Practical Action – WASH – Hygiene Promoter Mentors (8 positions).

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About us

Practical Action is an Innovative International Development Organization putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world. Practical Action has over 50 years of expertise in Africa, Asia and Latin America, with the East Africa Headquarters’ office based in Nairobi- Kenya.We have a strong heritage and track record of bringing communities and experts together to find practical, sustainable solutions which work for both people and the planet; solutions that enable people to meet their needs and lead dignified lives.
Technology features in everything we do. We partner with people whose lives are transformed ensuring the local ownership and solutions that work in the longer term, without us.

Our Vision

A world that works better for everyone.

Our Purpose

Practical Action puts ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

Project background

Practical Action is implementing a 24 months’ project in Turkana under the project name “Enhancing Sustainable Water Access in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands in Kenya, dubbed (EWASSA). The project is funded by Poul Due Jensen Foundation (PDJF), a Danish commercial foundation that engages in philanthropy through funding developing countries in projects pertaining to safe water access. The project has supported development of water supplies networks, construction of access points such as the Water Kiosks, Animal troughs and Training of Water Operators and Water Users Association in areas served by the boreholes.
The project aspires to apply Mentorship as its core strategy in hygiene promotion and as a means to reduce hygiene related diseases amongst communities benefiting from the boreholes developed by the project. Consequently, the project aspires to recruit and train 8 hygiene mentors spread across 8 borehole catchment areas to support in delivery.

Contract duration

8 months (November 2020- June 2021)

Job overview/summary

The main objective of this position is to support the implementation of hygiene promotion activities within EWASSA project. This includes training of Community Health Volunteers, establishing and training WASH Committees and directly carrying out hygiene awareness with the target populations.
The WASH- Hygiene Promoter Mentors will be based in Turkana Central, Turkana East, Turkana South and Loima sub-counties. They will report to the Project Officer- Community Mobilisation or any other staff as designated by the Area Coordinator. S/he will be primarily responsible for leading the implementation of hygiene promotion activities at community level in line with their scope of work as directed by the supervisor.

Core responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the WASH – Hygiene Promoter Mentors will include but not limited to the following:

  • Ensure that the EWASSA led Water and Sanitation activities are implemented in a timely and professional manner while considering beneficiary needs.

  • Directly implement hygiene promotion activities in communities; this includes household visits and hygiene awareness sessions.

  • Coordinate closely with water operators over water quality and beneficiary needs and preferences regarding water collection points.

  • Additionally, liaise closely with CHEWs/CHAs and public health technicians to ensure hygiene promotion data is captured appropriately

  • Distribute Information, Communication and Education (IEC) materials to Community Health Volunteers and train them on the appropriate use.

  • Maintain open and professional relationship with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable work teams to successfully complete their tasks on time and within budget line.

  • Organize sessions in the communities to identify the deficiencies in terms of hygiene, sanitation and the use of water.

  • Organize/facilitate group awareness sessions on hygiene practices r in the community and other identified locations

  • Participate in preparing training modules for the promotion of hygiene with the supervisor and provide training sessions to community volunteers and/or to targeted populations.

  • Participate in evaluation/assessment missions and liaise with the authorities, committees and other beneficiaries.

  • Ensure that hygiene promotion activities meet agreed objectivities within the timeframe.

  • Apply the methodologies defined for the sensitizing sessions on hygiene promotion and participate in elaborating a schedule of awareness raising activities.

  • Ensure the program activities foster accountability to beneficiaries

  • Ensure gender, social inclusion and protection are entrenched in program delivery

  • Write a summary of the weekly reports of progress on hygiene promotion activities and propose possible improvements.

Location – Turkana County

Sub counties of operations:

  • Turkana Central (2posts)

  • Turkana South (2 posts)

  • Turkana East (2 posts)

  • Loima (2 posts)

Qualifications, experience and competencies

1. Minimum Diploma or Certificate in Public Health, Water, Environmental Health or other related courses.
2. At least 1-year experience in health, WASH or community development
3. Experience in implementation of hygiene promotion activities.
4. Experience in establishment and training of hygiene Promoters, WASH Committees.
5. Competent communication skills, effective in representation and liaison.
6. Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure.
7. Ability to build and sustain relationships with community members so as to create a sense of trust and respect.
8. Competent user of MS Application: Word and Excel.
9. Good knowledge of the intervention area.
10. Knowledge of the local dialect (Turkana) and Swahili is a MUST.
11. Proven experience in gender, social inclusion, equality and empowerment principles

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit their applications, including an updated CV with a cover letter via email to: recruitment@practicalaction.or.ke not later than 3rd November 2020. Indicate “WASH Hygiene Mentor” and your preferred location (Sub County) in the email subject line.

At Practical Action, we treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.
We are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.
The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in Kenya.

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