UNHCR Project Jobs – Public Health Engineer at Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Title:     Public Health Engineer
Organisation: Humanitarian
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international African humanitarian and
development organization that positively contributes towards improving the
living standards and conditions of those adversely affected by disasters and
conflict in the Horn, East & Central Africa by implementing WASH, Health,
Education, Livelihoods, Community service & development and Protection
programs in the region for a period of more than 20 years.
UNHCR Project:
HIJRA with
funding from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in
Uganda to implement a multi-Sectoral Program for refugees in Oruchinga
settlement (Isingiro district) and Nyakabande Transit Center (Kisoro district).
The Public Health Engineer will be responsible for managing the
assigned WASH and infrastructure project(s) in line with the objectives, budget
and timeframe laid down in the proposal(s). The incumbent also enhances
beneficiary participation; manages and training local staff; implements
undertake quality control procedures, guides field implementing teams assesses,
progress and impact plans and initiating new infrastructure in WASH projects /
Duties and Responsibilities: 
The Public Health Engineer will carry out rapid
and detailed needs assessment in the camp(s) and the host communities.
The incumbent will support pipeline survey, design
technical drawing, bill of quantities for water distribution facilities and
organize logistics supports to supply materials at site.
Ensure that minimum standards of technical quality
in all engineering activities and interventions are technically appropriate,
realistic and budget sound.
Prepare agreement/procedures documents for labor
contract or sub-contract relevant works.
Technical Management:
Responsible for the implementation, management,
supervision of WASH activities and infrastructure in liaison with the project
officer and camp manager and as per the activity plans and time frames outlined
in program proposal proposal(s) and UNHCR and international guidelines and
Support the CPM in developing in ensuring delivery
of quality WASH outputs and outcomes.
Support the project manager and camp manager in
managing construction of infrastructure projects; ensure good maintenance and
sustainability of WASH activity outcomes by persons of concern.
Build the capacity of WASH team in undertaking
water quality testing; conducting assessments, (Rapid and KAP surveys) report
writing, monitoring and evaluation.
Ensure integration of beneficiary participation
and accountability (BA) in all aspects of the project. Assist in integrating
beneficiary participation into the existing project(s) framework and develop
ways of integrating BA into infrastructure project(s).
Develop improved hygiene and sanitation facilities
and strategies in liaison with program teams.
Ensure accurate and timely weekly, monthly and
quarterly reporting of progress of WASH activities to Field managers, country
office, UNHCR and other partners.
Actively monitor and documents indicators of
impact in WASH for decision making and project proposals.
Develop and implement innovative approaches in
WASH (e.g. Iron removal from borehole water,)
Staff Management:
Lead and guide the WASH team including staff
development training and performance assessment in liaison with the project and
camp manger
Develop safety guidelines in the workplace and
ensure that the WASH team enjoy healthy living conditions and practices at work
Financial Management:
Work closely with respective project and managers
to develop budgets, plan and execute expenditures for WASH activities.
Be a member of procurement committee while
evaluation of WASH related procurement/contracts or services is being
Manage the correct and timely ordering (within
budgetary constraints) of all necessary Infrastructure and WASH supplies and
equipment, ensuring minimum stocks are maintained and items are stored and distributed
correctly and timely.
Ensure the careful use, regular servicing and
appropriate replacement of all equipment, within budgetary constraints, for the
WASH activities
Quality Management:
Implement, as far as is possible within
operational constraints, relevant policies and standards relating to current
operations including national, and international (e.g. Sphere and HAP)
standards, donor guidelines and other good practice.
Skills and Experience: 
The applicant should preferably hold an Advanced
degree in Water and Sanitation Engineering, Environmental Science, Public
Health or any other related field from a recognized university.
At least five to ten years’ experience in
humanitarian work and significant understanding of building materials,
construction and integrated Watsan and hygiene promotion Programme for IDPs in
camps, urban and rural situation
Hands on experience of technical project
implementation and ability to work within deadlines and independently in
difficult environment is essential.
Broad working knowledge and experience in working
with local communities with a capacity of providing technical training.
Involvement in emergency relief programs in Africa
would be an asset
Proven ability to work well under pressure and in response
to ever changing needs
Working knowledge and understanding of the NGO
humanitarian sector
Must have the ability to travel and work in
difficult circumstance
Good assessment, analytical and planning skills
Good diplomatic and negotiation skills
Must have team work experience
Analytical and conceptual skills for WASH projects
activities design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation
Excellent computer skills including familiarity
with AutoCAD (latest version), Microsoft Word and Excel, SPSS.
Ability and willingness to work in remote areas
for extended periods of time
Outgoing personality with excellent communication
Good team player, flexible and capable of working
with a multinational country team
to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified Ugandan nationals are requested to send a Motivation letter,
Curriculum Vitae and including telephone and emails contacts of three
references including current/most recent employer. The applications should be
sent via email to: vacancies@hijra.or.ke: The subject line should read Public
Health Engineer: Ref: HR007/UG
4th January 2016

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