WASH Officer

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Kandahar, Afghanistan 🇦🇫

Purpose of the Job

The purpose of the WASH Officer position is day to day implementation of the WASH Projects. He/she will be mainly assigned to WASH in community projects. He/she will be leading WASH Technical Assistants, WASH Assistants and WASH CBWs at field level and will report to WASH Coordinator. WASH Officer will be in charge of technical aspects of construction activities as well as reporting and documentation processes. S/He Ensures the proper and quality implementation of WASH projects in the Kandahar province.  

You can read more about this position at Job Description & NRC Grade Structure

Generic responsibilities  

These responsibilities shall be the same for all positions with the same title. The responsibilities shall be short and essential. Details belong in the Work and Development plan.  

  1. Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines  
  • Line management of WASH team at province level.  
  1. Attending in WASH cluster meetings and all other cluster meetings in the province level as deemed necessary.  
  2. Implement delegated WASH project portfolio according to plan of action.  
  3. Prepare and develop status reports as required by management.  
  4. Ensure proper filing of documents.  
  5. Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist.  
  6. Promote and share ideas for technical improvement.  
  7. Development of holistic and needs based programmes, including cash-based interventions and marked based programmes.  

Specific responsibilities   

These responsibilities shall be adapted to the particularities of the job location and context, phase of operation, strategic focus and type of programme intervention. This section shall be revised whenever a new employee is hired or the context changes significantly.   

  • Have full understanding of all programs’ goals, objectives, implementation plan and expected result / output.  
  • Manage all the phases of the WASH activities including but not limited to; beneficiary selection, project planning, field assistant, project implementation and evaluation.  
  • Implement technical direction and ensure high technical quality of projects   
  • Leading of WASH Team onsite.  
  • Do performance appraisal of each WASH Technical Assistants as delegated by Coordinator.  
  • Participate in NRC staff and seminars and training, when scheduled.  
  • Operate field equipment.   
  • Work closely with all WASH projects stockholders.   
  • Provision of the monthly plan for his/her team.   
  • Keeping on track recording of training data and program documents.  
  • Participate actively in project coordination meetings.  
  • Coordinate closely his or her activities with WASH Coordinator.  
  • Assist WASH PM on planning, organizing, facilitating and monitoring of projects.   
  • Be willing to travel throughout the districts and other provinces, this is primarily a field position and will require physical activity in a range of demanding natural environments and conditions.   
  • Any others tasks assigned by supervisor.  
  • Preparation and compilation of WASH reports.  
  • Ensure the inclusion of cash-based interventions and marked based program in country and area-based strategies and their implementation across and within NRC’s core competencies  
  • Provide an enabling environment for the implementation of cash-based interventions, including multi-purpose cash assistance, emergency cash responses  


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

Generic professional competencies:   

  • Bachelor Degree in Medical Science. 
  • Knowledge of leadership and management. Having a degree in management is an asset.  
  • Minimum 2 – 3 years’ experience of working as a WASH Officer/Engineer in a humanitarian/recovery context is an asset.  
  • Previous experience in managing teams onsite or management positions is an asset.  
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts  
  • Technical WASH expertise   
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities  
  • English knowledge  
  • Knowledge of cash-based interventions and market based programmes  

  Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:   

  • Demonstrated experience in conducting rapid emergency assessments in projects.  
  • Manage time effectively, prioritizing tasks and able to work to deadlines.  
  • Good cultural, social, political and security knowledge of the area.  
  • Manage and supervise construction activities.  
  • Previous Experience in designing/developing water networks, and sanitation system. 
  • Knowledge of latrine construction/upgrading and its environmental effects.  
  • Proven communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills with strong experience.  
  • Computer skills. Able to work productively in periods of high stress and activity.  
  • A sense of humor.  
  • Innovative and creative thinker.  
  • Work confidently within a group.  
  • Able to act on initiative, identify opportunities & proactive in putting forward ideas & solutions  
  •  Maintains effective performance under pressure  
  • Able to decide what steps are needed to achieve particular goals and then implement these.   

2. Behavioral competencies These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioural competencies, and the following are essential for this position:  

  • Planning and delivering results  
  • Empowering and building trust  
  • Communicating with impact and respect  
  • Handling insecure environment  

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. 

About the Team

NORCAP solves key challenges in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors, in order to better protect vulnerable people’s lives and rights. We build partnerships and projects with national and international organisations and stakeholders. Skilled NORCAP experts contribute to developing partners’ capacity – to identify and address challenges, improve collaboration and encourage new and innovative approaches. NORCAP is part of the Norwegian Refugee Council.





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