WASH Officer – Water Quality at DRC, Dimma, Ethiopia

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Deadline: 30 June 2019

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of WASH Officer – Water Quality in Dimma, Ethiopia. The duration of this post is 6 months.

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The WASH Officer – Water Quality will is responsible for water treatment and monitoring of Free Residual Chlorine (FRC) to ensure the community is supplied with safe and clean water in accordance with the set standards.

DRC fulfills its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities in the conflict areas of the world.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

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The WASH Officer – Water Quality will perform the following functions:

  • Daily chlorination of water produced in the camp.
  • Regularly maintain and operate chemical water treatment process.
  • Ensure regular cleaning of water reservoirs (Treatment plant and the camp reservoirs).
  • Inspection of water treatment systems on daily basis to ensure effective operations.
  • Records daily information from water quality monitors.
  • Ensures that chlorine solution is prepared in the required percentage and in the right quantities
  • Monitor FRC (Free Residual Chlorine) levels at tap stands and households weekly.
  • Carries out weekly assessment of FRC of each reticulating line tap stands and house hold levels aimed at maintaining UNHCR standard of 0.5 mg /l at every tap stand and 0.2 mg/l at house hold levels.
  • Investigating any water quality related issues raised by daily information provided.
  • Responsible for maintaining sample points and monitoring water quality equipment’s
  • Responsible for good maintenance of water quality equipment’s, servicing and calibration on regular basis
  • Share information on detected contamination at household level with Hygiene promotion Team and community to facilitate Jerri can cleaning.
  • Liaise with Hygiene promoters and increase awareness on health benefits of good water quality, and handling through orientation sessions to refugee school children.
  • Design and facilitate mass awareness campaigns during disease outbreaks in liaison with other stake holders.
  • Develop training packages for community skill transfer on water quality practices.
  • Reinforce behavior change at household level through case by case counseling on safe water practices.
  • Disease morbidity surveillance on water related diseases in the camp.
  • Train water quality monitors to perform water treatment tasks.
  • Organize and implement training of trainers (TOT) on water quality practices.
  • Promote public health awareness on water quality at the schools.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

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  • BSC degree in environmental health science, environmental engineering, public health, water supply and sanitation or other related fields, with a minimum of 3 years field practical experience.
  • Technical background and knowledge in environmental health and demonstrated work experience in designing and implementing hygiene and sanitation programs.
  • Knowledge and experience in proper excreta disposal, solid waste management.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
  • Capable of training refugees and motivating community support.
  • Ability to understand the cultural context of the community, Experience in participatory techniques and community mobilization.
  • Positive and professional attitude, able to organize, maintain and prioritize work under pressure and able to work in an insecure environment.
  • Excellent communication skill, preferably with the host community and IDP.
  • Accountability & responsiveness within areas of responsibilities.
  • Report writing skills and computer skills in word processing and spreadsheets. Skills in technical drawings software (preferably AutoCAD) and project management software are desirable.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong sense of security management and willingness to follow security guidelines and regulations.
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and values and DRC’s mandate.
  • Commitment to concern equal opportunity and gender practices.
  • Excellent skills in speaking, reading and writing English.
  • Fluency in Amharic.
  • Nationality of Ethiopia.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post through online process.

For more information, please visit DRC.

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