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NGO Jobs in Hagadera Camp, Dadaab - NRC (11 Positions)

Duration of Contract: ASAP to 31st December 2012 (With Possibility of Extension)

Duty Station: Hagadera Camp; Dadaab.

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Somalia / Kenya has been responding to humanitarian crisis in Dadaab Refugee Camp since 2007 focussing mainly on Shelter provision, WASH, Education, Environment and Livelihoods as well as camp management. 


The number of Somali civilians fleeing their country has been on the increase amid deteriorating security and drought in Somalia. This has increased pressure on the already overcrowded camps which have not been able to accommodate more refugees since 2008.

1. WASH Officer: Sources & Host Community

Main purpose of the position is to ensure effective planning and quality implementation of the WASH activities in FAFI district. 

He/she will lead in providing technical support in the development of NRC’s WASH programming and high quality technical planning and implementation of inputs for resulting schedule of work and monitoring agreed indicators. 

He/she will be responsible for general supervision of boreholes drilling, construction, equipping and commissioning process, assessment of boreholes behaviour, aquifer monitoring and maintaining proper borehole production records both in the refugee camps and host community.

What we are looking for:

The candidate should have a first degree in Water and Environmental Engineering, Hydrogeology, Groundwater or similar relevant discipline with at least 3 years proven experience in supervising drilling of boreholes, development, test pumping and excavation of water pans in complex soil formations. 

Experience in undertaking design, sizing and maintenance of diesel-run gensets and submersible pumps. Knowledge of AutoCAD, WaterCAD or any hydraulic modelling software is highly desirable.

2. WASH Officer: GIS/CAD Analyst

Main purpose of the position is to ensure effective planning and data management of the WASH activities in Dadaab. The WASH Officer will assist the WASH PC in providing analytical and geospatial technical support in the development of NRC’s WASH programming. 

He/she will acquire, edit, analyze and create a variety of GIS data sets using modern GIS and Remote sensing softwares. In addition to the GIS and remote sensing responsibilities, the Analyst will perform surface modeling, develop grading plans and volume estimates, prepare technical drawings and report figures, and work with topographic data.

What we are looking for:

Degree in Geo-Information sciences, Water and Environmental Engineering, Public Health Engineering or similar relevant discipline. Extensive experience may substitute for specific qualifications but not vice versa.

A Postgraduate diploma or diploma in GIS and Remote sensing is essential. Experience in undertaking GIS analysis, remote sensing and Hydraulic modeling work for at least 2 years preferably in an emergency setting.

Proven ability to use ArcGIS 9x, WaterGEMS, WaterCAD, AutoCAD is essential. Experience with programming languages, SPSS would be an added advantage. Experience in developing and maintaining large databases, conducting baseline surveys, assessments and evaluations is highly desirable. Ability to initiate, develop, plan and implement an integrated programme.

3. WASH Assistant: Water Quality

Main purpose of the position is to ensure effective planning and quality implementation of the WASH activities in FAFI district. The WASH Project Assistant will assist the WASH officer in providing technical support in the development of NRC’s WASH programming.

She/he will be directly responsible for water treatment, and monitoring of Free Residual Chlorine (FRC) to ensure the community is supplied with safe and clean water in accordance with the set WHO standards. 

He/she will be required to do water sampling, and conduct physical chemical and microbial water quality tests and at the same time in charge of maintenance and repair of automatic chlorine dosing pumps.

What we are looking for:

Technical background in Water Engineering. First degree or Higher National diploma in Water and Environmental Engineering, Public Health, Analytical chemistry or similar relevant discipline. 

Extensive experience may substitute for specific qualifications but not vice versa. Proven practical experience undertaking water quality analysis (bacteriological, chemical and physical). Experience in sampling water and chlorine dosing both manual and automated.

4. WASH Assistant: Sources/Head Mechanic

He/she will be responsible for general supervision of boreholes drilling, construction, equipping and commissioning process;. Assessment of boreholes behaviour, aquifer monitoring and maintaining proper borehole production records. Additionally, overall responsible for operation and maintenance of the boreholes and submersible & booster pumps.

What we are looking for:

Technical background in Water Engineering. Higher National Diploma in Ground water, Plant Mechanics or similar relevant discipline. Extensive experience may substitute for specific qualifications but not vice versa.

5 years proven experience in operation and maintenance of diesel-run generators in a busy workshop or institution including undertaking engine overhauls and motor rewinding. Extensive experience in borehole equipping, retrieval and installation of submersible pumps. Experience of working with INGO in a similar capacity or Head Mechanic will be an added advantage.

5. WASH Assistant: Supply & Distribution

Main purpose of the position is to ensure effective planning and quality implementation of the WASH activities in FAFI district. The WASH Project Assistant will assist the WASH officer in providing technical support in the development of NRC’s WASH programming and high quality technical planning and implementation of inputs for resulting schedule of work and monitoring agree indicators. 

He/she shall ensure efficient and effective running of water supply system in the respective camp, inspect and monitor routine water supply and maintenance of the reticulation systems to ensure minimal or no water interruption within water supply time.

He/she will be responsible for responding to any breakdowns in the water system.

What we are looking for:

Technical background in Water Engineering. First degree or Higher National diploma in Water and Environmental Engineering, Hydraulics, or similar relevant discipline. Extensive experience may substitute for specific qualifications but not vice versa. 

