Programme Engineer Non-profit Careers – Water For People

Job Title:    Programme Engineer
Organization: Water For People
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to:
Programme Manager
About US:
Water For People is
an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that works with people and
partners to develop innovative and long-lasting solutions to the water,
sanitation, and hygiene problems in the developing countries. Water for People
seeks to see communities break free from the cycle of poverty and spend time
growing, learning, and thriving, instead of walking for water and fighting off
Job Summary:  The Programme Engineer provides overall
technical oversight tor planning, implementation, and supervision of delivery
of water and sanitation services across the progmmme area. The Programme
Engineer works with private sector partners, Ministry of Water and Environment
and local government funding agencies, and provides leadership in; technical
and non -technical support in design, building and implementation of water and
sanitation projects. The Programme Engineer provides support to these entities
in the areas of capacity building and training.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Technology innovation and Research in new water and sanitation
  • Technical Advisory Role to Private Operators and Water User
    Associations Hand Pump Mechanics in managing water schemes.
  • Quality Assurance of technical designs, bills of quantities,
    technological surveys for the design and building of both private sector
    operated and community managed water schemes in the programme area.
  • Promote technological innovations conducive to Private Sector
  • Coordinate technical interventions made by our partners and Local
    Government in the districts of Kamwenge and other districts selected by
    the programme.
  • Lead in development of design plans, working drawings. technical
    specifications, bill of quantities as per approved standards by the
    Ministry of Water & Environment; supervision of implementation and
    contract administration of water supply development including water supply
    installation and borehole drilling, Water supply construction, and Water
    Spring Protection works, and sanitation facilities and waste disposal systems.
  • Mainstreaming of private sector management approaches in all water
    related interventions.
  • Providing technical advisory support to private sector operators of
    hand pump and gravity fed piped water systems and user committees of
    community managed water schemes.
  • Assist community based projects to integrate sustainable O&M
    practices in management of WFP supported water schemes.
  • Assist Local government authorities, Water Boards and User
    committees to prepare tender documents for purposes of soliciting bids/tenders
    from contractors, and engagement of entrepreneurs to manage the
    privately-run water schemes.
  • Liaise with supply chain department in selection of contractors
    through cost effective ways.
  • Supervise contractors overseeing construction and rehabilitation of
    water schemes and sanitation facilities for both the privately managed and
    community managed water scheme according to government set standards
    ensuring quality control.
  • In the case of community managed water schemes. coordinate community
    mobilization with view to participating in availing labour and locally
    available construction materials etc as required.
  • Prepare project documentation including monthly project reports on
    implementation/ construction status.
  • Ensure that the “Everyone, Forever” strategy in Kamwenge has
    adequate support for design and implementation of water supply and
    sanitation activities after exit of Water for People. Tasks in this regard
    may include but not limited to the following;
  • Planning delivery of water projects with partners (water boards and
    water user committees; sub county and town council local governments;
    private sector operators, mid-western umbrella organisations, SNV. Water
    and Sanitation Development Facility-WSDF).
  • Monitoring and evaluation implementation of water facilities.
  • Support the M&E officer in conducting annual data collection
    including; water quality, service levels.
  • Commit to constant learning and development and keep up to date with
    professional advancements in own field.
  • To contribute to the compilation of donor proposals and reports in
    conjunction with the appropriate staff.
  • Liaison with local government and sector agencies at the district
    level to jointly plan and implement projects.
  • Set up mechanism for Follow-up support to the communities for ten
    years and handover to district line agencies then after.
  • Build Capacity of local government and district sector agencies in
    planning and monitoring water and sanitation facilities.
  • Lead in technical assessments of water situation in the program area
    and recommend appropriate interventions.
  • Review partner proposals and provide guidance by giving
    recommendations on technical proposals.
  • Support partners in design and implementation of operation and
    maintenance training activities for project stakeholders and water users.
  • Review latrines designs ensuring that they are appropriate to each
    given context; aspects such as cost, environmental standards,
    sustainability should be considered.
  • Keep database of all water supply and sanitation projects implemented
    under the county program including gee-coordinates of water points, water
    quality, quantity and depths of boreholes and shallow wells etc.
  • Offer technical guidance to the development of innovative sanitation
    technologies, working closely with the sanitation engineers.
  • Contribute to regional and national level engagements with the
    ministry of Water and Environment, regional entities, stakeholders and
    development partners. Engaging in profiling water for people approaches
    including; investment planning, assets analysis, payment for water
    innovations, metering among others.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Water and
    Sanitation Engineering Civil Engineering, Water Resource Engineering or Environmental
  • Two years of work experience required.
  • Computer literacy particularly in AutoCAD, MS Word, Excel, Power
    point, and SPSS.
  • Ability to lead and work as part of a team.
  • Flexible, adaptable and patient.
  • Ability to plan own work, setting priorities and completing it under
    pressure or when faced with competing demands.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both when speaking and writing in
    English and a distinction in Mathematics
  • Ability to develop innovative approaches to development problems.
  • A commitment to Water for People Uganda’s approach and values.
  • Commitment to work in a team and supportive to other team members
    through ideas and skills.
  • Commitment to learn from others and appreciation of others strength.
  • A commitment to excellent documentation and dissemination of project
  • Ability to work effectively in a sometimes-pressured environment.
  • Ability to spend significant periods of time away from your
    workstation and travelling in remote and / or rural environments.
  • Demonstrable analytical and conceptual skills to plan projects,
    timetable agreed activities and oversee activities.
  • Connects to the Mission —Embraces the mission of Water For People
    and is passionate about advancing the dynamic role it plays leading social
    impact in international development.
  • Demonstrates Ethics and Integrity a Understands ethical behavior and
    business practices, and ensures that own behavior is consistent with these
    standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
  • Manages through Ambiguity —Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability
    in responding to change and ambiguity.
  • Demonstrates Cultural Awareness
  • Able to engage the wide range of stakeholders from a variety of
    backgrounds and cultures.
  • Action-oriented —Maintains an attitude or open, curious and
    proactive learning, continually expanding own area of understanding and
  • Connects with Others —Listens and fosters open communication through
    questioning, dialogue, and information sharing.
  • Self-confident-Demonstrates humility, mature confidence and courage
    to innovate, risk, and lead in own role.
How to Apply:
All candidates
should send their detailed CVs and certified academic certificates plus three
(3) referees and their contacts. Applications must be addressed to:
The Country
Water for People
P.O Box 1420,
Kampala, Uganda
Deadline: 24th August 2018
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