Job Description

WASH Assistant – Bossaso, Puntland, Somalia

Job Description

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 nine 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.

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 Shelter/WASH project activities and ensure compliance with plans and NRC


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:

Promote safe WASH practices, including appropriate use and maintenance of WASH facilities and services.

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 Shelter/WASH sector and between sectors such as Health and Shelter.

Provide field information with the Shelter/WASH PC and Officer to initiate development of project concept notes and proposal documents in respect to water, hygiene and sanitation.

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.

Participate in the development of monitoring tools for the Water, sanitation and hygiene activities.

Update and maintain all departmental filing system including contracts, beneficiary lists, reports e.g. (Field visit, monthly and quarterly reports)

Prepare and follow up of procurements plans, beneficiary and projects database matrix, project tracking sheets and other required reports.

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/Shelter/WASH PC

Coordinate and mobilize community user groups, including formation of effective household based sanitation committees and water user management committees to within each of the two refugee camps.

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

Train the IDP community on settlement care, maintenance, and protection issues related to planning, Latrine construction and water infrastructure maintenance

Prepare field visit reports, weekly, and monthly or as required internally by NRC as well as relevant donors Any other assignment as may be required by the field coordinator, Shelter /WASH PC


Degree in Public Health, Community Health, community development or Social studies

2-3 years’ Experience from working as a Project Assistant in a humanitarian/recovery context

Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts

Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities

Degree in Public Health, Community Health, community development or Social studies Substantial training in camp management.

Experience from working with WASH projects in a humanitarian/recovery context Knowledge of English and local language

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: Untill December 2021

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

Duty station: Bosaso

Travel: 50%

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.

About Us

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across 31 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, our global provider of expertise, helps 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.

Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks