Burkina Faso

NRC recruits 01 Shelter&WASH Specialist

NRC recruits 01 Shelter&WASH Specialist Burkina Faso Ouagadougou


The humanitarian context in the cross-border area between Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger continues to deteriorate. The deteriorating security situation led some thousands of people from the Sahel, North, North Central, and East regions to flee to neighbouring towns. In addition, the presence of non-state armed groups and improvised explosive devices made roads inaccessible and hampered activities. The violence is having a serious impact on fragile livelihoods and people’s ability to support themselves and is challenging already weak basic social services. More and more people are fleeing their homes in search of safety in nearby fields or villages, sometimes repeatedly. 2,6 Million people are internally displaced in Burkina Faso (UNHCR dashboard on May 2023). In Burkina Faso, the Sahel and Centre-Nord regions are the most affected and have the largest number of displaced people even though the displacement tendencies are worsening also in the East and Boucle de Mohun Region. The large-scale displacement has a strong impact on already scarce natural resources, with negative consequences for both the displaced population and host communities, increasing the risk of undermining social cohesion and population protection.  In Burkina Faso, humanitarian access to populations in need and access to basic social services remains a major problem. We are witnessing a shrinking humanitarian space in the areas where humanitarian activities are concentrated.

Shelter and Settlements: NRC is currently focused on expanding its Shelter portfolio in Burkina Faso. In addition to offering temporary shelters equipped with emergency Non-Food Item (NFI) kits, lighting and alternative cooking solutions, for newly displaced families; NRC is expanding its transitional shelter response, its innovative market-based programming and cash response modalities. Additionally, NRC shelter team builds temporary, transitional, and permanent classrooms in close coordination with the NRC education team.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: WASH interventions are seamlessly integrated with other Core Competencies to maximize impact and efficiency. NRC provides comprehensive WASH assistance, addressing access to water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion. Water access is facilitated through the construction of boreholes with human-powered pumps, small drinking water supply systems (PEA or AEPS), conversion of hand pump-equipped boreholes into small drinking water supply NRC is also working to strengthen direct solar pumping system as an alternative to prolonged water trucking if needed to besieged areas.

What we are looking for  

The WASH & Shelter Specialist will provide technical oversight and strategic direction to Country and Area offices to further the development of the WASH – Shelter Core Competency (CC). The Specialist will provide quality assurance for all projects, develop a collaborative country strategy, capacity-build staff through mentoring and training to increase the technical capacity of the staff, and develop a donor strategy to grow the program further.

What you will do  

  • Responsible for technical innovative development and quality of WASH-Shelter CC in the country, holistic programming (with other CCs) and ensuring harmonization and consistency across CC projects in line with NRC Programme Policy
  • Develop Shelter and WASH strategies, technical guidance and Macro LFAs that are aligned with regional and global strategies and priorities and promoting and operationalize integrated programming (focus on Education, Livelihoods&Food Security (LFS), Protection from Violence and Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA)
  • Take the lead on quality project deliverables to ensure high technical outputs strengthening the organisational learning from programme implementation, sharing of best practice and capacity building.
  • Provide strategic leadership on the development of programming that recognizes the WASH and Shelter challenges faced by displacement-affected populations and lead implementation of Safe and Inclusive Programming Minimum Standards throughout programs, with capacity building, guidance and interdepartmental engagement.
  • Support the consideration and inclusion of cash-based interventions and market-based approaches within (and across) the Shelter and WASH core competencies and contribute to the institutionalization of cash-based interventions through capacity building, guidance SOP development and inter-departmental engagement.
  • Lead the process on proposals, budgets, modifications, project reviews and reporting and ensure high technical quality ensuring that SIP elements are introduced into technical documents (e.g assessments, guidance notes, tools etc)
  • Support programmatic M&E and indicator tracking with project teams and the M&E department.
  • Develop and lead on conducting needs assessments (in collaboration with Area Program teams, Protection team and M&E team), baseline, mid-and end-evaluations.
  • Represent NRC with relevant donors, government ministries, and in relevant humanitarian coordination meetings in the country.
  • Provide support and input to the recruitment processes for all WASH and Shelter staff.

Please download the JD_Shelter and WASH Specialist Burkina Faso to learn more about the position.

What you will bring  

  • Minimum 5 years of experience within technical expertise area in a humanitarian/recovery context;
  • Minimum 2 years of WASH and Shelter expertise
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • Expertise in Shelter and WASH programming.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile.
  • Humanitarian coordination experience
  • Fluency in English and French, both written and verbal

Deadline for applications:  12th February 2024

What we offer 

• Duty station: Burkina Faso Ouagadougou

• Contract: 12 months

 Travel: up to 50%

• Salary/benefits: grade 9 on NRC’s salary scale

• NRC is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity and highly encourage potential female applicants to apply!

• We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Find out more about the benefits of working for NRC https://www.nrc.no/career/what-we-offer/

Important information about the application process  

When creating your profile, include your full name as given on your passport. Complete all the system-required fields for experience, employment history and education.

We receive many applicants for each vacant position; therefore, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Kindly send any questions in relation to the application process to: cwa.recruitment@nrc.no. Applications sent via email will not be accepted. Please check your application status on your NRC application profile

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