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 (Mudug and Galgadud regions) and Mogadishu 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.
Under the direct supervision of the Galkacyo WASH Officer and overall administrative support from Senior WASH Officer and WASH Coordinator, the WASH will train IDPs and host communities on proper hygiene practices. Will organize and build the capacity of Hygiene Committees in IDP camps and villages throughout the Districts of Hobyo & Galkacyo in Mudug region. The WA will create links between the IRC, the community elders, the community at large and other stakeholders.
Community Mobilization and Sensitization
- To ensure that existing hygiene promotion activities are being undertaken correctly in designated project locations, usually in coordination with other WASH activities.
- To facilitate community hygiene outreach for internally displaced people (IDPs) in villages including the host communities.
- To participate in surveys of selected communities, and monitor social change and new social information relevant to the community empowerment.
- To ensure effective and timely reporting of activities undertaken on a weekly basis.
- To identify potential leaders and/or organizers.
- To identify capacity building needs of the beneficiary community and organize focal person trainings.
- Identify and train volunteer community hygiene promoters.
- Organize and conduct hygiene promotion training for school going children based on child-to-child participatory hygiene promotion methods.
Technical & Reporting
- Directly implement hygiene promotion activities in the communities; this includes household visits, hygiene awareness sessions and distribution of hygiene promotion materials.
- Coordinate closely with the WASH Officer-Water and Sanitation and Hygiene Promoters over water quality and beneficiary needs and preferences regarding water collection points.
- If requested, participate in any inter sectorial assessment process, including analysis and planning.
- Directly manage the day-to-day hygiene promotion activities in the field
- Ensure that hygiene promotion activities meet stated objectives within the timeframe.
- Ensure program activities foster accountability to beneficiaries, gender and protection sensitivity and inclusion are adequately addressed in programming.
- Distribute Information, Communication and Education (IEC) materials to Community hygiene Promoters.
- Provide technical support and training for hygiene promoters and community volunteers.
- Provide regular reports, document results and maintain detailed records.
- Provide weekly reports of progress on hygiene promotion activities.
- In liaison with the WASH Officer and the Senior WASH Officer, design appropriate water safety and treatment methods.
- Assist in the design and interpretation of the water treatment formulations for different purposes.
- Closely monitor the quality of water sources and apply corrective measures as necessary.
- Organize and monitor community and/ or casual labor work teams as required.
- A certificate in public health or related discipline, or equivalent work experience in community Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program.
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Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.