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International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee


Position: Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Officer
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: ****** - Ethiopia
Posted date: 1 month ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

Job Description

The IRC has a focus on narrowing the gender gap in humanitarian aid and ensuring that we contribute to gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in both our programs and operations by working to establish a context where our clients (including those from minority groups) enjoy the same rights and opportunities as well as equal access to services. The IRC also has a strong commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive culture, where safeguarding is upheld in our workplace and programs. We are determined to protect our clients and staff from safeguarding violations through prevention and, where misconduct is alleged, to address it without fear or favor.

Job Overview

The Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Officer reports to the Environmental Health Manager and is accountable for technical oversight & support in creating a safe and clean living environment and raising awareness of safe hygienic practices for clients of the project intervention area in Siti zone, Erer, and Gota Biki Woreda.

Major Key Responsibilities

Project implementation:

  • Coordinate with the relevant government partners and communities to identify the Sanitation and Hygiene needs of communities
  • In collaboration with other team members, design, and undertake/take part in quantitative/qualitative assessments to identify key risks of hygiene behaviors, set baseline, and measure project achievements.
  • Work with client representatives to identify volunteers/incentive workers for hygiene promotion/education.
  • Work with clients to select sites of sanitation facilities for vulnerable groups, and ensure the needs of the most vulnerable clients are taken into account at all stages of hygiene promotion interventions.
  • Ensure that Sanitation and hygiene promotion are implemented in a timely and professional manner, according to design specifications and performance indicators, and in line with donor requirements and beneficiary needs.
  • Ensure accurate documentation of Sanitation and Hygiene promotion activities and experiences at field and office level.
  • Maintain close contact with the supervisor to ensure effective technical, logistical, and management support for all aspects of project implementation.
  • Conduct regular monitoring and technical support visits to project sites.
  • Conduct needs assessments, and project review assessments.
  • Coordinate with the HEALTH sector to conduct Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) assessments in health facilities, with Hygiene Promotion Specialist, Senior MEAL Officer, and other technical unit members to ensure targeted support and effective, quality programming.
  • Work with the Senior Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Manager on the development, testing, printing, and positioning of culturally appropriate IEC materials, and monitoring tools and ensure proper use.

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Maintain a regular system of project progress monitoring and evaluation.
  • Strive to increase program quality during project implementation and develop/maintain systems to measure impact and quality in assigned projects.

Capacity Building

  • Organize/coordinate capacity building training to Woreda and Zonal water and health office experts and WASHCom’s
  • Prepare detailed capacity-building training reports
  • Track and document sex-segregated client data reached by the interventions

Logistics /Finance

  • Prepare weekly vehicle movement plan and submit it to program lead, finance, and Supply chain.
  • Prepare the item forecast of the required materials and follow up on purchase requests, conduct equipment and materials inspections, and ensure timely supply of materials to the site.
  • Develop and maintain tools to report project progress updates.
  • Prepare and draft the program implementation plan and share it with the EH manager.


  • Provide timely trip reports and/or monthly reports to EH Manager
  • Ensure and coordinate timely production of monthly reports by EH staff based on qualitative and quantitative indicators of project status.
  • Complete and share monthly reports within the agreed timeline.

Safeguarding Responsibilities: -

  • Promote and actively participate in initiatives and efforts to build team engagement, inclusion, and cohesion in IRC [team/office]
  • Foster ongoing learning, honest dialogue, and reflection to strengthen safeguarding and promote IRC values and adherence to IRC policies.


Job Requirements

  • The requirements should establish a baseline (minimum) for educational background, previous work experience, professional knowledge or certification, specific skills and strengths, and any other skill necessary to perform the essential functions of the job.

Educational Requirements

  • University Degree in Environmental Health, Public Health, Nursing, Community Development, Health Education, or any other related field from a recognized University

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years for degree holders one year of relevant experience for postgraduate and five years of relevant experience for diploma holders
  • +2 years’ experience in WASH project implementation and knowledge of SPHERE standards and Project Cycle management is an asset.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a multifaceted, cross-functional distributed team structure.
  • Relevant work experience in hygiene promotion with I/NGO in development, emergency, or refugee settings is an asset.
  • Previous experience in implementing institutional (schools & health facilities) hygiene promotions/education is an asset.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as to work autonomously when required

Preferred Experience & Skills

  • Committed to the mission and principles of the International Rescue Committee, Excellent computer skills including word processing and spreadsheet functions, excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills, attention to detail, ability to communicate clearly, and work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Very good written and spoken English is essential and Af-Somali is an asset.
  • Experience in implementing participatory hygiene promotion and sanitation methods (e.g., PHAST, CLTS/H, CHC, CHAST) and organizing campaigns on key hygiene themes
  • Experience in a humanitarian setting (refugee camps, rural development, or emergency response).
  • Have proficiency in Windows, MS Office programs, email, and database tools.

Language Skills

  • Proficient in English writing and speaking skills and the ability to speak the local language is advantageous.

IRC strives to build a diverse and inclusive team at all levels who as individuals, and as a group, embody our culture statement creating a working environment characterized by critical reflection, power sharing, debate, and objectivity for us to achieve our aspirations as a team and deliver the best possible services to our clients.