Senior Water Quality Testing Laboratory Officer

The post is to be based in Sittwe and opened to Myanmar National and Advertised nationwide.


Oxfam is a leading International NGO with a worldwide reputation for excellence and over 70 years of experience. It’s not unfortunate that people live in poverty. With enough wealth in this world to go around it’s unjustifiable. It’s not just their problem. It’s ours too. Our humanitarian, development and campaigning projects change lives around the world, and with the right support, we can beat poverty and injustice. Thousands of people already commit their time and talents to our campaigning, humanitarian and long-term development projects. Now we’re looking for yours.

The role:                               To conduct water quality analysis on water from IDP locations. The post holder will be                                                             responsible for managing and operating the water quality laboratory in Sittwe.       


Level:                                     National, D1                                      


Employment term:                Fixed-term (Until 30th September 2020)


Report to:                               Programme Manager        


What we offer:                       Respectful and empowered working environment,

                                                Life insurance, Medical+ dental + optical benefits,

                                                Competitive salary and Career advancement opportunities,

                                                Generous leave entitlement                           


  • Lead the water quality laboratory in Oxfam’s Sittwe office, ensuring that all tests are carried out in line with standard operating procedures and in a timely manner.
  • Carefully plan and track progress, test results, and quality control assurance checks with the lab team.
  • Provide capacity building and mentoring to the Water Quality Testing Officer.
  • Ensure that the quality control manual is closely followed and that quality control checks are conducted on a routine basis.
  • Update the Standard Operating Procedures for sampling and testing as needed.
  • Coordinate and carry out chemical and microbiological testing of water samples in the Sittwe laboratory. Test pH and TDS/conductivity testing with a probe. Test microbiological parameters using the membrane filtration method.
  • Supervise and create microbiological growth media (such as membrane lauryl sulphate broth or growth agars) as needed.
  • Supervise and carry out sterilisation procedures with methanol, pressure cooker or autoclave daily and ensure that equipment is not contaminated.
  • Ensure the maintenance and calibration of laboratory and field testing equipment.
  • Coordinate test results data entry on paper forms and into a computer spreadsheet daily.
  • Enter the results of quality control checks into a computer spreadsheet daily.
  • Create a weekly water quality report, including summary graphs and the results of quality control checks.
  • Contribute to monthly and quarterly reports in a timely manner.
  • Create a weekly report of priority remedial actions and work with the Solidarites maintenance team to track remedial actions.
  • Coordinate and plan the work of the water sample collectors in line with the water sampling plan. This includes coordinating with the Solidarites maintenance team to ensure that re-testing is conducted after any repairs or remedial actions.
  • Coordinate with the Oxfam WASH team, and SI to ensure the handpumps which fail tests are marked in the field correctly until remedial action is taken and record the information.
  • Conduct in-the-field training with water sample collectors to ensure correct sample collection and referencing is used.
  • Check laboratory stock levels monthly, anticipate consumable needs and raise requisitions and orders as required in order to maintain sufficient stock levels.



  • At least 2-years experience working in a laboratory.
  • A relevant qualification to Bachelors level. Relevant fields include: Public Health, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry or another science related discipline; a Social Sciences background will also be considered. Relevant experience and proven ability can substitute the need for formal qualifications.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Proven management skills and experience
  • Computer literate (MS Word & Excel, Internet and E-mail)
  • Candidates must be methodical, patient and diligent
  • Strong communication, team work, and inter-personal skills.
  • Good listening skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure, to be flexible in work areas and to be responsive to changing needs.
  • Sensitive to the needs and priorities of disadvantaged people.
  • Gender sensitive.
  • Willingness to learn Oxfam procedures and to be flexible in tasks undertaken.
  • Shows enthusiasm for own and team work.



Closing date:                                       5th July 2018, 5:00 PM


How to apply:                                     Please state applied position in email subject line and send CV and cover letter                                                                       to Human Resources Department through  


                                                            Oxfam office, No. 34, Corner of Aung Taw Mu Street and Golden Hill Avenue Street,                                                              Golden Valley Ward 2, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

                                                            Phone: +95 (0)1 539986, 539987, 539958, 539189 and 504918 


                                                            Pa-60, North San Pya, Pyi Taw Thar Ward, Sittwe Township, Rakhine State,                                                                            Myanmar 

We regret that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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