Uganda: Water and Sanitation Team Leader – (for Ugandan Nationals Only)

Organization: Catholic Relief Services
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 28 Apr 2017

Job Title: Water and Sanitation Team Leader

Supervisor: Project Manager – Emergency Response in Yumbe

Position Grade 9

Position Type: Full Time

Area of Interest: Program Quality

Location: Bidibidi Refugee Camp, Yumbe, Uganda


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.

CRS has worked in Uganda since 1965, initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese refugees living in the north. Over the years, CRS has expanded its programming to also address development needs in western, central and eastern Uganda. CRS’ projects in Uganda currently include agriculture, health, microfinance, peacebuilding and youth. CRS Uganda implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability.

Project Summary

The recent fighting in South Sudan between government and the opposition has displaced thousands of South Sudanese community members who have been forced to seek refuge into neighboring countries, including Uganda. Following the rapid needs assessment and information provided via coordination with other stakeholders, CRS has identified critical gaps in settlements in Yumbe District that include water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), non-food items (NFI), livelihoods, and shelter support for those most vulnerable. The interventions will target refugees in zones 4 and/or 5 within the Bidibidi refugee settlement in Yumbe, which have been recently established in November 2016 and experiencing big gaps in WASH needs. These zones have poor household latrine coverage and low water supply but with high groundwater potential according to UNHCR Hydrogeological survey report. CRS will directly implement the interventions to improve the access of refugee households in Yumbe District to safe and sufficient water sources, livelihood opportunities, and non-food items related to protection and hygiene promotion in the Bidibidi Refugee settlement.

General job summary

The Water and Sanitation Engineering Team Leader will lead on assessments together with the Hygiene Promotion Team Leader, line manage one to two CRS Field Engineers, train them as necessary and manage the day to day processes and organization of CRS Water & Sanitation activities.

Key Responsibilities

  1. In coordination with the Operation Manager, the Hygiene Promotion Team Leader (HPTL) and as per CRS standard procedures identify and assess contractors, associate water partners, construction suppliers, vendors of WASH items, prepare contracts and documentation for works.

  2. Lead together with HPTL all assessments for WASH.

  3. Undergo together with CRS Field Engineers a training given by Oxfam on production and construction of dome shaped latrine slabs

  4. Ensure personally and through project engineers that latrine slab construction teams are supervised and that high quality of the works is achieved

  5. Ensure together with HPTL that latrine slab construction teams (refugee/host) and other hard ware construction teams are signing working sheets in order to liquidate payments

  6. Support Hygiene Promotion Team Leader as necessary in the collection and analysis from WASH Base Line Surveys before launching any intervention.

  7. Together with the HPTL and with support from MEAL led on new KAP surveys

  8. Lead, organize and execute pumping test and analyze yield of boreholes/Supervise and monitor contractor performing the pumping tests

  9. Together with contractor/associate water partners survey, design and analyze cost of motorization through solar panels of high yield wells, elevated water tanks, distribution network and water points

  10. Keeping the District Water Office involved in the survey, planning and design of any water distribution project

  11. Monitor on a day to day basis (in person and/or through CRS Field Engineers) all hard ware activities to ensure that quality of work of contractors’ or associated water partners work in motorizing high yield boreholes, construction of elevated tanks, laying piped network and constructing water points is achieved with required quality standards and in specified time.

  12. In close coordination with the Hygiene Promotion Team Leader develop if necessary new designs and BOQ for latrines slabs, bathing areas with soak way pits and drainages.

  13. Together with the HPTL ensure that all hardware activity have previously been coordinated with HP’s in order for them to mobilize refugee and host communities before any hard ware works starts.

  14. Ensure that any new design or hard ware activity is sound from a qualitative, quantitative and culturally appropriate point of view and that it follows SPHERE standards.

  15. Liaise with CRS Procurement and Logistics to ensure that material procurement is delivered according to program needs to sites.

  16. Ensure together with the HPTL that Field Engineers and Hygiene Promotion Officers engages both refugee and hosts communities in consultation, mobilization and construction activities where these are community based.

  17. Encourage contractors to employ skilled and unskilled workers from the refugees and host communities

  18. Support PM to prepare plans, proposals, and budgets for project extensions and new construction projects.

  19. Ensure that Field Engineers monitor that community workers and contractors adheres to Health and Safety standards during construction activities.

  20. Ensures that use of appropriate project management tools to plan, review and track progress on projects implementation as well as on the utilization of project resources.

  21. Ensure the development and implementation of a strong M&E system using appropriate CRS tools and resources to maximize project impact on beneficiaries.

  22. Monitor project development and identify deviation from approved project plans and implement corrective measures when necessary to ensure that the partners meet the project objectives.

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  1. Serves with Integrity
  2. Models Stewardship
  3. Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  4. Promotes Learning

CRS Emergency Competencies

Each CRS staff member working in emergencies is expected to have the following competencies to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results:

  1. Communicates strategically under pressure

  2. Manages stress and complexity

  3. Actively promotes safety and security

  4. Proven organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

  5. Strong verbal and written English communication skills as well as local languages.

  6. Excellent interpersonal communication skills.

  7. Proficient in the use of AutoCAD and MS Office programs.

  8. Ability to work independently and creatively.

  9. Enthusiasm in working as a member of a team and willingness to learn.

  10. Ability to embrace the challenge of working under pressure

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  1. Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Hydrogeology or Construction Engineering

  2. Minimum 2 years’ experience working with INGOs in the field of Emergency WASH or other infrastructure WASH programs.

  3. Implementation experience of water supply: gravity fed systems and distribution networks, experience in repairing India Mark II, III & AfriDev hand pumps

  4. Implementation experience in sanitation: construction experience especially different types of latrine and toilet technologies

  5. Proven experience of project cycle management

  6. Proven experience of mentoring and capacity building of team / partners including training facilitation skills

  7. Well-developed interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible in demanding situation

  8. Assessment, analytical and planning skills

  9. A capacity and desire to pass on skills and information, a confident communicator and willing to work in a collaborative and respectful way with the beneficiaries.

  10. Knowledge of and commitment to humanitarian principles (NGO / Red Cross code of conduct) and with Sphere humanitarian charter and minimum standards

  11. Fluent English language (speaking and writing) and knowledge of the local language in Yumbe district, Arabic is an added advantage.

  12. Excellent knowledge about importance of integrated approach in engineering, livelihood, shelter and protection) in emergency context.

  13. Experience of working with local partners including local authorities’/settlement leadership

  14. Proven experience in gender analysis and integrating gender & diversity into the emergency program

  15. Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines in changing situations

  16. Experience of working effectively within a big international agency (I/NGOs)

  17. Willingness to be based in Yumbe.

How to apply:

Disclaimer Clause:

This job description is not an exhaustive list of skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position. CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. “I understand that CRS takes all allegations of abuse and exploitation seriously. Abuse or exploitation of children or vulnerable adults is grounds for immediate dismissal.” Note: Please submit cover letter, CV and three work references (names and contact information only) to by April 28th 2017.

Only selected candidates that meet the requirements will be notified. EOE/M/F/D/V**

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