WASH Technical Assistant

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Zaranj, Afghanistan 🇦🇫

Job Description

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. 

Job Overview: 
The purpose of the WASH technical assistant position is to liaise and work closely with WASH department in implementing the WASH projects. The Technical assistant is expected to be able to deliver hygiene promotion trainings as well as attending in various type of distributions. It is also noteworthy that the incumbent is expected to have sound Engineering knowledge and be able to operate surveying tools and equipment such as tablets, GPS, Level, Transit, Theodolites and etc.
As a part of WASH Technical Assistant’s responsibilities He/she will be asked to monitor construction activities such as construction of Septic Tanks, Latrines, Menstruation Hygiene rooms and etc.

1.  Role and responsibilities:

Generic responsibilities (max 10): 

1.    Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
2.    Assist a range of support with the implementation of the CC portfolio according to plan of action
3.    Implements independently procedures and activities within own function or core competency as delegated
4.    Responsible for organizing and delivery of tasks in line with priorities and standards
5.    Develop and maintain knowledge of the specialist area of work in which technical assistance and support is being provided, in order to be most effective in supporting the team
6.    Use initiative in day to day problem solving in line with agreed procedures, priorities and standards for the area of work
7.    Development of holistic and needs based programmes, including cash-based interventions and marked based programmes

Specific responsibilities: 

1)    Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
2)    Ensure proper filing of documents 
3)    Promote and share ideas for improvement in your area of expertise.
4)    Have full understanding of all programs’ goals, objectives, implementation plan and expected result / output.
5)    Previous Experience in latrine construction/upgrading.
6)    Experience in developing water networks and water supply systems is an asset.
7)    Participate in NRC staff and seminars and training, when scheduled
8)    Operate field equipment. 
9)    Work closely with all shelter and WASH projects stakeholders. 
10)    Keeping on track recording of training data and program documents.
8.    Coordinate closely his or her activities with WASH officer
9.    Assist WASH Technical Officer/PM on planning, organizing, facilitating and monitoring of projects. 
10.    Be willing to travel throughout the districts and other provinces, this is primarily a field position and will require physical activity in a range of demanding natural

environments and conditions: 
11.    Ensure the inclusion of cash-based interventions and marked based programmes in country and area-based strategies and their implementation across and within NRC’s core competencies
12.    Provide an enabling environment for the implementation of cash-based interventions, including multi-purpose cash assistance, emergency cash responses
13.    Any others tasks assigned by supervisors /WASH officer.

Critical interfaces:
By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position are:
•    Only directly with supervisor 

Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories: 

Professional competencies:
These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance. 

Generic professional competencies: 

  1. 1 to 3 years’ experience from working in WASH program in humanitarian/development context 
  2. Knowledge and experience within a relevant administration, craft or technical field and 
  3. Ideally a relevant vocational qualification.
  4. Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  5. Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  6. Some knowledge of English 
  7. Knowledge of cash-based interventions and market based programmes

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience: 

  1. Education: Bachelor Degree in one of engineering majors.
  2. Demonstrated experience in conducting rapid emergency assessments in projects.
  3. Experience in working in insecure/conflict environments.
  4. Manage time effectively, prioritizing tasks and able to work to deadlines.
  5. Good cultural, social, political and security knowledge of the area.
  6. Proven communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills with strong experience.
  7. Working knowledge of English language
  8. Computer skills.
  9.  Work confidently within a group.

2. Behavioural competencies (max 6)
These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioural competencies, and the following are essential for this position:

  1. Handling insecure environment
  2. Planning and delivering results
  3. Empowering and building trust
  4. Communicating with impact and respect

3.    Performance Management
The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the NRC Performance Management Manual. The following documents will be used for performance reviews: 
•    The Job Description 
•    The Work and Development Plan 
•    The Mid-term/End-of-trial Period Performance Review Template
•    The End-term Performance Review Template
•    The NRC Competency Framework


We offer:
Monthly Salary based on NRC Afghanistan Salary Scale.
NRC has medical coverage for staff plus 4 dependents. 
Eid Bonus once per year.
Leave and Holidays accordingly Afghanistan Labour Law.
Top up Credit card on monthly basis. 

Please refere to Job Discription here 

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.