Hygiene Promotion Officer

Water and Sanitation
South Omo, (Konso & Derashe) & Dawuro Zone possibly Tencha District., SNNPR 
Career Level:
Mid Level ( 2+ – 5 years experience)
Employment Type:

Job Description

Role Purpose

Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organization working for better lives for all children. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation. Our purpose is to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Our global strategy has a specific focus on girls, as they are often the most marginalized and most often left behind. We have committed ourselves to the ambitious target of reaching 100 million girls over 5 years, to ensure they can learn, lead, decide and thrive. This is our contribution to reaching the sustainable development goals, and in particular the goals on gender equality. Our organization is transforming itself to meet this enormous challenge everywhere we work. We need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to lead our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to reach our target of 100 million girls. 

In Ethiopia, Plan has more than 25 years of experience in implementing its programme. Currently PIE mainly operates in seven geographical areas; Amhara, Oromia, SNNPR, Gambella, Benishangul Gumuz, Afar, and Addis Ababa City Administration on different projects funded by different donors including sponsorship.

Plan International Ethiopia's main purpose is to seek Gender Justice for Girls, Adolescent Girls, and Young Women. We aim to help create an enabling environment where girls, adolescent girls, and young women are safe, valued, equally cared for, and have equal opportunities. PIE will contribute to the global strategy by aiming to reach directly 2.1 million Girls, Adolescent Girls and Young Women over the period of the strategy 2020-2024 and to reach an additional 6.3 million beneficiaries through its interventions.

Hygiene Promotion Officer is responsible to handle different activities of FSL, WASH, health and Nutrition at grass root level.

management scope, reporting lines, key relationships

Reports to : WASH Coordinator

Key relationships

Internally: The job holder has a close working relationship internally with the following departments and/or functions:

Field teams (all officers); SNNP PA team and CO staffs

Externally: The job holder has a close working relationship externally with the following departments and/or functions:

Program beneficiaries, local government sector offices, particularly zonal and woreda Agricultural Office, Zonal and woreda water development offices and DPPC offices. NGOs operating in the zone. 

Level of contact with children

• High level of interaction with children

Physical Environment

• The incumbent will spend much of his/her time in field office and targeted districts where the travel requirement is often.

Accountabilities and MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES


  • Support WASH project team in ensuring compliance of all hygiene and sanitation standards and donor regulations.

  • Coordinate with water supply and sanitation field staff to ensure that the various aspects of the WASH Projects activities are integrated.

  • Development of hygiene promotion topics, hygiene sessions and IEC materials.

  • Develop materials to promote safe WASH practices, including appropriate use and maintenance of WASH facilities and services.

  • Ensure that action is taken to mitigate priority water and sanitation related health risks.

  • Provide technical support in preparation of divisional strategies, annual operational plan and budget.

  • Contribute to assessments by collecting information through qualitative and quantitative data gathering methods (e.g. surveys, interviews, FGDs);

  • Identify local WASH, Health & Nutrition and Child Care Practices/IYCF needs and capacities; and Participate in identifying potential beneficiaries;

  • Organize/reorganize committees and clubs like Kebele Disaster Management Committees (KDMC), WASH Committees and Care Support Groups in all levels of  facilities, schools and institutions;

  • Integrate key messages from soft components of DRR, FSL and WASH.

  • Plan and conduct different dialogues, group discussions and meetings, demonstrations (i.e. hygiene promotion and disaster risk preparedness and response exercises with the committees and key people in the community.

  • Involve community members in planning and promotion of  WASH.

  • Utilize participatory approach when mobilizing the community;

  • Create awareness on the use of water treatment technologies and  water chemicals and facilitate the link between the community and private vendors as well as promotion on positive health seeking behavior;

  • Contribute in the development of protocols/standard operating procedures, IEC materials, and tools/methodology in collaboration with the committees;

  • Identify training needs, committee co-facilitators and participants;

  • Conduct relevant trainings (also to include coaching and on-the-job training) for local communities using participation learning techniques;

  • Provide technical support to committees on community training preparation;

  • Organize and conduct the training at decentralized place (in village level).

  • Organize meetings with the community leaders to collect data and feedback on project implementation;

  • Collect security related information and giving updates to the ER Field Coordinator;

  • Contribute monthly activity reports and provide regular written report according to the PIE schedule and format;

  • Maintain detailed program records and up to date paper work for all duties as for agreed upon formats of PIE/donors requirement;

  • Prepare (in collaboration with supervisor) and implement work plan.


    Dealing with Problems:

  • Strengthening communications between target beneficiaries and Plan Ethiopia’s ER Unit;

  • Supporting visits to the target communities by donors and serving as Plan’s focal person at grassroots/Kebele level.

Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI)

  • Understands and puts into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), ensuring that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

  • Ensures that all staff in the unit/function/department are properly inducted on and understands their role in upholding Plan International’s safeguarding and GEI policies;

  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in day to day work.

  • Ensures that Plan Ethiopia contributes to Plan International’s global efforts to ensure safeguarding and GEI, including making sure that relevant reporting and data are submitted

Job Requirements

Educational Qualification and Experience:

  • BA degree or Diploma in Public Health, Social Work, Sociology, Development Studies, Community or Cooperative Development, Community Health, Home Economics and other related subject.

  •  Minimum of 2 years NGO related work experience for degree holders and 4 years of related work experience for diploma holders either as community facilitator or community development agent.

  • Experience in training, familiarity with stimulation/awareness methods, knowledge in child development and in nutrition issues, DRR, Hygiene Promotion

  • Previous experience in resilience related work at community level is an advantage

  • Motorbikes  Driving License



  • Good knowledge of the area and local custom

  • Basic computer skill (desirable and advantageous)

Languages required:

  • Good knowledge of Local language, Amharic and English languages;

How to Apply

The closing date for the application in December 24, 2020. Qualified candidates should submit the application form found with this link    through 

This position is only open to Ethiopian Nationals, who must be eligible to live and work in Ethiopia.  

More information about Plan International can be found on  http://plan-international.org   

References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plans Child Protection Policy. Plan operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all persons meeting the skills and experience required.

As an international child centered community development organization, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realization of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we as an organization, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.
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