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Somalia: WASH Specialist - Somalia

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Country: Somalia
Closing date: 30 Jun 2017

WASH Specialist - Somalia
Norwegian Refugee Council

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, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.
The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

Reporting to the Head of Programme the WASH Specialist is responsible for the development of the WASH Core Competency (CC) within the Somalia programme.

Job description

  • Develop Core Comptenecy strategy, technical SOPs / guidelines and Macro LFAs
  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies
  • Contribute to identifying funding opportunities, and develop and revise funding proposal, budget and donor reports
  • Responsible for following up on compliance with contractual commitments within Core Competence, and ensure high technical quality and synergies
  • Provide technical direction and project implementation support
  • Identify trends in conditions/standards and donor priorities and assess better ways to assist
  • Ensure key learnings are extracted from Core Competence implementation, and incorporate them in Core Competence development processes
  • Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff
  • Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters, including with national authorities. Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Lead on development of the WASH strategy, proposals and plans. Ensuring all have taken into account gender, protection and accountability principles and are in line with international standards (Sphere, CoC, HAP etc)
  • Play a proactive role in integrating WASH Core Competence strategy with other Core Competence strategies (namely Food Security, Shelter, Education and ICLA) to ensure maximum impact
  • Ensure that the strategy is informed by sound analysis, with consultations with teams and concerned stakeholders and that programmes strategies are devised in promotion of NRC's values, culture and beliefs
  • Represent NRC in WASH cluster and concerned technical fora in Yemen
  • Explore and develop strategic partners contributing to quality and scaling up of programmes
  • With the coordination platform in Somalia, contribute to enhanced knowledge/practice to WASH programming across humanitarian community as well as local government and relevant authorities in Yemen, bringing in strategic players/learning etc.
  • Guide the teams in developing systematic tools for day-to-day implementation, ensuring compliance with established guidelines and standards. This means developing/sharing emergency and early recovery WASH guidelines, process related documents, clarifying minimum standards and modalities
  • Lead in developing a public health promotion and community mobilization strategy and together with the Food Security team, develop specific nutrition messaging which can be incorporated into public health promotion
  • Guide and support field staff in effective on-going monitoring on project outcomes/impacts, and render technical advice for fine-tuning plans/modalities where required
  • Lead on developing WASH monitoring tools to be used by the team to ensure that relevant information is being collected to inform strategy and implementation, and to ensure accountability and learning
  • Ensure learning from WASH programme is captured, consolidated and disseminated, contributing to knowledge building and sharing within Yemen and globally to influence policies and programme planning


  • Minimum 4 years of emergency WASH experience in a complex/protracted humanitarian context
  • University degree in relevant areas: civil engineering, environmental engineering, etc; master’s qualification in related area an advantage
  • Solid experience in emergency WASH programming, particularly in working in complex fragile state (working in contexts which have experienced displacement as well as longer term water scarcity)
  • Experience in community based and participatory programme planning approaches, with operational based experience in running WASH projects, with knowledge of hygiene promotion, carrying out KAP surveys, designing strategies for improving community/local and national authorities engagement, and do no harm between displaced and host communities etc
  • Experience of applying analytical and design principles that structure design of water systems in a conflict setting as well as working in water scare country (use of solar pumping technology, rehabilitation of water schemes, monitoring water table/consumption, etc
  • Good understanding of key technical standards (SPHERE, HAP, gender mainstreaming, etc) with the ability to integrate gender, protection and accountability into programming
  • Prior experience in working with communities and local and national water authorities, supporting them in developing preparedness and emergency response capacity during disasters
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Education field

  • Civil engineering / construction

Education level

  • Academy college / University

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrate ability in thinking creatively and practically to improve the quality of projects
  • Demonstrate ability in conceptual, analytical and critical thinking with the ability to develop strategies
  • Strong project management and planning skills: assessments, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation; with good skills in managing related data analysis
  • Strong capacity building, facilitation, and presentation skills
  • Strong capacity in influencing and liaison with a range of stakeholders and represent in high profile environments


  • English

We offer

  • Duty station: Somalia, Mogadishu
  • Contract duration: 12 months is with possibility of extension. Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions, The candidate will observe NRC’s code of conduct and working hours for the NRC Somalia.
  • Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start
  • NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners/employees and to check that its partners/employees have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected

How to apply:

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