Proven practical experience undertaking water supply designs and implementation both rural and urban systems for at least 2 years. Experience in operation and maintenance of large water supply system (peri-urban or urban)

Experience of working with INGO in a similar capacity will be an added advantage. Knowledge of AutoCAD, WaterCAD or any hydraulic modeling software is highly desirable.

6. WASH Assistant: Solid Waste Management

Main purpose of the position is to ensure effective planning and quality implementation of the sanitation activities in Dadaab. The WASH Project Assistant will assist the WASH officer in providing technical support in the development of NRC’s sanitation programming for both latrine construction and solid waste management.

He/she will supervise the collection of wastes from the communal collection points to the landfill and ensure the landfill is managed. In collaboration with the Public health promoters, ensure all public places and main paths are clear of any wastes and conduct clean-up campaigns in coordination with the Public health promoters.

What we are looking for:

Technical background in Public Health. First degree or Higher National diploma in Public Health, Environmental Health, Environmental Engineering or similar relevant discipline. Extensive experience may substitute for specific qualifications but not vice versa. 

Proven practical experience in the planning and execution of WASH Programmes of at least 2 years experience in a humanitarian and development programme. Experience in solid waste management including landfills and undertaking clean-up campaigns. 

Experience in undertaking hygiene promotion activities and construction of latrines will be an added advantage.

7. WASH Assistants: Public Health Promotion

The post holders will work closely with the entire WASH team to oversee the implementation of an integrated WASH programme in the Dadaab refugee camps, taking a lead role in hygiene promotion, solid waste management, vector control and hygiene related NFI distribution. 

He/she will also actively participate in gathering and compiling of project information (reports, assessments, KAP Surveys, monitoring and evaluation).

Assess and analyze emerging public health needs and recommend sustainable practical solutions.

What we are looking for:

Degree in Environmental Health or Public Health with at least 2 years experience in a humanitarian emergency programme with an NGO. 

Experience in undertaking hygiene promotion activities in communities and schools, training and conducting mass hygiene campaigns. 

Experience in latrine construction, water quality monitoring will be an added advantage.

8. Plant Mechanic

The Plant Mechanic is responsible for the maintenance of all boreholes, generators and compound generators.

Together with plant electrician he/she will ensure that all plants and equipments are serviced as per monthly schedule and repaired in the event of any breakdown. He will undertake major overhauls as and when need arises.

What we are looking for:

Diploma in mechanical Engineering (plant option) or Plant mechanic grade one from a recognized and accredited technical institution. A minimum of four years proven experience in undertaking installation and maintenance of diesel run gensets, submersible and booster pumps in a busy plant, some of which should be in an emergency setting. Proficiency in MS Office software.

9. Plant Electrician

The Plant electrician will be responsible for maintenance of submersible pumps, booster pumps and other associated electrical equipments. Together with plant mechanics he will ensure that all such equipments are serviced per schedule and repaired in the event of any break down.

What we are looking for:

Diploma in Electrical Engineering or plant electrician grade one from a recognized and accredited post secondary technical institution. 

A minimum of four years proven experience in undertaking installation and maintenance of diesel run gensets, submersible and booster pumps, some of which should be in an emergency setting. Proficiency in MS Office software. 

Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to explain and present technical information.

10. Master Plumbers

Reporting to the WASH Project Assistant , the Master Plumbers will be responsible for quality installation of water reticulation systems, repair of burst, ensuring that all water appurtenances are fixed correctly and in a professional manner and will train and mentor pipeline repair team members. 

In addition, the Master Plumbers will coordinate the pipeline repair team in responding to leakages and bursts in the entire pipeline system.

What we are looking for:

Diploma in water technology, Craft Certificate or Government Grade Test One in Plumbing from a recognized and accredited post-secondary technical institution. 

A minimum of four years proven experience installing GS, PPR , PE and uPVC water pipes in Community based water project with evidence of successful implementation of similar projects. Emergency set up experience is highly desirable. Proficiency in MS Office software.

11. Construction Foreman


The Construction Foreman will be responsible quality control of the slab casting and latrines construction both in the refugee camps and host community. 

He/She will ensure good workmanship in all constructions and capacity building of the slab and latrine construction contractors.

What we are looking for:

Diploma in building construction or Government Grade Test One in Masonry and Carpentry from a recognized and accredited technical institution. 

A minimum of four years proven practical experience in masonry and carpentry work in a busy institution preferably an NGO. 

Experience in construction of family latrines, VIP latrines, casting slabs, Masonry tanks and other mega structures is highly essential.

Additional Skills & Qualifications

For all above mentioned positions, added advantage would go to those with ability to work independently in a result oriented multi-tasking and multi-cultural environment and manage conflicting priorities. 

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential; fluency in Somali or Kiswahili is highly desirable. Sensitivity to the needs and priorities of disadvantaged populations (minority groups etc) and demonstrated experience of integrating gender and diversity issues into WASH Programming.

The Successful candidates should be available for deployment by 1st March 2012.

To apply:

If you believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please submit your application and CV to recruitment_nb@som.nrc.no quoting the relevant title to the position you are applying for as the subject line.

The closing date for applications is 8th February 2012, 5pm.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification

The Norwegian Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer, with no discrimination in terms of sex, age, religion, ethnic origin or political affiliation

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