International Engineering Expert, WV Sudan

*Please submit your CV in English.

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:

The International Engineering Expert will be responsible for providing technical oversight on all major infrastructural work and supervisory support for the implementation of Infrastructural Components of the KfW funded ‘’Livelihoods and Agricultural Infrastructure Development project” in Nyala, Kass, Kubum, Rahed Elbirdi, and Ed Elfursan Localities of South Darfur, Sudan. The technical oversight include supervision and guidance on activities relating to constructions of:

  • Micro-dams and irrigation structures,

  • Small scale processing centres for milk and honey,

  • Feeder roads and Wadi crossing, and

  • Veterinary clinics.

The International Engineering Expert will work under the supervision of the Chief of Party and in collaboration with other staff of the project (Livelihoods and Value Chain Expert, Infrastructure supervisor, Field Officers, and Site Supervisors), staff of line ministries (MoA, Ministry of Animal Resources, and Department of Water and Environmental Sanitation), local partner NGOs, community leaders, and project beneficiaries.

The International Infrastructure Expert shall ensure and maintain high quality implementation of the infrastructure and all engineering activities. S/he line manages and provides technical support to engineering and construction activities.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program Delivery:

  • Responsible for the technical designs for infrastructure and all engineering works and collaborates with relevant line ministry official to obtain approval for the technical designs.

  • Take lead and support feasibility studies on infrastructure works, ensuring appropriateness of technical specifications for works and terms of references for consultants engage to undertake feasibility studies.

  • In collaboration with the chief of party, provide guidance in tender evaluation for construction works.

  • In collaboration with the Infrastructure Supervisor, conducts monitoring visits regularly in the field to ensure smooth project activities progress and performance of the field supervisors.

  • Ensures implementation and compliance with recommendation of Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA), geophysical surveys, Topographic surveys, designing and supervising roads and micro dam construction and various other structures of the activities of the project.

  • Support the preparation of the bills of Quantities(BoQs) for major construction works to be undertaken by the project and take lead in the evaluation of work completed work and endorsement before payment is advanced to the contractor.

  • In consultation with the Chief of Party (CoP) and Project Coordinator Plan daily, weekly and monthly project objectives and targets.

  • Support the development and implementation of activities work plans for the infrastructure unit.

  • Responsible for drafting of ToRs for the project consultants and Contractors all major technical works.

  • Assist the CoP in monitoring and certification of works of Consultants and Contractors as per the agreed ToRs/contract agreements.

  • Plan, organize and support preparation of infrastructure work schedules and supervise the construction works at the various project sites.

  • Prepare in timely manner and submit to the Chief of Party all field monthly reports relating to infrastructure on monthly basis.

  • In collaboration with the Infrastructure supervisor, attend World Vision Water sector meetings regularly and provide updates of work progress, how challenges are being handled and any lessons learnt.

  • Compile progress reports including the cost controlling, scheduling, risks and management aspects.

  • Regularly evaluate work in progress to ensure adherence to technical specification, standards and environmental and safety requirements.

  • In consultation with the communities and the site supervisors, verify and validate the milestones of achievements and the eventual completion of the various infrastructures under KfW project and further issue completion respective certificates to the contractor for payment purposes.

Team Leadership and Internal Coordination:

  • Supervise and manages technical field activities of KfW Program in line with infrastructure design of each technical component and industry best practice and standards.

  • Lead the engineering team in quality management by conducting random spot checks and verifying construction materials to ensure adherence to material specification on project sites.

  • Conduct performance evaluation for the engineering team in line with World Vision policies against clear, measurable key performance measures and ensuring that individuals’ performance is managed in collaboration with the Director of

  • People & Culture.

  • Provide capacity building to the infrastructure team, providing coaching, mentoring and onsite training on maintenance, safety issues and environmental requirements.

  • Collaborate with the World Vision WASH advisor on technical matters relating to WASH infrastructure in terms of designs, feasibility and quality as well as sector technical requirements.

Financial Oversight:

  • Provide technical oversight in compilation of Bill of Quantities for all engineering works and reviews of tender documents.

  • Support the budgeting and re-budgeting processes as necessary, providing technical data for budgeting.

  • Ensuring value for money (VFM) in execution of all infrastructure works and collaborating with the Chief of Party appropriately.

  • Take lead in certification of works completed and initiates payment for contractors based on work certifications and contract deliverables.

Representation and External Collaboration:

  • Represents the project in technical working groups with other implementing agencies as assigned.

  • Liaison and collaboration with line ministry officials at the state level in Nyala on technical matters on the project.

Other Roles and Responsibilities:

  • As assigned by the Chief of Party or his designate.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • In-depth knowledge of Water infrastructures such as micro-dams, ‘hafirs’, irrigations, agro-processing plants, buildings, roads and bridges; and general engineering expertise.

  • Proven knowledge and experience in constructions projects, excellent knowledge of project cost control activities, use and knowledge of auto cards in the construction industry, ability to supervise contractors, consultants and control contracts couple with excellent reporting skills is required.

  • Demonstration of professional competency, mastery of subject matter, conscientious and efficiency in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results, is motivated by professional acumen.

  • Must have ability to show persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges and remains calm in stressful situations, takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

  • Conduct all ethical and professional behaviors in refusing fraudulent and corrupt practices including but not limited to refusing gifts, favors and preferences by any stakeholder.

  • A Graduate degree from a recognized university in Civil engineering, Water Engineering or related fields.

  • Professional certification and membership of recognized engineering body preferred. Professional training in project management, project controls and construction contracts is a definite asset.

  • A Graduate degree in engineering from recognized University.

