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Senior WASH Officer at Mercy Corps Nigeria

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action – helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior WASH Officer

Requisition Number: SENIO002250
Location: Borno
Position Status: Full-time, Regular

General Position Summary

  • We are looking for a strong WASH Senior Officer who will be responsible for the day-to-day planning, implementation, and monitoring of the WASH component in Borno.
  • S/he will work closely with all Project and Support staff and ensure a high level of integration and communication across all sectors.
  • The WASH Senior Officer must ensure the smooth implementation of program objectives according to the approved work plan, adherence to budgets, and within a level of quality that can be measured through M&E interventions.

Essential Job Functions

  • Under the guidance of WASH Advisor and WASH Coordinator, supervise the implementation of the program in the field, and provide input into design and improvement of WASH infrastructure in targeted areas.
  • Oversee the implementation of all WASH sector activities and administration of the team in respective field location
  • Develop activity work plans, manage day-to-day activity implementation, conduct quality control visits and submit timely program updates.
  • With technical guidance from the WASH Program Advisor, design and oversee technical and social WASH assessment tools.
  • Prepare detailed project designs, estimates and drawings as required, including lists of materials, labour, and technical specifications.
  • In collaboration with the WASH Program Advisor, WASH Coordinator, assist the procurement team to prepare tender documents, reviewing the technical profiles of contractors, and ensuring materials procured meet required quality standards.
  • Ensure the use of construction supervision checklists for each site to document progress and quality standards.
  • Conduct regular monitoring at WASH infrastructure project sites.
  • Promote community involvement and ownership in all water and sanitation activities and infrastructure projects and advise on hand-over protocols and activities.
  • In collaboration with the WASH Program Coordinator, perform a final inspection of completed WASH infrastructure projects, and ensure that technical, safety and environmental standards have been met.
  • Establish and maintain effective program reporting, document filing, and monitoring and evaluation systems (to track, analyze and report on results) for both internal and external use.
  • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
  • Ensure program filing system is in place, adheres to internal and donor regulation and filing is regularly maintained.
  • Adhere to all MC policies related to security, operations and transport/ logistics information related to programming.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Organizational Learning:

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient, and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • WASH Officers and Assistants.


  • Reports Directly To: WASH Coordinator, WASH Advisor and Program Director
  • Works Directly With: All program teams, Operations, and MC beneficiaries.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Degree or an HND in Civil Engineering, Civil and Water resource Engineering or Geology. A Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience plus 2 years or more in supervision or team leadership position, preferably with an international NGO.
  • Excellent skills and experience in the assessment and supervision of WASH and rural projects
  • Proven ability to lead a team of professionals in the field of expertise in order to successfully achieve the objectives of the project.
  • Experience in water supply systems; boreholes, pumping, basic hydraulics, etc is required.
  • Creativity in program implementation with a demonstrated pattern of logical thinking. Sincere commitment to ensuring gender sensitivity in WASH activities is required.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian principles and their application to program implementation is highly required.
  • Computer literacy with good knowledge of Office applications and databases is required.
  • Knowledge and ability to use other engineering software is a plus
  • A focus on team building and staff capacity building.
  • A strong team player, outgoing personality with good communication and training skills
  • Ability to communicate in English and Hausa.

Success Factors:

  • The successful candidate will be capable of multi-tasking, rapid decision-making, have initiative, drive and a lot of energy, as well as high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills and proven experience with capacity building.
  • S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level.
  • Successful Mercy Corps team members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environments, and make effective written and verbal communication a priority.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

  • Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges.
  • We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
  • We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

  • Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have a sustained global impact.
  • We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all.
  • We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics:

  • Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity.
  • We are committed to the core principles regarding the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary-General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members.
  • As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times.
  • Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

Application Closing Date
11th March, 2022.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Female candidates who are qualified are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • This position is contingent upon funding approval.
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