The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Engineer will oversee and manage WASH activities for Mercy Corps' Multi-Year Assistance Program (MYAP). WASH activities include constructing rainwater harvesting systems, building household and communal latrines, mobilizing community health works and committees, and working with the state water utility to install a new pumping station. The MYAP program will include Food for Work and Food for Training components. Working closely with the MYAP Program Director, the WASH Engineer will ensure that the program is implemented according to plan and is executed with quality, accountability, and measurable impact.

Location: Congo (the) (Goma)
Closing date: 14 Sep 2008


Manage the WASH activities of the MYAP.

Troubleshoot, as needed, to prevent disruptions in daily program activities. Liaise with Program Director, as necessary.

Work with Program Director to monitor program implementation, measure impact and calibrate program strategy and implementation accordingly.

Document process and achievements to ensure best practices are captured and disseminated.

Oversee the construction of rainwater harvesting systems, latrines, and a pumping station.

Ensure that the project engages local stakeholders and develops local capacity for longer term sustainability.

Support all efforts towards accountability - to beneficiaries and to international standards guiding development work.This includes understanding and following established international guidelines and actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of projects.

Coordinate and share information with the Program Director to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are being achieved.

Advise Program Director on suggested improvements and necessities, as required.

Produce written reports on the program activities capturing impacts related to all WASH activities.

Exercise sound judgment to ensure project expenses are reasonable, allocable and prudent.

Ensure all project funds are spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations.

Work with the Program Director to forecast expenditure surpluses and deficits to enable adjustments to be made to the program in a timely fashion.

Ensure that all work follows international quality standards and best practices and that WASH programs are technically and environmentally sound.

Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring positive recognition to Mercy Corps and to not endanger Mercy Corps' humanitarian mission.

Other duties as assigned by your supervisor.

As part of Mercy Corps' agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.


The WASH Engineer is responsible for supervising approximately 10 national staff.





A Bsc or Master's Degree in Civil Engineering, Water Resources Management, Water Treatment Technologies or related field.

Demonstrated expertise in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Promotion implementation, with at least 3-5 years of relevant project management experience.

Demonstrated success building, managing and leading a team of professionals.

Strong writing, communication, organization, prioritization and negotiating skills.

Excellent English and French language skills are required.

Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.

Commitment to local capacity building and the ability to engage local stakeholders in project design and implementation.

Good organizational and project management skills and the ability to anticipate project needs.


Ability to work simultaneously on multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
Ability to work as part of a team and coordinate with project personnel.
Willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people.
Fluency in spoken and written French and English.
French is the working language in the DRC.
Computer literate and strong organizational skills.


In 2006, the DRC had its first democratic elections in more than forty years. While conditions in the country are improving, there are still pockets of violence and insecurity. There are variable levels of insecurity depending on location. Years of conflict and corruption have badly damaged the country's infrastructure. Air travel is necessary to get from one end of the country to the other. There are virtually no telephone land lines in the DRC, though mobile phones and cellular service are widely available. Internet is available in larger cities. Mercy Corps' base in the DRC is along the country's eastern border in Goma. Goma is a provincial capital of approximately 600,000 inhabitants. Living in Goma is moderately comfortable (e.g. electricity and water are rather reliable, public transport and public amenities are not available) and goods are available in the shops.
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