SCI WASH Technician Job in Kenya

WASH Technician – Wajir

Team / Programme: Programme Operations    

Location:  Wajir South
Grade: TBC  (Competitive Package)    

Post Type: National
Child Safeguarding:
Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose:

Under the supervision of the WASH Engineer, the WASH technician will be directly involved in the day to day field implementation of the proposed interventions aimed at Improving Water and Sanitation systems and promoting safe hygiene practices in the selected sites.

Scope Of Role:

Reports to: WASH Engineer


Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since 1984, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 
Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. 
Save the Children has an operational presence in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Eldoret, Habaswein, Mandera, Meru and Wajir. 
Currently, we have a staff complement of approximately 370 staff and expenditure of approximately US$30 million this year.

Staff directly reporting to this post:

Key Areas Of Accountability:

  • To carry out a rapid WASH needs assessment to identify new needs and harmonise with the proposed WASH activities. 
  • To work closely with the WASH Engineer and Ministries of Public Works and Public Health and Sanitation to design the most appropriate water systems including storage, treatment and distribution for new systems or rehabilitation of existing systems as highlighted in the proposal.
  • To work closely with the WASH Engineer to select, design and implement the most appropriate forms of sanitation system, in consultation with the ministries of public health and public works, which includes excreta disposal, refuse disposal, and drainage as highlighted in the proposal.
  • To provide close supervision of all construction works in the field.
  • Conduct field measurements and prepare and maintain detailed works reports on a regular basis or upon request from the line manager.
  • To liaise closely with the government line ministries throughout the planning, design and implementation stages of the Water and Sanitation activities.
  • Work closely with the SC program teams to integrate water and sanitation programming across all sectors.
  • Train and mentor communities on basic and effective usage and maintenance of water supply systems and sanitation facilities.
  • Work in close coordination with other members of project staff, relevant government line ministries and other organisations.
  • Participate in WASH coordination meetings
  • To consistently seek technical guidance from and provide feedback and report regularly to the WASH Engineer. 
  • Any other duties as assigned by Line manager. 
Skills And Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications And Experience
  • A minimum of a Higher National Diploma in any discipline related to Water and Sanitation Engineering is the necessary educational requirement. A degree will be an added advantage.
  • At least two years’ practical experience in appropriate water supplies, sanitation and hygiene promotion in the NGO set up. It is desirable that some of this should have been in emergency relief programmes and/or in ASAL districts.
  • The ability to present concise reports, sometimes at short notice, reflecting the problems and possible solutions for particular situations.
  • Diplomacy, tact and administrative skills in order to work with people at managerial and, on occasions, government staffs. The post holder should also be at ease in working with local people.
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach staff, Ministry of Health and community volunteers
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating when faced with difficult and frustrating working conditions
  • Prepared to live and work in an uncertain security environment
  • Ability and willingness to travel and stay in the field
  • Good interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible in demanding situations.
  • Good written and spoken English is essential. 
The application period is now open and will close at midday Wednesday 15th November 2012. 
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