Uganda nationals: WASH Technical Program Assistant

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
Adjumani, Uganda
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Junior (0-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been implementing projects for Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees in Northern Uganda, West Nile and South Western respectively, since 1997. Having smoothly phased-out by end of August 2014 in the North, NRC reopened from September 2014, to compliment efforts of the Government of Uganda and UNHCR in supporting the South Sudanese Refugees currently settled in the Districts of Adjumani and Arua in West Nile. With funding from SIDA, NMFA, ECHO, UNHCR and UNICEF, NRC is implementing integrated projects in Arua, Yumbe and Adjumani/Palorinya Refugee settlements. NRC undertakes an urban refugee programme in Kampala. NRC now seeks to recruit Project Assistant - WASH Technical. The position holder will be responsible for quality installation of water production and supply systems, repair of bursts, ensuring that all water appurtenances are fixed in a professional manner and will train and mentor Borehole Attendants and Borehole Watchmen. 
In addition, the Project Assistant - WASH Technical will give guidance to the team in responding to breakdowns, leakages and bursts in the entire water supply system.

Job description

  • In close guidance from the Project Officer – Water Supply, ensure the monitoring of the water and sanitation operation; this includes BHs, motorization and distribution network, sanitation facilities activities. 
  • Carry out regular physical and FRS test and report to the Project Officer. 
  • Make sure all monitoring formats completed and signed off by counter 
  • Supervise masons, contractors and unskilled labourers during repairs and construction of WASH related facilities (water tap-stands, valve chambers, operator sheds, pipe installations & repairs and other water works). 
  • Tracking construction materials supplied and utilized during construction 
  • Monitor closely bursts, leakages and repairs in the water supply network and lead, manage skilled & unskilled work force to maintaining the water facilities 
  • Responsible for the safe keeping of all water supply tools and materials and at the same time tracking and keeping records on the same 
  • Supervise the borehole attendants/operators to ensure un-interrupted water supply to the beneficiaries 
  • Provide technical support to the borehole attendants, tap-stand monitors and WASH Committees in the daily operations and on O&M 
  • Leads the repair team in pressure regulation for equitable portable water distribution in the reticulation system, in line with the set water regime and SPHERE/UNCHR standards 
  • In collaboration with the Project Officer – Water Supply and WASH Committees work out practical ways of ensuring equitable distribution of water in the camp 
  • On a daily and weekly basis record and report to supervisor all the works done in the field 
  • Update and keep record and data on the daily water production monitoring sheet and submitting it to Project Officer – Water Supply on a weekly basis for reporting. 
  • Inspect and certify any pipe repair work done by the repair team before backfilling the soil to ensure quality workmanship is maintained 
  • Approve trench excavations done by contractors to ensure correct depth and width is achieved before pipe installation commences 
  • Work together with WASH Committees, Community leadership in the field in identification of problematic areas of water reticulation systems with a view of providing sustainable solutions 
  •  Ensure FRC levels are maintained within the acceptable range at the source and tap-stand levels by spontaneous monitoring and sampling. 
  • Collaborate with other agencies staff during field discussions 
  • Lead in responding to bursts and leakages in the entire pipeline system 
  • Supervise laying of pipes and repair of water reticulation system 
  • Any other assignment as may be required by the Project Officer or Project Coordinator.


  • A suitable qualification (bachelor/diploma) in a Water discipline and adequate experiences of working in developing countries. Emergency experience would be highly desirable. 
  • A minimum of Three or five years proven experience for degree or Diploma holder respectively in working/programming in either relief or development including managing a large scale Community based water project with evidence of successful implementation of similar projects 
  • Good experience in supervising, training, and coaching staff. 
  • Good understanding of SPHERE and other international standards. 
  • Proficiency in MS Office software.

Personal qualities

  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to explain and present technical information 
  • Willingness to work for long 
  • Ability to work with minimal or no supervision


  • English

We offer

  • Duty Station: Rhino-Arua /Adjumani/Palorinya 
  • Travel: Travel expected 
  • Salary as per NRC Salary provisions