Global Surge Team: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Profile

Norwegian Red Cross

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The Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross) is part of the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement, the world’s largest humanitarian network with millions of volunteers operating in 190 countries. The RCRC Movement’s mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies.

NorCross is establishing Global Surge Team with leadership, management and technical competencies for emergency response in complex environments, targeting Health Emergencies and Health in Emergencies.

We are looking for an experienced Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) profile to join our Global Surge Team. The WASH profile should be flexible and have the ability and willingness to travel extensively and be deployed to a physical demanding working environment in different contexts and work with various stakeholders.  The Global Surge Team profiles must be able to deploy at short notice for periods of up to 3 months and to spend up to 70% of their time overseas.  

While not deployed, the WASH profile as part of the Global Surge Team will be home based within EU/ EEA/Switzerland. Vacation, rest and recovery days and professional development will be accounted for as a part of the remaining period of non-deployment time. 

Candidates who do not meet the requirements of EU/EEA/Swiss citizenship and 12 hours proximity to Oslo, Norway will not be considered for this position. 

The WASH profile in the Global Surge Team will play an important and contribute to strengthen the RCRC’s emergency response with the aim of enhancing quality of operations, timeliness and accountability in the delivery of effective humanitarian assistance in sudden onset disasters, conflict and protracted crises.  


  • Contribute to the design of operational strategies that include appropriate WASH measures based on a comprehensive needs assessment and analyses 
  • Guides team in the application of minimum standards and good practices in all aspects of WASH operations  
  • Continuously assesses, budgets and plans actions based on evolving vulnerabilities, health risks and needs  
  • Ensure integration of appropriate WASH strategies with the Health response    
  • Highlights major WASH risks within the operations and propose and advocate for action to reduce these risks  
  • Represent the emergency response as assigned, including media, backdonors and other organizations as required within his/her area of expertise   

For further description of the role and operational responsibilities, click here to see the role profile

We seek a person who: 

  • translates strategic direction into individual and team objectives
  • provides team with a clear sense of direction, inspires and co-ordinates others and keep them focused on objectives
  • quickly understands and analyses complex issues and problems; comes up with sound and rational judgements
  • builds a useful network of contacts and relationships and utilize it to achieve objectives
  • develops people through delegation, empowerment and coaching; promotes career and self development
  • co-operates well with others; shares knowledge, experience and information and supports others in the pursuit of team goals
  • is committed to RCRC movement principles and values. 


  • Relevant university degree or equivalent qualification within Water and Sanitation, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering or another relevant field 

Essential experience: 

  • Minimum 3 years of experience within WASH response
  • Proven Technical Competencies for WASH in Emergencies design and implementation
  • Previous experience(s) within the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement
  • Experience from different complex emergencies and contexts
  • Proven successful management experience  
  • Extensive field experience  

Desired experience:

  • Experience of capacity building and coaching

Other skills:  

  • Excellent command (written and spoken) of English. A working knowledge of Norwegian, French, Arabic or Spanish is desirable
  • International driving licence (manual gear) is required.
  • High level of ICT skills 

Other requirements:

  • The Norwegian Red Cross will not sponsor visas. All applicants must have the automatic right to work in Norway. (i.e. EU/ EEA/Swiss citizenship). We will check for evidence of your right to work at assessment stage.
  • The employee must reside within 12 hours proximity to Oslo, Norway during the contract period
  • Due to the nature of the work, candidates must be in good health and will have to pass a medical clearance before signing the employment contract 

Place of service:
Roving position, home based while not deployed

Until 31.12.2021, with possibility for extension

Application deadline: 31.08.2020

For questions related to the position, please contact Ingrid Kristiansen, Coordinator Global Surge Team, [email protected] (+47 91629714) 

Why should you apply?

Meaningful: You`ll be a part of the world’s largest humanitarian organization, reaching the most vulnerable people in their local community.

Impact: You will contribute to improve the health of the most vulnerable people affected by conflict and protracted crisis

Career: You will have excellent learning and development opportunities

Norwegian Red Cross strive to build a working culture based on respect, honesty and generosity. We follow the seven fundamental principles; Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary service, Unity and Universality