WASH Cluster Co-Coordinator

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

South Sudan 🇸🇸

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

The overall objective of this position is to ensure the WASH Cluster is functionally achieving effective humanitarian coordination in the field of WASH response in South Sudan. The specific objective of the agreement is to ensure an active involvement of NGO WASH stakeholders in Cluster activities to ensure a coherent and effective response by WASH partners in a strategic manner to a humanitarian crisis.

The three expected results are as follows:

1. NGOs concerns and priorities are adequately brought up to WASH co-lead
2. WASH stakeholders are encouraged to participate in WASH Cluster events
3. WASH Cluster coordination effectiveness is reinforced

NRC as the NGO Co-Lead Agency for WASH will appoint a Cluster Co-Coordinator, full time and fully independent from NRC programs. The WASH Co-Coordinator will be reporting to NRC for all contractual arrangements and will be accountable to the NGOs (both international and national) partners of the cluster.

Job description

  • The WASH Cluster Co-Coordinator, as a representative of NGO interests in the WASH Cluster, will assume the following responsibilities;
  • Participate in HRP, CERF, CHF and Flash Appeals processes and represent NGOs/Cluster Partners during the processes of defenses before the respective boards.
  • Develop a cluster strategy that ensures appropriate NGO inclusion.
  • Establish regular exchange with NNGOs and INGOs mechanisms.
  • Ensure that NGO WASH partners have equal and fair access to all Humanitarian Common Services (HCS) such as Logs Cluster and Core Pipeline.
  • Represent the NGO community at the monthly WASH Cluster meetings.
  • Contribute to the production of WASH documents (policies, strategies, work plans, advocacy briefs, and bulletins) with appropriate view and technical input from NGO WASH partners.
  • Work closely with the UN co-lead agency UNICEF to ensure effective collaboration between UN and NGOs
  • Motivate NGOs to participate in WASH events (coordination meetings, working groups, training, workshop, assessments, etc.).
  • Represent the NGO interests various in humanitarian forums where needed.


  • University degree in WASH related discipline.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Humanitarian assistance.
  • Strong leadership and coordination skills.
  • Considerable relevant field experience in WASH projects in humanitarian and development programs preferable with non-governmental organizations and in more than one country.
  • Experience and/or understanding of WASH related issues in humanitarian and development context.
  • Experience in management and capacity building of teams in complex contexts.
  • Proven record of training/skills development of individuals and teams, including partner organizations.
  • Proven ability to analyze complex humanitarian and recovery contexts at local and national level, monitor changes and translate into appropriate strategic planning
  • Good assessment, analytical, monitoring and evaluating and planning skills and project management skills to enable program delivery.
  • Ability to consolidate and triangulate information received from various sources
  • Good communication skills
  • Working experience in South Sudan is preferred
  • Be committed to putting aside their NGO’s organizational interest and work on behalf of all cluster members equally.
  • Be technically competent in the cluster systems, procedures and governance structures.
  • Able to maintain good relationships with all relevant stakeholder counterparts.
  • Be able to work with diverse stakeholders to develop consensus.
  • Understand and have experience in setting, chairing and preparing minutes of meetings.
  • Know how to present ideas effectively and clearly while listening and acknowledging others’ perspectives and views.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the international humanitarian response and coordination mechanisms, and humanitarian reform.
  • Able to take into consideration the interests of NGOs (international and national) while advocating or lobbying for any cause. The cluster is guided by the principles of neutrality, impartiality and advocacy for all.
  • Able to represent the cluster at any forum.
  • Experience working with UN agencies on WASH matters.
  • Able to dedicate time to support cluster activities.
  • Demonstrate personal and professional integrity in all interactions.
  • Able to provide effective leadership.
  • Pro-active.

We offer

  • Commencement: ASAP
  • Contract period: 12 Months
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s International general directions
  • Duty station: Juba
  • Application procedures and CV registration: Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the “Company name” field for both company and location

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected