WASH Project Officer

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Mosul, Iraq 🇮🇶

NRC in Iraq

The unfolding crisis in Iraq is one of the most complex humanitarian emergencies in the world today, with millions of uprooted Iraqis, and hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. For the past several years, millions of people have been displaced from and within Iraq as a result of military operations. At the end of 2015, the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) began a military operation to enter and retake control of parts of the country under the control of armed opposition groups, especially in the Anbar governorate. Civilians have been caught in the crossfire. 

NRC has been present in Iraq since 2010, with offices located in Baghdad, Erbil, Dohuk, Kirkuk and Mosul.  We have scaled up our response across Iraq to meet the large-scale crisis facing the country, reaching Iraqis with emergency assistance and supporting Syrian refugees as they live in exile.  Our goal is to always be prepared to work in new settings, so we are establishing more local partnerships in Iraq.  Additionally, NRC is part of the UNICEF and WFP-led Rapid response mechanism (RRM), which enables us to reach newly displaced populations with the most urgent life-saving assistance.

Today, NRC is one of the biggest cash providers in Iraq. Our emergency assistance also includes distributing food rations, hygiene kits, water and basic non-food items (NFIs). In the winter months, we also provide blankets and heaters.  We pay particular attention to gender equality and ending gender-based violence (GBV).

More recently NRC in Iraq has been responding to the ongoing Mosul crisis, where it is estimated that 1.2 million people are in grave danger.

WASH PM – Mosul

The purpose of the WASH Project Manager is to oversee the entire WASH response of the Mosul WASH projects, working closely with the implementing partners and other NRC sector teams to ensure tasks are carried out on time and to a high quality.

Role Specific Information

  • Manage WASH programme implementation, budgets and staff
  • Ensure all aspects of WASH programming in Mosul are evidence-based, targeted to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, well adapted to context and implemented to a high quality;
  • Provide technical and management oversight of construction activities and rehabilitation of treatment plants, pumping stations, water distribution networks and solid waste management facilities in Mosul and other areas within Ninewa as required;
  • Oversee and support communal water trucking activities, hygiene promotion and community engagement activities including market based approaches within the Mosul area;
  • Work with technical specialists and PMs across sectors to ensure WASH programming is well integrated and harmonised to ensure joint programme objectives are achieved;
  • Ensure that all activities are in accordance with emergency, WASH cluster and Iraq national standards as relevant;
  • Establish close relationships with Directorate of Water (DoW) and Directorate of the Environment (DoE), international and national partners, as well as the WASH cluster and other coordination bodies, as required;
  • Represent NRC’s Mosul WASH programme at meetings and ensure strong coordination with Government, NGO, UN and community stakeholders
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of NRC’s WASH strategy, ensuring appropriate needs assessments, context analysis and community feedback mechanisms are implemented to ensure programming is evidence-based and appropriate
  • Contribute to the drafting of assessment reports, project proposals, progress reports and evaluations
  • Closely monitor adherence to logistical, financial, and anti-corruption guidelines, especially related to procurement, contracting and purchase;
  • Manage the existing partnership implementation agreement (PIA) with local partner NGO, including partnership engagement strategy, monitoring and reporting, and capacity building;
  • Under the supervision of the AM, coordinate with other core competency PMs/PCs to ensure that programmes are aligned and implemented where possible;
  • Ensure that programmes modalities and targeting identify and respond to the evolving needs throughout emergency, stabilisation and recovery phases, and that exit strategies promote resilience whilst ensuring resources are prioritised on the most vulnerable

Our Ideal Candidate:

A university graduate in the field of Civil Engineering, Water and Waste Water Engineering or equivalent, with minimum 5 years’ experience in a programme management position with an engineering focus.  The incumbent will have previously worked in humanitarian/recovery settings and especially in complex and volatile environments.  We are keen to hear from candidates with proven expertise in the management of large WASH humanitarian programs, strong technical knowledge and proficiency in infrastructure rehabilitation as well as previous experience of urban response, recovery and reconstruction.  A motivated Project Manager, well versed in project cycle management, workplan development and budget management and a keen leader who will effectively manage the performance and development of his peers.  Fluency in English, both verbal and written is required, working knowledge of Arabic and previous work experience in the Middle-East and Iraq will be a distinct advantage.

Additional Information:

Contract period: 1 year with possible extension 

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

Duty station: Mosul (with 10% travels)

Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start

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