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Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)


Position: WASH Project Coordinator/Infrastructure Engineer (National Position)
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Jijiga, Ethiopia
Posted date: 1 month ago
Application Deadline: Submition date is over

About Us

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organization 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 a 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.

Being an employee of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Ethiopia WASH Project Coordinator is expected to represent NRC responsibly and always act following NRC’s Code of Conduct.


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is present in five regions in Ethiopia, providing refugees and internally displaced people with emergency relief and help them to rebuild their lives. NRC works within the sectors of Education, Shelter, WaSH, Livelihood and Food Security, ICLA (Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance), and Child Protection.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The WASH Project Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the NRC WASH projects within the Somali region of Ethiopia.

Generic responsibilities:

  • Line management of WASH project field staff;
  • Adherence to NRC policies, guidance, and procedures;
  • Contribute to WASH strategy development, project proposals and provide input on needs and gaps;
  • Manage and implement a delegated portfolio of WASH projects (activities, budget, and project documentation) as delegated from WASH PM, and AM in line with proposals, strategies, and donor requirements, and ensure high technical quality;
  • Provide regular progress reports to WASH PM;  
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist;
  • Promote and share ideas for improvement and necessary changes in the activities;
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills;
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders;
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.

Specific responsibilities:

  • To ensure minimum standards of technical quality in all activities and interventions, which are technically appropriate, realistic, in line with project-specific objectives, and on budget.
  • Undertake contract management and tendering processes of the diverse contractors for WASH hardware and software activities.
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement NRC WaSH activities (Public Health Engineering, Public Health Promotion, and Construction) in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.
  • Ensure that assessment, programme design, and implementation considers needs and vulnerabilities in the Somali Region of Ethiopia
  • Ensure that the WaSH program design is informed by and integrated with NRCs’ other priority sectors of ICLA, Livelihood and Food Security (LFS), Education, and Protection.
  • To ensure that sustainable systems are set in place for longer-term operation and maintenance of all water and sanitation infrastructure, including the provision of all necessary training.
  • Prepare and oversee the implementation process to ensure timely delivery of program activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
  • Prepare timely financial and narrative reports on project activities in compliance with internal NRC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Ensure appropriate management and use of NRC resources at all times
  • Manage project staff on a day-to-day level working with other technical departments, security, logistics, administration, and senior management staff (depending on assignment).
  • Ensure that NRC’s work in WaSH programming is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government and represent the organization at Interagency Coordination meetings.
  • Contribute to learning, experiences, and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives relating to WASH through case studies and documentation.

Qualifications and Competences:

Professional competencies

  • Degree in Water Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Hydrology;
  • 5 years experience from working as a WASH Coordinator or similar in a humanitarian/recovery context with an INGO;
  • Experience in implementing integrated WASH activities (both software and hardware);
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts;
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities;
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile;
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal.

Context related skills, knowledge, and experience

  • Knowledge of the local languages is an advantage;
  • Experience in the use of design software’s like AutoCAD, ArcGIS, and statistical packages;
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of SPHERE and links to emergency and longer-term development practice;

Behavioral Competencies

  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Managing performance and development
  • Planning and delivering results