Engineer (WASH)

Concern Worldwide

Bentiu, South Sudan 🇸🇸

About the role: This is a 12 month, replacement role with unaccompanied terms based in Bentiu, South Sudan with frequent travel to programme sites, including some remote field sites and with a salary of Grade 2 €32113 – € 35,681.

You will report to the WASH Programme Manager, will line manage WASH Project Officers and work closely with the Environment Health Specialist, Shelter/NFI Programme Manager, Nutrition Programme Manager and WASH partners in Bentiu PoC site and in the Beyond Bentiu Response, including possible emergency rapid response interventions based on population movements and needs.

We would like you to start in June 2018.

Your purpose:

This position will be responsible for overseeing the technical aspects of Concern’s WASH programming in Northern Unity and ensure compliance with humanitarian standards and delivering high quality WASH inputs in accordance with programme plans and budgets. This shall be done in collaboration/consultation with the WASH Advisor, the Emergency Programme Director and the Area Coordinator. Key activities will include providing technical oversight and quality control in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the hardware component, training and on-the-job coaching of staff, ensuring programme is delivering as per international and Concern emergency standards, supporting procurement matters for programme implementation. 

You will be responsible for:

Programme Planning and Design:

Support the WASH PM in the design of WASH activities in Bentiu PoC and Beyond Bentiu Response, ensuring the participation of programme stakeholders (government, other NGOs, WASH sub-cluster) in all stages of the programme cycle.
In collaboration with the Area Coordinator and Emergency Programme Director, support the WASH PM in developing a longer-term community-based strategy for the WASH programme in Northern Unity. 
Prepare Scopes of Work and Bills of Quantities for the implementation of WASH activities including rehabilitation and construction of WASH facilities, as required.
Provide relevant inputs for the development of South Sudan’s Country Strategic Plan and Annual Plans, as required.

Programme Management:

Provide technical support and oversight for all water supply  and sanitation infrastructure within the PoC and in Unity State and ensure compliance with SPHERE standards
Supervise construction contract management, technical quality, policy and procedural compliance and work plan supervision of all construction undertaken by Concern, including water supply and sanitation infrastructure;
Ensure that all construction materials are accounted for, tally with request orders and that the documentation of the release of these items is compliant with our logistic policy & procedures (procurement, warehousing, stock control);
Adapt supervision and monitor through remote management of WASH services as the situation evolves.
Ensure that minimum standards of technical quality are adhered to in all engineering activities and interventions and that they are technically and culturally appropriate, suitable for the given emergency state, realistic and on budget
Conduct WASH assessments in remote locations, through participation in short response missions
Respond to the urgent WASH needs in remote locations through direct implementation including repairing of boreholes, tap stands and other water supply and treatment facilities and construction of emergency latrines, whilst providing recommendations on other longer-term solutions
Actively participate in discussions on building responses in Unity State as the situation evolves
Preparatory drawing, designs and BoQs, ensuring that designs and BoQs are community-led and cluster-agreed
Ensure water point and latrine drawings and designs are completed, accurate and compliant with Government , SPHERE and Concern standards
Ensure the quality of technical designs and BoQs for water points, latrines and other WASH infrastructure are in line with recommendations from the WASH Coordinator and Concern Head Office WASH Engineering Advisor.
Work with the Emergency Programme Director and Bentiu Area Coordinator to further build and maintain Concern’s emergency preparedness capacity. 

Reporting and Donor Compliance

Support the WASH PM to develop high-quality concept notes and proposals for the WASH programme.
Prepare timely and high quality internal and donor reports for the Northern Unity WASH programme, in line with donor requirements (narrative and financial);
Prepare and share timely WASH programme data as required by the WASH cluster.
People Management:

Responsible for the line management of WASH project officers, ensuring that SMART objectives are shared, agreed and achieved.
Develop and implement a technical capacity building for the WASH Team (hardware component).
Ensure that all staff are aware of and comply with Concern’s policies and procedures
Monitor and review performance and hold staff accountable for meeting the success criteria; give corrective feedback where required and take decisive action in the case of poor performance
Ensure that staff and contractors are compliant and fully understand their obligations when signing the program participant protection policy (P4) and where non-compliance is suspected, to inform a member of the SMT so that the appropriate action can be taken by the Country Director.


In the absence of the WASH PM and upon request, act as Concern’s focal point for the WASH State Cluster, participating in the WASH State Cluster meetings, and other workshops and meetings.
Share relevant information in a timely manner with all of Concern’s WASH programmes. 
Represent Concern to with government departments, donors and communities in State and County levels, with the support from the Area Coordinator, as required. 

Support cross-sectoral periodic programme reviews in order to assess programme progress, capture lessons learnt and adapt programme strategies as necessary in accordance with Concern’s results-based management principles.  Ensure mainstreaming of cross cutting issues/approaches throughout the programme cycle including: Gender, Protection, HIV and Aids, Rights Based Approach, Accountability and do no harm philosophy.
Ensure the Northern Unity WASH team adheres closely to security protocols and procedures.
Ensure that Concern’s policies – such as the Equality Policy, Code of Conduct, Programme Participant Protection Policy and related documents, Fraud and Whistle Blowing Policy as well as the minimum standards of humanitarian relief  and accountability (ICRC Code of Conduct, Sphere, CHS) – are adhered to by all staff. Report to the appropriate manager all violations of the P4 or CoC
Report to the appropriate manager all violations of the P4 or CoC
Other duties as assigned by the Area Coordinator or Emergency Programme Director.

Your skills and experience will include:

Education & Qualifications Required:


NFQ Level 8 degree/Bachelor in Engineering (Civil/Water/Environmental).
Minimum of three years overseas experience with an NGO implementing hardware component of WASH Programmes.
Management experience. 
Experience in working in a complex emergency context.
Practical experience in the design, construction, repair and rehabilitation of water points (including hand dug wells, boreholes and communal tap stands) and latrines (at a communal and household level).
Strong experience in organising tender processes: contractor appraisal/ assessment of technical designs/ BoQs etc. and development of construction contracts.
Experience in managing and training of staff and contractors on design, construction, and technical standards.
Sound IT skills, including Word, Excel and AutoCAD.


Familiarity with Sphere guidelines and CHS
Experience of work in South Sudan (camp setting) / Horn of Africa region
Experience in rapid response missions in remote humanitarian settings
Familiarity with IT equipment, HF/VHF radios and security issues;

We would also like:

A strong team leader and team player with significant experience in team and capacity building, including of local organisations
Ability to work and remain calm under pressure; good people development and motivation skills.
Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity.
Empathy with Concern’s goals and a commitment to capacity building, protection and participation.
Good verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong analytical, organisational and interpersonal skills
A good understanding of security context and its relevance to programme delivery & design.
Experience in team building and working in a participatory/integrated manner.
Ability to work on own initiative with minimal supervision and adaptable to changing needs and situations
Flexible, reliable and adaptable to changing environments and volatile security settings.
Experience in and willingness to travel and be deployed to very remote locations and work in an insecure environment
Diplomatic – a commitment to working through systems of community participation and mobilization.
Knowledge of computer applications i.e. Microsoft word, Excel, communications systems.

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.