Somalia nationals: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Assistant

Danish Refugee Council

Baidoa, Somalia 🇸🇴

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Somalia for more than twenty years, where we assist returnees, IDPs and displacement-affected communities in all three regions (Somaliland, Puntland, and Central and Southern Somalia) through protection, service delivery and livelihoods activities to enhance their self-reliance and expand opportunities for a dignified life. DRC provides both humanitarian assistance and longer-term development support to respond to the needs of communities affected by acute crisis as well as those in protracted displacement situations. In the past year, DRC’s strategic focus has shifted towards more durable solutions-oriented programming, linking displacement affected communities to longer-term initiatives to build resilience and recovery.

Overall purpose of the role:

The WASH Assistant will be responsible for the implementation of DRC WASH infrastructure program in Baidoa. The WASH Assistant’s primary function is to assist the WASH Officer in ensuring quality of the planning, implementation and follow up of WASH activities being implemented by DRC. Specifically, the WASH Assistant is expected to conduct the day to day implementation of water, Sanitation and Hygiene activities especially in the areas of intervention in Baidoa. Activities include rehabilitation of public infrastructures such as community infrastructures, WASH interventions.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead the assessment needs regarding WASH in the IDP and host communities in Baidoa and any other areas as per the direction of team leader.
  • Mobilize local authorities and the target communities and stakeholders of the key project objectives and goals and ensure MOUs are signed on time.
  •  Assist in the identification and selection of beneficiaries with the help of local authority and community elders and Ensuring correct MOUs are in place with relevant district/service providers/stakeholders
  • Prepare Work plan and IEC materials in consultation with WASH/Shelter and Settlements Team leader and effectively manage the WASH projects using appropriate tools to ensure projects are delivered on-time, on-budget and to the expected quality. Work with the direction of the WASH team leader.
  • Ensure that the marginalized/ vulnerable communities, including women, participate in each of the project cycle related to WASH activities
  • Facilitate all trainings on WASH by using a participatory approach with high practical involvement and also Support emergency preparedness and response activities as a focal point for the program.
  • Contribute to the development of training and orientation materials. Document results and lessons learned from WASH program implementation including emergency preparedness and response, to promote knowledge sharing with counterparts and WASH stakeholders
  • Liaise with relevant other actors/NGOs, local administrators and IDP leadership for collaborative efforts, amongst others participate to the cluster coordination meetings on WASH and within DRC other sectors like food security and livelihood, protection for proper coordinator of activities
  • Ensuring that all relevant stakeholders have information about the organization’s background, program, objectives, working areas, duration of programs and activities in the field.
  • Ensure proper filling and documentation of the WASH project including carrying our GPS coordinates and mapping of the project activities/areas.
  • Conducting HP Trainings/campaigns and Day to day supervision on CHP and ensure data collected from the beneficiaries as required.
  • Contributing to contingency planning for possible WASH emergency response if required.
  • Ensure proper presentation of the office and professional ethics in controlling movements and ensure security of all the documents.
  • Track and prepare weekly, monthly, field quarterly, all RIFs, PRs for the program and annual progress reports of activities related to WASH programs including documentation beneficiaries and successes stories. Feed budget expenditure information and plan/budget tracking to the WASH team leader.
  • In the absence of the Team Leader WASH, support the WASH project with the close coordination of Program manager and the respective Area Manager
  • Perform any other relevant duties as requested by line Managers and WASH team leader.

Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum At least 1-year programming experience with relevant working experience (Specifically in WASH) in INGO agency or Non-Governmental Organization.
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Good knowledge of sphere and HAP standards
  • Excellent communication skills, calm and a good sense of humor
  • Very good understanding of national WASH policies and strategies, program and stakeholders in Somalia
  • Thorough knowledge of SPHERE Shelter and WASH in emergencies standards.
  • Experience working in volatile areas
  • Experience in community-based interventions
  • Experience in Microsoft Office and internet
  • Knowledge of GPS, Arc GIS and Google Earth


Diploma in water engineer or equivalent professional qualification.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Somali

Key stakeholders: (internal and external)


  • DRC field/area staff


  • Local government authorities
  • Community beneficiaries
  • Other NGOs operating in Baidoa
  • WASH Cluster


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

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching target villages carry out the survey process in each assigned area. 
  • Collaborating: You are a strong networker and enjoy working with many different types of stakeholders, you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback. 
  • Taking the lead: You take accuracy and completeness of information that is gathered.
  •  Communicating: You listen to other stakeholders and staff; and you communicate concisely and persuasively.
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values


Availability:      6th May 2022.

Duty station:    Baidoa.

Reporting to:    Area Manager.

Duration:           7 Months.

The position is open to Somali Nationals ONLY

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.


DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (  All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.


Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post. We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.   

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on  under Vacancies no later than 6th May 2022.  

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DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

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Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply!