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WASH Officer at Danish Refugee Council

The WASH Officer under the management and supervision of the WASH Team Leader will be responsible to implement different activities of the DRC-related WASH programs to ensure the program’s objectives are achieved. The post holder is directly responsible for all Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene aspects of WASH in camps and host communities.


•To provide day-to-day technical support and supervision of construction of WASH facilities including construction of various water access initiative, types of community latrines i.e., household latrines, the family shared latrines, child-friendly latrines, people with special needs latrines, installation of handwashing facilities, decommissioning and replacement of full latrines at camps and implementing WASH activities at the selected host communities.
•To provide technical function during the execution of the WASH project in order to ensure the highest quality standards directly in line with SPHERE Standards and engineering standards are met. S/he collaborates with respective other Managers of different sectors in guidance and strengthening WASH programming.
•To provide day to day hygiene promotion activities through supervising the Community Health Promotors who are working directly with refugees to ensure that they provide knowledge, to change altitude and adaptation of good hygiene practices led to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases as well as to ensure that POCs are received and use properly the distributed various hygiene kits at their respectively camps and surrounding host communities.
•Together with the WASH team, a hygiene, and sanitation officer is required to do proper supervision of the construction of sanitation facilities i.e. construction of various types of latrines including household latrines, the family shared and emergency latrines, decommissioning and replacement of full family shared latrines and installation of handwashing facilities.
•Together with the government extension staff, specifically, the Health Assistants (HAs), and Village Health Teams (VHTs), play a lead role in mapping out communities for village sanitation improvement, especially during the CLTS/PHAST/CHAST roll-out exercises.
•Identify appropriate interventions based on the review of the evidence of barriers to performing the behavior, effective communication channels, public health risks assessment, and past experience, and in consultation with government and partners, chose the mix of interventions that is right for the context, the target groups, target behaviors and settings you have identified.
•To ensure that all work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs and gender issues. In particular to promote the full and equal participation of women in all aspects of the work and to ensure that DRC’s response is in line with the needs of the refugees.
•Work with the Hygiene and Sanitation clusters at community levels in identifying, mobilizing, and sensitizing target communities for sanitation and hygiene promotion.
•Implement hygiene promotion activities building on existing community engagement activities (e.g. hygiene, health, education, nutrition promotion)
•Participate in the collection of useful data success stories and beneficiary lists as required.
•Participate in preparing monthly/quarterly/annual highlights/reports for donors.
•To lead the training to the WASH committee related to hygiene and sanitation issues.
•Support with distribution of various kits in order to serve in a proper way.
•Contribute to grant proposals in the area of hygiene and sanitation facility construction and promotion.
•Ensure integration of WASH activities with other DRC sectors.
•Ensure effective implementation of the WASH Projects in line with the UN and Tanzania National Standards and Policies.
•Provide technical support to WASH Assistants to ensure they execute their duties effectively.
•Ensure quality control of implementation of WASH activities in accordance with SPHERE, UNHCR, and Tanzania National standards.
•Execute other duties assigned by the supervisor.
•Uphold DRC’s code of conduct and principles of accountability.

Experience and technical competencies:
•Proven commitment to accountable practices.
•Knowledge of working in challenging environments.
•Proven ability to manage large varied workloads and deal constructively with stress and periods of long hours.
•Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and work with limited supervision.
•Proactive, stable, and robust character and a good team player.
•Excellent communication skills, calmness, and a good sense of humor.
•Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations at all levels.

•Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health Science, Water Engineering, or WASH-related course
•Documented skills in project planning and design, drafting, calculation, and technical draughting and interpretation of technical drawings.
•Thorough knowledge of construction national and international standards.
•Excellent computer skills in programs such as AutoCAD, ArcGIS, and Microsoft office.

•Knowledge of Kirundi a significant advantage.

Key stakeholders:
•Community and Camp Representatives
•UN Agencies
•WASH sector leads
•Local Government representatives
•Private Sector Suppliers

•Basic: I master the essentials, but may at times need help from others
•Advanced: I can work independently at full professional level.
•Expert: I am the go-to person when others need help.

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/about-us/job-and-career/support-for-job-seekers.

Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees.

All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor.

At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply!

The deadline for submitting the application is 15 September 2022.


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