WASH & Infrastructure Technical Manager

Danish Refugee Council

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The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a protection of human rights framework, DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict and natural disasters. Program includes protection, livelihoods, food and NFI distribution, shelter, water and sanitation, and advocacy amongst others and are managed from offices in the South-Central, Puntland and Somaliland regions. There are also nonoperational region wide initiatives, focusing on advocacy and capacity building, which are supported from the Horn of Africa and Yemen regional office.  
The Infrastructure & WASH Manager is responsible for overseeing the technical engineering direction of DRC construction projects in Somalia. This will include providing the requisite support to program activities that require engineering support including livelihoods, WASH, shelter and protection projects. The core responsibilities will include technical support with project implementation, review of project implementation, representation at external events such as cluster meetings, networking and liaison, communication, capacity-building and field staff mentorship, monitoring, reporting & evaluation. The Infrastructure & WASH Technical Manager will review projects both at proposal and implementation stages to ensure engineering quality and control including adequate safeguards against environmental impact. S/he will provide capacity building for DRC local engineers. 
  • Provide technical engineering support to Somalia program activities related to all construction and WASH project activities.  
  • Maintain accepted infrastructural standards such as those outlined in the DRC/DDG Regional Infrastructure Manual and ensure that project staff, partner agencies and recipient communities understand, accept and adhere to these standards.  
  • Ensure that various technical Templates (including drawings, bill of quantities, bill of materials and reporting formats) are in place and well used. 
  • Review of the technical specifications, engineering designs and work schedules to ensure consistency with the most appropriate technology and existing ministry /sector standards.  
  • Review of the bill of quantities and bill of materials of the proposals to ensure the estimated costs are reasonable and comparable to the market rates.  
  • Review projects both at proposal and implementation stages to ensure engineering quality control including adequate safeguards against environmental impact.  
  • Review and advice on the bidding and tender documents and processes to ensure competitive bidding and conformity with the procurement procedures.  
  • Ensure the projects are implemented with the set designs, BOQs and BOMs, and project budget lines are expended within approved limit as stipulated by individual donors’ guideline as far as construction work is concern.  
  • Ensure the construction project activities are well coordinated and implemented in an integral manner so as to ensure effective and efficient utilization of physical and human resource during implementation.  
  • Regularly review the physical progress reports to ensure accuracy and consistency in reporting.  
  • Undertake regular field visits to carry –out technical audits during the implementation of the projects  
  • Representing DRC in Shelter and WASH Cluster technical issues with close consultation with the CD/DCD, RIC and relevant Area Managers.
  • Representing DRC in Cluster Review Committees and Cluster workshops and ensure our visibility at country and regional level (when needed). 
  • Review and advice on innovative ways of carrying our hygiene promotion and awareness creation in target communities. 
  • Coordinate with Area Managers in requisition, procurement and delivery of project input materials, supplies and labor as far as construction work is concerned.  
  • Contribute to the creation and compilation of the annual operation plans and project roposals whenever required.  
  • Document, share and strive to solve difficulties that may be encountered in implementation of the construction projects.  
  • With support of the RIC, regularly conduct training sessions for field engineers and community facilitators (who will in turn train communities and local authorities) in the use of the various standards and the technical templates including bill of quantities, bill of materials, and technical reporting templates etc.  
  • Train field engineer on collecting materials prices and construction unit prices, including data entry and analysis  
  • Share regular Report upon completion of every mission with the CD/DCD, RIC and relevant Area Managers.  
  • Share “Success Stories” in a regular manner.   
  • Any other task as may be assigned by direct Supervisor/Senior Management/RIC.  
  • A bachelor’s degree in Civil/Architectural Engineering or other relevant post-graduate degree. A post graduate degree will be an added advantage. 
  • Strong knowledge of WASH activities and implementation projects. 
  • Practical working knowledge on direct implementation of WASH interventions in emergencies. 
  • A minimum of 5 years of field experience in emergency and displacement situations. 
  • Knowledge of participatory approaches and tools to community planning, monitoring and evaluation 
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English is required. Extensive experience in report writing and editing is required.  
  • Good command of computer programs and applications with significant capabilities in computerized database and spreadsheet construction, and their practical application. Practical knowledge of AutoCAD, Archicad, ArcGIS or other GIS programmes is required. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a minimum of guidance 
  • Willingness and physical ability to perform field missions in rural areas under restricted security conditions 
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework into the work of DRC  
Availability:     8th January 2017 
Duty station:    Hargeisa ,with frequent travel to the other locations in Somalia. 
Reporting:    The WASH and Infrastructure Manager will report to the Deputy Country Director of Somalia and will work in collaboration with Area Managers and the Regional Infrastructure Coordinator (RIC).  For program development issues, the Manager will consult closely with the RIC, and advice the D/CD appropriately. The Manager will also have close working relations with the Program development and Quality Manager and other Technical Coordinators to enhance program synergies. 
Contract:    6 months contract dependent on performance. Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates (available at www.drc.dk under Vacancies). This position is graded as A15.  
For qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff 
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 www.drc.dk under Vacancies.  
Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on www.drc.dk under vacancies no later than 30th November 2016 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact [email protected]  
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult www.drc.dk.