WASH Assistant, Engineering – Kibondo, Tanzania (National Position) - Tanzania


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, emergency food security, 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.

In mid-April 2016, NRC conducted a pre-assessment mission in the refugee camps in north western Tanzania and the assessment revealed that the humanitarian situation for the refugees requires urgent intervention and NRC therefore decided to establish an operational office in Kibondo town, to respond in Mtendeli and/or Nduta refugee camps. The initial interventions will focus in three sectors; shelter, WASH and education (initially construction of permanent classrooms).). NRC is therefore seeking a WASH Assistant, Engineering for the NRC Office in Kibondo, Tanzania. The WASH Assistant, Engineering reports to the WASH Officer, Engineering.

Job description

  • Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Assist with the implementation of the shelter portfolio according to plan of action
  • Contribute to technical planning and designs by making drawings, BoQs and cost estimates and other related work
  • Assist NRC WASH team in daily field activity planning and implementation
  • Carry out data collection to inform project design
  • Assist in mobilizing the community for proper participation and contribution to activities implemented by NRC in the camps
  • Train and supervise daily the field WASH teams (surveyors, site supervisors, local skilled labors and community workers)
  • Responsible for daily distribution of materials and tools to local labors and communities
  • Responsible for ensuring that constructions of WASH facilities are in accordance with technical specifications and designs
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management (i.e. field reports, completion and hand over certificates, and other documents as required)
  • Ensure proper filing of documents
  • Promote and share ideas for technical improvement


  • Minimum 2 years’ experience from working with Shelter projects in a humanitarian/recovery context. Experience from working with social work and/or with distribution of humanitarian assistance is an advantage
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering or Water Engineer or minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience
  • Previous experience from working through community-based approaches
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Fluency in English and/or in Kirundi language, both written and verbal, is an advantage

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work under pressure, independently and with limited supervision
  • Ability to meet deadlines in multi-tasking environments
  • Ability to engage and motivate staff
  • Good coordination skills
  • 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


  • English

We offer

  • Duty station: Kibondo, or another location in North Wester Tanzania, where NRC supports the refugee response
  • Commencement: As soon as possible
  • Contract period: 3 months (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 Tanzania

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Kibondo
  • Grade: Services and Support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Engineering
    • Engineering
    • Environment
    • Environment
    • Administrative support
    • Administrative support
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-01

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