Engineer for the Mkaji Project

Simavi works towards a healthy life for all. Good health is the basis of everything. It enables you to develop yourself socially and economically, take matters into your own hands and pursue your dreams. With good health, you can look after yourself and your family and lift yourself out of poverty.

Simavi is an ambitious, growing development organisation. Our head office is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with local representatives in most of the countries where we work. In partnership with local civil society organisations, we improve the health of marginalised communities in the poorest regions in developing countries in Africa and Asia. With more than one hundred partners we work together with communities. We influence the policies of governments to take into account the health and rights of the poorest people. We campaign to engage the general public and involve them in what we do. We focus on the poorest regions of nine developing countries in Asia and Africa

In Tanzania we implement the MKAJI project since April 2014. The Maji Kwa Afya ya Jamii (MKAJI) Project aims to establish sustainable safe water supply, sanitation and hygiene services at 110 primary HFs in the Dodoma Region. The targeted dispensaries and health centers are situated in (semi-) rural communities. The project aims to improve the health condition of community inhabitants, in particular pregnant women and mothers with infants.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene infrastructural works at the health care facilities are complemented with capacity building activities on 1) sustainable water supply operation and maintenance and management, 2) improved hygiene behavior practices, 3) improved WASH governance, and 4) integrating gender and social accountability in activities.

The 5-year program is funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and implemented by Simavi in a consortium with Witteveen+Bos, a Dutch engineering and consultancy company, and two Tanzanian partners CBHCC and UFUNDIKO.

The assignment

For this project Simavi-MKAJI is looking for an Engineer for the Mkaji Project. Short term consultancy assignment for 2-3 months. This vacancy is open to Tanzanian nationals only.

The Engineer will field verify the available inception phase data that provides information about the current presence and state of WASH infrastructure at 20 Health Facilities (HF) in Dodoma region. This is required for the appropriate choice and subsequent planning of small scale construction works to provide WASH infrastructure* at these HFs, that are in line with the current needs. The WASH infrastructure will be constructed by local contractors.

Position in the organisation

The Engineer work with the engineers of MKAJI project. She/he reports to the Programme Manager.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

1. Planning:

  • Prepare plans and field verification schedules.
  • Prepare transport plan for field verification.
  • Prepare the working schedule for result based plan

2. Field works:

  • Conduct field verification for 20 health facilities in Dodoma region.
  • Prepare field verification reports on current situation of healthy on WASH situation (water supply, sanitation and management), Services provided at health facility and staffing as, population served by healthy facility as well as village population.
  • Prepare site layout drawings for the proposed solution of the WASH improvement at health facility.
  • Submit reports of the current situation and proposed improvement at health facility to MKAJI Programme Manager for comments and feedback.

3. Prepare Drawings, BoQ and quotation documents:

  • Prepare and detail architectural drawings using applicable standard project designs (e.g. latrines, placenta pit incinerator, Water tanks, Towers, Handwashing basin, water supply internal plumbing and waste water pipe layout system, septic tank, soak pit and gravel pit).
  • Prepare Bill of Quantities and cost estimates for the drawing designs.
  • Prepare the quotation documents as per PPRA guidelines.

4. Coordination:

  • The Consultant will work closely with MKAJI Team for information and guidance.
  • Field verification will be done in collaboration with village government, DMO/DHO/ and DWE of responsible district.
  • Ensure each proposed location of infrastructure is mutually agreed health facility staff, DMO/DHO and village government.
  • Organize agreement from HF staff & community on the selected place of the infrastructure.

5. Reporting:

  • Reports timely to the Programme Management Team on issues that may arise regarding field verification.

Your profile

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Bachelor or Master of Science Civil Engineering with a specialization in Water Resource Engineering from a recognized institute.
  • Registered with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB).
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in WASH projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in similar WASH infrastructure constructions in rural areas, preferably for an international NGO.
  • Strong mathematical and technical skills including physics.
  • Proficiency in computer skills, like Microsoft Word, Excel, Microsoft Project.

Skills & Competencies:

  • Ability to think methodically, plan and manage implementation of projects in rural areas in Tanzania.
  • Ability to be able to access each situation and come up with decent substantial design scope.
  • Ability to maintain an overview of the entire assignment while continuing to attend to detailed technicalities.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Swahili.
  • Ability to write clear reports, and respect deadlines.

Working tools:

  • The applicant brings her/his own laptop (AutoCAD/ArchCAD software installed on it)

What do we offer?

Simavi offers a two months consultancy contract (with possible extension for maximum 1 month). The fee level for the consultancy depends on qualifications of the selected candidate and proposed plan and methods of the execution of the field verification works.

More information?

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Charles Mlingi via (Please do not use this e-mail address for applications, but only in case you have any question.) More information on how to apply; please see below.

To get find out more about Simavi and the MKAJI project in Dodoma, please visit our website

How to apply?

Do you recognise yourself in the profile? Candidates are invited to apply before August 24th, 2018. You can send your English CV (maximum of 2 pages) and cover letter to (mention Engineer MKAJI in the subject line).

Apply only when you fit the total job description. References will be checked in the process.

Interviews are aimed to take place in:
The first week of September.

Because physical and emotional safety of children is crucial for Simavi, we do not accept any form of abuse. Child safeguarding is addressed in our recruitment and selection process.

 Commercial inquiries or job postings are not appreciated or accepted regarding this vacancy.


* The construction work primarily concern (establishing a connection to) boreholes, conveying structure (piping), building small reservoirs, indoor plumbing, and constructing appropriate sanitation facilities.

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