Jun 2016 Career Opportunity Norwegian Refugee Council For WASH Officer in Kakuma Kenya

Job Career: Norwegian Refugee Council For WASH Officer in Kakuma Kenya

Job Opportunity: Norwegian Refugee Council For WASH Officer in Kakuma Kenya

Norwegian Refugee Council
WASH Officer (Kalobeyei)
Ref. No.: 3102317815
Commencement as soon as possible
Duty station: Kakuma (Kalobeyei)
Duration of contract 1 year with possibility of Extension

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been present in Somalia since early 2004 and has since expanded its Horn of Africa Programme to Kenya in 2006 and to Ethiopia in 2011. 
Since 2004, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has demonstrated a regional competence and expertise in working with displaced populations. 
NRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by the ongoing conflict and more recently by the drought and famine. 
NRC offers a comprehensive response for Refugees, returnees and IDPs of high need, addressing their food security, livelihood, shelter, education, ICLA, and water, hygiene and sanitation needs and also responding to emergencies through NRC’s five core competences; Shelter, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH and Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).

NRC’s Horn of Africa operation comprises of large-scale multi-country humanitarian and early recovery interventions spread across eight countries (Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Yemen), and most recently Eritrea, Uganda and South Sudan. 

NRC’s overall strategy in the region is to ensure a greater number of vulnerable people in hard to reach areas get access to humanitarian assistance, become resilient to future disasters and find durable solution. 
The regional office is based in Nairobi and works with country programmes to ensure standardisation of programmatic and operational approaches, promote multi country programming and ensuring quality and coordination.

Main purpose of the position is to ensure effective planning, design and quality implementation of the water supply activities in Kalobeyei refugee settlement and Kakuma refugee camp, Turkana County in Kenya. 

The staff will also be expected to support implementation of sanitation and hygiene promotion activities. 
The incumbent will have substantial knowledge, skills and experience in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Groundwater (Hydraulic) modelling and Aquifer Monitoring, and design of water supply infrastructure and development, preferably in a camp setting. 
The WASH Officer will assist the WASH Coordinator and the WASH Specialist in providing the technical support towards the overall planning, design and development of overall WASH programme in Turkana County, and other parts of Kenya, as necessary. 
He/she will also work closely with the other WASH Officers and WASH Assistants in the field to ensure timely delivery of quality and cost-effective water supply and sanitation construction works.

WASH Officer reports to WASH Coordinator

Job Description

Information management

  • Manage the water supply system in the camp, apply Geographical information system in mapping of water supply infrastructure, conduct hydraulic modelling for the water reticulation system, regular monitoring groundwater and provide timely advice for any anomalies observed.
  • The incumbent will also coordinate the entire team in addressing breakdowns and water losses in the entire water supply system.
  • Carry out continuous assessment of the operation and performance of water supply systems (boreholes, generators, solar systems, water pipelines and distribution networks) and ensure timely preventive maintenance.
  • Carry out aquifer monitoring on a regular basis, propose appropriate remedies to ensure sustainable exploitation of the groundwater resources.
  • Ensure that test pumping the boreholes are done as required, and analysis of the aquifer behaviours provided
  • Capacity built the staff and other water users on the need to conserve water by using methods geared towards the general environmental conservation.
  • Sensitize the staff on environmental impact assessment (EIA) issues and the mitigating factors, so that our operations as an implementing agency can meet the minimum standards as set up by the water resources management authority, national environment management authority (NEMA), and in conformity with the water Act 2000, laws of the republic of Kenya.
  • Review monthly and circumstantial reports to the WASH Coordinator
  • Participates in timely writing sectors monthly Sitrep reports and the weekly highlights
  • Supervision of the test pumping process on the completion of borehole drilling and acquisition and interpretation of the test pumping data for the pumping plant design.
  • Carry out any other related responsibilities as would be assigned by the WASH Co-ordinator.
  • Give guidance to the borehole watchmen, pump attendants and water supply operator, on the mandatory procedures for preventive maintenance tasks
  • In Liaison with Plant Mechanics and Plant Electricians, ensure proper servicing and repairs are done on time and as scheduled, using the right quality spare parts and consumables.
  • Ensuring that work schedules required for efficient programme implementation are implemented to time and agreed standards.
  • WASH needs assessment, planning proposal writing, budget review and activities scheduling to ensure project milestones are met according to donor budgets and adopted standards. .
  • Design and operational implementation of water systems.
  • Ensuring that all planning processes and bill of quantities are in line with budget planning, budgetary constraints and in accordance to donor requirements.
  • On delegation from WASH Coordinator, WASH Specialist or the Area Manager liaise with relevant stakeholders to facilitate smooth project implementation.
  • Provision of technical advice to pump mechanics and plumbers
  • Degree in Water or Civil Engineering or any other relevant discipline 
  • Or a Higher National Diploma in the field of Water or Civil Engineering from a recognized institution.
Relevant Experience
  • Proven practical experience in the planning and execution of WASH projects, with at least 3 years’ experience in a humanitarian and development programme, preferably with an international humanitarian organization.
  • Proven practical experience in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Groundwater (Hydraulic) modelling and Aquifer Monitoring, and design of water supply infrastructure and development, preferably in a camp setting
  • Experience in undertaking Sanitation and Hygiene promotion in an emergency programme is essential.
  • Experience in the implementation of emergency programmes is desirable
  • Proven ability to use MS Office software (especially Word and Excel) is essential. 
  • Experience with other computer programs such as SAP 2000 and Microsoft Project would be an advantage.
  • Experience in using GPS is an added advantage.
Education field
  • Engineering sciences & technology
  • Education title: Degree in Water or Civil Engineering
Education level
  • College / University, Bachelor’s degree
Personal qualities
  • Ability to initiate, develop, plan and implement an integrated programme.
  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to explain and present technical information
  • Possession of strong administrative and management skills with a willingness to follow relevant policies and procedures
  • Experience in capacity building and training of staff and target groups
  • Political and cultural awareness and experience of working where insecurity is a major issue
  • Language: Fluency in written and spoken English is essential; fluency in Kiswahili is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work independently in a result oriented multi-tasking and multi-cultural environment and manage conflicting priorities.
  • Understanding of international WASH/Public Health, Relief and Development issues
  • Sensitivity to the needs and priorities of disadvantaged populations (minority groups etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience of integrating gender and diversity issues into WASH Programming.
We offer

Salary/benefits according to NRC general directions. The candidate will observe NRC’s Code of Conduct and working hours for the NRC Kakuma office.

Miscellaneous info

Travel: Some travelling must be expected

How to Apply
CLICK HERE to apply online

Deadline for application: 14/06/2016  


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