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10 Oct 2018

Wash Officer (Engineer)

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Wash Officer(Engineer – Somalia

Norwegian Refugee Council

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Rights Respected, People Protected

Founded in 1946, today the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) works in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. Our 6,000 employees provide life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. NRC specialises in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people. We promote and defend their rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena.

NRC’s expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. NORCAP experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.

NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

NRC in Somalia

NRC has been active in Somalia since 2004 with four area offices in Kismayu, Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa, providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central and Jubbaland regions. NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences; Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).

NRC Somalia is part of NRC’s East Africa and Yemen regional operation which comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across seven countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania). NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to enhance protection and promote the rights of displaced people in humanitarian need by improving living conditions and seeking durable solutions. The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardization of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination.

Role Specific Information

The purpose of the officer position is day to day implementation of the CC Project. Use actions words such as ensure, implement or assist for the position relevant responsibilities.

Generic responsibilities:

  1. Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  2. Implement delegated CC project portfolio according to plan of action
  3. Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  4. Ensure proper filing of documents
  5. Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  6. Promote and share ideas for technical improvement
  7. Investigate and facilitate introduction of new technology, methods and approaches in order to improve the quality of the activities

Specific responsibilities:

Coordinate and supervise construction of assigned water and sanitation infrastructure by providing instructions and site supervision to partners, contractors and/or local labour

Conduct water quality testing and analysis and disinfect sources as required. This will include promotion of household water filters

Mobilize communities and community leaders for the building materials, construction activities and maintenance of structures

Prepare technical designs, BoQs, tender documents and supervise contractors.

Monitor and report on the WASH project activities and ensure compliance with plans and NRC standard Ensures that standards and specifications for works and materials deliveries are adhered to and gives recommendation(s) to the management as necessary, including certification of completed works for

Deadline for application: 23/10/2018

Key info:

Advertiser: Norwegian Refugee Council

Ref. nr.: 3953072029 Full time

Start date: 10/10/2018

End date: 23/10/2018

Number of positions: 1

Search criteria:




Emergency Relief

Special field Transport / Distribution WASH



Job location:

0152 Garowe

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Keep accurate daily records of project work (e.g. technical project details, materials used, time sheets, challenges encountered, etc).

Participate in field assessments in order to map areas requiring new water sources and sanitation facilities in Puntland regions.

Provide technical advice to management, communities, Water Committees, hand pump mechanics and pump operators on operation and maintenance of water facilities.

Help identify needs for non-food items relevant to hygiene, participate in the choice of items, targeting strategy, promotion of effective use, and post-distribution monitoring

Oversee and manage the Water Sanitation and Hygiene Project in an IDP settlement site and drought effected HHs in Puntland regions

Establish and oversee implementation of systems for efficiently controlling the quality of technical works; closely tracking works progress against payment and work plans, and controlling the quality of the final construction outputs as per donor and user community expectations.

Coordinate and mobilise community user groups, including formation of effective household based sanitation committees and water user management committees to within each of the two refugee camps. Help plan and carry out needs assessments, baseline studies and periodic studies, and feedback findings to the stakeholders.

Collate data from the WASH Assistants and prepare regular reports on activities and WASH conditions for monitoring.

Liaise with community leaders and other sectors and agencies working locally in order to coordinate within the WASH sector and between sectors such as Health and Shelter. Preparation of reports, guidelines and other strategic documentation

Recruit, train, and manage incentive workers including performance appraisal.

Organize day-to-day logistics, administration, and personnel activities together with the other sectors Any other assignment as may be required by the WASH and Shelter Team leader.

Our Ideal Candidate:

We are looking for a university graduate in Diploma in Water Engineering, Civil Engineering and Public Health Geology or any related discipline. with a minimum of 3 years’ previous experience in water quality analysis (bacteriological, chemical and physical) in a busy institution or organization.

Experience working in complex and volatile contexts, in particular in Somalia. Technical water engineer expertise relevant to the role. Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities. Fluency in English, both written and verbal.

We are particularly looking for a positive individual with strong communication skills, who can build trust and confidently navigate both internally and externally at different levels.

In this position you will join highly motivated and expert staff who are making a difference to the most vulnerable people.

Additional Information:

Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications may be screened prior to the vacancy deadline

Email and paper applications will not be considered.

Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Contract period: 6 months

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions

Duty station: Garowe

Travel: Some Travel

NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

NB: All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Code of Conduct and the

four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable.


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