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Environmental Health Assistant (Bamenda)

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Buea, SOUTH-WEST, Cameroon

Requisition ID: req19919

Job Title: Environmental Health Assistant (Bamenda)

Sector: Environmental Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Buea, Cameroon

Job Description

Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world. The IRC assists, provides rehabilitation and provides post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. Present in more than 40 countries, IRC’s mission is to help the people whose lives and livelihoods are affected by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and take charge of their future.

In the face of a growing humanitarian crisis, the IRC is running emergency programs in the Far North and South West regions of Cameroon. The planned programs include environmental health (EH), Protection and Rule of Law (PROL), Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) and the Women Protection and Empowerment (WPE).

The Environmental Health (EH) Assistant, under the supervision of the Environmental Health Officer, will be responsible for the implementation of Environmental Health/WASH/NFI/Hygiene promotion activities in North West Region. S/He will be required to participate in the daily implementation of components of WASH/NFI/hygiene promotion projects, providing an insight into cultural sensitivity and thoroughness of communication to the beneficiary communities, as well as assisting to see that the activities are implemented in an all-inclusive, timely and participatory manner. S/he is required to ensure that both hard and soft components of the WASH actions are executed to the required quality respecting standard designs.


Work with the local Water Department and Hygiene and Sanitation clusters at community levels in identifying, mobilizing and sensitizing target communities for water, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities.

Initiate and create linkages between the communities and the project, the local government extension staff and the target communities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, promotion.

Work with health facilities to ensure minimum standards for WASH services in relation to COVID-19 response

The EH Assistant, play a lead role in mapping out communities for village sanitation improvement

Assist in the training of Water supply and sanitation committees for the established/rehabilitated/protected water sources.

Participate in collection of useful data, success stories and beneficiary lists as required

Assist in providing useful data for the preparation of monthly/quarterly/annual highlights/ reports and proposals and budgets for donors.

Assist in major repairs and installation of new materials, supplies, machinery and/or equipment.

Conduct water testing and advise accordingly and come up with solutions where need be to improve on water quality and inform communities of its quality.

Continuous follow up of WMC to ensure the effective use of the water point and smooth running of the committee

Assist the EH Officer to work with the local Water Department and Hygiene and Sanitation clusters at community levels in identifying, mobilizing and sensitizing target communities on COVID -19 prevention.

Support the Hygiene team in the midterm and annual surveys to understand the impacts of IRC programs with relation to behavior change and health-based indicators.

Follow up all IRC’s Procedures for Security, Finance, Logistics, HR and Administration.

Uphold IRC’s international code of conduct.

Assist in the distribution of NFI/WASH vouchers as well as in kind items

Provide technical support in the WASH infrastructure development works

Assist EH officer in identifying and conducting detail WASH assessments for water points and latrines in the community

Assist in providing documentation of WASH infrastructures and capacity building tools provision activities and timely report to the supervisor.

Effectively mobilize the beneficiary communities and partners in all phases of the project and ensue effective partnership at all level.

Assist in the follow up of construction works

Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor and the IRC


University Degree/ Water Resource Management, Environmental engineering, Civil engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Sanitary engineering, Structural engineering and any other related studies

Minimum 2 years professional technical experience in WASH/Environmental Health, Physical Science.

Knowledge on SPHERE Standard is an added advantage.

Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills;

Proven technical writing skills;

Competent in Windows, MS office programs, emails and database

Interpersonal qualities: Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure in a professional manner

Experience in an INGO will be an asset

Fluent in spoken and written English and/or Pidgin English. Knowledge in French language is a plus

Applicants are requested to send their submissions to:

Applicants can deposit their application in a closed envelope at the IRC office in Buea Located at Campsic opposite DRC Office or Bamenda Office located Up-Station GRA beside St. Bridget Nursey and Primary School or send by email to the address Harry.Moto@rescue.org

With subject line: “EH ASSISTANT on or before September 15th, 2021 at 5PM

Applications must include:

Cover letter, (one page)


The International Rescue Committee is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Only selected applications will be contacted.



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