Environmental Health Assistant (Hygiene Promotion) International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.
24th January 2021
Environmental Health Officer (Hygiene Promotion)
No. of Post:
3 months with possibility of extension
20 Jan 2021
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a prominent international organization working in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression.
The International Rescue Committee is planning to initiate an emergency response intervention at Tuneidba refugee cam following the conflict in Tigray that has resulted into influx of refugees from the Tigray into Sudan. The IRC is initiating programming in the camp that will initially focus on Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene and Risk Communication and Community Engagement within the camp, and further grow the response to include broader water supply interventions to have a comprehensive response package in the medium and longer term depending on the crisis. Given the current COVID pandemic, staff and beneficiary safety is an absolute priority and strict adherence to risk mitigation measures will be undertaken to protect staff and the target beneficiaries.
SCOPE OF WORK/RESPONSABILITIES
The EH Assistant will report to the EH Officer (Hygiene Promotion) and will be primarily responsible for supervising hygiene promotion activities at the community level working closely with community volunteers, community leaders, various community groups (youth, women, girls etc.) and at Health facilities as directed by the EH Officer on day to day basis. The main objective of this position is to support the EH Officer in implementing hygiene promotion activities while also giving feedback to the WASH construction teams on team acceptability, and functionality of the WASH facilities constructed. This includes conducting assessments, monitoring surveys, day-to-day engagement with CHVs and follow-up of hygiene promotion activities that will cover awareness raising to communities on public health risks in the camp.
Duties and responsibilities:
With the support of the EH Officer, conduct assessments and technical surveys at the communities covering aspects of new and/existing water, and sanitation facilities and hygiene practices.
Collect all data related to KAP or KPC surveys conducted at the health facilities that would inform on safe hygiene promotion and practice improvement initiatives.
Collect all data related to FGD and KIIs conducted with various community entities that would inform on safe hygiene promotion, access to WASH infrastructure and other needs for hygiene items.
Support in the design appropriate and cost effective hygiene promotion and community engagement approaches to be applied in the delivery of hygiene/public health activities.
If required, support in the supervision of contractors ensuring standard and acceptable engineering contract management practices are adhered to at all times from project inception to final contract discharge and hand over to IRC.
Support implementation of IRC’s activities on NFI kit distributions i.e. hygiene kits and MHM kits, participating in beneficiary identifications, verification, registration and the distribution processes.
Collect all data related to all post distribution monitoring assessments conducted after distribution of WASH/EH related NFI items would inform on lessons learnt.
Conduct daily supervision and mentoring visits to communities and households, working with Community hygiene volunteers on all aspects related safe hygiene promotion and practices, COVID risk prevention at the community level.
Support identification, training and day-to-day mentoring of community hygiene volunteers
Coordinate closely with the community hygiene volunteersand the target communities over WASH and hygiene needs and preferences regarding water collection points, location and type/design of sanitation facilities, and hygiene promotion messaging.
Seek guidance and approval from EH Officer on any changes to approved implementation approaches to hygiene promotion and risk communication and community engagement.
Maintain comprehensive control systems of materials and tools for hygiene promotion activities.
Staff Supervision & Development
Assist the EH Officer, train and support Community hygiene volunteers
Supervise community hygiene volunteers in their daily activities
Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable work teams to successfully complete their tasks on time and within budget
Responsible for daily community volunteers’ timesheets and work plans,
Grant Monitoring & Reporting
With the EH Officer plan on a daily or weekly basis CHV activities to be carried in the camp, and conduct daily meetings to review activity progress.
Provide weekly reports of progress on all hygiene promotion activities, construction activities related sanitation and water supply facilities.
Provide weekly reports of progress on all WASH/EH related distribution activities while maintaining update records of beneficiaries and items received.
Provide reports as will be required relating to monitoring hygiene practices at the community level, that would inform reviewing implementation approach.
Keep update records of trained CHVs, training reports, and day-to-day work schedules and mapping of target locations covered by the CHVs
Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the team; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to the EH Officer, EH Manager and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment for IRC programs
Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs
All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:
The ideal candidate will have Environmental health, Public health, or Community health background/training and experience in implementing Water, Sanitation and sanitation in refugee camp settings with a strong focus on public health promotion.
Minimum of Diploma or Advanced Certificate in Public Health or related field;
Experience in implementation of WASH or public health promotion in community refugee camp settings.
Competent communication skills, effective in representation and liaison
Community engagement and negotiation skills
Knowledge and application of participatory approaches to community engagement that include PHAST, faster PHAST, CHAST etc.
Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.
Competent user of MS Office applications
Able to fluently communicate and write in English
Travel and other requirements: This position will be based in Gedaref with frequent travel to Um-Rakouba Camp.
Policy compliance – IRC way policies
Ensure any violations of the IRC Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Code of Conduct are reported to technical coordinator or other member of IRC team. The reporting of violations is an obligation on the part of all IRC employees, including temporary hires and consultants.
Assist where necessary in undertaking activities that aim to prevent the occurrence of sexual abuse and exploitation of beneficiaries by IRC and other humanitarian workers.
Ensuring confidentiality in the case of disclosures of abuse or violence, and showing respect and sensitivity to community members at all times.
Ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of IRC acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organization without authority, except in the normal execution of duty.
If you are interested in the position, please submit your CV, Cover letter, work and academics certificates through SudanJob for online applications. Please include a telephone contact number and three professional references in your cover letter. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
The International Rescue Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. International Rescue Committee considers all candidates on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, colour, national origin, religion, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
The IRC and IRC workers must enforce to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and implements policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.