Wednesday, May 18, 2022

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: WASH Officer

Requisition Number: WASHO002249
Location: Borno
Position Status: Full-time, Regular

General Position Summary

  • We are looking for a strong WASH 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 Officer must ensure the smooth implementation of program objectives according to the approved work plan, adherence to quality that can be measured through M&E interventions.

Essential Job Functions

  • Ensure the implementation of Humanitarian WASH project activities as designed and planned in the work plan
  • Be able to design latrine, borehole, and septic tank or (pit latrine), prepare BoQ, and Scope of Work, familiar with the tender invitation, tender document, contract, service contract.
  • Engage beneficiaries to ensure appropriate technical and social interventions to secure outcome, impact, and sustainability
  • Identification of appropriate maintenance mechanisms and sustainability of the rehabilitated latrines, water points and household infrastructures
  • Design and plan weekly activities from the work plans for logistics and improve internal coordination
  • Implement WASH intervention with professionality to ensure the technical and programmatic quality of the project
  • Conduct assessments and baseline studies
  • Participate in coordination meetings as directed by the line manager and share information with external stakeholders as appropriate
  • Provide regular and reliable narrative reports reflecting lessons learned
  • Work together with the local partner’s WASH team members to ensure that the various aspects of the WASH response are integrated and that they form part of a coherent WASH response
  • Ensure that all activities are implemented in line with relevant standards, codes of conduct, and humanitarian principles
  • Use participatory approaches as far as possible throughout the program cycle
  • Ensure that gender, protection, disability, the environment, and other important crosscutting concerns are considered in program implementation and reporting; ensure that project activities reflect the needs of specific groups and individuals
  • Ensure all activities are carried out in accordance with local government procedures (e.g., site selection) and do not duplicate or interfere with activities proposed or carried out by the UN or other NGOs
  • Liaise with other organizations/entities engaged in similar activities in the area of intervention


  • 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 Assistants.


  • Reports Directly To: WASH Senior Officer.
  • Works Directly With: All program teams, Operations, and MC beneficiaries

Knowledge and Experience

  • Degree in Civil Engineering, Geology, Environmental Engineering, or other Science relevant background and/or relevant experience in water and sanitation.
  • Multi-tasking, coordination, organization, prioritization skills are essential. Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Highly developed computers skills, with strong familiarity with MS Office, Powerpoint, Outlook, Excel, Word, and infrastructure design software
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD, GPS, Arc Gis and Google Earth is strongly desirable
  • 2 – 3 years in community-based water and sanitation project preferably in a rural context
  • Experience in water supply systems: boreholes, pumping, basic hydraulics, etc.
  • Fluency in both verbal and written English is highly preferred. Fluency in Hausa is required
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with team members required. Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills.

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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