Ethiopia nationals: WASH Officer

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Jijiga, Ethiopia 🇪🇹

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the
organization’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and believes shall guide our actions and relationships. 

The WASH Engineer will assist the WASH Coordinator in providing technical support in the development of NRC’s WASH programming and high quality technical planning and implementation of inputs for resulting schedule of work and monitoring agree indicators. He/she shall ensure efficient and effective construction of sanitation facilities in the respective implementation sites, inspect and monitor routine sanitation facilities (bathing shelter, Final disposal sites and latrines) and maintenance  of the constructed systems to ensure minimal service as per the UNHCR and sphere standard. He/she will be responsible in all WASH construction at her/his respective site. The WASH Engineer will be lead in all technical designs, BOQ preparations related and tender documents to WASH constructions.  

Duties and responsibilities

General responsibilities:
ü Implement delegated support function portfolio according to plan of action
ü Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
ü Ensure proper filing of documents
ü Promote and share ideas for improvement of the support function
ü Capacity building of the WASH Assistants as agreed in the performance development plans
Participate in staff management including appraisals of the WASH Assistants.
Supervision of contractors engaged by NRC to ensure work is done as per drawings, technical specification and to the highest quality standard.
Preparation of reports, technical guidelines, drawings and other strategic documentations.
Ensure smooth running and uninterrupted water reticulation system in the implementation in the IDP camps.
Specific responsibilities:
Together with the other WASH staff, appropriately design, coordinate, supervise, implement and closely monitor mainly the technical aspects of both the emergency and longer term WASH activities and interventions for the IDPs, returnees, and host communities in Somali region in line with the proposals, strategies and donor requirements;
To ensure that all planning processes and BoQs are in line with budget planning, budgetary constraints and in accordance to the contractual obligations to the donor and make sure that all BoQs and technical specifications are shared with the concerned partners.
Appropriately design and ensure timely and smooth implementation of all technical aspects of the WASH project activities (borehole/Shallow drilling, water supply construction/rehabilitation and distribution networks, latrine construction, handwashing facilities, etc.) in a manner that promotes cost-efficiency (value for money) and innovation with the WASH programme, through participatory approaches that maximizes community involvement and ownership.
Ensure that WASH facilities are planned, designed and implemented in a manner that addresses crucial issues related to Gender and Protection, as well as the needs of the Persons with Special Needs e.g the disabled and elderly persons.
Participate in the strategic planning and drafting proposals for all new WASH construction project activities within Jigjiga Area Office and as would be required.
Where applicable, prepare tender and contract documents and take lead in the contract evaluation and awarding process;
Coordinate all contract management activities for all major contracted works, to ensure adherence to contract specifications, terms and conditions, including timely issuing of completion certificates and payments;
In close collaboration with finance office, ensure construction expenditures are within approved budgets by regular monitoring of both physical work progress and actual expenditures, as relates to the provisions in the BoQs;


Generic professional competencies:
BSc Degree in Hydraulics, Water Resource, Civil and other related field.
Minimum 4 years’ experience on WASH and the design of water supply schemes and other WASH facilities.
Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:
Experience from working as a WASH Engineer/ Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context
Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts as WASH Engineer
Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
Proven practical experience undertaking water supply designs, civil works and implementation both rural and urban systems for at least 5 years. IDP experience preferred.
Knowledge of AutoCAD, Water CAD or any civil works design software is highly desirable
Experience in drilling boreholes, shallow wells and hand dug wells and designing water supply system from the source up to the distribution points.
Proven practical experience undertaking water quality analysis (bacteriological, chemical and physical) in a busy institution or organization.
Experience of working with INGO in a similar capacity will be an added advantage
Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to explain and present complex technical information
Sensitivity to the needs and priorities of disadvantaged populations (minority groups etc.)
Cultural awareness and experience of working of different stakeholders
Community mobilisation skills
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential
Knowledge local language is an asset
Excellent capacity building and facilitative supervision skills.

Personal qualities

Managing resources to optimise results

Handling insecure environments

Planning and delivering results

Empowering and building trust

Managing performance and development

We can offer

Commencement: ASAP, shortlisting and Interviews will continue as applications are received
Contract period: three months with possibilities of extension
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions
Duty station: Jijiga with travel to the fields
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