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Community WASH Officer

Sago Network is currently seeking applications for the position of an experienced Community WASH Officer. The role is a contract position, based in Port Moresby but will require regular travel to Western Province, Gulf Province, Central Province, Morobe Province and potentially other areas throughout PNG. 

Sago Network offers employees generous salary packages.

Job purpose:

This position will require an experienced Community WASH Officer, preferably with a background in community development, who also has experience carrying out WASH community programs at a village level. The Community WASH Officer’s purpose will be to work with a wider team to carry out a comprehensive village WASH program, including WASH education, interactive WASH workshops and WASH infrastructure delivery. They will also provide professional, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process. They will apply theoretical knowledge and practical technical skills to collect, analyze and report on data. This role will be one amongst a greater team who collectively will work closely with communities and partners, to carry out WASH and health programs in rural locations across PNG. 

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Carry out a comprehensive village WASH program, including WASH education, interactive WASH workshops and WASH infrastructure delivery

  • Facilitate WASH education programs and interactive workshops, presenting to a spectrum of audiences including children

  • Facilitate female menstrual hygiene workshops and female hygiene WASH interventions 

  • Write, improve and update WASH programs 

  • Work within and carry out community development processes, frameworks and methodologies including Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) , Participatory Hygiene And Sanitation Transformation (PHAST), Healthy Island Concepts, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion principles (GESI) and participatory development 

  • Mobilise people and facilitate discussions and meetings in communities to encourage community led WASH development 

  • Establish village WASH committees to monitor and maintain community led WASH initiatives 

  • Carry out WASH assessments, analyze data and evaluate needs for WASH interventions at household and community levels 

  • Participate in rural and remote health patrols, acting as a WASH specialist within a wider team 

  • Contribute to program development and general reporting as required 

Qualifications, knowledge and experience:

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline (EG. Education, Teaching, Community Development)

  • Experience working in the community development and aid sector 

  • Education, training and teaching experience, presenting to a variety of different audiences  

  • Experience implementing community level WASH programs and projects, particularly those that focus on WASH education  

  • Experience in mentoring and building the capacity of colleagues and community members  

Professional skills:

  • Ability to carry out WASH education, awareness and training with groups of people including children, and adjust delivery approach depending on audience 

  • Ability to carry out female specific training workshops centred around female menstrual hygiene and health  

  • Program and project management skills 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication 

  • Fluent in both English and Tok Pisin, both written and verbal 

  • Ability to work in teams and carry out leadership and capacity building duties  

  • Excellent skills in using computer digital systems including Microsoft office, data collection tools, emailing and reporting mechanisms 

  • Strong efficiencies in conducting assessments, report writing and carrying out monitoring and evaluation tasks 

  • Sound awareness and ability to work within community development processes, frameworks and methodologies including Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) , Participatory Hygiene And Sanitation Transformation (PHAST), Healthy Island Concepts, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion principles (GESI) and participatory development 

How to apply: 

Interested applicants are to submit a letter of interest, CV, two referees, a recent photo and qualifications via email to: network@sagocollective.com

In May 2019, a short list of suitable candidates will be called in for an interview in Port Moresby, based on their CV.