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.
Reporting to the WASH Project Officer , the WASH Assistant –Laboratory Technologist will ensure that water quality services and intervention are carried out as required to ensure that Persons of Concerns consume water which is safe from disease causing organisms.
- Perform water sampling as per the Ministry of Health, code of regulations, Government chemist and Water Resources Management Authority regulations
• Record and maintain all records related to water quality sampling.
• Prepare and organize water sampling bottles, containers, and related tracking documents; collect water
• Samples from boreholes, distribution systems, and at households
• Deliver water samples to the laboratory for analysis; ensure the required documentation for each sample
• is complete and correct; monitor sampling schedules daily to ensure the timely completion of sampling.
• Inspect sample sites and perform repairs or upgrades, as needed.
• Monitor sampling supplies and maintain adequate inventory to maintain the sampling program
• Review statistical data for regulatory compliance; organize and compile water quality lab reports; store
• Data both in hard copy and digital formats.
• Review and analyze existing, pending, and potential potable and recycled water quality regulations.
• Liaise with the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in compilation of monthly WMS reports
• .Raise the necessary Procurement Request related to water quality Laboratory and ensure that water treatment chemicals and reagents are always available
• Conduct any other duties as may be assigned by the WASH Project Coordinator or the WASH Core competency Specialist or the Area Manager
- Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, or Diploma in Laboratory Training as a Technologist from Kenya Medical Training College with a bias on Water quality control
• In-depth skills and knowledge in Water quality control/Analysis
• Understanding of WHO drinking water standards guidelines.
Minimum of 2 years’ of relevant experience, at least 1 years in Humanitarian or working in water quality control laboratory as Laboratory Technologist, Water Laboratory Technician or Water Quality Analyst
- College / University, Bachelor’s degree
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Excellent ability to coherently lead and manage diverse spread out teams
Excellent analytical skills
High level of computer literacy
Good community mobilization skills
Individual and group facilitative capacity building skills
Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
Excellent program evaluative and report writing skills.
Commencement as soon as possible
Duty station : Kakuma
Duration of contract 1 year with possibility of Extension
Salary/benefits according to NRC general directions. The candidate will observe NRC’s Code of Conduct and working hours for the NRC Kakuma office.