Iraq nationals: WASH Officer (Engineering)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Ramadi, , IQ

Since the Government of Iraq declared that combat operations against the Islamic State Group (IS) had ended in 2017, Iraq has been recovering from the significant damage and destruction caused by the armed conflict. Of the more than six million Iraqis who fled their homes since 2014, 4.5 million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin and 1.4 million remain internally displaced. Many Iraqis have returned to areas that lack basic infrastructure, services and livelihood opportunities, or where explosive devices have not been cleared. Other challenges returnees and secondarily displaced people face include the lack of security, community acceptance, housing, property and civil documentation issues as well as critical educational and health service gaps. Throughout this, Iraq continues to host over a quarter of a million Syrian refugees.

The UN estimates that more than 4.1 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2020, 1.77 million of them in acute need. With military operations against IS group having ended, the Iraqi government faces new challenges to ensure an inclusive reconstruction and reconciliation that will sustain peace.

Since 2010, NRC Iraq has been assisting internally displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees, returnees, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra, Salahdeen and Anbar Governorates.  

We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those experiencing protracted displacement in camps, and people returning to and living in hard-to-reach places by improving their chance of obtaining a durable solution.  NRC runs integrated programmes across Iraq to respond to people in need using our shelter and settlements, education, camp management, legal assistance, livelihoods
The purpose of the WASH Officer position is day to day implementation of the Shelter Project. The WASH Officer vary from the officer position by providing a range of support within their area of expertise e.g. starting the project with coordination of community and beneficiaries on project site, giving advice and monitoring for implementing project on project site and doing coordination with stakeholder

Duties and responsibilities

  • Actively participate and conduct WASH field assessments. Conduct door to door visits to the households and correctly fill assessment related forms and questionnaires.
  • Organize communities into groups and committees as per the requirements of the project and help in the developing of group/committees data base.
  • In consultation with IDPs/host communities, develop ToRs (Term of Reference) and ToP (Term of Partnership) with community’s groups/committees.
  • Focal person for communities dealing and provide workable social pate form project implementation.
  • Explain to the beneficiaries the project implementation methodology, scope of work, selection criteria and any other related beneficiary project documents.
  • Actively participate in community mobilization activities:  trainings, focus group discussions, meetings and workgroup discussions
  • In collaboration with the WASH Engineer and Hygiene Promoter, archive project related documents both in hard and soft copies.
  • Actively participate in capacity building trainings, workshops and seminars organized/referred by NRC.
  • Daily reports to the WASH/Shelter Coordinator on progress of the activities as well as any challenges or obstacles identified in the field.
  • Ensure that WASH activities are implemented in accordance with NRC’s standards and planning as well Government rules and regulations.
  • Any other duties assigned by supervisor.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • Minimum 3 years of experience from working as a Project Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context hard education preferably construction.
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • Technical WASH expertise.
  • Civil Engineer Degree/construction.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting rapid emergency assessments in projects.
  • Experience in working in insecure/conflict environments.
  • Manage time effectively, prioritizing tasks, and able to work to deadlines.
  • Computer skills. Able to work productively in periods of high stress and activity.
  • Work confidently within a group.
  • Able to act on initiative, identify opportunities & proactive in putting forward ideas & solutions.
  • Maintains effective performance under pressure.
  • Able to decide what steps are needed to achieve particular goals and then implement these.
  • Proven communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills with strong experience.
  • Good report-writing skills.
  • Fluent in English written and spoken

Additional Information

  • Contract period: 7 Months
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions 
  • Duty station: Ramadi 
  • Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply 
    NRC is an equal opportunity employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.
  • For full position details please click on Job Discreption





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