The Water Trust Construction Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

The Water Trust Construction Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

Closing date: 09 Sep 2019

The Organization

The Water Trust has pioneered an innovative approach to empowering rural communities to address the critical challenge of water point sustainability while transforming community hygiene and sanitation norms.

This approach carefully adapts and sequences savings groups into a holistic WASH program to produce healthy, resilient, and empowered rural communities.

We aim to scale this approach to more than 300,000 people in western Uganda over the next several years, while partnering with government and peer organizations to adapt and scale our model across East Africa.

Founded in 2008, The Water Trust has a ten-year track record in western Uganda helping more than 250,000 people. As a small organization, we offer entrepreneurial leaders an unmatched opportunity to play a central role in driving growth and learning.

With our commitment to sustainable impact, we offer mission-driven leaders an opportunity to help scale a program that achieves superior results in water point sustainability and behavior change.

Position Summary

The Construction Coordinator's primary responsibilities are overseeing the design and construction of water and sanitation infrastructure across multiple districts to high quality and timeliness standards.

These oversight responsibilities encompass infrastructure design, technical assessments, procurement, and construction. Core responsibilities also include overseeing the organization's water point functionality and quality monitoring for more than 500 water points, maintaining an up-to-date database of water points across two districts, and leading or supporting capacity-building workshops with local entrepreneurs on water, sanitation, and hygiene products and services.

Additional responsibilities may include the user-centered design of water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities, as well as supporting district staff to develop and implement effective operations and maintenance plans for district-wide infrastructure.

Growth opportunities are available for high-performing staff in this position to participate in social programming and operational management. This role works closely with the Program Managers that lead the Kiryandongo and Masindi field offices.

She or he will report to the Country Director with strong coordination and day-to-day reporting to the Program Manager in Masindi.

The position will have oversee and support the technical work of two Construction and Maintenance Supervisors. Significant field travel to oversee construction across the districts is expected.

The ideal candidate will have excellent project management skills and demonstrated expertise in quality assurance. She or he will have at least three years’ experience managing projects with an international NGO and experience managing construction supervisors.

This position may be a full-time or part-time (i.e., two weeks per month) and qualified candidates interested in full-time and/or part-time roles are encouraged to apply.

This position is newly-created by The Water Trust as we begin new grants that will lead us to expand our construction work to new levels in 2020 and beyond.

Major Functions and Responsibilities

  • Set and implement technical quality standards that improve the efficiency and quality of the construction process. Validate technical designs, technical contracts, and bill of quantities for all programs at all sites.
  • In coordination with logistics, ensure a supply chain of all necessary goods and services needed for construction and maintenance.
  • Identify the gaps and develop the skills of the technical team and key stakeholders (e.g., local handpump mechanics) to enable program delivery at quality standards.
  • Monthly reports on program
    delivery progress and quality, including outcomes that meet organization reporting needs as directed by the Country Director and Program Managers.
  • Maintain updated database of water and sanitation infrastructure and their status across multiple districts, collaborating with district counterparts and TWT staff.
  • Support the PMs by coordinating the planning and overseeing the execution of water point functionality and quality monitoring for 500+ sites, ensuring all issues are clearly identified and action plans proposed.
  • In collaboration with finance and operation departments, manage technical budget and expenditure.
  • Ensure adherence to TWT’s organizational and vehicle procedures and policies.
  • Perform capacity-building workshops with local artisans and entrepreneurs (such as handpump mechanic training or artisan training for sanitation products.)
  • Support Program Managers in building the capacity and skills of technical staff, including setting their annual objectives, having regular one-to-one meetings and appraising line reports as per organizational guidelines.
  • Liaise with government authorities and community members at all levels to ensure that TWT delivers its program in agreed locations, avoids duplication and ensures that the image of the organization in the community remains respectful, and the program is running smoothly.
  • Support the Country Director to represent the organization at government WASH/Health/Education sector meetings when requested.
  • Demonstrate flexibility as you undertake additional responsibilities as requested by your supervisor.
  • Support the development of funding proposals, log frames, budgets and donor management.

    Qualifications and Characteristics


  • University degree or professional qualification in Civil, Structural, or Environmental Health and Engineering or Environmental Engineering.
  • At least two to three years of demonstrated project management experience with an international NGO, including budget and donor management, grant reporting and managing a team of 4-8 staff.
  • Strong skills in managing and motivating team member, creating clear work plans, and ensuring team reliably and proactively produces and communicates results.
  • Experience contributing to funding proposals, budgets, logical frameworks, etc.
  • Experiencing developing and managing budgets.
  • Knowledge in Behavior Change with regard to sanitation and hygiene.
  • Experience in working in rural settings: communities, health facilities and schools.
  • Good team management, coordination and communication skills.
  • Project management (including budget and operations) and site management experience.
  • Line management experience with ability to develop, coach and motivate a high performance team.
  • Ability to think quickly to respond to immediate requests.
  • Ability to take initiative where appropriate to deal with difficulties encountered in daily work and ability to work within tight deadlines.
  • A pro-active person who is able to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and building professional relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. Good team-player.
  • Flexibility to adapt, positive attitude towards change, and a constructive and creative approach to problem solving.
  • Strong oral and written English communication skills.
  • Computer literacy skills with proficiency in MS Word and Excel.


  • Ability to speak local languages in the project area (Swahili, Runyoro, Luo, Iteso, Lugbara, Lugisu).
  • Service oriented, customer focused approach.
  • Willingness to travel to Kiryandongo and Kampala.

    How to Apply:

    This is a rolling application process. Last date for a complete application is September 9th, 2019, at 5 p.m. EAT. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    No paper copy applications will be considered. Due to the number of applications received, we are not able to respond to each application.

    Please submit your application online here.

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