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WASH Project Officer (Engineer) - Baidoa (National Staff) - Somalia

Baidoa (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 Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been present in Somalia since early 2004 and has since expanded its programme. Since 2004, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has demonstrated a regional competence and expertise in working with displaced populations. The Regional Office is based in Nairobi, Kenya with offices and operations in Somalia (Puntland, Somaliland and South & Central), Kenya, Ethiopia Yemen, Djibouti and South Sudan.

The purpose of the officer position is day to day implementation of the WASH Project

Candidates can apply online by going through the " VACANCIES" link at
Email or Paper applications will not be considered

Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply

Job description

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
Promote and share ideas for technical improvement
Investigate and facilitate introduction of new technology, methods and approaches in order to improve the quality of the activities
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 payments
Keep accurate daily records of project work (e.g. technical project details, materials used, time sheets, challenges encountered, etc).
Working closely alongside the WASH Assistants/Officers, meet on a regular basis with Water Committees to ensure they are actively involved throughout project planning and implementation.
In particular to promote the full and equal participation of women in all aspects of the work
Support the WASH Officers to ensure communities fully participate in design, implementation, monitoring, operation and maintenance of all water and Sanitation projects.
Participate in field assessments in order to map areas requiring new water sources and sanitation facilities in south central regions.
Prepare and write timely monthly activity reports.
Provide technical advice to management, communities, Water Committees, hand pump mechanics and pump operators on operation and maintenance of water facilities.
Any other assignment as may be required by the WASH Coordinator/WASH Manager


Ordinary National Diploma in Water Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geology or any related discipline.
Extensive experience may substitute for specific qualifications but not vice versa
Knowledge of AutoCAD, Water CAD or any civil works design software is highly desirable
Experience from working with WASH projects in a humanitarian/recovery context
Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
Knowledge of English and local Language
Ability to work independently in a result oriented multi-tasking and multi-cultural environment and manage conflicting priorities.
Sensitivity to the needs and priorities of disadvantaged populations (minority groups etc)
Team work
Cultural awareness and experience of working of different stakeholders
Excellent capacity building and supervision skills

Personal qualities

Behavioral competencies these are personal qualities or characteristics that influence how successful people are in their job. The below are required for this position:

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

We offer

Commencement: As soon as possible
Contract Duration: 1 year with a possibility of extension
Duty Station: Baidoa
Salary/Benefits: According to NRC's general directions.
The candidate is to observe NRC's four core values dedication, innovation, inclusivity, accountability and the Code of Conduct for all staff.

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected
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: Baidoa (Somalia)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-15

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