Jobs at USAID KIWASH Project Water / Sanitation Infrastructure Specialist in Kenya



Water / Sanitation Infrastructure Specialist

The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project is a five-year, USAID-funded project to improve lives and health through the development and management of sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene services in Kenya. 

Its purpose is to institutionalize catalytic models of sustainable service delivery for accelerated water and sanitation access in nine target counties and to improve complementary hygiene behaviors.


Summary of Primary Duties: The Water / Sanitation Infrastructure Specialist will support the Water/Sanitation Advisor to manage WASH infrastructure activities in the designated duty counties by providing quality assurance and quality control for the design and construction of small to medium scale WASH infrastructure and multi-use water systems (MUS) which are to be in compliance with USAID and Government of Kenya environmental and construction codes, reporting, and management requirements.

Essential Duties
  • Directly oversee WASH infrastructure and MUS projects and activities led by subcontractors in the designated duty counties with majority of time spent in the field;
  • Support production of Requests for Proposals/ Requests for Quotations/ Bills of Quantities (RFPs/RFQs/BOQs) and provide inputs on WASH infrastructure and MUS site selection, surveys and designs, specifications, deliverables and evaluation criteria;
  • Participate in bid evaluation committees to select qualified construction firms (sub-contractors) or vendors for equipment and materials;
  • Ensure timely completion of infrastructure activities in compliance with the contract requirements, (specifications, drawings, environmental monitoring and contractual conditions), USAID rules and regulations and DAI policies;
  • Liaise and coordinate with County-based Government water/sanitation, education and health staff and beneficiary communities;
  • Provide guidance on water supply and sanitation infrastructure design and construction to Water Service Providers (WSP).
  • Provide guidance and inputs to the KIWASH team regarding infrastructure activities;
  • Regular and timely inputs into KIWASH bi-weekly, quarterly, and annual reports, as well as annual work plan;
  • Other tasks as required by supervisor.
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • No supervisory responsibilities.
  • 5+ years of experience designing and implementing  WASH-related programs and/or water resources management at it pertains to water and sanitation services) in Kenya;
  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related area;
  • Conversant with Government of Kenya environmental and construction codes required;
  • Experience in working on community-based water supply and sanitation program implementation essential;
  • Familiarity with USAID environmental and construction codes, reporting and management requirements preferred;
  • Knowledge and experience working on Kenyan water supply and sanitation issues in a devolved setting;
  • English language written and verbal fluency.
Base of Operations: The position will be based in Nairobi with frequent travel to Kitui and Makueni counties.

Reporting: The Water / Sanitation Infrastructure Specialist will report to the Water/Sanitation Advisor based in Nairobi.

Qualified candidates should e-mail their CV to by November 12, 2015, indicating position of interest in the subject line. 

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