AN EH WASH Infrastructure Officer is needed in Mubi, Nigeria

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EH WASH Infrastructure Officer, Mubi, Nigeria
Requisition ID: req49216

Job Title: EH WASH Infrastructure Officer

Sector: Environmental Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Mubi, Nigeria

Work Arrangement: In-person

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) works in more than 40 countries and in 28 U.S. cities to help people affected by humanitarian crises to survive, recover, and rebuild their lives. IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, including the conflict in Ukraine and the crisis in Afghanistan. We help to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster including climate change. And we are proud to fight for a world where women and girls have an equal chance to succeed. We address both the immediate, lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post conflict societies. IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and thorough accountability to those we serve.

IRC entered Nigeria in October 2012 response to a widespread flood disaster. IRC’s emergency response team, with local partner CISCOPE (civil society coalition for poverty eradication), implemented a project to support livelihoods and improve WASH in Kogi State from February to May 2013. This was followed by a 3-month nutrition and food security program in the same location from October 2013 to January 2014. IRC has been supporting programming in Adamawa state since early 2014. Since then, the IRC has expanded its operations to Borno and Yobe states courtesy of funding from ECHO, OFDA, DFID, LDS, SIDA, Europe Aid and SDC with projects on emergency WASH, nutrition, FSL and protection mainstreaming for IDPs and host communities in the three states.

IRC in Nigeria is starting up its humanitarian response targeting Internally Displaced persons (IDPs), Returnees and host communities in Northeaster Nigerian states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states. At the moment, IRC is implementing WASH activities in Adamawa state across Mubi, Madagali, Michika, Muman and Yola LGAs.

Job Overview/Summary:

The EH Officer Infrastructure will play a fundamental role in the success of the project by closely supervising water and sanitation infrastructures as well as promoting good hygiene practices amongst the target population conducive to reducing mortality and morbidity related to water and faecal-borne diseases.

Major Responsibilities:

 Ensure water and sanitation infrastructure activities are implemented in a timely and professional manner while considering beneficiary needs as per the SPHERE standards.
 Conduct rapid and detailed assessments aimed at establishing knowledge, awareness and practices of the target community with regard to hygiene.
 Assist the EH/WASH Manager in the design and implementation of the Water and Sanitation infrastructure M&E Plan.
 Maintain close links and collaboration with other IRC sectors and in particular Health, Nutrition, Protection, Gender, CYPD (Child and Youth Protection and Development), Women Protection and Empowerment (WPE), and Economic Recovery and Development (ERD).
Grant Planning & Implementation

 Prepare and maintain/update detailed work plan(s) that support the achievement of the overall grant timeline and completion date.
 Provide direction and monitor staff in their implementation of the work plan and quality of activities, share relevant information and direction to improve quality and achieve timelines.
 Assist the EH Manager in the design of all infrastructure related assessments, monitoring and evaluation tools.
 Directly be involved in the designs and implementation of water supply infrastructures including but not be limited to drilling of shallow and deep boreholes, installation of future hand pumps, installation of solar submersible pumps, construction of elevated water storage tanks, trenching and piping for water supply reticulation systems, construction of well aprons and communal tap stands with appropriate drainage.
 Directly be involved in the designs implementation of sanitation facilities including but not limited to Communal latrines, house hold latrines, Solid waste pits/bins, Hand washing stations, Drainage, Menstrual Hygiene Management facilities and bathing shelters.
 Identify and train Water Point attendants and Pump Technicians and motorized/solar systems Operators within WASH committees.
 Closely coordinate emergency water supply in camps with maintaining accurate records on water trucking.
 If required, supervise water trucking deliveries, water chlorination and water quality monitoring.
 Provide weekly reports of progress on the construction of water and sanitation facilities to EH Manager.
 Provide regular water quality monitoring reports to EH Manager
 Seek guidance and approval from EH Manager – Water and Sanitation on any changes to approved designs for water supply including water trucking concerns.
 Maintain comprehensive control systems on materials and tools used including notes on quality of materials.
 Coordinate closely with the EH Assistant Infrastructure and M&E on water quantity and quality issues, location of water sources/communal taps while considering beneficiary needs.
 Submit periodic and ad hoc reports on progress and monitoring activities as requested by the EH Manager
 Participate in the formation/training of community WASH committees.
 Assist in the orientation of newly arrived national staff on the team when requested. 
 Any other duty as assigned by the supervisor.
Grant Monitoring & Reporting

 Undertake regular field monitoring visits to assess progress and identify technical quality issues and/or other implementation issues, provide solutions and implement modifications as required.
 Ensure all monitoring activities are fully documented, including systematic and timely data collection as required under the grant and for IRC M&E purposes.
 Produce/contribute to IRC and donor reports as per set schedules (weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually) on grant activities, indicators and achievements.
Coordination & Representation

 Work closely and coordinate with IRC logistics, finance and grant staff to ensure timely and complaint program activities and expenditures; including active participation in grant opening/closing and review meetings.
 Undertake/participate in liaison, coordination, and information sharing activities with national NGOs, international organizations, donors and government at field level.
Program Development

 Assist in the collection of data, assessments and proposal development for the sector.

 Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the team; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaise with community leaders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment for IRC programs.
 Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.
Key Working Relationships:

 Position Reports to: EH/WASH Manager Position directly supervises: EH/WASH Infrastructure Assistant
 Indirect Reporting: Senior EH/WASH Manager


 B. Sc. /High National Diploma in Civil, Water Resources, Building technology/ Engineering, Hydrogeology with hand on experience in developing and adopting emergency WASH technologies and designs experience in implementation of water and sanitation projects – relevant experience will supersede the formal qualification.
 At least 5 years professional experience with NGOs (INGO experience preferred)
 Previous experience leading teams in public awareness raising campaigns focussed on water and sanitation related health issues.
 Competent user of MS Applications: Word, Excel; Auto CAD or similar, Google Earth
 Working knowledge of SPHERE standards
 Proven abilities in developing work plans, data collection and analysis and performance monitoring.
 Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.
 Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, and punctual
 Ability to work as part of a team as well as to work autonomously when required.
 Confident communicator, able to command respect from a wide range of people.
 Fluency in English and Hausa language preferred.

Working Environment:

Security level orange. The situation in Mubi is calm at the moment but remains tense and unpredictable; concerns include criminality. There is active conflict in many parts of the country and a possibility for further expansion of the conflict and violence into other areas and other states.

Standard of Professional Conduct : IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion : IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of IRC Persons in any work setting.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Employment Gaps : We welcome applicants with varied career paths and recognize that a gap in employment does not define a candidate’s potential. We value transferrable skills and are committed to investing in the growth and development of our team members. We encourage applicants to highlight any relevant skills or experiences they have acquired, even if they were not gained in a traditional work setting.

Compensation and Benefits : IRC strives to provide externally competitive and internally equitable Compensation and Benefits programs that attracts, motivates, and retains employees that deliver strong performance while demonstrating the IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct.

Equal Opportunity Employer :

IRC is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, ethnicity or tribe, gender, age, religion, caste, sexual orientation, differently abled, geographic origin, marital status, veteran status and cultural background ( or any other characteristic protected by law). We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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