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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Public Health Engineer Job at Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Public Health Engineer

Jobs at:
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Deadline of this Job:
20th July 2017

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Job details:
Funding Source: UNHCR
Reports to: Project Manager
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international African humanitarian and development organization that positively contributes towards improving the living standards and conditions of those adversely affected by disasters and conflict in the Horn, East & Central Africa by implementing WASH, Health, Education, Livelihoods, Community service & development and Protection programs in the region for a period of more than 20 years.
About UNHCR Project:
HIJRA with funding from the UNHCR in Uganda is implementing a multi-sectoral Program for refugees in Oruchinga settlement (Isingiro district), Nakivale settlement (Isingiro district) and Nyakabande Transit Center (Kisoro district).
Job Summary: The Public Health Engineer will be tasked with managing the assigned WASH and infrastructure project(s) in line with the objectives, budget and timeframe laid down in the proposal(s). The role also includes: enhancing beneficiary participation; managing and training local staff; implementing control and quality procedures and cooperation with the field implementing staff; assessing, planning and initiating new infrastructure and WASH projects / proposals
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Technical Management:
  • Responsible for the implementation, management, supervision and support of the assigned infrastructure and/or WASH project(s) in line with the activity plan and time frame of the relevant project proposal(s) and any applicable national and international guidelines and standards as well as providing support to the CPM in developing new standards.
  • Manage the quality construction of all infrastructure structures, ensuring good maintenance and sustainable processes are put in place especially helping to involve more the local communities drawing on similar experience in WASH projects, namely helping to improve the current communities’ setup.
  •  Work towards the continual improvement of the processes and the technical implementation of the infrastructure WASH program. In particular help implementing a better framework and give feedback on how to both have better ensure quality of the work being done while keeping paperwork to reasonable amount.
  • Offer input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability (BA) in all aspects of the project. Help integrate beneficiary participation into the existing project(s) framework: communities, random selection of casual laborer for interview and help develop new ways in integrating BA into infrastructure project(s).
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities for internal and external reports (e.g. monthly, quarterly and final reports) as requested by field managers, CO and donors.
  • Support the CPM in analyzing former infrastructure and WASH projects and budgets in order to improve project and budget quality and procedures.
    Staff Management:
  • Manage and oversee the assigned team including being part of the recruitment team, day-to-day management, development and training, appraisals, etc.
  • Promote health and security of team(s) by providing support to the CPM in developing security and safety guidelines in the workplace and ensuring healthy living conditions and practices are followed.
    Financial Management:
  • Work closely with relevant field managers to plan, construct and manage budgets for the assigned project(s).
  • Be part of procurement evaluation team/committee for all WASH related procurement/contracts or services.
  • Manage the correct and timely ordering (within budgetary constraints) of all necessary Infrastructure and WASH supplies and equipment for the assigned activities, ensuring minimum stocks are maintained and items are stored and distributed correctly and timely.
  • Ensure the careful use, regular servicing and appropriate replacement of all equipment, within budgetary constraints, for the assigned project(s).
    Quality Management: Implement, as far as is possible within operational constraints, relevant policies and standards relating to current operations including national, and international (e.g. Sphere and HAP) standards, donor guidelines and other good practice.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the HIJRA Public Health Engineer job opportunity should hold an advanced Degree in Water and Sanitation Engineering, Environmental Science, Public Health or any other related Field.
  • At least five years of skills and experience gained preferably in emergency settings.
  • A minimum of five years of related working experience in a relevant field.
  •  Previous experience of project management
  • Experience of contract management highly desirable
  • Experience of working with communities and community-based organizations
  • Prior experience in promoting community involvement and participation in program implementation including set up and training of water user committees and sanitation committees and managing community relations and interaction.
  • Previous experience of implementing rural water and sanitation projects
  •  Demonstrated analytical and conceptual skills to plan projects, timetable agreed activities and oversee activities
  • Ability to implement effective projects with sometimes limited resources.
  • Excellent computer skills including familiarity with AutoCAD (latest version), Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability and willingness to work in remote areas for extended periods of time
  • Outgoing personality with excellent communication skills.
  •  Good team player, flexible and capable of working with a multinational country team
Job application procedure
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an application letter and Curriculum Vitae including telephone and email contacts of three referees including your current/most recent employer.
Application should be addressed to the:
Country Program Manager,
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA),
P.O. Box 37703, Kampala, Uganda.
Email to: The subject line should read: “Public Health Engineer.”