Sierra Leone nationals: Technical Associate II: Engineer, Water Security

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Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 


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Job Title: Technical Associate II: Engineer, Water Security (Sierra Leone Nationals Eligible Only)

Department: Program

Band: 7

Reports To: Project Manager – Water Security

Country/Location: Sierra Leone/ Freetown and Western Area Peninsula

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CRS/ Sierra Leone and Project Background

CRS launched its work in Sierra Leone in 1963 supporting relief and development operations in the country. CRS Sierra Leone has proudly maintained a strong reputation and relationship with partners and the communities we serve in the country implementing a multi-sector program portfolio. Today, the Country Program has a robust portfolio built around several major programs in Health, Agriculture, Nutrition, Education and Urban Resilience. CRS Sierra Leone has its main office in Freetown and northern region field office in Kabala. CRS will begin implementing a Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) Project in Freetown and the Western Area Peninsula of Sierra Leone in April 2019. The RAIN project will focus on improving water security through the rehabilitation of water infrastructure and building community resilience to respond to water protection and water access challenges. Additionally, the project will implement reforestation activities to mitigate the impact of climate change on water security.

Job Summary:

You will provide technical support and analysis in the area of urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), for the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) Project in Freetown in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practice to deliver high-quality programming.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and perform various activities in support of project implementation, including but not limited to leading WASH needs assessments and sanitation surveys to identify rehabilitation needs and develop bill of quantities; design and manage construction and rehabilitation activities that respond to assessment findings; supervise and provide quality assurance and control of works carried out by local contractors leading the rehabilitation of water infrastructure.
  • Lead community mobilization for the project and support technical capacity building of key stakeholders within the local government and communities by providing technical training on operations and maintenance, hygiene promotion, wash committee governance for community volunteers, members of WASH committees and relevant authorities.
  • Prepare written weekly reports to share progress on the rehabilitation aspect of the project with key CRS staff, including the weekly collation and analysis of project data; participate in quarterly project review meetings; and coordinate with local NGO and government actors to share information about the project and collaborate as necessary.
  • Support Ministry of Water Resources to monitor drinking water parameters of rehabilitated water points using appropriate field equipment to ensure national standards are meet prior to community use

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Diploma/Degree in Civil Engineering and/or technical areas related to design and construction of water systems.
  • Strong technical knowledge in design and construction of water systems, including boreholes, wells, spring catchment and small-scale gravity schemes/water reticulation systems.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of work experience in WASH project support for an NGO that involves planning, construction and monitoring of water systems for domestic uses.
  • Experience working with partners, participatory action planning and community engagement.
  • Staff supervision experience a plus.
  • Experience monitoring projects and collecting relevant data.
  • Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Personal Skills

  • Analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment
  • Good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners
  • Proactive, results-oriented and service-oriented
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities

Required Language

English and Krio

Travel Required (60% within the Western Area)

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: NIL

Internal: Head of Programming, Regional Technical Advisor for Water Environment and Sanitation, HQ Water and Sanitation Advisors.

External: Freetown City Council, Ministry of Water Resources, Federation of the Rural and Urban Poor, EFA: Biodiversity and Renewable Energy Learning Center, Community Disaster Management Committees, Community Authorities and Members.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

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