Ethiopia nationals: WASH/Shelter Technical Officer

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Assosa, Ethiopia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is present in five regions in Ethiopia, providing refugees and internally displaced people with emergency relief and help them to rebuild their lives. NRC works within the sectors of Education, Shelter, WASH, Livelihood and Food Security, ICLA (Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance), and Child Protection. 

Roles & Responsibilities: 

The WASH/Shelter Technical Officer will be based in Assosa Office with travels within Benishangul Gumuz region and BG/Oromia border. He/she will work under the supervision of the WASH/Shelter Coordinator, according to and as reflected in objectives stated in project description and budgets to donors and in line with NRC policy programme, as well as with Plan of Action and strategy in place in the country.

Job description

Generic responsibilities 

  • Ensure compliance with NRC policies, guidelines and standards 
  • Ensure compliance with WASH & Shelter CC strategies, tools, handbooks, guidelines and standards 
  • WASH and Shelter specific technical responsibility for implementation of technical activities of WASH and Shelter project(s) 
  • WASH/Shelter specific technical responsibility for tracking of financial expenditures for technical activities of WASH and Shelter project(s) 
  • WASH/Shelter specific technical responsibility for the quality control and monitoring of project activities 
  • WASH and Shelter specific technical responsibility for project documentation of technical activities of WASH and Shelter project(s) 
  • Provide specific technical support and capacity building towards project staff 
  • Provide specific technical analysis and feedback to NRC representatives in coordination forums 
  • Assess, promote and document ideas for technical improvement and further program development options 
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist 
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy 
  • Monitor and document the implementation of project activities done by implementing partners and/or contractors (plan of action activities, contracts, financial expenditures and project documentation) 

Specific responsibilities 

  • Implement WASH and Shelter activities in line with relevant standards, codes of conduct and humanitarian principles 
  • Plan and carry out technical needs assessments, baseline and end line survey and feedback findings for internal and external use 
  • Facilitate appropriate community involvement in the design and delivery of WASH and Shelter services and facilities 
  • Prepare BOQ, Technical Specifications and Drawings for WASH and Shelter facilities as deemed necessary 
  • Ensure that standards (Sphere and National Standards) and specifications for activities are adhered to and give recommendations to the management as necessary 
  • Ensure cross-cutting issues, like gender mainstreaming and environment protection, are incorporated into the WASH and Shelter programming 
  • Ensure that protection is mainstreamed into WASH and Shelter programming 
  • Assist the WASH/Shelter Coordinator in the development of rapid response and contingency plans 
  • Assess and advise on capacity building needs within the team to ensure effective developments of quality standards for the WASH and Shelter activities 
  • Ensure progress monitoring and support M&E activities (i.e. PDMs, PIMs, endline surveys) 
  • Coordinate with the entire WASH and Shelter teams to ensure that all the aspects of the response (engineering and soft components) are integrated 
  • Contribute to the development of case studies of best practices in WASH and Shelter programming 
  • Support other teams in the region when required


Generic professional competencies: 

  • Experience from working as a Project Officer in the WASH or Shelter sectors in humanitarian/recovery contexts 
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts 
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities 
  • Degree in Civil Engineering, Water Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Environmental Engineering or any other relevant discipline 
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Fluency in local Languages is highly desirable 

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience: 

  • Knowledge of the operating context in Benishangul Gumuz and Oromia regions 
  • Experience with start-up of projects 
  • Experience in undertaking training of staff or target groups 
  • Proven ability to use MS Office software (especially Word and Excel) is essential. 
  • Ccomputer literacy of technical software (i.e. AUTOCAD, GIS, EPANET) is an asset 
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of SPHERE links to emergency and longer-term development practice

Education field

  • Engineering sciences & technology

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities

  • Managing resources and achieving results 
  • Handling insecure environments 
  • Working with people 
  • Communicating with impact and respect 
  • Managing performance


  • English

We offer

  • Commencement: ASAP, shortlisting and Interviews will continue as applications are received 
  • Contract period: Six month 
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions 
  • Duty station: Assosa with travel to the fields