WASH Engineering Specialist

Mercy Corps

Sana'a, , YE

Mercy Corps seeks to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression around the world and has worked in the Middle East since the 1980s and currently has offices in Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey. In response to acute and increasing humanitarian needs in Yemen, Mercy Corps opened its office in Yemen in 2010. Primary program interventions in Yemen include water, sanitation and hygiene; food security and nutrition; and livelihood support. Mercy Corps Yemen is also expanding its WASH interventions to reach more beneficiaries in expanded geographical areas using affordable and innovative technologies such as solar powered water pump technology.

Position Summary
The WASH Engineer will be responsible for the design and delivery of high quality Water and Sanitation Infrastructure for the Yemen Country Program. S/He will provide leadership in carrying out assessments, design, planning, implementation and monitoring of all WASH construction/rehabilitation activities. S/He will also supervise the design and preparation of all technical documents, Program Description, Bills of Quantities (BoQs) and drawings and the execution and handing over to relevant local authorities. The position will also technically line manage field WASH Engineers across dispersed locations and actively engage with the WASH Cluster, local governments, and all other WASH actors. 

Knowledge and Experience

  • Education at Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree level in Civil/ WASH Engineering is essential.
  • At least five (5) years of practical experience in WASH infrastructure engineering, including documented experience in designing and supervising the implementation of water and sanitation schemes. Previous experience in designing and supervising large urban/rural water schemes is desirable.
  • Technical Knowledge and experience of water pumping systems including diesel and solar powered pumping system.
  • Good knowledge of Water treatment and quality monitoring methods.
  • Knowledge in preparing surveys, planning and execution of construction projects.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in using Engineering CAD Software and other computer applications such as Arc GIS, word, excel, access, PowerPoint etc.
  • Demonstrable skills in project planning and design, drafting, calculation, Bill of Quantities preparation and technical writing.
  • Ability to manage teams and communicate effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.
  • Ability to effectively represent Mercy Corps and its interests to key stakeholders including host governments, and national and international NGOs.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills required; proficiency in Arabic is as plus.

Success Factors

Ability to work closely with a diverse team of individuals in a highly intense and fluid work and security environment. Ability to communicate and manage effectively in a situation that relies primarily on remote management. Strict adherence to Mercy Corps security policies and procedure. Capacity to spark innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to programming and to inspire groups to collaborate closely to implement high-quality programs. Desire and ability to learn and grow, both personally and professionally. S/he will work independently, take initiative, and spend time in environments with significant restrictions to personal movement and operating risks.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
This unaccompanied position is based in Sana’a, Yemen, with travel to other offices, as security allows. This position is eligible for Hardship & R&R. When traveling around the country strict adherence to Mercy Corps security policies and procedures will be required as will respect for local cultural norms and traditions. The position will require travel to the field sites in Mercy Corps Yemen’s operational areas up to 60% time including travel to some locations that may be insecure or austere. Frequent travel to project sites in Sana’a, Taiz and Aden or other areas will be required, if security allows.  Security conditions in the country are variable, with a range of violence and insecurity, requiring close monitoring and vigilance. Conflict and corruption have also badly damaged the country’s infrastructure. Candidates must be able to work in an environment with energy, transportation and communication challenges.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps’ policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.