Engineer Job Vacancies – Mercy Corps

Title:     Engineer
Organisation: Mercy Corps
Revitalizing Agricultural Incomes and New Markets (RAIN) program
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Mercy Corps
is an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality,
analytical development programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has
been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs
in Acholi and Karamoja sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led,
market driven approach to address poverty and food insecurity needs through
interventions that get to the root causes and contributing factors of economic
vulnerability. Donors include the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID), the European Commission (EC), United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). Mercy Corps’
programs in Acholi Sub-region currently focus on economic and market
development, agriculture, financial services, and women’s empowerment.
The main focus of the Engineer will be to provide support to the
USDA-funded Revitalizing Agricultural Incomes and New Markets (RAIN) program
that is building four vented drifts in the districts of Lamwo, Agago and Pader.
The locations have been identified and designs are underway. The Engineer will
support the implementation of vented drift construction activities. The
Engineer will ensure quality construction through rigorous field visits and
supervision.  S/he will have direct
responsibility for overseeing multiple vented drifts concurrently. S/he will
establish/strengthen good working relationships with all necessary partners
including district and sub-county officials, the Contractors, and others.
Construction fraud is a serious concern in Uganda, and the Engineer will ensure
that potential fraud is quickly identified and all possible precautionary
measures are in place to prevent fraud.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Program:
Prepare and submit quality BoQ and plans for any future
infrastructure projects;
Responsible for the daily implementation of
engineering related project activities and monitor progress at assigned work
sites including construction management and monitoring contractors performance
and progress;
Responsible for design and follow up of RAIN
infrastructure activities;
Mentor, supervise and manage contractors to ensure
reasonable value for money including preparation of work progress reports and
payment certification;
Develop detailed action plans for project
implementation – including all technical specifications for project
implementation in collaboration with the concerned staff;
Mobilize community to fully participate in the
project implementation for sustainability, and participate in community
construction management committee meetings.
Supervise and be responsible for all technical
aspects of project implementation, ensure they are completed in a timely,
efficient and accurate manner according to standard engineering methods.
Carry out regular field visits to oversee and
supervise construction of roads and other infrastructures as needed;
Report the status of all active construction
projects on a weekly basis;
Ensure that environmental aspect of project sites
are well incorporated during construction and post construction phase, and that
environmental mitigation plans are followed;
Ensure an integrated approach to program
implementation in order to maximize resource utilization and synergy between
the staff and different MC programs, if any;
2. Partnership Management: Establish and
maintain productive working relationships with sub-county and district leaders
and UNRA, UWA and district engineering office, soliciting their participation
in all activities where appropriate
3. Monitoring and Evaluation:
Create a dynamic program environment that promotes
Take primary responsibility for data gathering in
engineering related works;
Provide data in support of team submission of
timely weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports that will be indicative of
program progress during implementation.
4. Other:
Carry himself/herself both professionally and
personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not
jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
Perform any other duties as assigned by the line
Skills and Experience: 
The applicant should hold a University degree in
Civil or Construction Engineering
A minimum of five years of professional relevant
Ability to interact effectively with a wide
variety of people and monitor contractors.
Skills in networking, team work, and community
consultations essential.
Good reporting, communication and representation
Good computer skills including fluency with MS
Office Suit
Good spoken and written English. Fluency in
Luo/Acholi is an advantage.
Willingness to work in and frequently travel to
the field.
to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail applications
including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV
(with three professional referees), and copies of academic
qualifications/certificates to the Human Resource Manager, Kampala Head Office
on 4th Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road. The E-mail applications
with cover letter should be sent to:
Deadline:  30th December 2015
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