Adeso WASH Officer Job in Kenya

WASH Officer
Adeso, formerly known as Horn Relief, is an expanding and vibrant African based international development and humanitarian organization. 
At Adeso, we work with African communities who are yet to realize their full potential; working inside these communities to create environments in which Africans can thrive. 
Our belief that economic, social and environmental security is the bedrock of a healthy community drives the nature and intent of our programming. 
We work to prevent and overcome situations that adversely affect community well-being by: reinvigorating the economy, developing skills for life and work, providing humanitarian aid, and influencing policy.

For the past 20 years we have strengthened rural livelihoods through environmental awareness, training, technology transfer and innovative humanitarian projects in pursuit of a peaceful, self-reliant, and greener future. Currently, Adeso has programs in Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan. 

Our current donor portfolio includes the European Commission, USAID, SIDA, CIDA, UNICEF, and the Government of Netherlands, among others. 
Adeso is an exciting and dynamic organization experiencing managed rapid growth. 
It offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development.

Position Summary

Based in North Eastern Kenya, the WASH Officer will be a full-time member of the Adeso team and will play a crucial role in the CARES/SDC-WFL projects in the region. The Wash Officer will report to the Project Engineer

Position Purpose

  • Monitor cash for work activities
  • Oversees all WASH Activities within Habaswein Regions
  • Conduct assessments of the proposed sites, analyzing labour requirement, costs and timeframe
Specific Roles and Responsibilities
  • Assist in the design, construction and rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities ensuring that the constructions are of the highest quality and as per original design.
  • Prepare BOQs and monitor contractors undertaking WASH hardware construction.
  • Assist in the monitoring of cash for work activities.
  • Collect data and provide updated information on financial and administrative status of WASH activities of the project for analysis and report purposes.
  • Assist and manage project expenditures, ensure budget is strictly adhered to, financial procedures are respected and all supporting documentations are sent to Garissa as per required schedule.
  • Assist in conducting a thorough assessment of the proposed sites, analyzing Labour requirements, costs, and timeframes, and taking into consideration the successes and constraints of new/rehabilitated water infrastructure at all sites.
  • Assist in monitoring of water quality through continual testing and undertaking activities to address poor quality, including public health initiatives.
  • Liaise directly with communities, elders and local authorities, as well as other agencies operational in N.E Kenya regularly to ensure coordination and effective implementation of activities.
  • Assist in the development of training materials and conduct trainings related to Water & Sanitation as needed for the project.
  • Draft Monthly, Quarterly and Annual project progress reports and submit to the Project Engineer on the progress of activities and challenges faced.
  • Any other duties as required.

Skills and Qualifications
  • University degree in environmental, water and sanitation engineering, or related science qualification.
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant WASH experience in NGO or UN agencies national level is required.
  • Strong project management experience is essential
  • Specific experience in water and sanitation projects and/or hygiene desirable
  • Ability to multi-task and effectively handle stressful situations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (fluency in both English and Swahili required Somali will be an added advantage).
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with a team.
  • Proficiency in computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, AutoCAD or any other design software, etc.
  • Ability to live and work in an isolated area in conditions of limited comfort
Application Process

This is a challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional. 

If you would like to join this dynamic team and be part of building resilience and economic growth in Africa, please submit your application to, quoting the position in the email subject matter, by November 14th, 2012. 
Each application should be addressed to the Human Resources Manager and include the following:
  • An updated CV; and
  • An application letter which should include remuneration requirements and contact information for three work-related referees. 
Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed. 
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 
Adeso is an equal opportunity employer.

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