Technical Coordinator at Haki Water

On Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Haki Water is UK/Kenya registered charity (http://hakiwater.org), comprising of engineers, scientists and senior managers, who apply skills and knowledge to design and deliver sustainable and innovative water engineering and treatment solutions, and enhance the lives of under-served communities.

 

We are currently colleting resumes/CVs for our future expansion within Kenya, and are seeking an experienced Technical Coordinator with qualifications and training to match the job description provided here below. The position is contingent on funding.

Please submit your detailed resume and a cover letter before then end of September 2013 demonstrating how you fit the role, and why you would like to join, including 3 references and salary expectation to [email protected]

Job Description for Technical Coordinator – Nairobi based

Reports to:

Country Director and/or CEO

Primary Responsibilities

  • Identify and plan the various stages and technical deliverables of the WASHprogram implementation, provide technical expertise, inputs and guidance and ensure that technical water quality standards in WASH systems are considered during project implementation.
  • Participate in and assist operations and programmatic research, including meetings with construction/technical contractors or WASH facilities designers in preparation to and during implementation of the projects.
  • Supervise the design (directly or contracted) of facilities that are adapted to population needs and context and match international and national norms and standards. 
  • Establish and oversee implementation of systems for controlling the quality of supplied construction materials; monitor/evaluate market prices for contractors; trackproject progress against work plans, and control the quality of the final construction outputs.
  • Contribute to and manage, in a strategic manner, construction/rehabilitation budgets and/or budget components to ensure an appropriate and efficient use of resources in the area of operation.
  • Oversee implementation of grants and reporting systems and management of budgets, development of spending and work plans and indicator tracking sheets related to construction activities.
  • Support communities to ensure that bidding processes are conducted in a in a consistent and transparent manner.
  • Oversee the engagement of independent contractors for construction projects.
  • Ensure proper provisional and final handover of infrastructure from Haki Water or the contractors to both the communities and the local authorities. 
  • Train and mentor Haki Water ‘Water Engineering Volunteers’, and ensure that Haki Water’s ‘Manual for Training Interns and Volunteers’ is updated regularly.
  • Guide, stay abreast and support the development/use of best practices and methodology for water system (management) project implementation.
  • Contribute to the development of tools and materials for water system (management), including development of water system (management) materialsin liaison with the relevant project partners and stakeholders.
  • Assist in monitoring and evaluation of health and sanitation activities, undertake quality control, as well as reporting on impact – propose and implement solutions to problems encountered.
  • Work closely with the WASH Coordinator, and Country Director to ensure an integrated program approach and design as well as joint response to challenges to meeting the program objectives in specific project sites.

Other Program Support Responsibilities

  • Coordinate field visits and meetings with relevant partners and stakeholders specific to the water system (management) program.
  • Develop project activities with timely and regularly reviewed detailed work plans.
  • Liaise with, and represent Haki Water externally on all issues related to water system (management) including with relevant partners, stakeholders and collaborators on all relevant levels.
  • Assist in planning, implementation and maintaining of records of field activities.
  • Assist – in close consultation with the Kenya Country team – in preparing monthly, quarterly and annual reports relating to the project, and reporting requirements back to donors, complying with relevant policies and regulations as specified in the grant agreement.
  • Manage project expenditure, prepare and submit monthly cash flow reports in line with objectives, timelines and budge.
  • Organize and coordinate water system (management)promotional and fundraising activities.
  • Strengthen social mobilization through networks with relevant partners, stakeholders, collaborators and partnership on implementation.
  • Undertake any other tasks that may be delegated by the Country Director that are in keeping with the scope of the role.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • The ideal candidate should have degree/diploma in(civil)engineering, architecture, construction or related field, or equivalent experience in engineering or construction.
  • At least 5 years work experience in water/sanitation construction site management and/or engineering experience – experience in international social enterprise, non-profit settings in East-Africa is an advantage.
  • Proven experience in community mobilization and networking in the nonprofit/social enterprise sector.
  • Good organizational and project management skills.
  • A sound understanding of financial control procedures, and experience of developing and monitoring budgets.
  • Skills in organizing and conducting participatory learning approaches to Engineering Volunteers.
  • Should be a team player, a good communicator and the ability to work under minimal supervision.
  • Computer literate, particularly in the use of MS office and excel.

Attributes

To fulfill expectations, the Technical Coordinator will need to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Self-motivated, proactive and enthusiastic – presentable and well spoken.
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach to trouble-shoot project problems, identify and implement creative solutions.
  • Proven meticulousness with an eye for detail.
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to influence individuals and groups while ownership and responsibility rests with others.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability in community mobilization, project design and implementation.
  • Good communication with strong analytical and report writing skills.
  • Be a team player with an understanding of how a diverse team works: be patient and tolerant of other perspectives.
  • A critical thinker and express willingness to learn.
  • Must demonstrate a high level of honesty and integrity.
  • Flexible and able to travel within Kenya at short notice.

 

Please submit your detailed resume and a cover letter demonstrating how you fit the role, and why you would like to join, including 3 references and salary expectation to [email protected]

 

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