The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home**.**

The International Rescue Committee has been working in Somalia since 2006, providing essential services to conflict and disaster affected communities. The IRC has been operational in Central Somalia (Galmudug, Puntland and Southwest regions) and Banadir implementing interventions in the areas of livelihood, WASH, Governance, and peacebuilding, GBV, Nutrition, education and health reaching out to more than 200,000 conflict and drought affected people.


  • Design, plan and implement of hygiene needs assessments, including personal interviews at household level, facilitation of focus group discussions, site visits and meetings with key members of community.
  • Provide necessary support to WASH Officer to design, plan and implement technical WASH assessments and studies such as household level questionnaires, focus group discussions, site visits and meetings with key members of community.

Program design and implementation

  • Design, plan and follow-up of hygiene promotion activities such as: training of trainers on hygiene promotion (for community volunteers, WASH committee members, health workers).
  • Provide technical support on hygiene promotion to the community volunteers, WASH committee members and health workers; and developing a culture sensitive IEC material for hygiene promotion activities.
  • Liaise and coordinate hygiene activities with community health workers and related local authorities - Provide necessary support to WASH officer through design, plan, liaise, archive, implement and follow-up the detailed implementation work plan for all activities of WASH projects to achieve the projects objective on time.
  • Ensure community mobilization in all field related to water, hygiene and sanitation - Draft weekly hygiene/cholera awareness sessions report.
  • Plan, organize, supervise and evaluate the distribution of all hygiene supplies such as hygiene kits, cleaning kits and Jerry Canes for health facilities, and families.
  • Work with the WASH team to develop and evaluate methodologies for promoting sanitation such as CLTS (community-led total sanitation), or latrines construction.
  • Consider budget planning and logistics for hygiene promotion activities: making and follow-up of internal purchase order, quality control of materials delivered by suppliers, planning team movements by vehicle.
  • Undertake any other duties as may be assigned by the WASH Officer/WASH Coordinator

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and learning

  • With the WASH team, undertake the initial and final KAP (Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice) surveys.
  • With the WASH team's implementation of the PDM survey (Post Distribution Monitoring) for kit distributed.
  • Collection, consolidation, and reporting of weekly hygiene and health-related data necessary for the consolidation of standard project and strategic indicators (number of beneficiaries, number and type of activity performed, results of water analysis performed)


  • Submit Weekly (or each time when necessary) written and oral reports to the WASH Officer/WASH Coordinator.
  • Participate actively in collecting the required data needed for reports.
  • Integration, Coordination of Cross-cutting Aspects - Coordinate WASH hygiene activities with other sectors of IRC in order to integrate activities in the same geographical area and for the same beneficiaries.
  • Coordinate local level hygiene activities with the Public Health Department at the district level.
  • Ensure the integration of gender, child protection, HIV, people living with disability, the environment and other crosscutting issues into the design, implementation and development of hygiene promotion activities, and ensure that activities take into account the needs of specific groups and individuals, especially children, the elderly and disabled.


  • A Diploma in public health, environmental health, or community health from an accredited university or college.

Experience and skills required

  • Professional experience of 2 years minimum, among which 1 year in a field related to public health, environmental health or community health. - Relevant training and experience in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. - Organization, Coordination and planning skills - Good report writing and communication skills - Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook , Power point ) - Ability to listen and Adopt - Excellent interpersonal, facilitation and community mobilization skills - Fluent knowledge of local language - Fluent knowledge of written and oral in English. - Somali National


  • Direct experience in the geographical area targeted by IRC. - Experience working with an INGO/NGO.

This vacancy is archived.

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