DRC NGO WASH Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than 40 countries throughout the world.

The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights.

DRC works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.

In Uganda, DRC works in North, North-Western, South-Western and North-Eastern regions in a range of emergency and development support for refugees and displacement-affected communities.

The Water, sanitation & Hygiene Coordinator is responsible for coordinating strategy and operations within the West Nile WASH sector.

The position exercises technical line management responsibilities over the West Nile WASH staff.

The WASH Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that managers and other employees are provided with the right expert advice and support to set strategy and assure operational quality and compliance with standards and procedures.

He/She is accountable for the quality provision of WASH support and the ability to effectively coordinate others within the technical line.

He/She will have delegated budget authority, and is expected to contribute to important management decisions. He/She will support WASH activity implementation teams in Rhino Camp, Yumbe, Kuluba and other locations of West Nile region.


  • He/She is expected to comply with DRC’s framework of standard regulations and operational procedures including the code of conduct, Assistance Framework, Program Manual and Operations Handbook, approved documents, donor contacts and applicable laws specific to Uganda.


  • Provide technical line management to WASH staff through respective Base Managers.
    Plan and coordinate staff development processes.
  • Provide input into staff performance management, and recruitment processes.
  • Conduct engineering works including development of designs, BOQs and monitoring construction/enginnering activities.

    Coordination and Representation

  • Collaborate with technical partners and stakeholders including local authorities, funding donor staff at regional level as well as providing technical support in advocacy activities related to WASH.
  • Provide technical quality oversight on the operations of DRC’s implementation partners in WASH activities.
  • Represent DRC at WASH coordination engagements at either regional level, country level or beyond.
  • Cultivate good relations with key WASH actors, including UNHCR, NGOs, donors, non-state actors and government departments through effective and regular attendance at technical meetings/clusters and bilateral meetings.
  • Develop and quality checked reports for various stakeholders.


  • Lead the technical project planning, developing detailed implementation strategy, harmonizing approaches and methodologies for project implementation across the West Nile WASH grants.
  • Organize well planned donor missions to WASH field sites.
  • Development, coordination, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting mechanisms for use by the WASH sector in West Nile.
  • Conduct assessments and fact-finding missions to sustain engineering works and facilities.
  • Assisting in the preparation of project proposals for external donors and participate in negotiations to defend them.
  • Conceptualizing and developing sectoral and local strategies in close co-operation with the Program Manager.
  • Ensure that the programmes are implemented in accordance with DRC standard regulations and operational procedures, WASH technical standards and national standards and procedures.
  • Monitor all WASH program financial budgets, expenditures, procurement (including procurement planning) and inventories in accordance with DRC operations handbook, donor regulations and DRC specific guidelines.
  • Ensure adherence to DRC Security procedures according to the DRC Operations Handbook and local security rules.
  • Provide technical support to project teams in conducting consultations with stakeholders in the project target areas including but not limited to the government authorities (particularly OPM_, UN Agencies, other NGOs and civil societies for the
    project start up.

    Staff Development and Management

  • Provide technical line management to WASH Team leaders based at the field base location.
  • Collaborate with Base manager in developing WASH staff performance measurement and targets and appraisals based on the set targets.
  • Conduct regular field visits to operational sites to provide technical support to WASH teams.
  • Uphold DRC’s code of Conduct and principles of accountability.
  • Participate in procedures related to recruitment, staff development, warning and dismissal as required, with a mind-set of anticipation and expectation as opposed to reaction.
  • Design and conduct or outsource technical trainings for the key WASH staff to ensure highest level of technical standards are sustained.

    Relationship Management:

  • Coordination: Maintain close and good relations with all relevant stakeholders including the other Base Mangers of other NGOs, UN organizations, OPM, local authorities, line ministries, donors, DRC partners and internally with all staff and in particu;lar other sector coordinator
  • Transparency: Conduct self and responsibility in a transparent way.
  • Reporting: Timely compile required reports for all relevant stakeholders as required.

    Follow up all DRC / DDG Procedures for Security, Finance, Logistics, HR and Administration.
    Uphold DRC’s international code of conduct.
    Carry out any other duty as assigned by the supervisor.

    About you

  • To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a positive, mature leader with a proven track record of developing effective initiatives, programmes, and impact.

  • Striving for excellence: you focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process
  • Collaborating: you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Taking the lead: you take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrating integrity: you act in line with our vision and values

    Moreover, we also expect the following:

    Experience and Technical competencies:

  • Substantial water engineering experience in rural settings, development sector work experience.
  • Relevant university degree in Engineering.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in an INGO or similar/related position which must include engineering, sanitation, financial management and asset control.
  • Good interpersonal, communication skills with proven experience in liaising with local authorities.
  • Proven leadership skills and a competence in people management.
  • Experience in civil or water engineering management and proven organizational skill.
  • Good understanding of donor trends, guidelines and procedures.
  • Experience dealing with national partners and local/government authorities.
  • Professional background in working with internally displaced persons and/or refugees is an advantage.
  • Good experience in training and liaising with national NGOs.
  • Experience working in multicultural work settings.
  • Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines;
  • A team player and the ability to work with limited supervision;
  • Flexible, pro-active, and with the ability on follow through on tasks.

    How to apply

    Qualified candidates are invited to access the full job description and the requirements for this position under vacancies at www.drc.dk. Please submit applications online using this link by 18th July 2018

    If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact job@drc.dk

    If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/jobsupport.

    For more information and job application details, see; DRC NGO WASH Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

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