Chiro, Ethiopia
CA$0 Expires in 1 day


Location Chiro, Ethiopia

Start Date May – Jul 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 10 Months

Language Requirements English

Open to all nationalities outside of Ethiopia. Applicants must be eligible to obtain an entry visa and work permit for Ethiopia.

Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.


The Volunteer’s Role

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Water, Sanitation And Hygiene Support professional to contribute to a regional nutrition project led by CARE Canada!

As a WASH Advisor, you bring strong technical expertise to the Growing Nutrition for Mother and Children (GROW) project in Ethiopia

Working with colleagues you will ensure that GROW builds local capacity to improve nutrition water and sanitation practices in target communities. This will involve working with colleagues to conduct situational analysis, sharing international and evidence-based best practices, developing and testing knowledge, attitude and practice tools to identify gaps in current sanitation and hygiene practices, and supporting the team to carry out the GROW WASH strategy in Ethiopia. This includes a focus on the capacity assessment, training and mobilization of Water Point Committees at the local level.

You bring to this role a solid understanding of a Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach to implementation and the development of tools and resources, strong analytical skills, and an ability to work with a range of stakeholders using strong relationship building and facilitation skills.

Apply to this position and use your skills to make a difference in the lives of the people in Ethiopia!


As a volunteer, you will:

-Facilitate capacity building for project staff and key stakeholders in WASH and CLTSH

-Support the GROW Ethiopia WASH and CLTSH strategy

-Increase the knowledge of CARE staff on the WASH approach

-Document WASH and CLTSH practices with team and partners

-Promote WASH marketing and hygiene behavior change components of the project

-Provide technical assistance to achieve all technical WASH outputs

-Ensure timely collection, compilation, and analysis of quality data, as well as the production of reports on all, GROW WASH activities

-Participate in meetings, training and other assessment/events as required

-Design or create strategies to guaranty the sustainability of the intervention at the end of the project


Essential Academic Qualifications:

– Master’s degree in in Environmental Health/Public Health


Essential Professional Background:

– Minimum 2 years’ experience in WASH programming, particularly in sanitation and hygiene

– Understanding behaviour change and health promotion methods


About Our Partner

Oda Bultum University

Oda Bultum University (OBU), found in Chiro Town, was established on 26th of November 2015 as an autonomous higher learning institution. The university currently is running seven different colleges that provide first-degree qualification training in 18 Agriculture and Natural Sciences related field of studies.

Like other public universities in Ethiopia, OBD has three core mandates.

  • Teaching/Training
  • Research
  • Service and Community Engagement.

The University is committed to producing competent and well-equipped graduates with the knowledge, skill, and attitude in all academic programs with different modalities. Besides, the University is also highly soliciting its academic staff to undertake problem-solving research activities. One of the strategies of the University is to link the research findings with teaching and community engagement activities. For these purposes, the University has already identified seven main research thematic areas with 34 sub- researchable themes.


Terms and Conditions

Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.


Support Package

– Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

– Accommodation while in placement

– Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

– Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

– Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

– Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

– Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

– Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

– Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months


Residency and Citizenship


The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for training, as applicable.


Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to pre-departure training, an international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

– Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.

– Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.



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