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International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee


Position: Environmental Health 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/Summary:

The Environmental Health officer reports to the Environmental Health Manager and is accountable for technical oversight & support for water system development, and construction management of projects in Siti zone, Erer, and Gota Biki Woreda intervention areas as per the requirements.

Major responsibilities include:

Project implementation:

  • Coordinate with the relevant government partners and communities to identify the WASH needs of communities.
  • Monitor & supervise water supply systems structures construction which includes rehabilitation of surface water systems, water trucking, construction of sanitation facilities, service reservoirs, public tap stands, pipe laying of pressure mains & distribution networks, and providing capacity building training to government water offices and WASHC, etc;
  • Ensure that EH projects 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 EH activities and experiences at the field and office level
  • Maintain close contact with the Environmental Health Manager within the IRC field sites 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.
  • Prepare design & detail bills of quantities, and budget estimates in response to emerging emergencies throughout the intervention area and forward them to the supervisor for review.
  • Coordinate with the HEALTH sector to conduct Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) assessments in health facilities, with Hygiene Promotion Specialists and other technical unit members to ensure targeted support and effective, quality programming.
  • Performs other related tasks as required and tasks assigned by the supervisor.

Monitoring & Evaluation

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

Capacity Building

  • Organize/coordinate capacity-building training for WASHCos, woreda, and zonal water and health office experts
  • 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 to 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 civil, Hydraulics and water resource, environmental engineering, or other related fields.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years for degree holders and 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 standard and Project Cycle management is an asset.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a multifaceted, cross-functional distributed team structure.
  • Highly proficient in the Microsoft Office suite
  • Confirmed skill to work effectively with partners at all levels.
  • Ability to lead and work through change in a proactive and positive manner.

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.
  • Confirmed experience in construction /WASH facility design, construction monitoring, and contract management.
  • Confirmed experience in construction and water system design software and Aids; EPANET, AutoCAD, Google Earth, and Global Mapper.
  • Experience in a humanitarian setting (refugee camps, rural development, or emergency response).
  • I am proficient 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.