WASH Project Assistant- PHP (National Position) – Female Applicants only

at NRC (Norwegian Refugee Council)
Location Kamashi Zone, Benishangul Gumuz, Ethiopia
Date Posted April 27, 2020
Category Health Care / Medical
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


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.

Being an employee of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Ethiopia the WASH Officer–Public Health Promotion is expected to represent NRC in a responsible manner and always act in accordance with NRC’s Code of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable.

Roles & Responsibilities:

The WASH HP Project Assistant will work under the supervision of the WASH Project Officer-PHP, according to and as reflected in objectives stated in project description and budgets to donors and in line with NRC policy programme, as well as with Plan of Action and strategy in place in the region.

General responsibilities:

  • Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines;
  • Implement delegated WASH HP activities according to strategy, proposals, budgets and plans;
  • Mobilize communities and community leaders for the promotion of safer hygiene behaviors and distribution of WASH supplies;
  • Suggest new methods and approaches in order to improve the quality of the activities;
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need and explore and asses new and better ways to assist;
  • Monitor and report on the WASH HP activities and ensure compliance with plans and NRC standards;
  • Report all protection-related concerns in the field;
  • Carry out data collection as required;
  • Ensure proper filing of documents.


Specific responsibilities:

  • Mobilize beneficiary communities implementing HP through participatory approaches;
  • Facilitate appropriate community involvement in the design and delivery of essential WASH services and facilities;
  • Conduct field-based needs assessments;
  • Conduct hygiene promotion activities in IDP/returnee settlements and schools under the guidance of the WASH Officer and coordinating and supervising community Hygiene Promoters;
  • Supervise appropriate use and maintenance of WASH facilities and services;
  • Carry out training sessions (according to identified needs) for community members;
  • Identify needs for non-food items relevant to hygiene; participate in the choice of items, targeting strategy, promotion of effective use, and post-distribution monitoring;
  • Raise the awareness on issues relevant to the community and encourage their participation in projects;
  • Ensure mainstreaming of all cross-cutting issues in implementation of activities;
  • Train the IDP/returnee community on settlement care (with focus on public health related aspects), maintenance and protection issues.
  • Deliver reports on time, including compiling and sharing of reports from community hygiene promoters.
  • Participate and lead NFI/Hygiene kits registration and distributions.
  • Assist in identifying needs for non-food items relevant to hygiene, participate in the choice of items, targeting strategy, promotion of effective use, and post-distribution monitoring.
  • Support the WASH Officer-PHP and M & E Officer in ensuring implementation of the complaints mechanism and ensure feedback is timely to the beneficiaries.
  • Carry out any additional activity assigned by the line manager.

Job Requirements

Generic professional competencies:

  • Degree/Diploma in Public Health, Community Health, Public health nursing, community development or Social studies.
  • Minimum of two years’ work experience working as a Project Assistant in a humanitarian/recovery context preferably in NGO.
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Experience in implementation of software components of WASH activities
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Fluency in Amharic and English, both written and verbal. Knowledge of local language is highly advantageous.


Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of the operating context in South Oromia Region
  • Experience in undertaking training of staff or target groups
  • Experience in Hygiene promotion or community mobilization
  • Ability to use MS Office software is desirable


Behavioral & Personal Competencies:

  • Managing resources and to optimize achieving results
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Working with people
  • Communicating with impact and respect

Applying Instructions

All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Codes of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable.

Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are invited to send in their application letters including updated curriculum vitae with day-time telephone number and contact details of three work-related referees only through www.ethiojobs.net OR www.webcruiter.no (If it is possible, attach photocopies of the most relevant educational certificates/testimonials). Applications should reach NRC latest by May 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

NB: only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.


“Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply and on-the-job training will be provided!”

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