Hygiene Promotion Officer(HP/PLA Officer)

Health Care, Environment and Natural Resource, Social Sciences and Community
AletaWondo, SNNPR 
Career Level:
Mid Level ( 2+ – 5 years experience)
Employment Type:
Full time
As per IRC's scale

Job Description


The scope of the Hygiene Promotion officer includes but not limited to  working on ensuring of  the charity: water Community-led WASH Interventions project through Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) approach , supervising of the implementation of community action plan, strengthen school WASH club, organizing of community mass sensitization campaign, designing and developing of IEC/BCC materials,  organizing qualitative and quantitative survey, properly manage the budget allocated for the charity water Community-led WASH Intervention project and properly supervise the   Environmental Health Agents.


Major/key responsibilities: 

 Under the immediate supervision of the Senior HP/PLA officer and with the technical support of the Environmental health Manager and Senior Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion Manager, the Hygiene Promotion Officer is responsible to execute the following key responsibilities: 

Hygiene promotion activities:

  • Serve as the focal point for all activities related to hygiene and Sanitation in the assigned woreda
  • Conduct a community assessment; support  implementation of PLA in reviewing of the community action plan and follow up the proper implementation of the action plan 
  • Conduct assessments, planning, organizing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the community hygiene and sanitation activity and school hygiene activity programs in the project areas;
  • Directly supervise and provide support to the capacity building Assistants and the Environmental Health Agents who base at kebele level.
  • Conduct/participate the appropriate Environmental Health (EH) Knowledge, Practice and coverage (KPC) surveys during survey design, data collection, data entry, analysis and reporting in order to monitor and evaluate the impact of EH and hygiene promotion activities
  • Facilitate in the selection, designing, pre-testing, developing, dissemination and evaluation of appropriate hygiene educational materials for effective hygiene promotion program;
  • Support in promoting field tested and practical community participatory approaches and effective hygiene promotion techniques for enhancing hygienic behavior, sanitation improvements, and community management of water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities;
  • Facilitate periodic meetings and integrating community with WUA and school WASH club on regular bases.
  • Provide information on technical problems of water systems & feedbacks to the technical team on time.
  • Ensure community participation in various activities and suggest best experiences on managing/ operate & maintain their water system.   

·         Work along with other HP team and Environmental Health Officer to build linkage with other activities of the project by incorporating the out puts from PLA process.

  • Ensure proper hand over of water schemes to the water committee and respective Woreda water offices
  • Ensure proper compilation and maintain training materials for users.
  • Ensure that  active community mobilization and participation in both water and hygiene sanitation community action plan  was proven by using different  community approaches and networking system
  • Provide support for Water team and work in collaboration with the EH officer other team in community action plan implementation.
  • Ensure  the  project resources  including the construction materials  in all kebeles of the intervention woreda are well monitored and properly used for the project purpose without any abuse and submit the material utilization report of the woreda to the EH manager, in  every two weeks
  • Make sure that the Capacity Building Assistants and EHAs have been performing their tasks per their key Goal setting and  play coaching role by providing consistent feed backs in regular base
  • Ensure all the community action plans and the hygiene promotion activities are implemented by the whole community in the intervention  kebeles of the respective  woreda
  • Prepared and submit success story of the project including with good picture monthly based


Reports and Proposals:

  • Prepare a monthly progress report  and weekly update and submit to the Senior HP/PLA officer  per the reporting time scheduled  
  • Organize and ensure the documentation of every Hygiene and Sanitation activity, formative assessments, KPC survey and capacity building activities both in hard and soft copies supported by pictures.
  •  Make sure the EHAs maintain proper documentation of the PLA output, success stories, best practices,    in their respective areas.
  • Facilitate in documenting health related data and keep records on activities of hygiene promotion and sanitation activities including sanitary inventory per kebele, list of beneficiary, community participations and contributions and the like. 
  • Facilitate in organize trainings and workshops for the government partners and the EHAs and coordinate in preparation and organizing all the required training materials;

Coordination and working relationship:

  • Maintain strong working relationship with respective IRC staff and other partners. Coordinate and communicate with IRC staff on the ground, the water team and HP team ,
  • In collaboration with EH manager, manage the proper utilization of the allocated budget for the Hygiene and Sanitation activities under the project and liaise with IRC’s supply chain and finance for effective implementation of the intended activities as per log frame of the proposal.
  • Prepare spending and activity plan and share with the team and technical unit for their input.
  • Support the EHM/ senior HP/PLA Officer  properly use the budget tracking tools like open and closed  purchase request tracking tools,  follow upping and reviewing of BVA
  • prepare HP/PLA Officer  realistic cash projection for the planned activities, and ensure that  the proper cash burring is per the cash projection  
  • Identify the capacity support needed to the government partners (health , water, education and other relevant), develop institutional capacity amongst partners organizations;
  • Actively take part and facilitate woreda level WASH steering committee with Government and other partners working in the area 
  • Facilitate in working with relevant local government and non-government partners in identifying and developing appropriate hygiene promotion messages;
  • Work closely with the Woreda water and health  offices, identify their capacity gaps & look for the development/ improvement and recommend way forward to the office

Job Requirements

·         BA/Bsc or Diploma in rural development, environmental health/public health or any relevant field with participatory learning and action experience.

·         At least 4 years of proven experience for first degree holders and 6 years relevant experience for diploma holders with community mobilization activities in the field and WASH experience.

·         Two years of experience for post plus graduate degree in relevant field

·         Proven ability in  facilitation of participatory approaches and community mobilization skills, experience in PLA approach   is an advantage 

·         Supervisory /basic managerial skill

·         Technical and report writing skill

·         Good communication and interpersonal skill

·         Have technical background and knowledge in environmental health and demonstrated work experience in designing and implementing hygiene and sanitation promotion programs

Committed and strong attitude towards community empowerment, Strong inter-personal skills with a proven ability to work as a team member under difficult conditions

How to Apply

·         Please send your CV, application letter and copies of credentials to the following address:  IRC, P.O.BOX 1320, Hawassa and applying directly through the below link is mandatory.



·         Please include 3 references from current and former employers.

·         Applications will not be returned.  IRC discourages phone calls or personal visits.

·         Only applicants meeting the minimum qualification will be short listed and contacted.


Your application letter/cover letter must include the following information.

·         Name of the position you have applied for

·         Date of application

·         Summary of  your qualifications and experience

·         Motivation/objective of why you have applied for the job

·         Permanent Address and present address (if different form permanent) and telephone number

·         Disclose any family relationships with existing IRC employees.


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