.

Applications are hereby invited from interested and suitably qualified candidates to fill the WASH Officer Job Opening at Save the Children

Job Position: WASH Officer (Only Nigerian Nationals)

Job ID: #974416

Location: Gombe

Reports to: WASH Coordinator

Role Purpose

  • To support implementation of WASH component of project including construction/rehabilitation, follow up of community hygiene groups, and collaboration with WASH stakeholders at state/LGA levels.

Scope of Role

  • Reports to: WASH Adviser.
  • Staff directly reporting to this post: Partner Staff.

Job Description
Child Safeguarding:

  • Level 3- The responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children or young people and, in the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3 posts in view of potential situations which may allow staff unsupervised access to vulnerable children and young people.

Role Purpose

  • To support implementation of WASH component of project including construction/rehabilitation, follow up of community hygiene groups, and collaboration with WASH stakeholders at state/LGA levels.

Key Areas of Accountabilities
Objective 1: Take the lead on the rehabilitation/construction of water and sanitation facilities at FSL sites:

  • Carry out field visits to assess sites at the respective facilities and in conjunction with the SCI Nutrition team towards determining the needs and requirement for action and implementation.
  • Work with the Logistic Coordinator and Finance and Grants Compliance Team to identify and contract vendors to ensure the planned activities are in accordance with the specified designs and standard.
  • Prepare weekly plans and schedule of work for all construction/rehabilitation sites, while ensuring compliance in meeting and reaching deadlines and targets.
  • Must adhere strictly to standards and ensure quality of materials used by the contractors falls within the utmost standard.
  • Ensure that all construction/rehabilitation processes including selection of sites and actual implementation are done in collaboration with key stakeholders at state, LGA and community levels
  • Work with and support the vendors to ensure all materials and equipment are in stock and any necessary orders are placed for all actions to be carried.
  • Provide interpretation to designs of work and work according to specifications.
  • Establish a site book at each location and make report on progress registered in the site book while ensuring signing in with remarks.

Objective 2: Take the lead on integration of hygiene promotion into FSL Programming:

  • Carry out regular supportive supervision visits on hygiene promotion to CMAM sites
  • Build the capacity of partners and SCI staffs on hygiene promotion
  • Ensure that community mobilisation approaches on the project fully integrate hygiene promotion concepts
  • Ensure that WASH is integrated into all trainings carried out on the CMAM project
  • Carry out advocacy visits to key stakeholders at both state, LGA and community levels
  • Support periodic evaluation studies to evaluate the impact of the WASH component
  • Contribute technical expertise to donor proposals for ECHO or any future projects
  • Engage community leaders and other key stakeholders at LGA level on hygiene promotion
  • Liaise with RUWASSA and the LGA WASH departments on WASH programming and ensure that all activities are done with their active participation and support
  • Provide support on WASH to other SCI programmes and initiatives when required

Objective 3: Monitoring and evaluation of WASH activities:

  • Prepare a monthly plan of field activities and share with relevant staff
  • Identify the problems in the implementation process and propose solutions
  • Evaluate regularly the impact of the activities and propose changes for improvement
  • Prepare activities’ reports and other ad hoc reports according to agreed timelines and as required
  • Develop and implement tools for monitoring of WASH activities in collaboration with the M&E team
  • Timely collection and analysis of data for the monitoring of the activities

Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)

  • Accuracy and timeliness in all areas of responsibility
  • High level of accuracy in work, and ability to analyse complex sets of relationships and situations
  • Holds self and others accountable


  • Creating best-in-class EA function
  • Future-orientated, thinks pro-actively


  • Working effectively with stakeholders to achieve common goals
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • Designing more effective admin systems
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, demonstrates highest levels of integrity.


  • First Degree in Geology, Geography or other WASH-related fields from a recognized/accredited Tertiary Institution in Nigeria
  • At least three years post-graduation experience
  • Ability to work in partnership with government and other NGO staff
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work within a team setting
  • Independence, adaptability and flexibility with good workload management, multitasking and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Advanced degree will be an added advantage
  • Previous experience with other local and international NGOs
  • Experience in Nutrition and in community based programmes
  • Training and experience on borehole and VIP latrine construction/rehabilitation
  • Community mobilisation and advocacy experience
  • Computer literacy (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint)
  • Fluency in English and Hausa, spoken and written

How to Apply

Interested and suitably qualified candidates should kindly send their C.V. and covering letter explaining why you are suitable to: [email protected] State position clearly in the subject field as applications without appropriate subject will be disqualified.

Note: Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application Closing Date

11th of September, 2015.

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