WASH Infrastructure Specialist Job in Kenya

Job Vacancy: WASH Infrastructure Specialist

DAI, a global development consulting firm, seeks applications from qualified candidates for the position of WASH Infrastructure Specialist for the Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) project.

The Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project is a USAID-funded project with its primary goal being to improve lives and health of Kenyan citizens in nine counties through development and management of sustainable WASH services.

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

From September 2020 to September 2021, through a 12-month extension, KIWASH will pivot its activities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining and advancing the development gains with county governments, water service providers, WASH enterprises and sector stakeholders. In its six year of implementation, KIWASH targets to improve access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services for at least 140,000 Kenyan citizens in the nine counties.

KIWASH activities are implemented in nine counties in two principal focus areas: Busia, Nyamira, Migori, Siaya, Kisumu, and Kakamega counties in the Lake Victoria Focus Area, and Kitui, Makueni, and Nairobi counties in the Tana/Athi Focus Area.

Summary of Primary Duties: The WASH 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, which are to be in compliance with USAID and Government of Kenya environmental and construction codes, reporting, and management requirements.

The Specialist will also monitor the performance and activities of the Engineer’s Representative for larger scale water infrastructure projects.

Essential Duties

  • Directly oversee WASH infrastructure projects and activities led by sub-contractors 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 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 weekly, quarterly, and annual reports, as well as annual work plan;
  • Monitor the performance and activities of the Engineer’s Representative on larger scale water infrastructure projects;
  • Support the WSPs and Community Water Supply Projects in all technical aspects geared towards improving their technical performance
  • Other tasks as required by supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibilities: No supervisory responsibilities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil engineering or a related area;
  • Must have at least 8 years’ proven hands on experience in engineering design, preparation of drawings, technical specifications, BOQs, tender documents & construction supervision of water infrastructure projects in WASH related activities;
  • Ability to undertake basic engineering surveys (topographical survey & pipeline profiles) and competent in relevant AutoCAD applications;
  • 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: Based in any of the KIWASH counties with frequent travel within those counties.

Reporting: The WASH Infrastructure Specialist will report to the Water/Sanitation Advisor.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should CLICK HERE to apply online.

Deadline for applications will be September 10, 2020 at 5 pm.

Only candidates who send their information by applying through the link and by the deadline will be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Due to the urgency of the recruitment, shortlisting will be done on a rolling basis.

DAI provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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Updated: August 30, 2020 — 8:58 am