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Job Description:





            November 27, 2023

Job Title:                       Emergency WASH Officer

Reports to:                   Emergency Project Coordinator                        

Duty Station:                Somali Regional State, Afdher Zone, Bare Woreda

Required:                       One (1)

Duration:                       5 months

Salary:                             As per the organizations scale

Islamic Relief is an international relief and development charity founded in 1984, headquartered in Birmingham, UK. As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Islamic Relief promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities - regardless of race, religion, or gender. The office officially started operation in Ethiopia in 2004. Islamic Relief Ethiopia (IRE) is operational in the Somali Regional State with a base office in Jigjiga, Hargelle, Elkere, Bare, GG and Dekasuftu, Afar Regional State; Ewa, Awra and Gulina; Oromia Regional State, West Harergeye, Chiro and Meayso Woredas, Borena zone of Dire, Dubluk, Elewaye and Yabello woredas and an additional operational office in Addis Ababa. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.islamic-relief.org/work-with-us

Job Purpose

The post holder will provide strategic guidance and leadership to our emergency water, sanitation, and hygiene intervention in Bare Woreda. He/she will lead the design, monitoring, and evaluation of Islamic Relief’s emergency water-related works and supplies together with the sanitation and hygiene components.  He/she will provide technical support to the field teams and represent Islamic Relief in the Regional and Zonal water and Humanitarian forums and other related clusters. Central to his role will be building the capacity of field staff, community, and relevant partner offices.

 Key Responsibilities

1.      Planning & Implementation

  • Lead the development of an emergency WASH strategy that will provide a framework for effective humanitarian WASH intervention including recovery. 
  • Keeps the effective flow of information and communication crucial for the planning and implementation of measures in the WASH sector.
  • Carry out feasibility studies and develops projects and programs that will effectively respond to the needs of the community in a timely manner where the humanitarian situations and link to the development continuum.
  • Develop and contribute to water & sanitation proposals. Design and detail implementation plan for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene interventions. Lead the WASH team in the field and ensure their coordination with other departments,
  • Develop detailed implementation plans so that progress, is effectively monitored and reviewed on a regular basis.
  • Assists in organizing, mentoring, and couches project staff, community, and partners to strengthen the capacity building in WASH preparedness and response.  
  • Support programs to ensure program objectives are achieved and quality standards met. Ensure the quality of the technical products.
  • Ensure that WASH activities and targets are achieved through regular monitoring and supervision;
  • Collaborate with community groups, government, UN agencies, and other partners who are active in WASH intervention in the area like Zonal and Woreda administrations and water sector and Disaster Risk Management officials so as to establish a conducive working environment, promote transparency, ensure support of sector offices, increase stakeholder participation
  • Ensure timely delivery of assistance and procurement of Emergency WASH supplies, and monitors the appropriate and effective use of Islamic Relief resources. Identifies problems and constraints in project delivery.
  • Prepare BoQs for different WASH project activities including latrine construction and water scheme rehabilitation.   
  • Assists in identifying longer-term requirements of WASH intervention/operations.
  • Regularly monitor WASH activities like construction hygiene and sanitation activities and coordinate with other sector interventions. 

2.      Financial Planning and Management:

  • Ensure value for money and always seek cost-effective methods for spending. 
  • Ensure that IR employees working in the water sectors understand and comply with the donors, IR, and government regulations.
  • In general, manage the grant's progress of emergency WASH activities including its plan, and reporting.

3.      Monitoring Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning:

  • Formulate and implement an effective project monitoring system that facilitates learning from the projects.
  • Ensure real-time evaluation and accountability to the stakeholder particularly to the community putting in place a proper accountability framework as per the core humanitarian standards.
  • Document key lessons and good practices and ensure that this is fed into the design of programs.
  • Ensure the inventory of the rehabilitated WASH facilities through regular monitoring of the water schemes’ rehabilitation and also sanitation and hygiene improvements of projects.

4.      Reporting:

  • Prepare and submit monthly, quarterly, biannual, annual interim, ad hoc, and final reports of the water project to the Emergency Project Coordinator, and government offices.

5.      Networking and Representation:

  • Represent Islamic Relief at the regional and national water forums.
  • Collaborate with the regional water bureau, Federal Ministry of Water resource, donors, and other NGOs involved in supporting the water sector. 
  • Establish formal partnerships with different stakeholders.

6.      Team Development:

  • Lead the recruitment, motivation, supervise, guide, and support water technicians and hygiene and sanitation promoters under his/her supervision.
Job Requirements:

Personal Specification

Formal Education/Qualification and Work Experience

 ·       Bachelor's degree in Water Resources Management, hydraulics, Environmental, or any other related discipline with hand on WASH experience and training with at least 3 years relevant experience preferably who works in NGO setups 

Skills and Competences

·       Demonstrated skills in design preparation, bill of quantities, and specifications

·       Proven skills in project planning, design, implementation, and M&E;

·       Demonstrated ability in proposal and report writing skills;

·       Proven management and people coaching, mentoring, and supervisory skills;

·       Good communication skills, ability to convey complex information in a straightforward manner to target communities and staff under his supervision.

·       Strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relations with multicultural and multi-ethnic teams, including working with partner organizations

·       Experience in training and capacity building and ability to carry out training needs analysis and develop capacity building, Mentoring, and coaching skills

·       Ability to work in hardship and longer hours and good skill of data collection

·       Proven experience in networking, influencing, and negotiation skills

·       Strong commitment and sympathy to core Islamic Relief Values

·       Knowledge of the government's current systems and policy environment specifically at the Woreda level; 

·       Willing to work in remote areas, committed to challenging   work, and value-centered individual;

·       Fluency in oral and written communications in English.  The local language (Somali) is preferable 

·       Demonstrated skills working in computer software, Spreadsheet etc.

Safeguarding and Equal Opportunity

Islamic Relief and Islamic Relief staff considers the welfare and protection of children, young people and people at risk to be paramount to the organization. And must adhere the principle of ‘do no harm and leave no one behind.’ It is critical we do not expose communities or staff we work with to the risk of harm through our interventions.  With a zero-tolerance approach Islamic Relief have a number of related policies which also describe standards in behavior expected from the organization, its staff and representatives towards each other and those we serve. Islamic Relief is committed to responding swiftly, appropriately and constructively to any and all information children, young people and people at risk have disclosed.

 All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. We participate in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme and will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and child abuse during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment before signing the contract agreement.

Islamic Relief believes everyone has the right to be safe, respected and valued regardless of who they are or their circumstances, and an equal employment opportunity to all candidates and qualified applicants, we do not discriminate on the base of age, sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability status and diversity. 

Job Category:
Environment and Natural ResourceWater and Sanitation
Environment and Natural Resource, Water and Sanitation
Full time
Full time
Bare, Somali
Islamic Relief Islamic Relief

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