Position Title, Location & Contract Duration

WASH Officer

3 positions, based at various locations under CARE Rangpur/ Khulna Regional Office.

The duration of the proposed contract is up to February 28, 2022.

Job Summary:  

CARE is one of the world's leading international humanitarian and development organizations, committed to helping people in poor communities improve their lives and alleviate poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE is working across 95 countries to fight global poverty and marginalization. CARE has been active in Bangladesh since 1949 being one of the largest country offices of CARE. CARE works to help people achieve social and economic well-being, while being among the best in their fields. In CARE, we put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. CARE Bangladesh is currently shifting towards a program approach, where it has developed longer-term impact visions to have more sustainable changes in the lives of the extreme poor and marginalized.

Bangladesh has made impressive progress during the MDG period (2000-2015) of improved access to safe water and sanitation. The trend of progress as estimated by Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) for Bangladesh shows that 97% population have gained access to safely managed and basic water services by end of 2015, which was 95% in 2000. In sanitation, 47% gained access to basic services while 22% have access to limited shared services. Still 31% population use unimproved latrine, which was 44% in 2000. Open defecation was reduced from 19% in 2000 to Zero in 2015, which is a great achievement. Though very few people now fetch water from rivers or defecate in fields, the vast majority still live in environments plagued by inadequate WASH that hinder the country’s overall development. WASH is inadequate in the sense that most people rely on rudimentary water and sanitation facilities that cannot be effortlessly accessed or guaranteed safe and sustainable in the long run.

The overall purpose for ‘Implementation of Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS-II) /ASWA-II’ project is to achieve the desired positive public health impact from zero open defecation, use of improved sanitation facilities, safe hygiene behavior and ensuring safety sustainability of safe water through arsenic safe union and water safety communities’ declaration.
The specific objectives of the project are:

  • To achieve zero open defecation and improved WASH practices in five Upazilas under Khulna and Rangpur divisions.
  • To build sustainable arsenic safe drinking water Unions combined with improved KAP in safe WASH and O&M of drinking water provisions through educational intervention.

CARE Bangladesh will implement the ‘Implementation of Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS-II) /ASWA-II’ in five districts under Khulna and Rangpur divisions with the financial support from UNICEF.

The WASH Officer will work under the guidance of the Project Manager for the Implementation of Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS-II)/ASWA-II. S/he will be primarily responsible for overseeing the social analysis tools and techniques are being used by projects consistently. Context specific analysis and action to empower poor men and women is the foundation of CARE Bangladesh’s work.
More specifically, s/he will provide technical and managerial support to WASH Facilitators to make the communities and whole Union ‘Open Defecation Free (ODF)’. Often, s/he has to facilitate the triggering processes for achieving the sanitation outcome of the project. One of his/her major responsibilities will be to build the capacity of the health workers/community volunteers; will assist WASH Facilitators establishing linkages with the private sector for low cost sanitation options, and will ensure that Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tools are used efficiently and effectively. When needed. The WASH Officer will work as assigned by the Project Program Manager.

 

II.            Responsibilities and Tasks:  
Describe the major responsibilities, principal tasks, competencies and end results for which the position is accountable (try to limit responsibilities to five).  List the responsibilities in the order of importance and state the percentage of time the employee spends on each responsibility during a typical year.
Employees who supervise other regular employees on a continuous basis should have Staff Management as the number one Job Responsibility.  The general rule of thumb for percentage of time for management of others is 5% per direct report.  Example: If a supervisor has six direct reports then at least 30% of his/her job should be allocated to supervising those employees.

Responsibility # 1: Project planning, implementation and management.

% of Time

  • Assist Project Manager to prepare project implementation plans and ensure effective implementation of these plans.
  • Clear knowledge of project budget and synchronize it in accordance with implementation plan and donor regulations.
  • Track progress of implementation on a regular basis and make adjustments if required.
  • Mobilize Local Level Support Structure (DPHE department, Upazilla coordination committee, Upazilla NGO coordination committee, UPs, other projects of CARE Bangladesh, local NGOs etc.) to be more responsive to the needs of the project.
  • Support in production of modules and guidelines for the capacity building of FFs and Volunteer as well as community.
  • Guide and support WASH Facilitators and School Facilitators to accomplish their responsibilities timely and consistently.

 

 

 

          25%

Responsibility # 2: Provide support to conduct social analysis efficiently and support staff making Unions as ODF.

