Monday, March 26, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

JOB OPENING: Water Analysis Coordinator - WASH Benefits Project

We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible, and short term
contracts will be considered. Please tell interested candidates to email Dr. Amy Pickering

POSITION: Water Analysis Coordinator-Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Benefits Project (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

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:
o Collection of source water, household stored water, child hand
rinse, and child toy rinse samples
o Chlorine residual measurements of household stored water
o Collection of GPS coordinates of community water sources
o 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
• 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.

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

To apply: 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.

Applications can be submitted to any of our branch offices, or by
email to ,or by post office using P.O
Box 373, Busia area code 50400 Kenya. If you submit by email, please
ensure that the subject line reads: “WATER ANALYSIS COORDINATOR.”REF
NO: WB-2012-03-01. 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.

Monday, March 12, 2012

World Achieves MDG For Safe Water Years Before Target Date

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

"Developing countries have already achieved their 2015 [Millennium Development Goal (MDG)] of drastically reducing the number of people without regular access to improved drinking water, though much of the credit lies with India and China," UNICEF and the WHO said in a joint report (.pdf) on Tuesday, Reuters reports (Charbonneau, 3/6). "According to the [WHO] and UNICEF joint monitoring program for water supply and sanitation (JMP), between 1990 and 2010 more than two billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources, such as piped supplies and protected wells" and "at the end of 2010, 89 percent of the population -- 6.1 billion people -- now used improved drinking water sources, one percent more than the 88 percent target contained in [MDG] number seven, set in 2000," the Guardian writes (Ford, 3/6).

"United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this was 'a great achievement for the people of the world' and noted it was one of the first MDGs to be met," Reuters writes in a separate article (Kelland, 3/6). UNICEF's Executive Director Anthony Lake in a statement "cautioned against declaring victory too early, as at least 11 percent of the world's population -- or 783 million people -- still have no safe drinking water, and some 2.5 billion do not have improved sanitation facilities," a UNICEF press release notes (3/6). "UNICEF and WHO called for greater attention to water and sanitation needs in rural areas across the globe where millions of poor people still have no access," the Associated Press writes (Lederer, 3/6).