WASH Project Assistant – Dhobley, Somalia

NRC Somalia

WASH Project Assistant – Dhobley, Somalia


Closing Date: 06/05/2021


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.

Job Description

A job description is a written statement that describes the employee’s role and responsibilities. The role and responsibilities shall be executed within the NRC framework. The job description facilitates the recruitment process by stating the necessary competencies. It is mandatory for all positions.

Position:    WASH Project Assistant

Reports to:   Dhobley Team Leader/WASH Team Leader

Supervision of:    None

Duty station:  Dhobley

Travel:   100%

Project number: SOFM2117 – SIDA RRM

Duration and type of contract:   5 months

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships.

  1. Role and responsibilities

The purpose of the WASH Assistant position is to support day-to-day implementation of the WASH Project.

Generic responsibilities

  1. Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  1. Implement delegated WASH project portfolio according to plan of action
  2. Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  3. Ensure proper filing of documents
  1. Ensure that project targets beneficiaries most in need, a explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  1. Monitor and report on the WASH project activities and ensure compliance with plans and NRC standards
  2. Mobilize communities and community leaders for the proper implementation of the project activities
  3. Suggest new methods and approaches in order to improve the quality of the activities
  4. Carry out data collection as required

Specific responsibilities

  • Responsible to run the day to day operations of the “Lifesaving Emergency WASH response to Drought affected pastoral communities in Afmadow District, including community sensitization, beneficiary selection, trainings, monitoring and supervision of Cash-based WASH intervention, Reporting and Documentation of project outputs.
  • 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.
  • Represent NRC in WASH Sub-cluster meeting in Afmadow District – Liaise with community leaders and other sectors and agencies working locally in order to coordinate within the WASH sector
  • Provide relevant information to the WASH Team Leader to initiate development of project concept notes and proposal documents in respect to water, hygiene and sanitation.
  • Support the smooth and timely implementation of project ensuring high 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.
  • Follow up all documentations related to Community water Voucher and Hygiene kits voucher and Assist in the preparation of payment documents including verification of redeemed vouchers, water delivery control sheets, invoices and payment checklist forms.
  • Update and maintain all departmental filing system including contracts, beneficiary lists, reports e.g. (Field visit, monthly and quarterly reports)
  • Facilitate appropriate community involvement in the design and delivery of essential WASH services and facilities.
  • Coordinate and mobilize community Representatives, including formation and training of community water voucher representatives, to implement and oversee water voucher Assistance.
  • Carry out informal and formal training sessions (according to identified needs) and evaluate the impacts of this training.
  • Raise the awareness on good hygiene practices and other important messages 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, weekly, and monthly or as required internally by NRC as well as relevant donors
  • Any other assignment as may be required by the WASH Team Leader


  • Diploma holder preferably in Water Engineering, Water resource management, Public Health, Community Health, community development or Social studies or other relevant discipline.
  • At least minimum of 2 years relevant working experience specially working with WASH projects in a humanitarian/recovery context.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analysis skills (qualitative and qualitative)
  • Flexible and creative.
  • Goal oriented with ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.
  • Ability and willingness to work and live in challenging conditions.
  • Excellent computer skills.

Contract period: 5 months

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

Duty station: Dhobley.

Critical interfaces

By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position are:

  • Food Security
  • Education
  • Shelter
  • ICLA

Scale and scope of position

Staff: Incentive workers
Stakeholders: UN agencies, INGOs, local NGOs, civil society, governmental bodies
Budgets: N/A
Information: N/A
Legal or compliance: N/A 
  1. Competencies

Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

  1. Professional competencies

These skills, knowledge and experience are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies:

  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Ordinary National Diploma in Water Engineering, Water resource management, Public Health, Community Health, community development or Social studies
  • Substantial Knowledge on WASH Sphere standards
  • Experience from working with WASH projects in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Knowledge of English and local language

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of the operating context in Lower Juba particularly Afmadow District
  • Knowledge of Somali language
  • Experience in Hygiene promotion or community mobilization 
  1. Behavioral competencies (max 6)
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Working with people
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Communicate with impact and respect
  1. Performance Management

The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the NRC Performance Management Manual. The following documents will be used for performance reviews:

  • The Job Description
  • The Work and Development Plan
  • The Mid-term/End-of-trial Period Performance Review Template
  • The End-term Performance Review Template
  • The NRC Competency Framework

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​.

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.

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. NRC requires staff members who travel on an international contract to the field to undergo an medical examination with our medical provider. Employees must produce a Health Clearance Certificate before departure stating that there are no relevant health concerns. If staff are unable to provide this, NRC reserves the right to terminate the Contract of Employment.




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