Oxfam Uganda Jobs – Water and Sanitation Engineer

Organisation: Oxfam Uganda
This is an opportunity for you to join a team of committed professionals and development workers who are enthusiastic and believe that the cause and solutions of poverty lie with the people, it’s about positive solutions and a call for you to take action and make a difference in the lives of Ugandans suffering from poverty and other forms of deprivation. Oxfam’s Programme in Karamoja – Uganda is key in providing Livelihood programmes, Water for production and animal health services, Gender, Governance and working with and through Partners. We do this through partnership with Government, CBOs / CSOs and other development agencies working in the region. We are currently looking for an experienced Water and Sanitation Engineer professional who is immediately available.
Duties & Responsibilities:
·         To work collaboratively as a member of the livelihoods team and with support services (logistics, finance) and communities to ensure timely and effective delivery of water for production related activities.
·         To gather and analyze information, monitor situations, prepare reports, and draft proposals.
·         Supervise works on construction and rehabilitation of water for production infrastructure and other systems.
·         Ensure water and sanitation works are implemented in line with international humanitarian standards (e.g. Sphere).
·         Build capacity of identified persons and mobilize communities to be able to manage and sustain water for production facilities, including rain water harvesting structures.
·         To provide technical advice and assistance to team members for activities design and implementation.
·         Work closely with District Water Offices to identify needs related to water for production in Oxfam’s areas of operation and potential new sites.
·         Work with the humanitarian team to determine priority interventions and identify gaps within area of expertise.
·         To ensure the implementation of Oxfam’s gender and diversity policies in all aspects of Oxfam’s work:
·         Ensuring that project design and implementation take account of and respond appropriately to the needs of the most vulnerable.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience
·         You should at least have: Suitable qualification in water and sanitation engineering. 3 years experience related to water & sanitation engineering, preferably in a humanitarian setting.
·         Specific experience in construction and rehabilitation of water points.
·         Knowledge of structural engineering is desired.
·         Understanding of the important relationship between livelihoods and water for production interventions in Karamoja.
·         Strong community mobilization skills
·         Ability to motivate and inspire sustained participation.
·         Awareness of, and sensitivity to, the different needs and opportunities afforded diverse groups, particularly women, in ASAL situations.
·         Demonstrated ability to function as a positive and collaborative part of a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural team.
·         Ability to work closely with government officials and other humanitarian organizations.
·         Must be computer literate with fluency in Word processing and Spreadsheets, knowledge of engineering packages like Auto Cad desirable.
·         Ability to produce concise reports, sometimes at short notice, reflecting progress, problems and possible solutions.
·         Able to travel and work in conflict affected areas.
·         Commitment to Oxfam’s mission, aims & objectives.
·         Knowledge of local language (Karimojong) is an added advantage
How to Apply:
At Oxfam we are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equity within our organisation and strongly welcome applications from female and under represented groups.
If you are interested, please submit your CV (do not submit certificates), together with a motivation letter explaining why you are the best candidate for the post. Include a daytime telephone and details of 2 referees (one of them from your current or most recent employer) send by email to kampala@oxfam.org.uk; Please write the title of the job you are applying for in the e-mail subject line. Applications must reach us not later than Friday, 3rd August 2012.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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