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Programme Officer (WASH Officer) at Save the Children


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2 weeks ago

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The Save the Children Fund, commonly known as Save the Children, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children’s rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries


The incumbent of this position represents Save the Children values and principles in interactions with staff and external audiences. These values and principles include commitment to the mission of Save the Children international, team orientation, quality management and leadership development, introducing systems and procedures to strengthen staff motivation and productivity.

In response to the ongoing food insecurity and crisis in South Sudan, humanitarian actors are providing assistance and alleviate the suffering of the people. Having its experience in South Sudan for over 20 years, Save the Children will implement this livelihood based response that integrates WASH in Aweil East, Northern Bahr El Ghazal State through SSJR 3. The South Sudan Joint Response 3 (SSJR 3) Project aims to saving lives and alleviate suffering of those most in need of assistance and protection, and protect the rights and uphold the dignity of the most vulnerable.

The post holder will be responsible for overall community mobilization and engagement, timely planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring and review of the project. The post holder will specifically oversee the Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) components of the South Sudan Joint Response Emergency Project – Phase 3 (SSJR 3) for its successful implementation according to approved donor and government agreements. It will also ensure that the human, material and financial resources of the project are well managed in line with plan financial, grant management and other approved guidelines in close collaboration with the project and other team members. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Role Dimensions :

Internal:  All Staff and all Managers in Save the Children Field Programme level, field manager; Operations Manager, Finance, Logistics and HR in Juba External:  County level sections, Local and International NGOs and UN Agencies in the field location


To ensure the Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) component of the project is implemented according to the approved donor and government agreements. Conduct baseline assessment on community needs, existing WASH related initiatives (water supply, sanitation and hygiene), existing infrastructures and capacities in WASH, and identify the project intervention’s sites. Prepare annual, quarterly and monthly action plans of project activities related to WASH, including checklist for assessments, monitoring, review and evaluation of project activities. Responsible for specifying and ordering required materials for WASH interventions with in planned timeframe Ensure goods and stocks are properly recorded and distributed in accordance with funding documentation. Mobilise the community to participate in the project and encourage all groups to participate in the project Facilitate trainings and promotional activities towards improving the hygiene and sanitation practices of the local experts and communities Ensure that WASH activities are integrated with other activities for optimum benefit of the beneficiaries. Work with project SSJR 3, other project team members and WASH Technical Advisor at the CO to identify the technical support needs of the project and ensure this support is provided Develop and regularly update a detailed project work plan guiding the project implementation and ensure this is used by the project team to monitor project progress towards completion the WASH component of the project. Coordinate and attend WASH related meetings at County levels Liaise with other actors for appropriate response in WASH sector in close consultation with the immediate supervisors Compile weekly, monthly and periodical progress reports both for internal and external consumption Oversee Monitoring and Evaluation activities in WASH component. Comply with all relevant policies and procedures with respect to child protection, health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies

BEHAVIOURS (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 their team to do the same widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


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; demonstrates highest levels of integrity



BA / BSc Degree or more in Water Engineering, Environmental Health, Sanitary Engineering, Hydraulics and Water Resource Development and other related fields



At least 2 years relevant project management experiences in emergencies, or WASH related projects in international NGOs or similar organisations. Understanding of and experience in the project implementation techniques, participatory planning, implementation and monitoring basic practices; Experience in assessment, design, bill of quantity preparation and hygiene promotion tools in WASH Proven skills on managing changes, achieving results, ensuring quality, team building and capacity building. Excellent interpersonal skills, including cultural sensitivity, assertiveness and negotiating skills. Ability and willingness to work in remote rural areas and under pressure as part of a professional team Prepare terms of reference and contractual agreements with contractors. Experience in developing and monitoring budgets Computer literate in word processing, excel packages and internet use An understanding of child rights and their protection and fulfilment in the development context. Spoken and written fluency in English and computer literacy (MS Office and email/internet); )


( Knowledge of the area, socio-culture and local language where the post is located as an added advantage Demonstrated expertise in both hard and software implementation of WASH in emergency situation Experience in basic sanitation and hygiene promotion tools

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

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