Senior Environmental Health Officer

Development and Project Management, Environment and Natural Resource
Location:  Pugnido Refugee camp, Gambela
Career Level:  Mid Level ( 2+ – 5 years experience)
Employment Type:  Full time

Job Description


The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international NGOs, provides relief, rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable people and communities over 30 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in six regions in Ethiopia, implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.


Technically reporting to the EH manager based in Gambela, and administratively to the Camp Manager, the senior EH officer will provide leadership and management of all aspects of IRC’s Pugnido camp WASH intervention. They will be responsible for ensuring program quality, completion of activities within allocated funding and project period. The senior officer will also receive technical assistance and coaching from the assistant EH coordinator based in Addis as needed.

Major/key responsibilities:-


·            Prepare  review all water,  supply systems technical designs & BoQs, including electromechanical equipments, pipes, borehole drilling, , water points, reservoirs and other related constructions;

·            Ensure proper implementation of the Pugnido project with-in allocated budget and timeline meeting international standards.

·            Ensure proper set-up and function of Operation & Maintenance of water supply systems in the camp.

·            Prepare monthly field reports covering all aspects of the project and operation.

·            Coach and supervise environmental officer, Assistant EH officer plumbers, and store keeper,. Contribute in  preparation of donor and government reports

·            Identify and ensure the provision of relevant and appropriate trainings for staff, partners and beneficiaries to enable to operate and maintain the water supply facilities

·            Develop detailed activity and budget plans for EH activities under the project, and monitor progress against plans ensuring that objectives and indicators are achieved.

·            Conduct regular project review meetings with staff to assess the level of achievement of project targets. Visit all program sites regularly and provide on-site mentoring and coaching to EH staff in the field.

·            Ensure that program spending is in line with original plan and burn rate balances with implementation progress.

·            Work with finance, HR and supply chain to ensure EH staffs follows correct procedures in the course of project implementation.

·            Communicate regularly with finance and supply chain so as to facilitate timely delivery of supplies and payments.

·            Build links with WASH and other Implementing partners working in the  Camp and communities to share knowledge, experience and ideas

·            In liaison with Camp Manager, represent IRC on different coordination meetings, assessments, and cluster and taskforce meetings.

·            Ensure regular communication with camp Manager and EH manager for feedback, updates and guidance as required.


·            Any additional tasks as assigned by supervisor

Job Requirements

·         BSc in Water Resources, Hydro-geology, Hydraulics, Environmental, Civil Engineering or similar field.

·         2 years of relevant experience with the first degree or diploma with 5 years of experience

• 1 years of relevant experience plus post graduate degree.

• NGO experience is a plus.

Skills Required

•  basic supervisory/managerial skills.

• Technical and report writing skills

• Computer literate.

How to Apply

Candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply only through the below IRC Online recruitment website:






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.

IRC is an equal employment opportunity employer.  IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

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 from permanent) and telephone number if possible also email address
  • Disclose any family relationships with existing IRC employees.

IRC is an equal employment opportunity employer.  IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.

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Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.