Somalia nationals: Project Assistant (WASH)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Hudur, , SO

Founded in 1946, today the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) works in both new and protracted crises across 31 countries. Our 6,000 employees provide life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. NRC specializes in six areas: food security, education, shelter, legal assistance, camp management, and water, sanitation and hygiene. NRC is a determined advocate for displaced people.

We promote and defend their rights and dignity in local communities, with national governments and in the international arena. NRC’s expert deployment capacity, NORCAP, boasts around 1,000 experts from all over the world who can be deployed within 72 hours. NORCAP experts help improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. 

NRC in Somalia
NRC has been active in Somalia since 2004 with four area offices in Kismayu, Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa, providing protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees in Somaliland, Puntland, South Central and Jubbaland regions.

NRC offers a comprehensive response for returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences; Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).

The purpose of the position is day to day implementation of the WASH Project activities in Hudur.

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the recruitment process and start date may be delayed. Nevertheless, we encourage qualified candidates to apply and we will inform shortlisted applicants of any changes as the process evolves. Thank you for your understanding.

Duties and responsibilities

Generic responsibilities

  • Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines.            
  • Implement delegated 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 asses new and better ways to assist.
  • Monitor and report on the WASH project activities and ensure compliance with plans and NRC standards.
  • Mobilize communities and community leaders for the building materials, construction activities and maintenance of structures.
  • Suggest new methods and approaches in order to improve the quality of the activities .  
  •  Report all protection related concerns in the field.
  • Carry out data collection as required.

Specific responsibilities        
  • Promote safe WASH practices, including appropriate use and maintenance of WASH facilities and services.
  • Help plan and carry out needs assessments, baseline studies and periodic studies, and feedback findings to the stakeholders.
  • Represent NRC in Bakool region – Liaise with community leaders and other sectors and agencies working locally in order to coordinate within the WASH sector and between sectors such as Health and Shelter.
  • Provide field information with the WASH Manager to initiate development of project concept notes and proposal documents in respect to water, hygiene and sanitation.
  • Establish and oversee implementation of systems for efficiently controlling the quality of technical works; closely tracking works progress against payment and work plans, and controlling the quality of the final construction outputs as per donor and user community expectations.          
  • Participate in the development of monitoring tools for the Water, sanitation and hygiene activities.
  • Update and maintain all departmental filing system including contracts, beneficiary lists, reports e.g. (Field visit, monthly and quarterly reports).
  • Prepare and follow up of procurements plans, beneficiary and projects database matrix, project tracking sheets and other required reports. 
  • Facilitate appropriate community involvement in the design and delivery of essential WASH services and facilities.
  • Conduct hygiene promotion activities in the IDP camps and schools under guidance of the WASH Officer/Wash Manager.
  • Coordinate and mobilize community user groups, including formation of effective household based sanitation committees and water user management committees to within each of the two refugee camps.
  • Carry out informal and formal training sessions (according to identified needs) and evaluate the impacts of this training.
  • Raise the awareness on issues relevant to the community and encourage their participation in projects. 
  • Ensure mainstreaming of all cross-cutting issues in implementation of activities.
  • Train the IDP community on settlement care, maintenance, and protection issues related to planning, Latrine construction and water infrastructure maintenance.
  • Prepare field visit reports, weekly, and monthly or as required internally by NRC as well as relevant donors.
  • Any other assignment as may be required by the Head of Office /WASH Manager
  • Experience from working as a Project Assistant in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities .
  • Diploma in Public Health, Community Health, community development or Social studies .
  • Substantial training in camp management.
  • Experience from working with WASH projects in a humanitarian/recovery context.
  • Knowledge of English and local language.

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of the operating context in South and Central Somalia
  • Knowledge of Somali language and its different dialects
  • Experience in Hygiene promotion or community mobilization
  • Candidates currently in Hudur are highly encouraged to apply.           
Personal qualities
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Working with people
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Communicate with impact and respect




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