Hygiene Promotion Officer based in Tanna, Lenakel

Position Title:                                    Hygiene Promotion Officer

Duration of contract:                    7 months

Expectation starting date:           1 February 2017

Line Manager:                                   VRCS Head of Health Department

Reporting to:                                     French Red Cross DRR Head of Project TANNA Recovery

Functional link:                                 VRCS DRR Support Officers, Wash Head of Project TANNA Recovery


Job location:                                      VRCS Branch in Tanna, Lenakel (regular visit to North Tanna and accommodation in communities expected)


Purpose of the job:


Under the guidance of the FRC Wash and DRR HoP, the Hygiene promotion officer will be responsible of doing Hygiene promotion activities in the communities, prepare, assisting and reporting on Hygiene promotion events in different areas the VRCS is implementing the Tanna Recovery project. He/She will work in close collaboration with Branch/sub branch officers located in Tanna as well as with different schools and churches identified in the beneficiaries’ villages.


Purpose of the program:


Following the landing of cyclone PAM on the Vanuatu archipelago in March 2015, FRC in partnership with the VRCS responded to the emergency during three months to support the affected communities with the distribution emergency kits (WASH NFIs, shelter, cooking sets, and bedding), and rapid fixing of potable water supply and sheltering. The response was focused on Malampa, Shefa and Tafea provinces. In Tafea, VRCS focused on the communities of North Tanna.


The RECOVERY program will cover the same communities of North Tanna which were the most hardly hit by this cyclone in order to support them with the improvement of their resilience towards natural disasters. A DRR strategy mainstreams the activities with a community-based approach in each part of the program. The program was designed for a period of 24 months and has 3 complementary parts: to improve the habitat and the construction techniques (Construction/Shelter), to increase access to drinking water and better hygiene practices (WASH), and to support the communities in the preparedness and response to disasters (DRR).

All thematic heads of projects, based in Lenakel, Tanna, leads each part of the project.

Access to Water and Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) has been separated under two distinct qualifications: a hydrological engineer for water infrastructure and an awareness and health specialist for Hygiene promotion. Hygiene promotion is one of the mains elements of the project in order to decrease the increase health conditions and promote good hygiene behaviours. This activity consists to conduct the awareness’ and promoting good behaviours to be adopted by the community. Intervention will be focused on schools and churches.

The 16 target communities within north Tanna are within the areas of: Louamel, Imnakaip, Eluai, Lamakaoun, Lapangnuo, Lapasilis, Greenhill, Lowital, Laketam, Lepuku, Eniu, Imafen, Lowanpakel, Lounapaiu, Lauis, Hebron.






Under the supervision of the FRC DRR Head of Project (Tanna RECOVERY Project):

The Hygiene promotion Officer will be responsible for:


1.       Conducting hygiene promotion activities through schools (primary and secondary):

a)      Prepare for the training (Agenda detailed, school teacher mobilisation, logistics) based on tools and methodologies provided;

b)       Facilitate training of teachers on CHAST (Children Hygiene and Sanitation Training) methodology and tools;

c)       On-going visit to school to monitor and support teachers in awareness provided to students;

d)       Support schools in the development of massive awareness days on hygiene promotion


2.       Conducting hygiene promotion activities through churches:

a)      Knowledge of church leaders interested in hygiene promotion activities;

b)      Training of church leaders based on the PHAST methodology (Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Training);

c)       On-going visit to churches to monitor and support churches in awareness provided to community members;

3.       Organizing one Hand washing day in every schools and/or churches targeted in North Tanna

4.       Specific support given to Community Disaster Committee in hygiene promotion in emergency (Specific training provided on hygiene in emergency situations) linking with Water Committees and following the PHAST methodology;

5.       Preparation the end line survey on Hygiene promotion and regular monitoring on activities


Additionally within the North Tanna Recovery Team he/she will:


1.       Participate in the strategy implementation and preparation of activities with a strong coordination with the DRR team involved in schools and churches as well;

2.       Prepare and submit weekly and monthly progress reports to his/her line manager;

3.       Contribute to the intermediate and final reports to the VRCS and French Red Cross;

4.       Collect and organise all weekly and monthly training reports and transmit them to his/her line manager;

5.       Report immediately any delay or problem encountered;





·         Work towards the achievement of VRCS objectives in the country/province of operation through effective managerial and lateral relations and teamwork

