Uganda nationals: Assistant Hydrologist

Danish Refugee Council

Kitgum, , UG

Job title: Assistant Hydrologist (2)

Reporting to: Project Manager-Project Support

Location: Kitgum


Overall purpose of the role:

The hydrologist assistant will be responsible for the hydrological analysis to support planning and design and assist implementation of Water Resource Management works and projects. The candidate must be prepared to implement innovative ideas that prioritize primary water resource management (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 Hydrologist Assistant will perform the following tasks:

Project implementation

  • Undertake Hydrological assessment for the design of Water Resource Management Infrastructure projects within the selected micro-catchments.
  • Participate in the identification, planning, designing and constructing water management infrastructure, soil and water conservation structures and other technologies and practices with the greatest potential to improve water and natural resources management.
  • Coordinating project activities with the District Focal persons from the Engineering, Environment and Forestry Departments in the target districts.
  • Ensure regular communication between communities at the project implementation sites and DRC
  • Inspect and supervise work for quality and compile inspection report.
  • Ensure project accomplishments according to specifications and targets and recommended standards.
  • Participate in training of Project Management Committees (PMC) and Project User Committees (PUCs) together with district technical team
  • Developing investment plans (costed BOQ) together with the Project Water Engineer.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Identify, document and disseminate relevant project success, challenges and follow up on implementation of project’s action points


  • Produce activity, monthly, quarterly and annual reports as per DRC and donor requirements

Additional tasks

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

Experience and technical competencies: 

  • Minimum two-year relevant work experience for degree holders or 3 years work experience for diploma holders
  • Broad knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and practices of IWRM, environment and/or climate change, safe access to energy, and biodiversity conservation
  • Excellent computer skills (MS package, GIS and Hydrological modeling tools)
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle with a valid rider’s license
  • Willingness to live in a rural environment and to travel
  • Experience with donor funded projects and International Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Relevant work experience from Northern Uganda


  • Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Water Resources Management, Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Sciences or Natural Resources Management from a recognized University or Institution
  • Experience in using hydrology software and decision support systems


  • English
  • Lugbara, Madi, Alur

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 23rd March, 2021.

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.

DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:

  • Professionalism, impact & expertise
  • Humanitarian approach & the work we do
  • Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
  • Culture, values & strong leadership
  • Fair compensation & continuous development

DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

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