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About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be stronger and have long term impact.

The Program

With funding from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), Mercy Corps’ Nawiri Program is leading a consortium of Kenyan and international partners on a five year journey to sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition in Turkana and Samburu Counties of Kenya. Through a phased approach that emphasizes evidence gap analysis, as well as partnership, learning, and co-creation, the program takes a robust county-centered design with government leadership, active engagement from communities, the private sector, and civil society. Mercy Corps’ consortium brings together global leadership, research capacity, technical expertise, and implementation experience to partner with local institutions to test, adapt, and scale evidence-based solutions to sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition for vulnerable populations in Turkana and Samburu counties. Together we will sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition for vulnerable populations in Turkana and Samburu counties.

The Position

The Samburu County WASH Engineer will provide program implementation support to USAID Nawiri’s efforts in improving access to safe drinking water to vulnerable communities and promotion of appropriate sanitation and hygiene practices for improved nutrition outcomes. He/she will collaborate with county government, consortium partners, local CSOs and community to deliver quality, impactful and sustainable WASH systems that contribute to addressing immediate, underlying and systemic drivers of Persistent Acute Malnutrition (PAM).

Essential Responsibilities


· In a joint-planning and agreed upon targeted approach with Samburu County, communities and other stakeholders, identify suitable locations for implementation of domestic water supply systems;

· Develop detail implementation plan aligned with USAID Nawiri’s overall Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sub-sector strategy, works schedule and ensure tracking of the same for timely projects delivery;

· Ensure the rural water supply projects conform to sound relevant technical assessments such as hydrogeological and feasibility surveys before implementation;

· In liaison with USAID Nawiri’s Water Systems Advisor and Mercy Corps Technical Support Unit (TSU), develop project technical designs, bill of quantities and specifications;

· Ensure approval of all plans from county teams and USAID Nawiri management prior to project implementation;

· Implement projects as planned according to developed technical standards, schedules timelines and budget;

· Ensure stakeholders such as county and communities are involved at all the project cycle phases (identification, design, implementation, and monitoring) for enhanced ownership, accountability and oversight;

· Where the rural water supply projects fall under multiple-use water systems (MUS), ensure collaboration and integration with other Nawiri sub-sectors – water resources management, agriculture, livestock, private sector and climate smart for a coherence implementation approach;

· Ensure all the water sources developed or rehabilitated undergo water quality testing and analysis as per approved Nawiri Water Quality Assurance Plan (WQAP) before handover;

· Support county public health team in catalyzing demand for sanitation products and services through implementation of community-lead total sanitation (CLTS) approaches in selected villages whilst integrating, layering and sequencing with other USAID PREG partners;

· Develop and maintain harmonious relationship with partner organizations, line ministries and audience groups. This includes planning activities and coordinating closely with the greater Nawiri consortium partners and other USAID Programs;

· Monitor project implementation, document processes and achievements to ensure best practices are captured and disseminated;

· Regularly visit field activities to assess progress and provide formal and informal feedback;

· Compile and provide comprehensive project activities report.


§ Work collaboratively with all key stakeholders to develop and maintain good relationships, explaining USAID Nawiri roles when in liaising with County and communities during all phases of the program implementation;

§ Work collaboratively with all USAID Nawiri overlapping and cross-cutting thematic areas such SSBC, Gender, Youth and Social Dynamics (GYSD), institution and systems strengthening, environmental safeguards, Learning, Research, county integrated water resource management, monitoring and evaluation among others, to ensure coherence and integrated contribution to USAID Nawiri program purpose areas;

§ Ensure coordination and linkages between community water management schemes with county structures for supportive water repairs and maintenance models for enhanced sustainability;

§ Engage with program quality and monitoring team to ensure CARM is integrated in all Nawiri WASH activities;


  • Assist Field Director to coordinate activities with consortium partners, sub grantees, local government and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs;
  • Support the facilitation of planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in;

  • Ensure close coordination and sharing of information with relevant stakeholders such as local government departments, NGO’s and local authorities, as appropriate and advised by the line manager;

  • Represent Nawiri at county government, donor, NGO and other relevant events at county level such as WASH forums, in close coordination with Nawiri Field Director, Water Systems Advisor and Nawiri Management team;

Supervisory Responsibility



Reports Directly To: USAID Nawiri’s Water Systems Advisor on technical oversight and with dotted line to Field Director on administrative and coordination oversight.

Works Directly With: Technical leads/advisors, Senior Environmental Safeguards Officer, learning and monitoring team, Field Director and team, consortium partners’ staff, M&E Coordinator, field level finance and operations teams.

Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills

  • A BSc in Engineering, Water Systems Engineering, Water Resources Management, or related field;
  • Experience of gender and social inclusion approaches within WASH methodologies such as Community-led Total Sanitation, Water Safety Planning, community and school WASH;
  • Previous experience working on USAID grants is preferred;
  • Knowledge of WASH systems strengthening is preferred;
  • Excellent and persuasive oral and written communication skills, including report writing; Previous working experience in Arid and Semi-arid Land (ASAL) counties;
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members;
  • Knowledge of Sphere standards and other training in humanitarian response preferred.

Success Factors

S/he will combine exceptional proactive aptitude in terms of planning and coordination with different stakeholders, teams, county institutions while maintaining cordial and diplomatic relationships with different stakeholders at county, sub-county and community levels. The post requires a target oriented and problem solving aptitude with ability to multi-task, prioritizing activities and simultaneously having an attention to detail with a strategic broad vision.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted on or before 11th June, 2021 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Local candidates in Samburu are highly encouraged to apply.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Mercy Corps does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process.

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