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WASH Field Officer for Gedaref Project Office

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

GIZ assists the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. GIZ offers demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development worldwide. Our actions are guided by the principles of sustainability. We advocate for human rights, equal opportunities and integrity, and we promote market-oriented, ecological and social economic development.

The GIZ Office in Khartoum is looking for a qualified person to fill the following position:


 Duty Station: Gedaref
 Closing Date: 15 March 2019


The WASH Field Officer (WFO) is reporting to the Food & Nutrition Security Advisor (FNSA) of the Food Security Programme for Refugees and Host Communities in Kassala and Gedaref.

The WFO will be based in Gedaref. The position will require regular travels within Sudan.

General Description of Role

The WFO will assist the FNCA in the day-to-day management and implementation on a two-fold objective within the WASH & Construction Unit of the project:

  • Assist on all construction- and rehabilitation-related measures regarding water supply systems and sanitary facilities
  • Assist to carry out capacity development activities for improved sanitation and hygiene.

S/he will ensure that activities and reporting are completed within the allocated time frame, and to the quality standards and implementation mechanism stipulated in the project proposal, logical framework and in accordance with the project work plan.

The candidate should have knowledge of the Gedaref and Kassala region in East Sudan and be willing to drive to field locations. S/he will carry out the following major tasks:

  • Assist to plan and implement water and sanitation activities in the field (capacity building) and ensure effective and timely completion of activities
  • Support technical items in the preparation of designs, cost estimates, BoQs and tender documents for all WASH infrastructure
  • Assist in monitoring and reporting on project activities using project management and monitoring tools
  • Establish close working relationships with NGOs, INGOs, host government agencies, and U.N. agencies operating in the region.
  • Participate in WASH needs assessment and other data collection activities

 Duties and responsibilities:

Supervise and implement water supply and basic sanitation

  • Ensuring understanding of the needs of the communities on water and sanitation and coordinating with the local partners on best implementation;
  • Works with and supervises partners, consultant, suppliers on soft aspects of the WASH component
  • Participate in WASH needs assessments.
  • Follow up installation of water tanks, latrines, centralized water systems and other water & sanitation systems at different sites
  • Working closely with the local partners, providing technical advice and WASH orientation.
  • Monitoring water quality and necessary water treatment at different water points (water tanks, wells, household, etc.).
  • Informing and documenting the anomalies and the repairs carried out in the water systems, and the material necessary for the program’s activities.


Training, sensitization and social mobilization

  • Ensure the proper conduct of technical trainings (incl. CLTS approach)
  • Ensure jointly with the Head of Projects the elaboration of key messages, booklets, tools and kits for trainings and promotion sessions;
  • Support the WASH promoters during sensitization sessions and trainings;
  • Ensure the follow-up of WASH committee activities;
  • Ensure that population accept and implement the practices taught by the committees and the teams.

Data collection and sensitization methods:

  • Ensuring understanding and needs of the communities on water and sanitation needs and uses, and coordination WASH team on best implementation. 
  • Data collection regarding the project and the potentials beneficiaries
  • Prepare and submit all WASH field reports to the WASH & Construction Advisor   
  • Monitor and report all WASH activities in the field ensuring there is compliance with plans and GIZ standards
  • Monitor water and sanitation facilities acceptance and beneficiary satisfaction
  • Collect, organize and develop data, files and documents.

Other Activities

Any other duties/functions as deemed necessary or as delegated by the Project Manager to meet the level of the services of the organization/project.

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

Training/ Education:

  • Degree in engineering, environmental health, community development, social sciences or relevant field;  

Technical specific knowledge:

  • Knowledge in WASH activities, water supply and sanitation supply systems, knowledge of building regulations and standards as they apply to minor building construction and maintenance, experience in minor construction works and maintenance of a variety of buildings, infrastructure and related facilities

Previous experience:

  • At least 3-5 years of professional experience in comparable positions.
  • Experience in community mobilization and participation.


  • Fluent Arabic, very good level of English (written, reading and writing).

IT and specific systems:

  • Microsoft Office, AutoCAD is beneficial.

Closing date:  15.03.2019

If you do not hear from GIZ until the 15.04.2019, your application was not further considered.

To submit your application, send your CV and motivation letter in English to:

E-mail: giz-recruitment-sudan@giz.de   – the name of the position you are applying for must be entered in the subject line.

The application shall not exceed 1MB. References and degrees will be requested if required and shall not be sent via e-mail.


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