About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
Working in disasters and providing humanitarian assistance in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner communities to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. Mercy Corps has been operational in Zimbabwe since 2003 implementing programs in WASH, Agriculture, Livelihoods and Social Protection. The organization has wide experience in both rural and urban WASH programming in Zimbabwe.
Mercy Corps Zimbabwe’s WASH programming in Manicaland province has supported the response, prevention and preparedness efforts against waterborne diseases like cholera, typhoid and worked with government structures building capacities of local institutions to respond and prepare for emergencies and deliver water and sanitation services to target communities. Mercy Corps has successfully implemented and managed projects funded by different donors like the USAID, ECHO, EC, OFDA, CERF, UNICEF and other UN Agencies. Mercy Corps WASH interventions are focused on rehabilitating communal and institutional WASH infrastructure, distribution of NFI kits, public health promotion and good waste management. Mercy Corps works closely with the government technical institutions supporting key district, provincial health teams and extension agents through resources in kind, joint planning, assessments and response. Mercy Corps is the WASH focal lead agent for Manicaland Province, representing and coordinating the WASH Sector partners in the province.
- The WASH Engineer will be responsible for the successful implementation of the water components of the project in the target areas and coordination of the project activities.
- This position is a key team player who will be part of the assessments and response teams in the specific districts.
- The incumbent will work closely with the local authorities, District Development Fund (DDF) and ZINWA to implement this project and ensure that all activities meet both government and international best practices.
- This position will be based in Mutare with regular travel to Harare Head Office, whenever need arises.
- The incumbent is expected to monitor all the project indicators related to water and oversee documentation of learnings and best practices from the project activities for sharing and incorporation into future initiatives.
- The project requires active engagement with stakeholders in the rollout of social marketing programs for household water treatment products and other related activities.
- The incumbent will work closely with technical line Ministries, Local Authorities and target communities to improve community knowledge, behavior change and promote best practices in water management, water safety and hygiene.
- In addition to supporting rehabilitative works, access to quality safe potable household water and health and hygiene promotion.
- Arrange and facilitate meetings with project beneficiaries, local authorities, and all relevant project stakeholders;
- Coordinate the implementation of the project’s water infrastructure related activities; Conduct technical assessments (water piped schemes damage surveys) and data analysis;
- Provide overall follow up and supervision of the engineering works related to the project;
- Inspect all WASH Infrastructure and provide certification reports;
- Provide technical expertise related to the planned infrastructure works carried out by the project;
- Define the reference standards to be adopted in the planned water infrastructure;
- Develop Bills of Quantities (BOQs), and tender documents for piped water schemes;
- Prepare and launch tender bidding procedure for construction works and contractor(s) to the project;
- Develop clear infrastructure monitoring and checklist tools for the project;
- Conduct trainings for project staff and Community Water Point Management Committees on the infrastructure monitoring, operations, and maintenance;
- Ensure that all water infrastructure data is well managed and provides an accurate representation of the reality on the ground;
- Submit regular reports related to the project’s water infrastructure to the Project Manager, donor and give progress reports to local authorities covered by the project as may be required;
- Support the Programme Manager to collect and analyse of data for reporting and actively participate in field evaluation activities i.e. transact walks, water quality, community and school sanitation inventory surveys;
- Design and implement other complementary rehabilitation interventions (including livelihoods and nutrition activities);
- Network and liaise with other development agencies in the project areas and explore opportunities for collaboration;
- Conduct himself/herself both professionally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission in Zimbabwe.
- Bachelor Degree in Civil, Agricultural or Water Engineering or Postgraduate qualification in Civil, Agricultural or Water Management Engineering;
- 5-10 years’ experience in an infrastructure projects particularly water and sanitation (good knowledge of tender procedures, design, planning, implementation, budgeting, reporting, evaluation and monitoring of engineering projects);
- Incumbent must be an independent worker, self-starter, creative and good to go on the ground;
- Ability to travel across the project sites regularly for training, assessment, regular monitoring and evaluation.
- Ability to work in and contribute to a team building environment;
- Maintain performance expectations in stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.
- Experience in working with diverse (multidisciplinary environment) project partners and able to manage stakeholder expectations;
- Good report writing, analytic, strong organizational and research skills;
- Fluency in written and spoken English, ability to speak and understand Shona;
- Strong computer skills especially in Engineering packages, MS word and excel.
To apply, please send one document that includes your cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, 3 contactable references and your CV to Mercy Corps Human Resources at email@example.com
Applications should be clearly marked with the position applied for in the email subject line.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: 20 July 2020