WASH Engineer

Mercy Corps

Aden, , YE


Essential Job Responsibilities


  • Conduct field visits to the proposed areas to identify WASH infrastructure rehabilitations

Compile Assessment report and work plan for implementation of the proposed activities.

  • To conduct need assessment for all water, sanitation infrastructure (Latrine, water supply system, water treatment units etc.) in targeted areas.
  • In collaboration with community mobilizer and community health volunteers participate in selection of targeted communities and ensure registration of beneficiaries for all water, sanitation infrastructure (Latrine, water supply system etc.) in targeted areas.
  • To conduct technical assessment and feasibility survey for all water and sanitation infrastructure in targeted area
  • To assess emergency needs, as requested, especially taking in the broader perspective of hygiene promotions.

Program Implementation

  • Preparation of BOQs and drawings for all water supply and sanitation infrastructures to be implemented in the targeted areas.
  • Execute implementation of all WASH infrastructure activities as per implementation plan, BOQs, drawings and specifications.
  • Monitor and supervise WASH activities and ensure effective implementation of the WASH activities.
  • Maintain material record at construction sites and ensure quality of all material arrived on all sites.
  • Validate the progress and quality of work of the contractors, and make the connection with the administration and logistics to ensure their payments are done well on time.
  • Identify project supplies needs Prepare requisitions and coordinate with operation team to ensure materials arrive timely to work site.
  • Taking timely program advances for labor payments and other activities and ensure it’s on time settlement.
  • Ensure community participation in all WASH infrastructure activities.
  • Ensure all WASH infrastructure activities are well coordinated with local authorities (LWSC) and all stakeholders, Also ensure integration of engineering activities with hygiene promotion activities.
  • Technical Training of WASH committees and volunteers.
  • Regular visits to field areas to supervise all WASH infrastructure activities and ensuring quality of all WASH infrastructures.
  • Conducting water quality analysis in the field locations and updating water quality reports, also to propose recommendations for the water treatment systems.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning:

  • Ensure that WASH infrastructure construction and rehabilitation works are carried out according to BOQs, drawings, quality standards established by Mercy Corps through quality checklists. 
  • Weekly reporting of data in order to follow up the standard project and strategic indicators (number of beneficiaries, number and type of activities completed).
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Follow all MC protocols and regulations according to guidance provided by the direct supervisor.

Reporting and Documentation:

  • Preparation of weekly work plan for WASH team and sharing with line manager
  • Ensure that WASH infrastructure construction and rehabilitation works are carried out according to BOQs, drawings, quality standards established by Mercy Corps through quality checklists. .
  • Preparation of weekly, monthly and field visit reports and sharing with line manager on timely manner.
  • Ensure proper Record keeping for all WASH infrastructure activities in hard and soft form.

Integration, coordination and transversal aspects

  • Ensure that construction works is integrated with hygiene promotion and community participation component, to ensure sustainability of the infrastructure built.
  • Coordinate WASH construction activities with other sectors of Mercy Corps e.g. EFSVL, Health Nutrition & protection, operation and Finance in order to integrate activities in the same geographical area and for the same beneficiaries.
  • Coordinate WASH construction activities with other local actors (governmental and non-governmental).
  • To perform any other work related tasks assigned by supervisor.
  • Ensure that construction works is integrated with hygiene promotion and community participation component, to ensure sustainability of the infrastructure built.
  • Regularly meet the community and their leaders whenever in the field to explain what WASH team is doing their community.
  • Actively participate in weekly management and team meetings.
  • Ensure program integration between WASH Teams and other sectors throughout the planning, design and implementation stages to create synergy effects.
  • Meet with local government staff working the proposed facilities to explain what Mercy Corps is doing and explain the role to be played by the community and operators in the rehabilitation.
  • Listen to voice and the suggestion of the community and provide technical guidance and support feedback to provide better understanding of the between Mercy Corps and Community.
  • Oversee or create a community-based oversight system for all engineering works done by contractors.
  • Ensure a safe working environment for all people involved in project implementation.
  • Is responsible for a high degree of awareness regarding the security situation in the project area. Based upon this knowledge take adequate measures to ensure the safety of any and all MC staff and equipment in the district.
  • Supervise the Cash for Work activities including selection of beneficiaries, payment and monitoring activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Staff Management

  • When required support HR in WASH Assistant, Community Facilitators/Program Assisstant, and Community Health Volunteers recruitment, this includes writing Job description, interviews, etc.
  • Ensure partner WASH staff are fully inducted in Mercy Corps’ ways of working, Aims and Values.
  • Provide capacity building to local Communities and volunteers implementing Mercy Corps programs.
  • Ensure WASH team at community level understand and adhere to Mercy Corps’ Code of Conduct.
  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
Organizational Learning 
  • 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.

Supervisory Responsibility:
       WASH Assistants, Community facilitators and or Program Assistant and Non-MC staff (skilled and unskilled labor) at project sites.


  • 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.

Reports Directly To: Senior WASH Engineer.

Works Directly With Other Program Teams, MEL, Operations, Finance, Program Performance and Quality (PaQ), including the Technical Specialist.

Knowledge and Experience:
The role is one that requires technical expertise (in water, water quality analysis, sanitation, structural design and/or construction).

  • Bachelor/Graduate degree in Civil engineering, Environmental or public health engineering or equivalent.
  • Experience: Experience of minimum 3 years in the field of construction, including 1 year in WASH/shelter/infrastructure sector. Experience related to water & sanitation engineering in a humanitarian setting, including direct experience of repairing and constructing water treatment systems and installing submersible pumps in boreholes. Technical expertise should also include water quality analysis, sanitation, structural design and/or construction.
  • Proven experience of coordinating large public health and/or WASH program. It is desirable that some of this should have been in emergency relief program.
  • Experience with public health promotion and integration with engineering activities.
  • Excellent team work skills and the ability to build good relations both internally and externally
  • Experience in the design and delivery of training or capacity building program
  • Experience in implementing Cash for Work and or Voucher Cash Transfer is preferred.
  • Experience in sewage, water and sanitation infrastructure is preferred.
  • Minimum of two-year work experience in engineering project implementation and supervision particularly on water and sanitation infrastructures.
  • Minimum of two-year experience working on emergency response and development programming with an international NGO.
  • Spoken and written English proficiency is essential.
  • Proficiency in a variety of local languages preferred.
  • Physically able to spend the long periods of time in the field.
  • Able to work and live in Aden.
  • Able to travel in other southern governorates.

Travel Required

Yes. Duty station: Aden




Innovative: Consistently introduces new ideas and demonstrates original thinking

Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

Leader: Inspires teammates to follow them

Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well


Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest



Goal Completion: Inspired to perform well by the completion of tasks

Work-Life Balance: Inspired to perform well by having ample time to pursue work and interests outside of work

Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help

Flexibility: Inspired to perform well when granted the ability to set your own schedule and goals

Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization



Bachelors or better.





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