WASH Benefits Kenya – opening for Water Analysis Coordinator

March 15, 2012 · 0 comments

WASH Benefits Kenya is currently seeking  a  qualified candidate for a Water Analysis Coordinator position.  We would like to fill this position ASAP and will review applicants on a rolling basis .

Please review  the link below for a detailed description, required qualifications and applicant instructions.


  • Project Title: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Benefits (Wash)
  • Deadline to Apply: March 20, 2012 (applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis)
  • Start Date: Immediately
  • Location: Kakamega, Kenya
  • Eligibility: Position open to all nationalities; Kenyan nationals strongly encouraged apply

Job Description:

IPA’s WASH Benefits Project is a five-year study to evaluate the health benefits of sanitation, hygiene, household water treatment and nutrition using a large-scale, randomized evaluation in Western Province. The project will be based out of two satellite offices in Western Province. The principal investigators of WASH benefits are Michael Kremer and Clair Null. The successful candidate for this position will work closely with postdoctoral fellow Amy Pickering, the WASH benefits management team, and local field staff.

IPA’s water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) benefits project seeks a qualified applicant for the position of water analysis coordinator. The water analysis coordinator will manage sample collection, processing, and microbial analysis of water samples from drinking water sources and household stored water in the project study area of Western Kenya. In addition, the successful candidate will oversee collection and microbial analysis of child hand and toy rinse samples, as well as implement a protocol to quantify flies in household compounds. The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge environmental health research. This position will be based in Kakamega, with travel to Bungoma and other areas of Western Kenya.


  • Develop and oversee implementation of field protocols:
    • Collection of source water, household stored water, child hand rinse, and child toy rinse samples
    • Chlorine residual measurements of household stored water
    • Collection of GPS coordinates of community water sources
    • Quantification of flies near latrines and eating areas of study households
  • Develop and oversee implementation of lab processing protocols to enumerate E. coli,total coliform, and fecal coliform bacteria, including appropriate QA/QC procedures
  • Managing lab technicians, including development and implementation of quality control and quality assurance procedures and checking and analyzing data
  • Cleaning data and assisting in preliminary analysis
  • Assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos

Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • At least one year of experience in laboratory water quality analysis, preferably in the context of a field lab in a developing country
  • Experience with membrane filtration and culture based bacterial assays
  • A Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental health, or related fields.
  • Experience living in a developing country is a strong plus
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English; fluency in Swahili is a strong plus
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
  • We are looking for a commitment period of 1 year for this position.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying, please follow the instructions below:

Please submit to any of our branch offices by post using IPA Kenya, P.O Box 373, Busia area code 50400 Kenya OR email to jobs-kenya@poverty-action.org, copying jobs@poverty-action.org, following these instructions exactly:

  • In the subject line: WATER ANALYSIS COORDINATOR.”REF NO: WB-2012-03-01
  • Attachments: Please send a cover letter and detailed CV, 3 references, daytime phone number(s), and email address. Your CV should include your scores or grades and other measures of academic achievement, and details about any relevant work experience.
  • In the email body: Put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) names and copy the following position line:100636 IPAKenya, Water Analysis Coordinator-Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Benefits

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by email for an interview.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Water Analysis Coordinator. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary.

Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to jobs-kenya@poverty-action.org.

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