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FHI 360

FHI 360


Position: Rehabilitation and WASH Engineer
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Mekelle - Ethiopia
Posted date: 2 weeks ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

About FHI 360:

Family Health International (FHI) 360 is a non-profit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

FHI 360 leads the implementation of the USAID-funded Ethiopia Community Nutrition Activity. The Activity focuses on enhancing multisector coordination and accountability; improving nutrition practices and health-seeking behaviors; and strengthening the delivery of quality nutrition services within USAID’s Feed the Future Zones of Influence.

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Senior Program Officer (Senior engineer) will work in the Tigray Region, with the possibility of traveling to other locations as needed. The engineer will oversee, coordinate, and support the minor WASH and health facility rehabilitation activities that the FHI 360 Community Nutrition supplemental fund will support in selected woredas of the Tigray region. The incumbent will manage and oversee the work of the Program Officer and the areas of facility rehabilitation, water and sanitation technology such as designing, quantifying, and specifying boreholes, preparing, and managing contractual documents, managing geophysical studies, installing, and repairing submersible and hand pumps, training on submersible and hand pump repair and maintenance. On rehabilitation, the incumbent will be responsible for designing and supporting the assessments, designing BOQ, procurements, and contract documents as well as overall supervision of the rehabilitation work as per the MoH standards and in line with the donor requirements. The Senior Engineer will assist the Project manager in providing technical guidance to contractors, and skilled and unskilled daily laborers at all activity sites in Tigray.

Location: Based in Mekelle supporting Different Zones in Tigray Region


  • Support the project manager and the program officer in facilitating the process of establishing smooth and fulfilling work relationships with host government offices and their implementing arms.
  • Design and coordinate the assessment of the community's demand for design initiatives (water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities) and minor rehabilitation works for the selected health facilities.
  • Ensure that the project meets the demands of the recipients and offers quality assurance for rehabilitation and IPC at the selected health facilities.
  • Preparation of Design (Water CAD, Water Gems), drawings (AutoCAD), BOQ/Cost Estimates, and Tender papers for all design infrastructures.
  • Support the preparation of technical training for community handlers in areas such as water quality testing and the construction and maintenance of infrastructure.
  • Develop and maintain solid connections and channels of communication with relevant local authorities and communities before intervention, outlining the function of FHI 360 Community Nutrition and working with them during the project.
  • Coordinate with various stakeholders on the ground to ensure that the operations are carried out smoothly, efficiently, and effectively.
  • Ensure a timely startup of planned rehabilitation works including IPC and WASH rehabilitation-related undertakings.
  • Assist the project manager in the implementation and oversight of all hardware and any software undertakings in the works.
  • Represent FHI 360 Community Nutrition at various levels of WASH platforms including the WASH Cluster and its technical working groups.
  • Oversee and provide technical guidance to the program officer in the adoption of high-standard construction quality works, as well as ensuring that all health, nutrition, and protection sectors, as well as WASH sector cross-cutting issues, are integrated during day-to-day field-level exercises.
  • Under his/her duty areas of assignment, provide on-the-job and field-level mentorship to the Program Officer
  • Ensure high-quality activity implementation timeline, detailed procurement as well as spending plans prepared in the first month of the project period with the good engagement of the other stakeholders.
  • Whenever required, the position holder will take the leadership in designing and supporting detail assessments and prepare intervention activities, beneficiaries as well as sector integration matrixes and follow their implementations with the field team regularly.
  • Oversight of all related minor rehabilitation undertakings in health facilities.
  • Identify infrastructural and IPC problems within health facility settings and come up with technical and financial propositions of how they can be fixed.
  • Draft design bills of quantities, specifications, and cost estimates for proposed public health promotion and Environmental health interventions including for hazardous waste management in health facilities.
  • Review and approve the TORs, MEMOs, Attendance, and payment documents for all activities under the PHP component of the project in the first two months of the project and ensure the PR and payments are done timely.
  • Work closely with other FHI 360 Community Nutrition units - including health and nutrition, logistics and finance, HR, and administration -to ensure programmatic integrations, effectiveness, efficiency, and compliance.
  • Support the Project Manager to ensure effective follow-up while tracking the spending against the plan to ensure they are implemented within the budget frame and in compliance with FHI 360 and donor requirements.
  • Supervise and produce progress reports on the implementation of planned basic rehabilitation and infrastructural improvements at the health facility levels.
  • Support and guide the Program Officer to ensure close follow-up with field assistants, contractors, skilled and unskilled laborers, and volunteers in close and daily follow-up rehabilitation & WASH-related interventions implementation to meet the anticipated quality standards.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Coordination, Learning, Documentation and Reporting

