Uganda: Hygiene Promotion Officer – Ugandan Nationals only

Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 28 Apr 2017

Job Title: Hygiene Promotion Officer

Supervisor: Hygiene Promotion Team Leader

Position Grade 6

Position Type: Full Time

Area of Interest: Program Quality

Location: Bidibidi Refugee Camp, Yumbe, Uganda


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.

CRS has worked in Uganda since 1965, initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese refugees living in the north. Over the years, CRS has expanded its programming to also address development needs in western, central and eastern Uganda. CRS’ projects in Uganda currently include agriculture, health, microfinance, peacebuilding and youth. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability.

Project Summary

The recent fighting in South Sudan between government and the opposition has displaced thousands of South Sudanese community members who have been forced to seek refuge into neighboring countries, including Uganda. Following the rapid needs assessment and information provided via coordination with other stakeholders, CRS has identified critical gaps in settlements in Yumbe District that include water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), non-food items (NFI), livelihoods, and shelter support for those most vulnerable. The interventions will target refugees in zones 4 and/or 5 within the Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe, which have been recently established in November 2016 and experiencing big gaps in WASH needs. These zones have poor household latrine coverage and low water supply but with high groundwater potential according to UNHCR Hydrogeological survey report. CRS will directly implement the interventions to improve the access of refugee households in Yumbe District to safe and sufficient water sources, livelihood opportunities, and non-food items related to protection and hygiene promotion in the Bidibidi Refugee settlement.

General job summary

Under the supervision of the Hygiene Promotion Team Leader the Hygiene Promotion Officer will:

  1. Provide support to WASH TL’s in planning, implementation, monitoring & reporting of Hygiene Promotion activities.

  2. Advise on technical soundness, appropriateness and feasibility on all public health/WASH activities to WASH TL’s

  3. To supervise and manage all CRS Hygiene Promotion interventions in assigned areas as indicated by HPTL

  4. Direct line management of Community Hygiene Promotors, their performance management and provide technical guidance and support for the effective delivery.

  5. To ensure that technical support including on- the job technical training / hand-holding support is provided timely. Supervise and monitoring (On site and desk monitoring) of WASH interventions in coordination with TL’s, field Engineers and MEAL Manager.

  6. Collaborate and coordinate with Filed Engineers and Operation staff to support the development of creative and holistic approaches to WASH programming

  7. Work with the community and local administration, to ensure that the health promotion needs of the population are met.

  8. To supervise, manage and monitor the mobilization of the community to promote hygiene practices, public sanitation, with more emphasis on monitoring latrine construction and use of it, water collection/storage and hand washing practices as well as other hygiene promotional activities.

  9. In conjunction with the WASH team members, facilitate the community into formation of WASH committees for management of WASH facilities. Conduct training needs assessment, design and implement the trainings for WASH committees

  10. To ensure that the program take gender issues fully into account. This includes influencing the community to include and allow women to participate in decision –making around public health promotion work.

  11. Work in close collaboration with partner agency and the local authorities to ensure that participatory approaches are used throughout the project cycle management

Other considerations

  1. Work patterns are not routine and often in a high pressure environment

  2. Required to make sound judgements regularly within agreed processes using technical knowledge, a good understanding of the team and the facilities of the team.

  3. Communication largely with internal staff, also with some external contacts / target audiences to support operational work.

  4. Analysis and internal communication of the locally relevant context to inform appropriate planning.

  5. Supervises the work of community hygiene promoters.

  6. Contributing to project planning and monitoring

  7. Ensures the effective planning and delivery of projects and / or defined areas of programme, including working with partners/communities

  8. Problem solving activities related to a defined area, such as a limited geographical area or limited programme sectional area using professional or technical knowledge

  9. Develop a shared analysis of local issues, contacts and key players in WASH

  10. Report writing and documentation of project activities.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  1. Serves with Integrity
  2. Models Stewardship
  3. Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  4. Promotes Learning


  1. Degree in relevant Public Health discipline from a recognized academic institution. Appropriate relevant and comprehensive experience in the field of WASH, especially in emergency settings.

  2. Previous experience in Hygiene/Health Promotion with NGO’s may substitute for the formal qualifications but not vice-versa

  3. Proven ability & experience in planning and implementing WASH Program (both in emergency response / recovery and long term development) – Minimum 3 years preferably in Uganda refugee settlement is an added advantage.

  4. Proven technical skills

  5. Proven experience of mentoring and capacity building of team / partners including training facilitation skills

  6. Well-developed interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible in demanding situation

  7. Assessment, analytical and planning skills

  8. A capacity and desire to pass on skills and information, a confident communicator and willing to work in a collaborative and respectful way with the beneficiaries.

  9. Knowledge of and commitment to humanitarian principles (NGO / Red cross code of conduct) and with Sphere humanitarian charter and minimum standards

  10. Fluent English language (speaking and writing) and knowledge of the local language in Yumbe district, Arabic is an added advantage.

  11. Excellent knowledge about importance of integrated approach in engineering, livelihood, shelter and protection) in emergency context.

  12. Experience of working with local partners including local authorities’/settlement leadership

  13. Proven experience in gender analysis and integrating gender & diversity into programme

  14. Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines in changing situations

  15. Experience of working effectively within a big international agency (I/NGOs)

  16. Willingness to be based in Yumbe

How to apply:

Disclaimer Clause:

This job description is not an exhaustive list of skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position. CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. “I understand that CRS takes all allegations of abuse and exploitation seriously. Abuse or exploitation of children or vulnerable adults is grounds for immediate dismissal.” Note: Please submit cover letter, CV and three work references (names and contact information only) to by April 28th 2017.

Only selected candidates that meet the requirements will be notified. EOE/M/F/D/V**

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