Borehole Planning Engineer- Short Term (Maximum 6 months)

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Borehole Planning Engineer- Short Term (Maximum 6 months)

DAI works at the cutting edge of international development, combining technical excellence, professional project management, and exceptional customer service to solve our clients’ most complex problems. Since 1970, DAI has worked in 150 developing and transition countries, providing comprehensive development solutions in areas including crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, health and nutrition, water sanitation and hygiene, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, HIV/AIDS, avian influenza control, water and natural resources management, and energy and climate change. Clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and host-country governments.

1. Project Background:

The USAID funded Scaling Up Nutrition Technical Assistance (SUN TA) Project is a cross-ministry and multi-donor program to reduce stunting in Zambia through the implementation of the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) 1,000 Most Critical Days Program.

SUN TA provides support and direct technical assistance to sub-national local government departments in target districts to plan, implement, coordinate, and monitor integrated nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific activities to reduce the rate of stunting among Zambian children under two and improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating mothers. USAID has identified two main objectives that address stunting, including (1) Adequate Quantity and Quality of Dietary Intake among Target Groups; and (2) Adequate Health Conditions for Biological Utilization of Nutrients. SUN TA interventions increase access and availability of safe, diverse, nutritious food; adoption of better child feeding and household hygiene practices; and access to improved health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The project prioritizes sustainability by improving intra-household joint decision making and building the capacity of local government and their stakeholders to ensure coordination, accountability, and learning, following the Scaling Up Nutrition model.

To increase access to basic sanitation and sufficient safe water in all the districts of operation, the USAID SUN TA project is in the process of constructing 300 new water points, 26 water reticulation systems (water schemes) and rehabilitation of 700 water points between 2021 and 2022 across the target areas.  Within this framework of the project, DAI engages qualified Zambia-licensed and legally organized businesses and organizations with expertise and demonstrated experience within this field to supervise and implement the borehole drilling and rehabilitation activities.  The works are performed in one or more of the thirteen (13) SUN TA project supported districts in Northern, Luapula, Central and Copperbelt provinces.

2. Location:

The Borehole Planning Engineer will be based Lusaka with possible travels to the thirteen (13) SUN TA supported districts i.e. Kaputa, Kasama, Luwingu, and Mbala in Northern province, Mansa, Samfya, and Nchelenge in Luapula province, Ndola and Kitwe in Copperbelt province and, Chibombo, Kabwe, Kapiri Mposhi, and Mumbwa in Central province.

3. Objective:

Under the supervision of the Director of Infrastructure Development, the Borehole Planning Engineer will provide engineering and technical writing support relating to WASH activities.

4. Tasks and Responsibilities:

RFP Preparation:

  • Researching technical requirements for new boreholes, rehabilitated boreholes and water reticulation schemes and compiling budgetary estimations.
  • Drafting Scopes of work for new boreholes, rehabilitated boreholes and water reticulation schemes
  • Creating basic designs and descriptions for new boreholes, rehabilitated boreholes and water reticulation schemes

Technical Plan Preparation:

  • Reviewing existing technical plans and procedures, editing for consistency
  • Drafting new technical plans and procedures as necessary

Depending on the situation, he/she may be asked to perform other tasks as requested by the supervisor.

5. Reporting:

The Borehole Planning Engineer will report to the Director of Infrastructure Development.

6. Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, project management, WASH, or a related field.
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience in engineering or construction project management
  • Experience drafting technical documents including scopes of work, technical plans and procedures.
  • Excellent writing skills are required for this position in order to ensure RFP documents are clear and accurate.
  • AutoCAD or other design software experience desirable.
  • Strong communications skills and ability to collaborate effectively.
  • Strong hands-on experience using Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word, Planner.
  • Experience with Microsoft Project evaluated favorably.

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