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Practical Action East Africa   |   Lodwar, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Project Officer - Water Engineer-Lodwar

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Project, program management
  • Experienced (senior worker)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary

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Job Summary

The prospective candidates should possess:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Water Engineering or related discipline. Diploma holders with relevant experience may be considered.
  2. Specialised training in project management and/or community development is desirable
  3. At least four (4) years working experience in designing and implementing water and WASH projects.
  4. Good understanding of dryland environment and water resources
  5. Previous working experience in, and understanding of sanitation challenges in ASALs and Lake Basin
  6. Previous working experience with an international NGO will be an advantage


The Project Officer-Water Engineer, will primarily be responsible for the following:

  1. Undertake WASH service needs assessment for people living in rural including ASALs, poor urban and peri-urban settlements (slums)
  2. Plan, design and implement appropriate low cost water (protected springs, shallow wells, solar powered bore holes, rainwater harvesting) and sanitation (VIP, leach pits, pour flush, septic tanks) systems/technologies targeting the needs of rural including ASALs, poor urban and peri- urban settlement dwellers
  3. Participate in the identification and mapping of water resources in Practical Action Project areas.
  4. Prepare and cost technical designs and specifications for WASH technologies
  5. Draw terms of references for and supervise contractors and consultants undertaking technical assignments for Practical Action
  6. Advise the programme on appropriate water and sanitation interventions, clearly providing spatial and temporal justifications e.g. with reference to existing facilities, villages, migration patterns for ASALs etc.
  7. Ensure delivery of project to time and budget avoiding both over- and underspends
  8. Build capacity of service users on operation, maintenance and sustainability of WASH facilities and services; in addition to strengthening and promoting local level water management institutions
  9. Work with Water Service Providers (WSPs), County Governments and Water Service Boards (WSBs) to expand the reach and coverage of water supply networks in underserved low income urban and peri-urban areas
  10. Engage in advocacy/ policy influencing for low cost WASH technologies and approaches at the County and National government levels
  11. Develop monitoring and documentation tools for successful WASH models and dissemination in workshops and conferences
  12. Support routine hydro-geological surveys and environmental impact assessments within the cluster area and follow-up to obtain requisite approvals from WRA, NEMA, Water boards etc
  13. Contribute to project planning, monitoring and reporting across WASH and DRR.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Lodwar
Area of work: Project, program management
Seniority: Experienced (senior worker)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 3 years
Required skills: Project management; Budgeting, financial planning; Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Reporting; Lobbying, advocacy; Project preparation and planning; Project implementation
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)