WASH Project Engineer

Published May 22, 2022
Location Kismayo, Somalia
Category Engineering  
Job Type Full Time  



Background on ACTED


ACTED is a French humanitarian NGO, founded in 1993, which supports vulnerable populations, affected by humanitarian crises worldwide. ACTED provides continued support to vulnerable communities by ensuring the sustainability of post-crisis interventions and engaging long-term challenges facing our target populations, in order to break the poverty cycle, foster development and reduce vulnerability to disasters. Their interventions seek to cover the multiple aspects of humanitarian and development crises through a multidisciplinary approach which is both global and local, and adapted to each context.


ACTED is looking for professionally confident, self-motivated, experienced and committed team player to fill the WASH Project Engineer Position in Kismayo, Somalia.


Position Profile:


The Engineer is responsible for all activities associated to the site maintenance and improvement works, infrastructure intervention in the sites (if applicable), under the direct supervision of Deputy project manager while ensuring smooth implementation of ACTED Project in the respective areas and adherence to all Acted policies and procedures in executing the work.


This includes but not limited to preparing BoQs, working with ACTED’s logistics department in the procurement of items needed for project implementation, mobilizing, training and supervising skilled and unskilled labours, dealing with contractors, involving and consulting communities prior to any works and ensuring that the needs of vulnerable groups and people with specific needs are taking into account and addressed during activities


Duties and Responsibilities:




Infrastructure and site maintenance.


Supervising regular assessment of site infrastructure and physical service delivery in the camp and the rural villages (e.g. drainage, roads, water supply, community infrastructure)

Prepare accurate BoQ for site maintenance and infrastructure works

Select casual labours in cooperation with communities and ensure that there is an equal representation of gender, age and minorities within the workforce

Preparing plans for site works, and overseeing implementation by casual labours contractors as needed

Considering environmental impacts of infrastructure works from planning to implementation and taking all the necessary measures to mitigate the impacts as much as possible

In coordination with the other team members, as well as the line manager, conduct assessments to identify infrastructure needs related to WASH priorities, with a focus on improving vulnerable resident’s access to services

Ensure all the necessary measure to guarantee safety of casual labours, contractors and site population are in place through the implementation of site maintenance, and infrastructure works

Store, manage and maintain tools and items for site upgrading/site maintenance in coordination with the logistic department and ensuring compliance to ACTED internal procedures

Coordinate with other ACTED department regarding procurement of any material resources for site upgrading/site maintenance

While carrying out site maintenance, infrastructure and site improvements intervention always paying special attention to accessibility and special needs of vulnerable group, particular of people with limited mobility

Coordinate registration with all relevant stakeholders

Working with ACTED’s logistics department to ensure swift procurement of agreed upon items

Full management and training of skilled and unskilled labor need for construction

Forecast changes in work plans and ability to coordinate with other ACTED departments

Coordinate with government officials and create tripartite land tenure agreements for site prioritized

Create blueprints for infrastructure construction

Ensure payment of casual labour

Partner coordination and Service Delivery Monitoring


Conduct regular service and infrastructure monitoring for the sites in close cooperation with the Information Management Assistant and map partner`s and community infrastructure in the sites

Timely report to the line Manager any gaps and duplication in the service delivery and any site upgrading/maintenance intervention needed

Support to partners to achieve agreed minimum standards and service delivery quality.

Attend cluster and other coordination meetings

Community liaison, mobilization, and accountability


Leading in the creation or strengthening of Site maintenance committees so that the appointment of committee members is done in a transparent and inclusive way and that ToR are created in a participatory manner and agreed upon all stakeholders

Train the committee members & coaching them through organization of regular meetings was well as daily supervision

In cooperation with the other team members, consult community members and particular community governance structures prior to implement site improvements and maintenance works

Cooperate with the other team`s members to create a skill database of the residents in the site, particularly in regards to construction and specialized works (such as plumbing, carpentry etc etc)

Liaising with other team members for complaints and feedbacks related to site maintenance and infrastructure

Support training and coaching of other camp committees, partner agencies and site team on WASH and WASH related topics, as requested by the line manager

Information Management


Supporting improvement of information management systems in the site in collaboration with the database assistant including: identification of information gaps, databases and reports and infrastructure mapping and monitoring

Protection mainstreaming


Considering gender, protection, and GBV concerns in all aspects of activities

Promoting of and adhering to Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policy and guidelines (for site residents, ACTED staff, partner agencies, casual labours)

