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Senior WASH Engineer - Dadaab, Kenya (CARE)
« on: August 09, 2011, 04:35:46 PM »
CARE International in Kenya seeks a Senior WASH Engineer to be based in Dadaab, Kenya for the Refugee Assistance Program (RAP).

CARE is a leading aid and development organisation serving individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world, through strengthening capacity for self-help, providing economic opportunity, delivering relief in emergencies, influencing policy decisions at all levels and addressing discrimination in all its. Conflict in Somalia has displaced hundreds of thousands of refugees. Since 1991, CARE International in Kenya has provided relief and development assistance in the three refugee camps in Dadaab and supported host communities around the camps. The Ifo, Dagahaley and Hagadera camps in Dadaab currently provide protection and humanitarian assistance to over 360,000 refugees, 97% of whom are from Somalia. The refugee camps are highly dynamic, and thousands of refugees continue to arrive each month seeking a safe haven in Kenya due to persistent political strife in Somalia and regional drought. CARE is the lead implementing agency in Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Logistics and Distribution of Food Aid and Non-Food Items, Gender and Community Development; and primary education in one camp. In addition, CARE provides mechanical support services, and fuel to other implementing agencies in the camps.

Job Summary This is a senior management position in CARE’s refugee operations. The principal objective of the WASH Advisor position is to provide strategic direction and oversight for the CARE Dadaab WASH operations. Working towards improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of all WASH related activities that CARE is engaged in, the provision of technical oversight and input to meet and maintain global WASH standards for the benefit of the refugee and resident populations. This includes being engaged in the programming and coordination of the implementation of CARE’s WASH activities such as care and maintenance of water delivery systems for an expected 425,000 refugees, environmental sanitation (solid waste management), vector control management, and community development activities.

The Senior WASH Engineer shall provide strategic sector oversight, policy and programmatic direction, and technical guidance to the WASH sector. At the same time this would involve contributions to the development and monitoring of the sector budgets.

The incumbent shall undertake staff mentoring and development based on proactive skills transfer and provide a learning environment for WASH staff. This would also include an expectation to ensure management for quality and timeliness of delivery of all

CARE WASH projects and to manage all WASH staff to transparent and accountable programme/project delivery to CARE Kenya standards. The provision of strategic input will be an essential part of the contribution to overall programming as well as representation of CARE in external forum when and where necessary

Summary of responsibilities · Lead strategic and technical planning activities for CARE’s WASH sector; · Guide staff in implementation of sector strategic plans and accompanying log frames/annual operation plans; · Provide oversight to the areas of budgeting, proposals and support; · Lead and supervise sector staff. Required qualifications and experience · At least seven (7) years professional experience with 2 years of management and/or co-ordination experience in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector; · Bachelor’s degree in Civil/water/environmental engineering or related

qualifications. · National or Higher National Diploma holders in the various fields stated above who have work experience of at least nine years during which time they have acted at the level of WASH Manager/Coordinator may be considered. However, the incumbent must demonstrate an excellent track record of performance coupled with good grasp for strategic planning, design and construction, supervision of sanitary, building and water supply installations; · Strong water and sanitation design and project management experience with proven record of successful teamwork; · Experience in preparing technical designs, tender documents, terms of references, contracts, memoranda of understanding.

Technical skills · Advanced knowledge of water and sanitation engineering including water quality testing and analysis, design of boreholes and water supply systems, construction and supervision of WATSAN projects in rural, urban and camp settings; · Proficiency with engineering software such as AutoCAD and Epanet as well as other software packages such as MS office/project; · Familiarity with current standards and guidelines for humanitarian/ emergency response including Sphere handbook criteria; · Demonstrated knowledge and experience in understanding the principles and practices of community development; · Proven knowledge and experience of ground water abstraction, pumping and gravity water systems management.

Desired knowledge, experience and competences • Post graduate University degree in relevant field; • Overseas experience working in multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary staff; • Knowledge of local area and understanding of complexity of working in the North Eastern Province and with refugees; • Ability to work under difficult conditions and be away from the family for long periods of time.

Competencies • Proven leadership skills and able to manage a team; • Be able to work in a team setting and be able to have good and clear communication skills. • Ability to work in partnership with local communities and NGOs as appropriate; • Ability to write technical reports and procedural manuals and effectively present information to many different audiences; • Advise on and incorporate current and new developments in WASH sector from national and international forums.

Start date: As soon as possible

Contract type and duration: Fixed term contract for a period of 1 year Deadline for applications: We are currently reviewing applications. The position will remain posted until a qualified candidate is selected. Please note that due to the urgency to staff this position, each application will be reviewed shortly after it is submitted and interviews may be scheduled prior to the deadline for applications.

Contact Information: Please apply online at .You will need to register before submitting your resume.

We thank all candidates for the responses to this advertisement. However, we regret that we will be able to contact only short listed candidates.

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