Tanzania nationals: WASH Technical Assistant

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Nyarugusu Camp, Tanzania
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, emergency food security, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors. 

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters, NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours’ notice when a crisis occurs. 

In mid-April 2016, NRC conducted a pre-assessment mission in the refugee camps in north western Tanzania and the assessment revealed that the humanitarian situation for the refugees requires urgent intervention and NRC therefore decided to establish an operational office in Kibondo town, to respond in Mtendeli and/or Nduta refugee camps. The initial interventions will focus in three sectors; shelter, WASH and education (initially construction of permanent classrooms). 

To apply for this position please go to NRC website at www.nrc.no and follow the "VACANCIES" link. 

Email and paper applications will not be considered.

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

The purpose of the assistant position is to assist in the day to day implementation WASH project.

Job description

  • Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines 
  • Assist with the implementation of the support function portfolio according to plan of action 
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management 
  • Ensure proper filing of documents 
  • Promote and share ideas for improvement of the support function 
  • Supervise latrine construction activities in the camp and ensure that they are performed effectively so as to meet the set standards. 
  • Collect and Collate data from the field in line with latrine construction and prepare regular reports on activities implemented. 
  • Conduct daily assessment and supervision of latrine material distribution from the warehouses to the beneficiaries with the help of the distribution supervisor to ensure only quality and right material is issued.
  • Work with the team and come up with innovative designs for latrine construction. 
  • Request materials for distribution with the help of WASH Assistant (Sanitation) 
  • Provide latrine construction trainings and assessment to the construction team through the masons on a regular basis to ensure only qualified persons are given these responsibilities. 
  • Assist the WASH Officer in providing technical support in the development of NRC’s sanitation programming on latrine construction and maintenance. 
  • Supervise and ensure fabrication of quality and durable latrine slabs. 
  • Conduct post construction inspection of the already constructed latrines before issuance of completion certificates. 
  • Organize and conduct community mobilization through the WASH committees and community leaders and have an awareness creation on latrine allocation and distribution of the targeted communities and schools using appropriate participatory methodologies 
  • Maintain a daily reporting schedule for all latrine activities including the issuance of materials and slabs. 
  • Assist and coordinate with the other sister sectors in the implementation of project services. 
  • Conduct any other duty as may be assigned by the WASH Officer (Sanitation and Solid Waste Management). 
  • Coordinating activities and resolving any disputes which may arise on the job site. 
  • Evaluating workmanship and quality of work done


  • Experience from working as an WASH Assistant or Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context 
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities 
  • Fluency in English, oral and written 
  • Participate in appropriate professional development of project portfolio 
  • At all times in and outside work adhere to NRC Code of Conduct 
  • Technical background in Construction Engineering Minimum of Trade test in Carpentry and/or Masonry or similar relevant discipline. With not less than 2 years working experience 
  • Proven practical knowledge in the planning and execution of WASH Program in a humanitarian and development program 
  • Experience in undertaking hygiene promotion activities and construction of latrines will be an added advantage. 
  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to explain and present technical information. 
  • Experience in capacity building and training of staff and target groups. 
  • Political and cultural awareness and experience of working where insecurity is a major issue. 
  • Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is essential; fluency in Kiswahili is highly desirable. 
  • Ability to work independently in a result oriented multi-tasking and multi-cultural environment and manage conflicting priorities. 
  • Sensitivity to the needs of disadvantaged populations (minority groups). 
  • Demonstrated experience of integrating gender and diversity issues into WASH Programming.

Education field

  • Civil engineering / construction

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities

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

We offer

  • Duty station: Nyarugusu Camp 
  • Contract period is for 11 months with possibility of extension. 
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions, The candidate will observe NRC’s code of conduct and working hours for the NRC Office in Nyarugusu.