Public Works Officer USAID Project Job Placements – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Title:   Public Works Officer
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station:
Grade: 7
Reports to: Project
Manager – Public Works
About US:
Catholic Relief
Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO)
supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world.
CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the
poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS’ Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission
and operations; serving people on the basis of need, regardless of creed,
ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church
partners to implement its programs. 
CRS has worked in
Uganda since 1965, initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese
refugees living in the north. Over the years, CRS has expanded its programming
to also address development needs in western, central and eastern Uganda. CRS’
projects in Uganda currently include agriculture, health, microfinance, peace
building and youth. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships
with local organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based
organizations and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability.
About the Project:
CRS is leading a
consortium of 8 implementing and technical partners to run a five-year
USAID/FFP funded $35 million program called Nuyok to build resilience to
shocks, enhance livelihoods and improve food security and nutrition for
vulnerable rural families in four districts of Karamoja – Abim, Nakapiripirit,
Napak and Nabilatuk – which are home to 406,880 people living in an estimated
58,126 households. Nuyok seeks to strengthen governance and gender equity,
community capacity to manage shocks and stresses, traditional and diversified
livelihood opportunities and nutrition and health (including improved water,
sanitation and hygiene 
(WASH)) of pregnant
and lactating women (PLW), adolescent girls and children under two years of age
(CU2). At the end of the program, sustainable results will include empowered,
resilient, healthy families; responsive, inclusive governance; and a vibrant
private sector that engages smallholders at every level.
Job Summary: The
Public Works officers will oversee the public works activities implemented by
Nuyok partner organizations (Caritas Moroto or Caritas Kotido) in their
designated districts. He/she will responsible for preliminary design,
contribute to detailed design, Cost estimation and construction Supervision and
monitoring public works interventions such as soil and water conservation
structures, infrastructure rehabilitation, water and sanitation works
identified in village development plans. The public works component of the
program helps address underlying causes of food insecurity and focuses on
natural resource management, social infrastructure and community assets,
including roads. 
As a member of the
Nuyok project team, you will monitor and report on all project activities in
support of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) work serving the poor and
vulnerable. Your thorough and service-oriented approach will ensure that the
project consistently applies best practices and constantly works towards improving
the impact of its benefits to those we serve.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·       Supervise and Monitor the implementation of
all public works activities under payment-for-work as part of the Resilience
Purpose; Ensure technical adherence to the National Public Works Guidelines as
established by the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development for all
Public Works activities;
·       Support beneficiary registration, monitoring
of work completion, beneficiary payment and post distribution monitoring;
·       Ensure that Community facilitators Keep an
UpToDate daily registry and records of Payment for work;
·       Ensure that a community-based approach to
public work activity identification that is directly linked to the Village
Development Plans and Village Disaster Management Mlans and or Micro Catchments
·       Ensure timely (Weekly, Biweekly and Monthly)
reporting of field activities
·       Proactively identify issues and concerns and
use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles at field level
·       Monitor and report any challenges and/or gaps
identified to inform adjustments to plans and implementation schedules. Assist
partners in their efforts to reflect on project experiences.
·       Support accountability by Identifying and
documenting Human interest stories at least once per quarter
·       Collect information on capacity needs of
Community Facilitators and participate/ facilitate Field based Technical
training to ensure effective impact.
·       Ensure that Environmental safeguards as
identified during approval stage and inception of public works are implemented
and adhered to for the duration of the projects

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s
degree in any of the following Engineering Fields: – Environmental, Civil or
Agricultural Engineering with 2 years’ experience is required.
·       Experience in implementing Soil and Water
conservation activities, Infrastructure rehabilitation, water and sanitation
and any other relevant field using labor intensive approaches with an INGO will
be an added advantage.
·       Additional education may substitute for some
·       Experience in participatory action planning
and community engagement.
·       Experience monitoring projects and collecting
relevant data preferred.
·       Experience in using Engineering software like
HEC-RAS and AutoCAD Civil 3D
·       Experience using MS Windows and MS Office
packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
·       Observation, active listening and analysis
skills with ability to make sound judgment
·       Good relationship management skills and the
ability to work closely with local partners and community members
·       Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness
in executing assigned responsibilities
·       Proactive, results-oriented and
·       Fluent verbal and written English is
required, Karamojong is a plus
These are rooted in
the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to
fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
·       Serves with Integrity
·       Models Stewardship
·       Cultivates Constructive Relationships
·       Promotes Learning

How to Apply:
All interested and
qualified candidate please Email a cover letter and CV only to
Large files and/or
scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in the subject 
line of the email,
copy and paste – PUBLICWORKSOFFICER only

NB: All applications
that do not contain this exact subject line will be rejected and not read
Only selected
candidates that meet the requirements will be notified.
Deadline: 13th
August 2020 at 5:00 pm
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