Vacancy: Environmental Officer
DAI, a global development consulting firm, seeks applications from qualified candidates for the position of Environmental Officer for the Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) project.
The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project is a five-year, USAID-funded project to improve lives and health through the development and management of sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene services in Kenya.
Its purpose is to institutionalize catalytic models of sustainable service delivery for accelerated water and sanitation access in nine specific target counties and to improve complementary hygiene behaviors.
Summary of Primary Duties: The Environmental Officer will directly implement activities that incorporate climate change adaptation planning into source water monitoring and quality protection.
He/she will promote innovations to adapt and track climate changes, and promote real-time water source monitoring.
He/she will provide technical support to Water Resources Users Associations (WRUAs) to realize watershed management objectives.
He/she will support the KIWASH team, county governments, Water Service Providers (WSPs), and WRUAs to implement water safety and security plans and support integration of these plans into business strategies and broader land and watershed management plans.
- Directly implement and monitor prior designed and planned activities to expand source water quality protection in selected sub-catchments in the duty counties;
- Mobilize communities/WRUAs/Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in line with project activities;
- Provide training and mentoring to WRUAs to incorporate climate change data into planning and monitoring efforts;
- Perform site assessments for stream gauging activities and monitor gauging performance in line with a designed guideline;
- Assist with monitoring the implementation of county water security plans;
- Collect and collate environmental data, including resources mapping, on selected sub-catchments;
- Contribute to the KIWASH bi-weekly, quarterly, annual and final reports and annual work plans;
- Assist with providing input for KIWASH monitoring and evaluation, specifically for tasks related climate change adaptation;
- Contribute to occasional articles and/or essays on KIWASH achievements in climate change adaptation work;
- Assist with the development of the KIWASH Learning Platform as required;
- Other tasks as required.
- No supervisory responsibilities.
- A Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study preferred, e.g. environmental science or natural resources management with strong climate change component;
- A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in fields related to environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation;
- Experience and knowledge of the geography and environmental setting of western Kenya; with specific reference to water resources and climate change trends;
- Experience and knowledge of working with Kenyan WSPs, WRUAs, and County Governments, Water Boards, and NGO’s/ Associations;
- Knowledge of Kenyan water supply and sanitation and environmental legislation and issues preferred;
- Familiarity with the WHO Water Safety Planning Methodology;
- Knowledge of GIS applications an added advantage;
- English language written and verbal fluency essential.
Base of Operations: Kisumu, with frequent travel to 6 KIWASH activity counties in Western Kenya, i.e. Kisumu, Siaya, Busia, Kakamega, Nyamira and Migori.
Reporting: The Environmental Officer will report to the Environment and Climate Change Specialist.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should apply via the link,
by December 1, 2016.
Only candidates who send their information by applying through the link and by the deadline will be eligible.
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NB: *The position is open to Kenyan Nationals only.*
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
DAI provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.