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Water Engineer Consultant Job in Hargeisa, Somaliland


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 an MoU as a consortium in the Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa. 

They operate a joint Office in Nairobi; have Country Offices in Somaliland (Hargeisa) and South Sudan (Torit) and a Representative in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa).

Position: Water Engineer Consultant - Somaliland

Reporting to: Head of Department of Livelihoods and Community Based Infrastructure

Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland

Start: April 2013

Duration: 3 months


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 an MoU as a consortium in the Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa. 

They operate a joint Office in Nairobi; have Country Offices in Somaliland (Hargeisa) and South Sudan (Torit) and a Representative in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa).

The Somaliland Programme mainly focuses on Water, Hygiene and Sanitation, Schools construction, Non-Formal Education activities and human rights. Currently an EU Water Facility project targeting rural and peri-urban communities is being implemented. 

The project activities are aimed at increasing access to safe water; improving sanitation and hygiene practices, improving infrastructure in schools, building capacities of local partners, LNGO, and beneficiaries to maintain and sustain the developed WASH facilities.

In an effort to improve interventions quality of the WASH Program Caritas is looking for short term Water Engineer Consultant experienced in planning, managing and monitoring of WASH programs and infrastructure construction, boreholes drilling and rehabilitations, skilled in designs and technical interpretations, ensuring quality outputs and standard adherences. 

In Monitoring he/she must have the skill to advice where necessary to ensure the implementation is line with project objectives, with proper exit strategy and geared towards sustained service delivery.

Outputs of the Technical Consultant

Under the overall coordination of the Head of Department of Livelihoods and Community Based Infrastructure (HOD), and the working directly with the WASH and construction team, the Water Engineer Consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Planning and coordinating all WASH technical activities in the program including Boreholes drilling, development and rehabilitations
  • Assessment of new WASH facilities sites, recommend on the interventions required supervise technical designs, BOQs, tendering and contracts qualifications
  • Ensure quality standards of the outputs particularly in construction, boreholes drillings and rehabilitations
  • Take lead in developing sustainable systems at beneficiaries level, build capacities of local people to understand, and support the developed WASH facilities for continued service delivery
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Plan, coordinate and implement the EU Water Facility Project technical activities
  • Lead, guide, coach and mentor the Caritas EU Water Facility Project technical staff particularly in Water facilities construction and Borehole drilling
  • Provide management and monitoring support to WASH activities, provide advice on quality outputs and recommend changes where necessary.
  • Together with the HOD, Ministry of Water Resources and the Drilling specialist provide technical expertise on 2 boreholes drilling in Sool Region taking into considerations of all technical aspects in borehole drilling
  • Develop bi weekly comprehensive field trip programme by; coordinating, supervising the field trip plans of different staff members in the department.
  • Lead in the development of construction designs using auto CAD programme and ensure that they follow Caritas set guidelines and standards.
  • Carry out final check on prepared BOQs from the technical drawings on WASH facilities (Boreholes, Shallow wells concrete and Masonry, balleys, water tanks, rain water harvesting systems, households and institutional latrines) ensure all quantities are included and unit rates are per the market prices .
  • In collaboration with other project staff , develop project monitoring tools and annual, quarterly and monthly project work plans in line with project objectives an proposed activities
  • Prepare monthly reports of WASH technical unit and submit to HoD.
  • Ensure all constructions comply with technical specifications, quality and to the standards, check and certify all stages in constructions before payments preparations.
  • Take lead in new project assessments, Identify and recommend suitable sites to support construction, boreholes drilling, rehabilitations and up grading of WASH facilities.
  • Support in community mobilization, involvement of the beneficiaries in decision making and sensitization and ownership creation, linking the activities with the line Ministry, local authorities, municipalities, partners and other community based stakeholders.
  • Establish and build community based systems for sustainability of established WASH facilities
  • Ensure that MOUs are prepared between Caritas and beneficiaries (communities) with clear roles and responsibilities of all parties before the project work commences.
  • Provide support in facilitation of various capacity building trainings, provide overall managements support in all training and strengthening community structures for sustained WASH facilities after the project completion and hand over
  • Supervise preparations of tender documents, take part in tender evaluation and analysis and provide in depth orientation of contractors on WASH infrastructure development activities, and contractors’ compliance with contractual agreement, including timely completion of contracted activities.
  • Ensure close supervision of contracted activities focusing on quality and taking appropriate action when standards of construction set by Caritas are infringed or being compromised.
  • Monitor materials used in construction works to ensure that they are of the required standard and quality and used efficiently for the contracted works
  • Monitor physical conditions, operations and maintenance of WASH facilities focusing on ensuring sustained service delivery to the required standards.

Qualification and Experience required

  • Degree in Civil Engineering and, Water Engineering or Hydrogeology or related field
  • At least five years’ experience in Management, planning and designing of Water & Sanitation facilities and construction works including boreholes drilling and development
  • Experience in working under humanitarian and development context particularly in post conflict countries
  • Previous international NGO experience a requirement.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; knowledge of Somali context will be added advantage
  • Must be computer literate, with knowledge of MS Windows, Word and Excel.


  • Excellent communication skills particularly with partners, stakeholder and beneficiaries
  • Ability to present and explain clearly difficult positions to external partners, stakeholders, senior officials, to persuade people with varying points of view, and to present information in a concise and xaccurate manner


  • Excellent interpersonal and proven negotiating skills;
  •  Ability to establish and maintain trust and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity


  • Proven ability to provide effective leadership and transfer advice and knowledge to external partners, stakeholders, senior government officials and staff at all levels;
  • Proven ability to plan and organise the work in an organisation and provide advice and guidance to others;
  • Proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling environment, including ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, develop and evaluate staff

Contract type

Consultancy: 3 Months with possibility of extension, starting as soon as possible

Application process

If you fit the required profile, send us an updated Curriculum Vitae with details of your qualifications indicating earliest date of availability, telephone contacts and names of three referees-one which shall be of the most recent assignment. 

In a cover letter tell us how your qualifications and experience match the requirements of this consultancy.

Send your application by Wednesday 10th April 2013 to indicating “Water Engineer Consultancy – Somaliland” in the subject line. 

Due to the urgent need of the consultancy, applications will be reviewed on daily basis and recruitment may take place before closing date.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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