WASH Coordinator

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Kandahar, Afghanistan 🇦🇫

Purpose of the Job

The Project Coordinator (PC) for WASH shall work under the guidance of the Area program Manager to fulfil the objectives of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) as stated in the Policies of the Programme, the Country Strategy, the Project Proposal and the running Activity Plan and budget. Any changes from these plans shall be reported immediately to the Area Managers. PC is expected to follow NRC’s routines and guidelines for project governance applicable for the particular project.  The WASH PC is responsible for the overall planning and coordination of the WASH projects across the country.

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 Professional Development Plan.

  1. Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  2. Support and contribute to the development and implementation of M&E systems, including M&E SOPs, guidance and tools.
  3. Participate in programme design and proposal discussions, including theory of change development, log frame design and budgeting for M&E.
  4. Support programme staff in planning for and executing M&E, including, data collection methodology and tools and data management, analysis and use.
  5. Support the implementation, dissemination and use of evaluations, assessments and monitoring data in programme development, adjustment or review.
  6. Contribute to organisational learning through supporting specific analysis, lessons learned and reports.
  7. Capacity building and training of programme and M&E support staff on M&E technical and conceptual areas.
  8. Supervise and mentor M&E support staff in executing M&E plans.
  9. Contribute to the design of M&E staffing structure and resourcing, including collaboration with programme staff to identify and plan for M&E needs.
  10. Any other task ….

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

  1. In close collaboration with the WASH specialist and Area program Manager, expand, develop, coordinate and manage NRC’s WASH projects in Area level.
  2. Prepare/develop narrative and budgets for proposals in conjunction with Finance and Administration Manager (FAM), Logistic Manager and WASH specialist.
  3. Report monthly on all NRC WASH activities by donors.
  4. Contribute to the development of NRC’s Country strategy, action plan and activities plan and priorities in the WASH/NFI sector.
  5. Assess the areas of operation regarding construction in cooperation with national and local authorities and in close collaboration with the Area program Manager.
  6. Prepare/develop narrative and budgets for proposals of projects in conjunction with Area program Manager and the WASH Specialist.
  7. Contribute to the revised budgets as required.
  8. Develop/ensure procedures for the implementation of the construction program in accordance with NRC principles and ways of working.
  9. Exchange on a regular basis idea /information with WASH specialist Area program manager.
  10. Document technical issues and questions, and channel to the WASH specialist through the APM.
  11. Ensure that constructions are in accordance with norms and standards.
  12. Ensure a constructive co-operation with NRC’s other programmes.
  13. Communicate regularly with the NRC construction staff, offering support and advice as relevant and taking note of their experiences and suggestions.
  14. Ensure a constructive co-operation with Area authorities.
  15. Ensure a constructive co-operation with other international and National NGOs as well as the UN family, particularly in the Habitat / Construction sector.
  16. Participate in relevant meetings.
  17. Actively promote the rights of IDPs/returnees
  18. Any other task relevant to the position as requested by the APM.


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 for this position:

  • At least 3-4 years’ experience in WASH. 
  • Bachelor degree in engineering or medical science , master preferred
  • Strategy and project planning:
  • Area operations:
  • Staff capacity building:
  • Implementation:

Context related skills, knowledge and experience (shall be adapted to the specific position):

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organisational and team working skills
  • Good cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Highly approachable, trustworthy and confidential
  • Advanced English Language level (Business English is a plus)
  • Knowledge of the NGO operations and the dynamics of the humanitarian sector is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Proven presentation, training and facilitation skills
  • Goal oriented and visionary.
  • Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.
  • Ability and willingness to work and live under difficult circumstances.
  • Flexible, creative and sense of humor.

2. Behavioural 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:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Working with people
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Analysing
  • Handling insecure environments

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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