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WASH Officer at IRC – Kenya


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3 Year
Male, Female, Both
Associate Degree


  • Organization: IRC – International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Lodwar
  • Grade: Junior level – Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is global humanitarian help, relief, and improvement non-governmental organization. It was founded in 1933 as the International Relief Association and altered its name in 1942 after amalgamating with the alike Emergency Rescue Committee. The IRC answers to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and assists people to survive and rebuild their lives by restoring health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to mankind. The organization provides assistance in different areas such as primary health care, reproductive health care, environmental health, child survival, blindness treatment and prevention, and assistance for victims of sexual violence. The IRC has a high rating for accountability and finance.


The duties for WASH Officer at IRC – Kenya are :

Project planning and design

  • Aid in the planning for and Design of the community hygiene and sanitation initiatives and methodology.
  • Support in the project assessments and proposal growth for potential sanitation and hygiene promotions.

Project performance 

  • Ensure that the hygiene and sanitation promotion activities of the project are implemented according to the approved donor guidelines and humanitarian standards.
  • In cooperation with the WATSAN officer, ensure that hygiene and sanitation promotion activities accompany the water supply and sanitation interventions.
  • Working with the WATSAN Officer to promote training WMCs, other Community structures (SMCs, CHWs, CHEWs, Youth Groups) and local authorities on improved hygiene/sanitation practices and management.

Project monitoring and evaluation

  • Assure timely delivery of projects activities.
  • Ensure that up to date project documents are in place including authorized work plans, log frame, detailed project performance plan and financial forecasts.
  • Documentation of lessons learnt and good practices.
  • In consultation with MEAL, design and perform all quantitative and qualitative assessments, KAP surveys, and follow-up assessments with substantial feedback findings.

Fundraising and networking

  • Aid in the development of technically sound proposals.

Coordination and Cooperation

  • Co-ordinate and network with the relevant County Government ministries and departments, , Community-based associations, Faith based organizations and NGOs and other relevant departments in providing specialized support and assistance to WASH activities
  • Liaise directly with neighborhoods, and community structures on water supply and sanitation issues as well as other agencies (particularly those carrying out similar activities) regularly to ensure coordination and effective performance of activities through guidance of the Supervisor/FC.
  • Beneath the guidance of the supervisor (or Field Coordinator) contributes towards strengthening of integration of WASH programming with the other key IRC program Sectors


  • Develop and deliver in a timely manner monthly, quarterly, semi- annual and end of projects reports in agreement with donors’ and IRC Kenya requirements.
  • Asset development, monitoring and evaluation WASH project indicators and standards
  • Provide regular update reports on hygiene and sanitation activities and program progress against work plan as maybe demanded.

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The requirements for WASH Officer at IRC – Kenya are :

  • Degree in environmental health science, community development, social development public health, or connected area.  A minimum of Three years experience working/programming in WASH, humanitarian work or development.
  • Minimum of 3 years appropriate work background in WASH, Public health, community development
  • Strong skills in PHAST, CLTS, sanitation marketing, and design for behavior change models necessary.
  • Background in community engagement approaches, participatory approaches, and community negotiation
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and capability to establish and maintain effective working relations with a team.
  • Capability to conduct community WASH needs assessment, program planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of WASH activities.
  • Good knowledge of SPHERE and other humanitarian standards
  • Adequate computer application skills (MS-Office, application software to engineering designs).


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