Emergency WASH Programme Officer

Danish Refugee Council

, , IQ

Who are we?

Danish Refugee Council is a leading protection agency pursuing our mandate to protect and promote durable solutions to displacement-affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), DRC apply a regional approach with operational presence in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Iraq.

Present in Iraq since 2003, DRC is today operational in the Kurdish governorates, in and around Baghdad and in several South-Central governorates. Focused both on the influx of Syrian refugees and the current IDP crisis, DRC is providing assistance in a range of sectors including Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Protection, Livelihoods, Emergency Response (including food security, cash, and NFIs), WASH, Shelter and Mine Action. The Iraq programme presently employs about 450 national staff and 45 international staff, and is growing to meet new, emerging needs associated with ongoing and recent conflict in multiple locations.

About the job

Under the supervision of the WASH Manager, the WASH Programme Officer is responsible for planning, implementing and/or follow up of WASH activities/projects in the assigned areas in Ninewa Governorate, including infrastructure rehabilitation and emergency WASH

In close coordination with other sectors, the WASH Programme Officer contributes to the harmonization of WASH tools and guidelines and to the development of DRC’s WASH Strategies.

The Wash Officer contributes to the fulfilment of the aims and objectives of DRC’s presence in Ninewa, Iraq.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the timely and technically sound planning, implementation and follow up of WASH activities/projects in the assigned area(s);
  • Contribute to work plans in line with project and budget documents;
  • Contribute to regular qualitative and analytical reports within the given timeframe;
  • Provide monitoring, supervision and coaching/on the job training of the WASH project staff (and other staff as appropriate);
  • Undertake regular field/site visits to ensure technical support to WASH staff and proper monitoring of the activities’ implementation in area of operation;
  • Contribute to the development of proposals to secure follow on or expansion funding for the WASH portfolio as per identified needs;
  • Contribute to refining of data collection, monitoring and reporting tools, and to the harmonisation of WASH methodologies and tools across  the area(s) of operation;
  • Ensure Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) approach to WASH is consistently applied through community and rights based participatory methods;
  • In the absence of other more appropriate WASH management, the WASH Programme Officer may be requested to
  • Represent DRC at local/governorate-level forums relating to WASH and emergency planning
  • Collate and share relevant WASH information
  • Contribute with other WASH staff to creation and realisation of WASH strategy for DRC Iraq
  • Take on other responsibilities/tasks to contribute to success of DRC’s emergency operation

About you

To be successful in this role you must have experience of WASH strategies, policies and implementation modalities in humanitarian contexts at a technical and/or programmatic level              

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies: 

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. 

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback. 

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. 

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly. 

Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values. 

Moreover we also expect the following:

Required qualifications and experience

  • University degree or higher education relevant to WASH (e.g. water/sanitation engineering)
  • Cultural and gender sensitivity, adaptability, willingness to learn.
  • At least 1-2 years in international humanitarian work, preferably in emergency / early recovery contexts (camp and/or non-camp settings)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English essential. Arabic is  desirable

We offer

DRC will offer the successful applicant a six months contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from September, 2016 and be willing and able to work in Zummar or Dohuk, Iraq (TBC).

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to www.drc.ngo under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level A19-A16 depending on experience.

Application process

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button. 

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact [email protected]

Applications close August 28, 2016. The interviews are expected to take place within two weeks after the deadline.  

Need further information?

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website www.drc.ngo

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 35 countries throughout the world. We are the largest humanitarian NGO in Denmark and consistently ranked as one of the world’s best NGOs according to Global_Geneva.

We fulfil our mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict areas of the world. We also advocate on behalf of conflict-affected populations globally on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration. Our work and long-term strategies are guided by our five core values: Humanitarian approach – Respect – Independence & neutrality – Inclusion – Honesty & transparency.

You can read more about our vision and work on drc.ngo.