Wash Officer – Engineer

at Save the Children
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted May 18, 2022
Category Engineering
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB



Reporting to the WASH Coordinator and Construction coordinator, the Wash Officer (Engineering) will be responsible for overall software and hardware parts of wash activities like implementation, supervision, and monitoring of construction activities i.e. construction of the institution’s rainwater harvesting (roof water harvesting) system. He/she will be specifically responsible for planning and designing construction activities in the project. In addition, She/he will manage skilled and unskilled labor and carry out supervision, monitoring, and quality control of construction activities and, provide technical guidance and training on proper usage/operation and maintenance of water and sanitation facilities. Additionally, the Wash officer (Engineering) will provide technical support to emergency responses and to other sectors on construction-related activities. Over 80% of the time will be spent in the field. He or she is also responsible for documentation of program achievements including best practices, case studies and lessons learned, he or she will be engaged to conduct quarterly water quality tests and share the results with communities and woreda water offices. The WASH Officer will closely work with the woreda water office, experts, and head office and will provide technical support in terms of documentation and record-keeping, writing reports, and guidance on how to monitor WASH activities


Program implementation

  • Responsible for planning, designing, and developing detailed Bills of Quantities and overall budgeting and, preparation of bid documents for implementation and construction of roof water harvesting.
  • Ensuring quality and integrity of implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines, administrative systems, and established deadlines
  • Identifying and addressing staff capacity building opportunities
  • Evaluating the relevance and appropriateness of current and future programming in relation to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion in the local context
  • Manage, supervise and monitor implementation of construction and related activities; roof water harvesting; ensure high-quality control to attain a high standard product and value for money as per SCI and National standards.
  • Ensure active participation and involvement of Woreda health office, Woreda water office, local government and community structures and beneficiaries in planning, implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of construction activities.
  • In collaboration with local government and community leaders, identify local skilled and unskilled labor, follow SCI established procedures for their engagement, manage and supervise them, keep track of attendance and work log sheet, prepare and ensure timely payment for their labor.
  • Ensure timely procurement of construction materials, manage and be accountable for construction materials on construction sites in collaboration with community leaders, woreda water office and woreda.
  • Lead the process of conducting detailed assessments for project sites, draft layouts and designs of water supply systems. Whenever necessary, advice the project coordinator on possible relocations based on assessment findings and discussions with Woreda administration, woreda health office and water office.
  • Participate in bid evaluation and analysis for construction of water and sanitation systems
  • Participate in development of new proposals and review of WASH sector strategy.
  • Perform other official duties assigned by the immediate manager
  • The WASH Officer ensures that water, sanitation, and hygiene project, programs, and awareness are implemented effectively, professionally, and in accordance with the culture and practices of the local population.
  • Follow up on the completed roof water harvesting functionality and report the success
  • Any other relevant duties may be assigned by the project manager or coordinator


  • Work closely with the woreda health office and water office in all aspects of the implementation of WASH activities.
  • Promote integration and coordination with the Woreda, partner agencies, and community leaders working in the water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector.
  • When assigned by the WASH task force and coordination meetings.


  • Submit weekly and/or monthly activity reports to SOM
  • Report and submit case studies and best practices on monthly and quarterly bases
  • Participate in the preparation of sector reports for submission to project management, Government, and donors.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Ensure regular monitoring of program activities to determine the success of interventions and recommend changes in program design to the project coordinator and manager.
  • Conduct quarterly mentoring and supportive supervision reports to the targeted waterpoints



  • Working in consultations with the overall project team; CMAM and IYCF Programs


  • Coordinate and collaborate with Regional, zonal, Woreda Water, Health Officers, Kebele leaders and Extension workers.
  • Support capacity building for Water Management Committees, Operation & maintenance crews, water quality testing staff at the Woreda water office and Sanitation and Hygiene volunteers.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:


  • BSc degree in civil engineering, Water Engineering, and/or related field in the field of engineering technology from a recognized University or college
  • Minimum five 5 years of working experience in the field of WASH- with international and local NGOs
  • Experience and knowledge of the working environment Korahey and Shabele zones of Somali region
  • Proven knowledge of hydrology and Construction management
  • Computer literacy in MS Word, Excel and CAD is a must.
  • Fluency in English and Somali language both spoken and written.
  • Degree / Higher Diploma in, Civil Engineering, Water Engineering, Hydro-geology, Environmental Engineering and other related fields.

Skills and Abilities

  • Familiarity with the Somali culture
  • Ability to work in stressful conditions, with limited social services, sometimes insecure and limited movements
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and in a highly results-oriented work culture
  • Knowledge, skill and experience in participatory methods for promoting ownership

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The duty station of the position holder will be in Gode Field Office Somali Regional State in Ethiopia. This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education, and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from quality basic education and,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

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