Technical WASH Officer

Sago Network is currently seeking applications for the position of an experienced Technical 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 Technical WASH Officer, preferably with a background in engineering or architecture, who also has WASH community project implementation experience. The Technical 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 provide professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the WASH programming process. They will oversee technical WASH elements within programs and projects, ensuring standards, requirements and quality is upheld at all times. They will apply theoretical knowledge and practical technical skills to collect, analyze and report on data. They will also facilitate the implementation of WASH systems and infrastructure, such as VIP latrines and rainwater catchments. This role will be one amongst a greater team who collectively will work 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

  • Complete technical WASH assessments and reports 

  • Evaluate needs for WASH interventions at household and community levels

  • Supervise the execution of WASH building and infrastructure work, providing technical guidance and input

  • Oversee technical elements of program and project design and delivery, ensuring quality is always maintained 

  • 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 

  • Facilitate WASH education programs and workshops, especially those that require specific technical WASH knowledge  

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

  • 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 

  • Contribute to program development and general reporting as required 

Qualifications, knowledge and experience:

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline (EG. Engineering, architecture, social sciences)

  • Experience working in the community development and aid sector 

  • Technical engineering knowledge and experience in community-based water and sanitation systems 

  • Experience implementing community level WASH systems and infrastructure projects (EG. VIP latrines, rainwater catchments, protected dug wells, gravity fed water systems) 

  • Experience caring out training and education, presenting to different audiences 

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

Professional skills:

  • 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 computer skills and ability to proficiently use 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 

  • Ability to carry out education, awareness and training with groups of people 

  • Sound understanding and ability to work within community development processes, frameworks and methodologies including CLTS, PHAST, Healthy Island Concepts, GESI principles 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

A short list of suitable candidates will be called in for an interview based on their CV.