Kenya nationals: Water Infrastructure Management Specialist via Devex

Sheladia Associates

Kenya 🇰🇪


The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project is a five-year, USAID-funded project to improve lives and health through the development and management of sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene services in Kenya. Its purpose is to institutionalize catalytic models of sustainable service delivery for accelerated water and sanitation access in nine target counties and to improve complementary hygiene behaviors. The overall Project target is to enable one million people to gain access to improved WASH services. KIWASH has identified the need for a Water Infrastructure Management Specialist to support the team with the management and supervision of some thirty simultaneous civil and electrical/ mechanical contracts for the improvement and expansion of water supply projects in the nine Project counties, i.e. Busia, Kakamega, Kisumu, Kitui, Makueni, Migori, Nairobi, Nyamira and Siaya. The services of the Specialist are required for approximately twelve months.

Summary of Primary Duties

The Specialist will have three primary duties:

  1. Oversee the management of water supply infrastructure construction contracts (to be supervised by contracted firms acting as the Engineer’s Representative);
  2. Ensure that construction quality is monitored in accordance with the conditions of contract, specifications, drawings and Bills of Quantities; and
  3. Conduct technical reviews of project proposals, feasibility studies, preliminary and final design reports.

The duties will cover both urban/peri-urban and rural areas. The infrastructure comprises urban surface and ground water supply systems and expansion of existing rural supply schemes. The works are both civil as well as electro-mechanical with the later to include hybrid solar pumping installations and pumps.

Essential Duties

The Specialist will:

  • Ensure timely completion of infrastructure activities by providing quality assurance and quality control for the design and construction of small to medium scale water supply to be in compliance with USAID and Government of Kenya environmental and construction codes, reporting, and management requirements and DAI policies;
  • Closely monitor the performance of contractors and supervisory firms – this will require regular attendance at monthly progress meetings;
  • Ensure that the requirements of the KIWASH Construction Plan are fully implemented;
  • Review and advise on contract change (variation) orders as needed;
  • Advise on new project site selection, surveys and designs, specifications, cost estimates;
  • Assist with the production of detailed SOWs, RFPs, RFQs, or BOQs, and provide input on specifications, deliverables, and contract evaluation criteria;
  • Participate in bid evaluation committees to select qualified construction firms (sub-contractors) or vendors for equipment and materials;
  • Assist with the review of construction design documents to ensure they are of high quality and within the context of scope, schedule and budget;
  • Assist with, and/or ensure the quality of Operation and Maintenance training of project owners technical staff (such as community members, Water Services Provider (WSPs) and County Government staff);
  • Liaise and coordinate with other KIWASH County-based Government water/sanitation, education and health staff, Water Service Providers (WSPs, including County Government owned water and sewerage companies), and beneficiary communities;
  • Prepare reports as required;
  • Deputize for the Senior Water Infrastructure Specialist as needed, and
  • Other project duties as assigned by the Senior Water Infrastructure Specialist.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None.

Base of Operations: Nairobi with frequent travel to all eight other Project counties as listed above for the purpose of contract progress monitoring and inspections.

Reporting: The Specialist will report to the Senior Water Infrastructure Specialist.


The Water Infrastructure Management Specialist will have the following minimum set of qualifications:

  • At least 15 years of water and sanitation sector expertise related to current Kenyan private sector and local government context.
  • University Bachelor degree in civil engineering and a Master’s level degree in a related field such as construction management.
  • Proven experience of at least three years in the management of construction contracts for water supply or sewerage projects, such as FIDIC.
  • At least five years track record in a medium level management function of engineering projects.
  • Experience in working on the design and supervision of urban water supply systems and community-based water supply program implementation and operation essential.
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to fulfill the technical and managerial responsibilities proposed.
  • Knowledge and experience working on Kenyan water supply and sanitation issues in a devolved setting.
  • Engineering Board of Kenya Professional registration essential.
  • Familiarity with USAID environmental and construction codes, reporting and management requirements preferred but not essential.
  • Strong English writing and speaking skills.

About the Organization

SHELADIA Associates, Inc. is an award –winning, multi-disciplinary A&E firm with a reputation for excellence in Structures and Facilities, Transportation Infrastructure, Energy, Rural Development, and Water Resources & Sanitation. We provide technical assistance and architectural & engineering services in numerous sectors, including agriculture; architecture; energy; irrigation and water resources; transportation; and water supply, health and education for government agencies, communities, and other stakeholders. We also offer assistance in procurement and sector-wide monitoring & evaluation. Services provided include construction management, architectural and engineering design, planning, feasibility studies, procurement assistance, specifications development, drafting of terms of reference, tendering assistance, contract management, institutional strengthening, training, and capacity building.

SHELADIA has worked in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, successfully implementing projects for US Government Agencies such as USAID, multi-lateral agencies (World Bank, ADB, African Development Bank), host governments, and private sector clients. We are dedicated to crosscutting areas of procurement, monitoring and evaluation, private sector participation, and social development, which have also been a key element of many of our projects in all sectors.