USAID Mercy Corps GHG Program Careers – Senior Engineering Officer

Organisation: Mercy
Project Name: Growth,
Health and Governance (GHG) Program
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Mercy Corps is an international
non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development
work in very difficult places. We have been operating in Uganda since 2006 and
currently implement development programs in the Acholi and Karamoja sub-regions
of Uganda with funding from USAID, EC, SDC, and USDA. We were recently awarded
a market-development focused 5-year USAID/Food for Peace-funded program working
in the northern half of Karamoja.
About USAID GHG Program:
The project, called the
Northern Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) program, aims to support
the immediate needs of program beneficiaries while promoting long-term
development by spurring systemic improvements in key economic sectors of
northern Karamoja.
Job Summary: The Mercy
Corps Senior Engineering Officer is responsible for supporting the
implementation and supervision of all Engineering related activities mainly
Health infrastructures and road construction. These activities will be
implemented through contractors and the Senior Engineering Officer in
collaboration with District Engineer will oversee the contractors and ensure quality
deliverables of the same. The Engineering Officers will work closely with GHG
Team Leader(s) and officers to better coordinate and implement activities in a
timely manner. S/he will also expect to establish/strengthen good working
relationships with all GHG partners. The incumbent will also be responsible for
data gathering, analysis and timely communication.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Program:
  • Carryout
    preliminary survey for various engineering related activities and produce
    quality BoQ and plans;
  • Oversee
    all engineering activities during feasibility studies, technical design
    and construction works
  • Prepare
    tender documents, construction contracts, quantify volumes and prepare
  • Responsible
    for the daily implementation of engineering related project activities and
    monitor progress at assigned work sites;
  • In
    charge of developing detail action plans for project implementation –
    including all technical specifications for project implementation in
    collaboration with the concerned staff.
  • Actively
    mobilize community to fully participate in the project implementation for
  • Work
    in liaison with the Chief Learning Officer staff to capture the required
    data for measuring the impact indicators.
  • 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.
  • Conduct
    regular field visits to oversee and supervise construction of roads and
    other infrastructures as needed;
  • Supervise,
    ensure quality and provide technical advice on works
  • Ensure
    an integrated approach to program implementation in order to maximize
    resource utilization and synergy between the staff and different MC
    programs, if any;
  • Report
    to the Deputy Chief of Party on weekly basis on progress of works.
  • Ensure
    that environmental aspect of project sites are well incorporated during
    construction and post construction phase.
  • Provide
    timely recommendations for future programming,
  • Inspecting
    and monitoring work of contractors regularly for quality assurance.
2. Partnership Management:
  • Establish
    and maintain productive working relationships with sub-county and district
    leaders and UNRA and district engineering office, soliciting their
    participation in all activities where appropriate;
  • Make
    on-site field visits regularly to provide technical review and/or design
  • Work
    in liaison with team leader(s) and Mercy Corps technical staff in order to
    develop potential projects, implement and closely monitor program
    activities including detailed work plans.
3. Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Create
    a dynamic program environment that promotes inquiry;
  • Take
    primary responsibility for data gathering in engineering related works;
  • Provide
    data in support of team submission of timely weekly, monthly, and
    quarterly reports that will be indicative of program progress during
  • Where
    needed support external evaluations by research partner Feinstein
    International Centre and other organizations;
  • Work
    in liaison with the Chief Learning Officer to ensure accurate and timely
    flow of information from the field for entry in the database and for
    preparation of PR materials
4. Other:
  • Conduct
    himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to
    bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian
  • Perform
    any other duties as assigned by the line manager.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the aforementioned USAID GHG Program should hold a University
    degree in (civil or construction engineering)
  • Five
    or more years of professional experience.
  • Skills
    in AUTOCAD drawing
  • Skills
    in structural engineering are desired
  • Skills
    in surveying, mapping are also desired
  • Proven
    skills in design, drafting BOQs and managing construction tenders as well
    as construction projects
  • Member
    of professional engineering body/association
  • Willingness
    to work on the field
  • Possess
    the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people
  • Skills
    in networking, team-working, and community consultations
  • Good
    reporting, communication and representation skills
  • Good
    spoken and written English.
  • Fluency
    in Ngakarimojong and Ethurr is an advantage
How to Apply:   
All qualified and interested
candidates who desire to join Mercy Corps should send their application
including a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3
referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates to the HR/Admin
Manager via E-mail to:
Female Candidates are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Friday, 12th December, 2014.

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