Reports to: Water Quality Officer

Supervision of: Water Quality Monitors

Duty station: Kakuma


Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is a Japanese Non-Governmental Organization established in 1996. PWJ has been providing humanitarian and development assistance for people affected by forced displacement and natural disasters in more than 20 countries in the world.

PWJ launched its mission in Kenya in 2012 and has been implementing projects funded by UN agencies and the government of Japan in shelter, WASH and youth development to improve living environments of refuge and host populations while promoting peaceful coexistence and self- reliance in the communities in Dadaab, Kakuma and Kalobeyei.

PWJ is UNHCR partner responsible for WASH, Warehouse, Motor vehicle Service Unit, centralized fleet and fuel management for Kakuma Refugee Operations.


The Water Quality Assistant is responsible for water treatment, and monitoring of Free Residual Chlorine (FRC) to ensure the community is supplied with safe and clean water in accordance with the set standards. This officer is required to do water sampling, and conduct physical chemical and microbial tests. He/she is also in charge of maintenance and repair of automatic chlorine dosing pumps.

The Assistant Water Quality is responsible for evaluating and interpreting all water quality samples analysis results. Other responsibilities include preparing, reviewing and implementing water quality programs, including water quality monitoring and reporting, optimization of water treatment processes, water quality assurance practices around the Boreholes.


  • Monitor FRC (Free Residual Chlorine) levels at tap stands and households weekly.
  • Weekly monitor flow rates at tap stands and advice on water spillage.
  • Daily monitoring of the chlorine dosers.
  • Conduct follow up cases for the water found to be positive with Fecal coliform (FC) by liaising with the hygiene promotion team to disseminate hygiene messages to the affected families / households.
  • Carries out weekly assessment of FRC of each reticulation line tap stands and house hold levels aimed at maintaining SPHERE standard of 0.5 mg /l at every tap stand and 0.2 mg/l at house hold levels.
  • Collect sample for bacteriological analysis on monthly basis and analysis of the samples. Samples for analysis are collected from high risk areas. This includes blocks prone to cholera outbreaks and new influx areas.
  • Investigating any water quality related issues raised by daily information provided.
  • Carries out monthly house hold surveys to determine per capita use of water in the refugee camp.
  • Responsible for maintaining sample points and monitoring water quality equipment’s
  • Responsible for good maintenance of water quality equipment’s, servicing and calibration on regular basis.
  • Oversee effective water treatment including checking on the quality of drinking water parameters to include physical, chemical and bacteriological properties.
  • Develop a contingency response plan for any unforeseen emergencies and epidemic break outs and any unpredictable change of weather.
  • Act as a link between WASH and health partners in collecting morbidity related data on WASH related diseases to guide in response.
  • To represent PWJ in co-ordination meetings with the other IPs, section and block leaders and other stakeholders.

Relevant Experience

  • Diploma in water technology, public health or analytical chemistry
  • Experience in WHO WASH water quality standards
  • Minimum 2 years relevant work experience in the area of WASH and at least 1 year in humanitarian setting.
  • Experience in capacity building for community own resource persons or community based staff
  • Experience in intervention projects with strong community involvement
  • Experience in partner and stakeholder coordination
  • Experience in designing and implementing social and behavior change communication
  • Report writing skills and computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Skills and competencies

  • Ability to observe and understand cultural and social contexts and reflect the understandings in programming
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills
  • Strong community engagement and facilitation skill
  • Ability to infuse positive energy to the team
  • Attention to detail, keen at following procedures and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to organize tasks simultaneously and prioritize work
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills working with cross cultural and multi diverse teams
  • Ability to build strong working relationships for partnerships
  • Standards of Professional Conduct especially on integrity, service, and accountability

How to Apply

How to apply

This position is based in Kakuma,Turkana County Kenya.

We are looking to recruit national candidates only. Interested and qualified candidates are invited to send a cover letter (1 page) and resume (2 pages) as one pdf document no later than 19th January, 2023 to: In your cover letter please reflect on your motivation for taking this post.

N/B Indicate the position you are applying for in the subject of the email as ‘WASH ASSISTANT-WATER QUALITY’. Due to the urgency of filling this position shortlisting and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.