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7 Jun 2018

Water Engineer (Hydrogeologist)

Job Description





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For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children’s lives in more than 120 countries. We are the world’s largest independent child rights organization. From emergency relief to long-term development, Save the Children secures a child’s right to health, education and protection. Save the

Children is an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. We are looking to recruit for this position to be based in


Position : Water Engineer (Hydrogeologist)

Durtion :   9 months

Duty Station: Hargeisa with frequent travel other offices in Somalia

Please refer the below Job Description for the position description and the key selection criteria.

Interested candidates are required to submit a CV and mandatory cover letter quoting the Job Title on the subject line. The file name of the CV and attachments must be the applicants name and sent to

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Applications close on Saturday 16th June, 2018 @ 3:30PM.

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will therefore be required

TITLE: Water Engineer (Hydrogeologist)
TEAM/PROGRAMME: WASH LOCATION: Hargeisa with frequest
travel to other office in Somalia

Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The Water Engineer will organize all activities related to the implementation of construction works including water infrastructure. The Water Engineer will organize all activities related to the implementation of water programs including infrastructure projects, from design to implementation, including logistics and monitoring. Responsible for the identification, design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all water supply and associated administrative tasks in the assigned areas. S/he will have to coordinate closely with the Community Mobilization Team and ensure that all projects implemented are demand-driven and communities comply with SC requirements in terms of contribution. S/he will report to the WASH Programme Managers at the area level on issues related to the water. S/he will report to the Senior WASH Technical Specialist.


Reports to: Senior WASH TS

Number of direct reports: None


Act as the Supervisor and manage sub-contracts (construction) including BOQ, costs, quality of construction and timeliness on behalf of Save the Children (the Employer) towards the drilling contractors

Discuss the work schedule with all parties including the Ministry of Water at state level, agreeing changes and recording them as necessary.

Cross-check that the site selected complies with the recommendations of the hydrogeological report Decide when to stop the excavation in case hard formation is struck and/or the borehole cannot be drilled deep enough to ensure sufficient water throughout the year, or in case of other reasons.

Ensure that all the required data are collected in the approved format Ensure that records are submitted to the appropriate authorities.

Prepare tender documents and technical specifications for all construction projects

Confirm completion of construction works in writing and provide technical support to the programme management team.

Develop and maintain good relationships and lines of communication with relevant local authorities and

communities, explaining SC’s role as an NGO and liaising with them during all phases of the project.

Through agreed upon survey methodologies and established prioritization criteria support the identification of suitable locations for the drilling of boreholes.

Guarantee community involvement at all phases of the project (identification, design, implementation, and monitoring) to ensure the development of community ownership for the projects. This should be done in coordination and cooperation with SC concerned sectors

Get initial approval for all plans and final approval from the Technical Specialist before commencement of project implementation.

Prior to commencement of project implementation, complete standard Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with community representatives and local authorities for each community identified for project activities. Ensure that all elements of MoU are adhered to. Report any problems relating to the MoU to the Technical Specialist.

Implement projects as planned according to developed technical standards, schedules and timelines. This will include site selection based on community agreement (the site should be suitable physically and socially).

In accordance with project goals and in co-ordination with program staff, establish Community Working Groups. These groups will be involved in all phases of project activities (as following):

Report any variations or problems with implementation of projects (in regards to staffing, costs, schedules, technical matters) to the TS. Where necessary, regularly update project implementation plans with associated time lines.

Ensure full adherence to the SC security plans and protocols conscientiously respecting the declared ‘go and no-go’ zones ensuring that staff respects them.

Other duties as assigned.

Supervision and Oversight

Monitor and report on the key elements of drilling including: the depth of the borehole as it progresses, the static water or mud level in the borehole, the different depths of water strikes and aquifers, the penetration rates at various strata or change of tools

Measure borehole depth, screening and casing locations, screen slot sizes, joint types, plug and gravel pack materials, etc.

Collect and test materials as appropriate including gravel packing

Collect/log (or oversee the collection and logging of) drilling cuttings

Observe borehole develop and site completion including backfilling and grouting, following the terms and conditions specified in the contract.

