USAID GHG Program Jobs – Engineer at Mercy Corps

Job Title:     Engineer  
Organisation: Mercy Corps
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 five year USAID/Food for
Peace-funded program working in the northern half of Karamoja. The program has
three strategic objectives (SO):
Pro-poor market development (SO1)
Improved health for children under five years of age
Improved security and governance (SO3)
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. Mercy Corps is the prime grantee, leading the
implementation of SO1 and supporting SO2 and SO3, with accountability for all project
interventions. World Vision Inc. is the technical lead for SO2, while Karamoja
Peace and Development Agency (KAPDA) plus other local civil society agencies
lead the implementation of SO3. A research partner, Tufts University’s
Feinstein International Centre (FIC), performs annual impact evaluations to
inform ongoing programming.
Job Summary:  The Engineer will support the implementation
of GHG-supported construction activities. The Engineer will ensure quality
programming through rigorous field visits and supervision of GHG-supported
construction activities within the District. S/he will have direct
responsibility for overseeing multiple health facility and other construction
concurrently. The incumbent will be supported by Construction Field Inspectors
and supervised by a Senior Engineer. He / she will also  establish/strengthen good working
relationships with all necessary GHG partners including district and sub-county
officials, the Contractors, and others. Construction fraud is a serious concern
in Uganda, and the Engineer will ensure that potential fraud is quickly
identified and all possible precautionary measures are in place to prevent
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Program Implementation:
Conduct preliminary survey for various engineering
related activities and produce quality BoQ and plans for any future
infrastructure projects;
Responsible for the daily implementation of
engineering related project activities and monitor progress at assigned work
sites including construction management and monitoring contractors performance
and progress;
In charge of the design and follow up of GHG
infrastructure activities;
Oversee, coach and supervise the construction field
monitors and contractors to ensure reasonable value for money including preparation
of work progress reports and payment certification;
Responsible for developing detail action plans for
project implementation – including all technical specifications for project
implementation in collaboration with the concerned staff;
Mobilize community to fully participate in the
project implementation for sustainability, and participate in community
construction management committee meetings.
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.
Carry out regular field visits to oversee and
supervise construction of roads and other infrastructures as needed;
Report the status of all active construction projects
on a weekly basis;
Ensure that environmental aspect of project sites
are well incorporated during construction and post construction phase, and that
environmental mitigation plans are followed;
Ensure an integrated approach to program
implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy between
the staff and different MC programs, if any;
Partnership Management:
Establish and maintain productive working
relationships with sub-county and district leaders and UNRA, UWA and district engineering
office, soliciting their participation in all activities where appropriate;
Monitoring and Evaluation:
Create a dynamic program environment that promotes
The incumbent will 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 implementation.
Work closely 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
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;
Perform any other duties as assigned by the line
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the USAID GHG Program
Engineer should hold a University degree in Civil or Construction Engineering
A minimum of five years’ professional relevant
Skills in networking, team work, and community
consultations essential.
Ability to interact effectively with a wide variety
of people and monitor contractors.
Excellent reporting, communication and
representation skills.
The incumbent should have good computer skills
including fluency with MS Office Suite
Good spoken and written English. Fluency in
Ngakarimojong and Ethurr is an advantage.
Willingness to work in and frequently travel to the
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications including a
cover letter clearly stating their salary requirements, updated CV (with three referees),
and copies of academic qualifications/certificates to the HR/Admin Manager,
Kampala Head Office on 4thFloor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road. The
E-mail applications with cover letter should be sent to:
Deadline: Friday, 31st July,

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