WASH Assistant

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Dhobley, Somalia 🇸🇴

Job Description

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).

NRC Somalia is part of NRC’s East Africa and Yemen regional operation which comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across nine countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Yemen, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania).  NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to enhance protection and promote the rights of displaced people in humanitarian need by improving living conditions and seeking durable solutions. 

Generic responsibilities

  1. Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  2. Implement delegated WASH project portfolio according to plan of action
  3. Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  4. Ensure proper filing of documents
  5. Ensure that project targets beneficiaries most in need, a explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  6. Monitor and report on the WASH project activities and ensure compliance with plans and NRC standards
  7. Mobilize communities and community leaders for the proper implementation of the project activities
  8. Suggest new methods and approaches in order to improve the quality of the activities
  9. Carry out data collection as required

Specific responsibilities

  • Responsible to run the day to day operations of the “Lifesaving Emergency WASH response to Drought affected pastoral communities in Afmadow District, including community sensitization,  beneficiary selection, trainings, monitoring and supervision of Cash-based WASH intervention, Reporting and Documentation of project outputs.
  • 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  WASH Sub-cluster meeting in Afmadow District – Liaise with community leaders and other sectors and agencies working locally in order to coordinate within the WASH sector
  • Provide relevant information to the WASH Team Leader to initiate development of project concept notes and proposal documents in respect to water, hygiene and sanitation.
  •  Support the smooth and timely implementation of project ensuring high 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.
  • Follow up all documentations related to Community water Voucher and Hygiene kits voucher and Assist in the preparation of  payment documents including verification of redeemed vouchers, water delivery control sheets, invoices and payment checklist forms.
  • Update and maintain all departmental filing system including contracts, beneficiary lists, reports e.g. (Field visit, monthly and quarterly reports)
  • Facilitate appropriate community involvement in the design and delivery of essential WASH services and facilities.
  • Coordinate and mobilize community Representatives, including formation and training of community water voucher representatives, to implement and oversee water voucher Assistance.
  • Carry out informal and formal training sessions (according to identified needs) and evaluate the impacts of this training.
  • Raise the awareness on  good hygiene practices and other important messages relevant to the community and encourage their participation in projects
  • Ensure mainstreaming of all cross-cutting issues in implementation of activities
  • 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 WASH Team Leader.


  • Diploma holder preferably in Water Engineering, Water resource management, Public Health, Community Health, community development or Social studies or other relevant discipline. 
  • At least minimum of 2 years relevant working experience specially working with WASH projects in a humanitarian/recovery context.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analysis skills (qualitative and qualitative)
  • Flexible and creative.
  • Goal oriented with ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision.
  • Ability and willingness to work and live in challenging conditions.
  • Excellent computer skills.

Contract period: 5 months

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions

Duty station: Dhobley

About Us

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks. NRC requires staff members who travel on an international contract to the field to undergo an medical examination with our medical provider. Employees must produce a Health Clearance Certificate before departure stating that there are no relevant health concerns. If staff are unable to provide this, NRC reserves the right to terminate the Contract of Employment.