Uganda nationals: Project Lead (WASH)

Danish Refugee Council
Arua, Uganda
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Overall purpose of the role:

The project water engineer will be responsible to support planning and design and ensure, quality assurance of the technical plans and implementation of Water Resource Management works and projects.  The development of micro-catchment plans will be done by Upper Nile Water Management Zone (UNWMZ) based on community engagement and mobilization in the areas identified by the project. Technical screening will be done by the project water engineer. S/he will work closely with the UNWRMZ officers to interpret Micro-catchment plans and translate them into relevant works to be implemented under NURI as labour-intensive public works. S/he will build the capacity of the engineering staff employed under the annual workplans, ensuring they use the relevant tools and methods to achieve high quality works and meet targets and objectives on time. S/he will report to the Project Manager. The candidate must be prepared to implement innovative ideas that prioritize primary water resource catchment (rain and storm water) and use of natural land contours and patterns as well as natural materials to saturate the landscape for long term land restoration, as well as surface level water retention. The aim is to mitigate soil erosion that contributes to the drought flood cycle, and ensure that all primary water resources go in to crop production, biodiversity regeneration, or water storage for human and animal consumption as well as irrigation. WRM will cover the implementation of 8 micro-catchment plans with 40 agricultural-related physical and natural water infrastructures (e.g. Multi-purpose dam, protection of river banks, contour planting, tree planting and other water retention structure in the open landscape).



The Project Water Engineer will perform the following tasks:

Quality assurance:

  • Coordinate closely with the Project Engineer and the Regional Infrastructure and Resilience Coordinators on technical approach.
  • Review and prepare engineering drawings, designs, BOQs as per the Water Resource Management Infrastructure Manual (technical screening).
  • Continuously supervise the construction and maintenance of all projects including a water component. These will be based on site surveys to identify topographical land contours for planning a series of contour swales as well as ponds to passively capture surface water runoff and run on.
  • Conduct technical assessments on topography, contours and landscape patterns as well as surface hydrological behavior and fluvial geomorphology and when required and monitor the quality assurance and quality control of design and implementation on all water projects.
  • Coordinate project activities with the District Focal persons from the Engineering, Environment and Forestry Departments in the target districts.
  • Ensure very high standard of technical screening of projects jointly with the district technical team and compile Investment Plans for approval by the District Technical Planning Committees (DTPC) and support capacity building for line Ministries in innovation around planning and designing water resources that do not rely on ground water systems.
  • Participate in BID committee to provide technical inputs for the selection of contractors and ensure technical specification are accurate to fast track procurement process and ensure quality assurance
  • Develop a monitoring scheme which includes performance and impact indicators for all infrastructures related activities.
  • Supervise the technical aspects of the projects;
  • Assess the activities undertaken and ensure efficient use of resources;
  • Ensure the right structures for instance drifts and culverts are constructed in the identified bottlenecks and ensure value for money
  • Ensure regular communication between communities at the project implementation sites and DRC
  • Inspect and supervise work for quality control and compile inspection report.
  • Ensure project accomplishments according to specifications and targets.
  • Processing payment certificates for contractors after completion of works.
  • Participate in training of Project Management Committees (PMC) and Project User Committees (PUCs) together with district technical team
  • Ensure adequate contract management with the support supply chain department (close monitoring of variation, formal communication to contactors, etc.) in line with DRC operational handbook.
  • Processing payment certificates for contractors after completion of works.
  • Participate in training of Project Management Committees (PMC) and Project User Committees (PUCs) together with district technical team
  • Develop investment plans (costed BOQ) together with supervising engineers.
  • Support the development of the work plan developed by regional manager together with the Project Manager.
  • Together with the Engineering Officers, work on project technical reports

Staff development and management

  • Support Regional project manager in developing objective setting and performance appraisal for Engineering supervisor

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Identify, document and disseminate relevant project success, challenges and follow up on implementation of project’s action points
  • Participate in quarterly OPM and District monitoring, project reviews and evaluations.


  • Provide engineering data and information for preparation of donor reports (E.g. monthly highlights, quarterly and annual reports).

Additional tasks

  • On request perform any other additional duties assigned by the supervisors in order to allow the organization to function optimal

Experience and technical competencies: 

  • A Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or similar engineering degree.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting landscape level earthworks and passive water harvesting
  • Demonstrated experience in permaculture, agroecology and agroforestry systems
  • Demonstrated experience in natural pond construction
  • Demonstrated knowledge of water and soil chemistry and soil microbiology high desired.
  • 7 years of post-graduate relevant work experience;
  • 5 years of relevant work experience from a lesser developed context
  • Relevant experience from 3 projects in a similar position;
  • Relevant experience with agricultural related rural infrastructure


  • A Master’s degree in Civil engineering or similar engineering degree


  • Proficiency in English (written and spoken) is essential.
  • Knowledge of one or more of the local languages widely spoken in the covered districts, preferably Alur, Lugbara, Luo and Madi.

Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies. Applications close on 17th January 2020.

Equal Opportunity

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels in light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal Opportunity: DRC is an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethinic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.

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