Entry Level Technical WASH Assistant NGO Jobs – The Water Trust

 Job Title:    Technical WASH Assistant

Organisation: The
Water Trust

Duty Station: 
Uganda

 

About US:

The Water Trust
empowers rural communities in Uganda to reduce preventable death and
debilitating disease by enabling access to safe water and a healthy, clean
environment. Since 2008, The Water Trust has partnered with more than 600
communities in Masindi and Kiryandongo, benefitting more than 250,000 people.
The Water Trust aims to increase the scale of its operations and pioneer new
approaches to increasing the impact and sustainability of water, sanitation,
and hygiene programs. With new grants from USAID and other leading funders, The
Water Trust is gaining momentum and looking for a Technical WASH Assistant to
support the team to increase access to clean and safe water for rural
communities.

 

Job Summary:  The Technical WASH Assistant supports
Construction and Maintenance Supervisors to design standard operating
procedures and project plans and timely and efficiently implements these
standards and plans in their areas of operation. In close coordination with
local government structures and in collaboration with The Water Trust Community
Development Officers, the Technical WASH Assistant supports the CMS in each
phase of the technical project cycle (planning, implementing, monitoring, and
reporting), while building relationships with and coordinating with rural
communities and external contractors.

 

The Technical WASH
Assistant shall also contribute towards supporting rural communities, schools,
and health centers to bring about behaviour change towards maintaining improved
water sources and engaging in healthy hygiene practices. The ideal candidate
will have strong engineering expertise, at least two years’ experience in WASH
Projects with an international NGO, and a track record of developing processes
and systems that improve efficiency and quality in the construction industry.
This is an excellent opportunity for an early-career professional with strong
engineering skills, a passion for WASH, and with an interest in learning and
contributing to a growing organization. Women are strongly encouraged to apply
as we work toward a world of greater gender equality in engineering and and water,
sanitation, and hygiene.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Support
Construction and Maintenance Supervisors (CMS) to design the technical and
operating standard procedures and best practices of WASH infrastructure and
water quality.

·       
To
assist in the identification of community water and sanitation needs.

·       
To
develop technical specifications and bills of quantities (BOQ) for works.

·       
To
assess the water and sanitation training needs of the community and assists in
the development of appropriate training materials and plans.

·       
Conducts
water quality testing and sanitary inspection at water points.

·       
Provides
technical assistance to the CMS and local counterparts on issues of water and
sanitation information and communication strategies

·       
Effectively
plan, manage, implement, monitor, evaluate and report the technical program
activities focusing in WASH infrastructure and water quality within budget and
set standards through the coordination, supervision and training of external
contractors.

·       
Develop,
facilitate and support the existing structures (e.g. Water and Sanitation
Committees, SHGs and Hand Pump Mechanics) to ensure the sustainable management
of WASH infrastructure.

·       
To
establish or ensure productive relationships with local and district
authorities and community members at all levels toward strong coordination and
solutions for sustainable community managed WASH infrastructure as Involve and
inform communities and community leaders about the activities

·       
Communicate
regularly and with clarity to the senior management through the direct line
manager on, progress against targets including timelines.

·       
Reporting
for results based-management of programs through timely and applicable reports
as required by the line manager and technical manager. Deliver quality program
reporting requirements, such as collection of activity evidence (e.g. quality
photos, community members’ quote), timely gathering of monitoring data (pre and
post intervention).

·       
Assists
in the compilation of weekly and monthly WASH technical reports, program
documents.

·       
Assist
in updating the M&E database in relation to water point issues,
functionality, and other indicators.

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate must hold a Higher Diploma or National Diploma in Civil, Water
Resources engineering or Geology minimum.

·       
At least
two years’ experience from working with WASH technical projects in a
humanitarian/recovery/development context.

·       
Experience
from working with social work and/or with distribution of humanitarian
assistance is an advantage.

·       
Previous
2-3 years’ work experience in community-based water and sanitation programs;
work experience with an NGO is desirable.

·       
Must
have knowledge of water supply, hygiene, sanitation requirements and protocols.

·       
Familiarity
with international minimum standards of water supply, hygiene, sanitation
service delivery (i.e., SPHERE) is an advantage.

·       
Must
have previous experience in training and Training of Trainers.

·       
Excellent
communication skills – written and spoken – in English required.

·       
Fluency
in one or more of the national/regional languages (Runyokitara (Runyoro),
Kiswahili, Luo preferred).

·       
Must be
willing to work as a team member, take direction, and share technical skills
with colleagues and counterparts.

·       
Computer
literacy in word processing and spreadsheets is required,

·       
Must be
able to work under pressure.

·       
Experience
working in a humanitarian/recovery/development context.

·       
Documented
past work results related to the position’s responsibilities.

·       
Strong
planning skills and ownership of results.

·       
Strong
relationship- and trust-building skills with colleagues and community members.

·       
Communicates
effectively and with respect.

 

Desirable

·       
Extensive
knowledge of 4WD vehicle and motorbikes maintenance with Valid Permit Class
“A”.

·       
Advanced
Information Technology knowledge such as familiarity with mWater, AutoCAD, GPS,
ArcGIS, and Google Earth is strongly desirable.

·       
Ability
to speak local languages in the project area (Swahili, Runyoro, Luo, Iteso,
Lugbara, Lugisu).

·       
Willingness
to travel to all locations, for regular oversight and review.

 

How to Apply:

All candidates
should submit an application online at the link below.

 

Click Here

 

Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021, at 5 p.m. EAT.

 

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