Job Title: Technical WASH Assistant
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
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:
Construction and Maintenance Supervisors (CMS) to design the technical and
operating standard procedures and best practices of WASH infrastructure and
assist in the identification of community water and sanitation needs.
develop technical specifications and bills of quantities (BOQ) for works.
assess the water and sanitation training needs of the community and assists in
the development of appropriate training materials and plans.
water quality testing and sanitary inspection at water points.
technical assistance to the CMS and local counterparts on issues of water and
sanitation information and communication strategies
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
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.
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
regularly and with clarity to the senior management through the direct line
manager on, progress against targets including timelines.
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
in the compilation of weekly and monthly WASH technical reports, program
in updating the M&E database in relation to water point issues,
functionality, and other indicators.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
ideal candidate must hold a Higher Diploma or National Diploma in Civil, Water
Resources engineering or Geology minimum.
two years’ experience from working with WASH technical projects in a
from working with social work and/or with distribution of humanitarian
assistance is an advantage.
2-3 years’ work experience in community-based water and sanitation programs;
work experience with an NGO is desirable.
have knowledge of water supply, hygiene, sanitation requirements and protocols.
with international minimum standards of water supply, hygiene, sanitation
service delivery (i.e., SPHERE) is an advantage.
have previous experience in training and Training of Trainers.
communication skills – written and spoken – in English required.
in one or more of the national/regional languages (Runyokitara (Runyoro),
Kiswahili, Luo preferred).
willing to work as a team member, take direction, and share technical skills
with colleagues and counterparts.
literacy in word processing and spreadsheets is required,
able to work under pressure.
working in a humanitarian/recovery/development context.
past work results related to the position’s responsibilities.
planning skills and ownership of results.
relationship- and trust-building skills with colleagues and community members.
effectively and with respect.
knowledge of 4WD vehicle and motorbikes maintenance with Valid Permit Class
Information Technology knowledge such as familiarity with mWater, AutoCAD, GPS,
ArcGIS, and Google Earth is strongly desirable.
to speak local languages in the project area (Swahili, Runyoro, Luo, Iteso,
to travel to all locations, for regular oversight and review.
How to Apply:
should submit an application online at the link below.
Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021, at 5 p.m. EAT.