Technical Waste Management Assistant Officer – Uganda Red Cross Society

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Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is the leading National Humanitarian Organization in Uganda and a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IFRC). Uganda Red Cross implements lifesaving services across the country and would wish to invite applicants that meet job requirements for vacant positions in our organization.

TitleTechnical Waste Management Assistant Officer
GradeUR 6
ReportsProject Officer
LocationImvepi Refugee Settlement, Terego District (with field travel)
Duration8 months
DateFebruary 2022


The Technical Waste Management Assistant Officer will be the key technical position within the operation of waste management center, its services and operation monitoring for human and solid waste. With support from Austrian Red Cross, s/he will manage, lead, and gradually strengthen the capacity of a CBO team, consisting of volunteers and community members, to enable the CBO team to manage the waste management center operations self-sufficiently.

In addition, the job holder will be responsible for running and supervising the waste management center operations and laboratory tasks at all stages of the operation cycle. He/she is also responsible for accomplishing the technical project objectives and outcomes within the contextual constraints. The assistant officer ensures the overall success of the project by making sure the CBO team completes the defined activities while adhering to internal standards and contractual obligations; and that the project is completed on time, within budget and with good quality.


Further objectives for the Technical Waste Management Assistant Officer concern the capacity strengthening, targeted guidance, mentoring of the CBO team; humanitarian needs identification through monitoring of the evolving situation; context analysis to contribute to the development of future programs; and internal coordination with the project team to strengthen WASH interventions within the National Society.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

  1. Manage and guiding the fecal sludge operation of the Waste Management Center
  2. Manage and guiding the CBO Team in fecal sludge operations
  3. Manage the Fecal Sludge Field Laboratory
  4. Leading the biochemical monitoring and steering process
  5. Train and orientate the CBO team in fecal sludge operations and laboratory operations
  6. Ensure a regular flow of information and communication with the Project Lead and connected technical experts from Austrian Red Cross and other institutions
  7. Provide technical guidance and support on-site regarding operation and maintenance, upgrade, upscale and safety topics.
  8. Technical management and supervision of works on site and contracts.
  9. Ensuring timely delivery of tasks
  10. Attend and represent Uganda Red Cross Society in relevant WASH coordination meetings in West Nile if required
  11. Liaises and coordinate with authorities, OPM, UNHCR, IOM, UNICEF, WASH partners and other relevant stakeholders in consultation with respective Branch Managers /Project staff on waste management related topics
  12. Ensure strong coordination and mutual agreements with the responsible AutRC project staff
  13. Liaise with the Uganda Red Cross Society WASH Partners particularly the direct Partner-Austrian Red Cross and as well as field staff under projects supported by German Red Cross, IFRC, and Netherlands Red Cross to assure technical knowledge management in waste management and recycling topic.
  14. Manage the waste management center team on a technical level and provide technical support, training and capacity building.
  15. Suggest and implement investments regarding the program budget in line with the project goals and budget volume
  16. Track the progress of activities, ensure the collecting of program indicators and provide on-time internal status reports and external donor reports.
  17. Ensure that all data and information is updated, well organized and easily accessible; and that lessons learnt and best practice are capitalized.
  18. Coordinate with other technical staff in Health, Supply Chain Management, Organizational Development, Public Relations, Audit and Finance department to ensure a common approach, synergy and sharing of information.
  19. Participate in the development of new proposals to scale up successful WASH innovations in line with the Disaster Risk Management Strategy.
  20. Develop and submit operational requirements (tools and consumables) for the Waste Management Center (Feacal Sludge Treatment Plant and Field Laboratory).

Persons Specifications

Education Qualifications
  1. Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Waste Water & Faecal Sludge Management, Chemistry, Civil Engineering or a related field from a reputable institution;
  2. Sound training in waste water and faecal sludge operations, field and ordinary laboratory training regarding faecal sludge and waste water analysis;
  3. Education/Training in recycling/end-use of faecal sludge is an asset
  4. Education/Training in solid waste management and recycling is an asset
Essential Experience
  1. Minimum of 2-years laboratory and/or waste management (hardware and software) practical managerial experience in humanitarian setting;
  2. Able to lead and implement tasks and project activities independently.
  3. Skilled in technical management, time management of projects and tasks and in technical guidance for project team
  4. Previous experience/knowledge of Red Cross Movement structure and operations is an asset;
  5. Previous experience in different settings, working with different techniques/systems and different countries is an asset
  6. Experience in Faecal Sludge Management and resource recovery is an asset.
  7. Additional private sector experience is an asset.
  8. Trainer experience of staff, volunteers and community is an asset, especially in faecal sludge management and laboratory matters
  9. Previous management of staff, volunteers and community members is an asset
Essential Knowledge
  1. Excellent computer skills with high proficiency in Microsoft Excel and ability to run specific related software
  2. Sound understanding of the project management cycle and related tools
  3. Knowledge of electronic data collection systems and data editing/analysis
  4. Very good knowledge of Emergency Response Protocols and sphere standards for service delivery.
  5. Familiar with present Government, WHO and FAO policies regarding waste management and connected reuse and recycling guidelines.
Essential Skills
  1. Independently leading a faecal sludge field laboratory
  2. Independently monitoring and steering operations of a faecal sludge treatment unit
  3. Being able to work with different stake holders, also remote, and to incorporate their technical guidance in the processes
  4. Good initiative, strong decisiveness, and self-motivated, to work with minimal supervision.
  5. Proactive and immediate communication of issues and difficulties experienced to enable quick response.
  6. Good interpersonal skills and working relations with staff under his/her supervision and other stakeholders.
  7. High level of diplomacy and negotiation skills
  8. Adherence to Professional ethics and good financial management skills in line with URCS policies and guidelines.
  9. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  10. Good analytical and reporting skills
  11. High level of integrity
  12. High flexibility regarding movements, working days and hours
  13. Able to adapt to emergencies and the particularities of the emergency response context.

Download application template from here

Applications from suitable persons to be considered for appointment in the outlined positions are hereby invited. All applicants should adhere to the Red Cross Principles. URCS is an equal opportunities employer and mindful of gender balance in its establishment.

The full job description and application form can be viewed and downloaded from here

Please send your filled application form and attach your academic transcripts and certificates. The filled application forms, academic transcripts and certificates should be e-mailed to; or hand delivered, and or by post to:

The Secretary General,

Uganda Red Cross Society,

Plot 551/555 Rubaga Road,

P.O. Box 494, Kampala, Uganda.


Closing date for receipt of the applications is 11th February 2022 at 5.00 p.m.

Due to large volumes of applications; only short listed candidates shall be contacted. Canvassing shall lead to automatic disqualification.

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N.B: URCS Service volunteers are encouraged to apply

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