Jun 2017 Job Description Catholic Relief Services for Project Officer (WASH) in Kenya


Job Vacancy: Catholic Relief Services for Project Officer (WASH) in Kenya


Career Description: Catholic Relief Services for Project Officer (WASH) in Kenya

Job Title: Project Officer – WASH
Ref: WASH 2017/6-09
Job Location: Kilifi and Kwale County
Reports To: Emergency Coordinator
Duration: 1 Year
Availability: Immediate

Background: The Archdiocese of Mombasa cover Mombasa, Kwale, Taita taveta and part of Kilifi County.

It covers 30,432 square kilometers with a population of 2,983, 693 in the four Counties. Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa implements Humanitarian, Social and emergency activities through Caritas Commission.
Caritas mission is to “To promote sustainable community development, justice and human dignity for the most vulnerable members in the Mombasa Archdiocese through integrative humanitarian and economic interventions”

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas.

The Catholic identity is at the heart of CRS’ mission and operations. CRS welcomes as a part of its staff and partners, people of all faiths and secular traditions who share values and commitment to serving those in need.

In response to the drought emergency in Kilifi and Kwale Counties, the Archdiocese of Mombasa in partnership with CRS intends to provide support to the affected populations.

Interventions will concentrate on emergency livestock and WASH, natural resources management and agricultural livelihoods.

Primary Function: The Project Officer – WASH will lead the implementation and monitoring of all emergency WASH activities in Kilifi and Kwale Counties.

The Officer will work closely with CRS project staff to ensure the use of technically appropriate implementation approaches and reporting, consistent with donor requirements.


  • Work closely with the Caritas Mombasa emergency project staff to conduct community needs assessments.
  • Lead the identification and design of WASH related infrastructure, while working closely with relevant line ministries to ensure all appropriate approvals are sort.
  • Offer technical support in the engagement of civil works contractors.
  • Supervise WASH construction including pipeline extensions, borehole rehabilitation and small scale irrigation scheme.
  • Work closely with emergency maintenance teams to coordinate emergency repair of water points.
  • Lead hygiene promotion activities and ensure close collaboration with County Public Health Officers.
  • Train water user’s associations/management groups on sustainable management of water schemes.
  • Work closely with local WASH suppliers and artisans to establish a sustainable goods and services supply chain for water schemes.
  • Establish and sustain hygiene promotion in selected schools in the target communities.
  • Prepare construction site briefs, trip reports, hygiene and sanitation promotion activity reports and offer input for the compilation of periodic donor reports.
  • Actively participate in periodic project review and learning meetings.
  • Collect all WASH related monitoring and evaluation data and ensure consistent updating of M&E worksheets.
  • Contribute to the work plan review and monthly cash forecasting.
Key Working Relationships
  1. Caritas Director.
  2. Emergency Coordinator.
  3. Agriculture and Livelihoods Officer.
  4. Finance and procurement departments.
  1. CRS’ emergency project staff.
  2. Local and international NGOs implementing WASH activities in the County.
  3. County government relevant departments.
  • Higher National Diploma in Civil or Water or Environmental Engineering or any other related field. A degree will be an added advantage.
  • 3 years’ experience in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programing preferably in Arid and Semi-Arid regions in Kenya.
  • Experience in design and construction supervision of water supply system.
  • Experience in sanitation and hygiene promotion.
  • Advanced computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and basic working knowledge of CAD software.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with local communities and County governments as appropriate.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple work demands in high-stress environments and work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision.
Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

How to Apply

An application letter and CV should be sent via email to hr@mombasacatholic.org
The job title should be indicated on the email subject.
The CV should include a day-time contact phone number, as well as names and contact information of three references.
All applications should be received by Close of Business Wednesday, June 19, 2017.

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