Somalia nationals: WASH Officer

Danish Refugee Council
Baidoa, Somalia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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 Water sanitation and hygiene officer is directly responsible for implementation of all Hygiene Promotion related activities including behavior change communication methodologies (CLTS, PHAST, CHAST), market-based approaches like San Mark and cash-based interventions. This is a country-wide position supporting all area offices in Somalia/land. 




General Duties: 

  • Technically supervise WASH officers (Hygiene Promotion) at the area offices.  
  • Ensure efficient and Effective program implementation while following the budget and work plan. 
  • Participate in preparing monthly/quarterly/annual highlights/ reports and proposals and budgets for donors.  
  • Work with the Hygiene and Sanitation at community level in identifying, mobilizing and sensitizing target communities for sanitation and hygiene promotion. 
  • Together with the government extension staff, specifically, the Community Health staff and Volunteer Community Hygiene Promoters, play a lead role in mapping out communities for village sanitation improvement, especially during the Sanitation Marketing/SanMark, CLTS, PHAST, CHAST role out exercises. 
  • In collaboration with the WASH Officer (water supply), mobilize beneficiary communities to maintain the established/ rehabilitated/ protected water sources through formation of water user committees. 
  • Lead the Hygiene team in the surveys and evaluations to understand the impacts of DRC programs with relation to behavior change and health based indicators. 
  • Lead the WASH teams in developing impact messages for hygiene promotion activities including identifying local artists to promote good hygiene messaging


Coordination and representation: 


  • Collaborate with relevant Internal and External technical experts on issues related to Hygiene Promotion. 
  • Represent DRC at WASH Cluster meetings and other relevant technical coordination meetings with the donor and external partners on all aspects related to hygiene promotion. 
  • Ensure integration of WASH activities with other DRC sectors. 
  • Coordinate with WASH counterparts across the country in the implementation of common funded projects.  
  • Ensure good representation and reputation of WASH Sector at all levels. 
  • Actively participate in internal coordination meeting  
  • Ensure and actively participate in regular sector meetings.


Project development: 


  • Contribute on input for project concepts and proposal documents in respect to WASH. 
  • Develop the project’s M&E tools for monitoring the technical aspects on WASH specific to HP. And Somalia/land National standards. 
  • Prepare WASH daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports to relevant authorities. 
  • Execute other duties as signed by the supervisor, 
  • Support the WASH & Infrastructure Team Leader to monitor financial commitments and expenditures against budgets and provide timely feedback on budget follow ups on a daily/weekly/ annual basis. 
  • Initiate procurements of WASH related NFIs like hygiene kits and ensure their execution. 
  • Ensure the delivery of supplies to the right beneficiaries following DRC’s SOPs.  


 Education, Experience and technical competencies:

  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree in public health, environmental health, sociology and other related arts courses.   
  • WASH or WASH related course from recognized institution. Higher Diploma and diploma holder in related field are also considered but should have 3 years’ experience.
  • At least 3 years' experience in implementing WASH project especially in hygiene promotion using CLTS/PHAST/CHAST methodologies and willing to learn new approaches like sanitation marketing and cash-based interventions. 
  • Thorough knowledge of national and international WASH standards 
  • Strong competence in English and Somali language – written and communication literacy 
  • Proven skills in computer programs (Word, Excel, and statistical packages) 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Excellent skills in report writing and meeting dead lines 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in conflict and post-conflict areas 
  • To establish effective working relations with the other team members and other stakeholders. 
  • Ability to work under pressure and culturally sensitive


  • Fluency in written and spoken English 
  • Fluency in local spoken languages.


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

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

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 ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. 

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:      May 2019 


Duty station:      Baidoa 


Reporting to:     Wash Team Leader


Duration:         One Year with possibility of extensions


The position is open to 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.  



Qualified candidates are invited to access the full job description and the requirements for this position under vacancies at  Please submit applications online using this link by 12th April, 2019.

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. Visit to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.