Oversee pump testing following the accepted best practice. Measure the appropriate parameters including recovery time, drawdown, water levels etc.

Ensure borehole development carried out according to the drilling specifications (e.g. borehole development until the water is free of solids, fine materials and turbidity for a continuous period of 30 minutes).

Ensure the envisaged submersible pump is of the proper specifications befitting the borehole size and

capacity and installed at the appropriate depth.

Water Quality Monitoring

Collect and log samples for water quality parameters including physical, chemical, and biological parameters of the boreholes.

The water quality for all boreholes must be tested in accordance with the Guidelines for Water Quality Monitoring

Advising on the results of water quality tests Oversee borehole disinfection as appropriate.


Document details of drilling method, drilling plant, drilling fluids and fluid additives

File daily reports on drilling progress including a complete description of all formations encountered, number of meters drilled, number of hours spent drilling, shutdown due to breakdown, length and type of casing and screen set, and such other pertinent data as requested by the WASH TS.

Complete Borehole Summary Report

Register the borehole as required according to national standards (or have it registered).

Working relationships:

Externally, Establishing and maintaining collaborative relations with representatives from donors, local municipalities, partners, workers, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders.

Internally, establishing and maintaining collaborative relations with the Area Sectors TA, the Awards, Finance, Program Quality, HR , Operations departments

Other objectives and duties:

As requested by the Area Representative, for the effective implementation of the project. SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved


Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same

Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others Future orientated, thinks strategically


Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters

Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions Willing to take disciplined risks


Honest, encourages openness and transparency


Delivering Results (Skilled)

Delivers timely and appropriate results using available resources Takes responsibility for their work and its impact on others

Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well without needing direct supervision

Understands the link between their work and the organisation’s objectives

Developing Self and Others (Skilled)

Shows awareness of their strengths and limitations and actively takes responsibility for their development

Seeks out feedback to understand their areas for improvement Actively shares knowledge and experiences with others

Problem Solving & Decision Making (Skilled)

Gathers the right information and uses critical thinking to make effective and timely decisions Knows when to involve others in a decision

Simplifies processes and procedures wherever possible

Applying Technical & Professional Expertise (Skilled)

Delivers work that reflects a good knowledge and application of technical and professional standards Keeps up to date with trends in their work area

Maintains ethical and professional behaviour in accordance with relevant codes of conducts

Working Effectively With Others (Skilled)

Actively listens to new and different perspectives and experiences of those they work with Proactively supports team members and trusts their capabilities

Demonstrates understanding of their skills and how they complement those of others within diverse teams and groups


Essential minimum qualifications, professional experience and skills Education:

University degree in Water / Environmental Engineering or similar skills and knowledge demonstrably acquired.

Experience: Essential

At least 5 years of progressively responsible functions in water/ sanitary engineering or a related field in developing countries.

At least 3 years’ field experience in borehole drilling supervision

Proven experience with Engineering Project Management and ability to achieve quality results, on time, and within budget.

Proven ability to deal with multiple tasks in a courteous and service-oriented manner in demanding working conditions that often have short deadlines.

Proven technical expertise in the area of borehole drilling including survey, implementation, technical design, monitoring and coordination.

Knowledge and understanding of working procedures in large organisations. Ability to write clear, well-argued technical assessment and project reports

Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation


Excellent communication skills

Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy

Commitment to the aims and principles of SC. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support

Commitment to SC’s Child Protection Policy

Computer literate (ability to use advanced excel)

A basic level of written and spoken English and good command over Somali


Experience of and ability to represent SC work in external meetings.

Experience of community mobilisations, distributions and hygiene promotion Ability to work hands on implementation capacity

The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible, and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.


Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for. SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.


Because Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to

Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

Application procedures:

Interested candidates are required to submit electronic CV and mandatory cover letter quoting

Title and the base location” on the subject line. The file name of the CV and attachments must be the applicants name and sent to Applications will close on

16th June 2018

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer. Women are strongly encouraged to apply

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