Internship – Consolidation of the survey on access to safe water

By 20 mai 2021Emploi

Sierra Leone (districts of Bombali, Karene, Tonkolili, Port Loko)


Inter Aide (IA) is a French NGO which has been implementing concrete development agriculture, wash and health (discontinued) programs in Sierra Leone since 2007. The WASH programme, initially focused in the north of Bombali and Karene districts, includes hygiene and sanitation sensitization, hand-dug well construction, and rehabilitation. Progressively has been added two components: household water treatment (HHWT) and maintenance. HHWT targets small communities (less than 150 people) who are generally excluded from hand-dug well construction because of insufficient financial resources and manpower in the village. Those two components have been expanded in the last years to the neighbouring districts of Tonkolili and Port Loko.

The Maintenance programme has a strategy based on sensitization of communities to contribute toward the maintenance of their water point, the creation ofa network of hand pump technicians and shops selling spare parts to enable “Yearly Preventive Maintenance” (YPM), and the involvement of local authorities. As a result, the number of maintenances have been increasing considerably since 2008 and the first village where it took place. In 2021, more than 1700 hand pumps have benefited from early preventive maintenance. At this stage, the programme is working on the consolidation of a database that identifies all the hand pumps, gravity systems, and villages benefiting HHWT in the 4 Districts have an exhaustive evaluation on the access to safe water for each village. This database is designed to help Inter Aide’s team guide decision-makers (institutions, traditional authorities, and other stakeholders) to clearly evaluate specific areas of needs regarding repairs, rehabilitation, and new constructions.


Based on a methodology already used in Bombali and Karene districts, this internship aims to extend the consolidation of the Survey to the two districts of Tonkolili and Port Loko to share the results with local stakeholders. The objective will also be to train and build the capacity of the two Data Processors (in charge of updating information from the field into the database) and the maintenance team on the use of Excel and Access.

  • Consolidation of Tonkolili and Port Loko databases
    • Prepare documents for the team in charge of data processing (Data Processors – DP) and for Surveyors to have a specific focus on missing or incorrect information.
    • Plan and manage verification of data in the office and the field along with Pump Technicians (PTs), Surveyors, DP, and with the assistance of the Maintenance team
    • Recruit, train, assist and manage Surveyors
    • Assist the Program Manager (PM) on the management of DPs
    • Verify, consolidate data with DP and Surveyors
    • Assist in analyzing data and generating reports according to local stakeholders needs
    • Participate in-field visits with Maintenance and Wash teams to understand the program better
    • Prepare reports to institutions (Water Directorate, District councils, traditional authorities, etc.)
    • Participate in training institutions and local partners on data management and consolidation
  • Assist the PM on organisation and the animation of meetings with local stakeholders (institutions and traditional authorities)
    • Prepare understandable reports and maps for institutions and local stakeholders on the basis of the updated database
    • Prepare specific communication materials for the sharing of information and training of institutions and stakeholders
  • Evaluation & Training of Data Processors
    • Assess the technical level on Excel / Access
    • Design of frame to facilitate consolidation of data and their analysis
    • Build specific and simple modules for the training of DPs based on their respective knowledge

HIERARCHical supervision

  • The trainee will be under the direct supervision of the Program manager
  • Functional hierarchy: the Capitalisation officer and the 4 Head of Sectors at Head Quarter

Summaries of the expected deliveries

  • Adapted protocol (based on the existing one) for the efficient update of data (both at office and field level)
  • Report on the access to safe water based on consolidated data
  • Communication material for the restitution to stakeholders
  • Mapping of water points and villages on specific decision-making issues
  • Training modules for data processors
  • General synthesis of observations/recommendations


  • Degree in a relevant domain (project management, water & sanitation,…etc.),
  • Abilities to conduct surveys, analyzing data, writing reports,
  • Good presentation and communication skills
  • Good knowledge of MS Excel and Access tools
  • Ability to handle GIS tools (QGIS, Google Earth)
  • Good training skills
  • Flexibility, dynamism,
  • Diplomacy, pedagogic skills, patience, open-minded,
  • Rigor, organisation,
  • Proven interest for field work,
  • Resistance to social and cultural isolation,
  • Fluent in English


  • Duration: 5 months minimum
  • French Legal Internship Agreement with legal internship gratification (around 600€ per month)
  • Accommodation provided within IA premises
  • Translator costs covered by IA
  • Round trip flight / Paris – Freetown
  • Complete social insurance + repatriation insurance

Position to be filled as soon as possible

Applications with a CV of more than 2 pages will not be studied.

Thank you for sending CV + Cover letter under ref. INTERN/MAINT/SL/2021 at