  • Professional certification from a recognized engineering body.

  • Professional training in project planning and management.

  • At least 10 years of post-qualification experience in engineering work in an international development work environment, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa, with major accomplishment in construction of water infrastructures such dams, roads and bridges, irrigation structures and buildings.

  • Experience and demonstrated expertise in managing people and evaluating subordinates.

  • Certified Engineer, with experience in project management.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English and Arabic; knowledge of German is advantageous.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Msc. Civil engineering, Water Engineering, or Building Construction.

  • Experience working in hostile or post conflict environment.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position will be based in Nyala, South Darfur.

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically up to 70% of the time.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning Advisor -OVC

Subject to Donor Award and Approval

Reports to the Chief of Party

Purpose of Position

To lead the establishment and maintenance of an effective reporting, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning system, of the OVC Program. She/he will ensure that the OVC project complies with all USAID reporting requirements for performance monitoring and evaluation and serve as the technical expert in all matters pertaining to evaluation, monitoring, program review, and other performance standard requirements relating to the USAID PEPFAR reporting strategy.

Major Responsibilities

Technical and Leadership Support, 30%

  • Develop and update framework and system for Grant’s MEAL in accordance to the design document, donor requirements and World Vision Requirement

  • Oversee and coordinate execution of key M&E components (assessment, design, implementation, baseline, monitoring, evaluation, transition, learning and documentation) across the sub-grantees with particular focus on results and impacts as well as lesson learnt

  • Participate in development of the annual work plan and budgets, ensuring alignment with technical approach

  • Take lead in conducting periodic peer reviews to check for alignment and compliance to USAID and WV Partnership standards

  • Ensure that Sub grantees demonstrate required MEAL capacity and ensure that core information for grant management, partners, and funding agencies is available.

  • Identify MEAL requirements that require consultancy or partnership, planned for and executed effectively.

  • Put in place business process and guidelines to facilitate regular monitoring, tracking and evaluating the performance of sub-grantees.

  • Conduct readiness assessment: the incentives at the system level, the beneficiaries and existing capacity

  • Identify the need and draw up the ToRs for specific studies and action researches; procure, guide and supervise consultants or organizations that are contracted to implement special surveys and studies required for evaluating grant effects and impacts

  • Model a high standard of personal Christian leadership, ministry and integrity through lifestyle and work relationships support spiritual development of his/her team.

Quality Assurance and Reporting, 30%

  • Ensure the successful development, elaboration and roll out of implementation strategies and operational guidelines

  • Coordinate and ensure timely submission of a quality and comprehensive progress report

  • Guide staff and sub-grantees/implementing partners in preparing their progress reports in accordance with approved reporting formats and ensure their timely submission.

  • Coordinate review and provision of timely feedback to the sub-grantees/implementing on the regular statutory reports

  • Prepare consolidated progress reports for grant management including identification of problems, causes of potential bottlenecks in the project implementation, and providing specific recommendations

  • Undertake regular visits (including occassional integrated missions) to the field to support implementation of MEAL and to identify where adaptations might be needed

  • Ensure internal control systems are implemented to mitigate risks and ensure accountability that will result in good audit ratings

Capacity Building and guidance, 20%

Organize (and provide) refresher training in MEAL for grants staff, implementing partners, local organizations and primary stakeholders with view of strengthening local MEAL capacity

  • Ensure the consolidation of a learning culture - based upon evidenced-based best practices and industry standards - to enable project staff to achieve and/or surpass established targets and standards and;

  • Impart appropriate mentoring, coaching and supervision in order to equip, motivate and empower technical specialists in the area of M&E.

  • Clarify M&E responsibilities of different project personnel and provide requites ongoing coaching and guidelines.

  • Guide staff and sub-grantees to identify and resolve issues and challenges in monitoring systems, using ongoing mentorship and coaching approach

  • Ensure timely communication, documentation and publication of MEAL findings and lessons at all levels and disseminate for timely utilization and decision making

Networking and Strategic Engagements, 15%

  • Engagement with the government (Health Ministry department) to ensure that data sharing and learning practices are in harmony

  • Ensure active involvement of stakeholders in iterative MEAL process as appropriate

  • Network with external and WV internal partners to promote learning and achieve M&E excellence

  • Ensure effective engagement with Government departments, Regional technical/sector representatives.

  • Resource mobilization support through provision of valid evidence

Others 5%

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree or higher in Public Health, or other relevant Social Sciences discipline

  • Minimum of six (6) years working in monitoring, evaluation and research in the public health field, with progressively increasing level of responsibility.

  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders and familiarity with PEPFAR indicators and reporting requirements

  • Demonstrated expertise in rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and analytical methods including research/study design and implementation, design and data analysis, rapid appraisals, etc.

  • Demonstrated hands-on practical experience setting up and managing Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) Systems for Health Programs in developing countries.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of management information systems (MIS).

  • Excellent report writing, analytical and communication skills, including oral presentation skills, knowledge management and dissemination of research findings (in English).

  • Statistical training certification especially on data analysis, advanced excel, SPSS, On-line data collection platforms

  • Experience in building capacity/Training of staff on relevant technical fields and especially on MEAL;

  • Familiarity with and a supportive attitude towards processes of strengthening local organizations and building local capacities for self-management

  • Willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders, especially primary stakeholders

  • Experience in production of high quality briefs and reports

  • Experience in publications of articles/journals

  • Health related action research experience

  • Project Management certification (PMP1 or PMD 2) is an added advantage

  • Strong leadership and management skills

  • Ability to take initiative, solve complex problems, exercise independent judgment

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts;

  • Experince working in fragile and interfaith contexts.