WASH Officer

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Asosa, Ethiopia 🇪🇹


Role and responsibilities

The WASH Engineer will assist the WASH Coordinator in providing technical support in the development of NRC’s WASH programming and high quality technical planning and implementation of inputs for resulting schedule of work and monitoring agree indicators.

Generic responsibilities

  • Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Implement delegated 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
  • Capacity building of the WASH Assistants.
  • Supervision of contractors engaged by NRC to ensure work is done as per drawings, technical specification and to the highest quality standard.
  • Preparation of reports, technical guidelines, drawings, BOQs and other strategic documentations.
  • Ensure smooth running and uninterrupted water reticulation system in the implementation in the refugee camps.

Specific responsibilities

  • Supervise the water supply and sanitation construction activities (Shallow wells, deep wells, solar pump installation, pipe line expansion, reservoir construction, rehabilitation) in highly technical manner
  • Conducting water quality analyses (bacteriological, chemical and physical)
  • Project planning for construction activities and water pipeline installation in the IDP sites.
  • Conduct topographical surveys and plot longitudinal profiles to ensure proper hydraulic design of the water supply systems
  • Schedule and prepare work plans for field activities in consultation with the entire WASH team
  • Prepare job contracts, supervise work and process payments upon job completion and submit to the WASH Coordinator
  • Monitor maintenance stock levels, and ensure timely and appropriate replenishment.
  • Ensures that standards and specifications for works and materials deliveries are adhered to and gives recommendation(s) to the management as necessary, including certification of completed works for payments
  • Supervise the construction and rehabilitation of water supplies interventions (hand dug wells, shallow wells, deep wells), latrines in strict adherence to the set regulations, WHO, UNHCR and the SPHERE standards.
  • Ensure all the delivered materials conform to the minimum standards required and utilize effectively.
  1. Competencies  

Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results.

1. Professional competencies

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies:

  • Experience from working as a WASH Engineer/ Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts as WASH Engineer
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Proven practical experience undertaking water supply designs, civil works and implementation both rural and urban systems for at least 3 years. Refugee camp experience preferred.
  • Some knowledge of English

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of AutoCAD, WaterCAD or any civil works design software is highly desirable
  • Experience in operation and maintenance of large water supply system (peri-urban or urban)
  • Proven practical experience undertaking water quality analysis (bacteriological, chemical and physical) in a busy institution or organization.
  • Experience of working with INGO in a similar capacity will be an added advantage
  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to explain and present complex technical information
  • Sensitivity to the needs and priorities of disadvantaged populations (minority groups etc)
  • Team work
  • Cultural awareness and experience of working of different stakeholders  
  • Community mobilisation skills
  • Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is essential
  • Excellent capacity building and facilitative supervision skills.

Behavioral competencies

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




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development