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WASH Engineer Job in Marsabit County, Kenya

Organisation:Caritas Switzerland and Caritas Luxembourg are non-governmental aid agencies and members of Caritas Internationalis. 

Caritas works worldwide and adheres to international humanitarian principles (NGO code of conduct). 

Caritas Switzerland and Caritas Luxembourg act in the frame of a MoU as a consortium in the Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa. 

They operate a joint Liaison Office in Nairobi, have Country Offices in Somaliland (Hargeisa) and South Sudan (Torit) and a Representative in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa).
Position: WASH Engineer
Reporting to: Humanitarian Delegate
Duration: 18 months
Location: Marsabit town, Marsabit County, Kenya
Key tasks & responsibilities
The WASH Engineer is responsible for the overall success of the Drought Recovery Project in Marsabit and ensures it is completed in adherence to the set quality standards, within budget and in time. 

The position will serve as accompaniment to Caritas Switzerland’s partner Caritas Marsabit. 

The WASH Engineer will
  • Assist Caritas Marsabit in all technical aspects of the project. These include but are not limited to the preparation of design drawings, bills of quantities and tender documents.
  • Assist Caritas Marsabit in assessing and approving all plans and designs.
  • Together with Caritas Marsabit, supervise the implementation of all water and sanitation activities at all stages of the project to ensure quality control (materials and workmanship) and the effective use of resources.
  • Accompany Caritas Marsabit at field visits.
  • Document and report extensively on all technical components.
Essential requirements & qualifications
National applicants are expected to have the following qualifications, experiences and abilities:
  • University degree in Civil Engineering or Water Engineering with at least 5 years professional work experience with a non-governmental organisation, including fieldwork experience preferably in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Lands or a
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering or Water Engineering with a minimum of 7 years proven experience in working in either relief or development with a non-governmental organisation.
  • Experience in needs assessments and surveys.
  • Good understanding of SPHERE and other international standards.
  • Knowledge on soft components of WASH including KAP surveys and hygiene education methodologies.
  • Strong analytical capacity – working and thinking on an academic level.
  • Former working in project partnerships is an advantage.
  • Flexibility, good interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural environment and with sensitivity to cultural values.
  • Willingness to work extensively in remote areas.
  • Motivated and committed as well as being able to efficiently communicate and fit into a working team.
The knowledge of Kiswahili is mandatory, local language skills are highly desirable.
Qualified women are especially encouraged to apply.
Contract start November 2012

If you feel you fit the required profile, please let us know how your qualifications, experience and career ambitions match the requirements of this position. 

Send your application latest by Sunday 23rd September, 2012 to indicating ‘WASH Engineer’ on the subject line.
Please provide a Curriculum Vitae (CV) that contains details of your qualifications, experience, present position, current remuneration, earliest date of availability, names and telephone contacts of three referees.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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