Field Hydrogeologist

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Innovation: Africa
Garoua, Cameroon
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
French

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Background
Innovation: Africa (iA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose team of dedicated problem solvers work together to bring solar and water technologies to rural communities in Africa in need living in rural African villages. We use solar energy to pump clean water and provide schools, orphanages, and medical clinics with light and refrigeration to store vaccines and medicines. iA has completed over 300 solar, water, and agricultural projects, providing light, clean water, food and proper medical care to more than 2 million people in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, Cameroon, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Job Summary
We are seeking a highly trained and qualified individual to join our Cameroon team as a Field Hydrogeologist to work in Cameroon. This position works under the supervision of the local Project Manager and is responsible for overseeing geophysical surveys, drilling of boreholes, technical implementation of iA solar water pumping systems, liaise with local solar water contractors and in-house engineers, as well as providing technical support in all projects. The Field Hydrogeologist will also be responsible for all iA field activities, including identifying and selecting the beneficiaries of our projects, actively engaging in community mobilization and sensitization, establishing and maintaining regular communication with the communities we serve, implementing project-related activities, providing regular reports and ongoing monitoring of the projects. As this is predominantly in-the-field work, candidates should expect frequent travel to the field to identify new projects, oversee the construction and implementation of ongoing projects, and monitor completed projects.

Reports To
Local Project Manager & Country Director in Israel

Responsibilities
• Oversee and lead activities related to the supervision, data capturing and analysis of all stages of the implementation of iA solar water pumping systems
• Work closely with the local contractor to plan and implement all solar water pumping systems
• Manage on-site work during all stages of the system construction and installation that is: geophysical survey, borehole drilling, installation and water distribution points
• Supervision of geophysical survey, drilling, development of the borehole, yield testing and water quality analysis from initial testing through to final reporting
• Independently assess needs for maintenance work (post-installation) in projects where a malfunction exists
• Maintain regular contact with Innovation: Africa’s engineers in Israel to successfully implement and monitor new solar technologies and remote monitoring systems
• Continually monitor the progress of ongoing field installation and maintenance activities
• Conduct community technical trainings and sensitization to all iA water and system beneficiaries on water management for water and agricultural use
• Appropriately sensitize the communities we work with, including establishing project steering committees to maintain the project
• Support the Project Manager to manage relationships with municipal officers, local leaders, and international stakeholders
• Send daily updates and regular progress reports to international management team regarding prospective projects, construction and implementation of current projects, and monitor existing projects
• Research and implementation of best survey techniques & practices and borehole drilling & development equipment in all iA projects

Qualifications
The ideal candidate is a dedicated team-player with strong interpersonal skills and a background in solar powered water systems. Applicants must have competitive experience in community development and mobilization, as well as experience working with international stakeholders. The candidate must demonstrate a proven passion for working with the community and possess strong detail orientation and problem-solving skills.

Compensation
Commensurate with experience.

Requirements
• Bachelor’s Degree or professional diploma in Geohydrology or closely related field
• Master’s Degree an advantage
• At least 10 experience supervising borehole drilling and borehole development
• Experience supervising drilling and borehole development in NGO focusing on community development projects
• Technologically oriented with excellent computer skills, including proficiency in email and Microsoft Office software
• Driver’s license
• Ability to commit to flexible working hours
• High proficiency in English and French; both writing and speaking
• Ability to relocate to Garoua District
• Able to speak the local dialect and with a good personality

As an international organization, our team works in New York, Israel, and Africa, and is constantly on the move. To maintain close contact despite our travel schedules, we regularly use technology solutions, such as WhatsApp and Skype. The ideal candidate thrives in this type of fast-paced environment and is comfortable working with colleagues in different time zones and continents.

Application Instructions
• Please send your cover letter and CV as a single PDF attachment to .
• The file name should be saved as your full name.
• Please include the position and country for which you are applying to work in the subject line of the email “Hydrogeologist in Cameroon”
• Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Innovation: Africa is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.