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Project Water Engineer

Arua (Uganda)

Job title: Project Water Engineer

Reporting to:  Regional Project Manager-NURI

Overall purpose of the role:

The project water engineer will be responsible to support planning and design and ensure, quality assurance of the technical plans and implementation of Water Resource Management works and projects. She/he will be looking at rolling out innovations around passive water harvesting at the landscape level. S/he will work closely with the UNWRMZ officers to interprete Micro-catchment plans and translate them into relevant works to be implemented under NURI as labour-intensive public works. S/he will build the capacity of the engineering staff employed under the annual work plans, ensuring they use the relevant tools and methods to achieve high quality works and meet targets and objectives on time. S/he will report to the Project Manager. The candidate must be prepared to implement innovative ideas that prioritize primary water resource catchment (rain and storm water) and use of natural land contours and patterns as well as natural materials to saturate the landscape for long term land restoration, as well as surface level water retention. The aim is to mitigate soil erosion that contributes to the drought flood cycle, and ensure that all primary water resources go in to crop production, biodiversity regeneration, or water storage for human and animal consumption as well as irrigation.

The Project Water Engineer will perform the following tasks:

Quality assurance:

  • Coordinate closely with the Project Engineer and the Regional Infrastructure and Resilience Coordinators on technical approach.
  • Review and/or prepare engineering drawings, designs, BOQs as per the Water Resource Management Infrastructure Manual.
  • Continuously supervise the construction and maintenance of all projects including a water component. These will be based on site surveys to identify topographical land contours for planning a series of contour swales as well as ponds to passively capture surface water runoff and run on.
  • Conduct technical assessments on topography, contours and landscape patterns as well as surface hydrological behavior and fluvial geomorphology and when required and monitor the quality assurance and quality control of design and implementation on all water projects.
  • Coordinate project activities with the District Focal persons from the Engineering, Environment and Forestry Departments in the target districts.
  • Ensure very high standard of technical screening of projects jointly with the district technical team and compile Investment Plans for approval by the District Technical Planning Committees (DTPC) and support capacity building for line Ministries in innovation around planning and designing water resources that do not rely on ground water systems.
  • Participate in BID committee to provide technical inputs for the selection of contractors and ensure technical specification are accurate to fast track procurement process and ensure quality assurance
  • Supervise the technical aspects of the projects;
  • Assess the activities undertaken and ensure efficient use of resources;
  • Ensure the right structures for instance drifts and culverts are constructed in the identified bottlenecks and ensure value for money
  • Ensure regular communication between communities at the project implementation sites and DRC
  • Processing payment certificates for contractors after completion of works.
  • Participate in training of Project Management Committees (PMC) and Project User Committees (PUCs) together with district technical team
  • Participate in social mobilization of communities for maintenance of completed projects
  • Together with the Engineering Officers, work on project technical reports

Staff development and management

  • Support Regional project manager in developing objective setting and performance appraisal for Engineering supervisor

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Identify, document and disseminate relevant project success, challenges and follow up on implementation of project’s action points
  • Participate in quarterly OPM and District monitoring, project reviews and evaluations.


  • Provide engineering data and information for preparation of donor reports E.g monthly Highlights, quarterly and Annual reports.

    Additional tasks

  • On request perform any other additional duties assigned by the supervisors in order to allow the organization to function optimal


  • A Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or similar engineering degree.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting landscape level earthworks and passive water harvesting
  • Demonstrated experience in permaculture, agroecology and agroforestry systems
  • Demonstrated experience in natural pond construction
  • Demonstrated knowledge of water and soil chemistry and soil microbiology high desired.
  • 7 years of post-graduate relevant work experience;
  • 5 years of relevant work experience from a lesser developed context
  • Relevant experience from 3 projects in a similar position;
  • Relevant experience with agricultural related rural infrastructure;

Desirable Experience:

  • Experience with donor funded projects and International Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Relevant experience in capacity building and training of teams.
  • Relevant work experience from Northern Uganda


  • A Master’s degree in Civil engineering or similar engineering degree


  • Proficiency in English (written and spoken) is essential.
  • Knowledge of one or more of the local languages widely spoken in the covered districts, preferably Alur, Lugbara, Luo and Madi.


How to Apply

Applications should be in English

Please apply online with your cover letter, for the resume please fill in the template as per the link below and send it to by 15th August 2018:


We thank all the applicants for their interest in the position however; due to high number of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Arua (Uganda)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Environment
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-23

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