·         Ensure understanding of roles, responsibilities, lateral relationships and accountabilities

·         To promote and respect Red Cross seven fundamentals principles

·         To perform other tasks as may be assigned by the FRC Head of Delegation






1.       Manage the implementation and monitoring of the sector activities


a)      Use tools and communication material for Hygiene Promotion activities with his line manager and in relation with provincial partners;

b)      Organize and participate as facilitator and/or trainer to the trainings related to Hygiene Promotion in Schools and churches (CHAST and PHAST methodology and tools);

c)       Support the school/churches in planning their work schedule for awareness programs to carry on under the supervision of his/her line manager;

d)      Support the School and Churches in Mobilizing village authority, village elders and vulnerable and special needs groups within the communities for active participation on the program activities;

e)      Provide technical training to CDC’s in the field regarding Hygiene in Emergency working with CDC Wash Focal point (PHAST Methodology used);

f)       Provide technical advices and support to CDC’s in the field concerning the implementation of the hygiene awareness if needed;

g)      Ensure that all expected results of the project are accomplished in a timely manner according to established timeline and within the budget allocated;

h)      Participate in all project monitoring and evaluation activities (KAP surveys, training evaluations, post distribution monitoring;



2. Ensure the logistic and administration of the project in relation with the Logistics and Admin departments:

a)      Respect security rules and ensure the respect of it by the program team;

b)      Plan and manage his sector budget and activities under the supervision of his/her line manager

c)       Open and close Operational Advance in a proper way in a due respect of the VRCS handbook;

d)      Participate actively to the setting up of trainings community / school meetings (transport, accommodation, venue…), and update it regularly


3. Support the program team and partners (Human Resource Management):

a)      Participates in the mobilization of community members, teachers and church leaders in the field

b)      Support and train volunteers, community committees, school committees;


4. Reporting

a)      Collect and organize all field supervision, write weekly/monthly reports and progress, and transmit them to the line manager;

b)      Contribute to the production of timely reports (narrative) ‐ monthly, intermediate and final reports to the VRCS and FRC;

c)       Reports immediately any delay or problem encountered;



Lateral relations

1.       Facilitate the collaboration between VRCS/FRC, the targeted communities and essential stakeholders in area of intervention.

2.       Develop and maintain an effective operational partnership with the technical partners, other relevant government departments (Provincial level) and provincial stakeholders as necessary.


Qualifications and profile required

Experience of health and /or Awareness, in the field of community based water and sanitation.

Demonstrated experience and competencies in at least two (2) of the following sectors:

·         Public health, Nurse, Health promotion or other similar field

·         Training, organisation of training and awareness activities

·         PHAST and CHAST activities


University graduate in one of these sectors or field related will be an asset.


Ability and flexibility to travel regularly, with missions of few days (1 week or 2 weeks) held in north Tanna (accommodation in the community expected).



Knowledge, skills and experiences required

1.       Degree, Diploma or certificate in Public health, Nursing, Social Work, Rural development, facilitation or human development

2.       Training and facilitation skills

3.       Community mobilization experiences

4.       Knowledge about PHAST and CHAST approaches

5.       Interest to work with children and churches (experience in that area will be appreciated)

6.       Interest in sharing professional skills as well as learning from others

7.       Excellent computer skills (Internet, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

8.       Excellent communication, drafting and presentation skills

9.       Team management

10.   Knowledge of the Vanuatu context preferred

11.   Knowledge of Bishlamar preferred

12.   Open-minded, dynamic and flexible

13.   English and/or French speaker required

14.   Knowledge of Red Cross movement will be an asset



·         According to the VRCS internal regulations

·         Flexibility in working schedule may be required, according to program needs and fixed timeframe


VRCS is an organization involved in emergency, early recovery and development program. Therefore, all VRCS staff have to be available at any time in order to respond to any emergency work, should the need arise.


Applications should be submitted, no later than 16th of January 2017 at:

VRCS HR Department, PO Box 3459, Port-Vila, Vanuatu[I1] 


Application by email:


Only short listed candidates will be contacted.


The application must contain the following documents:

-Resume updated

-Work certificate

-Motivation letter


-Copy of diplomas




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