Hygiene Promotion Officer

Position Title:                                    Hygiene Promotion Officer

Duration of contract:                    18 months

Expectation starting date:           1 February 2017

Line Manager:                                   VRCS Head of Health Department

Reporting to:                                     French Red Cross WASH and DRR Head of Project

Functional link:                                 FRC Wash project officer, VRCS DRR support officers


Job location:                      VRCS headquarter in Port-Vila (regular travel to the Provinces 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 SCP3 project. He/She will work in close collaboration with Branch/sub branch officers located in different geographic areas as well as with different schools and churches identified in the beneficiaries’ villages.

He/she will analyse the base line health survey conducted to evaluate the impact of GFS and RWHS project and he/she will conduct an end line survey.


Purpose of the program:

Considering its location on the ring of fire and the cyclone belt, Vanuatu is prone to geological and hydro-meteorological hazards which are increasing the communities’ vulnerability. Torba and Malampa have been identified as very isolated provinces of the country with poor access to public services. Due to their location, their also constitute one of the cyclone highest risks area in the country. This community based program will involve all stakeholders dealing with natural disasters management, Climate Change, Wash, Agriculture and Natural Resources Management; so that they will be empowered to prepare and respond to future events.

The French Red Cross is supporting the Vanuatu Red Cross in implementing a project called Supporting community planning 3. For the moment, different communities in Torba and Malampa provinces are implementing this project by constructing or restore 4 Gravity fed systems in Arep, Farun, Lambule and Lanvitvit and also Rain water harvesting systems in different 10 communities in Gaua, and Malekula. 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 as barriers of diseases. Intervention will be focused on schools and churches.











Specific Project duties, responsibilities and accountabilities


Under the supervision of the FRC Wash and DRR Head of Project (SCP3 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

4.       Analysing the health survey conducted in the targeted communities to analyse the impact of GFS and RWHS project

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


Additionally within the SCP3 DRR and Wash construction 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 water comities in the field regarding hygiene and particularly in emergency situation (PHAST Methodology used);

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

g)      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 and National level) and national stakeholders as necessary.






Qualifications and profile required

Experience of health and WASH program, 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, particularly in the Torba and Malampa provinces. She/he will be expected to spend several stays of few weeks in the islands.


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

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


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