Position Title: Project Officer - Sanitation & Hygiene

Based: Mbeya City
Department: Water & Resilience
Report to: Water and Resilience Program Director
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CRS with support from UNICEF is implementing a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project in
Mbeya Rural and Mbarali District Councils in Mbeya Region with two local partners Caritas Mbeya
and Sustainable Management and Environment Action (SEMA.) The CRS and UNICEF partnership
will improve the quality and quantity of drinking water and sanitation services by enhancing regional
and district level capacity, building and strengthening effective local water user entities, fostering
private sector participation, and advancing good health, hygiene and sanitation practices for rural
communities in Mbeya and Mbarali District Councils.

The Project Officer - Hygiene and Sanitation will be responsible for leading the implementation of
Sanitation and Hygiene activities at both school and community levels as well as providing technical
guidance to other CRS projects implementing Hygiene and Sanitation components. The Project Officer
will also ensure that health related activities are focused on the development of appropriate
environmental health and behavior change interventions as part of the overall WASH project.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the health and sanitation component of the WASH project are properly planned;
  • Ensure that all ygiene and sanitation activities are properly coordinated with Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and local partners for the project
  • Use appropriate project management tools to plan, review and track progress on project implementation;
  • Support the country program’s efforts to harmonizes its Health, Water/Resilience, Agroenterprise/Livelihoods and Vulnerable Children programs;
  • Collaborate with donors, school committees, parent groups, key Local Government Authorities in all two districts, Ward and Village Development Committees and other stakeholders in carrying out field activities of water, sanitation and hygiene programs;
  • In coordination and collaboration with Project Officers (MEAL) submit monthly, quarterly and annual reports in line with donor agreed requirements and in accordance with expectations and requirements set by CRS;
  • Ensure careful stewardship of funds, accurate and accountable budget management and timely delivery of project activities and achievement of project milestones; 
  • Conduct regular monitoring visits to school and community projects to ensure timely implementation and also follow-up to ensure effective utilization of project funds
  • Work with partners to support timely project advances and liquidations;
  • Provide direct programmatic and financial management support, supervision and mentorship.
  • Provide direct support and supervision to CRS and partner staff through field monitoring of activity performance by offering coaching, mentoring and feedback. Be the person to go to for future programming opportunities and organizing of consortium meetings/workshops
  • Ensure that all activities are properly coordinated with UNICEF and local partners for the project;
  • In coordination and collaboration with Project Manager submit monthly, quarterly and annual
  • reports in line with UNICEF’s Partner Cooperative Agreement requirements and in accordance with expectations and requirements set by CRS
  •  Ensure careful stewardship of funds, accurate and accountable budget management and timely delivery of project activities and achievement of project milestones;

Secondary Responsibilities

  •  Train CRS partners in planning, implementing and monitoring of project activities
  • Develop work plans with the partners, and other staff responsible for the project
  • Provide monthly progress report to CRS and CRS partners
  • Develop systems for partners to collect the health, sanitation and hygiene related data for the project
  • Support partners to work with government institutions and likeminded NGOs
  • Represent CRS on relevant committees and at external meetings and functions when requested
  • Perform any other task that may be assigned to him/her by the management of CRS


  • BSc degree in Public Health, or related fields;
  • At least 3-5 years’ experience implementing WASH projects;
  • At least 5-8 years working in water, sanitation and hygiene at community and school levels;
  • Experience implementing participatory approaches such as CLTS, PHAST, CHAST,conducting Gender Barrier Analysis and experience conducting formative research;
  • Knowledge and understanding of gender dynamics and transformation related to water, sanitation in rural communities;
  • Strong communication skills and high capacity to work together with other colleagues in a multi-cultural team;
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and SPSS or other statistical packages preferred;
  • Self-starter with an ability to work independently, meet deadlines and maintain continuous communication with the Water & Resilience Program Director;
  • Professional knowledge of English and Swahili;
  • Documented evidence and strong references that demonstrate experience supervising staff in and implementing projects of a similar nature.
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CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Interested applicants are advised to send a CV not
more than three pages and a cover letter to Human Specialist, through
by 10th October 2016.

Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted