Iran nationals: Shelter and WASH Officer

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran 🇮🇷

About NRC

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, food security, livelihoods, legal assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors. The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 6000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. NRC runs the world’s largest standby rosters NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours’ notice when a crisis occurs.  

NRC in the Islamic Republic of Iran

NRC started operations in Iran in 2012. We currently deliver humanitarian assistance in 9 provinces in the sectors of Education, Food Security and livelihoods, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Shelter construction, as well as Information, Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA). We co-lead several technical inter-agency working groups and provide capacity building to humanitarian partners in country. Next to our programs, NRC Iran also built an advocacy unit to develop joint messages and initiatives among INGOs to improve rights of the displaced.   Following several recent breakthroughs, NRC Iran is scaling up substantially its activities in support of the Government of Iran efforts towards an estimated 3,6 million Afghans residing in country and is expanding its programme unit.

Duties and responsibilities

Generic responsibilities

  • Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines in order to improve the quality of the activities
  • Implement delegated CC project portfolio according to plan of action
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  • Ensure proper filing of documents
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Promote and share ideas for technical improvement, methods and approaches and contribution to the development of materials and programmatic tools
  • Promote the rights of refugees and displaced in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Identify and report protection needs and gaps, explore and propose new and safer ways to assist

Specific responsibilities

  • Assist as necessary in the preparation of gap analysis, proposals, budget utilization reports and other relevant documentation ensuring accuracy and consistency with NRC’s rules and regulations
  • Contribute to the preparation of technical drawings and specifications for the implementation of Shelter/WASH activities
  • Conduct regular needs assessments including joint school assessments with the Education CC to determine the needs for school rehabilitation
  • Contribute to calculate the bill of quantities (BoQ) and preparation of cost estimations aligned with standards and within the allocated budget
  • Conduct quality control and provide technical support to NRC’s contractors
  • Support NRC Logistics and Finances Department preparing the required documents for tendering processes for the implementation of Shelter/WASH activities (e.g. procurement of materials and contracting suppliers)
  • Monitor progress of construction works and document when a contractor has met a threshold and contribute in the process related to documentation of discrepancies or certificate of completion
  • Conduct community mobilization and beneficiary selection activities to ensure that Shelter and WASH services and delivered targeting beneficiaries most in need of protection
  • Hand over services to beneficiaries (including shelter, NFIs, Hygiene Kits, and handover of construction or rehabilitation of schools and community buildings) including reconciliation of deliverables 
  • Provide input in the development of monitoring tools and use them to constantly observe and report on quantity and quality of implemented work
  • Generic professional competencies for this position
  • University degree in Civil Engineering / Architecture
  • At least 3 years of work experience with similar responsibilities in Shelter and WASH activities including Construction or rehabilitation works or supervision.
  • Previous work experience in complex and volatile contexts, preferably working with Gov. bodies
  • Fluency in English and Persian, both written and spoken
  • Ability in related software such as AutoCAD, MS project and Microsoft Office
  • Experience working with NGO/INGO will be a plus
  • Experience in community mobilization will be a plus
  • Experience responding to natural disasters will be a plus
  • Certification from the Iranian Construction Engineering Organization (CEO) on Designing / Calculation, Monitoring and or Construction (grade 3 to 1) is desirable

Context/specific skills, knowledge and experience

  • Ability to produce good quality reports in English and Persian within tight deadlines
  • Skillful in negotiation with wide range of stakeholders with different interests, including contractors and camp managers
  • Comprehensive construction capabilities ensuring an effective onsite technical monitoring
  • Ability to provide technical solutions to address probable shortcomings in contracts, work implementation, etc. through drafting work orders, contract amendments, etc.
  • Basic knowledge of Iranian labor law, taxation regulation and contract and project cycle management
  • Capacity to work with project database (such as distribution and beneficiary lists)
Personal qualities

Behavioral competencies

  • Planning and delivering results
  • Working with people
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Analyzing
  • Coping with change
We can offer

Contract: By end of 2021 with possibility of extension 
Salary: based on NRC grade structure
Duty Station: Mashhad