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WASH Officers X 2 Posts || Africa AHEAD

  • Harare

Africa AHEAD

DUE: 22 SEP 2023

Africa AHEAD (AA) is a national NGO founded in 1995 in order to address the needs of urban and rural communities through the Community Health Club (CHC) methodology. The objective of AA is to relieve sickness and poverty and promote good health by empowering communities in Zimbabwe. The organization pioneered the Community Health Club approach and implements rural, urban, developmental, and emergency programs directly in-country, as well as providing a learning base for other countries wishing to start the Community Health Club Program in the country and region.
AA’s vision is to empower women in particular so that, as leaders in a fully functional Community, they are able to effectively control all preventable diseases and substantially alleviate poverty in their areas raising living standards for their families.

Project background
In response to immediate humanitarian needs as well as contribute to the long-term, national strategy of empowering communities and strengthening their resilience to hazards in the future, AA will partner with Action Against Hunger (AAH) in implementing an integrated WASH and Food Security Project in Mashonaland West (Kariba) and Midlands Province (Gokwe North)
AA therefore seeks the services of a Project Manager (PM), District WASH Supervisor (DWS), WASH Officers (WO), and MEAL Assistant. The incumbents will be based in either Gokwe North or Kariba Districts working closely with relevant ministries.

WASH Officer (WO) x 2
Reporting To: District WASH Supervisor

Job Description

The WO will be responsible for the smooth running of the software WASH aspects of the program in line with National and Africa AHEAD(AA) protocols.

He/she is expected to perform their duties according to standards of operation expected by AA, according to AA’s philosophy, principles and policies. In particular, the incumbent will maintain the highest level of procedural transparency for the organization and its donors.
The incumbent is expected to sign the Code of Conduct which describes the manner in which they should represent AA and behave in relation to other members of staff, project stakeholders and participants. The officer should also be familiar with AA policies that relate to their work (ignorance of AA’s policies and procedures will not be considered an excuse in incidences of malpractice).
The WO will work under the guidance of the DWS in order to contribute to building sustainable household WASH behaviours among project beneficiaries. He or she is expected to fully contribute as an AA team member, conducting himself or herself in a proper manner at all times as a representative of the WASH unit.
The incumbent will work to a defined work plan with timelines. A description of duties is set out below. However, as appropriate, other duties may be assigned by the line manager to enhance the smooth running of the project in line with project and organizational goals.

DUTIES

Specific Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Program implementation:
• Work closely with District WASH Supervisor (DWS) to roll out the implementation of Community and School WASH positive behaviour change strategy through the establishment of Community Health Clubs (CHC)
• With the support of DWS, train Community and Schools Co-ordinators and oversee its CHC implementation.
• Technical training of community volunteers, members of WASH committees, and governmental staff
• Working with DWS officer to implement community mobilization plans in target communities on issues related to construction, operation and maintenance of WASH facilities in schools are implemented.
• Strengthen Community and School Management Committees to successfully operate and maintain school WASH infrastructure.
• Establish productive working relationships with community and school health co-ordinators and government officials to promote good WASH practices in schools and communities.
• Monitor and ensure establishment and functionality of community and School WASH facilities, including improved water sources, latrines and hand washing facilities.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning:
• Plan and be responsible for the weekly reporting of data in order to follow up the standard project and strategic indicators (number of beneficiaries, number and type of activities completed…) Reporting:
• Weekly reporting to the DWS, including key achievements and planning for the following week.
Integration, coordination and cross cutting issues:
• Ensure that construction works is integrated with hygiene promotion and community participation component, to ensure sustainability of the infrastructure built.
• Coordinate WASH construction activities with Food Security, in order to integrate activities in the same geographical area and for the same beneficiaries.
• Ensure the integration of gender, child protection, HIV, environment, and other crosscutting issues to the design, implementation, and development of WASH activities, and ensure that activities take into account the needs of specific groups and individuals, especially children, the elderly and disabled.

REQUIREMENTS

Essential
• Previous experience 5 years in the implementation of WASH projects at the Field Level
• Excellent IT skills including good working knowledge of MS Excel and Word
• Ability to establish strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures.
• Experience with a flexible approach to managing and prioritising high workloads and multiple tasks in a high-paced environment with tight deadlines.
• Good command of English, and Shona language
• Excellent communication skills
• Willingness to work in remote areas

Desirable
• Experience in working in community and WASH in Schools program.
• Received Community Health Club Training.
• Experience in Public Health and community participation and positive behaviour change.

Qualifications and Experience​

• Minimum Qualification: Diploma/Degree in Public Health, environmental health, Water Engineering, or WASH-related field with 5 years’ relevant experience in WASH and Primary Health Care working for an NGO in less privileged communities; Willing to work in remote locations.
• Should be able to work with minimum supervision and possess strong stakeholder coordination skills
• Conversant with the Government of Zimbabwe entry and exit protocols
• Ability to converse in English, and Shona and good report-writing skills
• Should be computer literate (Microsoft packages, statistical packages).

TO APPLY

If you believe you are the right candidate for any of the above positions, please send your detailed curriculum vitae (CV), Applications should be submitted electronically indicating the position you are applying for in the subject line and sent to the address given. All applications should be submitted not later than 22nd September 2023.

E-mail: Applications including at least three traceable referees should be sent electronically to: vacancies@africaahead.co.zw

Africa AHEAD is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender, equity, and diversity. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Africa AHEAD has zero tolerance for any form of harassment and staff are expected to uphold the organizational values and core competencies especially diversity and inclusion, integrity, commitment, and respect for others as our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children and safeguarding employees and communities from Sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse