Jr. WASH Engineer

The Opportunity 

At Lifewater, we believe that work should be more than a job; it should be an opportunity for you to make a difference in the world. We are social scientists, engineers, program managers, advocates, and community workers who care deeply about preventing the needless and tragic death of 1,600 children who die each and every day from preventable water-borne diseases. If you are looking to join a lean but rapidly growing global team comprised of like-minded, professional, passionate people motivated by faith in Jesus Christ then this might be just the job you have been praying for.

Who We Are

Lifewater International ("Lifewater") is a non-profit Christian community development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves all people by providing them with contextually appropriate water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions. We walk alongside families, leaders, schools, and churches to overcome all forms of water poverty by helping them learn to live in healthy relationship with God and the environment and to recognize how small changes can transform their life and community.

We are a non-governmental, faith-based organization serving communities in the rural regions of East Africa and Southeast Asia. We have active programs in Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Uganda; countries with a desperate lack of resources to provide basic water and sanitation services to rural children and families. Since our inception, Lifewater’s worldwide team has impacted the lives of more than 2.5 million people. And we’re just getting started. 

Lifewater has an annual budget of $6M USD with strategic plans to double in the next three years. Our global headquarters is located in San Luis Obispo, California with domestic staff of 20 people that serve our field offices around the world. We have regional offices in Addis Ababa, Kampala, and Phnom Penh and program offices in the actual regions of service. All in-country operations are staffed by qualified national personnel, currently numbering 100+ people.

Position Overview

Within the context of Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village (VHV) program strategy, the Jr. WASH Engineerserves to improve Water and Sanitation operational excellence, technical implementation, and long-term maintenance and sustainability of hardware systems. The Jr. WASH Engineer does this through oversight and review of technical water and sanitation programming in their country of assignment which will improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children and families in targeted program regions. This position will support the national and field offices in their efficient and effective execution of the VHV including the operational review and field support of engineering designs/strategies, performance, maintenance, sustainability, monitoring, and evaluation tools related to hardware. They will also do this through the support of special projects within the department.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the VP of Programs, the Jr. WASH Engineer will serve as an invaluable member of the Global Programs Team. Your primary areas of responsibility are:

Provide technical day-to-day support, quality assurance, and monitoring for assigned Lifewater programs ensuring the technical quality of the work and increasing the capacity of hardware staff.

  • Support national and field offices in detailed hardware planning, review, and tracking of planned versus actual activities for programs, using standard tools and live data from Akvo system.
  • Detailed review of hardware projects submitted using Akvo data forms, ensuring reconciliation of all data issues within a timely manner.
  • Provide oversight of hardware activities, including well drilling, spring protection, school rain tanks, and school latrines by performing site visits, reviewing submitted data, and contributing at regular support meetings with the field WASH Technicians and field leadership.
  • Participate in bi-weekly and quarterly status meetings with HQ and field staff, and lead technical updates for all meetings.
  • Perform site visits to assigned programs to review hardware installations and support hardware planning in order to provide coaching and capacity building of field WASH Technicians.
  • Support the development and roll-out of special projects within the department in order to bring excellence to all hardware installations.
  • Provide technical expertise in locally appropriate WASH technological developments, such as enhancements to equipment, strategies, and program quality.
  • Support in the drafting and updating of technical drawings (using AutoCAD) coming from the field for multi-door latrine blocks, spring improvements, hand-dug wells, drilled wells, and rainwater catchment systems.
  • Support in the development of operations and maintenance plans for each program.
  • Support the development, documentation, and dissemination of new systems, standards, guidelines, manuals, and trainings to build capacity of local staff.
  • Support regular department processes including ordering water quality supplies, mapping of water points and related data using ArcGIS, preparing standard reports, and providing technical support as needed.

To apply for this position, and to read a full description, please visit the member site here.