Mercy Corps Nigeria's humanitarian program aims to provide assistance to populations affected by the crisis in Northeast Nigeria. With funding from humanitarian donors including OFDA, FFP, and ECHO the humanitarian programs engage in several interventions including but not limited to food assistance, logistics and relief commodities, protection, livelihoods, WASH and capacity building of humanitarian response actors. Mercy Corps plans to scale up and expand its humanitarian response in Northeast Nigeria to reach more beneficiaries with additional and varied assistance in a wider geographic area.
Mercy Corps plans to implement a program in 2 states “BACRI” or Borno and Adamawa Crisis Response for IDPs targeting IDPs and host communities affected by the conflict in the Northeast of Nigeria.
POSITION : Hygiene and Sanitation Officer
General Position Summary
The Hygiene and Sanitation Officer is responsible for both the soft and hardware components of the water and sanitation infrastructure activities of the ECHO program in targeted implementation area.
The Hygiene and Sanitation officer will assist in supervision of the all works related to implementing infrastructure improvement; and provide input on monitoring and evaluation of the project.
Essential Job Functions
Under the guidance of Watsan advisor, provide input into design and conduct water and sanitation infrastructure improvement in targeted areas.
Supervise the planning and performance of monitoring of water and sanitation projects.
Ensure and promote appropriate health messages related to water, sanitation and hygiene behaviors in targeted communities
Promote community involvement and ownership in all water and sanitation activities and infrastructure projects and assist with hand-over activities
Perform final inspection of completed water and sanitation infrastructure projects, and ensure that technical, safety and environmental standards have been met.
Conduct regular monitoring to the water and sanitation infrastructure project conducted by contractor.
Conduct regular quality control visit to monitor the quality of water and sanitation infrastructure project.
Provide regular capacity building to Community Water Groups on water and sanitation issues
Prepare project designs, estimates and drawings as required, including a list of materials & labor, technical specifications needed, contract documents and project implementation plans.
Based on the complexity of design or magnitude of the project, decide if the project should be managed by a qualified contractor or through a community managed process.
Provide training to the program teams for the preparation of construction supervision check list or each engineering design.
Review and finalize each construction supervision check list prepared by the program teams.
Assist the procurement manager by providing all technical specifications needed for preparing tenders, in addition to assisting the procurement team by reviewing the technical profiles from contractors.
Provide advice on the official handing over of projects to communities/beneficiaries.
Adherence to all MC policies and procedures as outlined in MC policies and procedure manuals;
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in country of operation;
Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Experience
BA/S or higher in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering or other relevant background and/or relevant experience in water and sanitation that related to slum upgrading program
3-4+ years in community based water and sanitation project preferably in urban context
Fluency in both verbal and written English highly preferred.
Multi-tasking, coordination, organization, prioritization skills essential.
Highly-developed computers skills, with strong familiarity with MS Office, Power point, Outlook, Excel, Word, and infrastructure design software
Ability to work independently and cooperatively with team members required.
Ability to work under pressure
Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
Fluency in English; fluency in Hausa is required.
The successful candidate will combine strong technical skills, experience in watsan programs, and a can-do attitude. Ideally s/he will have previous experience in working in large-scale emergency programs in insecure and conflict-affected contexts, including remote management and capacity development.
Note: All applications must include the position title in the subject line and not more than 4 pages. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. We are an equal opportunity organization and we strongly encourage women to apply for this position.