Hargeisa, with travel to DRC field offices in Somalia
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa
since 1997. Using a protection of human rights framework, DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are
displaced by conflict. Program includes protection, livelihoods, food and NFI distribution, water and sanitation,
and advocacy amongst others. There are 4 main program offices in Somali region, one in Yemen, one in Kenya
and one regional office in Nairobi. There are also non-operational region wide initiatives, focusing on advocacy
and capacity building, which are supported from the Nairobi regional office. Currently, there are over 250 DRC
staff in the region. In the last two years, there has been significant growth in the size of the CDRD programme
that requires support to maintain quality and accountability.
The Community-Driven Recovery and Development (CDRD) project is a collaborative effort between various
partners that include, DRC, UNICEF, DANIDA, DFID, EC, SIDA and local Authorities/governments. The
objective of CDRD project is to provide services to communities, to empower communities and provide capacity
development to local councils. Through the CDRD, communities receive grants to support the implementation of
their projects (here referred to as sub-projects). A complementary project to CDRD is The Develop Informed
and Accountable Local Governance through User Empowerment (DIALOGUE) project, which addresses the
inability of civil society to translate peace building initiatives into state-building interventions and the lack of
strong public participation in local governance. The DIALOGUE project complements CDRD interventions
through inter-community projects that address the causes of localized conflicts and district-wide projects
implemented jointly by communities and local authorities.
The infrastructure Engineer is responsible for overseeing the technical engineering direction of DRC
construction projects in Somalia. This will include providing the requisite support to program activities that
require engineering support including livelihoods, WASH, Shelter and CDRD projects. The core responsibilities
will include project implementation, networking and liaison, communication, capacity building and field staff
mentorship, monitoring, reporting & evaluation.
For the CDRD project, the Infrastructure Engineer will review and monitor community sub projects both at
proposal and implementation stages to ensure engineering quality and control including adequate safe guards
against environmental impact. S/he will provide capacity building for DRC local engineers, community
facilitators and local authorities / district engineers, in the use of the various technical templates used in the
design and in progress reporting of the community sub projects. He/she will provide engineering technical
inputs in support of the CDRD Management Information System (MIS).
Provide technical engineering support to Somalia program activities related to CDRD construction project
Develop/establish and maintain accepted infrastructural standards for the sector and ensure that project
staff, partner agencies and recipient communities understand, accept and adhere to these standards.
Design of various technical templates including bill of quantities, bill of materials and reporting formats,
based on a pre-determined list of community sub projects identified in the course of the implementation of
the CDRD project (e.g. primary schools, health posts, irrigation systems, etc.).
Provide support to CDRD field engineers in the establishment of a database of market construction unit
prices and material prices, updated at least on quarterly basis.
Review of the technical specifications, engineering designs and work schedules to ensure consistency with
the most appropriate technology and existing ministry /sector standards.
Review of the bill of quantities and bill of materials in the CDRD/DIALOGUE-funded community sub project
proposals to ensure the estimated costs are reasonable and comparable to the market rates.
Review CDRD/DIALOGUE-funded sub projects both at proposal and implementation stages to ensure
engineering quality and control including adequate safe guards against environmental impact.
Where implementation is out-sourced in CDRD/DIALOGUE-funded sub-projects, review and advise on the
bidding and tender documents and processes to ensure competitive bidding and conformity with the
Ensure the projects are implemented with the set designs, BOQs and BOMs, and project budget lines are
expended within approved limit as stipulated by individual donors’ guideline as far as construction work is
Ensure the construction project activities are well coordinated and implemented in an integral manner so
as to ensure effective and efficient utilization of physical and human resource during implementation.
Regularly review the physical progress reports to ensure accuracy and consistency in reporting.
Undertake regular field visits to carry –out technical audits during the implementation of the
CDRD/DIALOGUE- funded sub-projects
Representing DRC in Shelter cluster technical issues related to infrastructure with close consultation with
the PD/CD and relevant Area Managers.
Coordinate with Area Managers in requisition, procurement and delivery of project input materials, supplies
and labor as far as construction work is concerned.
Contribute to the creation and compilation of the annual operation plans and project proposals whenever
Document, share and strive to solve difficulties that may be encountered in implementation of the
Regularly conduct training sessions for field engineers and community facilitators (who will in turn train
communities and local authorities) in the use of the various technical templates including bill of quantities,
bill of materials, and technical reporting templates etc.
Train field engineer on collecting materials prices and construction unit prices, including data entry and
Any other reasonable task as may be assigned by his/her supervisor/senior Management.
The post holder reports to the Engineering/WASH Technical Manager of Somalia and will work in collaboration
with Area Managers, CDRD Coordinator and the National CDRD and Engineers.
Post-graduate degree in Civil/Architectural Engineering or other relevant post-graduate degree.
A minimum of 2-4 years of field experience in emergency and displacement situations.
Knowledge of participatory approaches and tools to community planning, monitoring and evaluation
Proficiency in written and spoken English is required. Extensive experience in report writing and editing is
Good command of computer programs and applications with significant capabilities in computerized
database and spreadsheet construction, and their practical application. Practical knowledge of AutoCAD,
ArcGIS or other GIS programmes is required.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Self-motivated and able to work with a minimum of guidance
Willingness and physical ability to perform field missions in rural areas under restricted security conditions
Contract: One year renewable contract.
Salary and other conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of
Employment for Field Recruited Expatriates recruited by the Horn of Africa Regional Office.
Availability: September, 2012 or Earlier.
Duty Station: Hargeisa, with travel to DRC field offices in Somalia. This is a non-family duty station.
Other benefits: Housing facility in Hargeisa, R&R as per DRC policy, 25 annual leave days per annual,
insurance; and one return flight home
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff
are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html).
Application and CV
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV
and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post. Only motivated applications
that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered.
CV-only applications will not be considered.
Please forward the application and CV, in English and marked “Infrastructure Engineer”, to
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 31 July, 2012.
Candidates who applied previously need not re-apply.