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WASH Project Assistant – Hargeisa Somaliland (National Position) - Somalia


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

The NRC Somalia Country Programme is part of the NRC Horn of Africa, Yemen, Uganda and South Sudan regional mission. Operations in the region began in Somali land in 2004, expanded to Puntland in 2006, South Central Somalia and Kenya in 2007.Since 2011, five more programmes have been established in the region: Ethiopia, Yemen, Djibouti, South Sudan & Uganda. Prioritized activities focus on shelter construction; water, hygiene and sanitation;education; food security; protection and information, counselling and legal Assistance (ICLA). The Regional Office is situated in Kenya (Nairobi), with a country office in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Juba (South Sudan), Mogadishu (Somalia), Sana'a (Yemen), Djibouti and Adjumani (Uganda)

Candidates can apply online by going through the " VACANCIES" link at
Email and paper applications will not be considered.

Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners/employees and to check that its partners/employees have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

Job purpose:
The WASH Assistant is to ensure effective implementation of the identified WASH needs and activities through assessment and surveys. These activities include water trucking, community mobilization, water facilities rehabilitation/repair, hygiene promotion and sanitation campaigns.

Job description

Generic responsibilities:
Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
Implement delegated WASH project portfolio according to plan of action
Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
Ensure proper filing of documents
Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
Monitor and report on the WASH project activities and ensure compliance with plans and NRC standards
Mobilize communities and community leaders for the building materials, construction activities and maintenance of structures
Suggest new methods and approaches in order to improve the quality of the activities
Report all protection related concerns in the field
Carry out data collection as required

Specific responsibilities:
Support implementation of water trucking activities under NRC in Somaliland
Conduct community meetings and carry out FGDS (focus group discussions) with selected groups.
Together with the Monitoring and Evaluation unit carry out periodic monitoring and evaluation of WASH activities.
Community mobilization and registration
With Project Officer/Coordinator: support, prepare/provide project needed information for reporting and proposal development
Overseeing procurement and distribution of hygiene kits
Update and maintain all WASH filing system including contracts, beneficiary lists, reports e.g. (Field visit, monthly and quarterly reports)
Attend WASH meetings and providing meeting updates
Facilitate appropriate community involvement in the design and delivery of essential WASH services and facilities.
Conduct hygiene promotion activities in the IDP camps and schools under guidance of the WASH Officer.
Carry out informal and formal training sessions (according to identified needs) and evaluate the impacts of this training.
Raise the awareness on issues relevant to the community and encourage their participation in projects
Ensure mainstreaming of all cross-cutting issues in implementation of activities
Prepare field visit reports or as required internally by NRC as well as relevant donors
Carry out any other WASH related duties/assignments assigned by the supervisor.


Professional competencies:
Min 2yrs experience from working in WASH in a humanitarian/recovery context
Diploma or higher in Public Health, Community Health, community development or any other relevant qualification
Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
Experience of working with IDPs related issues would be preferred
Knowledge of English and local language

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:
Knowledge of the operating context in Somaliland
Knowledge of Somali language
Experience in water trucking, latrine construction, hygiene promotion or community mobilization

Education field

  • Medicine / Healthcare / Social

Education level

  • Academy college / University

Personal qualities

Behavioral competencies, these are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. The following are essential for this position:

Handling insecure environments
Managing resources to optimize results
Empowering and building trust
Managing performance and development
Planning and delivering results

We offer

Commencement: As soon as possible
Contract Duration: 6months with the possibility of extension
Duty Station: Hargeisa
Travels: With frequent travel to field of operations
Salary/Benefits: According to NRC's general directions.
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
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Somalia
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Administrative support
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Environment
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-19

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