 

  • Support the project staff in understanding the importance of social, economic and political analysis.
  • Ensure in documentation of union selection and mapping process through communication with UP.
  • Support WASH Facilitators in conduction and documentation of WASH Inventory of the whole union.
  • Support to facilitate community mobilization processes and developing planning process by using analysis to trigger collective actions for social change.
  • Support WASH Facilitators to ensure ODF for whole Union through declaration by the communities and certification from the concerned authorities.

 

 

         20%

Responsibility # 3: Capacity building for the staff and govt. line departments including local level DGHS, DPHE staff.

 

  • Organize training for selected union health workers.
  • Subsequently organize the refresher training for HA/FWA/community volunteers.
  • Participate in monthly coordination meetings of Upazilla Parishads (UPs).
  • Facilitate the development of action plans for each health worker.
  • Organize campaign and media action for mass awareness raising.
  • Work with Upazilla Administration and UPs to set up help-lines through mobile phones.
  • Assist WASH Facilitators in collecting and documenting best practices and share with CARE Bangladesh communication team.

 

    20%

Responsibility # 4: Establish linkages with the private sector for low cost latrine supply

 

  • Identify the potential private sectors or shops who will provide the cheapest latrines.
  • Create an understanding with the private sector to provide low cost options latrine to the community.
  • Organize campaigns to promote the use the low-cost latrine.
  • Establish sustainable linkages between the private shops and the community.

 

15%

Responsibility # 5: Program monitoring and evaluation and reporting.

 

  • Manage monitoring and evaluation activities at the field level.
  • Pay regular field visit with a focus on ensuring quality.
  • Build staff capacity on quality assurance and follow up targeted outcomes.
  • Document good practices and lessons learned.
  • Periodic reports on the supervision and monitoring the quality of the implementation.
  • Project Office level MIS is updated with generating information from monitoring for management decisions.
  • Contribute to the preparation of the donor reporting.
  • Ensure quality monitoring data collection from the field.

 

 

20%

III.           Reporting:  

The WASH Officer will be supervised by the WASH Program Manager for Implementation of Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS-II)/ASWA-II project for Rangpur and Khulna Divisions under GOB-UNICEF Progarmme. 

IV.          Working Condition:  

The WASH Officer is part of a larger team that consists of people with various skills.  S/he should be free to contact and seek input from any member of the team regardless of their grade.  S/He should maintain good communication with the field staff from other projects and learn from others’ approaches. S/he will be based at Upzaila office under Rangpur and Khulna Region.

V. Qualification:  
  • Minimum 3years’ experience in relevant field.
  • Master’s Degree or diploma in relevant field is preferred.  However, practical field experience can compensate formal education.
  • Prior practical working experience, either in natural resources management or sociology is desired.

VI.          Core Competencies:  

  • Strong analytical skills, particularly in the context of rural society, is highly desirable.
  • Familiar with various participatory approaches for research and development.
  • Excellent people skills, presentation and communication skills.
  • A true team player.
  • Experience in participatory approaches including participatory planning, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Experience in rural development work, specifically in the area of evaluating social impacts as they affect disadvantaged groups, particularly women.
  • Practical experience in the areas of sanitation/ODF, hygiene, etc.
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative research techniques including focus group discussions, semi-structured interviews, kinship (genealogical) charts, resource assessment, and participatory techniques, such as cards.
  • Ensure and Promote GEDI and be GEDI sensitive, creating an enabling environment where diversity can flourish and all staff and stakeholders experience inclusion and appreciation.

 

Candidates need to be highly motivated and committed to CARE Bangladesh’s vision, mission, and long-term development work to significantly improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized. Candidates must be capable of displaying great learning agility, support and encourage knowledge sharing across projects, for the ultimate benefit of all of CARE’s mission wide initiatives.
 
Compensation

Attractive remuneration package will be offered to the really deserving Candidate. In addition, CARE offers Provident Fund, Gratuity, Festival Bonus, Leave Encashment, Life and Health Insurance, Working Mother Benefits, etc.

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should apply through CARE Bangladesh’s e-recruitment site: http://www.er-carebangladesh.org/care-recruitment/home on or before February 19, 2019

Note:

  • CARE Bangladesh aims to attract and select a diverse workforce ensuring equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion.
  • Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Any personal persuasion/phone-call will result in disqualification of candidature. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.
  • CARE Bangladesh has a non-negotiable policy of ZERO TOLERANCE towards discrimination, harassment and abuse. All employees are expected to abide by the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse & Child Protection Policy of CARE Bangladesh.
  • Internal and external applicants shall be treated equally in the entire selection process.
  • There is no cost involved with applying for positions with CARE Bangladesh. Any solicitation of job application costs should be regarded as fraudulent.