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Water and Irrigation Engineer

Addis Ababa | Mekele

  • Organization: SNV - Netherlands Development Organisation
  • Location: Addis Ababa | Mekele
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Environment
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
    • Water Resource Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 26 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses, and organizations with the tools, knowledge, and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to essential services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

SNV, Netherlands Development Organization, has been operating in Ethiopia since the 1970s. Currently, SNV is working in eight regional states and the two city administrations of Ethiopia, providing technical assistance and program implementation in Agriculture, WASH, and Energy Sectors. SNV is an open and learning organization that focuses on improving the lives of Ethiopians through a market-based approach inclusive of women and youth. In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change including strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects.

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Project Background

The USAID-funded TRANSFORM: WASH is a 7-year project which is under implementation through a consortium of PSI, SNV, and the International Resource Centre (IRC) which is aimed at reducing preventable deaths and illness in Ethiopia due to diarrheal diseases, particularly among children under five.

Through the development and testing of scalable and replicable market-based models, the TRANSFORM/WASH consortium is supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) and the One WASH National Program (OWNP) to increase the use of improved WASH products and services among women and their families. This will be achieved through six interrelated project result areas: increased WASH governance and management capacity at the subnational level; increased demand for low-cost quality WASH products and services, with a focus on sanitation; increased supply for low-cost quality WASH products and services, with a focus on sanitation; increased knowledge base to bring WASH innovations to scale; improved access to water for consumption, hygiene, and sanitation use and Improved access to irrigation services for productive use.

The 18-month Cost Extension project will focus on two more results: 1) Increased access to improved drinking water and 2) increased access to small-scale irrigation facilities for drought- and conflict-affected communities.

Job Description

Summary of the Job:

The job holder has the overall responsibility to provide technical assistance and expertise with reference to feasibility planning, design, construction, supervision, and monitoring of water and irrigation activities.

He/she will also be responsible to do various tasks like design and bid document reviews, preparation of terms of reference, contract and payment document preparations, construction supervision and monitoring of Multi Village Schemes, small-scale irrigation, and community irrigation pond constructions.

Generally, He/she will be acting as a Roving Engineer for monitoring the water and irrigation rehabilitation and upgrading works in the respective projects woredas and providing technical support to government partners’ staffs in ensuring water and irrigation schemes sustainability, knowledge transfer for capacity development. This post is subject to very frequent field travels in different project target woredas.

Key Responsibilities:

Construction management: supervises quality and compliance of contractors, advises to Senior Water Engineer

Supports and coordinates the plan for water resource protection with the Kebeles and communities

Develops, together with the community, site improvement plans for water and small-scale irrigation schemes (including local agreements on maintenance and water access)

Knowledge Development

Inform Water and Irrigation knowledge agenda to immediate line supervisor /Senior WASH Governance Management Advisor/Senior water Engineer and Senior Irrigating and Water Resources Advisor and PM, in line with the direction set by the TRANSFORM: WASH project implementation modalities and donor requirement/USAID;

Project and process development

Identifies and proposes technical process improvements to the project team.

Acts on improvement areas within the local internal organization and processes and gives feedback. Ensures lessons learned are applied in daily practice

People/Partnership Management

Seek opportunities for different kinds of partnerships for enhanced quality program implementation and leveraging with TRANSFORM: WASH at kebele, woreda, zone, and region;

Contribute to making the USAID TRANSFORM: WASH a flagship project for SNV and USAID in the respective woredas, zones, and region/s;

Ensure that respective monthly/quarterly/bi-annually/annual reports are meeting deadlines set by the project  internally and externally by the donor/USAID and PSI, prime of consortium;


Identifies and analyses market opportunities and threats and ensures relevant colleagues are informed. Actively participates in strategic positioning meetings and acts as a knowledgeable face of the SNV organization to the client. Analyses, understands, and develops (local) networks with relevant stakeholders, and identifies new clients.


Education and Skill Requirements:

  • BSc degree in Civil Engineering/Irrigation Engineering/Hydraulic or Water Resource Engineering with min. 5 years’ experience in water and irrigation project management
  • S/he requires experience in Engineering small water works (MVS, small irrigation), Construction management, and good coordination/ communication
  • Knowledge of the working language where the jobholder based is a mandatory
  • Proven knowledge and experience in undertaking activities aimed at water and irrigation facility construction, rehabilitation, and upgrading project implementation  
  • Strong communication skill

  • The ability to detect problems, recognize important information, and link various data to trace potential causes and look for relevant details

Additional Information

Contract Type: National

Expected start date: As soon as possible

Contract Duration: One year with the possibility of extension based on performance and budget availability. 

Working at SNV 

SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package; for internationals, we offer an international benefits package and to Ethiopian nationals, we offer a competitive national package. We also offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of experts. 

How to Apply

Please apply by clicking on the I'm Interested button and completing your application in our in-house recruitment system before or on 18th March 2023.

All information will be in the strictest confidence and in accordance to GDPR. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We will require that you provide us with full details of three people who are willing to act as a referee.  We will not contact these referees without your explicit permission.

Women candidates are encouraged to apply.

We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement

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