Field WASH Engineer (2)

The Job

Terms of Reference

Division: Programs.

Location: Shabwah.

Reports to: Project Manager

Duration:20 Months.    

Organization & Background:

A humanitarian, independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that works across Yemen. The organization provides direct assistance for conflict-affected populations, IDPs, host communities and vulnerable groups in the conflict areas. The organization, in partnership with international agencies, takes action during crisis situations, and goes the extra mile to engage in other contexts where its competencies will add value. The organization promotes durable solutions for conflict-affected populations and helps to restore services, education, economic, wellbeing and health.

Job Purpose:

The Field WASH Engineer will be responsible for the identification, design, implementation, monitoring and reporting on the progress of community construction and rehabilitation projects in the assigned districts.  S/he is Responsible for day-to-day field management, supervision and provision of regular technical backstopping to WASH and Community projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and create a community-based oversight system for all engineering works done by contractors.
  • Develop detailed bills of quantities (BOQ), drawings and action plans for the construction/Rehabilitation works required at WATSAN facilities in the health centers and WASH & community projects’ in collaboration with WASH program officer and engineers’ staff and based on assessment and program requirements, ensuring that recommended work is within the minimum SPHERE standard.
  • Work with WASH program officer to draw up works tender documents’ and provide technical support to Bid Committees.
  • Where necessary, take samples for laboratory testing of materials and workmanship.
  • Seek and obtain appropriate government sign-off on works at the critical stages; especially at the start and completion.
  • Coordinate WASH construction activities with other local actors (governmental and non-governmental).  Build strong relationship with local and government partners, Local Water and Sanitation corporation, GARWSP.
  • Supervise and be responsible for all technical aspects of project implementation, ensure they are completed in a timely, efficient and accurate manner according to standard engineering methods.
  • Maintain material record at construction sites and ensure quality of all material arrived on all sites.
  • Ensure the Contractor is compliant with Statutory Law and the organization’s safety and security protocols on all construction/rehab sites.
  • As appropriate, ensure that the contractor maintains proper inventory control systems of commodities/goods transactions.
  • Technical training of community volunteers, members of WASH committees, governmental staff and health canters’ admin staff on how to use and maintain the WATSAN facilities. 
  • Ensure that variations are approved by the project manager according to the organization’s procedures before giving work order to the contractor.
  • Verify incoming materials are of the highest quality and from acceptable country of origin.
  • Certify achievement of contractual milestones, and provide reports to WASH officer so payment to contractors can be processed.
  • Ensure community participation in all WASH infrastructure activities.
  • Regularly update project implementation plans to the project manager with associated time lines.
  • Develop and implement safety standard checklists ensuring that beneficiaries’ safety is central.
  • Ensure a safe working environment for all people involved in project implementation.
  • Is responsible for maintaining detailed work plans and written records of engineering work undertaken in the project.  
  • Is responsible for a high degree of awareness regarding the security situation in the project area.  
  • Watch and report on any new needs arising in the project target areas.
  • Write and submit weekly activity reports and filed visit reports at critical points of the construction/rehabilitation works.
  • Participate in a field-level needs assessment/survey/data collection of proposed community WASH and Non WASH rehabilitation projects in coordination with Livelihood and Agriculture teams; develop a comprehensive bill of quantities (BOQs); prepare a detailed report of assessment/survey findings.
  • To conduct technical assessment and feasibility survey for all water and sanitation infrastructure in targeted area.
  • To conduct need assessment for all water, sanitation infrastructure, community assets, (Latrine, water supply system, water treatment units, agriculture sites, etc.) in targeted areas.
  • Supervise the Cash for Work activities including selection of beneficiaries, payment and monitoring activities.
  • Provide technical support for all CFW activities including preparing BOQs, selecting sites, supervising the work at all CFW sites.
  • Provide technical support for Field WASH engineer assistants, field monitors, water quality monitors, water community volunteers, site technicians supervisors.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning:

  • Ensure that WASH infrastructure construction and rehabilitation works are carried out according to BOQs, drawings, quality standards established by the organization through quality checklists. 
  • Weekly reporting of data in order to follow up the standard project and strategic indicators (number of beneficiaries, number and type of activities completed).
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to the organization and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Follow all the organization’s protocols and regulations according to guidance provided by the direct supervisor.

Reporting and Documentation:

  • Preparation of weekly work plan for WASH team and sharing with line manager
  • Ensure that WASH infrastructure construction and rehabilitation works are carried out according to BOQs, drawings, quality standards established by the organization through quality checklists and other tools.
  • Preparation of weekly, monthly and field visit reports and sharing with line manager on timely manner.
  • Ensure proper Record keeping for all WASH infrastructure activities in hard and soft form.

Qualifications, Experiences, and Skills:

  • University Degree in Civil or Structural Engineering, Architecture, relevant disciplines, or equivalent field experience.
  • At least two year related experience and some supervisory experience; or equivalent training experience. 
  • Experience in implementing Cash for Work and or Voucher Cash Transfer is preferred.
  • Continuous studying and training in the job is required.
  • Ability to define problems collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Effective use of computers – Word and Excel and preferably a design and drawing software (Autocad, Reviet, etc.).
  • Oral and written Language skills in English.
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts.
  • NGO or humanitarian programming experience.
How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their updated CVs to by August 8, 2020 at the latest, mentioning the job title in the subject line. Emails without such indication will not be considered. 

Interviews will be conducted on a ROLLING BASIS, and based on urgency, we may fill the position prior to the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

  • Employer: Confidential
  • Category: Engineering
  • Location: Shabwah
  • Posted on: 21 July 2020
  • Deadline: 8 August 2020