Lifewater Water Works Technician Jobs in Uganda

Lifewater Water Works Technician Jobs in Uganda

Position: Water Works Technician (Kaliro)

Reports to: Program Coordinator

Position Overview:

Water Works is a maintenance and repair program operated by Lifewater International that helps communities and schools with their operation and maintenance (O&M) work.

The Water Works Technician is responsible for ensuring that the highest quality maintenance and repair work is performed on all water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) hardware in the communities and schools that are part of the Water Works program.

The Water Works Technician will be an all-round technician who is familiar with maintenance and repair for hand pumps, motorized pumping systems, rain tanks, latrine blocks, and handwashing stations.

In addition to maintenance and repair works, the Water Work Mechanic is also responsible for testing water quality, promoting a contamination-free, clean environment around WASH hardware, and supervising outside contractors when necessary.

Please note that this is a highly accountable position in which all activities are logged into an online data system for review and quality assurance.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintenance and Repair of WASH hardware (80%)

  • Monitor, assess, and perform preventative maintenance and repair work on water, sanitation, and hygiene hardware constructed by Lifewater.
  • Monitor latrine block filling rates in schools and work with Procurement Officer to contract latrine drainage provider when needed.
  • Interact with community and school representatives during maintenance and repair visits, understand their concerns, and respond accordingly.
  • Ensure harmony between the technical aspects of the hardware you are maintaining and the ‘software’ aspects within the communities and schools you are working in.
  • Promote holistic water, sanitation, and hygiene practices in communities and schools.

    Planning, Reporting, and Community Liaison (10%)

  • At the beginning of each year, work with the Program Coordinator to plan the maintenance and water quality testing schedule for the coming year.
  • Notify communities and schools of their planned visit dates. Collect and submit monitoring data on a daily basis using the AKVO online monitoring system.
  • Manage the Water Works mobile phone and respond to calls with a high level of customer service.
  • Coordinate with the rest of the Water Works team to ensure repair calls are answered and water points are repaired within three days of receiving the initial call.
  • Help the Cashier plan for monthly parish level meetings and follow up with communities and schools if there is a problem with their payment or they miss a payment.
  • Prepare and submit a 15/5 weekly activity report, timesheet, and a weekly brief to the Sustainability Officer and the Program Coordinator.

    Technical Supervision and Record Keeping (5%)

  • Support the WASH Technicians & Junior WASH Technicians in monitoring construction defects on water points and institutional latrines during retention period and assist in supervising repairs of the defects by contractors
  • Oversee and supervise school latrine block drainage.
  • Record parts usage in logbook and submit logbook to the Cashier at the end of each day for inventory reconciliation.
  • Perform monthly
    stock checks with the Cashier.
  • Work with the Procurement Officer and Sustainability Officer to order new parts when needed.

    Other (5%)

  • Participate in regular staff/Skype meetings and morning devotion.
    vPrepare additional reports and take part in additional meetings when needed.
  • Ensure all the maintenance, repair, and water quality materials procured for Water Works are used efficiently.
  • Ensure the maintenance and proper care of all the tools and equipment used in the Water Works program.
  • Carry out other assignments as may be required by the Program Coordinator or Sustainability Officer.
  • Work closely with district and sub-county stakeholders and Lifewater staff when needed.


  • At least 3 years’ experience in maintaining and repairing rural WASH hardware (including hand pumps, piped water systems, and latrine blocks).
  • Minimum qualification of a diploma in Water/Civil Engineering, certificate in plumbing is an added advantage. Additional training in water quality testing and supervision of contractors is a plus.
  • Experience working with District Water Office hand pump mechanic associations.
  • Able to work well in a team to produce high-quality results in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish strong relationships.
  • Competence in tracking and recording inventory with a high level of detail.
  • Analytical skills and decision-making abilities even in complex and sensitive situations.
  • Computer skills, and especially with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to operate a motorcycle and larger vehicle with a clean driver’s license (Class A,B, DL/DM).

    [Personal Attributes:[

  • Must be a committed Christian, able to cope with cross-cultural and denominational diversities.
  • Committed to regular Christian fellowship with other Christians.
  • Emotionally and spiritually mature team player.
  • Understanding and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues.
  • Flexible and adaptable to ever-changing environments.
  • Able to remain calm under pressure.
  • Work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Determined and willing to travel across the program region, driving a motorbike/truck.
  • Punctual, honest, dependable, servant leader, trustworthy, encourager, peace keeper, multi-tasking, and self-starter.
  • Excellent command of the English language, both written and spoken.
  • Ability to speak/read Lulamogi/Lusoga.

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    Lifewater is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, physical disability, mental disability, age, medical condition (cancer), marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

    Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.

    The status of Lifewater as an equal opportunity employer does not prevent the organization from hiring staff based on their religious beliefs so that all staff share the same religious commitment which is central to our mission.

    Pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 702 (42 U.S.C. 2000e I(a)), Lifewater has the right to, and does, hire only candidates who agree with Lifewater’s Statement of Faith, the Lausanne Covenant.

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