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 Sanitation and Hygiene Officer at Lifewater February, 2020 Job Description
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Position:                                Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Duty Station:                         Shinyanga District

Manager’s Position:             Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator (SHC)

Supervises:                           WASH Facilitators     

Date:                                      April 2020


About Lifewater:

Lifewater is a Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve the least and last as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. Lifewater International serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. Lifewater International Tanzania seeks to recruit qualified persons to fill the position of Sanitation and Hygiene Officer (SHO).


The overall responsibility of the SHO is to measurably improve the quality of life for vulnerable children and families in communities and schools. S/he does this by using Lifewater International’s Vision of a Healthy Village (VHV) strategy to ensure effective sanitation and hygiene promotion and sustained behavioral change at the household level, and support behavior change at communities, Water Committees, and schools. S/he is responsible for leading a team of WASH Facilitators in household-level WASH promotion, and supporting WASH transformation in communities, schools, and Water Committees.


  • Support the SHC in community-level water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) promotion including:
    • Facilitate Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) triggering,
    • Conduct community conversations using Lifewater’s guidebook monthly in each target community,
    • Monitor community-level progress monthly,
    • With the SHC, identify communities that are struggling and provide additional support, providing additional capacity building and training as needed, and
    • Support organization of Open Defecation Free certification.
  • Lead a team of WASH Facilitators to reach every household in their target communities with VHV programs, including vulnerable households.
    • Identify community leaders who will serve as WASH Facilitators during CLTS triggering
    • Support the SHC in training WASH Facilitators to effectively provide household-level WASH training and monitoring.
    • Encourage and coach WASH Facilitators through group meetings and household visits.
    • Identify WASH Facilitators or groups of households that are struggling, and work with SHC to provide additional support to these households.
    • Meet at least once monthly as a group of WASH Facilitators.
    • Gather household monitoring data from WASH Facilitators and enter into AKVO.
    • Register Healthy Homes.
  • Support the SHC in school level WASH promotion including:
    • Supporting trainings for teachers, students, and Parent Teach Association (PTA) or School Management Committee (SMC),
    • Providing regular support of WASH Clubs, and
    • Monitoring and encouraging PTA/SMC contributions for all water points and latrines.
  • Support Water Committees in target communities.
    • Support training and follow-up of Water Committees in their target communities, including getting of all hardware pre-requisites prior to construction.
    • Monitor Water Committee progress during the intensive phase.
  • Review the appropriateness and effectiveness of the sanitation and hygiene strategies and provide recommendations to SHC accordingly.
  • Participate in program evaluations, including conducting baseline and endline studies.


  • Submit weekly 15/5 and timesheet to supervisor.
  • Participate in weekly one-on-one supervision meetings with supervisor.
  • Participate in regular staff and skype meetings.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by supervisors.


  • 100% of communities in target population have participated in SHO/SHP-led community conversation each month
  • 100% of vulnerable households are supported in the target population
  • 100% of households monitored each month
  • 90% of households become Healthy Homes by end of intensive phase
  • 90% of water committees functional


  • Experience in leading community- and household-level training (for example with a non-governmental organization, as a government health worker, as a school teacher, or as church member).
  • Knowledge of WASH promotion methods such as CLTS or PHAST preferred but not required.
  • Experience using smart phones preferred but not required.
  • Diploma / University degree preferably in any one of the following fields: Social Work, Social Sciences, Community Psychology, Social Development, Community Development, Education and Public Health.
  • Must be willing to work and serve rural communities.
  • Must be fluent in Swahili. Knowledge of local languages spoken in Shinyaga communities will be added advantage.


  • Ability to effectively engage with church and abide to Lifewater International core values.
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and core values of Lifewater International.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing environments.
  • Honest and dependable in all areas including finances.
  • Strong desire to work in and serve vulnerable children and families .
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, managers, members and external partners and supporters.
  • Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


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