Uganda nationals: Water and Sanitation Field Engineer via ReliefWeb

Yumbe, Uganda 🇺🇬

Job Title: Water and Sanitation Field Engineer

Supervisor: Water and Sanitation Team Leader

Position Grade 9

Position Type: Full Time

Area of Interest: Program Quality

Location: Bidibidi Refugee Camp, Yumbe, Uganda


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.

CRS has worked in Uganda since 1965, initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese refugees living in the north. Over the years, CRS has expanded its programming to also address development needs in western, central and eastern Uganda. CRS’ projects in Uganda currently include agriculture, health, microfinance, peacebuilding and youth. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability.

Project Summary

The recent fighting in South Sudan between government and the opposition has displaced thousands of South Sudanese community members who have been forced to seek refuge into neighboring countries, including Uganda. Following the rapid needs assessment and information provided via coordination with other stakeholders, CRS has identified critical gaps in settlements in Yumbe District that include water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), non-food items (NFI), livelihoods, and shelter support for those most vulnerable. The interventions will target refugees in zones 4 and/or 5 within the Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe, which have been recently established in November 2016 and experiencing big gaps in WASH needs. These zones have poor household latrine coverage and low water supply but with high groundwater potential according to UNHCR Hydrogeological survey report. CRS will directly implement the interventions to improve the access of refugee households in Yumbe District to safe and sufficient water sources, livelihood opportunities, and non-food items related to protection and hygiene promotion in the Bidibidi Refugee settlement.

General job summary

Under the supervision and direct management of the Water and Sanitation Team Leader, the Water and Sanitation Field Engineer will overview and monitor all Water and Sanitation Construction activities. He/she will manage all community teams constructing latrine slabs, digging drainages and monitoring contractors in water supply repair/constructions.

Key Responsibilities

  1. In coordination with WASH TL’s and Operation staff ensure that materials are delivered in time and according to specified quantities.

  2. As indicated by the WASH TL’s conduct assessments and/or surveys.

  3. Undergo together with Community Latrine Slab construction team a training given by Oxfam on production and construction of dome shaped latrine slabs

  4. Supervise on a daily basis all construction activities ensuring that high quality of works are achieved

  5. Have a close coordination with Hygiene Promotion Officers and ensure that all daily workers sign attendance sheets in order to be paid

  6. Repair or supervise repairs of hand pumps

  7. Ensure together with the HPTL that Field Engineers and Hygiene Promotion Officers engages both refugee and hosts communities in consultation, mobilization and construction activities where these are community based.

  8. Encourage contractors to employ skilled and unskilled workers from the refugees and host communities

  9. Support PM to prepare plans, proposals, and budgets for project extensions and new construction projects.

  10. Ensure that Field Engineers monitor that community workers and contractors adheres to Health and Safety standards during construction activities.

  11. Ensures that use of appropriate project management tools to plan, review and track progress on projects implementation as well as on the utilization of project resources.

  12. Ensure the development and implementation of a strong M&E system using appropriate CRS tools and resources to maximize project impact on beneficiaries.

  13. Monitor project development and identify deviation from approved project plans and implement corrective measures when necessary to ensure that the partners meet the project objectives.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  1. Supervise all skilled and unskilled workers as well of CRS Teams producing latrine slabs and digging pits

  2. Technical focal point: Water and Sanitation Team Leader

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  1. Serves with Integrity
  2. Models Stewardship
  3. Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  4. Promotes Learning

CRS Emergency Competencies

Each CRS staff member working in emergencies is expected to have the following competencies to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results:

  1. Communicates strategically under pressure

  2. Manages stress and complexity

  3. Actively promotes safety and security

  4. Proven organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

  5. Strong verbal and written English communication skills as well as local languages.

  6. Excellent interpersonal communication skills.

  7. Proficient in the use of AutoCAD and MS Office programs.

  8. Ability to work independently and creatively.

  9. Enthusiasm in working as a member of a team and willingness to learn.

  10. Ability to embrace the challenge of working under pressure.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  1. Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Hydrogeology or Construction Engineering

  2. Minimum 2 years’ experience working with INGOs in the field of Emergency WASH or other infrastructure WASH programs.

  3. Implementation experience of water supply: gravity fed systems and distribution networks, experience in repairing India Mark II, III & AfriDev hand pumps

  4. Implementation experience in sanitation: construction experience especially different types of latrine and toilet technologies

  5. Well-developed interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible in demanding situation

  6. Assessment, analytical and planning skills

  7. A capacity and desire to pass on skills and information, a confident communicator and willing to work in a collaborative and respectful way with the beneficiaries.

  8. Knowledge of and commitment to humanitarian principles (NGO / Red Cross code of conduct) and with Sphere humanitarian charter and minimum standards

  9. Fluent English language (speaking and writing) and knowledge of the local language in Yumbe district, Arabic is an added advantage.

  10. Experience of working with local partners including local authorities’/settlement leadership

  11. Proven experience in gender analysis and integrating gender & diversity into the emergency program

  12. Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines in changing situations

  13. Willingness to be based in Yumbe

How to apply:

Disclaimer Clause:

This job description is not an exhaustive list of skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position. CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. “I understand that CRS takes all allegations of abuse and exploitation seriously. Abuse or exploitation of children or vulnerable adults is grounds for immediate dismissal.” Note: Please submit cover letter, CV and three work references (names and contact information only) to [email protected] by April 28th 2017.

Only selected candidates that meet the requirements will be notified. EOE/M/F/D/V**