Senior Program Officer (WASH & Shelter) via ReliefWeb

Islamic Relief

Mogadishu, Somalia 🇸🇴


The holder of this position will fulfill a key role in project delivering and expected to provide effective coordination, fundraising, and technical management of all wash and Shelter activities within IR project areas. The Senior Officer will be IR focal and technical head in all WASH and shelter projects and interventions.


Direct: NONE

Budget Responsibilities: As delegated by Programmes Coordinator

Role Dimensions: Liaises With: Senior officer on Food and Livelihood Security. Health, Gender, ART, M&E, Operation, Finance and staff from other support units.


  • Ensure that all the BoQ and design of any infrastructure is developed according to the project, such as latrines, earth pans, Hafirs, Sand dam, berkads, temporally housing and other key WASH activities. – Attend all WASH cluster COORDINATION through the routine monthly and any other adhoc meetings – Participate in any WASH assessments and any other joint assessments. – Maintain proper records all WASH activities and other intervention as per the design of the projects – Ensure that proper record keeping is maintained and that there is enough publicity for the projects – Submit all the records and briefing to the Programme/ Coordinators/Manager and submit the project interim and final reports including weekly and monthly reports – Submit 4wd MATRIX to the cluster on a monthly basis. – Identification of project sites for the intervention (site identification) including conducting baseline and need assessments whenever needed. – Design All shelter requirement of organization intervention including BOQ design, supervision and quality checks – Prepare detail implementation plan of the projects and Identification of beneficiaries – Responsible to ensure high quality of work is maintained for the realization of the project objectives by ensuring designs and specifications are followed by the contractors/suppliers – Participation and collaboration with the community leaders to sensitize and mobilize the communities and signing of MOUs and other agreements where necessary. – Record and ensure there is adequate documentation of the projects – Submit interim and final report of the project to the Manager/coordinators and the project officer – Fund raise and lead in the development of all WASH proposals – Advise Coordinator and the Manager on issues relating to WASH and shelter. – Ensure regular communication and updates of the project progress through email, telephone to the Manager and provide weekly reports to the Country Director – Field visit to target households, cross checking and update accordingly on regular basis. – Support the monitoring of project activities and assisting with reporting (monthly report, interim report, final report, Intervention completion report); – Facilitate and support disaster preparedness and public information activities identified and requested by the Humanitarian Coordinator. – External coordination with respective line ministries and clusters on regular basis and project update sharing. – Be familiar with, and ensure the adherence to, the organization’s policies and procedures. – Abide by the NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct, the People in Aid Code, HAP, and Islamic Relief’s policies and procedures. – Any other assignment given by supervisor/line management. – Design and draw all architectural designs for BH, Shelter, water and any other IR programmes that requires technical designs. – Attend shelter cluster and submit 4WD on IR shelter intervention – Provide Monthly WASH and Shelter progress reports


  • Work independently on tasks related to project planning and implementation with periodic reporting and direction from supervisor;
  • Make decisions on project implementation and its daily management responsibly based on available resources, skills and knowledge of staff and access to affected communities;
  • Ensure implementation of locally appropriate and feasible projects in close consultation with local authorities and communities;
  • Proper management of financial resources, equipment and project utilities.
  • Work in adherence to IR’s policies and procedures.
  • Network with government, local and regional NGO and private sectors as deem appropriate to promote, build links, and seek support to create market for goods and services of project beneficiaries

Innovation and standardization

  • Develop country-based quality benchmarks for WASH and shelter
  • Develop standards practice with design for various construction requirements
  • Develop standards and quality assurance checklist for WASH and shelter
  • Bring any other innovation on programming


• Must have a ‘hands on’, practical mentality, be self-driven and very motivated.

• Must be well organized.

• Able to take initiative and work independently.

• Very high attention to detail.

• Cultural and political sensitivity.

• Must be flexible and willing to adapt to a fluid situation.

• Strong written and verbal communications skills and good command of English.

• Good interpersonal skills.


  • A university degree of civil engineer, Architecture, Environmental engineering, water engineer, construction management and other relevant field from world standard recognized university.


  • Minimum of 05 years’ experience in shelter, water management, infrastructure building and constructions, shelter experience including at least 05 years working for national and international NGOs in Wash sector;
  • Experienced in Somalia water management policies

Knowledge of community-based approaches in humanitarian and development settings is desirable.

  • Competency with the analysis of contextual information, and developing clear, informed recommendations.
  • Proficiency in English (Written and spoken) is essential
  • Good IT skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and Excel is essential.

Additional experience

  • Willing to adapt to IRW’s norms and values without compromising personal beliefs and principles.
  • Excellent communication skills – able to communicate and report effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Willing and able to work long hours as required and meet deadlines.
  • Commitment to participatory approaches when working with communities.
  • Willing to learn local mechanisms, culture and humanitarian and development ,Able to build productive working relationships; work as part of a team, and support colleagues.
  • Communicates honestly, openly, and consistently. Shares information appropriately and ensure that views of all members of the team are freely expressed.
  • Good numeracy skills with knowledge of local markets and cost estimating are desirable.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to build working relationships quickly and to work sensitively with people from various cultural and social backgrounds.
  • Able to form recommendations for creative solutions in problem solving.
  • Energetic and able to operate in situations which may be arduous.
  • Should be prepared mentally to do extensive field work and visit other locations within the Somalia.
  • Able to work flexible hours when necessary and strive towards task completion.
  • Ability to work on your own initiative as well as a part of a team.
  • The post holder MUST shows a good understanding of humanitarian principles and sympathy with Islamic Relief’s values,

How to apply

Application process:

Each application should be addressed to the HR account:

-An updated CV and application letter • Copy of your passport.

– Contact information for three work-related referees.

– Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed.

-Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. IRW is an equal opportunity employer.

Note: Please make sure the job title in the mail subject line is clear as Senior Program Officer- WASH & Shelter – Mogadishu





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development