WASH Engineering Specialist

Mercy Corps

Sana'a, Yemen 🇾🇪

General 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. 

Essential Job Responsibilities

Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcomed.
Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.
Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide support.


Lead the assessments of Water and Sanitation needs and gap analysis in program target areas and ensure that assessment reports and technical response plans are prepared taking into account the environment, gender and protection perspectives.
Conduct technical Water supply assessment to determine and recommend the appropriate water supply scheme including water collection/sources, appropriate treatment, transmission and distribution methods.
Develop the scope of work, resource requirement and estimated cost for the targeted water schemes.
Supervise the design of water supply and sanitation schemes appropriate to the local conditions and preparation of all technical documents, BoQs and drawings of the WASH related facilities.


Develop technical implementation tools and resources (e.g. Guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), manuals) to guide Water and Sanitation Infrastructure interventions.
Participate in WASH Program startup and ongoing program management and administration of teams across various field locations.
Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan
Provide leadership to the field activities related to construction/rehabilitation of water and sanitation infrastructure undertaken in program target areas, and ensure effective and timely completion of the interventions.
Supervise the rehabilitation or improvement of water supply, sanitation and other infrastructures; closely supervise contracted WASH activities and liaise with contractors and consultants as necessary for the successful and timely achievement of activities.
Supervise Water Chlorination and Water Quality testing, routine quality monitoring and documentation.
Ensure effective local stakeholders’ participation, including local authorities, and beneficiaries at all stages of the WASH activities identification, design and implementation. Take account of gender and protection concerns in WASH activities design and implementation; carry out activities in a way that reflects the needs of specific groups and individuals e.g. elderly people, children, and people with disabilities.
Supervise the implementation and monitoring of WASH Infrastructure works contracted out to commercial contractors and or/sub grantees ensuring full compliance with required standards.
Conduct regular WASH team meetings, staff check-ins, and frequent supportive monitoring field visits, monitor activities progress against plan and propose corrective measures as required.
Ensure proper tracking and documentation of the WASH activities, innovations and stories of best practices, lessons learned or any relevant information related to WASH Infrastructures.
Prepare Biweekly WASH reports and donor reports as per the internal reporting calendar.
Support in establishing and maintaining proper project documentation and records, including but not limited to: needs assessments questionnaires, monitoring questionnaires, certificates of Certificate of Completion, Handing over Certificates, list of beneficiaries, photos etc.
Participate and represent the organization in field WASH Cluster coordination meetings
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.


Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.


Orient, train, and coach staff
Support Mercy Corps staff capacity programs including on-the-job training, supervision and monitoring of Field Office Engineers.
Develop/adopt training materials and conduct training programs to relevant staff of field offices;


Keep up to date with developments in the sector, including best practice examples in-country and internationally, and ensure ongoing personal development and learning;
Ensure the documentation and communication of new developments within the organization, with partners and other stakeholders.


Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country
Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.


As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.


Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically 
to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Supervisory Responsibility
Directly supervises Field WASH Engineers.

Reports Directly to: Director of Programs

Works Directly with: Program Managers, MEL Manager, Reporting & Program Development Officer. Coordinates with WASH Technical Support Units.

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.