WASH and Shelter Coordinator at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

WASH and Shelter Coordinator at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)


Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a Danish international non-governmental organisation, which promotes and supports durable solutions to the problems faced by refugees and internally displaced people all over the world. DRC is present in more than 30 conflict territories around the world assisting displaced people with shelter, food, income-generating activities, and a wide range of other assistance. It is of utmost importance for DRC to work in compliance with the DRC Accountability and Quality Management system and national legislations. Smooth, reliable and effective operational systems are preconditions for DRC to maintain its position as a trustworthy and reliable partner for our donors and an accountable organisation towards our beneficiaries.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: WASH and Shelter Coordinator

Location: Abuja

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The role is dedicated to technical coordination, advisory, fundraising and representing DRC in relevant technical fora and working group.
  • The WASH and Shelter Coordinator is responsible for formulating technical strategy for DRC Nigeria bringing effective, innovative modalities to the sector with emphasis on Value for Money and Going Green.
  • The Coordinator will provide effective, timely technical advisory to the implementation team and to the Country Office Team in line with the technical and country strategy. The role will be responsible for representing DRC in relevant technical fora and working groups on country level and area level, should that be necessary, and supporting the Head of Programme in fundraising efforts for their sector through well-designed strategy, timely updates, advisory and sector engagement.
  • The WASH and Shelter Coordinator is based in Abuja – but expected to travel frequently to Area Offices and field locations in Borno and Adamawa states and other areas as the geographic presence of DRC Nigeria develops.

Technical Coordination and Advisory:

  • Provide technical advisory to the implementation teams and Country Office team on any stage of programme implementation.
  • Lead on creation and roll out of the technical strategy with emphasis on needs of the affected communities, innovation, and environment. Support the Head of Programmes on creating the Country Strategy.
  • Provide technical inputs and review to proposals, reports, assessments and evaluations in line with the technical strategy.
  • Provide technical capacity building to implementation teams and partners.
  • Prepare learning/knowledge products, SoPs and guidelines covering innovative approaches and good practices, to support overall WASH and Shelter sector development and good-practice implementation.
  • Initiate and contribute to the systematic assessment of WASH sector capacity gap analysis, in collaboration with government and other stakeholders, and support the design of initiatives to strengthen capacities systematically.
  • Analyze Nigeria WASH and Shelter sector challenges, trends, programmes and projects, with a focus on WASH and shelter outcomes, using frameworks, analysis and tools available in the sector.

Representation, Fundraising and Advocacy:

  • Pro-actively lead on DRC’s WASH and Shelter representation with relevant Sectors (Clusters) and working groups on country level and area level when necessary.
  • Engage with relevant stakeholders incl. NGOs, donors and government to promote DRC’s WASH and Shelter programme and support sector’s fundraising efforts.
  • Produce materials for WASH and Shelter programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships and support fund-raising.
  • Interact with global and regional initiatives and partnerships for WASH and Shelter Sectors.
  • In addition to the above, the WASH and Shelter Coordinator may be asked to carry out other duties requested by the Head of Programme – but always in the scope of this job description.
  • Actively seek out new viable partnerships for the WASH and Shelter sectors.
  • Actively seek out appropriate funding opportunities for the sector in line with the sector strategy.


  • At least 5 years’ experience in technical management and advisory in WASH and Shelter sectors.
  • Proven experience with proposal and report writing processes.
  • Experience working in emergency response with INGOs, preferably in a humanitarian context
  • Full professional proficiency in English with the capacity to produce well-written products for formal reporting and communication.
  • Direct experience with drafting and reviewing of technical SoPs and guidelines, technical papers and analysis with emphasis on innovation and environment.
  • Proven experience with representation in Clusters, Working groups and other relevant technical bodies.
  • Proven experience with impactfully engaging with stakeholders.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil / Water Engineering, Architecture or Construction.
  • Master’s Degree in above fields will be an added advantage.
  • Experience with capacity building for national partners.
  • Prior knowledge of Nigeria context.

Required Skills & Qualities

  • Core Competencies of DRC:
    • Striving for excellence
    • Collaboration
    • Taking the lead
    • Communication
    • Demonstrating Integrity
  • Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment
  • Interest for humanitarian sector and donor’s environment
  • Listening, analytical and synthesis skills
  • Excellent communication skills, as well as patience and politeness
  • Exemplary sense of ethics in the workplace.
  • Excellent writing, proof-reading, and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Strong ability to adapt, take initiative and work in a multicultural environment

General Regulations:

  • The employee shall follow DRC instructions on safety, confidentiality and ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework
  • Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization
  • Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorization
  • Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request
  • Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline 14th March, 2023.

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