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Senior Infrastructure engineer

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Addis Ababa
  • as per org scale USD / Month
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Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps Ethiopia is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post Senior Infrastructure engineer in AA, Ethiopia

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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.

Mercy Corps has been operating in Ethiopia since 2004. In partnership with civil society organizations, academic institutions, private sector, and the government, Mercy Corps Ethiopia has reached more than five million Ethiopians with interventions to save lives and build secure livelihoods. Our programs emphasize market-driven solutions, reinforce social bonds, and help communities build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Currently in six regional states – Afar, Amhara, Gambella, Oromia, Somali, and South Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR), and in Dire Dawa Administration and the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa – Mercy Corps Ethiopia is driven by the mission to contribute the emergence of a peaceful, resilient, and prosperous Ethiopia which is inclusive of youth and women. Our strategic directions focus in promoting inclusive and dynamic markets; promoting peace and social cohesion through strengthening formal/informal governance structures and citizen engagement; improved natural resource governance; and integrated humanitarian response.

Position Title: Senior Infrastructure engineer     

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Open Position:  1

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps’ Resilience in Pastoral Areas (RIPA) program is a five-year USAID-funded initiative that aims to improve the resilience capacities of households, markets, and governance institutions across 22 woredas in the Somali, Afar and Oromia regions. RIPA includes a Crisis Modifier component that allows us to pivot our approach and respond to humanitarian needs in ways that support, not undermine, long-term development and resilience objectives. In relation to this, Mercy Corps is planning to implement an $9 million Crisis Modifier that aims to identify and catalyze resilient water supply and systems in Shabelle Zone of Ethiopia. This ‘Water Security Crisis Modifier’ is expected to have four main components: 1) Develop new water sources and supply systems that are resilient to drought, through river offtake and treatment and/or deep boreholes; 2) Support natural resource management innovations to improve water usage for rangelands and other productive purposes; 3) Promote professionalization / privatization of water services management; 4) Improve access to water for productive use.

General Position Summary

The Senior Infrastructure Engineer is responsible for leading the planning, design, and implementation of all water infrastructure development on RIPA’s Water Security Crisis Modifier, with a particular focus on the planned river water offtake and treatment and/or deep boreholes. This will include providing technical recommendations for expansion or modification of existing water infrastructure within the target zone. The Senior Infrastructure Engineer is responsible for managing all consultancy activities related to infrastructure/construction and developing the technical capacity of government and other program partners, ensuring the effective and efficient use of the program resources and ensure agreed objectives are delivered on time. The Senior Infrastructure Engineer will ensure adequate supervision of construction activities and take corrective measures appropriately and in line with MC and donor requirements.

Essential Job Responsibilities


  • Lead implementation of all technical components of water infrastructure projects in full coordination with other staff members.
  • Lead on the development and monitoring of engineering designs and construction activities in the field.
  • Ensure that all minimum program/ construction management standards are met and that strong structures are in place for smooth completion of the projects.
  • Work closely with the technical team to develop timely and realistic plans.
  • Conduct frequent site visits to provide construction management supervision including oversight of work onsite, materials testing, report development, verification of quantities,
  • Review interim payment certificate from contractors prior to payment request submission.
  • Prepare budget forecast, projection, and expenditure reports as well as analysis of any risk of overspending anticipated.
  • Lead on the contract management related to all construction activities and provide advice to the supervision team and consultant.
  • Manage tender processes with MC Ethiopia procurement team, including reviewing technical documentation, initiating procurement requests, and providing additional inputs as needed.
  • Work closely with finance and program teams to ensure compliance to MC procedures and standardization.
  • Develop a full working knowledge of all water system project designs including pump stations, pipelines, water treatment plants, civil, mechanical, and electrical works, and sanitation facilities.
  • Assist in selection of projects, preparing design, cost estimation, preparing work plans, implementation of the infrastructure projects and conducting market assessments/price monitoring (on annual basis or as needed), ensuring that appropriate processes are in place for evaluating the feasibility of implementing infrastructure projects.
  • Develop and implement progress monitoring tools related to construction activities, review progress, identify delays and analyze adequacy of resources.
  • Provide feedback to the Monitoring and Evaluation system to assess the effectiveness of the projects and impact and propose recommendations for improvements.
  • Develop Quality control plan and procedures to ensure compliance with the contractual terms and conditions as well as preparing progress report and updates required.
  • Develop/approve guidelines on essential tests to be carried out prior to infrastructure or rehabilitation activities.
  • Ensure compliance to health and safety procedures, monitor, track and escalate incidents as appropriate, ensuring there is a robust system of flash reporting that the team adheres to.
  • Ensure full adherence to the MC security plans and protocols conscientiously respecting the declared ‘go’ and ‘no-go’ zones.
  • Work with the Water Security Team Lead, Mercy Corps headquarters infrastructure team, Mercy Corps Crisis Response Start-up Advisor, and Mercy Corps Water Security Manager based in Gode to coordinate and communicate with local authorities, program third party monitoring consulting firm, donor, and other implementing partners to avoid overlapping and obtain all necessary no objection certifications.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not jeopardize its operations in the field.
  • Prepare/review/approve site visit and quality check reports and contribute to overall program reporting to the donor and the government.
  • Working closely with Mercy Corps Ethics Team to support them to conduct spot checks to ensure infrastructure projects are as per technical documents and donor guidelines are followed.
  • Lead QA/QC process ensuring all technical reviews are conducted according to best practices.
  • Other duties assigned by supervisor.

Team Management

  • Develop the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.
  • Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Hire, orient and lead team members as necessary.


Ensure adherence to Mercy Corps and donor systems for ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resource.


  • Adherence of gender minimum standards
  • Allocate budget for GESI related activities and staff capacity building on GESI
  • Make sure GESI issues are  properly reflected during program management
  • Support the organization’s commitment to age and gender inclusive team building process
  • Promote an inclusive and equitable workplace culture
  • Support Staff Capacity Building on Increase staff knowledge of GEDSI
  • Coordinate with GEDSI Technical Team Improve gender-responsiveness of program /Project MEAL system
  • Increased commitment to Gender Equality Diversity  and Social inclusion

Supervisory Responsibility

Direct supervisory responsibility for:

  • Infrastructure and construction consultants


Reports Directly To: Water Security Team Lead

Works Directly With:

  • Water engineer team members based in Shabelle Zone
  • Mercy Corps global water and infrastructure experts

 Organizational Learning 

As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

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.

Job Requirements

Knowledge and Experience

  • BSc, or master’s degree, in civil engineering (or related field) with significant knowledge and experience in the design and construction of large-scale water and sanitation facilities
  • At least 8 years of experience in design and construction of various urban water supply infrastructure projects, including water treatment, and feacal sludge management facilities projects and work in urban environments.
  • Experience in Managing FIDIC contract with successful records preferred.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel and to be a neutral party with people of different perspectives and backgrounds.
  • Experience in managing contracts with engineering design consultants, and construction firms.
  • Experience in reviewing tenders and developing recommendations for award.
  • Strong construction management experience including ability to review contractor work plans, budgets, and work progress.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and process information into action to not delay program activities.
  • Strong ability and demonstrated experience in mentoring and building high performing engineering teams.
  • Knowledge and experience of USAID funded projects is a plus.
  • Prior experience working for/with INGOs is a plus.

Success Factors

A successful candidate will have the ability to live and work closely with a diverse team of individuals in a highly intense and fluid work and security environment with a capacity to spark innovative approaches to programming and inspire groups to collaborate closely to implement high-quality programs. S/he will have proven ability to learn quickly, take initiative, and be accountable for results, with an ability and willingness to remain mobile for short-term and/or long-term as necessary within the region, based on programmatic needs. An ability to work independently and as part of a team, with curiosity about and sensitivity to new cultures, a desire and ability to learn and grow, both personally and professionally, and a great sense of humor.

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.

Ongoing Learning

In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

How to Apply

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply for the position advertised. All applications must be submitted electronically including a CV, three references, and all relevant official documents.

Only candidates that are short-listed will be acknowledged and called for interviews.

“Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender, equity and    diversity. Qualified female and young candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to empower women and youth.”



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