  • Ensure that WASH and rehabilitation are carried out by the BOQs, drawings, and quality standards defined by FHI 360 Community Nutrition via quality checklists.
  • Weekly data reporting to track the standard project and strategy KPIs (number of beneficiaries, number, and kind of completed activities).
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to FHI 360 and not jeopardize its mission.
  • Follow all protocols and regulations according to guidance provided by the project manager.
  • Preparation of weekly work plan and share with the project manager.
  • Ensure the rehabilitation works are carried out according to BOQs, drawings, and quality standards established by FHI 360 Community Nutrition through quality checklists.
  • Preparation of weekly, monthly, and field visit reports and sharing them with the project manager promptly.
  • Ensure proper Record keeping for all activities in hard and soft form.
  • Ensure that construction works are integrated with hygiene promotion and community participation components, to ensure the sustainability of the infrastructure built.
  • Coordinate rehabilitation activities with other sectors of FHI 360, Health Nutrition & protection, operation, and Finance to integrate activities in the same geographical area and for the same beneficiaries.
  • Coordinate WASH and rehabilitation activities with other local actors (governmental and non-governmental).
  • Actively participate in weekly management and team meetings.

Programmatic Administration:

  • Assist in ensuring the document management site is used appropriately by the project team.
  • Liaises with the funder by supporting administrative tasks and assisting with the coordination of the contracting process; serves as the contact regarding administrative task assignments.

Business Development and Proposal Management Support:

  • Participates in specific areas of business development such as contributing to writing a management plan.
  • May write specific parts of a proposal (project description and/or approach to a task).

Finance Support:

  • Reads and interprets budget to understand tracking and suggest budget items/approaches for tasks.
  • Drafts sub-award packages reviews sub-award packages and provides comments before submission for approval.
  • Manages the pre-award assessment process.
  • Liaises with subcontractors; facilitates partner/sub-award communication related to task completion and planning.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Full understanding of project/project management concepts and practices.
  • Basic knowledge of the technical area of the project.
  • Task level knowledge.
  • Working knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures with project design.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong and demonstrated project/project management skills.
  • Ability to problem solve and implement corrective action as needed.
  •  Ability to prepare reports and provide information to management in a timely matter.
  • Articulate, professional, and able to communicate in a clear, positive fashion with funder and staff.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English, fluent in the host country language as appropriate.


There are 31 FHI360 development competencies. The focuses for this particular job are:

  • Project Management (Planning and Time Management) - Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks (sets objectives/goals/measures). Break down work into steps, schedules, and task/people assignments. Marshal's people, time, and resources efficiently. Arranges information in a useful manner and orchestrates multiple activities at once.
  • Creating and Managing Systems and Processes – Recognizes the need for standardization and balances client and organization needs in systems design. Anticipates the effects of process change on people while optimizing task efficiency and simplicity.
  • Problem Solving – Analyzes problems, seeks input from others, and considers a variety of solutions. Chooses the most efficient and effective solutions with attention to the impact that solution has on other projects and tasks.
  • Employees are expected to possess or have a high potential for the development of these three fundamental competencies.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Works on problems of diverse scope that require review of various factors.
  • Uses cost-benefit/risk assessment with selecting methods and techniques to determine appropriate action.
  • Builds productive working relationships internally and externally.
  • Decisions may cause delays and affect a work unit or area within a department.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Receives little instruction on routine work. Receives methods and procedures on new projects or assignments.
  • May guide other lower-level personnel.
  • Typically reports to a Community Nutrition Supplemental Funding Project Manager

Education: *

  • Bachelor's Degree or it's International Equivalent Civil Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Water Supply and Sanitation Engineering, and any other related technical field from a reputable institution of learning.
  • MSc degree (for those with 5 years experience) in Civil Engineering, Water resource Engineering, Water supply and Sanitation engineering, and any other related technical field from a reputable institution of learning.
  • Project management certification is preferred.

Experience: *

  • MSc degree (for those with 5 years experience) in Civil Engineering, Water resource Engineering, Water supply and Sanitation engineering, and any other related technical field from a reputable institution of learning.
  • Experience in staff management
  • Hands-on experience designing, implementing, and managing construction and rehabilitation work, especially at health facilities.
  • Experience in successfully implementing community and institutional projects in the region.
  • Experience in preparing, and evaluating construction bids, managing payment claims, and supervising sites.
  • Good understanding of the strategies and practices in Ethiopia regarding the construction and WASH sector.
  • Experience conducting rapid needs assessments; baseline assessments, etc.
  • Sound understanding of the socio-economic and political situation in the working region.
  • Experience representing employers at relevant platforms and liaising with key stakeholders.
  • Good understanding of the UN Cluster System; international and national minimum standards
  • Knowledge of the recently established different global WASH strategies, related online tools, and applications as well as resilient WASH has added value.
  • Fluent in English and strong knowledge of the local language and other languages in the country
  • Willing to travel and work in remote areas.
  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization.
  • International or Domestic (US) Program Development or Program management preferred.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screens and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Travel Requirements:

10% - 25%

Date Revised: 9/13/2021

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.