2020 School WASH Officers (2) Latest Job Vacancy at Agency for Cooperation in Research and Development-Uganda (ACORD-U)

By | May 11, 2020


School WASH Officer (02 positions)
Position Type: Full-Time
Availability: As soon as project funds are available
Duty Station: Nwoya and Omoro Districts (One posting in Nwoya; one posting in Omoro)
Contract: 15 months (renewable upon funding and performance)
Degree Required: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree


ACORD-U (Agency for Cooperation in Research and Development – Uganda) is an indigenous Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working for social justice and development. ACORD has been working in Uganda since 1979 with operations in over 25 districts across Uganda. The ACORD-U works in conjunction with people who have been denied their basic rights, helping to better understand, to challenge, and to change the situation in which they find themselves.
ACORD-U is seeking for two (02) qualified candidates for the postion of School WASH Officers (SWOs) in its newly awarded Partnership for “Facilitating Community-Led Total Sanitation and Promoting School WASH in Nwoya and Omoro Districts”. This project is funded by USAID-through the Uganda Sanitation for Health Activity (S4H) for 15 months. This project aims at eliminating the practice of Open Defecation in 200 targeted communities, and achievement of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) friendliness in 10 Primary Schools in Omoro and Nwoya districts.

Position Summary:

This position is central to the implementation of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene activities in Schools. The incumbent will be required to plan, manage, implement and monitor WASH activities in rural schools to promote and improve water, hygiene and sanitation good practices in schools. The person will also develop and build capacity of school management committees, Parents Teachers Association, Teachers, School Health Club members, prefects and community members to effectively operate and maintain school WASH infrastructure.

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Lead the implementation of School WASH positive behavior change strategy.
• Train school administrators and teachers in the School Led-Total Sanitation (SLTS), Child Hygiene and Sanitation Training (CHAST) approach and oversee their implementation.
• Facilitate formation and orientation of one School Health Club in each target school
• Support School Health Clubs (SHC), Teachers, School Health Club members and prefects in planning and implementation health and hygiene promotion activities.
• Strengthen School Management Committees to successfully operate and maintain school WASH infrastructure.
• Establish productive working relationships with school administrators and government officials to promote good WASH practices in schools.
• Conduct school WASH assessments of prospective schools to inform program design and guide implementation.
• Monitor and ensure functionality of School WASH facilities, including improved water sources, latrines and hand washing facilities.
• Evaluate success of school intervention in accordance with organizational policy and maintain related data and records.
• Produce and submit progress reports on activities to meet organization reporting needs and donor timelines

Required qualifications and competencies:

• Minimum of a Degree in environmental health science, public health, engineering, social science or any discipline related to Water, Hygiene and Sanitation and two years of field experience
• Experience in conducting Training of Trainers (ToT) sessions at the school level.
• Experience implementing WASH projects.
• Strong knowledge and skills in school WASH promotion tools or other behavior change approaches such as School Led-Total Sanitation (SLTS), Child Hygiene and Sanitation Training (CHAST).
• Experience in hygiene promotion and behavior change communications.
• Excellent interpersonal, facilitation skills, strong written and oral communication skills.
• Proactive and results-oriented.
• Strong computer skills, notably in Microsoft Word and Excel.
• Able to both work independently with minimum supervision and as part of a larger team.
• Good spoken and written English.
• Possesses a valid riding permit and knowledge of road rules.
• Understanding of the impact of gender status and relationships on WASH and health practices
• Knowledge and/or experience in participatory community approaches and techniques
• Prepared to spend longer time periods in the field.
• Knowledge of the languages spoken in the area is an added advantage.

Method of Application

Applications should be in English To apply, email a cover letter, detailed CV documenting work history and current responsibilities, salary history, and three professional references (including at least 1 prior employer) to hr@acorduganda.org  by Wednesday 13th, May 2020 by 5:00pm. Please specify “School Wash Officer” in the subject line of your application email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Hard copy hand delivered applications will not be accepted. No telephone inquiries are permitted please. “WOMEN ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY”

Closing Date : 13 May 2020