WASH Engineer

Freetown, , SL

Please note:

This is an urgent recruitment for a high priority humanitarian response. For this reason, applications will be reviewed as they are received. Those applicants who are not successful with this vacancy may be considered for our Public Health Engineer Register.

Closing Date: 19th December 2016
Salary: Competitive Package
Contract Type: Fixed term
Hours: Full time
Location: Sierra Leone

Oxfam works with others to overcome poverty and suffering. As an Oxfam employee, you will join a team of professionals that is part of the international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in 94 countries. As part of a global movement for change, we are working together to end world poverty and injustice.

The Freetown WASH Consortium (FWC) brings together four agencies (ACF, Concern, Oxfam GB and Save the Children) in which Oxfam is a leading agency. During Ebola time, FWC re-orientated WASH development programming to focus on supporting the Government’s National Operational Plan.

Since 2010, FWC programme has been working on holistic WASH work that has provided over 100,000 people with improved access to water; more than 20,000 with improved sanitation; and an estimated 400,000 with positive hygiene messaging. The Consortium focuses on four main areas: WASH service delivery following a community led approach; disaster risk mitigation; capacity building of community structures and Government of Sierra Leone stakeholders; and advocacy on sector financing.

The successful candidate will ensure the implementation of the aforementioned water facilities in time, within budget and according to good engineering practices.

Key Responsibilities:

Specific Objectives:

  • Lead the implementation process of 20 new water facilities
  • Coordinate with the FWC agencies to ensure the upgrading of 20 boreholes and installation of 50 emergency kiosks
  • Coordinate with line ministries, departments and agencies for effective participation

Leading Implementation:

  • Work to ensure that geophysical and feasibility study for the 20 new decentralised systems is completed in time
  • Work with Oxfam logistics and WASH units on contractor selection process for the new water facilities
  • Manage the construction contract as per Oxfam guidelines including payment claims, new orders, omissions, risk management, etc.

Coordinating with FWC agencies:

  • Work closely with the FWC technical working group to ensure that plans are developed as required, timelines are met and specific tasks are discharged
  • Work closely with Oxfam urban WASH unit during the entire implementation process of the new water facilities
  • Work closely with all FWC agencies to ensure that agencies duly discharge the above-mentioned responsibility matrix

Person Specification:


  • Min. first degree academic qualification on hydraulic, water resource, mechanical or related specialised civil engineering disciplines
  • Min. 7 yrs solid experience working on design, construction and supervision of small-scale urban/peri-urban or rural water facilities, with special focus on borehole development, electro-mechanical, and hydraulic works ideally in Africa and in an NGO setting
  • Min. 7 yrs experience on and sound understanding of contract management policies and procedures for civil works including conducting and evaluating tenders based on QCBS system, awarding unit-price based contracts, managing payment claims, managing new work or omission orders, etc.


  • Experience working with DFID programmes
  • Experience on hydro-geological surveys

All applications must be submitted in English and include an English CV.