Title: WASH Officer -Construction
Employment Category: H2
Reporting To: WASH Team Leader
Contract Duration: 10 Months
Posting date: May 17, 2020
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. DRC promotes and supports solutions to the problems faced by refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrants. The organization has offices across the region, and has been operational in Ethiopia since 2009. With funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, DRC is currently implementing a range of activities across Ethiopia and Djibouti, including WASH and shelter provision, child and youth protection, gender based violence response, awareness-raising of migration risks, protection monitoring of migration routes, and livelihoods support for returning migrants or those at-risk of migration.
OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE ROLE:
- Under the direct supervision of the WASH Team Leader, the WASH Construction Officer will be in charge of all technical activities related to construction WASH infrastructure and will ensure the efficient and smooth implementation of the WASH projects in the targeted Fafan zone.
- The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to:
- Prepare plans, specifications and cost estimates of the prioritized construction works;
- Make sure that all required preparations are in place for technical estimates, design and resource management plan, prepare bid documents and support the project team for the bid selection;
- Implement effectively and within time and budget of the WASH project as per the project proposals and project requirements.;
- Develop and review project designs to ensure compliance with relevant standards, procedures, and codes;
- Develop and review BOQs and technical specifications;
- Ensure that accurate and detailed records of project matters are formulated and kept;
- Conduct site assessments and surveys;
- Ensure as far as possible the security of the project, of staff, and of equipment;
- Coordinate with beneficiary leaders to ensure community participation and ownership;
- Advise on procurement needs and submit all procurement request to the WASH Manager;
- Provide on-site technical assistance to staffs, contractors or service providers and beneficiaries during the process of implementation, including management of construction activities;
- Prepare and submit regular progress reports and work plans to the WASH Manager;
- Collate data from the communities and local partners and prepare reports for submission to Senior WASH Engineer;
- Liaise with community leaders and other sectors and agencies working locally in order to coordinate within the WASH sector. This includes taking concerns regularly at every meeting with beneficiaries in the field and report as needed;
- Keep proper records of field expenditures when appropriate and report on these to the WASH Manager;
- Carry out other related tasks as directed by the line management;
Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)
- Minimum 2 years of experience in coordination and supervision of WASH construction projects
- Strong knowledge and experience in engineering and construction project with related processes like tendering of works, monitoring of construction sites etc.
- Knowledge and experience in GIS/GPS.
- Previous work experience in refugee/IDP settings and complex emergencies is an asset.
- Familiarity with the SPHERE Project and Minimum Standards.
- Leadership and supervisory skills and ability to foster team spirit.
- Strong organizational skills and able to coordinate and manage a diverse array of activities and stakeholders.
- Strong facilitation, negotiation and mediation skills and ability to work independently.
- Report writing skills and computer skills in word processing and spreadsheets. Skills in technical drawings software (preferably AutoCAD) and project management software are desirable.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills.
- Strong sense of security management and willingness to follow security guidelines and regulations.
- Commitment to ensuring the protection of IDPs.
- Commitment to humanitarian principles and values.
- Commitment to concern equal opportunity and gender practices.
Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)
- A University degree in Civil, hydraulic, water resource or environmental engineering or directly related field
Languages: (indicate fluency level)
- Excellent skills in speaking, reading and writing English.
- Somali (Overall fluency required)
- Address Jijiga, Somali
- Experience Level Mid level
- Total Years Experience 0-5
- Qualification BA/BSc