Iran nationals: Shelter and WASH Officer

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

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About NRC
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, food security, livelihoods, legal assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors. The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 6000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. NRC runs the world’s largest standby rosters NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours’ notice when a crisis occurs.  

NRC in the Islamic Republic of Iran
NRC started operations in Iran in 2012. We currently deliver humanitarian assistance in 9 provinces in the sectors of Education, Food Security and livelihoods, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Shelter construction, as well as Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA). We co-lead several technical inter-agency working groups and provide capacity building to humanitarian partners in country. Next to our programs, NRC Iran also built an advocacy unit to develop joint messages and initiatives among INGOs to improve rights of the displaced.   Following several recent breakthroughs, NRC Iran is scaling up substantially its activities in support of the Government of Iran efforts towards an estimated 3,6 million Afghans residing in country and is expanding its programme unit.       

Generic responsibilities

  • Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines in order to improve the quality of the activities
  • Implement delegated Shelter and WASH project portfolio according to plan of action
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  • Ensure proper filing of documents
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and assess new and better ways to assist
  • Promote and share ideas for technical improvement, methods and approaches and contribution to the development of materials and programmatic tools
  • Promote the rights of refugees and displaced in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Identify and report protection needs and gaps, explore and propose new and safer ways to assist

Specific responsibilities

  • Assist as necessary in the preparation of gap analysis, proposals, budget utilization reports
  • Contribute to the preparation of technical drawings and specifications for the implementation of Shelter/WASH activities
  • Conduct regular needs assessments including joint school assessments with the
  • Education CC to determine the needs for school rehabilitation
  • Contribute to calculate the bill of quantities (BoQ) and preparation of cost estimations aligned with standards and within the allocated budget
  • Conduct quality control and provide technical support to NRC’s contractors
  • Support NRC Logistics and Finances Department preparing the required documents for tendering processes for the implementation of Shelter/WASH activities
  • Monitor progress of construction works and document
  • Conduct community mobilization and beneficiary selection activities
  • Hand over services to beneficiaries, including reconciliation of deliverables 
  • Provide input in the development of monitoring tools and use them to constantly observe and report on quantity and quality of implemented work

Generic professional competencies:

  • At least 3 years of experience from working with similar responsibilities in Shelter and WASH activities including Construction or rehabilitation works or supervision
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile context, preferably working with Gov. bodies
  • Fluency in English and Persian, both written and spoken
  • Experience working with NGO/INGO will be a plus
  • Experience in community mobilization will be a plus
  • Experience responding to natural disasters will be a plus

Context/specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • University degree in Civil Engineering, Architecture, Water and Sanitation Engineering, Project Management, Public Health or Environmental Sanitation
  • Ability in related software such as AutoCAD, REVIT, MS project and Microsoft Office
  • Comprehensive construction capabilities ensuring an effective onsite technical monitoring
  • Ability to provide technical solutions to address probable shortcomings in contracts, work implementation, etc.
  • Basic knowledge of Iranian labor law, taxation regulation and contract and project cycle management
  • Capacity to work with project database (such as distribution and beneficiary lists)
  • Certification from the Iranian Construction Engineering Organization (CEO) on Designing / Calculation, Monitoring and or Construction (grade 3 to 1) is a desirable

Behavioural competencies:

  • Planning and delivering results
  • Working with people
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Analysing
  • Coping with change
  • Initiating action and change
  • Influencing

We can offer:

Contract: By end of 2020
Salary based on NRC grade structure
Duty Station: Tehran with 70% travel to the field (Zahedan)





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