Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Catholic Relief Service (CRS),Short Term Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Engineer Consultant Jobs

Short Term Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Engineer Consultant
CRS Rwanda
The purpose of this Scope of Work is to describe the conditions and responsibilities of a consultant to support Catholic Relief Services –United State
s Conference of Catholic Bishops (CRS) and partner staff to monitor and evaluate the installation of home water tanks in recipient households. Responsibilities will include the inspection of installation quality, collection of user feedback data, and reporting to the EKN Project team.
CRS works to strengthen vulnerable households with programming that includes agriculture and food security, health and nutrition, economic strengthening and peacebuilding to improve the quality of their lives through the implementation of its projects.
Through the three-year EKN Project funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, CRS is improving the nutritional status of pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under two years of age, with an emphasis on the first 1,000 days of life. In two districts, EKN is supporting the Government of Rwanda’s efforts to reduce stunting using a decentralized, yet integrated, approach that combines nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive program activities at the community level.
CRS is also supporting implementing partners’ ability to support the districts of Karongi and Muhanga to operationalize their District Multi-Sectoral Plans for the Elimination of Malnutrition (DPEMs). One component of CRS’s integrated approach has been to establish Farmer Field Learning School (FFLS) groups in each village in Muhanga and Karongi districts over the past twoyears. Led by a Farmer Promoter, FFLS groups promote bio-intensive agricultural techniques in home gardens to contribute to improved nutrition outcomes. With one FFLS group per village, there are currently a total of 868 FFLS groups across the two districts.
In order to further mobilize households to adopt and maintain home gardens, CRS is carrying out a competition among EKN FFLS groups, with prizes for the best home gardens at cell, sector and district level.
Members of top-performing FFLS groups will win a prize of a water tank for their households. A total of 270-420 water tanks will be installed. Tanks will be 2,000-liter size plastic water tanks equipped for rainwater harvesting, with collection from both eaves of the roof. The transport up to cell level and installation at household levelwill be covered by the supplier; however, the installation will need to be inspected and supervised by a technical specialist.It is in that context that CRS is offering a consultancy to monitor the proper installation of water tanks for technical quality assurance.  The consultancy must complete the inspection of up to 420 water tanks in 15 villages across Muhanga and Karongi.  Work is expected to begin the week of November 7 and must be completed no later than December 9.
Following the delivery and installation of all water tanks to recipients by a supplier being identified by CRS through a separate tender, the consultant will be responsible for inspecting the technical quality of the supplier’s work, including soliciting feedback from the household receiving the tank.
  • Conduct inspection of home water tanks and collect recipient feedback.
    • Coordinate with EKN project team to develop schedule for home visits in up to 15 villages in Muhanga and Karongi.
    • Meet with tank supplier to ensure complete understanding of water tank product, including proper installation, use, maintenance, and repair.
    • Prepare inspection guide and data collection tools for use during system inspection and beneficiary feedback. Thorough evaluation should include system effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of work completed, as well as knowledge of proper use, maintenance, and repair.
    • Carry out activities to ensure the proper inspection and documentation of all home water systems, including beneficiary feedback.
  • Synthesize inspection and feedback data and share withEKN project team.
    • Review the effectiveness and equity of home water tank installations, including end-user orientations, and identify cases needing follow-up for corrections or improvements to the water tank installation.
    • Provide daily updates to CRS of homes requiring a return visit from the supplier for corrections or improvements to the water tank installation.
    • Present findings to EKN project team in the forms of a comprehensive final report.
The duration of the contract shall be for five weeks, beginning 7November and ending 9 December 2016. The consultant is not expected to work on a full-time basis, but rather to provide inputs as needed/requested over the duration of the contract. The total level of effort envisioned is approximately 20 working days, which includes preparation of materials, implementation and reporting.The consultant is expected to develop a detailed work plan within the first week of the assignment in consultation with the Primary Point of Contact.
The consultant shall produce the following deliverables against the tasks and work schedule specified above:
  • Daily updates flagging homes requiring follow-up visits from the water tank supplier for corrections or improvements to the water tank installation;
  • Weekly reports on the progress of the two areas of the scope of work;
  • All data collection tools developed for tank inspection;
  • Comprehensive final report.
A desk will be provided to the consultant at CRS head office in Kigali. The consultant is expected to provide her or his own computer and other working equipment.
The consultant shall undertake frequent travel to project sites. When necessary, the consultant can rent a vehicle and CRS will reimburse at the fixed, daily rate.
  • University degree in one of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or similar area
  • Additional training in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is considered an asset.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in home water tank installation.
  • Experience work in government and with NGO partners is desirable.
  • Experience working in the water sector in Rwanda is an advantage.
  • Written and spoken fluency in English and Kinyarwanda.
  • Excellent organizational skills, team work and ability to prioritize tasks in a timely manner.
  • Sound coordination skills and a demonstrated ability to multitask.
  • Demonstrates diplomacy, flexibility, and resourcefulness.
  • Strong critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results. The following are specific to this position:
  • Serves with Integrity
  • Develops Constructive Relationships
  • Models Stewardship
Applications must include a cover letter; CV and at least three recent references for similar work (include reference names, email addresses and phone numbers). All applications must be submitted to CRS Rwanda at (Cc: ) by 25October 2016.
Kigali, October 18, 2016
Darren Posey
Country Representative

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