WASH Project Manager (Mobile Drilling)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Bangui, Central African Republic
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Languages Required: 


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NRC CAR is recruiting a Wash Project Manager to lead the mobile drilling project and team. 

Central African Republic (CAR) is experiencing a humanitarian crisis, with more than 600,000 internally displaced, and 500,000 refugees in neighboring countries, and many more affected.

NRC started the current country program in CAR in February 2014, and is currently operating in five field offices; Berberati in the South West, Dekoa in the Centre-West, Kaga Bandoro in the Centre-North, Ndele in the north, Alindao in the southeast, as well as the capital office in Bangui.

The security situation is highly volatile and very difficult to predict. NRC’s geographical areas of intervention are stable at the moment but it is difficult to predict if they will remain stable, even in the short term.

The program portfolio includes all five core competencies of NRC.  ICLA (Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance), Livelihood and Food Security, WASH, Shelter and Education, Mediation, as well as Protection and Community Based Planning programs. 

The instability in CAR has contributed to reducing population capacity to access basic social services, including the accessibility and continuity of water and sanitation services. The 2019 floods weakened the lives of some 2,000 vulnerable households who still live on sites in difficult conditions. In addition, the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the inadequacy of WASH services at the level of health structures which had an impact in terms of the response to this crisis.

The population's access to WASH services remains very low in CAR in both urban and rural areas. According to governmental authorities, the water coverage rate is of the order of 32% and less than 30% for sanitation. 2.5 million people have critical needs in the area of Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation.

Reporting to the Head of programs, the Wash Project Manager  (Mobile Drilling) will lead the drilling mobile team and contribute to the achievement of country WASH objectives related to water provision.

Duties and responsibilities
  • Ensure adherence to NRC policies, handbooks,  and tools 
  • Contribute to the development of NRC’s Country strategy, action and activities plan, and priorities in the WASH/SHELTER sector 
  • Contribute to the development of NRC CAR’s WASH macro strategy and log frame development
  • Engage discussion with NRC and other humanitarian actors in CAR to assess boreholes cooperation in CAR and possibilities to rent out drilling services (PAT- drill and boreholes team)
  • In coordination with the Program Development Manager (PDM), prepare proposals, budgets, and reports related to the  managed projects
  • Evaluation, review, and quality control of WASH projects
  • Identify trends in conditions/standards and donor priorities and assess better ways to assist
  • Implement training and capacity building of the drilling mobile team, colleagues, and external stakeholders on relevant wash topics, including hygiene promotion and COVID19
  • Develop partnerships and collaboration in the humanitarian community and coordinate with authorities at the provincial and ministry level
  • Design and manage borehole related / drilling projects, using innovative approaches and adaptation to COVID19
  • Coordinates with the WASH cluster and other NRC and non-NRC stakeholders on the choice and acceptance of areas of intervention and also sharing project-related information
  • Ensure NRC has the capacity, network, and tools to assess required hydrogeological, water quality, and other technical aspects of boreholes sitting
  • Ensure the quality of the actions carried out in the field, planning, follow-up on progress, protocols, and execution of activities is coherent with the intervention strategy. 
  • Assess average costs of drilling including the diversity of scenarios, depreciation costs, spare parts, human resources. These costs shall be used to inform future management of the PAT Drill 421, including potential renting out to partners.
  • With the PDM coordinate closely with PAA and HoP on protection and advocacy issues
    Through close monitoring of the context, develop approaches and activities ensuring the promotion of the Do No Harm principle 
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience from working as a Project Manager in a humanitarian/ recovery context
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Drilling expertise – urban and rural
  • Fluency in French, both written and verbal
  • Knowledge of the context in CAR is desirable
  • Experience drilling project in CAR
  • Experience working with WASH cluster Fluency in English, both written and verbal
Personal qualities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile 
  • Managing recourses to optimize results
  • Strategic thinking
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Handling insecure environments
We can offer

Commencement: December 2020
Duration: 12 months
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions and free housing of moderate standard.
Grade: 8 in NRC's grade structure.
Duty station: Bangui, with 50 to 65 % travel to the field.  Bangui is a non-family posting. International staff members are required to live in joint accommodation.
An approved health certificate will be requested before the contract start.
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