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Friday, December 10, 2010

Horn Relief Project Engineer job vacancy

Position Location: Sanaag Region – Northern Somalia
Duration: 6 months with possibility of extension
Starting date: Immediately
Application deadline: 20th December, 2010. Horn Relief will conduct interviews on an on-going basis.
Horn Relief will only respond to short-listed applicants.
Remuneration International Position; USD 30,000 - 44,340(net) annually, excluding additional benefits and allowances
Horn Relief is an African-lead non-governmental international development and humanitarian organization founded 1991 and based in Nairobi, Kenya. Our mission is to support marginalized communities in the Greater Horn of Africa to sustainably improve their livelihoods through integrated food security, education, water and sanitation, natural resource management, and humanitarian response interventions. Horn Relief pioneered cash-based programs, is known for innovation in this area, and for having brought the modality to the general level of acceptance it now has in Somalia/Somaliland. By providing access to cash payments, Horn Relief has enabled destitute households meet their immediate needs and priorities such as purchase of water, food, and medical services. Horn Relief has offices in 5 locations in Somalia/Somaliland and one field office in Northern Kenya. It has long standing experience working with community members. Its grassroots presence and commitment, has resulted in a strong trust and confidence by communities.
The proposed Sanaag Emergency Response Project (SERP) aims to enable the most vulnerable and destitute households to get access to essential food and non food needs through cash transfers, temporary employment through Cash for Work activities, and support the vulnerable small scale producers to increase their food and income security through providing cash grants and agricultural livelihood inputs while also strengthening their capacity for sustainability. The project will partly build on the successes and achievements of Horn Relief’s Alternative Livelihoods and Economic Area Recovery (ALAER) program co-funded by CIDA and other donors that ended in 2009.
The Objective of this intervention is to enable the most vulnerable and destitute households (4800 HHs) to access essential food and non food need through cash transfers.
The project will specifically target these regions within the Sool Plateau, an area identified by recent assessments as being highly vulnerable to food insecurity and in acute livelihood crisis.
Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the Project Engineer will lead the technical development and implementation of the WASH interventions.

The engineer will provide leadership of all water and sanitation related activities including:
Assist in the selection of project sites together with the target communities and in line with their requirements.
Conduct a thorough assessment of the proposed sites, analyzing labour requirements, costs, and timeframes, and taking into consideration the successes and constraints of new/rehabilitated water infrastructure at all sites.
Develop technical designs and plans for proposed work sites in consultation with the PM and other staff.
Prepare bill of quantities for all work sites and oversee procurement of materials and supplies required
Monitor expenditure and costs of infrastructure work sites to ensure that project stays on budget
Supervise the construction/rehabilitation of infrastructure
Monitor water quality through continual testing and undertaking activities to address poor quality, including public health initiatives.
Complete an environmental impact assessment (EIA) plan for infrastructure development when required.
Develop training materials related to Water, Sanitation, and Natural Resource Management components as needed for the project.

Horn Relief is actively seeking a candidate who is committed to its mission and vision.
A university degree or its equivalent in the field of water resource engineering, civil engineering or water and environmental engineering
Minimum 4 years past proven experience in similar work.
Experience in working in harsh environment an added advantage
Proven ability to manage a big work force at field level
Ability to multi-task and effectively handle stressful situations.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with a team.
Strong knowledge of and experience with humanitarian guidelines and principles.
Experience in budget management and knowledge of financial procedures required
Proficiency in computer applications.
Ability to live and work in an isolated area in conditions of limited comfort.

Applications should be submitted by 20th December, 2010. The selection committee will review all applications as they arrive. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above, and those unable to meet these requirements will not be considered. No phone calls please. Horn Relief is an equal opportunity employer.
Each application package should include the following:
Cover letter with the applicant’s current contact information history
Resume (including detailed work experience, education/degrees)
References (minimum of three, with complete contact information)
Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed.
All applications should be sent to Horn Relief with the subject line: Project Engineer – SERP.

Closing Date: 20 December 2010

Contact Info:
Horn Relief


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