Project Officer WASH Job Opportunity at Action Africa Help International (AAH-I) in Uganda

Location: Rwamwanja, Adjumani (Main Station), Arua and Kiryandongo
Job summary: Coordinate her/his activities with other stakeholders in the regions for provision of professional technical support and guidance on activities within the areas of WASH, develop/formulate appropriate project proposals and assistance activities to be incorporated into the relevant country programmes of AAH-I, in order to ensure wider reach out to the refugees and displaced communities, and ensure their close involvement in the delivery and management of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) services.
Duties and Responsibilities
·         Develop, nurture and sustain relationships with relevant local stakeholders including local government and ministries, donors, NGOs and other agencies working in areas of project implementation;
·         Coordinate with other NGOs in the region to ensure sharing of knowledge and resources and develop relationships with project partners and key stakeholders in project implementation.
·         Carry out a technical assessment to establish the specific aspects of repair and rehabilitation of water systems in target locations and prepare strategies for corrective action including rehabilitation and development of new sources as needs demand.
·         Coordinate and monitor project implementation and ensure timely completion of activities in line with the overall activity time frame plan and WATSAN program budget.
·         Liaise with AAH staff (WASH project officers) to ensure that the programme is well understood, and that information is available for publications, briefings, fundraising, etc.
·         Carry out water quality analysis and train local staff in water quality monitoring. This includes developing regular water quality monitoring schedules and keep records of water quality surveillance of all water points in the target locations.
·         Write and compile high quality narrative and technical reports of the WATSAN project activities within agreed reporting schedules in line with project objectives and AAH reporting guidelines.
·         Work with contractors and hydro geologists to identify locations for new water points, create a linkage in the operation and maintenance of water points and sanitation facilities,and ensure that all work done conforms to minimum standard in engineering design, and workmanship in compliance with contract documents and project guidelines.
·         Provide technical support to other project staff in the implementation of projects including ensuring well-integrated hygiene awareness and promotion components that will ensure community mobilization and involvement for sustainability.
·         Recruit a team of volunteer Community Hygiene Promoters and prepare training programmes for community /village based pump-mechanics on installation of pumps for newly hand dug wells.
·         Support the development of funding proposals as appropriate in line with AAH resource mobilisation policies and guidelines.
·         Promote learning based on project objectives and activities and ensure documentation and sharing of learning with all stakeholders;
Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience:
·         Bachelors’ degree in Civil Engineering with an Ordinary Diploma in Water Engineering, Public Health Engineering, or Environmental Health ScienceStudies, Hydrology or Water Resources Development.
·         Minimum 3 years of progressively relevant professional working experience in WASH related activities. At least 1 year of this experience should be with an international humanitarian organization dealing with large scale emergencies or displaced/refugee situations and, should be directly relevant to the current position.
Skills & Competencies:
·         Applied knowledge in programme management, project formulation, programme cycles and reporting standards.
·         Expertise in planning, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting on humanitarian operations.
·         Proficiency in the languages spoken in the region
·         Excellent knowledge of English and French (written/ oral/ comprehension).
·         Ability to coordinate a range of diverse actors and activities to achieve a common objective in the area of WASH is essential.
·         Demonstrated experience in organising and conducting training activities and information campaigns in the WASH related issues.
·         Proven technical expertise in area of WASH assessment including surveys, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and coordination is required.
·         Knowledge and experience of working with local partner agencies with a capacity to provide formal and informal training.
·         Proficiency in basic computer software such as MS Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, water modeling software, GIS.
·         Ability to ride motorcycle, with a valid rider permit
How to apply:
Please check the company website:
www.actionafricahelp.org/opportunities/jobs for details of the Job description.
Interested persons who meet the above criteria should submit their applications by email (together with an updated CV, copies of transcripts, with at least three suitable referees and their telephone contact) recruitug@actionafricahelp.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it; Applications should be addressed to;
Human Resource & Administration Officer,
Action Africa Help International- Uganda
Plot 72 Ntinda Road,
P O Box 10501,
Kampala, Uganda.
Deadline for receiving applications is: 20th/07/2012. However we shall handle applications as they come because of the humanitarian emergency nature of this programme.
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