WASH Officer/WASH Cluster Coordinator (UN)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)


This is an opportunity to join NORCAPs pool of Wash experts. NORCAP deploys experts to support individual agencies, governments, regional and international organisations and this position(s) is for Talent pool.

Being a member of the NORCAP expert pool means that you can be offered several assignments within your area of expertise in different contexts. Deployments normally last 6-12 months. You will also have the opportunity to connect with a large number of experienced colleagues and exchange knowledge.


The mission of The Programme is to help countries, and to coordinator international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

At the country level, the incumbent will provide technical expertise in planning, monitoring, evaluating, coordinating and implementing support of environmental health interventions with a focus on provision of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, hygiene, and infection control (with focus on safe and dignified burial of contagious bodies, medical waste management). 


During deployment duties may be modified, based upon the needs of the Programme.

  1. Provide emergency rapid assessment expertise for WASH (water, hygiene, sanitation, waste management), vector control and infection control inventory and needs in the health facilities and for the health activities in response to the emergency situation.
  2. Monitor and report on country progress on WASH activities within the health facilities and for health activities in the context of the incident management system. Evaluate gaps and needs and propose remedial actions for improvement.
  3. Advice, and when required provide onsite support to the health partners on WASH, proactively co-design and coordinate the implementation of plans to build up or rehabilitate emergency health facilities.
  4. Provide onsite support to ensure applicability and appropriate implementation of the recommended infection control activities in the health facilities and for the health activities, specifically for medical waste management, safe and dignified burial of infectious bodies, health staff and patients protection.
  5. Verify that WASH, vector control and infection control activities are conducted and set up in the health facilities in compliance with Sphere and Standards.
  6. Secure water, hygiene, sanitation and infection control expertise within the WASH cluster, providing implementation guidance.
  7. Lead the training for partners to build up local competences and ease the implementation the water, hygiene and sanitation standard for all health activities.
  8. Write required evaluation or situation reports to ensure appropriated communication with lead and all related technical experts.
  9. Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.


  • An Advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in engineering, health of humanitarian logistics or other related field from an accredited/recognized institute, with specialization in water and sanitation.
  • Complementary studies in public health water, sanitation and hygiene is desirable
  • Degree or training in computer applications in water and sanitation project design and related database systems, is desirable.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in the design and implementation of water and sanitation assessment and/or the design and management of related projects in emergency situations. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative actions with national authorities.
  • Some experience or a sound knowledge of UN organizations/agencies, health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations, international institutions or NGOs. is desirable
  • Excellent knowledge of English. French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic or Russian is an advantage.
  • Good computer skills in Microsoft Office.


  •  Creating an empowering and motivating environment.
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources.
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond.
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences

Functional Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of emergency response situations in the field of water and sanitation with proven ability to identify and solve technical problems in difficult circumstances.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, with proven ability to elaborate and implement projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to promote cohesive action and convince officials with tact and diplomacy.
  • Knowledge of, the UN system or a nongovernmental organization (NGO) work in the field of response relief and/or of their practices and procedures as related to the work.

We can offer

  • Rewarding work for a renowned global organisation 
  • Access to a network of humanitarian, peace, and development professionals  
  • Join NORCAP’s team of experts and be considered for future assignments elsewhere  
  • A dedicated Staff Care Unit

Based on what you have read in the above, would you like to help strengthen the quality, relevance and impact of humanitarian response? If so, you are encouraged to apply to join NORCAP’s pool of experts.

Application procedures and CV registration:

  • Please note that only applications made in English will be considered and please include all relevant education and career history within your application. In addition, you can upload your CV should you wish.
  • 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
  • NRC reserves the right to conduct a full background check on shortlisted candidates
  • Approved Health Certificate will be required prior to contract commencement and deployment
  • All applicants will get feedback within four weeks after the closing of this advertisement.
  • NORCAP values diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.
  • Apply before 26th March 2023, 23.59 PM (Oslo time)


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.

NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.


At NORCAP, we work to better protect and empower people affected by crises and climate change. With expertise in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors, we collaborate with local, national and international partners on finding solutions to meet the needs of people at risk. NORCAP is part of the Norwegian Refugee Council.





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