Iraq nationals: WASH Assistant

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Anbar, , IQ

Iraq, with a long history of displacement, has seen an unprecedented rise in recent years. Of the more than 5.8 million Iraqis who fled their homes since 2014, two million remain displaced. Over four million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin. Many Iraqis have returned to areas that lack basic infrastructure, utility services and livelihood opportunities, or where explosive devices have not been cleared. Other challenges include: lack of security, community rejection, housing, property and civil documentation issues and lack of educational opportunities.

The UN estimates that more than 8 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2019, and 3.2 million children attend schools irregularly or not at all. Humanitarian agencies are asking for 569 million USD to deliver basic assistance to Iraqis  (HRP 2019). 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, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra and Anbar. 

We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those in lengthy displacement in camps and those in hard-to-reach places. In 2018, NRC scaled-up programmes across Iraq to respond to the large-scale displacements and returns, especially in Anbar governorate, around Kirkuk and in Ninewa using our water and sanitation, education, camp management, legal assistance, livelihoods, camp management, and cash activities. The purpose of  WASH Assistant is to assist the WASH Officer in providing support in the development of NRC’s WASH programming particularly on the emergency Water supply, Sanitation Intervention and Hygiene Promotion and WASH strategies and context and will assist the Project Manager in overall planning and design of on-going projects and future projects. The WASH Assistant t role is the primary community entry and community engagement role.

Duties and responsibilities

  • In close collaboration with the WASH officer, supervises a team services contract staff in the camps and out of camp project areas
  • Evaluate mechanical and electromechanical systems of water pumping stations and other components.
  • Supervise the installation process of equipment’s and prepare test reports for pumping stations.
  • Day-to-day management of the site, including supervising and monitoring the site labour force and the work of any subcontractors.
  • Determines project costs by calculating labor, material, and related costs.
  • Prepares feasibility study by analysing engineering design; conducting environmental impact studies; assembling data.
  • Prepares engineering documents by developing construction specifications, plans, and schedules.
  • Undertaking technical and feasibility studies including site investigations.
  • Prepare and updates on a regular basis the monitoring data for reporting and taking corrective actions and share with the WASH officer, WASH coordinator.
  • Supporting WASH officer in procurement of water quality consumables and equipment and keeping proper records on the usage.
  • Mobilize the community along with the sector leaders to participate in maintenance works in the targeted area.
  • Sensitize community on proper use/handling and management of the WASH facilities (sessions to be held with community) and train them to carry out minor repairs on water and sanitation facilities.
  • Take appropriate actions, jointly with community in order to mitigate any potential sources of pollution or contamination in the environment.
  • Provide daily update and weekly activities and monitoring report to NRC according to the format.
  • Visit/supervise regularly all the NRC sites.
  • Represent NRC in a professional manner to ensure a constructive co-operation with sector leaders and contractors.
  • Any other task relevant to the position as requested by the Project Coordinator or the Project Manager.
Our Ideal Candidate
  • Solid experience in carpentry, plumbing, and masonry.
  • Basic technical skills in repair and maintenance of water pumping stations
  • Skills in community mobilization.
  • Skills in Team building
  • Prior experience in working with IDP communities.
Additional Information
Contract period: 3 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 Description