Ended WASH Assistant

The Job

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.

We work in crises across more than 30 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights.

NORCAP is a global provider of expertise that contributes to solving challenges in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors. Our ultimate goal is to strengthen the resilience, and protect the lives, rights and livelihoods of vulnerable people and communities

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.

The WASH Assistant- (Public Health Engineer) to assist the WASH Project Officer in providing support in the development of NRC’s WASH programming particularly on all technical activities related to construction and will ensure the efficient and smooth implementation of the WASH projects in NRC targeted areas. To develop a plan for improving the WASH infrastructure at the health posts, schools and communities based on assessments carried out by partner NGOs and to prioritize the WASH activities according to urgency, Coordinate with WASH field staff to ensure that the various aspects of the WASH response are integrated.

Duties and responsibilities

Generic responsibilities :

  • Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines.
  • Assist with the implementation of the support function portfolio according to plan of action.
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management.
  • Ensure proper filing of documents.
  • Promote and share ideas for improvement of the support function.
  • Help plan and carry out needs assessments, baseline studies and periodic studies, and feedback findings to the stakeholders.
  • Liaise with community leaders and other sectors and agencies working locally in order to coordinate within the WASH sector and between sectors such as Shelter, Education and Food Security.
  • Collect primary information for reports preparation, receive information from community and relay to NRC Office and coordinate with the M&E team.
  • Play a key and fundamental role in community mobilization and convening community meetings.
  • cluster partner staff, NGOs/INGOs/UN agencies and Govt Line agencies to avoid any duplication of services.Coordinate with the WASH  

Specific responsibilities

  • In close collaboration with the WASH officer, plan, organize and carry out daily WASH activities within NRC area of interventions in line with agreed work plans, strategies and methodologies.
  • Implement effectively and within time and budget WASH program as per the project proposals and project requirements.
  • Develop and review project designs to ensure compliance with relevant standards, procedures, and codes.
  • Develop and review BOQs and technical specifications.
  • Ensure that accurate and detailed records of project matters are formulated and kept.
  • Conduct site assessments and surveys.
  • Ensure as far as possible the security of the project, of staff, and of equipment.
  • Coordinate with beneficiary leaders to ensure community participation and ownership.
  • Advise on procurement needs and submit all procurement request to the WASH Officer.
  • Provide on-site technical assistance to contractors or service providers and beneficiaries during the process of implementation, including management of construction activities.
  • Prepare and submit regular progress reports and work plans to the WASH Officer.
  • Collect primary information for reports preparation, receive information from community and relay to NRC Office and coordinate with the M&E team.
  • Assist in conducting the WASH assessments to determine scope of work, resource requirement and estimated cost, including in the identification public health risks in the community.
  • Carry out other related tasks as directed by the line management.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering field (Civil, Environmental, Water or Public Health Engineering) relevant to WASH projects.
  • Experience from working as an assistant Project Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context. Elementary technical knowledge in Public health promotion.
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts. Proven practical experience in community engagement water and sanitation work. Community engagement and supervising contractors or community volunteers involved in WASH work and at least 1 year preferably with an INGO.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Some knowledge of English. 
Personal qualities
  • Can prioritize tasks and manage pressure.
  • Can work with different community groups-women, youth, elderly without feeling intimidated.
  • Strong context assessment skills and ability to communicate to the office in time.
  • Able to communicate, collaborate and share tasks with other NRC (Shelter, Education, FSL and M&E) and other NGO field staff.
We can offer

12 Months (possibility to renewal depending on donor’s funds availability).

How to Apply

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  • Employer: NRC
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Aden
  • Posted on: 13 February 2020
  • Deadline: 25 February 2020