Supporting and promoting participation of women, youth, people with specific needs and marginalized groups in camp governance mechanisms and WASH Activities

Referring to and following up with protection partners on identification and addressing of cases of vulnerability within the camp found during daily activities

Ensure that principles of data confidentiality are respected in information management activities and that sensitive data of beneficiaries are protected when stored or shared if strictly necessary

Consult the community prior to conduct any site maintenance and infrastructure work so that the activities are implemented in a participatory manner, with active involvement of community members, particularly vulnerable groups and people with specific need

Ensuring that all site maintenance and infrastructure interventions are carried out through a vulnerability lens and whenever site maintenance activities are implemented, always consider accessibility to infrastructure and inclusion of people with specific needs

Project management and reporting


Planning, Implementing and Reporting

Supporting the line manager in devising weekly and long-term work plans for the project implementation, particularly or information management activities

Attending regular staff coordination meetings

Excellent liaison with other Site Team Members, ensuring consistency and coordination of activities in the site

Timely reporting on problems and challenges in the site to the line Manager

Timely reporting on security and safety incidents, including fire, evictions, floods and any possible security hazards in the site to Line Manager

Timely submission of weekly report or other reports as requested by the line manager



Prepare accurate BoQ for Project Implementation

Send accurate and precise order forms in a timely manner

Confirm quality of material selection if and when applicable

Dealing with contractors whenever needed or requested

Human Resource


Commitment to continuous learning through trainings and timely identification of capacity-building needs and opportunities, in coordination with line Manager/ HR Dept.

Select casual labours for site maintenance and infrastructure work

Train and supervise unskilled labours

Transparency and Compliance


Ensuring compliance to ACTED internal procedures and donor procedures

Accurate record keeping of project documentation, including photos and proper filing of meeting minutes, databases, attendance sheets, assessment reports/documents, review and updating of databases etc., in soft and hard copy



Provide translation of various documents (e.g. reports, minutes, beneficiary lists, and information signs) upon request of the line Manager.

Perform any additional task as requested by the line Manager.

Qualifications/Skills Required:


A Bachelor’s degree in degree in civil engineering/geology urban planning or engineering

Minimum Five years of experience in international and/or local NGO; ideally involved in the direct implementation of field level humanitarian assistance to refugees or IDPs.

Technical skills such as using AutoCAD, ArcGIS, ODK and Microsoft Office.

Experience in community services, women empowerment, youth activities, protection, distribution or registration.

Experience in working with national partners, local/government authorities, and UN organizations.

Experience working in an IDP camp setting

Technical skills


Completion of university degree in civil engineering/geology urban planning or engineering

Minimum Five years of experience in international and/or local NGO; ideally involved in the direct implementation of field level humanitarian assistance to refugees or IDPs.

Technical skills such as using AutoCAD, ArcGIS, ODK and Microsoft Office.

Experience in community services, women empowerment, youth activities, protection, distribution or registration.

Experience in working with national partners, local/government authorities, and UN organizations.

Experience working in an IDP camp setting

Essential knowledge and skills:


Extensive knowledge of Country’s displacement context.

Willingness to travel up to different locations in Jubaland

Excellent communication skills.

Excellent interpersonal and team-playing skills.

Highly flexible, with the ability to use initiative.

Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Commitment to humanitarian principles and values.

Understanding of gender, protection and human rights.

Commitment to promoting gender equality.

Preferred experience:


Proficiency in English and local language, both oral and written.

Managerial experience, including leading/supervising subordinate staff, organizing activities and report writing.

Experience in training and capacity-building of staff.

Experience in WASH, including Introduction to WASH Training.

Preferable experience operating in a refugee/IDP camp environment.

Knowledge of logistics and procurement processes.

Core competency:


Must able to align with the organizational values

Should be versatile and able to perform more than one tasks as deemed necessary

Dedicate, committed and think outside the box

Autonomous and able to direct him/herself with minimal guidance

Should have great leadership, problem solving and conflict resolution skills

Must be able to achieve result with team work and team leadership

Ensure, compliance, transparency and accountability all the time

Must have good planning, operationalization and organizing skills

Must have high and effective communication skills


How to apply

Application Procedure:


Qualified Somali Nationals with the required skills are invited to submit their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter as a single document i.e. with the cover letter being on the first page and the CV starting on the second page, detailing three work related referees and contacts with the subject line “WASH Project Engineer – KISMAYO”

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