Roving WASH Engineer

Mercy Corps

Yola, Nigeria 🇳🇬

Job details


Position Description

Location: : Yola field office with frequent visits to Borno State

Position Status: Full-time, Regular.

Salary Level: 6

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within, now, and for the future. 

General Position Summary

The Small-Town Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (STWASH) Activity is a five-year initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Activity is to support sustainable improvements in access to basic water and sanitation that are necessary to facilitate ongoing recovery, peacebuilding, and economic development within Nigeria. The program has three interrelated areas of intervention. As a foundational approach, STWASH focuses on expanded access to water and sanitation facilities and strengthening capacity for small-town water governance covering the states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) in Northeast Nigeria. The overarching vision of the activities in the BAY states is to facilitate the economic recovery of some crisis-affected communities and bolster the capacity of the state governments in providing essential WASH services and creating and sustaining enabling environments for Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Agencies and Water Consumers Associations to operate effectively.

Reporting to the STWASH Senior Infrastructure Manager, the WASH Engineer will be responsible for ensuring the implementation of high-quality WASH infrastructure facilities maintaining set engineering and Mercy Corps quality standards for all ST WASH activities. The successful candidate will support the implementation of ongoing and planned activities in Adamawa and Borno states.

S/he will support Local Implementing Partners (LIPs) and government focal ministries at local and community levels to deliver on the project’s goals and objectives. S/he will work closely with WASH specialists by ensuring implementation is in line with national guidelines/standards. In addition, s/he will also support MEL team and communication team in carrying out specific WASH infrastructure data collection and documentation of success stories as well as prepare construction progress supervision reports.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance in WASH construction activities including day-to-day monitoring/supervision of all infrastructure construction/rehabilitation works.
  • Responsible for day-to-day quality checks and management of infrastructure activities, to ensure compliance and effective use of project resources, and suggesting results-based solutions to Senior Infrastructure Manager
  • Preparation of additional designs and BOQs on proposed improvements to existing/new WASH facilities
  • Support Senior Infrastructure Manager in managing contractors/consultants by reviewing progress, measurement of works and ensuring adherence to contractual obligations and organizational policies.
  • Support the timely implementation of project activities per the agreed work schedule.
  • Support LIPs and other WASH stakeholders to ensure compliance with quality standards.
  • Work closely with the communications team on the documentation and dissemination of lessons learnt, best practices and success stories from the project.
  • Contribute to the development of weekly/monthly/quarterly project updates/reports.


As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient, and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.


Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Supervisory Responsibility: No direct supervision


Reports Directly To: Senior Infrastructure Manager

Key Working Relationships

Internal: Supervision of quality and ensure compliance with agreed standards. Also, liaise with MEL staff, and other technical staff to ensure tracking and documentation of infrastructure-specific indicators.

External: Key functions include representing MC in various forums and forging relations with the government, LIPs, other stakeholders, and the community. The Senior Infrastructure Quality Assurance Officer will ensure the STWASH mandate for quality service delivery are implemented in tandem with the project documents.

Knowledge and Experience

  • BSc in Civil / Water engineering / Building/construction engineering (or related field) with significant knowledge and experience in the implementation of water systems Excellent knowledge of design and visualizations software such as AutoCAD, Civil 3D Prokon, Robot
  • Proficiency in site layout, grading, utility design, regulatory approvals etc
  • At least 4 years of progressive experience implementing WASH and other WASH-related projects in Northeast Nigeria, preferably in an NGO setting.
  • Have solid working knowledge and practical skills in WASH infrastructure design and construction management.
  • Knowledge of water quality, water supply, sanitation, sustainability management and stakeholders’ management.
  • Have a good understanding of local government WASH Policies and Guidelines.
  • Have a good grasp of the challenges facing WASH in urban/rural Nigeria.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and process information into action.

Skills and abilities

  • Proven ability for quality delivery
  • Ability to transfer skills and knowledge through, training, mentorship, and accompaniment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and in teams.
  • Excellent written, and oral communication.
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office), WASH data collection software.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have a sustained global impact. We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary-General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and adhere to the Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.


  • Applicants should have their CVs and Cover Letters in one document addressing the position requirements.
  • Female candidates who are qualified are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Closing Date: Friday 17th March 2023

Travel required






IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development